Caring for our tiniest patients is a big job. In our Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs), board certified physicians specializing in neonatology along with other clinical and professional staff work together to provide the expert, compassionate care fragile infants and their families require. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, our NICU teams are dedicated to the delicate physical, emotional, and developmental needs of premature and severely ill infants, some of whom weigh just over one pound.
Tammy Allen, RN, MSN, NNP-BC has extensive experience with infants as a bedside nurse, a clinical educator, and also on the maternal-child transport team. She is an instructor for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), STABLE (post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick newborns), and the STABLE cardiac module.
Tammy earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Utah and master's degree from the advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioner program at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Megan Ashline, NP is passionate about the field of neonatology and has special interest in skin care, nutrition, and family support. She has many years of experience working as a RN in a Level 3 NICU and also has extensive neonatal transport experience.
Megan earned a master's degree in clinical nurse leadership from Sacred Heart University and a post masters certificate from the University of South Alabama as a neonatal nurse practitioner.
Heather Endriss, NNP enjoys teaching and patient education at the bedside. She has interests in outreach education with simulation. She works with late- and pre-term infants and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Heather earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Mesa State University and her master's degree in nursing from Duke University.
Lauren Gale RN, MSN, NNP-BC is a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner with extensive experience in neonatal medicine.
Lauren earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and her master's degree with a specialty in neonatal critical care from the University of California San Francisco. In addition to her work at St. Luke's, Lauren continues to maintain her clinical position in the NICU at Stanford Children’s Hospital.
Gayle Gesswein, NP has extensive experience in neonatal nursing, including maternal-child transport. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Bakersfield and her master’s degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Before joining St. Luke’s, Gayle worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Scott Knight, MD is associate medical director of St. Luke's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and specializes in neonatal-perinatal medicine and has extensive experience in the management of neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Dr. Knight served as assistant chief of the combined Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at Tripler Army Medical Center and Kapiolani Medical Center. He was head of the neonatology section at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and Medical Director of Nurseries at King's Daughters Medical Center.
Jennifer Merchant, MD cares for newborns in St. Luke's neonatal intensive care units (NICU). She also serves as medical director of the St. Luke's Children's NICU Follow-Up Clinic where the growth and development of our highest-risk patients are monitored and supported with early interventions.
Dr. Merchant provides family-centered care that focuses on optimizing long-term development and health. She is passionate about nutrition in the NICU and its impact on neurodevelopment. To support this interest, she is involved in development of nutrition and feeding protocols as part of a multidisciplinary feeding group. Dr. Merchant has also recently participated in research on low-renin hypertension in neonates. She is also developing of a registry of St. Luke's NICU patients' long-term outcomes to inform continual improvement of our neonatal care.
Dr. Merchant is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to her current role, she served as assistant medical director of the NICU at St. Luke's Magic Valley.
In her free time, Dr. Merchant enjoys hiking and camping in Idaho and the Intermountain West and spending time with her husband and three kids.
Yukiko Miura, MD is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has research interests in the effects of maternal nutrition of the fetal/neonatal gut microbiome.
Jamie Musgrove, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Emory University and her master's degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from Baylor University School of Nursing.
Prior to her work as an NP, Jamie was a NICU nurse.
Declan O'Riordan, MD is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.
Dr. O'Riordan has experience in pediatric emergency medicine and general pediatrics. His research interests include neonatal herpes simplex virus infections, perinatal brain injury, and intrauterine methamphetamine exposure.
Lena Pascual, DNP, RN, NNP-BC has years of experience in the neonatal intensive care unit and is nationally certified. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Boise State University and her doctorate of nursing practice, neonatal nurse practitioner, from Arizona State University.
Janice Preuit, MSN, RNC-NIC, NNP-BC is experienced in neonatal nursing, clinical nurse education, nursing leadership, and is a nationally certified neonatal nurse practitioner. She is an instructor for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and a lead instructor for S.T.A.B.L.E.
Janice earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Lewis Clark State College and her master's degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from the University of Connecticut.
Phillissa Rozansky, RN, MSN, NNP-BC cares for newborn infants with long experience as a bedside nurse and educator, and more recently, a neonatal nurse practitioner. She is both a neonatal resuscitation program instructor as well as a STABLE instructor.
Phillissa earned her master's degree from Regis University.
Julieanne Schiefelbein, NP is a visiting specialist from Primary Children's Medical Center in Utah. She provides occasional support to the St. Luke's neonatology team in Boise.
Jennifer Shepard, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico and worked for many years as a NICU nurse before earning her master's degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Scott A. Snyder, MD serves as the system medical director for neonatology at St. Luke’s Children's four neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and Twin Falls. He believes that parents are the most important part of the neonatal care team and strives to make the NICU journey more understandable and less stressful for families. During his training, his research pursuits were in finding novel ways to detect infection early in vulnerable infants. He also has special interest in clinical standardization and guideline development within the NICU to simplify the lives of busy NICU providers and staff, and to create predictability wherever possible for families during what can be a stressful journey.Dr. Snyder is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the board of the Idaho Ronald McDonald House. He is also the past president of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and past chair of the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics for District VIII of the AAP, a subset of practitioners focused on complex neonatal issues that require NICU care.
Dr. Snyder is passionate about supporting neonatology colleagues across the country. He is the president and cofounder of Neonatology Solutions, LLC, a free web-based resource for neonatology fellows seeking information about career planning, job searches, neonatology conferences, and clinical guidelines. His goal is to ease the pathway into neonatology careers for the next generation of providers. This resource supports the dissemination of local clinical guidelines and pathways for neonatal care, including COVID-19 guidelines, in the spirit of openness and information sharing with colleagues around the globe.
Outside of work, Dr. Snyder is committed to civic involvement in Boise and the surrounding region. He is an advocate for sustainable local growth, vitality, strong education, and innovative options for transportation, entertainment, and business. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife at their cabin in Donnelly, cooking, skiing, hiking, fishing, backcountry camping, and hard cider homebrewing with local apples.
Maria Tucker, RN, MSN, NNP-BC serves as clinical supervisor for St. Luke's neonatal nurse practitioners. She is experienced in newborn intensive care, caring for infants in the NICU and serving as an NICU educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Hayward, and her master’s degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Timothy Ulrich, MD is board eligible in neonatal and perinatal medicine and has interests in neonatal hypotension and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) management.
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