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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

For GI Patients: Based on recommendations from CDC and the Gastroenterology Societies, Rapid City Gastroenterology will start scheduling elective non-urgent endoscopic procedures at this time. For the safety of our staff and patients, The Endoscopy Center is  continuing our current precautions such as: all patients and staff are wearing masks, screening, promoting social distancing, and extensive cleaning with prolonged time between cases to allow for removal of airborne contaminants, . All patients and staff are being screened for any respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), fever, sore throat, contact with someone with a suspicious or confirmed case of COVID-19 by patient or family member and recent travel history. Drivers are being asked to refrain from entering the facility at this time. Please call our office at 605-721-5400 Option 1 before coming into your appointment if you have developed any of the above symptoms.

For more information regarding our infection control requirements, click here to watch a short video.

We are asking all patients who enter our facility to wear a face mask if you have one. Click here for instructions from the World Health Organization on how to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask.

COVID-19 Questions? Please call the SD COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-997-2880 or visit SD Department of Health Coronavirus for more information. To learn more about the Coronavirus, you may also visit the CDC Website.



Oksana I. Anand, MD

Dr. Anand became fascinated with Gastroenterology as a specialty as a fourth-year medical student. She felt it was a perfect blend of intellectual stimulation and procedural skill. Her choice was reaffirmed after her father received the diagnosis of metastatic esophageal cancer. After successfully completing Internal Medicine Residency, followed by Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS and prior to joining Rapid City Medical Center in 2016, she worked as a general gastroenterologist in rural Kansas and North Dakota. Although, Dr. Anand cares for patients with all gastrointestinal conditions, her special clinical interest includes diagnosis and management of Celiac disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), women's GI health (chronic constipation, pelvic floor dysfunction, accidental bowel leakage), colon cancer screening and treatment of clostridium difficile associated diarrhea utilizing pharmacological options and fecal microbiota transplant. In addition to being proficient in general endoscopic procedures such as upper endoscopy (EGD), colonoscopy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy, Dr. Anand is also trained in interpreting wireless capsule endoscopy (PillCam), wireless SmartPill (studies the gut's motility), esophageal manometry and in performance of a non-surgical treatment of hemorrhoids using CRH O'Regan system. Dr. Anand is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has been a member of the American College of Gastroenterology since 2008. In her practice as a general gastroenterologist, she combines evidence-based principles of western allopathic medicine with functional (integrative) approach in order to achieve optimal, life-long lasting results for her patients. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, once said, "All disease begins in the gut." Dr. Anand strongly believes this to be true and has made it her mission to help patients heal their bodies by healing their gut.

Dale R. Bachwich, M.D.

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.

Nathan T. Jaqua, MD

Dr. Nathan T. Jaqua is a native of Sioux Falls, SD. He received his B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology from South Dakota State University. After completing some graduate level work in Chemistry at SDSU, he attended the University of South Dakota for medical school where he received his M.D. in 2010. Dr. Jaqua completed both his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was followed by his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. While in fellowship he participated in a phase-2 clinical trial for an investigative medication for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) as well as in research on the infectious triggers of Crohn's disease. Dr. Jaqua spent almost 9 years as an active duty Army physician. Dr. Jaqua enjoys practicing general gastroenterology including the treatment of liver diseases, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis), Barrett's Esophagus, GERD, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. His passion is preventing colon cancer with screening colonoscopy and the removal of large polyps with endoscopic methods. Dr. Jaqua is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is a dual board certified diplomate in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, camping, music, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Blake A. Jones, M.D.

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.

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.

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.

Chantel Edmonds, CNP

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.  

Shelly Smith, CNP

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.

Kristin Rokusek, CNP

Kristin Rokusek is a native of Scotland, SD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from South Dakota State University in 2011. Kristin began her nursing career in Rapid City working as a Registered Nurse in the Rapid City Regional Hospital float pool caring for patients across their lifespan including in the neonatal intensive care unit, maternal/child units, and adult care units including intensive care and emergency department. In 2013, Kristin advanced her RN practice by stepping into the role of Hospital Coordinator. Kristin completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2018 from South Dakota State University. Kristin is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In her free time, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She enjoys hiking, running, volleyball, kayaking, and traveling.

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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