New doctor joins Custer Regional
Published: Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Come September, a new face will be taking care of patients and cheering on student athletes in Custer. Dr. Heith Waddell, M.D., will join Drs. Lisa Brown, Joleen Falkenburg, Joy Falkenburg and Terry Graber at Custer Regional Hospital and Clinic.
Waddell was raised in Cheyenne, Wyo., where his family has lived for five generations. His interest in medicine came from his father, a paramedic who served many rural communities.
“When you grow up and your dad’s a great guy, you want to do just what he did,” Waddell said. “I didn’t want to be a paramedic, but I wanted to do something along those lines. So I went to medical school.”
Waddell received his undergraduate degree at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., and his medical degree from Finders University of South Australia in Adelaide. He completed his residency at Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Rapid City in June.
“Australia has one of the top rural training programs in the world,” Waddell said. “Since I’m from a rural state, it was just the right fit.”
Waddell, who spent seven years in Australia training to be a physician, said his time there was a blast.
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