Name: Erica Rinker, MD
Licensing Info: American Board of Family Medicine
Amount of time working for CCH: Moved to Gillette in 2016; started with CCH in November 2017
Time working as a Provider: 2014
Why are you working in your chosen specialty? Taking care of the family unit is important for everyone’s health.
I love getting to know individuals patient’s and being the center
of their health care. I know a little about a lot of things, which keeps
my days interesting. Being in family practice I am always learning: from
my patients, my colleages and other specialist doctors.
Why is being a provider (doctor, therapist, APRN, PA-C) important to you? I love science and service to others. Being a doctor was a great mix of both.
What has made you feel the most pride in your work at CCH? The team atmosphere. I know that taking care of patient’s and their
families is not something I have to shoulder alone, that everyone here
is committed to their care.
Who is your health care hero and why? My husband,
Dr. Jake Rinker. He is a general surgeon who balances being a husband, father, son and
community member with a smile on his face! He is also involved with prehospital
care and trauma as one of his passions.
What advice do you give someone who is looking for a new provider? Listen to the
word on the street and do some research. A lot of new providers out of residency get overlooked
as they are viewed as not having a lot of experience but they are sometimes
the most up to date on evidence based healthcare. Also, you want to feel
comfortable with the person who is taking care of you and your family.
So, if after the first few visits you don’t feel comfortable- bring
it up with that doctor. Many times we are so involved in a patient’s
care, and the requirements and documentation we are required to do, we
don’t realize we aren’t hearing you. A doctor should be open
to feedback, and that way both sides are involved in the discussion.
What do you do for fun? Being from Montana, I am so thankful to be back out west enjoying the open
spaces and outdoor activities.