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St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine: Boise

The team at St. Luke's Children’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine treats a full array of mental health issues with understanding, compassion, and skill. Our goal is to restore your child to his or her appropriate developmental path.

Our providers specialize in the treatment of childhood behavioral and mental health disorders to optimize wellness and functioning. We provide compassionate expertise during times of instability, allowing patients to work closely with a personalized care team that also includes medication providers and their local primary care doctor.

We provide a full spectrum of pediatric psychiatric services to children and adolescents with varying diagnoses, including but not limited to: depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiance, ADHD, explosivity, psychosis, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As a member of the National Health Services Corps, we promise to serve all patients. This means we promise to:

  • Offer discounted fees for qualifying patients. View the application for a list of locations offering these discounts (en Español)
  • Never discriminate in the provision of services to individuals based on their inability to pay, race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation
  • Accept insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Location & Contact Info

    1075 E. Park Blvd.
    (South Entrance)
    Boise, ID 83712
    (208) 381-5970
    Fax: (208) 381-5971

    Accepting New Patients

    Yes
  • Office Hours

    Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Referral Required

    Yes
  • Before Your Visit

  • For Current Patients

  • After-hours & Weekends

    If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department.

    If your child is having thoughts of suicide, any time, day or night, he or she needs to be evaluated immediately. Please call 911 right away or take your child immediately to the nearest emergency department. You may also call St. Luke's at (208) 381-9000.

    If you have non-emergency questions or concerns about psychotropic medications and side effects, please call our office during normal business hours to talk with the clinic nurse.

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Providers

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Lacey Adamcik, LCSW specializes in exposure and response prevention (ERP) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She also treats anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use, and family relationship problems using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), collaborative and proactive solutions, and motivational interviewing.

    Lacey utilizes a strengths-based, holistic approach to practice that focuses on building a collaborative partnership with each individual and family she works with in order to facilitate each person’s unique treatment needs. She operates from a trauma-informed lens and uses the concepts of acceptance, positive regard, authenticity, mindfulness, and empathy to create a strong therapeutic alliance and growth promoting environment.

    Lacey earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Idaho State University and her master’s degree in social work at Boise State University.

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Amy Jo Amarello, PsyD is is a child psychologist and part of the Learning, Attention and Behavior (L.A.B.) evaluation program at St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. She provides psychological evaluation and consultation for children and adolescents struggling with developmental, learning, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

    Dr. Amarello specializes in diagnosis and treatment planning for children and adolescents who have a wide range of psychiatric and/or neurodevelopmental conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, in-utero exposure to substances, and disruptive behavior disorders.

    Dr. Amarello trained in clinical psychology, school psychology, and neuropsychology. She earned her doctorate degree at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She completed her internship at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and her post-doctoral fellowship at Mediplex Rehab-Camden.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Sadie Ashenbrener, LCSW is a mental health therapist working with children and adolescents. She is intuitive and collaborative in her approach and uses a range of modalities including narrative therapy, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and solution-focused therapy. She is passionate about the use of mindfulness techniques to help combat the overwhelm and anxiety many young people face today.

    Sadie is playful in her approach to serious problems which helps children and adolescents engage in the counseling process. You will often hear laughter and singing coming from her office. She loves working with adolescents who identify as LGBTQA and is strengths-based and trauma-informed.

    Sadie earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in social work, both from Portland State University. Outside of work, she loves anything that involves mountains, rivers, food, or music. 

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    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Jacqueline Bell, DO specializes in addressing the full range of emotional and behavioral difficulties affecting children and adolescents using evidence-based medicine. She has experience working with youths affected by a wide range of behavioral and emotional disturbances like anxiety, depression, aggression, autism, and trauma. She firmly believes in holistic care that encompasses patient and family dynamics, and strives to only use medication when absolutely necessary, at the lowest effective dose.

    Dr. Bell is board certified in general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Osteopathic Association. During her fellowship training with UT Southwestern at Dallas Children's Medical Center, she served as co-chief resident.

    In her free time, Dr. Bell enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Beth Bolen, LCSW is a clinical manager and mental health therapist for St. Luke’s Children’s Day Treatment Center and outpatient team. She is experienced in caring for children, teens, and families with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral concerns, including depression, anxiety, and trauma.

    Beth enjoys working through complex family situations to identify solutions and improve the mental health of patients and families. She uses a collaborative approach that includes the family in supporting the mental health of the patient. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization (EMDR), and solution-focused brief therapy.

    Beth earned her bachelor's degree in human services at Western Washington University and her master's degree in social work at Colorado State University.

    In her free time, Beth can be found hiking and biking in the Boise foothills with her family and their dog.

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Luke Brewton, MD works with youth at St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center and is a board certified child psychiatrist. He specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, and other mood and thought disorders in children, adolescents, and their families. He loves helping adolescents and their families communicate better with one another.

    Dr. Brewton earned his bachelor's degree in neural science with a minor in chemistry from New York University, attending on an honors scholarship and graduating cum laude. During his time at NYU, he was an undergraduate research scholar at the Center for Neural Science and published an article on cytoskeletal plasticity and apoptosis in brain research, earning an honorable mention award from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation. Prior to medical school, Dr. Brewton conducted research in neural electrophysiology at the Marine Biology Laboratory; and in medical school, he earned the Truman G. Blocker Research Scholarship and William Todd Midget Memorial Scholarship. He completed further training in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, where he served as chief fellow.

    Dr. Brewton is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior to joining St. Luke's, he cared for pediatric patients in Eugene, OR as an outpatient child psychiatrist and adult patients as an attending psychiatrist on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit. He also worked at a privately managed outpatient psychiatric clinic in Bellevue, WA.

    Dr. Brewton and his family love living in the Boise area.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Paula Green, LCPC is a mental health therapist for St. Luke’s Children’s Day Treatment Center and outpatient team. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults to treat depression, anxiety, and trauma. She specializes in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She is also trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and has extensive training in trauma. During her career, she has served patients through community mental health agencies, domestic violence programs, and private practice. 

    Paula earned a bachelor's degree in business and master's degree in counseling from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, crocheting, and hanging out with her dogs.

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    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Gretchen Gudmundsen, PhD oversees diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention for the St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She provides psychological evaluation and consultation to assist in diagnosis and intervention planning with children and adolescents with psychiatric conditions.

    Dr. Gudmundsen works with a broad range of youth with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and has expertise in behavioral assessment and intervention with adolescents dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal and self-harming tendencies.

    Dr. Gudmundsen earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and her doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital, then joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. She was also an attending clinical psychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Brian Huck, MSW, LCSW specializes in working with children, teens and families to teach healthy ways to manage anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and suicidal thoughts. He also has extensive experience working with a variety of other neurodevelopmental, social, emotional and behavioral concerns including depression, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and bipolar disorder.

    Brian has extensive training in utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy such as exposure response prevention (ERP) therapy and the Coping Power Program (CPP). He has trained colleagues across Idaho in CPP, served as a contributing author for a peer-reviewed journal and developed patient education materials on suicide prevention. He also serves as a participating provider in an exploratory intensive outpatient OCD program. Brian uses a collaborative, individualized and strengths-based approach to engage children and caregivers in treatment that is specific, effective and time-limited. Brian enjoys meeting individuals where they are and assisting them in uncovering their potential.

    Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from Boise State University, graduating with honors. He has two children and enjoys spending time outdoors kayaking, snowboarding and adventuring.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Robby Johnson, LCPC, RPT-S is registered in play therapy and certified in sand play. He is also clinically trained in EMDR, N-CBT, TF-CBT, CBT, TFT, DBT, art and theophostic therapies. 

    Rob works with patients, parents, and care providers when planning care strategies for students, and has worked significantly with foster kids and adoptions. He enjoys working with students from various backgrounds and issues and is passionate about seeing positive changes. 

    Rob earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest University, a master’s degree from Western Seminary, and a doctorate degree from Luther Rice. He has studied in various countries, including Canada, Ireland, and China.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Sarah Kaldor, LCPC is a mental health therapist working with youth at St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She is experienced with children, teens, and families with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma.

    Sarah helps youths and their families who need more intensive therapeutic support than traditional outpatient therapy provides. She uses a collaborative approach, utilizing the family as an imperative component to the change process and supporting improvements in wellness. She views therapy from an attachment-focused and trauma-informed lens while using a variety of therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, to improve overall stability and functioning.

    Sarah earned both her bachelor's degree in applied developmental psychology and her master's degree in mental health counseling from Eastern Washington University.

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Jane Krumm, LCSW is a mental health therapist and certified professional mediator. She specializes in caring for children and adolescents with ADHD, ASD, learning disabilities and other special needs; and working with families in behavior management and children’s school success. She also helps manage anxiety conditions and eating disorders.

    Jane is passionate about helping others see themselves as capable and influential in their own lives and in their interactions with others. She truly believes in the skill and ability of every human being and is committed to encouraging growth and development through individual and family therapy. In her practice, Jane uses many ideas from the course Developing Capable People, by H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelson, which encourages the development of respect, responsibility and resiliency. 

    Jane was honored as Social Worker of the Year by the Idaho chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for her work in helping children and school teams develop and implement conflict resolution and mediation programs in Idaho schools. 

    Jane earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Colorado State University and her master's degree in social work at the University of Denver.

    In her free time, Jane loves hiking, gardening, cross country skiing, traveling, and hanging out with her family (especially her grandkids).     

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Kerry Leavell, LCPC, MT-BC has special training in use of creative arts therapies, including music therapy, with individuals of all cognitive ability levels. She has particular interest in ADHD (and its unique presentation in girls), autism, and mood/anxiety disorders. Kerry adapts her therapy approach to accommodate each individual's learning needs and works particularly well with preschool-age patients. She is committed to ensuring parents have the education and resources they need to support their child's progress.

    Kerry believes that every person has strength and ability that they may or may not have the ability to access. She loves helping her patients find and amplify these strengths so they can be confident in their uniqueness, regardless of diagnosis. She is passionate about inclusivity and truly enjoys building relationships with patients and their families.

    Kerry earned her bachelor's degree in music performance at Wheaton College and her master's degree in expressive therapies and mental health counseling at Lesley University.

    Growing up, Kerry lived in many different parts of the country as part of a US Navy family. Today, she enjoys exploring Idaho with her dog and supporting the children's programming at her church.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Carlie Mancini, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Carlie has experience as a mental health nurse practitioner caring for patients with an array of mental health conditions including mood, anxiety, psychotic, and substance use disorders. She has worked as a registered nurse for St. Luke's in both inpatient and outpatients settings including the neurosurgery floor and epilepsy monitoring unit and most recently, pediatric neurology.

    Carlie earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Lewis-Clark State College and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. As a Boise native, Carlie is honored to be providing quality, patient-centered care to the children and families of the community she knows and loves.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Roger Olson, PsyD is a clinical child psychologist and part of the Learning, Attention and Behavior (L.A.B.) evaluation program at St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. He conducts psychological evaluations for children and adolescents with learning, attention, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties.

    Dr. Olson works collaboratively with children, teens, and parents from a strength-based perspective and helps families feel respected throughout the evaluation process. He also provides mindfulness-based parent education workshops focused on building resilience and developing optimal parent-child attachment.

    Dr. Olson has experience in a wide variety of settings, such as schools, prisons, hospitals, and clinics. He earned his bachelor's degree at Boise State University and his graduate degree in psychology at George Fox University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Deborah Russo, LCSW specializes in child-centered play therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and hypnosis by request for treatment of anxiety, depression and oppositional defiant disorder. She also specializes in substance abuse, and uses play therapy to help with family relational problems.

    Deborah helps families connect and build understanding of the emotions underlying behaviors so that family members can better support each other. She enjoys helping patients and families improve quality of life through efficient and effective therapies that help heal triggers for big emotions. 

    Deborah earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from Boise State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Joe Seiders, LCSW specializes in behavioral and mental health. Joe works with children, teens, and their families at St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center as the clinical supervisor. Joe is experienced in working with people who have special needs and come from hard places. Joe strives to improve the quality of life of those they work with and empower others to discover more self-worth and increase resiliency. 

    Joe has experience working with people who have neurodevelopmental disorders; schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders; bipolar and related disorders; depressive disorders; anxiety disorders; obsessive-compulsive and related disorders; trauma- and stressor-related disorders, dissociative disorders, feeding and eating disorders, elimination disorders, sleep-wake disorders; disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders, and personality disorders.

    Joe’s areas of expertise include emotional abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, sexual behavioral challenges, adoption, foster care, childhood development, identity formation, LGBTQIA+, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, social diversity, human rights, social justice, legislative advocacy, treatment planning, multi-disciplinary care coordination, comprehensive diagnostic assessment, safety planning, crisis intervention, de-escalation, conflict resolution, stress management, social awareness, problem solving, anger management, policy enhancement, training development, communication proficiency, and relationship skill building. 

    Joe’s theoretical foundation and practice methods are based in trust-based relational intervention, collaborative and proactive solutions, attachment-based family therapy, family systems therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, bio-psychosocial model, child-centered therapeutic play, person-centered therapy, mindfulness and cognitive restructuring. 

    Joe earned a master's degree in social work from the advanced standing program at Boise State University.

    Joe identifies as gender expansive and uses they, them, theirs pronouns.

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Cory Stocking, LCSW is a mental health therapist working with children and their families. She has focused most of her practice on family and play therapies treating a variety of disorders including oppositional defiant disorder, depression, trauma, ADHD, anxiety, and others. She has a special interest in the impact that nutrition and electronics have on the mental health of developing minds.

    Cory earned her master’s degree from Arizona State University with a focus in health and behavioral health. She has worked in school settings and outpatient clinics since that time.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Christopher Streeter, MD is a child psychiatrist working with young people at St. Luke's Children’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. He has broad experience with individual, family, and systems-based neurobehavioral issues, and has a passion for transforming children suffering from mental illness and enjoys seeing his patients recover from adversity, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other issues.

    Dr. Streeter has served as Health and Welfare psychiatry subject-matter expert for the Idaho Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and has made several advocacy appearances on television. He has provided expertise for government panels and consultative support for policy decisions at the state level and is a member of the Idaho Children are Primary legislative policy advisory committee.

    Dr. Streeter has a strong interest in education and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Idaho College of Medicine. He is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Washington psychiatry residency programs. 

    Dr. Streeter began his career in the Navy/Marine Corps, at one point serving a tour in Afghanistan as a forward deployed psychiatrist. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal. In addition to his military commendations, St. Luke’s has honored him with the President’s Award for outstanding service to his patients. 

    In his free time, Dr. Streeter enjoys spending time outdoors backpacking, skiing, and hiking with his wife and two sons.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Javier Torrez, LCSW is passionate about working with children and families navigating adjustment stresses, anxiety, depression, and the complexities of traumatic events. He has personal and professional knowledge and fluency to help support Spanish speaking children and families. 

    Javier was born and raised in southern Idaho. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in social work at Northwest Nazarene University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, doing a variety of activities and interests that include traveling, biking, golfing, skiing, and watching his kids participate in sports.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Arvind Vaz, MD provides personalized, evidence-based, and compassionate care that promotes the wellness and growth of children, adolescents, and families. He has experience caring for patients in all stages of life and development, and specializes in treating children, adolescents, and families with a variety of conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, thought disorders, and disruptive behaviors. He takes special interest in the early stages of development and the transition to adulthood.

    Dr. Vaz received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University. After completing his medical training, Dr. Vaz worked as an attending and medical director on a child and adolescent inpatient unit at a private hospital outside Nashville.  He now proudly calls Boise home with his wife, also a physician at St. Luke’s.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Emma Wade, LCSW is a mental health therapist working with children, adolescents and their families. She enjoys partnering with individuals and families to navigate life’s stressors and create lasting positive change. Emma specializes in working with a range of concerns including mood disorders, behavioral problems, anxiety, and chronic illness. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, solution-focused and mindfulness-based therapy techniques.

    Emma earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado College and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Montana. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, traveling, crafting and reading mystery novels.

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    Accepting new patients

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