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St. Luke's Children's Muscular Dystrophy Clinic

The multidisciplinary team at St. Luke's Children's Muscular Dystrophy Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and medical management of neuromuscular diseases. Through our clinic, patients and families can expect to receive medical interventions that address disease symptoms and progression with a focus on enhancing quality of life and independence. Patients are typically scheduled in the clinic once a year, with children seen by several different healthcare specialists – all at one location, in one visit. 

Clinic specialists include a physiatrist, neurologist, cardiologist, dietitian, genetic counselor, and physical therapist, as well as a patient care coordinator. Depending on each child's individual needs, we can also help arrange consultations outside of our clinic with additional specialists, including orthopedics, genetics, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, pulmonary medicine, and respiratory therapy providers.

Common diagnoses seen in our clinic include:

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD)
  • Mitochondrial myopathy
  • Myotonic muscular dystrophy
  • Merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

We see patients on the fourth Monday of each month, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Specialties

Providers

  • Pediatric Cardiology

    Biography

    Robert Adams, MD specializes in caring for children with a wide range of congenital and acquired heart diseases. His particular interest lies in echocardiography, including fetal, transthoracic, and transesophageal.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Cardiology

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    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Neurology

    Biography

    Daniel Arrington, MD completed his pediatrics residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center and his child neurology residency at Barrow Neurological Institute/St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. Before joining St. Luke's Children's, Dr. Arrington served as assistant professor of child neurology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and was an attending physician at the Children's Hospital of Oklahoma.

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    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

    Biography

    Erin M. Conlee, MD specializes in the rehabilitation and management of children with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders, and an array of musculoskeletal conditions. She has a particular interest in oncology-related impairments and conditions. 

    Dr. Conlee works to maximize quality of life and restore optimal functioning to patients through working with a multidisciplinary team of therapists and ancillary providers. She is passionate about caring for children and young adults, striving to meet needs across a variety of conditions and health care settings.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Cardiology

    Biography

    Gordon Mack, MD cares for children with a wide range of congenital and acquired heart diseases. His particular interests lie in echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, and pediatric thrombosis. He completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He trained in pediatric cardiac catheterization and pediatric clots in Edmonton.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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      St. Luke's Health Partner

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  • Physical Therapy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

    Biography

    Mary Walters, NP is a nurse practitioner and manager of both the spina bifida clinic and the muscular dystrophy clinic. She is a member of the care team with a focus on coordinating care between providers. Mary follows patients through every step of their experience, providing a single point of contact for every stage of care.

    Mary grew up and attended school in Montana, eventually earning her bachelor's degree in nursing from Montana State University. She worked for St. Luke's Children's Hospital prior to earning her master's degree and pediatric nurse practitioner's degree from the University of South Alabama.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Building on Our Promise to Children

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.