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St. Luke's Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho

At St. Luke's Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho, we bring together a variety of specialists with expertise in the medical and emotional issues people with cystic fibrosis face. As the only care center in Idaho accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, our goals are to optimize the health of our patients and families through top-quality healthcare and education, and improve the quality and length of life for children and adults living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Our services include:

  • Medical and nutritional care to achieve normal growth and good nutrition
  • Therapies proven to slow the progression of lung decline and decrease the frequency of pulmonary exacerbations
  • Diagnosis and aggressive treatment of pulmonary exacerbations to minimize the loss of lung function
  • Monitoring for complications of CF, especially CF-related diabetes mellitus, and treating complications when they arise
  • Behavioral health counseling to help overcome problems related to depression and anxiety, stress, or keeping up with your CF treatments
  • Active participation in research to improve the understanding of CF and find new therapies to control and cure CF

Our team looks forward to caring for you over many years, connecting with you regularly to support your best health and quality of life. This way, we're able to bring you advancements in cystic fibrosis therapies and medications, review and simplify your care plan if possible, and ensure you're prepared to minimize risk of complications. 

Accreditation by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Excellence in Care, Education, and Research

We are proud to be accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) as a program that supports both pediatric and adult patients and meets high standards in patient care; ongoing patient, provider, and community education; and contributions to cystic fibrosis research.


The CFF also tracks each accredited center's statistics, measuring our adult and pediatric programs against national benchmarks.

Providers

  • Pediatrics

    Biography

    Perry Brown, MD, FAAP is a board certified pediatrician specializing in cystic fibrosis and was a co-founder of the St. Luke's Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho. He has helped lead the center's cystic fibrosis research program, and currently serves on the National Steering Committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Therapeutics Development Network. He is also the research medical director for St. Luke's pediatric subspecialties.

    Dr. Brown serves as the director of pediatric education for the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, and as the site director for medical student rotations in pediatrics for the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

    Dr. Brown has been awarded the Idaho Hospital Association Award of Excellence in Patient Care, the Ada County Medical Society Physician of the Year, the Idaho Health Care Hero designation, and the Ron Lemire WWAMI Pediatrics Leadership and Teaching Award. He has authored numerous publications related to cystic fibrosis research.

    In his free time, Dr. Brown enjoys outdoor adventures with his family and friends. In particular, he enjoys hiking, fly fishing, skiing, and snowshoeing.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Mental Health

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

    Biography

    Darren Klassen, PA-C is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He earned his bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Weber State University, and practiced as a respiratory therapist before becoming a physician assistant. He earned his master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and has worked in primary care.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Mental Health

    Biography

    Kimberly Matias, LCSW is a clinical social worker with extensive experience helping pediatric and adult patients and their families identify psychosocial needs and cope with their conditions and any impacts they may have on their lives. She has been a patient advocate in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and children's specialty centers.

    Kim served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the National Civilian Corps during college, and as a PeaceCorps volunteer in Honduras before entering graduate school. She worked for the Children's Hospital of Richmond and was a children's counselor prior to joining the cystic fibrosis team.

    Kim earned her bachelor's degree in social work from San Francisco State University and her master's degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

    Biography

    Karen S. Miller, MD served as chief medical resident at Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, and performed her pulmonary-critical care fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

    Dr. Miller earned her bachelor's degree in English from Goshen College and her master's degree in English from Wright State University. She taught high school and college English before embarking on a career in medicine.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Sky Pajak, MS, PT is a physical therapist at the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho and has worked as a pediatric physical therapist and an early intervention therapist. She has experience in both home and inpatient care settings.

    After working with pediatric patients with CF and attending the Cystic Fibrosis Boot Camp, she became more interested in the complex care of CF patients and was able to bring physical therapy to the CF clinic.

    Sky earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science and her master's degree in physical therapy both from the University of Montana. She is an avid rafter, skier, and loves camping and hiking with her family.

    Favorite Therapy Toys: ones without batteries that make noise forever.

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  • Family Medicine

    Biography

    Elizabeth Rulon, MD has interests in preventive health, women's health, and complementary and alternative medicine. She especially enjoys her work with cystic fibrosis patients and their care team.

    In her free time, Dr. Rulon enjoys soccer, running, reading, and enjoying the outdoors with her family.

  • Nutritional Counseling

    Biography

    Shannon Stamper, RD is registered dietitian with a focus on treating cystic fibrosis with clear and concise plans based on her patients' dietary needs.

    Shannon earned her bachelor's degree in dietetics from Oregon State University and completed her dietetic internship and Idaho State University's Meridian Health Science Center. 

    In her free time, she likes spending time with the important people in her life, fixing up her home, watching Netflix, hiking, and exploring Idaho.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

    Biography

    Brent Taylor, PA-C is a certified physician assistant with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is an experienced respiratory therapist.

    Brent earned his bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Boise State University and his master's degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

    Biography

    Henry Thompson, MD specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and serves as the medical director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho.

    Prior to his medical education, Dr. Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Lewis and Clark College. In his free time, he enjoys biking and all the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Pulmonology

    Biography

    Benjamin M. Tippets DO, MPH has special interests in asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and children requiring home ventilation. In addition to the pediatric pulmonology clinic, he is involved in the multidisciplinary cystic fibrosis and tracheostomy and ventilator clinics, as well as outreach clinics in Fruitland and Twin Falls. He also participates with St Luke’s Sports Medicine and Justin Sports Medicine teams in providing arena-side care for rodeo performers.

    Prior to medical school, Dr. Tippets earned an associate’s degree in science from Rick’s College, a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Utah.

    In his free time, Dr. Tippets enjoys farming, woodworking, and spending time with his wife and family, including desert motorbike riding.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

Conditions

Cystic Fibrosis

A genetic disease that causes mucus to become thick and sticky, affecting organs such as the lungs and the pancreas.

Articles & Resources

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  • Article

    Cystic Fibrosis

  • Blog Post

    Cutting-Edge CF Research: Extending and Improving Lives

  • Article

    Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes

  • Article

    Vitamins and Cystic Fibrosis

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