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St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation: Meridian

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, 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

    Stephanie Balais, MS, CCC-SLP works with children who have cleft lip and palates, velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), and resonance issues. She also has interests in early intervention, fluency issues, Down syndrome, and autism.

    Stephanie earned her master's degree from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Book: School Bugs by David Carter.

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Trisha Crone, MS, OTR/L is extensively trained and passionate about working with children on the autism spectrum. She is also interested in handwriting and sensory modulation disorder.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Boise State University, her master's degree in occupational therapy from Touro University, and is trained in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™ (ADOS™-2) testing. In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, drawing, and relaxing with her family. 

    Favorite Children's Book: Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss.

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Joseph Hill, PT, DPT works with children of all ages and loves helping them get strong enough to play with their families and friends.

    Joe earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and his doctor of physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. In his free time, he enjoys singing and playing guitar, board games, reading, gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family. 

    Favorite Therapy Toy: Stomp Rocket.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Kristen Jones, MS, CCC-SLP has interests in early intervention (children under 3 years of age), bilingualism, stuttering, Down syndrome, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

    Kristen earned her bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science and her master's degree in communication disorders, both from Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, and cat. 

    Favorite Therapy Book: Bob Is a Unicorn by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Anne Kuhlmeier, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP earned her master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and obtained her clinical competency certification in speech/language pathology, assistive technology professional certification from RESNA, and completed specialized training from CASANA on childhood apraxia of speech.

    In her free time, Anne enjoys skiing, hiking, sewing, and cooking.

    Favorite Book: The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf

    Favorite Therapy Toy: switch-adapted music toys

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  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Kelly O'Leary, MS, CCC-SLP, PC has interests in childhood apraxia of speech and autism spectrum disorder. She is certified in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

    Kelly earned her master's degree in speech language pathology at the University of North Dakota. 

    Favorite Children's Book: I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt.

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Kavita Patil, MS, OTR/L specializes in autism, sensory integration, self-regulation deficits, and early childhood development. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certified and trained in Early Start Denver Model for children with autism. She manages St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation on Myrtle Street in Boise as well as St. Luke's children's inpatient rehabilitation locations.

    Kavita earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India, and her master's degree in therapeutic science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling with her family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Books:

    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
    • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
    • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Whitney Price, LCSW specializes in caring for children and adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, ODD, PTSD, and other challenging behaviors, and is committed to hope and healing through her therapeutic relationship with each patient and their families. She has experience in adoption, skilled nursing facilities, mental health, medical hospitals, grief and bereavement, end-of-life transitions, and pediatric mental health. She uses a wide variety of treatments, such as narrative therapy, play therapy, behavioral modification, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

    Whitney earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in sports and exercise science from Boise State University. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska. She believes that each patient is unique and she tailors her relationship toward their individual needs and concerns. 

    Favorite Therapy Toy: puppets.

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  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Carolyn (Queck) Blaisdell, MS, OTR/L enjoys working with children of all ages and diagnoses, and has over 10 years of experience working with autism in particular.

    Carolyn earned her master's degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, running, and backpacking. 

    Favorite Therapy Book: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Annie Searcy, MS, CCC-SLP specializes in oral myofunctional therapy, autism, and stuttering, and is certified in VitalStim®.

    Annie earned her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Washington State University and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She grew up in the Boise area and enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and yoga. 

    Favorite Therapy Toys: giant yoga balls and balloons.

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Ann Short, MS, OTR/L is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. She believes in taking therapy beyond the walls of the clinic and working closely with the family to ensure carryover of therapeutic techniques to help meet goals.

    Ann is experienced in working with children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and sensory processing disorders. She also works with global developmental delays, oculomotor vision deficits, handwriting difficulties, and sensory-based feeding disorders. She has worked in both in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, private therapy clinics, and home-based therapy.

    Ann also has advanced training in sensory integration, the Greenspan DIR/Floortime Approach™, Handwriting Without Tears®, sensory/behavior-based feeding disorders, and NDT principles. She is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), advanced therapeutic listening, the Listening Program®, and interactive metronome.

    Ann earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Washington School of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, singing, and spending time with her family and pets.

    Favorite Therapy Toy: the trampoline.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Rhonda M. Smith, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with a variety of patients and families with speech and language needs.

    Rhonda earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Colorado Christian University and her master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, playing and watching sports, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

    Favorite Therapy Toys: bubbles, puzzles, and the ball machine.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Rebecca A. Strong, MS, CCC-SLP earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Idaho State University. She also earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology from ISU. She completed her clinical fellowship at St. Luke's Idaho Elk's Rehabilitation Hospital.

    In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, walking her dog, and going to movies. 

    Favorite Book: In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall.

    Favorite Therapy Toys: bubbles and Mr. Potato Head.

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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.