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Pediatric Rheumatology

Arthritis isn't just a disease of the elderly. Children as young as two can be affected by juvenile arthritis and similar conditions. Our team will work with your referring provider to treat your child and improve his or her quality of life. 


  • Rheumatology


    Michelle Hicks, NP earned bachelor's degrees in biomedical science from Texas A&M University and nursing from the University of Texas. She earned her master's degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She has completed the Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology Training Program sponsored by the American College of Rheumatology.
  • Rheumatology


    W. Patrick Knibbe, MD, FACR specializes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, and pediatric rheumatologic diseases. He also cares for conditions such as hypermobility syndromes and periodic fever syndromes in adults. He is dedicated to putting his patients' needs first and particularly enjoys working with pediatric patients, who keep him young at heart. 

    Dr. Knibbe is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and president of the Association of Idaho Rheumatologists. For almost two decades, he has arranged annual continuing medical education opportunities for his colleagues. He has also been an active investigator in clinical trials at St. Luke’s for many years, focusing on rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, and lupus.

    Dr. Knibbe earned his medical degree in the internal medicine honors program at University of Utah School of Medicine and served as an internal medicine resident at the University of Iowa. He then completed a fellowship back at the University of Utah, where an elective month at Children's Hospital Los Angeles set the stage for his specialization in pediatric rheumatology in Utah and Idaho, where he initiated the pediatric rheumatology programs at both Primary Children's Hospital and St. Luke's Children's.

    In his free time, Dr. Knibbe enjoys skiing, cycling, and running the Salmon River with his family (including his son who is a professional river guide in McCall). Now in the sunset of his athletic career, he's concentrating on golf and shooting his age for 18 holes. He and his wife are both avid patrons of the arts and are active in the community supporting the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Art Museum, and LED.

  • Pediatric Rheumatology


    Clayton Sontheimer, MD specializes in treating children and teenagers with rheumatologic diseases, including arthritis, lupus, periodic fever syndromes, macrophage activation syndrome, dermatomyositis, and Still's disease.

    Prior to joining St. Luke's, he was a faculty member at Seattle Children's Hospital and was involved in both medical education and clinical care.

    Dr. Sontheimer is the first board certified pediatric rheumatologist to practice in Idaho.


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