Psychiatric Wellness Services
703 S. Americana Blvd.
Suite 150 Boise, Idaho 83702
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The physicians, physician assistants (PAs), advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs), and therapists at St. Luke's Clinic – Psychiatric Wellness Services are trained to care for patients age 18 and older. Our providers specialize in the treatment of mental illness with a focus on wellness. We provide compassionate expertise during times of psychiatric instability, allowing you to work closely with a personalized care team that also includes medication providers and your local primary care doctor. The goal of this work is to help you achieve a reprieve in your symptoms so you can return to the care of your primary care doctor during periods of stability.
Psychiatric Wellness Services
St. Luke's Clinic – Psychiatric Wellness Services is a full-service psychiatric clinic prepared to treat mental illness with understanding, compassion, and skill. We treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Mood disorders, including bipolar disorder and major depression
- Anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
New Patients / Appointments
We are accepting new patients.
After-hours and Weekends
If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department.
If you have thoughts of suicide, please contact our office immediately. If these thoughts occur on nights or weekends, please contact the Emergency Department right away.
If you have non-emergency questions or concerns about psychotropic medications and side effects, please call our office during normal business hours to talk with the clinic nurse.
St. Luke’s Clinics are an integrated network of highly skilled health care professionals in locations throughout our region.
|Amy Edwards, MD is a general psychiatric provider specializing in the treatment of adults, with a focus on mental health and wellness. She completed her undergraduate work, medical school training, and residency program in psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She is actively involved in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).|
Christopher Helfer, MD is board certified in both adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. He favors a holistic approach to treatment, considering all factors in his consultation with individuals struggling with medical, emotional, and social distress. His interest in hospital consultations and the body-mind interface motivated him to complete an extra year of training in psychosomatic medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Helfer earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Utah and his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Utah. He is fluent in Spanish and knowledgeable of Latin American cultures.
|Thadeus Koontz, MD, PhD is trained as both a clinical psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He blends a theoretical and evidence based approach with a practical sensibility to focus on what works for each patient as an individual, and is a firm believer in patient-centered care, in which the patient is empowered to define the goals of treatment. He has expert training in CBT and exposure therapies, with a special interest in post-traumatic stress recovery. Dr. Koontz earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and his doctorate degree in neurobiology from the University of Alabama, where he also earned his medical degree. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Duke University.|
Jeffrey A. Betts, MA, LCPC, LMFT has been practicing as a therapist in Idaho since 1996, serving the needs of individuals, couples, and families. He is licensed in Idaho as a marriage and family therapist and a clinical professional counselor. Jeff earned his master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Azusa Pacific University. He has been a clinical member of the Association of the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) since 1997, and was president of the Idaho chapter of ATSA from 2006-2008. In 2010, Jeff established the Treasure Valley Roundtable on Juvenile Sexual Offending, and in 2011 was appointed to the Idaho Sex Offender Management Board. He speaks to groups on topics related to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of sexually abusive behaviors in childhood and adolescence.
|Jodi Buffington MSN, PMHNP is a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the treatment of adults. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Intercollegiate College of Nursing through Washington State University.|
|JoAnn Campbell, LCPC is a mental health therapist with experience treating anxiety and mood disorders and helping patients cope with medical illness. Her main therapeutic approach is cognitive behavioral therapy. JoAnn earned her master's degree in counseling psychology from Central Washington University.|
|Robin Cogan, LCSW has been a clinical social worker since 1998, providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling services. Her clinical experience includes community mental health and private practice settings. Her specialties include the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic medical conditions, and grief and loss. Robin earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from Boise State University, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).|
Jason Dinger, LCSW is a mental health therapist who has worked in an outpatient setting in Idaho since 2009, treating adults, teens, and couples. He primarily uses cognitive-behavioral interventions with clients struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD, and other forms of mental illness. He is passionate about helping individuals suffering from grief in a variety of forms, including loss of loved ones. He feels strongly about the influence of the therapeutic relationship on outcomes of treatment and strives to build a strong rapport with his clients. Jason earned his undergraduate degree in marriage, family, and human development with a minor in gerontology from Brigham Young University, where he also earned his master's degree in social work.
|Tammy Morehouse, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice since 2006. She works with individuals, couples, and families struggling with a wide range of issues including depression, grief, and crisis management. By providing support and insight, she endeavors to facilitate patients in improving their quality of life. Tammy earned her graduate degree at Walla Walla University.|
Patients are seen by appointment. Please notify us if you will be late; you may be asked to reschedule. Since paperwork, metabolic monitoring, and testing may take a few minutes, we ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early.
Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment. This will enable us to serve all patients in a timely manner.
If you are a new patient, you will be mailed paperwork to complete prior to your appointment. We ask that you bring your insurance card with you to each visit and notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or insurance information.
It may be helpful for you to write down questions or important items that you hope to discuss prior to your visit. Psychiatric medications can interact with your other medications, so please bring a list of your medications and the dosages to each appointment, or just bring your medication bottles with you. It is very important that your psychiatric care providers know exactly what medications you are taking, especially at your first appointment and when medication changes are made by your other health care providers.
New Patient Paperwork
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, in-state Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and others.
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. Allow 24-48 hours to process your refill request.
It is your responsibility to maintain the security of prescriptions such as stimulants and benzodiazepines. As a general rule, providers will not give you another prescription for these types of medications if you lose your prescription or medication bottle.
We do not prescribe narcotics of any type in our office. If you have pain concerns, please talk with your primary care doctor or other specialist. After our clinic has helped you achieve psychiatric stability and you have returned to the care of your primary care doctor, the prescriptions for your psychiatric medications will be managed by your primary care doctor.