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Robert C. Stelzle MD FACAAI

Dr. Stelzle trained in Pediatric & Adult Allergy/Immunology through a two year Fellowship Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC from in the late 1990s.
 
After fellowship, he moved to Ft. Gordon Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA to run their Allergy/Immunology Clinic for a couple of years before moving to Rapid City in 2001.  Since 2001, he continues to provide patient care in Allergy/Immunology to those in Rapid City and the surrounding region.
 
Before studying Allergy/Immunology, Dr. Stelzle had previously completed a three year Internal Medicine Residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Hospital in the early 1990s.  

After this Internal Medicine Residency, but before A/I fellowship, he practiced as an Army Internist, serving his country overseas -- while paying the Army back in "time" for the scholarship that they provided for him to attend medical school.
 
Dr Stelzle is currently one of just two "West River" Allergists/Immunologists in SD who is actually certified by the 'American Board of Allergy & Immunology" (ABAI) and Fellowship-Trained specifically in Allergist/Immunologist at this time. (see explanation below re: ABAI).

Dr. Stelzle has over 20 years of experience as an Allergist/Immunologist.  He certainly does not consider himself a "national expert" -- but he works hard to keep up with the most current advances in this field -- in order to provide the best care possible to his patients.

Through his academic efforts, he reached a 98th percentile score (top 2%) - on his initial national ABAI board exam, shortly after graduating from fellowship.   Since then he has continued his lifelong learning efforts, and a decade later, "re-certificated" with the ABAI for another 10 years.
 
Dr. Stelzle's main desire is to try to use what he has learned to help others.  Given the time limitations during a busy clinic day, he tries to delegate part of the teaching process to his very well trained nursing staff.  He also hopes that the educational material on this website furthers that goal -- helping patients achieve excellent allergy, asthma and immunology control.
 
ENT Surgeons (Otolaryngologists), Family Practice Physicians, Internal Medicine (Internists or Hospitalists) Doctors & Pediatricians have their own residency programs, and prestigious certifying board organizations, but they are not ABAI certified (or even eligible to sit for the ABAI certifying exam, since they haven't completed an allergy/immunology fellowship program).
 
Links of Possible Interest:   ABAI    ACAAI    RCRH     AAAAI*
 
* Although Dr. Stelzle is no longer an AAAAI member because it is so very similar (and redundant) to the ACAAI (to which he belongs), he still thinks the AAAAI is an excellent organization.  The AAAAI's website  is similar to the ACAAI's site and has a wealth of trusted information.  Dr. Stelzle endorses the AAAAI to the fullest and highly encourages that you visit their website to learn more about your allergic condition.  

Recent Staff Transitions

Glady's Transition

Congratulations to Gladys Hartl on her retirement!!!

Many thanks for the years of hard work in running AABH's front office and billing area. 

We dearly miss you but are happy for you and the additional time you will have for your many interests and hobbies and time with your family. 


Trish Krull RN

Congratulations to Trish on graduating from RN school and your new job as an intensive care nurse.

We are very excited for you and so proud of your accomplishments. 

Thank you for all the times when you filled to help our nursing staff at AABH as an MA.

We and the many patients you cared for will miss you and wish you all the best!


Dr Khan's Transition

Dr Khan has finished up her time at AABH and has moved from the area.  

While Dr Stelzle and the AABH staff will dearly miss her, we are very happy for Dr Khan as she moves on to explore new exciting opportunities.

At this point in time, Dr Stelzle will be taking her place -- and will be happy to serve all of Dr Khan's patients.

Best Wishes to Dr Khan and much thanks for all of your dedication, hard work, and service to AABH and all of our patients!


Our AABH Team:

Lisa Uhre LPN
 
Lisa has been with AABH since 2006.  She serves as the chief/head nurse at AABH.  She is a hard worker and strives to serve her patients at the highest level of care.

Lisa basically runs the clinical side of our operation.  She orders supplies, gets extracts ready, interacts w/ patients, vendors, insurance companies, pharmacies, and others.  Lisa has trained all the other nurses at AABH, drawing on her years of experience.

She his a true patient advocate and clearly a critical member of our team.  AABH, and our patients, are very lucky to have Lisa working on our behalf.
 
Chris Sewell MA

How nice to find a young energetic nurse who loves her job and wants to share her caring and concern with those in need.  

Chris came to us in the in the Spring of of 2016, and quickly jumped in to fill the shoes of Catrina and Trish - both of whom still help us out prn but have other obligations which prevent them from working regular shifts.

We know how much we appreciate Chris, and know that you, our patients, will enjoy getting to know genuine and compassionate personality as she strives to care for you over time.

Cindi Knisely
 
Cindi directs the non-clinic, front office and billing areas of AABH. 

Keeping the front office humming is a huge job and responsibility that allows us to remain open as a distinct clinic. 
 
Because we are a fairly small clinic, Cindi literally works several individual jobs that multiple workers would do in a larger clinic.  She does all the billing, deals with insurance issues, keeps the front desk and scheduling going.  She is a great resource for our patients given her extensive experience and background.
 
We would be unable to serve our patients without her important contribution to AABH.  We are very thankful and grateful to have her as part of the AABH family.

Mary Moss

Mary mostly works the reception area at AAHB.  She works hard at scheduling your appointments in a timely manner and in requesting outside records prior to initial referral visits - so that we can provide the best care possible.

Those of you who have reception experience know how crazy it can get at the front desk of any small business. 

Although Mary is only here part time, she has proved to be an incredible asset at our front desk, freeing up Cindi to work on billing and other office duties.  We are very grateful for all you do Mary!

Denise Dowling LPN 

Denise is a welcome addition to our team as of Dec 2017. 

She is a critical helper to our more regular nurses: Lisa and Chris -- Allowing them to have some time off.  

Denise has 30+ years of experience in nursing in multiple areas of medicine.  She is a very quick learner has already mastered almost all of our allergy nursing procedures.

She is an easy going, very likable, individual who is sure to make you feel at home and we feel blessed to have her join our team.