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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 imaging modalities, including transthoracic, transesophageal, and fetal echocardiography.

    As a core part of his practice, Dr. Adams prioritizes communication with families, referring providers, and outside referral centers. He and his staff recognize that cardiac referrals for children can be a scary experience, so they make a particular effort to educate families and put them at ease. 

    Dr. Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Georgia before attending medical school and completing his residency at the Medical College of Georgia, where he also served as chief resident. After completing his fellowship training at NYU Medical Center, he moved to Idaho with his wife and pets, who were thrilled to explore Idaho's wide open spaces after years in a tiny midtown Manhattan apartment.

    Dr. Adams and his wife love to explore Idaho’s natural beauty and enjoy biking, camping, and hiking with their dogs. They also love to travel and have had the privilege of serving the Syrian refugee community alongside a church in northern Jordan for several years.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Cardiology

    Biography

    Melissa Agoudemos, MD, PhD specializes in pediatric cardiology with a broad range of interests including neonatal congenital heart disease, myocarditis, Marfan’s syndrome and other connective tissue disorders, and arrhythmias such as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). She has additional interest in echocardiographic evaluation of congenital heart disease utilizing transthoracic echo and fetal echo.   

    Dr. Agoudemos received a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated with honors and as a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She then entered the specialized Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin to earn both her medical degree and a doctorate degree in physiology. During that time, she spent extensive time researching the process by which the body grows new blood vessels (angiogenesis). This led to multiple awards from the American Physiological Society.  

    Dr. Agoudemos completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Iowa, a referral center focused on treating the most critical pediatric patients across Iowa. Her residency included a specialized research track where she focused on the effects of maternal disease on the cardiovascular health of children. This was followed by a three-year pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa. During this time, she continued her research and won the F. M. Kenny Memorial Award in Pediatric Research. Clinically, Dr. Agoudemos developed her interest in imaging with extra training in echocardiography.  

    Dr. Agoudemos is originally from the Midwest, and spent her early career working at Southern Illinois University. Now that she's in Idaho, she never plans to leave! She feels honored to provide specialized pediatric cardiac care to the children of Idaho.  

    In her free time, Dr. Agoudemos enjoys spending time with her two teenagers, three cats, and husband.  

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  • Pediatric Cardiology

    Biography

    Diana C. Alexander, MD, MPH specializes in care of children with acquired and congenital heart disease. She enjoys caring for pediatric patients of all ages and supporting patients and their families in understanding and managing their heart health.

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  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

    Biography

    Erin M. Conlee, MD specializes in the rehabilitation and management of children with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, concussion, neuromuscular disorders (such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida), and an array of musculoskeletal conditions. She has a particular interest in oncology-related impairments and conditions. She also offers spasticity management with pediatric baclofen pumps or injections (botulinum toxin, phenol) as well as injections to reduce oral secretions. She serves as medical director for St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation.

    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.

    Dr. Conlee is active with the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and has served as chair of their adaptive sports and recreation committee. She has also volunteered with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Special Olympics. 

    Dr. Conlee earned her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Northwest Nazarene University, where she also played Division II basketball. After medical school at University of California, San Diego, she completed her residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, serving as chief resident at Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. While in Minnesota, she also developed an adaptive rock climbing program for local kids and teens.

    In her free time, Dr. Conlee loves spending time with her husband and their two sons, ideally in the mountains.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

    Biography

    Samantha Cragg, MD treats children with disabilities to improve their quality of life and help them become as functionally independent as possible. She treats a wide variety of conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, neuromuscular disorders and genetic conditions. Dr. Cragg ensures her patients receive appropriate therapies, bracing and equipment, as well as access to new neuromuscular medications as they are approved by the FDA. She also specializes in tone management, including oral medications, botulinum toxin injections and intrathecal baclofen pump management. She is passionate about treating children with neuromuscular disorders and enjoys building relationships with her patients and their families.

    Dr. Cragg completed her medical training at Mercer University School of Medicine followed by an internship year in internal medicine at Memorial Health Hospital. She then completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of California, Irvine, where she was elected chief resident. Next, Dr. Cragg completed fellowship training in pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, remaining on staff afterward as an attending physician, serving as assistant medical director of the Muscle and Nerve Clinic, and leading monthly multidisciplinary neuromuscular meetings. At St. Luke's, Dr. Cragg serves as medical director for St. Luke’s Children's Muscular Dystrophy Clinic.

    In her free time, Dr. Cragg enjoys biking, hiking, running, paddle boarding, and exploring Idaho with her husband and two children.

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  • General Genetics

    Biography

    Kathryn (KT) Curry, MS, LCGC is a genetic counselor in the pediatric/metabolic genetics department where she specializes in cardiovascular genetics. KT’s drive and passion for genetic counseling is to empower families through knowledge about themselves and their family members.

    KT completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business from Eastern Oregon University and her master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Minnesota. Her fellowship in Minnesota’s LEND Program for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program was completed at the University of Minnesota.

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  • Nutrition Services

    Biography

    Rachel Hernandez, RD, CSP, LD is a registered dietitian serving both children and adults, with a special focus in pediatrics. She is passionate about promoting a healthy body image in all her patients, as well as creating personalized nutrition goals that are manageable for each patient and family. She is board-certified in pediatric nutrition and practices in a wide range of areas including ketogenic diets for epilepsy treatment, healthy eating, enteral nutrition, allergies, FODMAP diet, celiac, vegan/vegetarian diets, as well as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis health and nutrition.

    Rachel is particularly passionate about the ketogenic diet. She obtained her keto training through the University of Michigan Medicine’s Ketogenic Diet Practicum at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital and Nutricia’s Keto University program. 

    Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho while conducting undergraduate research in child feeding and completing coursework through the coordinated program in dietetics. She also interned for many programs, teaching Cooking Matters classes to teens and providing nutrition services through Southwest District Health’s WIC program.

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  • 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.

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  • Physical Therapy

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  • General Genetics

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  • Pediatric Neurology

    Biography

    Shannon Morrill, PA-C earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Idaho and her physician assistant degree at the University of Colorado.

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