St. Luke's Clinic

Welcome to St. Luke's Clinic – Idaho Pulmonary Associates
We are dedicated to excellence in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

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Idaho Pulmonary Associates
2051 E. Summersweet Drive
Boise, Idaho 83716

2347 Gala Street
Meridian, Idaho 83642

Phone
(208) 323-3767
Fax: (208) 323-3768


Services

  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • On-site Hospital Critical Care
  • Specialized clinics to manage cough and smoking cessation

What is Pulmonology?
Pulmonology is a medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the respiratory system, which includes the lungs and respiratory tract. Pulmonology is closely related to critical care medicine when dealing with patients that require mechanical ventilation. As a result, many pulmonologists are certified to practice critical care medicine in addition to pulmonary medicine.

At St. Luke's Boise and Meridian Medical Centers, pulmonologists provide on-site critical care and pulmonary services. In the outpatient setting, they provide advanced treatment for the full spectrum of pulmonary disease and sleep disorders.

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

 


Our Medical Providers


Saadia R. Akhtar, MD, MSC

Saadia R. Akhtar, MD, MSc is board certified in critical care, pulmonary diseases, and internal medicine. She serves as a clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and supervises residents at the Boise VA Medical Center. Dr. Akhtar earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Pittsburgh, her medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and her Master of Science degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Ohio State University Medical Center and served her fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.

 
Hernan M. Avella, MD

Hernan M. Avella, MD is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease and board eligible in critical care medicine. He earned his medical degree from Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario University in Bogota, Colombia. He completed his internship and residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and the Portland VA Medical Center. Dr. Avella is bilingual in Spanish and English.

 
William G. Bergquist, MD

William G. Bergquist, MD is board certified in internal medicine, and is a diplomate in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology and his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed his internship through the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Department of Medicine. He served his residency through the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals and the Boise VA Medical Center. Dr. Bergquist completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, Irvine, and the Veterans Medical Center in Long Beach. He also served a fellowship in pulmonary medicine through the University of Washington at the Boise VA Medical Center.

 
Lloyd Blake, MD Lloyd Blake, MD is board certified in pulmonary/critical care and sleep medicine. He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Blake's patient-centered focus is critical care medicine, delivering high quality care to the patients in the intensive and critical care units at St. Luke's Boise and Meridian Medical Centers.
 
William J. Dittrich, MD William J. Dittrich, MD is board certified in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington, where he also earned his medical degree. He completed his internal medicine residency through the University of Washington in Seattle and Boise, and served as chief medical resident at the Boise VA Medical Center. Dr. Dittrich performed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Boise VA Medical Center and the University of Washington.

Matthew DiVietro, DO Matthew L. DiVietro, DO is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, and is board eligible in critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Syracuse University and his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

David Fonseca, MD David E. Fonseca, MD is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from DePauw University and his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Center, and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he served as chief fellow.

Brian W. Goltry, MD Brian W. Goltry, MD is board certified in pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Idaho and his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship and internal medicine residency at the University of Utah Medical Center. Dr. Goltry served as chief medical resident at the Boise VA Medical Center through the University of Washington, and performed his fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.
 
Oleg S. Kouskov, MD, MCR

Oleg S. Kouskov, MD, MCR is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care, and sleep medicine. He serves as director of pediatric sleep services with St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine Institute and co–director of the pulmonary nodule program. Dr. Kouskov earned his medical degree from the Belarusian State Medical University in Minsk, Belarus, and his master's degree in clinical research from Oregon Health & Science University. He completed general practice training and worked for several years in Zimbabwe and Botswana, seeing both adults and children, and performed his internal medicine residency through Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed his training in pulmonary and critical care medicine and his fellowships in sleep medicine and lung cancer/research at Oregon Health & Science University.

 
Dan Lowery, MD

Daniel D. Lowery, MD is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and sleep medicine. He serves as a hospitalist at St. Luke's, providing inpatient care for hospitalized patients, and also sees patients requiring sleep medicine services. Dr. Lowery earned his bachelor's degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine internship, residency, and pulmonary fellowship at the University of  Oklahoma Medical Center.

 
Karen S. Miller, MD

Karen S. Miller, MD is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Goshen College and Master of Arts degree in English from Wright State University. She taught high school and college English for several years before embarking on a career in medicine. She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Miller served as chief medical resident at Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, and performed her pulmonary-critical care fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

 
Wendi Norris, MD, MSW Wendi Norris, MD, MSW is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Washington, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina. She earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she completed her residency in internal medicine and served as a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine.


Sogol Nowbar, MD Sogol Nowbar, MD is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from the University of Washington and her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She performed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where she served as chief medical resident and instructor of medicine. Dr. Nowbar completed her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Eric N. Rich, MD Eric N. Rich, MD is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease, and board eligible in critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, where he also served as chief medical resident. Dr. Rich performed his fellowship in pulmonary sciences and critical care medicine at the University of Colorado and National Jewish Health in Denver.

David Sasso, MD David Sasso, MD is board certified in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and history from (then) Albertson College of Idaho, and his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Internal Medicine Spokane, where he served as chief resident. He performed his pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
James P. Souza, MD James P. Souza, MD is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine, and pulmonary medicine. He serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs for St. Luke’s Treasure Valley hospitals and clinics. Dr. Souza earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in cell biology from the University of Montana, and his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He served his residency in internal medicine, primary care pathway, and as a senior fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine, at the University of Washington and the Boise VA Medical Center.

William Thompson, MD

William Thompson, MD is board certified in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He serves as associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington and as medical co-director of St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine Institute. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Washington and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and Boise, serving as chief resident at the Boise VA Medical Center. He also performed his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship through the University of Washington in Seattle and Boise.


 
Patrick D. Weis, MD Patrick D. Weis, MD is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Drake University and his medical degree from the University of Iowa. He completed his internal medicine residency through the University of Washington, and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.
 
David K. Wyler, DO David K. Wyler, DO is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Brigham Young University and his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his medical internship and residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine and his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Case Western Reserve University.
Danielle Brunk, FNP Danielle Brunk, FNP is a certified family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the Intercollegiate College of Nursing with Whitworth University and Washington State University in Spokane. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Idaho State University, and served at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado.
Valerie Dawidczik, FNP Valerie Dawidczik, FNP is a certified family nurse practitioner credentialed through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Gonzaga University. She has worked in internal medicine and cardiology clinics, and in the community with congestive heart failure patients.
Linda Gould, FNP Linda Gould, FNP is a certified family nurse practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from South Dakota State University and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Arizona State University, specializing in family nurse practitioner and community health nursing. She has worked as a family nurse practitioner in internal medicine and as a preceptor with multiple universities.
Caryolyn Green, PA-C Carolyn Green, PA-C is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri and her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Missouri State University.
Darren Klassen, PA-C Darren Klassen, PA-C is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He earned his bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy from Weber State University, and practiced as a respiratory therapist for 15 years before becoming a physician assistant. He earned his Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and worked for several years in primary care.
Debra Mercy, CRNP Debra Mercy, CRNP is a certified adult nurse practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center, and specializes in pulmonary and sleep medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Science degree in adult/geriatric, primary care, nurse practitioner, from the University of Maryland. She has served as clinical faculty for the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Gonzaga University and as a nurse practitioner in adult oncology.
Molly Roy, PA-C

Molly Roy, PA-C is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and mathematics from the College of Idaho and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from Idaho State University. She has worked as a physician assistant for several years, including practice in a multiple sclerosis clinic and a neurology/sleep medicine clinic.

Ron Sandow, FNP Ron Sandow, FNP is a certified family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Idaho State University. He also earned a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, emphasis in sport science, and a Master of Science degree in physical education, emphasis in exercise physiology with specialty in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, from the University of Idaho. He has worked for several years in critical care.
Margery Soni, FNP Margery Soni, FNP is a certified family nurse practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Middlebury College. She has worked for many years as a family nurse practitioner, including practice with Terry Reilly Health Services in Boise and the Albuquerque, New Mexico VA Medical Center.

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, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant 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. When you need to refill your prescriptions, you can request them directly through your myChart account.

You can also request a refill by contacting 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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