St. Luke's Clinic

The physicians and staff at St. Luke’s Clinic Gastroenterology specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract in adults. The gastrointestinal tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon (large intestine), liver, and pancreas.

Our expert care team includes five board certified gastroenterologists and two highly trained nurse practitioners with many years of gastroenterology experience. Our physicians, nurses, and staff are accredited by the Joint Commission to uphold the highest standards of patient quality care and safety.

Our clinic is conveniently located next to St. Luke’s Endoscopy Center, where more than 4,000 endoscopic procedures are performed annually.

 

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Gastroenterology
775 Pole Line Road West
Suite 203
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
(208) 814-8300
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Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs, 8 a.m.-5 p.m
Fri, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Telephone Hours:
Mon - Thurs, 8 a.m.-noon; 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Fri, 8 a.m.-noon; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.


Services
We provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Screening colonoscopy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (EGD)
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Push enteroscopy
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal impedance testing
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Feeding tube placement and management
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, liver cancer, and post-liver transplant management
  • Paracentesis
  • Esophageal variceal band ligation
  • Ultrasound guided liver biopsy

What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat disorders within the digestive system.

St. Luke's Clinics
St. Luke’s Clinics are an integrated network of highly skilled healthcare professionals in locations throughout our region.


Our Medical Providers


Brian Berk, M.D.

Brian S. Berk, MD is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology. He has particular interest in caring for patients with all types of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and post-liver transplant management. Dr. Berk earned his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and his fellowship in gastroenterology at Oregon Health and Science University. 

Judith Csanky, M.D.

Judith E. Csanky, MD specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive tract. Her interests include hepatology, inflammatory bowel disease, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and general GI endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy. Dr. Csanky earned her medical degree from University Medical School Debrecen in Hungary. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Legacy Portland Hospitals and her fellowship in gastroenterology at Upstate Medical University, State University of New York.

Kent J. Smith, M.D.

Kent J. Smith, MD has special interests in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux, and endoscopy. He earned his medical degree from UCLA in 1984. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Utah Medical Center in 1987 and his gastroenterology fellowship at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in 1989. 

Robert M. Ward, M.D.

Robert M. Ward, MD has special interests in all aspects of endoscopic evaluation and treatment of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1986, and performed his internal medicine internship and residency while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in California. Dr. Ward completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in 1992. 

Seth N. Wheeler, M.D.

Seth N. Wheeler, MD has special interests in esophageal motility, liver disease, and general gastroenterology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1996. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa in 2000 and his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Rochester in 2004.

Julie Akins, NP-C

Julie Akins, NP-C earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Boise State University School of Nursing in 1996 and her nurse practitioner degree from Fay Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming in 2007. She served as assistant professor of nursing at the College of Southern Idaho from 1996-2005.

Heather Merten Kohring, FNP-C

Heather Kohring, FNP-C has special interests in hepatitis C and liver disease. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in 1994 and her registered nursing degree from Maric College in 1997. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Wyoming in 2004.  


Your Appointment
We try to stay on time, as a courtesy to you and others. Since paperwork may take a few minutes, please arrive early. As emergencies do occur, there may be occasions when your appointment time will be delayed. We will always try to keep you informed in the event of a delay, and will be happy to reschedule your appointment, if you prefer. We ask that you respect the appointment time we have reserved for you, and call 24 hours ahead to cancel or change appointments so that others may be helped during that time.

Communication with your provider is extremely important. It may be helpful for you to write down questions for your doctor or nurse practitioner prior to your visit. Bring a list of medications and the dosages, or bring the bottles with you.

Make sure you understand any instructions you are given. If clarification is needed, review your instructions with the provider or medical assistant before you leave. If you aren’t doing well after your visit, we want to hear from you. Our goal is to improve your health.


Insurance Plans
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, in-state Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and others.


Medication Refills
Talk with your provider at each visit to be sure your prescriptions are up to date. For refills, contact your pharmacy. Your pharmacy will then contact our office for verification and approval. For patient safety, narcotics cannot be refilled outside of office hours. Talk with your provider before your prescription runs out, and please allow 48 hours for refills.

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