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Joseph Schowalter, DO

Joseph Schowalter, DO

Dr. Joseph Schowalter DO is a board certified gastroenterologist who practices compassionate medical care. Dr. Schowalter focuses on patient centered care and believes communication, education and professionalism are the keys to a strong patient-physician relationship.

Dr. Schowalter practices all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology. He is proficient in managing all gastrointestinal disorders. He has advanced training in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP). He has a specific interest in pancreaticobiliary disorders, gastrointestinal oncology and advanced therapeutic endoscopy.

Dr. Schowalter completed his medical education at Midwestern University. He attended residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago and spent an additional year in academics as a chief medical resident. He completed his GI fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago and then completed an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Rush University. He is board certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

In his free time, Dr. Schowalter is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking national parks, kayaking, skiing, sports and fresh water fishing.

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Andrew Kelts, DO

Andrew Kelts, DO

Born and raised in Rapid City, Dr. Andrew Kelts was a Central Cobbler before completing undergraduate training at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.  While at St. Olaf, he met his wife, Dr. Kay Kelts, before moving to Colorado to complete medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He then completed residency in Internal Medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  While in residency, Dr. Kelts gained a love for gastrointestinal medicine, realizing the great impact he could have on the lives of many people through treatment of their digestive health disorders.  Dr. Kelts was subsequently awarded a Gastroenterology fellowship at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, New York, practicing there and at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester.

While in fellowship, Dr. Kelts was trained to a high level in clinical gastrointestinal medicine, becoming proficient in general gastroenterology and endoscopic techniques.  He enjoys practicing general gastroenterology including the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, GERD, and irritable bowel syndrome.  During training, Dr. Kelts realized the value of high-quality screening and prevention of colorectal cancer; he excels at removing polyps with endoscopic techniques, ensuring his patients the healthiest life possible.  Dr. Kelts also found and cultivated a strong emphasis on inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and liver disorders.  He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.  He is board-certified in Internal Medicine.

In his spare time, Dr. Kelts enjoys hiking, camping, writing, music, and sports.  Of utmost importance to him, however, is spending time with his wife, Dr. Kay Kelts, and his two children, no matter the activity.  As his young son is fond of saying, Dr. Kelts is “a great poop doctor who also works on stomachs.”

  • Board Status

    American Board of Internal Medicine

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Erik Raborn, DO

Erik Raborn, DO

Dr. Erik Raborn is a board-certified Internist who graduated Gastroenterology fellowship in 2023, who has been practicing medicine for 6 years. He received his medical degree from LECOM Bradenton and completed his internal medicine and gastroenterology residency and fellowship at Elmira, NY. He is currently affiliated with the Rapid City Medical Center and Monument Heath.

Dr. Raborn has been married for 12 years to Kelly and has a single son, Finn. He and his wife moved to Rapid City summer of 2023, and they love the area so much that they even moved his in-laws to town. Dr. Raborn enjoys spending his free time with his family, playing board games, Dungeons and Dragons, video games, and watching movies. He is also fond of cooking, and can be seen on weekend using his smoker or trying to perfect pancakes and bacon.

Dr. Raborn’s areas of interest in gastroenterology include whole-person care, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, gastric disorders, and colon cancer prevention. He believes that a comprehensive approach to patient care is essential for optimal outcomes, and he is committed to providing his patients with the highest quality of care. He looks forward to taking care of you and your family.

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Kristin Rokusek, C-NP

Kristin Rokusek, C-NP

Kristin is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and graduate of South Dakota State University. She has been in practice since 2019. Her practice focuses on General GI issues and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

In her spare time, Kristin enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, multiple sports, and traveling both domestically and internationally.

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Elizabeth Larson, C-NP

Elizabeth Larson, C-NP

Elizabeth is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and graduate of South Dakota State University. She has been in practice since 2018, though she started out in a pediatric practice and worked for one year before joining RCMC. 

Elizabeth enjoys getting to help people with their gastroenterology needs. She sees general GI, but has a focus on IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s. 

She enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling – especially when it involves time with her family.

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Katie Ingle, DNP, FNP

Katie Ingle, DNP, FNP

Katie Ingle is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined the Rapid City Medical Center Gastroenterology Department in 2021. She has been a nurse practitioner since 2005, previously working in family and emergency medicine. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Iowa and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. In 2020 she obtained a certification in functional medicine from the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Developing relationships with her patients, looking for the root cause of symptoms, and helping patients work towards an optimal state of health are the things Katie most enjoys about being a nurse practitioner. She appreciates being able to provide holistic care by combining traditional allopathic medicine with functional medicine principles. She believes this approach allows for optimal health.

Katie grew up in Iowa and met her future husband, Zak, who was in the Army, while finishing her undergraduate nursing degree. Zak and Katie spent 21 years living all across the United States and finally settled here in Rapid City when Zak retired from the army. They have three children who keep them busy. As a family they enjoy traveling, skiing, and spending time with their Newfoundland, Rey.

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Emily Baertsch, C-NP

Emily Baertsch, C-NP

Emily is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and graduate of South Dakota State University. She has been in practice since 2020.

Emily was born and raised in Rapid City. She initially attended college at the University of Minnesota where she graduated with honors in Kinesiology and a Coaching Minor. She then went on to receive a BSN from South Dakota State University and later returned to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner, graduating in 2019. She spent 11 years as a RN in the acute care setting, caring for patients across the lifespan with a special focus in end-of-life care, organ donation, and hospital operations. She joined Gastroenterology in 2020 where she enjoys seeing general gastroenterology patients and subspecializes in liver disease. Her passion is to help people live their best lives using a personalized approach to medical care. Outside of the office, she spends time with her husband and 2 children enjoying life in the Black Hills. She is also active in high school gymnastics and has been a high school official since 2005.

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Blake Jones, MD

Blake Jones, MD

Dr. Jones is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in Canada. He attended medical school at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, followed by a medical internship at the Toronto General Hospital, and residency training at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Jones returned to Mayo for a fellowship in gastroenterology and completed training in 1998. He joined the Gastroenterology Department at Rapid City Medical Center in 2013.

In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and camping with his wife and children in the Black Hills and beyond. Dr. Jones is also an avid photographer and dog lover.

  • Board Status

    Certified American Board of Gastroenterology

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Nathan Jaqua, MD

Nathan Jaqua, MD

Dr. Nathan T. Jaqua is a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology from South Dakota State University (SDSU). After completing some graduate-level work in Chemistry at SDSU, he attended the University of South Dakota Sandford School of Medicine where he received his Medical Doctorate degree 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, Maryland. During his 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. He spent almost nine 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. He 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, Dr. Jaqua enjoys hiking, camping, music, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Board Status
Certified American Board of Gastroenterology and American Board of Internal Medicine

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