In this section, you can read stories from patients we’ve treated about their experiences and recoveries under our care.

You can also read what our patients are saying about Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center by visiting our doctor profiles.

Read what our patients are saying about Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center.


Average Rating: 5
“I saw Dr. Papendick about a shoulder problem. I was so impressed how I was treated by Dr. Papendick & his nurse. I felt like a "person", not just a patient. He was so personable & took time to explain X-rays, the MRI & his recommendation for treatment. I did not have to sit & wait for an hour in the waiting room or treatment room either.”
– Judy E.
Treated by: Lew Papendick, MD
“Had surgery on both shoulders and right knee. Multiple shots in those joints also and physical therapy. Very knowledgeable on what he is doing. and love your hospital and all the staff. Very satisfied.”
– Arling M.
Treated by: Lew Papendick, MD
“I feel Dr. LaBrie actually cares about his patients and wants to make sure they get the best care. He does not treat you like a number, and he actually listens to you. He and all the support staff are very professional and courteous. I would highly recommend Dr. LaBrie and Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center.”
– Ruth B.
Treated by: Jason LaBrie, DO
“Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center is second to none when it comes to the surgery services, physical therapy services and customer service care they provide. I would not want to have health care taken care of by anyone else. I have had two hip replacements done by Dr. Marrs and an elbow surgery done by Dr. Dykstra. These doctors know exactly what they are doing and are very good at what they do!”
– Joshua S.
Treated by: Aaron Dykstra, MD
“Dr. Dykstra is excellent, caring and meticulous with detail. I had a severe wrist break, it was smashed basically into small pieces and Dr. Dykstra did amazing work on my wrist, for the extent of my injury, he was able to get my wrist to function and I could get back to work quickly. I am very thankful that I had Dr. Dykstra as my orthopedic surgeon, he was direct about my prognosis and I really appreciated the direct talk on my injury. The staff is friendly and helpful. Their compassion was appreciated!”
– Martin B.
Treated by: Aaron Dykstra, MD
“I was completely satisfied with all aspects of my care. I was able to get in to see the doctor in a timely manner and when I decided to have the hip replacement done I did not have long to wait. The results of the surgery have been very good.”
– Jacqueline S.
Treated by: Michael Kadrmas, MD
“5 out of 5 experience! I had a L-4/L-5 laminectomy on September 2, 2015. I was able to go home the same day as my surgery. My recovery was quick and without any complications or infection. Before surgery, I had terrible pain down my right leg, numbness in my right foot, and was unable to run or hike without constantly stopping and stretching my back to relieve the pain in my leg. The surgery dramatically relieved the pain in my leg, and the numbness in my foot is gradually decreasing. I now have much better strength in my right foot with very little foot drop. I will always highly recommend Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center to anyone who asks! Dr. Woodruff is a great surgeon as well as the kind of physician who can explain your medical situation in easy-to-understand terms. Overall, a really great experience with a really great staff!  ”
– Norman C.
Treated by: Robert Woodruff, MD
“Makes you feel comfortable and answers all questions in a manner and terms that you can understand. Very friendly and outgoing. Excellent Doctor.”
– Paul S.
Treated by: Emmett McEleney, MD
“I had surgery in November 2015 with Dr. Chilvers for a Morton's neuroma on one of my toes. I am so happy with the results, all my previous pain is gone. Thank you, Dr. Chilvers.”
– Rhonda A.
Treated by: Peg Chilvers, MD
“It's so reassuring to know that we have a world-class doctor right here in Rapid City. I will miss Dr. Fromm's expertise and his calm personability when I go off to college. The whole staff up front is amazing, highly trained, quick, organized, and efficient. The nurses and techs in the back that run around taking care of things are just as good. If every medical facility was just half as good as your's, the world would be a better place.”
– Sasha B.
Treated by: Stuart Fromm, MD


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