Specialty Clinics

Black Hills Orthopedic& Spine Center

Call for an appointment: (605) 341-1414



Who We Are

The Spine Center, formerly known as Black Hills Neurosurgery & Spine, includes Stuart Rice, MD and Tim Watt, MD. In addition, we have Juanita Richards, PA-C, Jim Richards, PA-C, Jacob Hemenway, PA-C (Physician Assistants) and Amber Staedtler, DNP (Doctor of Nurse Practice).

Founded in 1976 by orthopedic surgeon David W. Boyer, MD, Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center has remained the premier orthopedic practice in the region for over 40 years.

Today, from Rapid City to Gillette, our team of orthopedic surgeons and doctors includes over 20 board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists who provide the highest level of specialty healthcare in orthopedic surgery and advanced nonsurgical methods to keep our Black Hills community strong. That’s why we are proud to be the most preferred practice in the region.

Mission Statement

The collective mission of The Spine Center is to provide quality, comprehensive treatment of neurological and spinal disorders. Our practice is dedicated to fulfilling this goal by offering state-of-the-art procedures and techniques combined with innovative surgical skills. Our staff of compassionate physicians and employees is committed to providing responsive care for each patient.


The Spine Center is a regional center specializing in back and neck problems. Some of the most complex cases of back and neck pain from across a 5-state region. The Spine Center is able to care for any type of back or neck problem, from the simple back or neck strain all the way to the most complex spine surgery.

Our orthopedic surgeons and medical experts are proud to offer the deepest level of specialization for your musculoskeletal needs. This includes having exceptionally experienced orthopedic surgeons for all subspecialties in orthopedics as well as podiatry and wound care. Our specialties include trauma orthopedicsfoot and anklebackneck, and spinehand and wristhip and knee; and shoulder and elbow. Our doctors also offer specialization in orthopedics for pediatric patientsjoint replacement, and sports medicine.


Tim Watt, MD

Dr. Watt is a native of Wichita, Kansas and attended Wichita State University. He then attended the University of Kansas Graduate School and the University of Kansas Medical School. He completed both his Surgery Internship and Neurosurgery Residency at the State University of New York Upstate.

Dr. Watt is a veteran, having served as Chief of Surgery for the 356th Combat Support Hospital and as Assistant Chief of Neurosurgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. He has received The Consumer Research Council’s America’s Top Surgeon award seven times.

Dr. Watt has a passionate interest in “disease prevention” as opposed to just “disease treatment”. He became the first doctor to ever be Board Certified in both Neurosurgery and Anti-Aging Medicine. He has completed Fellowships in Anti-Aging, Rejuvenation and Functional Medicine; and in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Medicine. He also holds a Certificate in Age Management Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Watt is a contributing author and medical editor for numerous medical textbooks. He is a nationally recognized authority on preventative medicine and wellness, bringing this perspective to 30 years experience as a Spinal Neurosurgeon. Dr. Watt has his own channel on YouTube (Time Watt, MD) and is a keynote speaker for Baron Ridge Productions.

Dr. Bryan Larson

Dr. Bryan Larson is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult joint reconstruction. Dr. Larson began practicing at Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center in 2019, and he is dedicated to helping patients with bone and joint problems, specifically hip and knee disorders that limit daily activities.

Dr. Larson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Later, he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion.

After medical school, Dr. Larson completed his surgical internship at Michigan State University in Flint as well as at McLaren Flint, where he went on to complete his orthopedic surgery residency training. Dr. Larson then chose to undergo additional specialty training in adult joint reconstruction through a fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.

A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dr. Larson is also board-certified in orthopedic surgery through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is available to see patients in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Dr. Emmett McEleney

Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Emmett McEleney joined Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center in January of 2015. He specializes in joint replacement and orthopedic trauma as well as comprehensive care for the knee and shoulder.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in economics at UCLA in Los Angeles, California, Dr. McEleney went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from UCLA’s prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. McEleney studied as an intern at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.

He completed residency training in orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut, prior to undergoing advanced fellowship training in AO/ASIF trauma in Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr. McEleney is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the International Society for Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology in addition to numerous other affiliations.

Dr. Emmett McEleney is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is available to see patients in Rapid City, South DakotaGillette, Wyoming; and Bowman, North Dakota.

When he is not seeing his patients, Dr. McEleney enjoys volunteer work, travel, motorsports, and photography.