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St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation: Boise

At St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation, our team provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and counseling to meet the diverse needs of the children we treat. We help kids of all ages and developmental levels improve their quality of life and become more independent.

We provide services for kids with diagnoses including, but not limited to ADHD, Asperger’s, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, genetic syndromes, hearing impairment, juvenile arthritis, learning disabilities, muscular dystrophy, non-verbal learning disorder, pediatric voiding dysfunction, sensory integration dysfunction, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, torticollis, dysphagia, and plagiocephaly.

And, we offer developmental assessments, advanced gait evaluations, and seating and technology training for children who use wheelchairs, orthotics, prosthetics, or augmentative communication devices.

Providers

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Sara Andrews, SLP specializes in caring for patients who have autism, cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or childhood apraxia of speech (a motor impairment impacting speech production). She also frequently supports late talkers and offers cognitive rehabilitation for neurologic disorders and post-acute rehabilitation for patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sara typically from works with patients ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years old.

    In her practice, Sara leverages play-based therapy, centering her approach around what motivates the child. She works with patients and their parents to set appropriate goals during her initial evaluation and track milestones over time to recognize and inspire progress.

    Sara is passionate about supporting care transitions for patients shifting to outpatient care after hospitalization for TBI. She also has significant experience working with schools and IEP teams, and often partners with the teachers at St. Luke's Children's Hospital to help kids return to school after discharge.

    Sara earned a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, as well as a master's degree in speech-language pathology, from the University of North Dakota.

    Originally from Minnesota, Sara enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping in her free time.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    K. James Baker, LCPC provides counseling to children and families. He provides treatment for children and adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, anger management, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s, pervasive developmental delay, and other developmental disabilities, many of whom have co-occurring mental health challenges. He is experienced in applied behavioral analysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy modalities. He believes in a client-centered, strength-based approach to counseling, and works to ensure his clients and their loved ones receive personalized care. 

    James earned his bachelor’s degree in family sciences from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in marital and family therapy from Loma Linda University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Trisha Barnes, OT has a passion for working with children who have developmental coordination disorder or any impairment in sensory processing, coordination, handwriting, or strength. She also teaches classes for new parents about infant motor development, tummy time, and infant massage.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Pacific University. She enjoys teaching babies to enjoy tummy time, watching her kids play soccer, and skiing. 

    Favorite Book: Building Babies Better: Developing a Solid Foundation for Your Child by Roxanne Small.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • 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 Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Jennifer Cenarrusa, MS, CCC-SLP specializes in treating pediatric patients of all ages with cleft palate, as well as adolescents and teens with voice disorders including vocal cord dysfunction. She is particularly passionate about working with the cleft palate population, and enjoys helping to improve her patients' speech and quality of life.

    Jennifer earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She enjoys traveling, running, gardening, and spending time with her family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Speech Therapy

    Biography

    Nicole Heintz, SLP specializes in feeding and swallowing therapy for pediatric patients of all ages, from newborns to teens. Her areas of expertise include dysphagia, aspiration, tongue ties, strengthening oral muscles, video fluoroscopy swallow studies, and breastfeeding and lactation support. She supports patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

    Nicole recognizes that feeding is a basic skill that is often taken for granted. She is passionate about empowering parents to feed their child safely and loves how her work helps parents bond more effectively with their children.

    Beyond direct patient care, Nicole also contributes to improving care and processes at St. Luke's by leveraging best practices to streamline referrals, particularly for patients with tethered oral tissue, and expanding cognitive evaluation skills for patients who've experienced trauma, traumatic brain injury (TBI), head injury, and/or concussion.

    Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in communication disorders and sciences from Louisiana State University (LSU) and her master's degree in communication disorders with a focus in speech-language pathology, from LSU Medical Center.

    In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, dining at local restaurants, and exploring Idaho with her family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Shanna Herman, PT, DPT specializes in equipment needs, including custom wheelchairs and early mobility through the Go-Baby-Go program. She has expertise in serial casting and splinting to help improve orthopedic conditions as a result of spasticity or impaired tone. Shanna also frequently works with patients needing post-acute neurologic rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury or concussion, often using state-of-the-art bodyweight supportive equipment for balance re-education and/or gait training. She supports patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

    In her free time, Shanna volunteers with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. She loves empowering people with physical challenges to participate in and enjoy physical activity with their peers and families.

    Shanna earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Lewis Clark State College, and her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of the Pacific. Originally from Idaho, she enjoys hiking, camping, and golfing.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Beth Jacob, OT cares for patients with a variety of special needs, who typically range in age from 3 years old into young adulthood. She works with young patients with communication delays that struggle with self-regulation. She also enjoys working with older clients on impulsivity, working memory and life skills. She has particular expertise working with patients as the complexity of their needs increases with advancing age. Beth often works with patients as they transition into adulthood to ensure continuity of support and help them find employment or sheltered employment, if appropriate. She is passionate about setting her patients up for their highest function and quality of life.

    Beth strives to tailor evidence-based solutions for each family's unique characteristics and circumstances, and is committed to teaching parents how to support both their children and themselves. She truly enjoys helping people find improved quality of life in ways that are important to them. "A scary diagnosis doesn't mean there isn't beauty and quality," she says. "Sometimes people just need a few extra skills to help them find it."

    Although she has always wanted to be a pediatric occupational therapist, Beth began her career as an adult neurotherapist specializing in oncology and brain injury. She then traveled all over the country, gaining experience with a wide variety of ages and conditions, which helped strengthen her diagnostic skills as well as her ability to uncover what's most important to her patients and their families. Today, she serves as the occupational therapy lead and clinical program coordinator at St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation.

    Originally from Ohio, Beth and her identical twin sister were born prematurely. Both girls benefitted from special education support as children, with Beth needing therapy for speech, vision and coordination challenges, while her sister learned to adapt to significant hearing loss. They grew up surrounded by kids with special needs, and being a part of this community has been central to Beth's entire life experience. She served as a peer mentor in high school teaching ceramics to special needs kids, and has worked with adaptive physical education.

    Beth earned an occupational therapy assistant associate's degree from Shawnee State University and a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Penn State University. She has a specialty certification in pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

    In her free time, Beth enjoys dirt biking, skiing, kayaking, and gardening.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Kristen Lofland, MS, CCC-SLP has interests in early intervention (children under 3 years of age), bilingualism, stuttering, Down syndrome, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

    Kristen earned her bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science and her master's degree in communication disorders, both from Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, and cat. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Lauren Overocker, OTR/L enjoys using her skills to empower her patients and their families. She currently spends her time working with children and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

    Lauren's expertise includes managing acute infant-feeding issues in the hospital and working with PICU patients who have experienced a trauma. She frequently supports the developmental progress of patients in the NICU – particularly those with prematurity, cerebral palsy, and/or musculoskeletal conditions – to help normalize movement patterns. She is passionate about involving parents in developmental activities during a child's hospitalization. Lauren is also a member of the St. Luke's burn clinic team, helping in wound/scar evaluation and management, rehabilitation exercises, splinting, and prescribing and procuring customized pressure garments. 

    In addition to patient care, Lauren participated in the development of a multidisciplinary ICU program to ensure patients receive early rehabilitation when appropriate, which helps increase function and independence after hospitalization, reduce consequences associated with prolonged hospitalization, and lower risk of future hospitalization.

    Lauren earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Idaho State University where she focused her research in development and infant-caregiver interactions. She enjoys traveling and has volunteered at a pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Ecuador.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Kavita Patil, MS, OTR/L specializes in autism, sensory integration, self-regulation deficits, and early childhood development. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certified and trained in Early Start Denver Model for children with autism. She manages St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation at the Children's Pavilion in Boise as well as St. Luke's children's inpatient rehabilitation locations.

    Kavita earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India, and her master's degree in therapeutic science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling with her family, friends, and her dog.

    Favorite Children's Books:

    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
    • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
    • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Ann Short, MS, OTR/L is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. She believes in taking therapy beyond the walls of the clinic and working closely with the family to ensure carryover of therapeutic techniques to help meet goals. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, private clinics and home-based therapy, and has designed innovative products for occupational therapists.

    Ann is experienced in working with children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and sensory processing disorders. She also works with global developmental delays, oculomotor vision deficits, handwriting difficulties, and sensory-based feeding disorders. She has worked in both in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, private therapy clinics, and home-based therapy.

    Ann also has advanced training in sensory integration, the Greenspan DIR/Floortime Approach™, Handwriting Without Tears®, sensory/behavior-based feeding disorders, and NDT principles. She is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), advanced therapeutic listening, the Listening Program®, and interactive metronome.

    Ann participates as a staff member at the annual AAC Camp, a week-long summer camp that helps kids learn to use their augmentative alternative communication devices. At the camp, she provides fun motor activities, as well as sensory processing and regulation support to campers, their parents, and camp counselors. 

    Ann earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Washington School of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, singing, and spending time with her family and pets.

    Favorite Therapy Toy: the trampoline.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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