Dr. Samuel Schimelpfenig

Pediatrician at Avera McKennan

I grew up in a small town in Wyoming, but moved to South Dakota to attend medical school at the University of South Dakota. I did my pediatric training at the University of Arizona and I followed that with a fellowship in sports medicine halfway across the United States in Buffalo, N.Y.

I am motivated to come to work every day because of the kids. I love working with children and building relationships with their families as the kids grow and develop. I feel privileged to have an opportunity to be a part of families’ lives.

My wife and I moved to Sioux Falls a few years ago, and it’s great to be back in South Dakota. In my spare time, I like spending time outside and playing with our dog.

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First-Aid Kit Essentials

Anyone with children knows that with childhood comes the inevitable scenario of “fell down, went boom.” Fortunately, most of these injuries are minor and are easily cared for at home. Having a well-stocked first aid kit with a few essential items will help dry the tears and get your youngster feeling better again in no time! Read More »
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How to Prevent Heart Disease in Children

February is heart health month. Fortunately we, as pediatricians, don’t see a lot of heart-related problems in children, so our job is not necessarily to diagnose and treat the manifestations of heart disease as our colleagues who treat adults do, but to rather start the process of preventing heart disease in the first place. Read More »
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How to Handle Back-to-School Jitters

It’s hard to believe, but the start of the new school year is already upon us. For some children, this means returning to a group of friends they haven’t seen much of all summer. For others, starting school may be a brand new thing! Read More »
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Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus

Summer is a time to enjoy being outdoors. Summer is also a time when the pesky mosquitoes and the creepy-crawlies come out, and some of those bugs are capable of transmitting diseases to humans. Lately, I have had a few questions from parents who are concerned about some of those diseases that are popular subjects in the news – Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus.  Read More »
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Zambia Medical Mission Reflections

My wife and I were recently able to go on a medical mission trip to Zambia. We were there for four weeks, providing pediatric care at the Zimba Mission Hospital in the town of Zimba. Zimba is located approximately 50 miles northeast of Livingstone – the city we flew into after flying to Johannesburg, South Africa, from Atlanta (that was a long flight!). Read More »
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Understanding Childhood ADHD

“My child just can’t ever sit still for more than two seconds!” “I tell him to take out the trash, and I find him a few minutes later doing something else.” “She is easily distracted by pretty much anything, and her teacher reports it takes her twice as long to do an assignment as it does her classmates.” Do these types of frustrations sound familiar? Read More »
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