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St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine

The team at St. Luke's Children’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine treats a full array of mental health issues with understanding, compassion, and skill. Our goal is to restore your child to his or her appropriate developmental path.

Our providers specialize in the treatment of childhood behavioral and mental health disorders to optimize wellness and functioning. We provide compassionate expertise during times of instability, allowing patients to work closely with a personalized care team that also includes medication providers and their local primary care doctor.

We provide a full spectrum of pediatric psychiatric services to children and adolescents with varying diagnoses, including but not limited to: depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiance, ADHD, explosivity, psychosis, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As a member of the National Health Services Corps, we promise to serve all patients. This means we promise to:

  • Offer discounted fees for qualifying patients
  • Never deny services based on a person’s race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation
  • Accept insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 

Learn more about financial assistance at St. Luke's

  • Location & Contact Info

    1075 E. Park Blvd.
    South Entrance
    Boise, ID 83712
    (208) 381-5970
    Fax: (208) 381-5971

    Accepting New Patients

    Yes
  • Office Hours

    Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Referral Required

    Yes
  • Before Your Visit

  • For Current Patients

  • After-hours & Weekends

    If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department.

    If your child is having thoughts of suicide, any time, day or night, he or she needs to be evaluated immediately. Please call 911 right away or take your child immediately to the nearest emergency department. You may also call St. Luke's at (208) 381-9000.

    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.

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Providers

  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Amy Jo Amarello, PsyD is is a child psychologist and part of the Learning, Attention and Behavior (L.A.B.) evaluation program at St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. She provides psychological evaluation and consultation for children and adolescents struggling with developmental, learning, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

    Dr. Amarello specializes in diagnosis and treatment planning for children and adolescents who have a wide range of psychiatric and/or neurodevelopmental conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, in-utero exposure to substances, and disruptive behavior disorders.

    Dr. Amarello trained in clinical psychology, school psychology, and neuropsychology. She earned her doctorate degree at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She completed her internship at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and her post-doctoral fellowship at Mediplex Rehab-Camden.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Sidra Beckett, LCPC treats and supports children and families having issues with behavior, autism spectrum disorders, school concerns (academic/emotional), ADHD/executive functioning, family conflict, parenting concerns, anxiety, and depression.

    Sidra earned her bachelor’s degree in general studies with minors in psychology and sociology from Boise State University and her master’s degree in counseling from Northwest Nazarene University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Jacqueline Bell, DO specializes in addressing the full range of emotional and behavioral difficulties affecting children and adolescents using the latest therapies and interventions. She has experience working with youths affected by a wide range of behavioral and emotional disturbances.

    Dr. Bell is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Osteopathic Association.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Beth Bolen, LCSW is a mental health therapist and advanced certified alcohol and drug counselor. She specializes in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and treatment of anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, PTSD, substance use, and family relational problems.  

    Beth earned her bachelor's degree in human services at Western Washington University and her master's degree in social work at Colorado State University.


  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Luke Brewton, MD is a board certified child psychiatrist and specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, and other mood and thought disorders in children, adolescents, and their families. He loves helping adolescents and their families communicate better with one another.

    Dr. Brewton earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from New York University and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health
  • Biography

    Paula Green, LCPC works with children and adolescents and their families. She uses play therapy and narrative therapy—a way for clients to use written and spoken words to help make sense of their lives while identifying their uniqueness and strengths. She loves helping families talk to each other with a goal to help everyone feel and do better. She believes children have a special wisdom and resiliency when it comes to healing, and loves the uniqueness of teens. She also utilizes EMDR therapy, a distinctive approach to decreasing and eliminating symptoms of trauma.

    Paula provides child sexual abuse prevention training as a certified Darkness to Light facilitator.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Gretchen Gudmundsen, PhD oversees diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention for the St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She provides psychological evaluation and consultation to assist in diagnosis and intervention planning with children and adolescents with psychiatric conditions.

    Dr. Gudmundsen works with a broad range of youth with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and has expertise in behavioral assessment and intervention with adolescents dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal and self-harming tendencies.

    Dr. Gudmundsen earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and her doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital, then joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. She was also an attending clinical psychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Brian Huck, LCSW specializes in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and working with male patients. He also uses acceptance commitment, dialectical behavioral, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing therapies and techniques. 

    Brian earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in social work from Boise State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Sarah Kaldor, LCPC is a mental health therapist working with youth at St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She is experienced with children, teens, and families with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma.

    Sarah helps youths and their families who need more intensive therapeutic support than traditional outpatient therapy provides. She uses a collaborative approach, utilizing the family as an imperative component to the change process and supporting improvements in wellness. She views therapy from an attachment-focused and trauma-informed lens while using a variety of therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, to improve overall stability and functioning.

    Sarah earned both her bachelor's degree in applied developmental psychology and her master's degree in mental health counseling from Eastern Washington University.

  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Jane Krumm, LCSW is a mental health therapist and certified professional mediator. She specializes in caring for children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disabilities, and other special needs; and working with families in behavior management and children’s school success.

    Jane earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Colorado State University and her master's degree in social work at the University of Denver.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Carlie Mancini, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Carlie has experience as a mental health nurse practitioner caring for patients with an array of mental health conditions including mood, anxiety, psychotic, and substance use disorders. She has worked as a registered nurse for St. Luke's in both inpatient and outpatients settings including the neurosurgery floor and epilepsy monitoring unit and most recently, pediatric neurology.

    Carlie earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Lewis-Clark State College and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. As a Boise native, Carlie is honored to be providing quality, patient-centered care to the children and families of the community she knows and loves.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Patricia Martelle, LCSW is operations manager of the St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She supports the holistic approach to behavioral health services for youth based on a philosophy of systems of care that emphasizes teaming and collaboration across the systems a child is involved in. She advocates for youth and parents with the belief that their voices are instrumental in creating lasting solutions.

    Pat earned her first master's degree in social work from Louisiana State University School of Social Work, and her second master's degree in public health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Roger Olson, PsyD is a clinical child psychologist and part of the Learning, Attention and Behavior (L.A.B.) evaluation program at St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. He conducts psychological evaluations for children and adolescents with learning, attention, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties.

    Dr. Olson works collaboratively with children, teens, and parents from a strength-based perspective and helps families feel respected throughout the evaluation process. He also provides mindfulness-based parent education workshops focused on building resilience and developing optimal parent-child attachment.

    Dr. Olson has experience in a wide variety of settings, such as schools, prisons, hospitals, and clinics. He earned his bachelor's degree at Boise State University and his graduate degree in psychology at George Fox University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Whitney Price, LCSW specializes in caring for children and adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, ODD, PTSD, and other challenging behaviors, and is committed to hope and healing through her therapeutic relationship with each patient and their families. She has experience in adoption, skilled nursing facilities, mental health, medical hospitals, grief and bereavement, end-of-life transitions, and pediatric mental health. She uses a wide variety of treatments, such as narrative therapy, play therapy, behavioral modification, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

    Whitney earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in sports and exercise science from Boise State University. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska. She believes that each patient is unique and she tailors her relationship toward their individual needs and concerns. 

    Favorite Therapy Toy: puppets.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Biography

    Deborah Russo, LCSW specializes in child-centered play therapy, DBT, and hypnosis by request for treatment of anxiety, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder. She also specializes in substance abuse, and uses play therapy to help with family relational problems.

    Deborah earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from Boise State University.

    Availability

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  • Pediatric Mental Health
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Christopher Streeter, MD has broad experience in individual, family, and systems-based neurobehavioral issues with particular expertise in complex mood, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Naval Medical Center in San Diego and his child and adolescent fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Mental Health

    Biography

    Hanna McKenzie Young, LCSW works with children, adolescents, and their families. She specializes in clients with behavioral issues, learning challenges and disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, family relational problems, and oppositional defiant disorder. 

    Hanna uses cognitive-behavior therapy, collaborative and proactive solutions, DBT techniques, and mindfulness skills that is highly relational approach to therapy that is strengths-based and solution-focused. She works closely with parents and caregivers to assist families as a whole move through the healing process.

    Hanna draws on her years of experience with adolescents to help her patients address their mental and behavioral health challenges.

    Hanna earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Lewis-Clark State College and her master's degree in social work from Boise State University.

Conditions

Building on Our Promise to Children

St. Luke

Children's Pavilion - Opening in 2019

Designed to meet the needs of kids, their families, and the people who care for them, this state-of-the-art facility on our downtown Boise campus will more than double our clinical space and improve vital services that keep care close to home. It will bring most of our pediatric specialists and services under one roof, allowing us to provide care more efficiently and easing the burden on parents and kids who will now be able to see several providers in one location in one day.