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Erica Rinker, MD

About Erica

As of August 1, 2019, Dr. Erica Rinker is only accepting new patients under the age of 18.

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.

Education
  • Residency
  • Iowa Lutheran Family Practice
  • Medical School
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • College
  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology; Bachelor of Arts, Modern Language and Literature Montana State University