Physicians assistant Terry Henrie reaches five years at Philip Health Service, Inc.

On September 18, 2009, physician assistant Terry Henrie reached an important milestone: five years of employment at Philip Health Services, Inc.

"We are pleased that Terry has demonstrated such commitment to our facility and to our community," said Kent Olson, administrator of Philip Health Services. "He has become an integral member of our medical staff."

Five years ago, Henrie joined a health provider team that included Dr. George Mangulis, Dr. Coen Klopper, Dr. David Holman, and certified nurse practitioner Robin Peterson-Lund. Although some things have changed since then - Dr. Mangulis' official retirement, the addition of new services and the growing roster of visiting specialists - the facility still strives to provide excellent care. "Our staff does a great job of treating the whole family. We do everything from well-baby exams to prenatal checkups to disease management," Henrie said.

Initially, Henrie's duties included seeing patients at the Kadoka Clinic and covering the emergency room in the Philip hospital. In his five years of employment, Henrie has grown to appreciate working in a family practice setting. "I really enjoy providing direct patient care at the hospital, nursing home and clinic. It's unusual to have such a complete facility with visiting specialists, CT scan and in-house lab in a rural hospital," Henrie said.

Henrie grew up in western South Dakota and earned an undergraduate degree in political science at Phillips University in Enid, OK. He returned to South Dakota to start a career in politics and public service. Then an Emergency Medical Technician class sparked his interest in the medical field. After much consideration, he returned to school to pursue a medical career. He attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, for his PA degree.

Henrie continues to challenge himself to improve his skills and education. In 2007, he took a nine-month sabbatical from Philip to complete an intense, hands-on residency in emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After returning to Philip in June of 2008, Henrie completed a master's degree in physician assistant studies through a distance learning program from the University of Nebraska.

Today Henrie continues to see patients at the Philip Clinic and share on-call duties for the emergency room with Dr. Holman, Dr. Klopper and PA Janell Gerberding. "Becoming a PA and practicing in a rural community is an ideal situation for my skills and personality," Henrie said.

Henrie is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys the many recreational opportunities in and around Philip and the Black Hills. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children enjoy being active and involved in the community. "My family and I really feel as if we have found our home in Philip. The first five years passed in a flash. We're really looking forward to our future here in Philip," he said.