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St. Luke's Children's Integrative Medicine Clinic

St. Luke’s Children’s Integrative Medicine Clinic promotes wellness and healthy lifestyles for children and teens living with a wide range of health conditions and their families by addressing the full range of physical, emotional, behavioral, and environmental influences that affect a child’s health. We aim to find out what really matters to patients and their families, discover their values and goals, and empower them with tools to help them get there. Regardless of the situation or diagnosis, we create healing partnerships with youth and their families to optimize their health and quality of life. We have two primary areas of focus:

  • Weight management and healthy lifestyles - Our multidisciplinary team is led by a physician and includes experts in nutrition and behavior modification. We will work with your child and the whole family to support long-term success. Additionally, we offer the opportunity for kids and families to participate in a variety of community-based Healthy4Life classes addressing nutrition, activity, sleep, hygiene and stress resiliency.
  • Managing chronic illness - Our integrative pediatrics experts combine the best of both conventional and holistic/complementary medicine, using what is most effective for an individual child and situation, based on the best available evidence. While the holistic view of integrative pediatrics includes the wellness of mind, body, and spirit, our services are not meant to replace conventional primary or specialty care. Consultation is available for ADHD and autism, chronic illness (such as cancer, autoimmune conditions, asthma/atopy), chronic pain (such as headache, abdominal pain, joint pain), and some emotional (stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression) or behavioral (habit disorders) concerns.

Providers

  • Pediatrics

    Biography

    Brittany Blockman, MD, MA, FAAP, specializes in integrative, lifestyle, and non-pharmacologic approaches to youth living with a wide spectrum of chronic illnesses, including physical, behavioral, and mental health conditions. She assesses and advises on a number of topics, including symptom management, nutrition/food-as-medicine, supplements, movement, sleep/rest, stress reduction, mind-body skills, resilience-building practices, medical hypnosis, mental health, lifestyle/behavior change, and environment/relationships. She also conducts mind-body and resilience group visits for teens living with chronic illness. Referrals may be provided to appropriate pediatric providers for services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, biofeedback, nutrition, and psychotherapy. 

    Dr. Blockman's vision is to transform the experience of pediatric illness for patients and families into an opportunity for lifelong wellness, health enhancement, and resilience-building. She is passionate about patient/family empowerment, prevention, and whole-person healing to restore and optimize health and quality of life. She is committed to working with families and their children over time to adjust or change treatments as needed to help ensure a child’s long-term success.

    In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Blockman serves as the medical director of St. Luke’s pediatric integrative medicine program. Prior to her role at St. Luke’s, Dr. Blockman was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, one of the most renowned integrative medicine centers in the world. As a pediatric program leader, she helped bring integrative medicine to UCSF Pediatrics at large through innovative clinical and medical education initiatives. She established and managed Communitas, a mind-body and resilience group medical visit program for youth living with chronic illness and their caregivers, which became a model for group medical visits at UCSF and beyond. She also established the UCSF Osher Center’s Integrative Pediatric Clinic for Chronic Illness. Additionally, Dr. Blockman is the founder and director of Communitas Health, a non-profit organization that provides immersive, integrative medicine education, peer support, and empowerment with self-care skills for youth living with chronic illness and their family members.

    Dr. Blockman completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco’s Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved program, where she was recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) with the Anne Dyson Award for her child health advocacy work. Dr. Blockman was then invited to be the first clinical fellow in integrative medicine at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a certified practitioner of mind-body medicine from the Center for Mind Body Medicine and has training in medical hypnosis from The National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute. 
     
    Dr. Blockman earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Princeton University and a master's degree in medical anthropology from Harvard University. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received the Tulane 34 Award, the university’s most prestigious student honor.

    In her free time, Dr. Blockman enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, cooking, and having adventures with her children and husband.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatrics

    Biography

    Mindy B. Gaddis, MD, FAAP focuses on childhood obesity prevention and treatment at St. Luke's Children's Integrative Medicine Clinic. Her interest in childhood obesity and health led her to found the former YEAH! program. She covers on-call and weekend shifts at St. Luke's Children's Treasure Valley Pediatrics, but is not accepting new patients at this location.

    Prior to her medical education, Dr. Gaddis earned bachelor's degrees in chemistry and psychology at the University of Utah. She is married with two daughters and two dogs. Her interests outside of medicine include adventure travel, food, and outdoor activities like hiking and skiing.

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      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Pediatric Endocrinology

    Biography

    Aimee Hastriter, DNP, PNP is certified in both primary and acute care by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She specializes in type 1 diabetes, insulin resistance/pre-diabetes, female puberty, short stature, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, and vitamin D deficiency. She worked as an RN in St. Luke's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and St. Luke's Children's Endocrinology and Diabetes before transitioning to a nurse practitioner role.

    Aimee earned her bachelor's degrees in biology from Northwest Nazarene University and in nursing from Regis University. She earned her doctorate in nursing practice from Creighton University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Endocrinology

    Biography

    Luna Hodges, PNP is a pediatric nurse practitioner at St. Luke's Children's Endocrinology and Diabetes and is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She specializes in type 1 diabetes, insulin resistance/pre-diabetes, female puberty, short stature, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, and vitamin D deficiency. She gained an special interest in children's endocrinology while working at the children's endocrinology clinic as a registered nurse, inspiring her to transition to a nurse practitioner.

    Luna also worked as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Labor and Delivery Unit in Boise, Wood River's Mother Baby Unit and Special Care Nursery, and as a float nurse in the outpatient Children's Specialty Center.

    Luna earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Boise State University and her doctorate of nursing practice, acute/primary pediatric nurse practitioner, from Creighton University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral and 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 Behavioral and Mental Health

    Biography

    Amy Walters, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and the director of Behavioral Health Services for St. Luke's Humphreys Diabetes Center. She works with patients to address emotional and behavioral factors that impact health and chronic disease. She also works with St. Luke's Children's Hospital as part of the Children's Integrative Medicine and pediatric pain management programs.

    Dr. Walters earned both her master's degree and her PhD from Utah State University and has over 20 years of experience working in clinical and community settings with adult and pediatric patients. She is a board member of the Idaho Psychological Association and serves as Idaho's public education coordinator to the American Psychological Association. She serves as the psycho-social director for Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs (Camp Hodia).

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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