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CCH Opens New Endocrinology Services

CCH Opens New Endocrinology Services

If you have diabetes or thyroid issues, you’ve likely seen an endocrinologist—and until now, you’ve had to travel out of town. We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Repas has joined the CCMG staff of physicians and clinics, coming to Gillette from his previous practice in Rapid City, SD. Having Dr. Repas on staff saves you a long drive and allows for quicker, more convenient care.

Dr. Repas is very excited about being here, and is one of a few endocrinologists in the state and region. Endocrinologists specialize in the complex chemical communication systems within the human body—how it uses energy to fuel its metabolism, and how hormones interact within the body. Hormones help organs like the thyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas function well.

When we think of hormones, we tend to think of only the reproductive hormones—estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These are just a few of the approximately 50 different hormones that act as chemical messengers to control many of our bodily functions from metabolism, respiration, sensory perception, reproduction, and even movement.

Dr. Repas is able to maintain his practice and travel schedule from his farm in the Black Hills. He and his wife Jeanne have one son, Nathan. Dr. Repas is a fourth generation beekeeper, and 2016 will mark the 35th year since he got his first hives at age 13.

“It’s amazing that I can live in a place like this, travel the country, and then come home.”

Dr. Repas breeds queen bees for hobby beekeepers, focusing on breeding gentle, productive, disease-resistant and winter-hardy honeybees adapted to our northern climate. Raising queen bees demands balancing the hive’s internal environment, not unlike what Dr. Repas does for his patients.

Patients must have a referral from another physician to see Dr. Repas. He works closely with primary care physicians to coordinate his patients’ treatment plans, ensuring the most success for his patients.

Thomas Repas

About Dr. Repas Endocrinologist
Dr. Repas is Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Clinical Lipidology, Nutrition and Internal Medicine, and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.

He lectures extensively all over the United States, and believes that teaching is another way to make a difference in the lives of others, in addition to treating patients.

CCMG Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is located on the third floor of the hospital, south wing. Call 307-688-3615 for more information or visit www.cchwyo.org/endo.