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James Dreessen

James Dreessen, MD

Pain Management and Anesthesiology

"Pain is serious because it puts limits on people’s lives. You and I will work together to ensure your pain is treated effectively and to the extent modern medicine offers."

Office Information

About Me

James Dreessen, MD, used to work in an industrial laboratory after college. However, he missed interacting with people and helping them one on one, which inspired him to return to school to pursue a medical degree.

Today, he serves as a pain management expert in Plaza 2 on the Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center campus in Sioux Falls, SD.

“It’s rewarding to use my hands and expertise to help people and make a difference in their lives,” said Dr. Dreessen.

Expert Care in Pain Management

Dr. Dreessen understands pain is personal, and doesn’t simply look at an MRI or surgical report to care for his patients. It’s a face-to-face conversation.

“I treat the patient, not just the MRI report,” said Dr. Dreessen. “Talking with them, I can focus on their real grievance and better pinpoint where the pain is generating from.”

Some of the current strategies and therapies Dr. Dreessen uses for pain relief include:

  • Radiofrequency ablation to affected nerves
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Various steroid and epidural injections

Active Lifestyle

When he’s not at work, Dr. Dreessen enjoys hunting, golfing and woodworking.



Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, Medical School


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, Anesthesiology


University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, Pain Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • North American Society of Neuromodulation
  • American Society of Anesthesiology

This directory contains information about the provider members of Independent Health Care Associates, Avera Health and all Avera entities, members of the Avera Medical Group, and employed select providers with Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD and Avera Marshall, Marshall, MN and physicians with hospital privileges at Avera St. Luke's, Aberdeen, SD; Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, SD; Avera Queen of Peace, Mitchell, SD; Avera St. Mary's, Pierre, SD.

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