Debi Fritz was raised on a farm near Fairfield, Iowa. Her parents and grandparents taught her the benefits of hard work, being passionate for a cause and faith in God. After graduating from Fairfield High School she attended and graduated from Indian Hills, Truman State University, and obtained a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 1990. She has the honor of being in the first physical therapy class to graduate from Des Moines University.
Debi’s physical therapy career has spanned more than thirty years, primarily practicing in the rural hospital setting. She was an instructor for the Indian Hills Community College physical therapist assistant program for seven years. She has treated patients as young as six weeks old and adults up to the age of one hundred and four. Debi enjoys helping people with a variety of orthopedic and neurologic conditions whether it’s a new injury or one that’s been present for years.
Debi and her husband, Chip, have lived near the community of Sigourney for more than thirty years. Their three sons, Andrew, Nathan, and Jesse, graduated from Sigourney High School. Chip has worked as an industrial technology teacher in the English Valley School District since 1990 and during the summer he does construction projects in surrounding communities. Chip and Debi are members of St. Mary’s parish in Sigourney.
Debi’s hobbies and interests include reading, personal development, running, hiking, yoga, and counted cross-stitch. She became a Ziglar Legacy Certified coach in 2019. She has a passion in mission work, and has volunteered her time in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. She has a special fondness for Mountain Top Ministries in Gramothe, Haiti, and tries to travel there two times per year for medical mission work.
Fun story about Debi: When she was in elementary school, she would come to Sigourney with her grandma. They came to visit with and clean the home of her Great-grandpa, Bill Seip. Debi remembers looking at the beautiful trees along East Pleasant Valley Street, not knowing at the time that this would be a street she would travel thousands of times.