Kristin Tarbet, MD

Rapid City Ophthalmologist

“The most important thing about my job is the trust and care people place in me. My purpose is to take care of patients and help them safely achieve their goals. I’m not just treating a face, I’m treating a person.”

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.

Facial Plastic Surgery Academy  American Medical Association  American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  American College of Surgeons


  • American Board of Ophthalmology Board Certification
  • American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Board Certification
  • Diplomat of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Preceptor of the ASOPRS Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program
  • National Instructor and Lecturer, Invited International Presenter
  • Author of textbook chapters and scientific publications


  • MD from the University of Utah
  • Internship at the University of Utah
  • Residency in Ophthalmology at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital
  • Ophthalmic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship
  • Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbit at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital Fellowship
  • MO from the University of Wisconsin

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