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Dale R. Bachwich, M.D.

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Dale R. Bachwich is a native of Flint, Michigan. He received his degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1984. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at University of Michigan’s University Hospital in 1987 and stayed there to complete a Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 1990. He became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1987 and certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology by the same board in 1990. Dr. Bachwich completed an additional two years of Gastroenterology fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Bachwich served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and then at the University of Pennsylvania prior to joining the Rapid City Medical Center.

Dr. Bachwich practices in all areas of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He enjoys caring for patients and has a particular interest in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He also has a strong interest in colorectal cancer prevention and has been a member of the South Dakota Council on Colorectal Cancer.

Dr. Bachwich is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Physicians, the South Dakota State Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Bachwich and his wife, who is also a physician, have a son and a daughter.

Gary S. Bochna, M.D.

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Dr. Bochna is a native of Wisconsin. He received his MD at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1982. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Missouri in Columbia, followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology at The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He practices in general gastroenterology but has an interest in patients with liver diseases as well as therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP. He is a member of the AGA, ASGE(American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) and a Fellow in the ACG(American College of Gastroenterology) and ACP(American College of Physicians). He is very proud to have practiced for nearly 30 years at the Rapid City Medical Center. Dr. Bochna and his wife Sue enjoy outdoor activities in the Black Hills, traveling, and visiting their two daughters out of state.

Blake A. Jones, M.D.

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Blake A. Jones is a native of St. Paul, MN and grew up in Canada. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he studied chemistry before enrolling at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1990.

After completing his medical internship at the Toronto General Hospital in 1991, Dr. Jones subsequently entered medical residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. After practicing with the U.S. Public Health Service-Indian Health Service for one year, he returned to Mayo for a National Institutes of Health fellowship in gastroenterology, and completed his training in 1998./p>

Dr. Jones is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America./p>

Dr. Jones practices general gastroenterology, the diagnosis and management of digestive diseases./p>

In his spare time Dr. Jones enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife Tracy and their three children./p>

Michael P. McGuire, M.D.

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Michael P. McGuire is a native of Montana where he grew up in a ranching family. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana and his MD degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. His internship and residency in Internal Medicine were completed at USAF Medical Center/Keesler in Biloxi, Mississippi. His Fellowship in gastroenterology was completed at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He received certification in Internal Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1987. Certification in Gastroenterology was earned in 1991 and he was recertified in 2001 and 2012 from the same board. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. McGuire practiced general Internal Medicine for two years before going on to specialty training. After training in Gastroenterology, he practiced the specialty for two years at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska. Dr. McGuire devoted nine years of active duty to the Air Force and feels enriched by this experience.

In addition to general Gastroenterology care, Dr. McGuire’s experience and practice involves specialized procedures for the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the pancreas and bile ducts (ERCP). He has practiced in Rapid City, South Dakota since 1993.

Dr. McGuire is married and has five children.

Valerie D. Stephens, M.D.

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Valerie D. Stephens, is a native of South Dakota. At an early age her family moved to South West Minnesota where she completed her primary education. She received her BA in Geography at Mankato State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. After 8 years as a cartographer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she returned to school and obtained her premedical course work primarily at the University of Minnesota. She then returned to South Dakota where she earned her medical degree in 1997.

Dr. Stephens completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wissconsin and her GI fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

During her fellowship, she received specialized training in endoscopic ultrasound, (EUS) at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining Rapid City Medical Center, Dr. Stephens practiced gastroenterology in a private setting in Everett, Washington. She was the primary EUS provider for the area and provided services in general gastroenterology. Her main area of interest is GI oncology.

Dr. Stephens is certified as a Diplomat in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Outside of medicine her interests include her pets, hiking, biking, art and music.

Loyal G. Tillotson, M.D., PhD.

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Loyal G. Tillotson, a native of northeastern Ohio, received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Ohio Northern University before earning combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School. His graduate and postgraduate research centered on the cellular and molecular biology of colon cancer. His postgraduate clinical training included an Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University Medical Center and a Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Subsequently, he has had faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Tillotson is certified as a Diplomat in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and serves on the Board of Trustees for John Witherspoon College. He is married and the father of two children. His favorite hobbies involve camping and horses.

Oksana I. Anand, MD

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I am Ukrainian by nationality, but grew up in Siberia, Russia. I attended one of the oldest medical schools in Russia, founded in 1920, called Omsk State Medical Academy from where I graduated in 1997 with highest distinction. I continued training with an internship in general surgery, followed by a fellowship in gastrointestinal endoscopy. I worked for over three years as an attending physician prior to immigrating to the United States in 2002 to further my professional career. I became fascinated with gastrointestinal endoscopy as a fourth year medical student. I think gastroenterology is a specialty with the perfect blend of intellectual stimulation and procedural skills. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, once said, "All disease begins in the gut." I strongly believe this to be true and I have made it my mission to help patients heal their body by healing their gut. In my practice as a general gastroenterologist, I combine evidence-based principles of conventional medicine with integrative medicine in order to achieve optimal, life-long lasting results for my patients. Some of my clinical interests include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, the role of nutrition in preconception, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, thyroid health and its influence on gut motility, nutritional approaches to the treatment of digestive disorders and colorectal cancer screening in females. I am especially passionate about the integrative approach to women's digestive health. I am Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and intend to get certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine next year. I am a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and American College of Gastroenterology.

Amber Wenger, PA-C

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Amber Wenger is a native of Huron, South Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Amber is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Gastroenterology Association. Amber is married and has one daughter.

Chantel Edmonds, CNP

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Chantel Edmonds is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University. Prior to completing her Nurse Practitioner program, Chantel worked as a registered nurse for several years for  Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown South Dakota in the Emergency Department. She also has experience as a nurse practitioner in otolaryngology and facial plastics where she worked for Sanford Health System as well in Dermatology. Chantel was born and raised in South Dakota,  who in her free time, enjoys  being outdoors and staying active. But, what she enjoys most is spending time with her family.   Chantel believes that by treating each person as an individual, she is best able to help her patients maintain their health. She feels that the patient-provider relationship should reflect that of mutual respect and collaboration. Through this relationship, patients should be empowered to take an active role in their healthcare plans and decisions.  

Laura Schirber, D-NP

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Laura Schirber is a native of South Dakota. After graduating from Stevens High School, she moved to Minneapolis and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota. With many of her family members working in healthcare, she decided to pursue her Bachelor of Science Degree and later her Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree from South Dakota State University. In addition to her medical/oncology nursing experience, she has also served as a clinical and lab instructor for undergraduate nursing students at South Dakota State University. She is certified by and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Laura is married and has two daughters.

Shelly Smith, CNP

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Shelly Smith is a native of Michigan. At an early age her family moved to South Dakota where she graduated from Rapid City Central High School. After receiving a BS in Mass Communications from Black Hills State University, she moved to Michigan to pursue a degree in nursing. Shelly graduated from Oakland University in 2007 with a BS in Nursing. She spent the next 5 years working in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit of a Level Two Trauma Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. In 2014, she received her Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner studies from Oakland University. Shelly is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, softball, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Thank you for choosing Rapid City Gastroenterology where we strive to provide you with the very best combination of specialized knowledge, experience, technology and quality patient care.

Rapid City Gastroenterology is located in Rapid City, South Dakota between the Badlands National Park and Black Hills National Forest and encompasses the Rapid City Medical Center Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinic and The Endoscopy Center, Inc.

We encourage you and your loved ones to become informed, educated, and proactive as we work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for your health.

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