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St. Luke's Children's Trach and Vent Clinic

St. Luke’s Children’s Trach and Vent Clinic brings a team of specialists together to care for children with a tracheostomy, as well as those that are ventilator-dependent. Experts in pulmonology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, gastroenterology, respiratory therapy, nutrition, and care coordination collaborate with a goal to safely and seamlessly transition your child from the hospital to your home. Every patient has unique health care needs and our team partners with each patient and family to improve delivery of complex care and quality of life.

We see patients every third Wednesday of the month.

Providers

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Kristin Booton, MS, CCC/SLP specializes in augmentative communication, including programming and implementation for many different augmentative/high tech speech generating devices and iPad applications. She has training in feeding and swallowing disorders, breastfeeding/infant latching, completes videofluoroscopic swallow studies, and is an SOS feeding therapist. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and loves using books in therapy.

    Kristin earned her master's degree in speech and hearing sciences from Portland State University. In her free time, she loves to hike, run, camp, and play outside with her husband and children.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • 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.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Biography

    Jacob Robison, MD, PhD is a pediatric ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology) surgeon who performs a wide range of surgeries involving the airway, ears, sinuses, and neck. He has extensive experience with management of airway diseases, ear disease and hearing restoration surgeries, sinus disease and neck masses or infections. Dr. Robison has particular interest in obstructive sleep apnea in children, recurrent infections of the ears, sinuses and throat, and complex airway management including airway reconstruction and tracheostomy. He has a special passion for airway diseases in young children and infants, including laryngomalacia and obstructive sleep apnea.

    Dr. Robison currently serves as medical director for pediatric otolaryngology surgery at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, and the medical co-director for the Tracheostomy-Ventilatory Multidisciplinary clinic at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital specializing in treatment of patients with complex airway diseases. He is also an executive board member of the State of Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

    Dr. Robison completed his bachelor's degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry at Brigham Young University, where he graduated magna cum laude. During this time he was involved in genetics research, and served on the executive board for the regional American Microbiology Association. He then attended the University of Cincinnati where he completed a PhD in molecular toxicology and medical school. While earning his PhD, he studied the molecular genetics of certain types of cancer, with extensive national and international presentations and publications of his research. During medical school he continued his molecular biology research, resulting in multiple additional publications and presentations. He also served on the executive board and admission board for the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Cincinnati.

    Dr. Robison then moved to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he completed his residency in otolaryngology, then remained an additional year to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. During this time, he was on the executive committee for the otolaryngology residency program, and was involved in clinical research regarding obstructive sleep apnea in pediatric patients and airway diseases in cleft palate patients. This led to multiple national and international publications and presentations.

    In his free time, Dr. Robison enjoys spending time with his wife and children, camping, and hiking.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

    Biography

    Henry Thompson, MD is a pediatric gastroenterologist, specializing in gastrointestinal and liver-related conditions and procedures. He enjoys working with children, educating them about their medical conditions and empowering them to own their medical issues. He is particularly passionate about nutrition, physical fitness and moderation of screen time, encouraging his patients and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles. 

    Dr. Thompson is committed to educating his colleagues as well, often leading residents and colleagues in care improvement initiatives. He currently serves as the medical subspecialty director at St. Luke's Children's, medical director of pediatric gastroenterology, and co-director of the pediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) program at the St. Luke's Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho. He has led multiple cystic fibrosis research studies as principal investigator and supported many others as a sub-investigator.

    Prior to his medical education, Dr. Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Lewis and Clark College. In his free time, he enjoys biking and all the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Pulmonology

    Biography

    Benjamin M. Tippets DO, MPH has special interests in asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and children requiring home ventilation. In addition to the pediatric pulmonology clinic, he is involved in the multidisciplinary cystic fibrosis and tracheostomy and ventilator clinics, as well as outreach clinics in Fruitland and Twin Falls. He also participates with St Luke’s Sports Medicine and Justin Sports Medicine teams in providing arena-side care for rodeo performers.

    Prior to medical school, Dr. Tippets earned an associate’s degree in science from Rick’s College, a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Utah.

    In his free time, Dr. Tippets enjoys farming, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and family, including desert motorbike riding.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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