Kids are not just small adults. They’re growing and developing, so their needs are constantly changing. At St. Luke’s Children’s Pediatrics, our team is dedicated to building a relationship with your family to support your child’s health, every step of the way. Our pediatricians are board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and specialize in the needs of infants, children, and adolescents.
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If you need urgent medical attention outside of our office hours, please go directly to the nearest emergency department or call 911.
Our symptom checker offers educational information on various conditions, and provides advice regarding home care or first aid, when appropriate, as well as instructions on when you may need to call your provider, call 911, or go to an emergency department. It also offers dosage tables for common over-the-counter drugs.
The information in our symptom checker is designed with patient safety as the highest priority. Each care guide is reviewed by physicians, specialists and nurses for accuracy.
If you need additional advice regarding your child's sickness or injury, please contact your provider.
Marie Gessel, MD has a strong interest in helping rural, remote, and ethnically underserved populations. She is also fascinated by innovative delivery systems and is always experimenting with improving flow and efficiency in clinical settings. Marie loves to mentor and teach, and strives to inspire the next generation of dedicated female physicians.
Timothy Herndon, MD is a board certified pediatrician and loves working with children and adolescents. He has additional experience treating allergies, asthma, and behavioral and learning issues. He helps with breastfeeding and lactation issues, and has had many positive experiences with families who deliver babies at home.
Dr. Herndon has taught medical students, residents, and nurse practitioner candidates for many years. He is a member of the Idaho chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and loves sharing the best care resources with families and their kids.
Samantha Hickey, NP is a board certified family nurse practitioner and enjoys working with all age groups. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, and weight management, and she is certified in Nexplanon insertion and removal.
She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, and her master's in nursing, family nurse practitioner from Graceland University.
Miriam Hunter, LPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor with clinical interests in behavioral issues, parenting education, adjustment to diagnosis, school concerns, and family conflict. Prior to joining St. Luke's, she worked at the Arnold Palmer Hospital where she provided counseling to children and families in the hematology-oncology unit and outpatient clinic, and provided crisis intervention to patients in the emergency department.
Miriam earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Linfield College and her master's degree in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark College.
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.