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St. Luke's Children's Myelomeningocele Clinic

Located within the Children’s Specialty Center in downtown Boise, the St. Luke’s Children’s Myelomeningocele Clinic brings together experts in physiatry, neurosurgery, psychology, urology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, and rehabilitation to help children with spina bifida and their families. Our family-centered approach to collaborative care has your child’s best interest as our highest priority. We also help young adults with spina bifida transition from a pediatric to adult care team.

We see patients on the first Tuesday of every month.

Providers

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery

    Biography

    Bruce Cherny, MD began his practice as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital. He spent eight years in academic neurosurgery, both in Arkansas and at the Barrow Institute in Phoenix, before coming to Boise to develop the pediatric neurosurgical program for Idaho. Dr. Cherny also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. 

    Dr. Cherny is one of 570 top neurosurgeons on the list of U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors. These physicians were selected based on a peer nomination process. Within this list of the best neurosurgeons, 217 have been named to a highly selective list of America's Top Doctors (ATD) by achieving national recognition for outstanding work.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Mitzi Cieslak, NP-C is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has special interest in all aspects of pediatric care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle University and her master’s degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Gonzaga University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Urology

    Biography

    Michele Ebbers, MD specializes in all aspects of pediatric urology including hypospadias, undescended testicles, hydronephrosis, UTIs, voiding dysfunction, and spina bifida. She has special interest in reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive surgery. She takes special pride in getting to know her patients and their families, in order to provide individualized care and treatment options.

    Dr. Ebbers complete her pediatric urology fellowship at University of California at San Francisco, and has been practicing exclusively in pediatric urology in a variety of settings since then. She is board certified in both urology and pediatric urology. She currently serves as medical director of St. Luke's Children's Urology.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Robotic partial nephrectomy
    • Robotic nephrectomy
    • Robotic uretero-ureterostomy
    • Robotic pyeloplasty
    • Robotic ureteral reimplantation
    • Ureteral reimplantation
    • Deflux
    • Hypospadias repair
    • Bladder augmentation
    • MACE

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Elena Harlan Drewel, PhD earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology (child emphasis) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California-Los Angeles; and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology
    at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Neurosurgery

    Biography

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Brain surgery – adult and pediatric
    • Spine surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Cervical and lumbar fusion
    • Corpectomy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Urology

    Biography

    Kara Saperston, MD is a fellowship trained pediatric urologist with expertise in minimally invasive and robotic surgery and the management of complex congenital anomalies and pediatric cancers of the kidneys, bladder, and external genitalia. She helped start the St. Luke's Children's Bowel and Bladder Clinic and will be helping initiate a multispecialty clinic to treat children born with complex genital anatomy. Her interests include treatment of hypospadias, urogenital sinus, posterior urethral valves, vesicoureteral reflux, undescended testicles, neurogenic bladder, bladder exstrophy, repair of a urogenital sinus, and urinary incontinence.

    Dr. Saperston has a passion for patient care and initially worked in Boise as a general urologist with an interest in pediatric urology. She recently extended her training by completing a fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of California, San Francisco, so that she could care for pediatric patients exclusively. She is board certified in urology and board eligible in pediatric urology.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Robotic partial nephrectomy
    • Robotic nephrectomy
    • Robotic uretero-ureterostomy
    • Robotic pyeloplasty
    • Robotic ureteral reimplantation
    • Ureteral reimplantation
    • Deflux
    • Hypospadias repair
    • Vaginoplasty/clitoroplasty
    • Bladder augmentation
    • MACE
    • Laparoscopic MACE

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Orthopedics

    Biography

    Larry "Buzz" Showalter, MD is trained in all facets of children's orthopedic care including trauma, complex upper and lower extremity deformity, and neuromuscular and other developmental disorders. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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.