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Ken Nielsen had a bad hip which made everyday tasks extremely painful. Thinking a hip replacement would solve his aches and pains, he got one. But something was very wrong, Ken was fitted with the wrong size hip. Ken went through revision hip replacement surgery to correct the problem.
It’s something millions of Americans struggle with – their weight. And often those extra pounds can cause joint pain and other health issues. The Comprehensive Weight Management Program at Avera St. Luke’s is using a team approach to help patients lose weight and keep it off in a healthy way.
Get to know Ovictor Tesoro, MD, a pediatric neurologist at Avera Medical Group Pediatric Specialists Sioux Falls. Tesoro provides expert care for children – ages birth to 21 years old – with brain disorders and other neurologic conditions. He believes it’s also important to develop relationships and listen to family members who know them well. Outside of work, Tesoro is passionate about playing vo...
Learn more about Traci Kruse, MD, a general surgeon at Avera Medical Group Marshall. Kruse performs a wide variety of surgical procedures for people of all ages. She strives to help her patients feel comfortable and know they can trust and be open with her. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her young family, enjoy the outdoors and travel.
Get to know Thomas Ambrose II, MD, FACS, an orthopedic surgeon at Avera Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Sioux Falls. Although Ambrose provides a variety of orthopedic services for all ages, he specializes in adult reconstructive surgery for knees and hips. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, golfing, scuba diving and traveling.
Learn more about Mathew A. Barker, MD, FACOG, the region’s first and only fellowship-trained and board-certified urogynecologist. At Avera Medical Group Urogynecology Sioux Falls, Barker provides specialized care, including robotic-assisted surgery, for women with pelvic floor disorders. He encourages women with these conditions to ask for help because there is treatment available. In his free tim...
Meet Dileep Bhat, MD, a urologist at Avera Medical Group Specialty Care Brookings. While growing up in India, Bhat saw many people in need of health care and was inspired to become a physician. He enjoys getting to meet and help people of all ages. Bhat strives to give his patients a good understanding of their condition and treatment options. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, visiting family...
Dawn Harter was placed into a blind trial at Avera – meaning she would receive either a placebo or the experimental medication, thought she wouldn’t know which. Dr. Rojas says the word ‘trial’ should not scare anyone. He considers them a valid treatment option that could also help others.
Watching Gannon Schock, he appears to be playing some sort of video game. But as Avera St. Luke’s occupational therapist Laura Anderson explains, this ‘game’ is a brain-based program called ‘Interactive Metronome.’ It helps to sync Gannon’s brain with his body.
Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the United States. In men, it starts to accelerate around the age of 45. Lifestyle modification is one of the core treatments of heart disease.