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Jonathan W. Mellema

Jonathan W. Mellema, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat and Otolaryngology

"I feel a sense of peace when thinking about others before myself. I put myself in my patients’ shoes, and remember to be humble—we’re all in the same boat together."

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About Me

If you’re searching for an ear, nose and throat specialist—who loves interacting with patients, you found one. Jonathan Mellema, MD, is a board-certified head and neck surgeon at Avera Medical Group Specialty Care in Brookings, SD. Inspired by his grandfather, a general surgeon, and his father, a family practice physician, Dr. Mellema has a strong lineage of medicine—although he original wanted to be an Air Force pilot.

Expert Care for Ear, Nose and Throat

Nothing can disrupt your life faster than issues with sinuses and allergies, ear infections or tonsil troubles. For the vast range of ear, nose and throat conditions, Dr. Mellema brings years of surgical experience in various patient situations, having practiced in rural settings. He specializes in providing expert and compassionate care for patients of all backgrounds and ages—from pediatric to geriatric.

His specialties include:

“Be your own health advocate,” says Dr. Mellema. “Seek a second opinion, and address issues right away before they become larger problems,” he adds as his advice to patients. His favorite thing about being a doctor is finding relief for his patients, and especially working with children.

Active Lifestyle

In his free time, Dr. Mellema spends time with his family. He is an active sportsman and, depending on the season, can be found skiing, pheasant hunting, walleye fishing, watching football and hockey or playing video games with his children. He also enjoys reading, traveling and Crossfit exercising. His busy home includes many pets, such as dogs, cats, goats and chickens.

Personal Interests

Hunting, fishing, reading, boating, water sports, movies, Crossfit, Minnesota Wild and Vikings



University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Medical School


University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology


  • Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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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