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Dr. Colin Kerr

Family Medicine
Rapid City, SD
45 years experience male

Locations

Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic

Rapid City, SD

Address

3625 5th Street, Address 2, Rapid City, SD
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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About

Bio

I am a Family Physician practicing and teaching since 1978 with related degrees in Public Health and Law. I have been the residency Program Director for three different Family Medicine Training programs (Hershey Medical Center, 1988-1992; SUNY Stony Brook, 2001-2005; and the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, 2007-2009). I publish a clinical newsletter, "FP Revolution", (free); go to www.FPRevolution.net to sign up. I also publish a medical blog at http://drlifestylesevidenceforhealth.blogspot.com/. Recently I was a Professor at Touro University School of Medicine. I have been the Chief Medical Officer for Peach Tree Health Care in Marysville, CA. Currently I am a staff physician for the Rapid City Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.

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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Arizona, California

Languages spoken

English

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15 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Scabies: The skin shows signs of small insect-type bites, or looks like pimples. The skin may also be red or have sores due to scratching of the area. A burro... Read More
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Chronic pain symptom: The problem with chronic pain disorders is that they tend to take over your life. They interfere with normal activities, and this often results in you... Read More
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Missing periods: If you want to restore periods, you may consider: 1) getting a pregnancy test; and 2) taking hormones. The most common cause of missed periods is stre... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Antibiotic cramps: Pain symptoms after antibiotics can be either in the stomach (with nausea, possibly vomiting, and some cramping) or in the colon with more intense cra... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Hard tender stomach: The most common reason for a hard (probably distended) stomach that is tender to touch is gas. With severe intraperitoneal infections or inflammation ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Reading disorders: There are none that are very reliable, but some that are suggestive are: making letter or number reversals when writing (this can be normal if only te... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Buttock pains: Most likely this is due to pressure on a nerve as it comes out between the vertebra of the lumbar spine. This is usually caused by a slipped disk, whi... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Dental contagion: Without proper precautions and sterilization, a variety of infectiosn would be transmissible through dental tools, including: herpes, hiv, hepatitis b... Read More
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Vertebroplasty: Complications due to vertebroplasty are usually due to polymethylmethacrylate (pmma) cement leakage from the compressed vertebral body. Pmma leakage i... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Exercise diarrhea: It is not likely that the stomach crunches cause diarrhea/loose bms (unless there is a small hernia somewhere), but abdominal exercise could certainly... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Frequent urination: Common causes include: diabetes, too much fluid intake before bedtime, diuretic medications, congestive heart failure. In men, prostate enlargement is... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Immodium: Immodium is an excellent symptomatic treatment for diarrhea, only for diarrhea, and one should not use it if there is blood in your diarrhea. It will ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Celiac disease: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder and associated with other autoimmune disorders. Most commonly checked routinely is the thyroid blood test loo... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Morning urination: Yes. For most people during the night their whole body metabolism continues producing wastes and recycling fluid so the bladder tends to fill up durin... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Yes, but mostly No.: H1n1 (swine) flu is a different virus than the regular flu. The only link tetween the two is, if you get one, which weakens your immune system, then i... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Nose job: Yes. After surgery on the nasal septum you can expect head pain to last a while (eg. Several weeks to go away). Your nasal membrane is very sensitive,... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Vision changes: Yes. It is normal for your vision (eye muscle function and lens transparency and flexibility) to change throughout life. Some experience changes in la... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Reaction to beer: Don't worry, but don't do that again. Normally beer can be maintained at room temperature for long periods (6 months to a year) without any problem. S... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Afrin (oxymetazoline) at night: I use diluted afrin (about 1 part afrin, 4 parts water) every night, and i sleep better (due to relief of nasal congestion). It has never kept me awak... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Elevated WBCs: Elevations of the WBC count are common. Normal is < 11, 000-13, 000, depending on the lab. Viral infections, stress, trauma, medications can all cause... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
ADD & trauma: Add (attention deficit disorder) indicates an inability to concentrate and pay attention due to distractability, caused by the way the nervous system ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Drug interactions: Using the epocrates drug database i find no reported drug interactions betwen Cefdinir and prednisolone.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Nephrotic syndrome: Standard treatment appraoches to nephrotic syndrome in which your kidney is leaking out a lot of protein in your urine and leads to accumulation of ex... Read More
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Scapular pain: Most scapular pain is caused by muscle spasm (since the scapula is a free floating bone, there are lots of muscle to hold it in place, and it is easy ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Tingling around rib: Suggestion #1: don't compress that area. Most tingling sensation are caused by pressure on a nerve, and there is an individual cutaneous nerve running... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Iron & anemia: When you ask it that way, the answer is 'yes', it can happen, but not commonly. In iron deficiency anemia the TIBC usually goes up, but not uncommonl... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Stomach flu: The current medical literature emphasizes that you should eat as close to your nomal diet as possible during this illness, if you can (and assuming yo... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
IHSS heart disease: Ihhs (idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis) is a serious disturbance of heart muscle growth that leads to arrhytmias, potentially fatal. This ha... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Leukodystroph course: Mld is a severe disease that gets worse over time. Eventually people lose all muscle and mental function. Life span varies depending on what age the c... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Leukodystrophy: Metachromatic leukodystrophy (mld) is a genetic disorder that affects nerves, muscles, other organs, and behavior. It slowly gets worse over time. Ml... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
No. : 99% of thyroid swellings are benign. About 5-7% of the general population has some palpable nodules or swelling on examination by a physician. If you... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Tick bites: If you know that the tick was attached less than 24 hours, then you don't need to worry or do anything. If it might have been attached more than that,... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Sores after sex: Is it possible, yes. Is it common, no. What is common is simple chafing which can feel like a sore and be very uncomfortale for several days. This can... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Pseudotumor: Pseudotumor cerebri refers to a relatively rare and rather poorly understood condition in which there is either excessive spinal fluid production or o... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Diabetic: Diabetic patients cannot safely drink a lot of alcohol--it causes more nerve damage.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Best: Best treatments: benzoyl peroxide 5-20% and/or retin a (tretinoin) (prescription only) apply to skin x1-2 daily.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
PSP: Progressive supranuclear palsy: the disorder's long name indicates that the disease begins slowly and continues to get worse (progressive), and causes... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Your: Your diet does not have much to do with how oily your skin is. Just eat a healthy diet.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Best exercises: For optimal fitness you want to engage in at least 150 minutes of activity each week. These should be divided into 3 areas: 1) aerobic: jogging, hikin... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Water & fluoride: It is perfectly fine to give a 19 month old tap water, but more nutritious liquids are probably better as a regular beverage. If you are in a fluorida... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Knee pains: This sounds like degenerative arthritis of the knees, where the inflammation feels worse after you've been sitting for a while, and slowly gets better... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
High heel toe pain: This problem most likely represents a "compression neuropathy" where the force of the high heels driving the forefoot into the toe box has seriously c... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Are warts infectious: "no." your risk of getting warts from touching the same bowl as him is extremely slight. The virus that causes common warts is everywhere. You have al... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Acne gone quick?: The answer to your question is 'not much.' acne reflects a chronic progessive skin condition which most doctors will tell you takes at least 4-6 weeks... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Anemia: Anemia is usually easy to fix. For the most common type, iron deficiency, you just take an iron supplement. Other types are alcohol (folate (folic aci... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Cold feet?: It doesn't really mean much. A serious, difficult to reverse or get-out-of situation like marriage is normally accompanied by a lot of anxiety. There ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Burning thighs: This usually means that a subcutaneous nerve is being compressed. One common example is a condition called meralgia paresthetic, which usually affects... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Bell palsy relapse: Mostly bad luck. Probably chronic stress and reduced immunity are factors, but it is very difficult to prove. It is well known that some people are pr... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Hepatitis of foot: Since you're foot does not have a liver, it is difficult to get hepatitis in the foot. If you are asking if you have an open sore or cut on your foot,... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Idopathic back pain: In cases where there are no direct precipitants (eg. Trauma or excessive lifting), then the common causes are poor posture, especially if you are seat... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
3.9K
Thank you notes
Very knowledgeable and caring.
Aug 27, 2013
Expertise is exceptional
Aug 5, 2014
Thank you!
HealthTap member
yes i was speaking of the blood test my iga was very high i was tryingt to see if there was a connectioln between my husband and myself is it possible either one of us has given it to the other.....it...Read More
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Thank you Dr Colin! The injury she had in her left knee was diagnosed as Patello Femoral Syndrome. There were no visible tears in the MRI. Her thigh muscle weakened to the extent that she couldn't eve...Read More
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Thank you Dr. Kopes-Kerr. My endodontist has agreed to take another look. No Abx taken, but Nystatin did work before for similar tongue syndrome that cropped up when abscess originally appeared 6 mont...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1977MD

Residency

Children's Hospital Natl Med Ctr Washington DC 1977-1978

Residency

Case Western Reserve University--University Hospital, Cleveland OH; 1983-1986

Awards

Nominated to the List of Independent Medical Experts by HealthNewsReview.org, 12/15/08
Top Doctor, First Place, Sacramento, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, National - Winter
2013
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