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St. Michael's Hospital Avera

410 West 16th Ave
 Tyndall, SD 57066
605-589-3341

Meet Our Providers

Our board certified physicians and staff have many years of experience offering expert healthcare to individuals and families in the community. By focusing on complete family healthcare, we are able to understand patient needs and provide accurate, effective care for you and your family.

Mel Wallinga, MD, Chief of Medical Staff

Mel Wallinga, MD

St. Michael's Hospital Avera
Bon Homme Family Practice Clinic
Medical Staff

Degree:  University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Residency:  Yakima Valley Family Medicine, University of Washington

Education:  B.A. Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

Practice:  Family Practice; Special credentials in minor surgery and procedures

Licensure: Iowa, South Dakota

Special Training:  Advanced Cardiac Life Support; Endoscopy Certification

Lori Ranek, PA-C

Lori Ranke, PA-C

St. Michael's Hospital Avera
Bon Homme Family Practice Clinic
Medical Staff

Degree:  University of North Dakota

Education:  University of South Dakota School of Nursing, Associates Degree, 1978; University of North Dakota Physician Assistant Program, 1993

Practice:  Physician Assistant since 1993; Registered Nurse, St. Michael’s Hospital, 1978-1992

Licensure:  State of South Dakota

Angela Schnetzer, PA-C

Angela Schnetzer, PA-C

St. Michael's Hospital Avera
Bon Homme Family Practice Clinic
Medical Staff

Degree:  Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, IA 

Education:  M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, Des Moines University; B.S. in Biology, University of South Dakota; B.S. in Psychology; University of South Dakota

Practice: Family Medicine

Licensure: State of South Dakota

Special Training: Advanced Trauma Life Support (PALS)

Shane Merchant, PA-C

St. Michael's Hospital Avera
Bon Homme Family Practice Clinic
Medical Staff

Degree:  Union College, Lincoln, NE

Education:  M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, Union College; B.S. of Science in Medical Technology; University of South Dakota; Certification in Clinical Laboratory Science; University of North Dakota School of Medicine

Practice: Family Medicine

Licensure: State of South Dakota

Special Training: 
Basic Disaster Life Support
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Qualified Mental Health Professional Certification
National Academy of DOT Medical Examiners

Michael McLaury, PA-C

St. Michael's Hospital Avera
Bon Homme Family Practice Clinic
Medical Staff

Degree:  Union College, Lincoln, NE

Education:  M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, Union College; B.S. in Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University with Minors in Gerontology, Psychology and Health Sciences

Practice: Family Medicine

Licensure: State of South Dakota

Special Training: 
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Qualified Mental Health Professional Certification
National Academy of DOT Medical Examiners