Family medicine says farewell to Dr. Wessel

Posted by Madison Dusek on Nov 28, 2016 5:35:58 PM



After thrity-seven years in family pracrice and sixteen years with Rapid City Medical Center, LLP Alvin Wessel Jr., MD is hanging up his stethoscope for good. Over the years Dr. Wessel has had the privilege of caring for generation of patients and has found joy in watching families grow. He will offically reitre on November 30, 2016.

Looking for Family Doctors

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Feb 29, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Life is all about personalized choices. Do you prefer green paint, or blue? Do you like rock music or country music? Are you a pickup-truck kind of person, or do you prefer sports-cars? These choices may seem small, insignificant, especially on the backdrop of much bigger life decisions--but the truth is, we are defined by these little questions of preference. Maybe your choice of paint color isn't a huge decision, but it still distinguishes you as an individual, and that's an important part of finding out who we really are. Of course, some preference choices are bigger than others. For example, if I'm looking for Family Doctors Near Me, I'm going to look for specific things--like professionalism and atmosphere--while you might focus more on other things, like referrals and specific fields of expertise. It's all about choices, and when it comes to choosing a doctor, you and your preferences are key.

Be Educated on Preventative Care for Your Children

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Dec 5, 2015 10:00:00 AM


The last thing you want to happen is to take your child to the doctor for a cold, and find out something worse has been going on for months. That's why preventative care is so crucial in pediatric health. The American Acadamy of Pediatrics just updated a suggested schedule of checkups for your kids based on age and other factors. To help your children plan a healthy 2016, review the following tips.


Vision is tested when your child is born, but it should be formally tested when they turn 4. Until age 6, they should have yearly exams, after which they can switch to every 2 years. After age 18, there won't be too many concerns unless your child had specific flags that came up.

A Healthy Mouth

It's so exciting when your child gets their first tooth, and the AAP recommends commemorating with a trip to the dentist for a checkup. Fluoride varnishes on an annual basis can also reduce cavities, and are recommended.


The AAP suggests checking for heart disease during the time in the hospital, or during the first 5 days of a newborn baby's life.

Growth and Nutrition

How is your child growing? Your pediatrician should be teaching you. Paying attention to weight, potential iron deficiencies, and sufficient vitamin D are all important parts.


It is recommended to have a blood test for children between age 9 and 11. This can help treat heart disease, especially if you family has a history of such problems.

Development and Autism

These checkups are customary at all wellness visits, and will happen formally at 18 months and 2 years.


The heartbreaking truth is, suicide is a real, big issue among adolescents, and that doesn't exclude your child. Having your child screened for depression can stop them from getting to that point.

Drugs and Alcohol

The AAP uses a tool called CRAFFT to screen adolescents for drug and alcohol use. So often, these issues continue because they are not talked about, and if you can help your child while they are young, you have helped them for a lifetime.


60% of all youth with HIV do not know they are infected, and 1 in 4 infections occur in youth ages 13 to 24. Because of this, the AAP recommends screening of children from 16-18.

These are all health concerns that you, as a parent or loved one of a child or adolescent, can help prevent with preventative care. For more information, contact us.