Black Hills Regional Eye Institute Doctors

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide our region with comprehensive eye care of the highest quality in an efficient and innovative manner and to continually improve that care through education and research.

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Our Doctors

Our medical clinic and surgery center located in Rapid City allow our highly-trained physicians to offer this region with a wide variety of subspecialties.  Our comprehensive approach to eye care includes cataract surgery, corneal disease, diabetic retinopathy, eye muscle surgery, glaucoma, laser vision correction, macular degeneration, ocular inflammation, and oculoplastics.

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Meet Our Doctors

Prema Abraham, MDPrema Abraham, MD
Dr. Abraham received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Stephens College and her medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree, she did an internship and residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine and then followed this with a Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. Dr. Abraham joined the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in 1995 and has been the acting Medical Director since 2001. Dr. Abraham is a leading physician in retina procedures and provides services that normally would only be found in major metropolitan areas. The Retina Center at the Eye Institute has state-of-the-art equipment including the Spectral Domain OCT, high-resolution fundus photography and angiography. Dr. Abraham also participates in numerous clinical research trials related to diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and vein occlusions.
Dr. JorgensenAdam Jorgensen, MD
Dr. Jorgensen joins us from Salt Lake City, UT where he obtained his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine after receiving his B.A. BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. His Medicine Internship was at the University of Utah Medical Center and his Ophthalmology Residency at John A. Moran Eye Center. He is a fellowship-trained glaucoma surgeon having completed his fellowship at John A. Moran Eye Center.
Dr. KhachikianStephen Khachikian, MD
Dr. Khachikian obtained his Bachelor of Science degree and graduated with honors from Siena College in Upstate New York, before pursuing medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Khachikian continued his medical career in Albany completing his Ophthalmology Residency and Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Khachikian has performed extensive clinical research in the areas of keratoconus, corneal topography, and endothelial keratoplasty. Dr. Khachikian specializes in all forms of corneal transplantation and regularly performs refractive and cataract surgery including the use of toric and multifocal intraocular lenses. He also has an interest in repair of traumatic eye injuries and anterior segment repair.
Dr. MoserJess Moser, OD
Dr. Moser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and graduated with honors from Black Hills State University. He went on to complete his doctorate of optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois where he received clinical and academic awards. He is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, the American Optometric Society, Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity, and the South Dakota Optometric Society. Dr. Moser joined the Eye Institute in 2014 to provide primary eye care, ocular health exams, contact lens services, treatment and management of ocular diseases, and post-operative care.
Dr. ScarboroughRyan Scarborough, OD
Dr. Ryan Scarborough returned home to South Dakota after practicing hospital-based optometry with the Indian Health Service in Arizona. He grew up on a ranch in western South Dakota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from South Dakota State University. In between his undergraduate and professional degrees he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in inner-city Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Scarborough received his optometric degree from The Ohio State University and furthered his education with an accredited residency in ocular disease and primary eye care from the Marshall B. Ketchum University. He volunteers his time with the board of directors for the Northern Plains Eye Foundation in addition to providing care at the Community Health Center of the Black Hills. Dr. Scarborough has obtained fellowship status in the American Academy of Optometry and maintains board certification with the American Board of Certified Medical Optometrists.
Dr. SchirberScott Schirber, OD
Dr. Schirber was born and raised in South Dakota and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He completed optometry school at Pacific University College of Optometry. After completing his education, Dr. Schirber moved to Minneapolis, where he worked at one of the busiest laser centers in the country. He returned to South Dakota and joined the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in 2007 to become the Laser Vision Center Director. He has personally had LASIK surgery which serves him well as he educates and helps patients lessen their dependence on glasses and contacts at the Eye Institute. Dr. Schirber also enjoys specialty contact lens fittings for those with keratoconus, corneal transplants, and severe dry eye.
Dr. SpencerTerrence Spencer, MD
Dr. Spencer obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Idaho State University and his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Spencer continued his education by receiving an Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Lens Research Fellowship from the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. He then completed an Internal Medicine Internship from the University of Utah School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals and an Ophthalmology Residency from the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. He has special interest in cataract surgery using presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses and in difficult or complicated cataract surgery. He has experience using the IFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser and also has expertise with Phakic Intraocular Lenses. Dr. Spencer joined the Eye Institute in 2010 and has performed thousands of cataract and refractive procedures.
Kristin Tarbet, MD
Dr. Tarbet is double board-certified in ophthalmology and facial plastic surgery. Her subspecialty focus provides her with detailed knowledge of the facial region and allows her to concentrate her skills on the most current, most safe, and effective techniques in ophthalmic facial plastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.Her extensive study of the field has provided her with the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most respected leaders in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and anti-aging technologies.

Dr. Nixon
Robert Nixon, MD Retired

Dr. Dirks
Monte Dirks, MD Retired

Daniel Hafner, MD Retired
Dr. Hafner, MD Retired

Where We Are

2800 3rd St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
605-341-2000