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Claudia Hougland, C-NP

Claudia Hougland, C-NP

Claudia is originally from Rapid City and after spending several years east river, working as a cardiology ICU nurse, she was excited to move back home to be reunited with her family and start her career at Rapid City Medical Center.

During her time at Rapid City Medical Center Claudia worked as a registered nurse in both family practice and interventional pain. She completed her advanced practice training throughout the medical center’s many different specialties, though interventional pain is where she found her calling.

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Dakota. After gaining experience in the hospital setting, she then attended the University of North Dakota and received her master’s degree in nursing to become a certified nurse practitioner.

Claudia’s passions include creating meaningful relationships with her patients and working together with them on treatment plans to decrease their pain and improve their quality of life.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs hiking, camping, and exploring the Black Hills.

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Sandra Erickson, C-NP

Sandra Erickson, C-NP

Sandra Erickson NP is Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She was born and raised in MN and graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters of Science and a Bachelors. She has a passion for Interventional Pain and several years of experience in Interventional Pain and has a special interest in chronic headaches, migraines, and Botox injections.

She enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful Black Hills with family.

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Tyler Ptacek, MD

Tyler Ptacek, MD

Dr. Tyler A. Ptacek, a double Board Certified pain specialist, has been in practice since 2015 and at RCMC in Rapid City since December of 2020.

Dr. Ptacek was raised along with his two brothers and sister in O’Neill, Nebraska – a town of about 3,500 people. It was during this time that he was influenced by his father practicing medicine as a small town family doctor. This experience is a big part of why he enjoys the combining of the art and the science of modern medicine into improving people’s lives.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, he attended medical school at the University of Nebraska followed by an internship at the University of Kansas- Wichita. Dr. Ptacek completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, and his Interventional Pain Fellowship at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC. He was in private practice in Cape Girardeau, MO prior to moving to the Black Hills in 2020 to be close to family.

Dr. Ptacek describes his bedside manner as open and relaxed. He recommends common sense treatments with the goals of decreasing pain and increasing function. He likes to start his visits by trying to understand what is important to the patient. He is passionate about quality care and staying up-to-date with the newest treatments and technology. He specializes in long-term treatment of pain, including spinal cord stimulation, pain pumps, kyphoplasty, SI Joint fusions, Basivertebral nerve ablation, and has a special interest in stem cell/regenerative medicine.

Dr. Ptacek served in the United States Air Force Air National Guard as a Flight Surgeon for 14 years. He and his wife Melanie are blessed with two boys and two girls. They enjoy traveling, hiking, snowboarding, and flying small aircraft.

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Lance Doeden, MD

Lance Doeden, MD

Dr. Lance Doeden was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota and received his undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University. He went to medical school at the University of North Dakota and did his residency and fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Double board-certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain, Dr. Doeden says his biggest hope for his patients is to improve pain, function and ultimately their quality of life without the use of medication.

He enjoys hiking and exploring the Black Hills with his wife Mikayla and their four kids. Their youngest son has Down Syndrome and his uniqueness and contagious joy has offered the family the opportunity to shout the worth of all individuals. Outside of work, Dr. Doeden enjoys being with his family, playing on the water, reading, watching sporting events and spending time with his church family.

Dr. Doeden was the first person in North Dakota to implant Omnia, the latest technology from Nevro spinal cord stimulation, as well as the first physician in the state to use Wavewriter alpha, the latest technology from Boston Scientific. Prior to moving to Rapid City in 2021, he was an interventional pain physician at Sanford Health in Fargo for four years. Along with his partner, Dr. Tyler Ptacek, he is a founding member of the Dakota Pain Society.

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