Meet Certified OBGYN Doctors in Des Moines, IA


Barney Munro, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

As a Des Moines native, Dr. Barney Munro has been practicing obstetrics/gynecology in Des Moines since 1992. After attending Creighton University for his undergraduate degree, Dr. Munro graduated from Creighton Medical School. He later did his general surgery residency at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, and his Obstetrical/Gynecological residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. He is currently an associate professor for the DMU Osteopathic School in Des Moines. He has privileges at Mercy Hospital and Methodist Hospital. Dr. Munro enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, coaching, and raising grapes. He lives in West Des Moines with his wife, Peggy. They have four grown children.



Shannon Bennett, MSN ARNP

Shannon is a native of West Des Moines,  she completed her BS at Simpson College in Indianola in 1999. Shannon received her RN from Mercy College, followed by BSN and MSN from Graceland University, Independence, MO. She became certified through AANP as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing in Internal Medicine, I am thrilled to return to Women’s Health where my passion started as a floor nurse in 2009 in Labor and Delivery.

Shannon currently lives in West Des Moines with her spouse Ryan and her four children. Shannon also lives with a very spoiled Maltepoo and a naughty cat. She enjoys hockey, traveling, working outdoors, and reading.




Christine is the office manager and has worked for Central Iowa OB/GYN since 1997. She has also worked in the medical field for over 28 years. Christine received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Kansas. As expected, she is a huge Jayhawks fan! Christine has lived in Des Moines for the past 29 years with her husband Mark. THey have three grown childrenn. Dr. Munro delivered her youngest child in 1997. She also has a variety of spoiled pets! Christine loves to volunteer, read, bake, and watch soccer. She loves being part of the team at Central Iowa OB/GYN Specialists.

Lacinda obtained her diploma from the Mercy School of Nursing in 1992. She worked several years on the medical/surgical floor at Mercy Hospital. She began work in the operating room in 1995. Lacinda joined Central Iowa OB/GYN Specialists in January 2003. She obtained her RN First Assistant certificate from Perioperative Associates in Phoenix, AZ in 2003. In 2010, Lacinda obtained her bachelor degree from Upper Iowa University. She currently assists with office nursing as well as surgical procedures and C-sections. Lacinda currently lives in Beaverdale with her family.

Originally from West Des Moines, Ashleigh works as a billing and claims specialist. She also helps cover the front desk and enjoys working with patients and helping them with their billing and insurance issues. She joined the staff in 2013 shortly after Dr. Munro delivered her son. Ashleigh is currently working on renovating her home in Des Moines with her son, Oaklee.

Shannon P.
Shannon joined the staff in May of 2015. Shannon is a CMA AAMA who graduated from the Medical Assistant program at DMACC in 2007. Shannon has a background in Dermatology and is fluent in American Sign Language and Spanish. She enjoys working along side the patientsas a CMA. Shannon lives in West Des Moines with her chldren. 

Our sonographer Alicia is registered through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and The Fetal Medicine Foundation. She is from Cambridge, Iowa. Alicia received her training at Mercy College of Health Science and also a BS from Iowa State University. She joined the team at Central Iowa OB/GYN Specialists in 2014. Alicia and her husband, Tony, live in Grimes where they are actively raising four young children and three dogs.