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4141 Fifth Street Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone (605) 341-2424 | Fax (605) 341-4547

Physician Assistants

James W. Richards, PA-C

Jim Richards performs detailed histories, physicals and evaluations for neurosurgical patients. He assists our physicians in providing first-class pre- and post-operative care and participates in neurosurgery as a surgical first assist. Jim has been employed at Black Hills Neurosurgery & Spine, formerly known as The Spine Center at Rapid City, since February 2003. Prior to joining our team, he was a family practice physician assistant in the United States Air Force, providing top-quality care to our armed forces. In 2003, Jim retired from the Air Force after serving for more than 20 years. In 1998, Jim graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical School's (UNMC) physician assistant program with a Bachelor of Science in allied health. In 1999, he was awarded a Master's degree in physician assistant studies from UNMC. He is certified by the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants. Jim is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants. He is currently licensed as a physician assistant in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and North Dakota.

Juanita M. Richards, PA-C

Juanita Richards, MPAS, PA-C has been employed as a Physician Assistant with Black Hills Neurosurgery and Spine since her graduation from the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant program in 1997. She received a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with specialization in Neurosurgery from the University of Nebraska in 2008. Her primary role as physician assistant in our practice is to serve as first assistant in the operating room and to assist the physicians with patient evaluation, care and management before and after surgery. Juanita is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice as a physician assistant in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming. She is a fellow-member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants.

kara davis faith physician assistant, pac south dakota spine neurosurgeryKara Davis-Faith, PA-C

Kara Davis Faith, MPAS, PA-C is a Rapid City native. She received her Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and earned her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT in 2009. Kara previously worked as a medical assistant for a busy family practice clinic in Bellingham, WA prior to going back to PA school. She spent a brief time working as a PA for Yellowstone Vein Center in Billings, MT before moving back to Rapid City and joining the team at Black Hills Neurosurgery and Spine in October 2010. She has enjoyed being back in the Black Hills where she is closer to family and can spend “spare” time hiking and mountain biking.

Rebecca L. Stafford, PA-C

Brittany Rieman, PA-C






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