Dr. Brent Thurness comes to Gillette from Rapid City, South Dakota, where
he practiced at Black Hills Surgical Hospital. He attended medical school
at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, and completed
his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Dr. Thurness wanted to work in a smaller community with a history of businesses
that were involved in giving back. The Campbell County school system was
also impressive, and his daughter Emma will be a sophomore in the fall
with plans to play tennis, run track and sing in the choir at one of our
Dr. Thurness and his wife Shelly have two other children, both sons who
play football for Chadron State College in Nebraska.
In his role as Medical Director of Anesthesia, Dr. Thurness is very interested
in the role the department can play in educating patients about the problem
of opioid abuse and ways to prevent its spread with alternative methods
for pain management.