Our Eye Doctors

Eye Doctors in Rapid City, SD

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.

Prema Abraham, MDPrema Abraham an eye doctor in rapid city south dakota
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.
Cory Bergman MDdr cory bergman an eye doctor in rapid city south dakota
Cory Bergman, MD is a comprehensive ophthalmologist relocating from Washington State and will be accepting new patients at BHREI in January 2021. Cory attended medical school at the University of Colorado and completed his ophthalmology residency at Loma Linda. He practiced in Anacortes, Washington for the past two years. He is thrilled to live in the Black Hills and his wife and four young boys are excited to explore the area. Cory’s brother and sister-in-law lived in Rapid City in the past and are returning for their retirement making this quite the family reunion.
michael chappell an eye doctor in rapid city south dakotaMichael Chappell MD
Dr. Michael Chappell is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in oculofacial plastic surgery. He was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned his undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, before attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for medical school. He then moved to San Francisco, California, where he completed an internal medicine internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center and then an ophthalmology residency at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Chappell was then accepted into a two-year oculofacial plastic surgery fellowship sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He was inducted into ASOPRS in 2014 and won the Marvin H. Quickert Thesis Award for research performed during his fellowship training.
adam jorgensen an eye doctor in rapid city south dakotaAdam 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.
stephen khachikian an eye doctor in rapid city south dakotaStephen 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.

Michael daSilva, MD
Dr. daSilva is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with a focus on cataract and refractive surgery.  He specializes in advanced cataract surgery, using technologies such as Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) and intraoperative biometry to deliver precise outcomes. He performs refractive procedures such as LASIK, PRK, and refractive lens exchange. His experience in different intraocular lenses and surgical techniques helps patients reduce their dependence on corrective lenses by treating presbyopia and reducing astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. His training in Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) provides options for glaucoma patients to reduce their dependence on pressure-lowering eye drops. In addition to other eye conditions, Dr. daSilva also provides general ophthalmology eye care for the management of diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and trauma.

jess moser an optometrist in rapid city south dakotaJess 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.
ryan scarborough an optometrist in rapid city south dakotaRyan 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.
scott schirber an eye doctor in rapid city south dakotaScott 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.

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