Dr. Robert Kuyper

I grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota where I graduated from Mitchell Senior High School in 2005. I participated in many different sports including baseball, basketball, football and track. After high school, I attended South Dakota State University (SDSU); following in the footsteps of most of his family members. At the end of my second year at SDSU, I decided to intern with my Chiropractic brother for the summer. This is where I found a love for Chiropractic and natural healing. During college, I began working at a local gym as a Personal Trainer and also at a Chiropractic Clinic. In 2009 I graduated from SDSU where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with minors in Biology and Chemistry. After graduating from SDSU, I moved to Overland Park, Kansas where I attended Cleveland Chiropractic College. I spent four years in Kansas in order to complete my eight years of chiropractic schooling. After graduating, I joined my brother, Dr. Eric Kuyper, in practice. Outside of work I loves to camp, workout and spend time with family.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I have been married for 11 years to my wife Jennifer, and we have five children. Colton (10), Cali (8), Cash (6), Chloe (4) and Corbin (2).

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I have been a Doctor of Chiropractic for almost eight years and look forward to serving the Black Hills community for many years to come. What I love most about my job is helping patients reach their health and wellness goals and helping sick patients get healthy.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in Rapid City?
There are a lot of restaurants I enjoy in the local community, but if I had to pick a few I would go with JR’s Rhodehouse BBQ Pit, LongHorn Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday’s and Fuji Japanese Steakhouse (in no particular order).

Q: How long have you lived or worked in Rapid City?
Almost 8 years

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Rapid City?
I met the grandson of South Dakota governor Walter Dale Miller.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I have never been out of the country before and had kids at a young age, so I have never really thought about traveling much. Places like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon and Capital Hill would be cool things to experience. We have so many amazing places to see in the United States.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Rocky Trilogy

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Work hard, care for people, take care of your family and tell your wife you love her often.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Take my wife on a trip of her choice for a week with no kids.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Avett Brothers, Tim McGraw, Eric Church and AC/DC

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Rapid City?
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center because when I was younger I remember traveling west river for all the state basketball touraments. Now my kids have activities there, I have work meetings there and I attend many events there. The big green dinosaur on the hill at Dinosaur Park gets me sometimes, too.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Tim McGraw because I have always liked his music since I was in high school. I would take him to JR’s Rhodehouse BBQ Pit.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Rapid City?
I like that our community is based on outdoor activities because I love camping and hiking.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Continuing to provide high quality health care to the Black Hills community.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
My cousin, Mike Miller, played in the NBA.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
I haven’t traveled much, but I went camping in the Badlands last year and it was beautiful. It’s crazy to think that I grew up in South Dakota and had never experienced it before.

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
Favorite month is June, favorite holiday Thanksgiving and best single day on the calendar is September 27 (my wedding day).

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Sitting outside by the campfire with my family.

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My wife, parents and my brothers

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Campfires and coming home over Thanksgiving to the smell of homemade pies.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Faith, Love and Hope