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Neurology

Neurological conditions often require consistent, long-term care. Our experts offer you the skill and support you need, close to home. Our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as epilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other neuromuscular diseases and will work in partnership with your primary care provider.

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  • Neurology

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    Daniel Abenroth, MD is fellowship trained in vascular neurology and specializes in the care of stroke, transient ischemic attack, intracranial atherosclerosis, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and other diseases of cerebral vasculature. He is a neurohospitalist who provides care for the breadth of neurological diseases on an inpatient basis, and has specific clinical interest in neurocritical care.

  • Neurology

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    Stephen Asher, MD specializes in the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders. He has been involved with the neurosurgical management of disorders of movement (deep brain stimulation), as well as the use of botulinum toxin in various dystonias and spasticity. He has extensive experience in the management of Parkinson’s disease, both in medical treatment and in programming deep brain stimulation systems. 

    Dr. Asher is medical director of St. Luke's movement disorders program, which operates the multidisciplinary Movement Disorder Clinic. He is also a fellow in the American Academy of Neurology. He serves on several medical boards, and is a charter member of the Movement Disorder Society. He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed scientific papers and published essays.

    Dr. Asher earned his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from UCLA and his medical degree with distinction in research from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Between college and medical school, he was a fellow in biochemistry at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He served as an intern in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, followed by two years in the Public Health Service, then completed his residency in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). After residency and chief residency, he was an assistant professor of Neurology at UCSF, involved in clinical research and teaching.

  • Neurology

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    Martha A. Cline, MD has a special interest in caring for patients with multiple sclerosis, as well as general neurology. She strives to offer compassionate care.  

    Dr. Cline was a part time faculty member at Oregon Health Sciences University, where she taught neurology residents and fellows to perform nerve conduction studies and electromyography.  

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    Raymond Grams, DO specializes in the treatment of ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, transient ischemic attack, cerebral venous thrombosis, and intra- and extra-cranial atherosclerotic disease. His clinical interests include cardioembolic sources of stroke, arterial dissection, and other causes of stroke in young people; evaluation for carotid stenting or endarterectomy; and neurosonology.

    Dr. Grams has been a co-investigator of nine stroke trials and has published and presented original research on the use of perfusion MRI in acute stroke imaging. He was a clinical instructor at the University of Utah and Stroke Medical Director of Dixie Regional Medical Center – Intermountain Healthcare prior to joining St. Luke's.

    Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Grams earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University, graduating with honors.

  • Neurology

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    Richard Hammond, MD earned his bachelor’s degree from Oakland University. He performed his medical internship and neurology residency at Emory Affiliated Hospitals and completed his EEG/EMG fellowship at Emory University.

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  • Neurology

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    Stephen Ireland, MD enjoys all aspects of neurology and has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders (disorders of the spinal nerve roots, peripheral nerves, and muscles). He has extensive training and experience in the electrodiagnostic evaluation of these types of disorders. He also maintains a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches and multiple sclerosis.

    Dr. Ireland graduated magna cum laude from medical school. He was elected president of Alpha Omega Alpha (the national medical school honorary society) in his junior year, and later served as a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining St. Luke's, Dr. Ireland served as medical staff president at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.


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  • Neurology

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    Anna Irwin, MD specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related disorders. Her particular interests are in management of central hypersomnia, dementia, headache, movement disorder, and stroke.

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    Sergei V. Kashirny, MD, PhD specializes in the clinical evaluation and diagnosis of epilepsy and other general neurological conditions (migraine, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, dementia, and disorders of the nerves and muscles). He also evaluates epilepsy patients as part of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at St. Luke's Boise.

    Dr. Kashirny completed medical school and postgraduate research training at Vinnitsa Medical University, Ukraine. He performed his neurology residency and internship in internal medicine at Louisiana State University, where he also completed his clinical neurophysiology fellowship with a special emphasis in EEG and epilepsy.

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  • Neurology

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    Heidi Orme, MD, MSPH specializes in the clinical evaluation and electrodiagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, motor neuron disease, disorders of the peripheral nerves and muscles, disorders of the brain and spinal cord, and other general neurological conditions.

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  • Neurology

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    Michael Parker, FNP-BC works to manage medically refractory headaches, and has experience in family medicine, psychiatric medicine, and in treating hospitalized patients. He is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

    Michael is an Idaho native, and earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from Boise State University. He earned his master's degree at Gonzaga University.

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  • Neurology

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    Ryan Smith, DO is a fellowship-trained headache and facial pain neurologist who specializes in treating complicated medically refractory headache conditions. He's active in clinical research, and his work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. He lectures frequently on migraine and other headache disorders.

    Dr. Smith is a native of southeastern Idaho, and earned his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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  • Neurology

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    John D. Steffens, MD specializes in multiple sclerosis and immunologic diseases of the nervous system, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, and cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Steffens graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow before earning his medical degree. He performed his internship at Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center and his neurology training at the University of Utah, where he served as chief resident and performed his fellowship in neuromuscular disease/EMG. Dr. Steffens served as associate professor of neurology (clinical) at the University of Utah, where he continues to hold a part-time position as a neuro-hospitalist nine to 12 weeks a year.

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  • Neurology

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    Robert T. Wechsler, MD, PhD, FAES, FAAN specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, nonepileptic seizures, and convulsion. He is the owner of Consultants in Epilepsy and Neurology, PLLC, and medical director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at St. Luke’s Boise. 

    Dr. Wechsler earned a medical degree from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, where he also received a PhD in neuroscience. He completed his residency in neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute/St. Joseph’s Hospital and a fellowship in epilepsy at Stanford University Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.  

    Dr. Wechsler is currently a clinical instructor in the department of neurology at the University of Washington. He is also a long-time, active member of the American Epilepsy Society, currently representing them on the board of the American Brain Coalition. Dr. Wechsler is board president of Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho, and serves as their Professional Advisory Board Chair. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, the Private Practice Epileptology Consortium, and a founder of the Northwest Epilepsy Centers Consortium. 

    Dr. Wechsler is active in epilepsy research. He is a member of the Epilepsy Studies Consortium, and has participated as an investigator in many epilepsy clinical trials and publications. He has also been involved in a variety of industry-sponsored educational initiatives: developing educational content and participating in professional advisory boards, speaker bureaus, and steering committees. 

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  • Neurology

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    James Whiteside, MD specializes in epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, migraine, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and carpal tunnel syndrome. His scope of care includes inpatient consultations, general neurology clinic, and EEG; and his clinical interests include stroke, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-immunology, infectious disease, and neuro-oncology.

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  • Neurology

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    Cong Zhi Zhao, MD specializes in deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for conditions such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and other movement disorders and neurological conditions. In addition to her clinical practice, she evaluates patients as part of the multidisciplinary Movement Disorder Clinic. She enjoys helping all of her patients live their fullest possible lives and encourages each one to work hard toward their goals.

    Dr. Zhao earned her bachelor's degree in bio-engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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