Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Bruce Buchanan, ACSW, LISW, BCD

Owner and President, Chief Executive Officer


Bruce Buchanan is the Past Chair of the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners, and is in private practice in Des Moines at Compass Clinical Associates currently he is the Executive Director. Bruce specializes in treating children and adolescents. He is a clinical consultant for eight Human Services Agencies in Central Iowa, a Family Therapy consultant for the Greater Des Moines Child Abuse & Neglect Council, and a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. Bruce is a Past-President of the Association of Social Work Boards. He is also the former Clinical Chair of the Exam Committee of the Association of Social Work Boards. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. Bruce is a nationally sought after trainer and lecturer in the areas of child and adolescent therapies, social work ethics and residential treatment programming. Bruce was the recipient of the Iowa Chapter of NASW Social Worker of The Year for 2001. He was the recipient of the” Star of Excellence Children’s Service Provider ” award given by Magellan Behavioral Care of Iowa for 2008.


David Grove, PhD

Owner and President, Chief Clinical Officer


David began his practice in the human services field as a Social Worker in 1973. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1984, and completed additional graduate work at the University of Iowa in 1990. He is a licensed psychologist and a licensed health service provider in psychology in Iowa. As a graduate student, he was selected by Phi Kappa Phi as being in the top 7% of all college students across all fields of study in the United States.

Dave’s therapy approach combines biological, psychological, social, developmental, and spiritual aspects of the human experience. He is a strong believer in the healing power of laughter and humor, and incorporates them into the therapeutic process. His practice at Compass Clinical Associates includes individual and group psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, psychological testing, and forensic psychology.

Dave serves school-age children through geriatric patients. In addition to his private practice at Compass Clinical Associates, his experience includes college teaching, working with children at a residential treatment facility, outpatient chemical dependency group work, school psychologist, Head Start consultant, directing a Community Mental Health Center, and forensic psychologist. He was awarded Diplomate by the American Board of Psychological Specialties, and is identified as an expert in Forensic Psychology.


Shane Ver Steeg

Owner and President, Innovative Services
Founder, Compass TMS Services


Shane is Co-Founder and Owner of, and serves as President, Innovative Services for Compass Clinical Associates, located in Urbandale, Iowa. Compass is one of the largest and most comprehensive full service mental health agencies in the Midwest. Before creating Compass in 2013, Shane was a clinical social worker in private practice, then in 2011 was founder and CEO of TMS of Iowa, LLC, which was a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy clinic and resource center in Des Moines, Iowa. Shane has developed TMS of Iowa into one of the national leaders in TMS therapy and treatment of medication resistant Major Depressive Disorder. In 2017 Compass and TMS of Iowa joined forces, and today Compass TMS Services has grown into a leader in the field of neuromodulation, treating over 300 patients annually using the most advanced TMS technology and techniques under the clinical supervision and care of Psychiatrist Dr. Eric Barlow.

Shane continues to consult TMS providers and clinics across the United States. He now lives and practices in West Michigan, and partners with Compass’ CEO Bruce Buchanan and CCO David Grove to provide leadership and development to Compass. Shane also provides consultation for healthcare, education, and religious organizations, and startup companies.

Shane has 20 years of expertise in the mental health field and has worked as a pastor, educator, psychotherapist, and healthcare executive. He has Masters Degrees from the University of Iowa (MSW, 2004) and Western Theological Seminary (MDiv, 2001), and is a Hope College graduate (BA, 1998). His interests include neuromodulation research in the area of OCD, Major Depressive Disorder in adults and adolescents, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Shane is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Iowa and Michigan, and is completing his graduate certification for executive leadership at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.


Eric R. Barlow, MD

Medical Director


Dr Barlow has been practicing psychiatry in the Des Moines area since 2003. He received his medical training at the University of South Dakota and completed a residency with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Barlow is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. General adult psychiatry is his main focus, with special interest in the treatment for mood disorders, anxiety disorders and bi-polar disorder. Dr. Barlow’s personal interests include spending time with his family, basketball, music, running, reading, racquetball, and theatre.