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Ear, nose, throat specialist Dr. Gross newest care provider at Philip Health Services, Inc.

Dr. Eric Gross said, "It used to be that the medical specialty was ear, nose and throat, but now it involves pretty much the entire head and neck."

Gross will be seeing patients at Philip Health Services, Inc. from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

The medical specialty is expansive enough that Gross's supervisor encouraged Gross to regularly visit Philip. Bob Scarlett, administrator for three medical clinics in Rapid City, said that there are, "a good number of ear, nose and throat patients from the Philip area. Rather than Gross seeing patients who have been and may be coming to him, they can be scheduled for when he comes to Philip."

Gross agreed, "Its not only a future service for this community in general, but will involve no travel time for my follow-up patients."

The doctor has patients who range from pediatrics to geriatrics. Their medical symptoms may range from acting up sinuses, allergies, infection facial pain and pressure to vertigo. Gross will address these and more, yet he stated that his special medical interests are in the thyroid and parathyroid areas.

Before joining the Regional Medical Clinic in Rapid City, Gross graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles. From there, he earned his medical schooling from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He did his residency at the State University of New York at Stony Brook up to the year 2002.

"The people here are very nice," said Gross. "They are a wonderful, salt-of-the-earth type of people. The local physicians are wonderful. Like them, I want the patients here to be happy and satisfied and get good care. I want to do the best for my patients."

PHSI Administrator Kent Olson, Scarlett and Gross are leaving future opportunities open. Visiting hours may increase from his initial visits, "if the need is there," said Gross.

Gross and his wife, Michelle, have a five-year-old son, Christopher and a three-year-old daughter, Catey. Gross said, "When I'm not working, I like to hang out with my family. And, I like to run."