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Kate Schmidt, C-NP

Kate Schmidt, C-NP

Kate Schmidt is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with the Urgent Care Department. She was born and raised in South Dakota and attended nursing school through the University of South Dakota. She completed her Masters in Science through Walden University in 2020 and received her ANCC accreditation in Family Practice. She has been in Urgent Care since 2021 and loves the variety and fast paced environment. Kate enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors. She loves to hike, backpack, cycle, kayak, and ski.

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Nicole Sears, MD

Nicole Sears, MD

Born and raised in Rapid City, Dr. Sears graduated with a bachelor of science from the University of Notre Dame and then went to the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine. She completed residency training at the Rapid City Regional Health Family Medicine Residency program. She has practiced family medicine in Rapid City for over thirteen years.

Dr. Sears has been married for over 16 years and has four children who keep her very busy. She enjoys watching them play and participate in the activities they love.  When she’s not following her children’s activities, she likes to spend time at her cabin in the Black Hills.

What she loves about Urgent Care is the fast paced opportunity to care for patients of all ages. 

Dr. Sears’s individual practice philosophy is that health is not a number or a statistic that needs to be achieved. It is individual to each patient. The first step to achieving a healthier lifestyle is a commitment to work on all aspects of ourselves.  She strives to partner with her patients to help them set new health goals and works with them to achieve them.

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Michael Rafferty, MD

Michael Rafferty, MD

Dr. Rafferty was raised in Sturgis, South Dakota, and attended medical school at the University of South Dakota. He completed residency training at the Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.

He has been in urgent care since 2009 and enjoys the fast pace and variety of conditions that patients bring to the urgent care environment. Outside of work, he enjoys any type of outdoor activity, including rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing.

Married for over thirty years, Dr. Rafferty’s wife Mary bravely fought cancer and left behind a legacy of five children and three grandchildren.

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Kimberly Hushagen, MD

Kimberly Hushagen, MD

Dr. Kimberly Hushagen is a board-certified pediatrician, born and raised in small town North Dakota. She completed medical school at the University of North Dakota and went on to complete her pediatrics residency at Penn State in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The large academic center provided a wide breadth of knowledge in acute and complex pediatrics. She returned back to the Midwest with her husband (also a physician at RCMC) and their young son to make South Dakota their forever home. They are expanding their family in fall 2023 with a second baby boy.

Dr. Hushagen’s favorite part of pediatrics is watching her patients and their families grow and learn. She has a special interest in first time parents and breastfeeding support, being a mom herself. She strives to connect with patients at every age, especially teenagers, to start lifelong health goals and improve mental health.

When not at work, you may see Dr. Hushagen and her family at Rapid City Rush hockey games, working on their hobby farm, or spending time with friends and family playing games of all varieties.

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Joseph Hartford, OD

Joseph Hartford, OD

Dr. Hartford completed optometric training at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and his undergraduate degree is from South Dakota State University.

He has been an optometrist in Rapid City for 32 years, twenty-four of which have been at Rapid City Medical Center. He has enjoyed working closely with the many specialty physicians at the Medical Center where there is a genuine feeling of “one-stop shopping.”

When not at work, he enjoys attending his kids’ many activities, camping, fishing, hunting, and boating.

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