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St. Luke's in the Ontario Community

Ontario, Oregon, is a historic railroad town just across the Snake River from Fruitland, Idaho. It’s home to Treasure Valley Community College and the Four Rivers Cultural Center, which celebrates the diverse heritage of the region: Native American, European, Basque, Japanese, and Hispanic. 

St. Luke’s serves the people of Ontario from the new St. Luke’s Fruitland Medical Plaza, St. Luke's Cancer Institute in Fruitland, as well as an Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center in Ontario itself.

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  • Family Medicine

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    Melissa Parsons, FNP is certified and earned her master's degree in nursing from Idaho State University.

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  • General Surgery

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    Cyrus Ali, MD, FACS is a general surgeon with a broad range experience, including some advanced laparoscopic procedures. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Ali earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry with first class honors from McGill University.

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  • Medical Oncology

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Krishna C. Alluri, MD, is an oncologist/hematologist. He earned his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He completed his hematology and oncology fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, where he served as chief fellow.

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  • Biography

    Caroline Arthur, MD specializes in a broad range of emergency and elective surgical conditions, including diseases of the colon, small intestines, gallbladder, and appendix. She has a special interest in both simple and complex hernias and has extensive experience with minimally invasive surgery. 

    Dr. Arthur also performs robotic surgery for hernias and some colon/small intestine issues, as well as emergent conditions such as gallbladder, ulcer, and intestinal diseases. Her robotic procedural expertise includes hernia repair, colectomy, small bowel resection, and cholecystectomy.

    Dr. Arthur is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Americas Hernia Society.

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  • General Surgery

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    Richard Ballantyne, DO has particular interest in advanced laparoscopic hernia and colon surgery as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He is skilled in the performance of da Vinci® robotic surgery for hernia, GERD; diverticulitis; colon cancer and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). His robotic procedural expertise includes inguinal and ventral hernia repair, hiatal hernia repair with fundoplication, partial colectomy, sigmoid colon resection, and splenectomy.

    A native of the Treasure Valley, Dr. Ballantyne earned his bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University. He is a member of the Idaho Medical Association and Ada County Medical Society. 

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  • General Surgery

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    Roberto V. Barresi, MD, FACS specializes in general, laparoscopic, and oncologic (cancer) surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Barresi earned his bachelor's degree in cell and structural biology from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Idaho Medical Association and Ada County Medical Society.

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  • Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

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    Madison Bernhardt, MS, CGC specializes in hereditary predispositions to cancer and hematologic conditions. She meets with adults and children who have a personal or family history of cancer to help them understand if there may be an inherited component.

    Madison earned her bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in genetic counseling both from Ohio State University. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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  • General Surgery

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    Ronald W. Blair, DO has special interest and training in laparoscopic surgical procedures. 

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  • Radiation Oncology

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    Sarah Bolender, MD serves as medical director of St. Luke's Cancer Institute in Fruitland. Her patients are her passion, leading her to involvement in the Komen Race for the Cure and the development of St. Luke's Respite House for patients and families in Fruitland.

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  • General Surgery

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    Howard E. Bowers, MD, FACS specializes in acute care surgical conditions as well as a wide variety of general surgical problems. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgeries. He welcomes consultation with primary care providers and subspecialties to provide the highest quality general surgery service.

    Dr. Bowers is a member of the American College of Surgeons. He served 15 years in the U.S. Air Force and continues to serve in the Idaho Air National Guard. In his free time, Dr. Bowers enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, snow boarding, fishing, and water sports.

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  • Family Medicine

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    Nani Cabrera, DO earned her bachelor's degree from the College of Idaho.

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  • Internal Medicine

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  • Audiology

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    Corinne Coleman, AuD received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Brigham Young University and her doctorate degree in audiology from Utah State University. During her graduate work, she completed an emphasis in listening and spoken language and pediatric audiology focusing on enhancing collaboration efforts between audiologists, speech-language pathologists and deaf-education professionals in order to better facilitate the success of every child with hearing loss across the age spectrum. Her research centered on counseling behaviors in audiologists including missed opportunities and patient-centered care was published in Seminars in Hearing. Her doctoral externship in Kentucky fostered a passion for assisting pediatric populations in rural areas; she is thrilled to be able to do the same in her home state. 

    Dr. Coleman is currently a member of the advisory committee for the National Technical Resource Center for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs (EDHI) to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential by working to improve EHDI systems of care. 

    Dr. Coleman is an Idaho native who loves spending time in nature, biking and paddle boarding. She is an avid athlete and loves playing basketball, ultimate Frisbee and competing in triathlons. 

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  • Internal Medicine

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    Isaac Elam, MD is a general internist who focuses on the care and management of chronic medical conditions in adults.
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  • General Surgery

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    James Elder, MD specializes in a broad range of emergency and elective surgical conditions. He has special interest in hernias, and any aspect of general surgery.  

    Dr. Elder is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and sports.  

       


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  • Medical Oncology

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    Linda L. Erlandson, RN, MSN, FNP works in medical oncology/hematology. She is nationally certified as a family practice nurse practitioner by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She earned her master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
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  • General Surgery

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    Jonathan V. Giles, MD, FACS specializes in advanced laparoscopic, oncologic (cancer), hernia repair, and endocrine surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member and Fellow of the Southwest Surgical Congress.

    Dr. Giles earned his bachelor's degree in physiology from the University of California at Davis and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency and internship at the University of Utah and Affiliated Hospitals, and served three years of active duty as a U.S. Air Force surgeon with the 366th Wing Hospital, Mountain Home Air Force Base.

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  • Family Medicine

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    Sean Hackett, PA serves as both a clinical manager and a practicing physician assistant. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boise State University and his master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Idaho. He earned his physician assistant degree from Idaho State University.
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    Jerrimi Helmick, RN, MN, FNP-C works in radiation oncology. She is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She earned her associate's degree in nursing from Treasure Valley Community College, and her master's degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Oregon Health & Science University.
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  • General Surgery

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    Scott A. Henson, MD, FACS specializes in breast cancer surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and hernia repair. 

    Dr. Henson earned his bachelor's degree in pre-medicine from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgical residency and internship. Dr. Henson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Idaho Medical Association, Ada County Medical Society, and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

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  • Family Medicine

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  • Family Medicine

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  • General Surgery

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    Kellan Kading, MD came to St. Luke's from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle where he was part of the General Surgery Residency Program. He has an interest in gallbladder, small intestine, colon, hernia, and anorectal procedures. He enjoys the challenges of general surgery and taking care of his patients.

    In his free time Dr. Kading enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

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  • Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients

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    Elizabeth LeFevre, MHS, RD, CSO, LD is board certified in oncology nutrition and has a passion for not only helping treat patients for cancer, but helping them on the road to health after they have completed treatment.

    Elizabeth earned her bachelor's degree in dietetics from Brigham Young University, and her master's degree in health science from Boise State University.

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  • General Surgery

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    Rhiana S. Menen, MD is a clinical and academic surgeon with experience and training in general and laparoscopic surgery. She also completed fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Menen has particular interest in cancer care, women's health, and cancer prevention. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. 

    Dr. Menen is also interested in international and medically underserved populations, and has done medical outreach trips to India and Kenya. 

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Clinton Morgan, MD has a passion for oncology, hematology, and delivering excellent, high-quality care close to home. He also has special interest in newer treatment therapies, such as immunotherapy and targeted therapy. Dr. Morgan's focus extends beyond treatment as well, and he is committed to getting to know his patients personally, improving their quality of life, and helping them make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

    Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Dr. Morgan practiced medical oncology and hematology in Lewiston, Idaho, where he became familiar with rural medicine and outreach clinics. He has worked closely with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and has served as volunteer faculty with the University of Washington.

    Dr. Morgan earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University prior to beginning his medical education. As an Idaho native, he is happy to live in the Treasure Valley with his family. They all enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, the outdoors, and family vacations. Dr. Morgan also enjoys gardening, reading, and cooking.

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  • General Surgery

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    Amber Pedracini, DO performs a wide range of general surgery procedures as part of the St. Luke's Clinic – Acute Care and General Surgery team. She also has expertise in robotic surgery for inguinal and ventral hernias.

    Dr. Pedracini is a native of the Treasure Valley and excited to be able to practice medicine at home. 
    In her free time, she enjoys downhill skiing, camping, wakeboarding, fishing, and spending time with her family.

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  • Audiology

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    Sam Peterson AuD, F-AAA earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Idaho State University, where he also earned his doctorate degree in audiology. He completed his doctoral externship in southern New Mexico at a private practice that specializes in diagnostic audiometric testing for adults and children, hearing aid assessment and fitting, and ear wax removal. While in graduate school, Dr. Peterson’s capstone project focused on techniques for better assessing middle ear function, to assist in more accurate identification and treatment of middle ear disorders.

    Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He is the proud father of three children, and enjoys watching football and exercising in his spare time.


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  • General Surgery

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    Teisha Shiozaki, MD is a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in advanced gastrointestinal (GI) and minimally invasive surgery. She treats a wide array of abdominal disorders, including gallbladder disease, inguinal and ventral hernias, and disease of the small bowel and colon.

    Dr. Shiozaki has special interest in robotic surgery and using minimally invasive techniques to improve surgical outcomes. She is skilled in the performance of robotic surgery for hernias, diverticulitis, and bowel obstructions. Her robotic procedural expertise includes cholecystectomy; colectomy; colostomy reversal; and inguinal, ventral and hiatal hernia repair.

    In her free time, Dr. Shiozaki enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.

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  • Behavioral Health

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  • Audiology

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    Kristie Smith, AuD has professional interests in adult and pediatric diagnostics, amplification, auditory evoked potentials, and vestibular diagnostic evaluations.

    Kristie earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Idaho State University, and her doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University.

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  • General Surgery

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    Lindsay Stepp, MD enjoys the challenges of acute care surgery and has a special interest in robotic surgery, training on the da Vinci® robot both during and after her residency. Today, she performs robotic surgery to treat inguinal hernias, ventral hernias, colon disease, and gallbladder disease. Her robotic procedural expertise includes inguinal hernia repair, ventral hernia repair, colon resections, and cholecystectomy.

    Prior to her medical education, Dr. Stepp earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors, and is also an avid Peloton enthusiast.

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  • Medical Oncology

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Melinda N. Taylor, BA, BSN, MSN, FNP-C works in medical hematology and oncology. She is nationally certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society with Oncology Certified Nurse recognition. Her nursing background includes orthopedic surgery, inpatient medical-surgical care, clinical trial research, and oncology. 

    Melinda earned bachelor's degrees from both Boise State University and Ohio University. She earned her master's degree from Xavier University. Melinda presented a poster abstract on earlier palliative care integration in oncology settings at the 2019 Oncology Nursing Society national conference. She’s also represented the Oncology Nursing Society in advocacy for cancer patients at the United States Congress.

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  • General Surgery

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  • General Surgery

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    Reese A. Verner, MD, FACS specializes in general, laparoscopic, and oncologic (cancer) surgery. He also has expertise in robotic surgery for hernia repair.

    Dr. Verner served as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps Reserve. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, American Medical Association, and Idaho Medical Association.

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Norman Zuckerman, MD has special interest in anemias and genitourinary cancers. He continues to be passionate about oncology, especially as newer targeted therapies and symptom control medicines are prolonging life and improving quality of life for his patients. As the director of the Integrative Medicine program at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute, Dr. Zuckerman considers all options – conventional and alternative – worthy of discussion.

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