Dr. Preston Renshaw

Chief Medical Officer at Avera Health Plans

I grew up in a small town in southeast Nebraska with one brother and one sister. I was the oldest. We all decided to go into medicine. My sister is a urogynecologist and my brother is an orthopedic surgeon. Our community had a population of approximately 300 individuals. My graduating class had a total of 11 students.

My undergraduate education was at Doane College in Crete, Neb. That’s where I met my wife, an All-American volleyball player. She left to attend physical therapy school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. I also played athletics and was an All-American football player.

I attended Des Moines University in Iowa my first two years of medical school but graduated from UNMC. I completed my first two years of residency in Omaha and finished in Scottsbluff, Neb., in family medicine. For the last eight years, we’ve been living in O'Neill, Neb., where I was practicing family medicine.

Our family is our number one priority. We have a son who attends O’Gorman High School and a daughter who attends O’Gorman Junior High. Our two youngest sons attend St. Mary’s Elementary School. We are constantly on the go with football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and soccer. Sioux Falls has been a very welcoming community and we are happy to call it home.

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Thinking About an ER Visit? Maybe AveraNow Can Help

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Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Why We Want You to Go to the Doctor

We know health insurance can be expensive, but we also know how critical it is for people to receive the proper medical care. Because let’s face it, medical care is even more expensive. Prior to my position as Chief Medical Officer, I was a doctor for eight years in O’Neill, Neb., and I know how important access to care is. Read More »
Health Insurance · Avera Health

Health Assessments: Engaging in Your Health

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Health Insurance · Avera Health

Health Matters: Manage Your Chronic Condition

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Health Insurance · Avera Health

Health Insurance Perks: Take Advantage of Free Preventive Services

As a doctor, wellness and nutrition have always been a priority for my family and myself because I’m well aware of the statistics. One example is obesity, which affects our health in many ways. Just think, in the past 30 years obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More »
Health Insurance · Avera Health

Carbs: To Fear or Not to Fear … That Is the Question!

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Nutrition · Avera Health