Dawn Ellis, PT, DPT

Photo of: Dawn Ellis, PT, DPT

Dawn grew up in Webster, South Dakota. She studied at Northern State University (NSU), earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in biology and environmental science and a double minor in psychology and chemistry. While attending NSU, Dawn ran for the Wolves track and cross-country team. Dawn pursued her dream of becoming a physical therapist and entered the physical therapy program at the University of South Dakota, where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

The Ellis family has lived in Rapid City for over 20 years enjoying the outdoors of the Black Hills. Family time is important to them as well as traveling and being with friends.


  • Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD


  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Medical Interests

  • Spinal pathologies
  • Postsurgical acute care for spinal surgeries and joint surgeries 
  • General physical therapy
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation