Physician Profile: Abbie Metzler D.O.
Abbie Metzler D.O. Primary Care Sports Medicine, Monument Health Orthopedic & Specialty Hospital
The Future of Fitness
As technology becomes ever present in our day-to-day lives, it’s no surprise wearable fitness devices are popular. While there are no quick fixes or magic solutions in health, wearables can be a powerful tool on your fitness journey.
When Dayna Swanson, RN, took an assignment at Monument Health, she didn’t know how long she would stay. After less than a year in the Black Hills, she started calling Rapid City home.
Volunteer Profile: Konnie Sorensen
Konnie Sorensen Manager of Volunteer Services Monument Health Rapid City Hospital
Health at Every Age
Taking care of your health is a lifelong process that includes regular preventative screenings. It’s important to keep up with screenings, but it all starts with understanding your personal health risks and the tests recommended at your stage in life.
Physician Profile: John Tronnes, MD
Dr. Tronnes places a high value on family. That’s what brought him to the Black Hills, and it shines through in his practice, no matter the setting.
What’s Old Is New Again
Sometimes breakthroughs in treatment options mean updating old procedures instead of creating new ones.
Physician Profile: Charles Lewis, D.O.
Dr. Lewis has built his family medicine practice over three decades — and he’s excited to see it stay in the family.
Physician Profile: Sarah Lewis, D.O.
Dr. Lewis grew up watching her father’s dedication to his patients, and she looks forward to continuing to provide them with the level of care they’ve come to expect.
The Perfect 8 Hours
Lack of sleep can make us irritable, but it can also cause a host of health problems you might not expect. Luckily, getting better sleep may be as simple as changing what you eat.
The Gymtimidation is Real
Many people quit their new fitness routine long before they see results — but a lot of times it's simply because they don't like their gym.
Physician Profile: Kyle Schmidt, M.D.
Sometimes tough decisions really do require “brain surgery.” Luckily, Dr. Schmidt has that covered.
Physician Profile: Chad Storch, D.O., MPH
With 21 years of experience in the United States Navy, and over 25 years of experience in hospital and clinic settings, Dr. Storch is exactly who you need to make sure your employees can meet the physical demands of the job.
Rapid City surgeons provide a full spectrum of care and leading-edge procedures close to home.
The Science of Sweetness
Too much sugar in our diet can lead to a host of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. The key to sugar intake is knowing what amount is healthy, and making smart choices about diet and exercise.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment, while not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's happening around us.
Physician Profile: Hunter Moyer, M.D.
For Dr. Moyer, plastic surgery isn’t just about enhancing appearance. It’s a way to ensure that patients not only look their best, but feel their best as well.
Physician Profile: Josephine Davis, M.D.
After leaving Rapid City — the town where she grew up — to complete her Family Medicine residency, Dr. Davis returned to the area to treat patients in the Black Hills.
Rock Climbing: Hang in There — It’s Worth the Effort
Most consider climbing an extreme sport that’s only accessible for elite athletes in peak physical condition. While the sport does pose greater risk than others, climbing doesn’t actually require above average fitness to get started.
Take Your Swing: Staying Strong on the Golf Course
Golf is an excellent way to stay active. Being physically prepared for the demands of a golf swing, and understanding how to swing efficiently, can allow golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport and avoid injuries.
Summer Cycling: Maximize Comfort and Improve Performance
With summer weather and hundreds of miles worth of riding, cycling in the Black Hills never gets old.
Physician Profile: Heather Brewer, M.D.
In the course of her career, Dr. Heather Brewer has delivered over 3,000 babies and counting. Now she’s closing in on a new accomplishment — delivering the babies of patients she delivered.
Physician Profile: Michael Hansen, M.D.
When he isn’t treating patients in the ICU, Dr. Michael Hansen enjoys giving back to organizations like Best Buddies and Special Olympics, and even runs his own YouTube channel.
Spring Into Health
After a year of indoor or at-home workouts, spring is the perfect time to move physical fitness routines outside. The experts at Monument Health weigh in on how to safely implement walking or running into an exercise routine.
Lifestyle Medicine: A New Approach to Health Care
Monument Health’s new Lifestyle Medicine program seeks to change the way we approach our health and chronic condition management.
Patient Story: Carol Engel
Carol Engel, who has cancer, is one of the patients who is benefiting from the clinical collaboration between Monument Health and Mayo Clinic physicians.
Physician Profile: Joy Falkenburg, M.D.
When she isn’t treating patients, you can find Dr. Falkenburg working the soil and finding peace in the Healing Garden, located on the Monument Health Custer Hospital and Clinic campus.