Meet the Team

Family physicians serve as the primary faculty, and other specialist attendings complement the teaching rotations. The Residency faculty oversee the educational and evaluation process of the Program. They also coordinate specialty rotations with community and university physicians who are dedicated to teaching residents. The basic three-year curriculum is explained on the curriculum page. The Program was designed so residents can individually tailor it to meet their needs and interests.


Dr. Mark Huntington, MD PhD FAAFP, Program Director
Dr. Huntington is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Michigan State University, with graduate work in microbiology He received his Family Medicine residency training and a Diploma in International Health from the University of Cincinnati in 1998. Prior to joining the CFM faculty, he was in private practice for eight years in rural west-central Minnesota. He is extensively involved in international health in educational, clinical, and research capacities.

Dr. Jay Allison, MD
Dr. Jay Allison is a 1995 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical School. He completed his residency at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, IA, and has practiced in the communities of O'Neill and Bassett, NE, as well as Freeman and Yankton, SD. His tropical/international medical experiences include annual trips to Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. From 2013 to 2014 Dr. Allison's family lived on the edge of the Amazon jungle in Ecuador where he served at Hospital Vozandes del Oriente and taught Ecuadorian medical residents. He is a member of the Academy of Family Physicians, the Christian Medical and Dental Association and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Allison is married and has four children. He enjoys medical ministry, hunting, fishing and family time.

Dr. Daniel Felix, PhD, LMFT, Director of Behavioral Health
Dr. Felix graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2013 with his doctorate degree (PhD) in Human Sciences, specializing in Medical Family Therapy. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and has been providing mental health therapy and couples counseling since 2009. Prior to joining the residency, Dr. Felix taught for four years at a family medicine residency in Indianapolis, IN. His clinical work is closely aligned with his educational focus on clinical teaching, and with his research interests in family-oriented primary care, rural behavioral health, and integrated behavioral healthcare. Outside of work he enjoys fly fishing, training his bird-hunting dog, and life with his wife and three young children.

Dr. David Brechtelsbauer, MD
Dr. Brechtelsbauer from the Univ. of MI Medical School in 1973 and did his family practice residency in Saginaw, MI. Dr. Brechtelsbauer practiced for nine years in rural Virginia before joining the residency faculty. Having completed a mini-fellowship in geriatrics at the University of North Carolina, he is the residency geriatrician. In March 2009, Dr. Brechtelsbauer was elected President of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA). 

Dr. Tara Geis, MD
Dr. Geis graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She received her family medicine training at the St. Joseph Hospital-HealthEast in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Geis also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Minnesota and a Primary Care Faculty Development fellowship at Michigan State University. She brings six years of faculty experience from Iowa before moving to Sioux Falls. Her special areas of medical interest are geriatrics, women's health, dermatology, and preventive medicine.

Dr. Jean Heisler, MD
Dr. Heisler graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine ini 1979. She completed her family medicine residency at the Sioux Falls Family Practice program in 1982. She has practiced medicine for two years in the Indian Health Service and two years in rural Africa as well as several years in private practice. Her professional interests include working with the underserved.

Dr. Amy Hogue, MD
Dr. Amy Hogue is a 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Memorial Family Medicine Residency in South Bend, Indiana. She has practiced in the communities of Muskegon, MI and South Bend, IN, and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She enjoys football games at her alma mater, Notre Dame, as well as traveling and cooking. Dr. Hogue is married and enjoys lots of activities with her family.

Dr. Brad Kamstra, DO
Dr. Brad Kamstra, D.O. graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1996 and then completed his Family Medicine residency in Sioux City, IA. He practiced for 15 years in the rural community of Rock Valley, IA. He has experience in teach at Rocky Vista University - College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of South Dakota - Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Program, and is a ATLS instructor.
His interests include Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques (OMT), sports medicine, and rural health. Currently, he has been working on initiatives related to Physician Burnout, including training to be a Life Coach. International experiences include medical missions to Romania, Guatemala, and Sierra Leone, Africa. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and five children. As a family, they enjoy watching movies, camping, and many other outdoor activities

Dr. Wesley Nord, MD, Associate Director
Dr. Nord is a 1975 graduate of the University of Minnesota and did his family practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. In 1987, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Nord is board certified in Family practice and Internal Medicine. He has a certificate of added qualifications in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Charles Shafer, MD, Medical Director for the Falls Community Health Center
Dr. Shafer earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska in 1986, and completed residency training at Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency in 1989. His professional interests include preventive medicine, HIV/AIDS, Third-world medicine and working with the underserved. Dr. Shafer is credentialed as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV medicine.

Dr. Fred Thanel MD, MPH
Dr. Tranel graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1975, and did his family practice residency at Creighton-St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha, NE. Dr. Thanel practiced for 13 years in rural Wyoming before joining the faculty at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He completed an MPH degree in Epidemiology at the UAB School of Public Health in 1993, and joined the faculty here in December of 1993. His interests include rural health care issues, outpatient procedures, sonography, practice-based research and obstetrics. HE serves as a National Advisory Faculty for Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).

Dr. Mary Watson, MD
Dr. Watson graduated from USD School of Medicine in 1986 and completed two years of pathology residency in 1988. Dr. Watson completed her residency at the Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency in 1991. She practiced for nine years in rural South Dakota before joining the residency faculty. Dr. Watson's professional interests include patient education, preventive medicine, rural medicine and women's health.

Dr. Jim Wilde, MD
Dr. Wilde graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison Medical School in 1988. He then completed his residency at the Univ. of Wyoming - Cheyenne Family Practice Program. From there he traveled to Nome, Alaska, spending 6 ½ years tending to a largely native indigenous population. Appalachian Kentucky provided the next professional challenge, staffing a rural health clinic in Booneville for 1 ½ years before beginning his service here. Dr. Wilde's professional interests include rural medicine and an evidence-based approach to care.

* All faculty members have clinical appointments to the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota.