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Kathlyn J. Drexler, MD

Kathlyn J. Drexler, MD

Orthopedics and Hand Surgery
4.7 / 5 (Based on 109 Ratings) Learn More

"As a surgeon, I know how important it is to have functional hands. My patients entrust me with their most valuable instrument and each one deserves my undivided attention."

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About Me

If you’re in need of hand surgery to lessen pain, restore function or improve your quality of life, count on Kathlyn Drexler, MD for specialized and compassionate care.

Expert Orthopedic Hand Surgeon

As an orthopedic hand surgeon at Avera Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD, Dr. Drexler offers expertise in the surgical treatment of a variety of hand conditions due to injury, trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, congenital hand deformities, arthritis and more.

“I have passion for solving problems to make lives better,” she says. “I chose to specialize in hand surgery because I have such awe and respect for the human hands. They’re what we use to connect and communicate with others, and achieve our greatest accomplishments.”

Dr. Drexler enjoys working with her patients to develop personalized solutions that meet their goals. “Many of the operations that I do are fairly simple from a surgical standpoint, but are life-changing for my patients.”

Active & Adventurous Lifestyle

As someone who’s lived her entire life in Texas and New Mexico, Dr. Drexler looks forward to the new adventure of living in South Dakota. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as running, hiking, biking and rock climbing. “Since my career requires so much time indoors, I like to maximize the fun and enjoyment of being outside in my free time,” she says.

Learn more about orthopedic surgery at Avera.



University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, Medical School


Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Orthopedic Surgery


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Hand and Microvascular


December 11, 2020
Really like Dr. Drexler. She is very very thorough & knowledgeable
December 10, 2020
I was approximately 2 hours early for my appointment. I was prepared to wait no problem. They took me in right away. Was great.
December 08, 2020
I did wait 45 min in the exam room before being seen.
November 11, 2020
Dr. Drexler was so caring during my visit. She has a wonderful personality which made my visit pleasant and relaxed. I would recommend anyone looking for a hand doctor to Dr. Drexler.
November 05, 2020
Avera Medical Group is the best!
October 01, 2020
All were very nice and professional.
September 26, 2020
All staff were very pleasant and courteous
September 15, 2020
I appreciated the fact of reviewing my previous clinic notes & knowing a plan to relieve pain experiencing. And also giving the options with pros/cons.
September 03, 2020
i had two seperate appointments at Avera that day--within 1/2 hour and both were on time. I didn't feel rushed but knew i was getting the help i needed. Thank you. I did not feel rushed
August 28, 2020
Very knowledgeable, very caring
August 18, 2020
The Doctor did a great job!!
August 15, 2020
I think the entire Avera staff is great!!!
August 13, 2020
Check in was inefficient even with preregistration. It is fortunate I arrived 30 minutes early.
August 13, 2020
First visit to clinic and Doctor
August 10, 2020
Feel confident in care received
August 04, 2020
Dr. Drexler is great!
July 30, 2020
Exceptional service. A short wait. Absolute courtesy from all staff members. Thorough professional exam from Dr Drexler with options for treatment. Couldn't have been better!
July 29, 2020
I appreciated the presence of her scribe. I enjoyed the extra attention of Dr Drexler not having to bobble-head to her computer for data entry.
July 23, 2020
Everyone was nice-kind-helpful-listened to my questions. The nurse was so kind friendly understanding she was great!! The doctor was also friendly-informative-answered my questions - talked about my health issues. What my blood sugar numbers must be -before a surgery could take place. She is great! A awesome team!!
July 21, 2020
July 21, 2020
Thank you!
July 20, 2020
Great team
July 11, 2020
I am very grateful to Dr Drexler for her expertise and guidance in making the decision about my hand treatment and moving forward to get it resolved. Thanks to everyone for your great care.
July 11, 2020
I was very impressed with the care I received while being a patient here.
July 07, 2020
Very thorough and interactive!
July 02, 2020
Always good care. Only comment is that I expected to see Dr. Drexler; however, her PA did provide the requested service.
June 20, 2020
I like your Avera Specialty Clinic and everyone treated me with respect and was courteous, kind and friendly. I thought Dr. Drexler did a wonderful job with my surgery and has been a wonderful Doctor. Thank you ALL for the care I have received at Avera, even over the phone!!
June 18, 2020
Everyone was courteous and cheerful. I felt very comfortable, and safe being around the staff. I was in and out of the office very efficiently and my time was very much respected. Beautiful building as well.
June 15, 2020
It was a great experience seeing Dr. Drexler! Her whole staff was super nice and accommodating
June 13, 2020
Waited about 30 minutes for the Dr to enter the goom after the nurse taking info left the room. No one came in to tell me when the Dr would arrive and why it was taking so long.
June 12, 2020
I will be seeing Dr. Drexler again. Her treatment helped. I need to do some online research to find out more about my condition. She told me the name of it, and I told her I would look it up.
June 02, 2020
Great Doctor
June 01, 2020
Very pleased.
May 28, 2020
I am very happy with the outcome of the surgery, I would recommend Dr. Drexler
May 15, 2020
I was pleasantly dealt with . Very kind and well versed.
May 02, 2020
I appreciate being seen and listened to!!
April 25, 2020
If you have to go to a doctor, Avera is the only place to go.
April 09, 2020
Dr Drexler and staff thru my whole ordeal so far have been just super to this old country boy. May we give the Lord all the honor and glory due unto his Holy Name. But I could just squeeze Dr Drexler for her such a caring moments when we came to the hospital prior to surgery and thru surgery and my revisit. We have so much to be thankful for living in a caring community. Everybody keep up the hard work! Thank you
April 03, 2020
Thank you
March 25, 2020
Waited to long for doctor to come in room. I would of been better sitting in waiting area.
March 24, 2020
It was a great experience. Everyone was nice and listened to my concerns
March 16, 2020
Everyone was so nice and helpful the moment we walked thru the doors. I will continue using your services and will recommend your facilities.
March 10, 2020
Very caring!
March 07, 2020
I feel comfortable with my provider and her staff.
March 03, 2020
Thanks & May God Bless!! :)
February 11, 2020
Courtesy, concern, and cognizance for my whole person was the overriding experience of my appointment with Dr. Drexler in Orthopedics. I was so impressed with her I gave her a hug!
February 09, 2020
Very happy with the outcome of my treatment! Thank you

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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