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OPINION: Doctors, sisters, friends

EDITOR'S NOTE: Palace City Profiles is an ongoing series of community members' stories, introducing us to our neighbors and the personalities that call Mitchell home. If you have suggestions for individuals or families with a great story, please ...

Dr. Ashley Peters, at left, and her sister, Dr. Megan Kippes are pictured. Peters joined Avera in Mitchell in the fall, and Kippes will Avera Medical Group Internal Medicine this summer. (Photo courtesy of Avera)
Dr. Ashley Peters, at left, and her sister, Dr. Megan Kippes are pictured. Peters joined Avera in Mitchell in the fall, and Kippes will Avera Medical Group Internal Medicine this summer. (Photo courtesy of Avera)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Palace City Profiles is an ongoing series of community members' stories, introducing us to our neighbors and the personalities that call Mitchell home. If you have suggestions for individuals or families with a great story, please contact Jacki Miskimins at 996-1140.

Growing up in Delmont, Ashley Peters, DO, dreamed of becoming a doctor. That dream had an interesting angle, though: She also wanted to practice medicine with her sister.

Peters comes from a close-knit family, which also includes two brothers. However it was she and her sister, Megan Kippes, who always had a special bond.

"I was excited from the very first day my parents brought her home, and I learned that I had a 'built-in' best friend," she said. "We played dolls, dress up and house together. We always wanted to dress alike. I suppose it was just natural that we chose the same career, too."

That even included attending the same medical school, Des Moines University in Iowa. After finishing her medical degree, Peters completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Coming full circle, she returned to the area and joined Avera Medical Group Obstetrics and Gynecology in Mitchell earlier this fall.

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"Mitchell is the perfect size for me," Peters said. "It's a big enough town to offer a variety of options, yet still has that hometown feel. I've been away for schooling and residency for several years, so I was a little nervous that I hadn't actually lived in the area for some time. But I really think that's the great thing about South Dakota - it's welcoming and will always feel like home."

Since returning to the area, she spends her days sharing special moments with patients as they plan for a new family member, a definite perk of going into obstetrics and a major reason she decided on that specialty. But Peters also said she enjoys OB-GYN because she has the opportunity to follow her patients through all the important stages of their lives.

Because education on living well is something Peters is passionate about, she's having fun getting reacquainted with the area through educational events like Avera's Maybe a Baby. But the hometown feel of Mitchell means she has felt welcome from the very beginning.

"I love that you can find some sort of connection with everyone here," Peters says of practicing in the area where she grew up. "I wanted to come back here to provide specialized care to the area and people who gave so much to me growing up."

One of the best things, she says, is being close to her family again. Her parents still live on the farm in Delmont where she grew up, and one of her brothers lives in the area with his wife and son. Her other brother isn't far off, attending college in Sioux Falls.

"I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and of course, spoiling my nephew," Peters said.

Most exciting, however, is that her sister will also be returning to the area; Megan joins Avera Medical Group Internal Medicine this summer.

"I won't just have my best friend back home, but also a trusted colleague," Peters said.

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It's a childhood dream come true.

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