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St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation: Meridian

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

    Stephanie Balais, MS, CCC-SLP works with children who have cleft lip and palates, velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), and resonance issues. She also has interests in early intervention, fluency issues, Down syndrome, autism, and ADHD assessment and treatment for children with executive function deficits. 

    Stephanie earned her master's degree from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Book: School Bugs by David Carter.

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Carolyn (Queck) Blaisdell, MS, OTR/L enjoys working with children of all ages and diagnoses, and has over 10 years of experience working with autism in particular.

    Carolyn earned her master's degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, running, and backpacking. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Trisha Crone, MS, OTR/L is extensively trained and passionate about working with children diagnosed with ADHD and executive functioning concerns.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Boise State University, her master's degree in occupational therapy from Touro University, and has completed her national board certification in pediatrics BCP. She received her ADHD-RSP certification as well, and has been a part of the ADHD and executive functioning program for St. Luke's Children’s Rehabilitation. Trisha has also received training in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™ (ADOS™-2) testing. 

    In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, drawing, and relaxing with her family. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Jennifer Hietala, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in feeding, lactation, and swallowing disorders. Her certifications include VitalStim®, Beckman Oral Motor, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Jennifer uses a holistic and multidisciplinary approach in working with each patient and family. She prioritizes keeping feeding safe and positive as patients and families move through therapies.  

    Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree in health science studies from Boise State University where she was also a member of the Broncos' NCAA Division I women’s golf team. She earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University.

    Jennifer holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She was a significant contributor in developing St. Luke’s Children’s outpatient feeding program.   

    In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Joe Hill, PT, DPT, PCS is a board certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy. He loves helping children reach their full potential so they can play and enjoy a meaningful life with their families and friends. 

    While Joe treats children of all ages and with all conditions, he has spent significant time focusing on optimizing outcomes in infants with torticollis and plagiocephaly. He loves helping these little babies grow, develop, and eventually have no further need for his services. 

    Joe enjoys working with children with special needs including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, genetic syndromes, and other neuromuscular conditions. Prior to coming to St. Luke’s, he participated as a treating therapist for a clinical trial, studying therapy intensity for children with cerebral palsy. While participating, he received special training in performing the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM), an outcome measure to track and compare progress of children with cerebral palsy.

    Joe’s professional motto: “The way you see a child is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is who they will become.”

    Joe earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and his doctor of physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. Outside of clinical treatment, he enjoys mountain biking, reading, gardening, and playing games with his wife and kids.  

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Anne Kuhlmeier, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP is an expert in augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and works closely with pediatric and adult patients and their families to develop the best communication system for their unique needs. She serves as the assistive technology program coordinator for St. Luke's and has extensive experience with both low- and high-tech AAC systems.

    Anne's patients are complex communicators (often non-speakers) with a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, ALS, syndromes, and genetic disorders. They may also have experienced a stroke or other trauma. Anne's goals are to improve her patients' quality of life and communication skills, and support them in becoming more independent.

    Anne is passionate about assistive technology and educating colleagues, often serving as a mentor for other speech-language pathologists throughout Idaho. She also offers continuing education on assistive technology through the Idaho Training Clearinghouse, an initiative of the University of Idaho's Center on Disabilities and Human Development.

    Anne earned her master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado; obtained her clinical competency certification in speech/language pathology, assistive technology professional certification from RESNA; and completed specialized training from CASANA on childhood apraxia of speech.


    In her free time, Anne enjoys skiing, hiking, sewing, and cooking.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Kelly O'Leary, MS, CCC-SLP, PC is a speech-language pathologist specializing in childhood apraxia of speech and autism spectrum disorder. She sees kids of all ages, but primarily works with kids under the age of 5. She is certified in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

    Kelly is great at keeping young patients engaged and strives to make therapy sessions fun. She is committed to preparing parents for success in helping their child at home. She is also passionate about empowering parents to be strong advocates for their child in all aspects of life. 

    Kelly earned her master's degree in speech language pathology at the University of North Dakota. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Annie G. Prince, MA, LCSW is a pediatric mental health therapist with specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies. She also has training in cross-cultural service provision, including specialized training in serving refugee children, youth, and families. She enjoys working with children from early childhood through adolescence.

    Annie earned her bachelor's degree in religion from Northwestern University, her first master's degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research, and her second master's degree in social work from Boise State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Molly A. Reider, MA, CCC-SLP/L specializes in autism spectrum disorders. She was the first therapist in Idaho to become certified in the Early Start Denver Model, and is a co-leader for the St. Luke's Children’s Rehabilitation autism team. She has experience and training in motor speech and other developmental disorders. 

    Molly loves treating with a team approach. She is passionate about working closely with families to become their child’s best teacher and cheerleader.

    Molly earned her bachelor's degree in Biblical studies and communication disorders from Biola University, and her master's degree in communicative disorders from California State University at Fullerton. In her free time, she loves creative endeavors and spending time with family and friends.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Annie Searcy, MS, CCC-SLP specializes in oral myofunctional therapy, autism, and stuttering, and is certified in VitalStim®.

    Annie earned her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Washington State University and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She grew up in the Boise area and enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and yoga. 

  • 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
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Rebecca A. Strong, MS, CCC-SLP works with children (ages 18 months - 13 years) who have a wide range of diagnoses including hearing impairment and/or receptive and expressive language disorders such as speech articulation and phonology challenges, fluency/stuttering, and hypernasality. She has experience working with patients who have Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, and who have experienced a brain injury.

    Rebecca's primary goal is to help improve a child's functional communication. She works with both patients and families to determine which tools will be most effective for them and explores options such as sign language, augmentative communication, the use of trained phrases, and increasing the use of spontaneous speech.

    Rebecca began her career at Elks Rehabilitation, caring for children with a wide variety of conditions, including many with cerebral palsy. She enjoys volunteering at the Augmentative Communication Camp and participating in community outreach events like the Run for Autism and the annual Dr. Seuss reading event at Barnes and Noble.

    Rebecca earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology, as well as a master's degree in speech-language pathology, from Idaho State University. She completed her clinical fellowship at Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital.

    In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, walking her dog, and going to movies.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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