Dr. Ripperda has been the medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center since 2007. In 1999, Dr. Ripperda earned his medical degree from the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. In 2003, Dr. Ripperda completed the physical and rehabilitation residency program at the University of Colorado.
He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as independent medical examination. Additionally, he has been board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. His specialties include physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain assessment and recommendation, and independent medical exams. His special interests include: electrodiagnostics (EMGs), acute spine injuries, workers compensation, spinal cord injuries, stroke, trigger point injections and non-cosmetic Botox injections for spasticity.