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Rheumatology

Rheumatologists specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and pain management for conditions affecting joints, muscles, and bones, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Our team will work closely with your primary care provider to coordinate a personalized care plan to help reduce your pain, increase your mobility, and improve your quality of life. We also offer you access to national clinical research trials focused on the advancement of arthritis treatment.

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    Patients’ Advocates Receive Everyday Angels Surprise Visit from Dr. Pate

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke's Doing Trailblazing Work in Treatment of Juvenile and Adult Arthritis

  • Article

    Arthritis Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Article

    Coping With Osteoarthritis

    Providers

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      Marcy Bauer, NP earned her bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of Puget Sound and in nursing from Boise State University. She earned her master’s degree in nursing (family nurse practitioner) from Gonzaga University.

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      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.

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      Michelle Hurty, PA-C has clinical experience in endocrinology and internal medicine. She has worked for the physician assistant program at Oregon Health and Science University as a regional clinical coordinator.

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      Janeen Jenkins, PA-C earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. She studied immunology while working toward her bachelor's degree in health studies at Boise State University.

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      W. Patrick Knibbe, MD, FACR is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He specializes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, and pediatric rheumatologic diseases. Dr. Knibbe trained in the Internal Medicine Honors Program at the University of Utah and completed his fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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      Mikael Lagwinski, MD has a passion for volunteerism. During his medical school and residency training, he volunteered at the Open-M Clinic in Akron, OH, which provides free health care for impoverished patients. He continues his volunteer activities through the Volunteer Physician Network in Boise and at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Dr. Lagwinski is the clinical research director for Idaho Arthritis Center and a principal investigator involved in several clinical trials investigating new medications for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

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      James E. Loveless, MD, FACR is fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and Sjögren's syndrome. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. He is actively involved in clinical trials investigating new treatments for arthritis and osteoporosis. Dr. Loveless completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

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      Svetlana Meier, MD was born in Resekne, Latvia, and she completed medical school at Riga Stradins University in Riga, Latvia. Dr. Meier was attracted to the quality of life and opportunities for outdoor recreation that the Boise community provides. She and her husband have two sons.

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      Eric Palfreyman, MD is a native of Boise and is excited to practice rheumatology in his hometown community. He received his bachelor's degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University. During his internal medicine internship and residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Dr. Palfreyman received the Norman Gordon Award, an award presented to one medical resident for their demonstration of humanism in medicine. Additionally, Dr. Palfreyman served as the chief rheumatology fellow. Dr. Palfreyman has interpreted hundreds of DXA scans, attended a bone densitometry course and became a certified clinical densitometrist. 

      Dr. Palfreyman enjoys serving his community and his church. He spent two years serving as a missionary in northeastern Brazil, where he strengthened his leadership skills and became fluent in Portuguese. Dr. Palfreyman enjoys outdoor recreation with his wife and two children.

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      Akavaram N. Reddy, MD, FACR is a fellow in the American College of Rheumatology.

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      Chara J. Solich, MD, FACR is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. She specializes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, and osteoporosis. Dr. Solich completed her internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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      Melissa Walsh, PA-C earned her bachelor’s degree in health science from Boise State University and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Des Moines University.

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      Amber Warren, PA-C earned her bachelor’s degree from Linfield College and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University, Phoenix.

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      Gregory J. Wilson, DO specializes in a wide range of rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, gout, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and vasculitis. He practiced as an internist for five years before pursuing rheumatology fellowship training.

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      • Arthritis Pool Exercise: Boise

        Health Management Classes
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        Monday, May 02, 2016 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
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        $45.00, Registration Required

        St. Luke's Rehabilitation offers group classes for individuals who benefit from the ease of exercise in water. Instructors guide class members through exercises and provide expertise to help you meet your goals. This is a group exercise class in a heated therapy pool. Arthritis " Range of motion, balance, flexibility, endurance " Pain relief and improved joint mobility " Decrease swelling, improve circulation

        Articles & Resources

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        • Blog Post

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