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St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation: Boise

At St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation, our team provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and counseling to meet the diverse needs of the children we treat. We help kids of all ages and developmental levels improve their quality of life and become more independent.

We provide services for kids with diagnoses including, but not limited to ADHD, Asperger’s, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, genetic syndromes, hearing impairment, juvenile arthritis, learning disabilities, muscular dystrophy, non-verbal learning disorder, pediatric voiding dysfunction, sensory integration dysfunction, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, torticollis, dysphagia, and plagiocephaly.

And, we offer developmental assessments, advanced gait evaluations, and seating and technology training for children who use wheelchairs, orthotics, prosthetics, or augmentative communication devices.

Providers

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Sara Andrews, SLP specializes in caring for patients who have autism, cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or childhood apraxia of speech (a motor impairment impacting speech production). She also frequently supports late talkers and offers cognitive rehabilitation for neurologic disorders and post-acute rehabilitation for patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sara typically from works with patients ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years old.

    In her practice, Sara leverages play-based therapy, centering her approach around what motivates the child. She works with patients and their parents to set appropriate goals during her initial evaluation and track milestones over time to recognize and inspire progress.

    Sara is passionate about supporting care transitions for patients shifting to outpatient care after hospitalization for TBI. She also has significant experience working with schools and IEP teams, and often partners with the teachers at St. Luke's Children's Hospital to help kids return to school after discharge.

    Sara earned a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, as well as a master's degree in speech-language pathology, from the University of North Dakota.

    Originally from Minnesota, Sara enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping in her free time.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Trisha Barnes, OT has a passion for working with children who have developmental coordination disorder or any impairment in sensory processing, coordination, handwriting, or strength. She also teaches classes for new parents about infant motor development, tummy time, and infant massage.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Pacific University. She enjoys teaching babies to enjoy tummy time, watching her kids play soccer, and skiing. 

    Favorite Book: Building Babies Better: Developing a Solid Foundation for Your Child by Roxanne Small.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Jennifer Cenarrusa, MS, CCC-SLP specializes in treating pediatric patients of all ages with cleft palate, as well as adolescents and teens with voice disorders including vocal cord dysfunction. She is particularly passionate about working with the cleft palate population, and enjoys helping to improve her patients' speech and quality of life.

    Jennifer earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She enjoys traveling, running, gardening, and spending time with her family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Biography

    Lindsey Ethridge, MOT, OTR/L, CLC treats infants, children and young adults with feeding difficulties, including bottle or breast feeding concerns, dysphagia, poor feeding, poor weight gain, ARFID, disordered eating, picky eating, difficulty transitioning to solids, poor chewing, and support with supplemental feeding tubes. Lindsey also has professional interest in NICU, neurological impairments, splinting, and cardiac conditions. 

    Lindsey has a diverse education and creative therapy background that help her treat patients across the therapy spectrum in inpatient, rehab, and outpatient settings. She considers the child and family holistically to help create lifelong positive experiences with food. Her goal is to reduce stress, fear, and/or mealtime pressure, and improve oral motor skills. She recognizes the importance of developing strategies that can be easy for the family to implement at home.

    Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Loma Linda University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Shanna Herman, PT, DPT specializes in equipment needs, including custom wheelchairs and early mobility through the Go-Baby-Go program. She has expertise in serial casting and splinting to help improve orthopedic conditions as a result of spasticity or impaired tone. Shanna also frequently works with patients needing post-acute neurologic rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury or concussion, often using state-of-the-art bodyweight supportive equipment for balance re-education and/or gait training. She supports patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

    In her free time, Shanna volunteers with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. She loves empowering people with physical challenges to participate in and enjoy physical activity with their peers and families.

    Shanna earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Lewis Clark State College, and her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of the Pacific. Originally from Idaho, she enjoys hiking, camping, and golfing.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Joe Hill, PT, DPT, PCS is a board certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy. He loves helping children reach their full potential so they can play and enjoy a meaningful life with their families and friends. 

    While Joe treats children of all ages and with all conditions, he has spent significant time focusing on optimizing outcomes in infants with torticollis and plagiocephaly. He loves helping these little babies grow, develop, and eventually have no further need for his services. 

    Joe enjoys working with children with special needs including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, genetic syndromes, and other neuromuscular conditions. Prior to coming to St. Luke’s, he participated as a treating therapist for a clinical trial, studying therapy intensity for children with cerebral palsy. While participating, he received special training in performing the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM), an outcome measure to track and compare progress of children with cerebral palsy.

    Joe’s professional motto: “The way you see a child is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is who they will become.”

    Joe earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and his doctor of physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. Outside of clinical treatment, he enjoys mountain biking, reading, gardening, and playing games with his wife and kids.  
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Beth Jacob, OT cares for patients with a variety of special needs, who typically range in age from 3 years old into young adulthood. She works with young patients with communication delays that struggle with self-regulation. She also enjoys working with older clients on impulsivity, working memory and life skills. She has particular expertise working with patients as the complexity of their needs increases with advancing age. Beth often works with patients as they transition into adulthood to ensure continuity of support and help them find employment or sheltered employment, if appropriate. She is passionate about setting her patients up for their highest function and quality of life.

    Beth strives to tailor evidence-based solutions for each family's unique characteristics and circumstances, and is committed to teaching parents how to support both their children and themselves. She truly enjoys helping people find improved quality of life in ways that are important to them. "A scary diagnosis doesn't mean there isn't beauty and quality," she says. "Sometimes people just need a few extra skills to help them find it."

    Although she has always wanted to be a pediatric occupational therapist, Beth began her career as an adult neurotherapist specializing in oncology and brain injury. She then traveled all over the country, gaining experience with a wide variety of ages and conditions, which helped strengthen her diagnostic skills as well as her ability to uncover what's most important to her patients and their families. Today, she serves as the occupational therapy lead and clinical program coordinator at St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation.

    Originally from Ohio, Beth and her identical twin sister were born prematurely. Both girls benefitted from special education support as children, with Beth needing therapy for speech, vision and coordination challenges, while her sister learned to adapt to significant hearing loss. They grew up surrounded by kids with special needs, and being a part of this community has been central to Beth's entire life experience. She served as a peer mentor in high school teaching ceramics to special needs kids, and has worked with adaptive physical education.

    Beth earned an occupational therapy assistant associate's degree from Shawnee State University and a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Penn State University. She has a specialty certification in pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

    In her free time, Beth enjoys dirt biking, skiing, kayaking, and gardening.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Mary Kinman, MOT, OTR/L has experience treating children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, and developmental delays. She enjoys working with the young adult population on executive function skills to prepare them for adulthood. She is passionate about assisting patients to achieve their highest level of functionality, and enjoys coaching and educating parents and families in order to carryover skills learned in the clinic to their home and community environments. She tailors each session to the needs of both the patient and family and what is important to them.

    Born and raised in Maryland, Mary attended Saint Francis University, where she earned both her bachelor's degree in health sciences and her master's degree in occupational therapy. In her free time, Mary enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants, reading books, and playtime with her puppy.

  • Physical Therapy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Emma Wade, LCSW is a mental health therapist working with children, adolescents and their families. She enjoys partnering with individuals and families to navigate life’s stressors and create lasting positive change. Emma specializes in working with a range of concerns including mood disorders, behavioral problems, anxiety, and chronic illness. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, solution-focused and mindfulness-based therapy techniques.

    Emma earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado College and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Montana. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, traveling, crafting and reading mystery novels.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     

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