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Boise Core Program

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) offers excellent clinical training with superb patient volumes in all clinical areas. The vision of our program is to produce outstanding family physician leaders for their communities. The mission of our program is to train outstanding broad spectrum family medicine physicians to work in under-served and rural areas.  To serve the vulnerable populations of Idaho with high quality, affordable care provided in a collaborative work environment.

We Believe the Heart of Healthcare Education is Service to Others. FMRI has an extremely talented faculty that consists of Family Medicine Physicians, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Physician Assistants, a Nurse Practitioner and Pharm Ds to create the team environment needed to train a family medicine physician. We are also supported by three excellent training medical centers, a committed state legislature, and the backing of the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Hospital Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, and the Ada County Medical Society to ensure superb Family Medicine education. We hope that the information presented here stimulates your interest in our program and that you will want to know more about becoming a part of FMRI.


The curriculum is designed to broadly prepare the physician for Family Medicine in a rural or underserved setting. Therefore, it includes a strong emphasis in medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine and surgical procedures and assisting that is not found in many other programs. During their three years the residents have increasing responsibilities in patient care, management of their own continuing education, and participation in the management of the Family Medicine Health Center. They also participate in organized medicine and various committee functions within the hospitals, the communities, the state, and the nation. The Residency strives to help our physicians develop a sustainable medical lifestyle that will provide them with long term satisfaction and deep meaning and inspiration in the practice of Family Medicine.


PGY-1 FMHC 1-2 half days per week, 4-6 patients per half day

IM/FM Inpatient8/8Saint Alphonsus/VA
Inpatient Obstetrics 8St. Luke's
Inpatient Pediatrics 8St. Luke's
Behavioral Health
Sports Medicine
Family Medicine Clinic
Rural Rotation

PGY-2 FMHC 2-3 half days per week, 7-9 patients per half day

IM/FM Inpatient12Saint Alphonsus
Maternal Child Health - Inpatient12St. Luke's
Emergency Medicine4St. Luke's
Peds Hospital
2/2St. Luke's
ICU4Saint Alphonsus
Rural Rotation4Away
Community Med
Behavioral Health

PGY-3 FMHC 2-4 half days per week, 10 patients per half day

IM/FM Inpatient8Saint Alphonsus
Maternal Child Health - Inpatient4-8St. Luke's
Outpatient Peds4Office
Emergency Medicine6Saint Alphonsus /
St. Luke's
Rural Rotation4Away
Inpatient Selective0-4TBD
Pediatric Hospitalist2-4St. Luke's
Geriatrics / Cardiology2/2Office/Saint Alphonsus


Ted Epperly, MD

President and CEO

Dr. Epperly is the President and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, a large Federally Qualified Teaching Health Center comprised of six FQHC clinics, three ACGME family medicine residency programs, and four fellowships. He received an undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology from Utah State University in 1976. He Graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1980.  Dr. Epperly completed his residency in Family Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington in 1983. He completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in 1986 and achieved an additional CAQ in Geriatrics.  Dr. Epperly retired July 2001 as Colonel after serving 21 years in the United States Army.  Dr. Epperly served as the past President and Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  He is a current member of the ACGME Board of Directors that has responsibility of all residency and fellowship training for over 125,000 residents and fellows of all specialties in the United States.  He currently serves as the Governor appointed Chairman of the Board for the Idaho Healthcare Coalition that is in charge of helping transform healthcare for the State of Idaho.  Dr. Epperly is a member of multiple other Boards of Directors and the President of several non-profit organizations.  He has published over 50 articles and book chapters and he is a staunch supporter of Family Medicine education, research, and both rural and underserved health care. His award winning book Fractured: America’s Broken Health Care System and What Must Be Done To Heal It provides excellent insight to the U.S healthcare system and can be found on  He and his wife Lindy celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in September 2017 and have two sons. Outside of medicine, his interests include golf, skiing, fly-fishing, reading and rock drumming.

Suzanne Allen, MD

Vice Dean, Academic, Rural & Regional Affairs, UW SOM

As the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), Suzanne Allen works broadly across academic affairs and regional affairs to enhance the excellence of medical education for the UWSOM and the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. Dr. Allen grew up in Washington, attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate, and George Washington University for her medical education, before completing her Family Medicine Residency at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB. Following four years of active duty practicing at Ellsworth AFB and Andrews AFB, Dr. Allen joined the FMRI faculty. She enjoys reading, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Marvin Alviso, MD

Family Medicine, HIV & Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Marvin Alviso was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He completed his BS in Biology from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila Philippines. He then continued on to complete his medical degree at the same University. He moved to Saginaw, Michigan in 2008 for his residency in Family Medicine at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and concentrated on HIV care for most of his electives. Marvin became a board certified Family Physician in 2010. Marvin then relocated to Boise, ID to complete a 4th year post graduate fellowship from Family Medicine Residency of Idaho for HIV for Primary Care. He received AAHIVM certification in 2011 and continues to carry this certification. He is currently doing HIV Primary care, family practice, and Refugee Health Screening. Marvin is also passionate about providing primary care for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender population.

Elizabeth Atnip, MD

Family Medicine

Coming Soon…

Justin Bailey, MD

Family Medicine, Procedural Institute Director

Dr Bailey is a graduate of The Medical College of Wisconsin in 2003, and the Eglin Air Force Base Family Medicine Residency (Ft Walton Beach, Florida). Three years and 4 hurricanes later he moved to California to join the teaching staff at the David Grant Family Medicine Residency. He completed a faculty development fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill in 2008. Additionally he deployed to Iraq and Haiti. Interests along the way have included any and all procedures (currently the endoscopy director for FMRI), research into the health benefits of marriage and social relationships, and evidence based family medicine. Outside of work Dr. Bailey spends all his time modifying Nerf Guns, understanding the intricacies of a properly planned tea party, and constantly justifying the need for more novelty ice cream treats with his rock star wife, Holly, and 5 amazing kids.

Mary Barinaga, MD

Assistant Dean, University of Washington

Dr. Barinaga grew up in a sheep ranching family in Cambridge, Idaho and is a graduate of The College of Idaho and the University of Washington School of Medicine. After completing residency at FMRI in 1998, she spent the next 12 years practicing rural family medicine on the Coeur d’ Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer. In 2010, she returned to Boise as faculty for FMRI and also works as Assistant Dean for Regional Affairs for the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Barinaga is active in organized medicine and is passionate about teaching. When she is not working, you can find Dr. Barinaga with her husband Doug playing in the mountains or rafting Idaho’s whitewater.

Allison Bastian, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Bastian grew up just north of Dallas, TX. She graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT with a degree in philosophy. She then got a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. After completing a post-bacc at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, she went on to medical school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, graduating in 2013. After completing residency here in 2016, she stayed on to join the faculty.  She absolutely loves the residency and wants to care for her panel of patients here forever.

Penny Beach, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Beach grew up in Ohio and Maryland before moving to New England, where she attended Williams College and worked for 7 years as a newspaper reporter. She then attended Dartmouth Medical School and did her family medicine residency at FMRI, graduating in 2001. She spent over 8 years working with mostly uninsured patients and Spanish-speaking migrant farm workers in Nampa, Idaho before joining FMRI in 2010. She is married with 2 children. In her spare time she loves backpacking, playing the piano, nordic skiing, watching Boston Red Sox games, and her newest sport – curling. Dr. Beach’s curricular interests include hepatology, hepatitis C, and rheumatology.

Amanda Berbert, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Berbert grew up in Hawaii and Utah.  She attended Brigham Young University for her undergraduate education and went to University of Utah for medical school.  She then completed her residency at Valley Family Medicine in Washington, where she was Chief Resident during her last year.  Upon completion of her residency training, she happily joined the faculty at FMRI in 2018.  Outside of medicine, she loves eating, traveling, doing pilates, kayaking, playing the piano, and hanging out with her husband Daniel.

Susan Bradford, MD

Dr. Susan Bradford grew up in Alabama and worked as a chemist in Kalamazoo, MI, prior to deciding she preferred people to test tubes. She then attended Medical School at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bradford completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital at University of Washington, where she played an active role in the WWAMI Program and spent two months at the Pocatello Children’s Clinic as part of her residency. After residency, Dr. Bradford returned back to Alabama to be close to family.  However, she missed the West and returned to Pocatello for 12 years prior to relocating to Boise to work with Meridian Pediatrics in 2010.

Soon after arriving in Pocatello, Dr. Bradford became disheartened by the number of women who used substances during pregnancy and saddened by the fact that there was little treatment available to these women even when they wanted it.  Through an AAP CATCH grant, she was able to work with other concerned members of the community to investigate the scope of the problem. As a result of this community effort, a day treatment program for parenting women was developed in Pocatello. Many of these women shared that their drug abuse resulted from sexual abuse that occurred in their childhood or adolescence. As a result, Dr. Bradford became interested in doing what she could to break the cycle of this very pervasive problem in pediatric patients.  She was fortunate to be able to spend sabbatical time with the Safe and Healthy Families Team at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, learning how to evaluate and treat children who have been victimized by sexual and physical abuse. While she enjoys all aspects of pediatric practice, working with abused children was an arena that allowed her to feel that she made a difference by helping healing to occur in a child’s life.

Dr. Bradford was Idaho Pediatrician of the Year for 2006. She currently serves as a board member for the Perinatal Project and is on the Governor’s Children At Risk Task Force and Idaho’s Child Fatality Review Team.

Dr. Bradford enjoys hiking, cycling, Cross country skiing and just being outdoors in the beautiful state of Idaho. She also enjoys gardening and when she has time she likes to read and decorate cakes and cookies.

Dr. Bradford is Board Certified in Pediatrics. 

Perry Brown, MD


Graduated from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine in 1995, Dr. Brown completed his Pediatric Residency at the Children’s Hospital/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO in June of 1998. After completing residency Dr. Brown was a general pediatrician for seven years at the Saltzer Medical Group in Nampa and Meridian, ID. Additionally, he has served as Co-Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho since January, 2001. Dr. Brown joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in May of 2004. Since that time he has made continuous improvement of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho’s Pediatric curriculum his highest professional goal. He is active in public advocacy for children’s health and serves on several Idaho Medicaid committees and state commissions.

Kara Cadwallader, MD

Family Medicine

After graduating from The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in 1995,Dr. Cadwallader completed her residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, Tacoma, Washington in 1998. Prior to joining FMRI in 2001, Dr Cadwallader was an assistant clinical professor and primary care provider in Santa Rosa, California. She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at The University of Washington, with a focus on teaching application of evidence –based medicine. In addition to her faculty role, she is Senior Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, which encompasses Idaho, Alaska, Washington, and Hawaii. Medical interests include women’s health and family planning, behavioral sciences, and academic writing. She enjoys water and snowskiing, cycling, reading fiction and short stories and travel. She has three children.

Chelsea Carlson, MD

Family Medicine

Chelsea Carlson grew up in the mitten near Lake Michigan. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and traveled to the Pacific Lutheran University for her undergraduate studies. There she split her time between the chemistry lab, the cross country course and French language groups. She was encouraged to be a global citizen and was able to study in Martinique, France and Mali. In West Africa she delved into the complex world of rural development with the Mali rural water project which sparked her interest in rural health delivery. She returned to the US and started working for Northwestern University in Chicago in translational research and then continued her medical school career there. She continued her interest in rural and global health serving as the president for NU-AID and on the student advisory committee for global health. She sought out experiences in rural health but it was in her husband Justin’s home town of Sitka, AK that she fell in love with the breadth and depth of family medicine.  Her focus on high-quality, comprehensive and culturally-competent rural healthcare led her to train at FMRI and find a clinical home in the Emerald clinic where she cares for a diverse global community. Justin has found a career he loves in chemical engineering at Micron and together with their infant daughter Tove they can be found hiking in the foothills, falling frequently from cross-country skis, and eating their way through Boise’s food scene.

Loren Colson, DO

Family Medicine

Loren Colson grew up just outside of Portland, Oregon in the town of Lake Oswego. He moved to the Los Angeles area to complete his undergraduate education at Azusa Pacific University and ended up staying there for the next 10 years. Loren went on medical missions to India and Bangladesh during his undergraduate years, and with his newfound interest in global health, attended the University of Southern California upon graduation where he earned a Masters of Science in Global Medicine. There he met his wife Kristin who now works for the American Heart Association.

Loren earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and upon graduating set his sights back on the Northwest.

He managed to convince his born-and-raised LA wife to move with him to Boise, Idaho, and they couldn’t be happier. Loren completed his residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in 2018, and stayed on as faculty. Loren is a National Health Service Corps scholar and is committed to providing healthcare to the underserved. He has specific interests in women’s healthcare, global medicine, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He practices full spectrum Family Medicine including inpatient, OB, and outpatient care at his home clinic on Emerald Street. He is also adjunct faculty at the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine where he teaches Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. In their free time, Loren and Kristin can most likely be found at a local brewery or out in the wilderness playing with their dog-child Indy.

Jennifer Cook, MD

Associate Program Director - Boise / OB Fellowship Director

Dr. Jennifer Cook grew up in Boise, Idaho, and then moved east for schooling, attending Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina for medical school. After a quick consideration of going into Orthopedics, she regained her senses and matched into the Family Medicine Residency at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, where she served as Chief Resident from 2003-04. She then moved closer to home, completing an OB Fellowship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA. After joining the faculty at Swedish Family Medicine, Cherry Hill for a short time, she headed down to New Zealand, where she practiced as a GP in a nationalized health care system, traveled as much of the sheep laden countryside as possible, and picked up a wonderful kiwi souvenir, her husband, Jason. After three years she decided it was time to come home to Boise and joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in January of 2009. Her curricular area of interest is the obstetrics experience, along with directing the OB Fellowship. Additionally, she moved into the Associate Program Director role in February 2017, assisting Dr. Justin Glass oversee the educational experience as a whole for the residency. During her free time she enjoys going to the park with her three kids, Lily, Wylie, and Ella, movies with her husband, aerobic exhaustion of many varieties, and knitting anything possible.

Abby Davids, MD MPH

Family Medicine, HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellowship Director

Born and raised in the Midwest, Abby is a Buckeye at heart. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science and International Relations, and then stayed at Ohio State for graduate and medical school, earning a dual MD/MPH in 2011. After medical school, she headed to the east coast for family medicine residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center near Boston, MA, training in full spectrum family medicine at the nation’s first teaching health center and serving a predominantly urban immigrant population. Abby then moved to Boise for the HIV Fellowship here at FMRI. After completing fellowship she joined FMRI as faculty at the Emerald Clinic, focusing on teaching residents and continuing to provide HIV, hepatitis B and C, TB, and refugee care while practicing full spectrum family medicine. Abby has also worked with orphans and vulnerable children with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia for many years, and has spent time doing HIV care in Zambia as well. She became the HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellowship Director in 2016, and maintains AAHIVM accreditation as an HIV specialist. She is the Medical Director of the TB clinic, provides viral hepatitis care both at FMRI and in the correctional setting, and leads the Global Medicine Training Track with Margaret Mortimer. Abby dedicates all of her outpatient primary care time to the refugee continuity clinic. Abby speaks English and Spanish, and in her free time, loves to explore Idaho with her puppy, Juniper.

Tim DeBlieck, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. DeBlieck grew up in Boise, and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1986 with a degree in chemistry. He attended Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1990. Dr. DeBlieck completed his Family Medicine residency in 1993 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, where he served as chief resident. He joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho faculty in 1996. His curricular area is Dermatology. He and his wife Jan have two sons in college. Jan is a dermatologist, and teaches FMRI residents.

Jeff Edwards, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director Raymond

Dr. Edwards is originally from Alaska and is a graduate of the Univ of Washington, School of Medicine and the residency at FMRI. He then went onto work at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho for 12 years, providing full-spectrum family medicine. From 2005-2012, Dr. Edwards worked in rural Texas and completed a Master’s in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, he joined Doctors Without Borders and worked in various countries over the next 3 years including Kenya, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and Afghanistan doing a combination of emergent global health responses and public health-related research. In 2015, Dr. Edwards joined the Dept of International Health at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health and is currently a post-doctoral fellow. In 2016, he returned to FMRI to work as faculty, while still continuing to work overseas with Doctors Without Borders three months a year.

Andrea Esplin, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director Emerald

Andrea Esplin was born and raised in Idaho. She attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, receiving a Bachelors degree in Natural Science Biology with a Minor in Chemistry. She went on to the University of Utah School of Medicine for her medical Doctorate and returned to Idaho for residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, staying on as faculty after completing the residency program. Dr. Esplin currently practices full spectrum family medicine and has a focus on procedural skills and endoscopy.

She married her high school sweetheart, who is a nurse at Saint Alphonsus and realtor. They have a wild toddler and chocolate lab. She has numerous interests, which include any outdoor activities.

Sarah Gerrish, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director - Kuna

Coming Soon…

Winslow Gerrish, PhD

Behavioral Science Director

Dr. Winslow Gerrish is the Director of Behavioral Sciences, Research and Grants at FMRI. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University and completed an internship at the VA medical center in Portland, Oregon. Before coming to FMRI, he acted as director of the PTSD clinic at the Boise VAMC and served as faculty in their Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. Dr. Gerrish grew up the son of a rural, full-spectrum, family doc in a small dairy town in Washington State. This upbringing laid the foundation of his life-long passion for family medicine and caring for the underserved. Dr. Gerrish is a Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Washington and has been involved in primary care education with multiple University of Washington and WWAMI residency programs in Boise and Seattle. His special interests include PCMH transformation, interprofessional education, and behavioral health integration in primary care. His recent publications include a new book, Interprofessional Education in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Dr. Gerrish is an avid climber and skier. When not at work, you will find him with his wife (also a family physician) and children trying to get lost in the mountains while engaged in some type of crazy outdoor adventure.

Julie Gendler, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Julie Gendler grew up in Kalispell, Montana. She received her BA from Dartmouth College in 1998 and a MS degree from Montana State University in Child Development in 2000. After graduating from University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2004 she completed her Family Medicine training at FMRI in 2007. She then spent the next 4 years practicing full spectrum family medicine in Madison, WI. After taking some time off to be a full time mom to her 3 kids she returned to FMRI as part time faculty in 2012. Outside of work and her normal duties as a personal assistant/chauffeur/chef/event coordinator for her three wonderful children, she enjoys baking, reading, knitting, and participating in triathlons.

Justin Glass, MD

Program Director Boise

Graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1997, Dr. Glass completed his residency training through Providence – St. Peter Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Olympia, Washington in 2000. He subsequently went to work for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service in Shiprock, NM as a medical officer. In this capacity he provided broad spectrum family medicine care for five years. After a three year stint on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, he joined the faculty of FMRI in October 2008. He served as the associate director for four years and became the Boise program director in 2013. His passion is helping family medicine residents individualize their training within a broad scope of practice family medicine residency program. He and his wife Marci (pastor at Southminster Presbyterian Church) have two college aged boys. In his free time he can often be found running the Boise foothills trails in training for his next ultra run.

Cyndi Hayes, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Cyndi Hayes grew up in Meridian, Idaho and then attended Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology.  She went to the University of Washington School of Medicine as an Idaho WWAMI student and then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Union Memorial Hospital and Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to Boise.  She was in private practice in Meridian before joining the FMRI faculty in 2008.  In 2013, she became an OB Hospitalist for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center where she enjoys teaching the residents and high-risk obstetrics.

Roger Hefflinger, PharmD


Graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Pharmacy in Omaha and the clinical pharmacy training program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Hefflinger joined the FMRI faculty in 1987 and as you can see from this devilishly handsome picture, he is a fun loving and easy going gentleman that occasionally needs to straighten his tie. His responsibilities include teaching residents, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy students from Idaho State University, pharmacology and therapeutics in the hospital and ambulatory care setting. He loves coming to work every day because of the great people.

Derek Jackson, MD

Family Medicine

Coming Soon…

Julie Kikuchi, MD


Graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001, Dr. Kikuchi completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of New Mexico in 2004. She subsequently worked in the Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, prior to joining the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in October 2005 as a part-time Pediatric attending.

Adam Kipp, MD


Coming Soon…

Janae Krahn, MD

Family Medicine 2018

Dr. Krahn grew up in the high desert of New Mexico. A lover of the mountain west, she ventured north to Fort Collins to study biomedical sciences at Colorado State University. After a few years of playing in the Colorado Rockies, she headed south to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where she found her love for family and community medicine. She and her husband (a rural Idaho native) were thrilled to move back to Idaho for residency training at FMRI, where she is now a part of the faculty. Dr. Krahn practices full spectrum family medicine, and enjoys teaching (and learning from!) residents and medical students. In her spare time, she enjoys anything and everything the outdoors of Idaho has to offer with her husband, family, and friends.

Susan Martin, PsyD

Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences - Boise

Dr. Martin became part of the FMRI family in 2015. She received her PsyD in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and completed her internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. She completed her fellowship in health psychology in primary care at Michigan State University where she met her husband, Derek. Their son, Cameron, loves swimming, flag football and baseball. After 9 years of teaching behavioral medicine in a large, urban setting, Susan came to Boise (“the Best place to raise a family”) to pursue teaching residents in the rural setting. Susan’s special areas of interest include integrated care, medical education and health psychology in primary care. Outside of work, the family spends time hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, and cooking meals together.

Molly McCormick, DO

Family Medicine 2018

Coming Soon…

Margaret Mortimer, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Margaret Mortimer joined FMRI in 2011. In addition to family practice care, she is a clinical coordinator and provider for the refugee screening and refugee continuity clinics at the Emerald office. She also staffs the TB clinic. Margaret has been providing primary care as a board certified, Family Nurse Practitioner(FNP), in Idaho, since 1997. Prior to joining FMRI, she worked at St Luke’s Internal Medicine for 7 years. Before moving to Boise, she worked in rural health care for 7 years at the Glenn’s Ferry Health Center and served there as a National Health Service Corps provider. Her degrees include a Masters in Science in Nursing(MSN) degree and Registered Nurse(RN) degree from Vanderbilt University, Bachelors of Arts(BA) in Philosophy and French from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and is currently a student in a Masters in Public Health program. She has served as a community health educator during her time as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. When not working, she likes to explore Idaho’s beautiful outdoor spaces with family and friends.

Sandy Mudge, MD, MPH

Family Medicine, Clinic Director Fort Street

Sandy was raised in Colorado, and then went exploring the world, living in many different states and countries. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa, where she discovered her love of medicine and public health. She graduated with an MD/MPHTM from Tulane University in New Orleans, and then completed residency at FMRI, where she is now faculty. Together with her husband, she likes to enjoy the variety of outdoor adventures available in Idaho.

Heather Nichols, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Nichols, raised in small town Anaconda, MT but with a sense of adventure, ventured off to Gonzaga University for undergrad to pursue degrees in Biology and Psychology. Afterwards, she set out on a new adventure to Miami, Florida to complete medical school. Despite the lures of the Florida Keys and warm water she returned to the mountain west to complete residency at FMRI and be closer to the mountains and outdoors. In Boise she took up whitewater kayaking and has now traveled around the world (as well as the state of Idaho) to enjoy this extreme sport, even living in New Zealand for awhile. She enjoys the full scope of practice at the residency as well as the opportunity to teach and learn from the great residents we have. When not kayaking or working, she likes to mountain bike, hike, snowboard, or sit in an Idaho hotspring and enjoy the scenery.

Todd Palmer, MD

Geriatric Fellowship Director

Graduated from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Palmer completed his residency at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho in 1989. He then completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington and has achieved added qualifications in geriatric medicine through the American Board of Family Practice. His special interests are geriatrics, the use of computers and handhelds in clinical medicine and residency training, and substance abuse. Dr. Palmer joined FMRI as family medicine faculty in 1998.

Thomas Patterson, MD


Tom grew up in Arizona and attended the University of Arizona for Undergraduate, Medical School and Pediatric Residency. He decided on Pediatrics early in his fourth year of medical school as he kept being pulled towards the care of children. He met his wife, who was from Idaho, while she attended college in Tucson. On completion of his residency, the two returned to Idaho and Tom started private practice at Medical Center Physicians where his wife was a pediatric patient growing up. MCP changed it’s name to honor the founding physician, and thus, became Saltzer Medical Group. Tom held many leadership roles in his 18 years at Saltzer. He started teaching for the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2009 and this proved to be a passion he wanted to develop. Moving to FMRI allows him to enjoy the mix of seeing his own patients as well as teaching the next generation of doctors.  Tom has served both the local and national chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he has held several leadership roles throughout his tenure. He thrives in caring for the underserved and has a longstanding passion for the interface of mental illness and pediatrics.

His efforts around immunization improvement has provided tremendous benefits to many Idahoans.  In addition to his roles at FMRI, Tom is currently the Medical Director of the St Luke’s Children’s Performance Improvement Workgroup and serves on the Idaho Immunization Coalition he co-founded in 2009.  He enjoys weight training/fitness, hiking, swimming and the outdoors. Tom is happiest when he is spending time with his wife and three boys!

Heather Quinn, MD

Family Medicine

Coming Soon…

Kevin Rich, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Rich graduated from the University of California School of Medicine at Los Angeles in 1992. He completed his residency training at the Santa Monica Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in 1995; where he was Chief Resident 1994-1995. Dr. Rich joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in 1995. He has served as president of the Ada County Medical Society as well as President of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Rich currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of FMRI.  He is the faculty champion for FMRI’s Patient Centered Medical Home transformation. He also serves as Chair of the Practice Transformation Committee of the Idaho Medical Home Collaborative. His curricular interests are quality improvement, prevention, and outpatient procedures.

Clay Roscoe, MD, MSc (public health)

Family Medicine, HIV

Clay Roscoe grew up in Montana and graduated from Gonzaga University with degrees in Biology and English Literature/Creative Writing. He attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed residency training at FMRI. Clay also has a masters in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is AAHIVM certified (2007). He has worked extensively in Namibia, Southern Africa, focusing on HIV and tuberculosis, including tours with the University of Washington Department of Global Health (ITECH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Roscoe also is the Medical Director for Idaho Southwest District Health and advises for Sedia Biosciences, a biotechnology company focused on developing new, rapid HIV testing technologies.

Vincent Serio, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director - Meridian

Dr. Serio grew up in Virginia, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia. After he completed residency at FMRI he stayed in Idaho and worked at Terry Reilly Health Services, and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group. In 2004, he became Director of Medical Services at Boise State University Health Services, a position he held for 13 years. During his tenure at Boise State, Dr. Serio also served as the ship’s physician for the Semester at Sea program, traveling to 17 cities in 13 countries on 5 continents in 100 days. He joined FMRI in 2017 to further his passion for teaching the next generation of family medicine specialists. He now serves as the Clinic Director at FMRI’s Meridian clinic site. His clinical interests include colposcopy, office-based procedures, travel and wilderness medicine, urgent care medicine, and clinic operations. In his spare time, Dr. Serio enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters, fly fishing, sailing and tinkering in his workshop.

Ryan Shackelford, MD


Dr. Shackelford is the clinic site supervisor for the psychiatry residents from the University of Washington. In addition to supervising their care, he also has particular interest in collaborating psychiatric and medical care with patient’s primary care physicians and therapists, aiming to promote social, psychological and physical health and well-being.

Nikole Shepherdson, DO

Family Medicine

Dr. Shepherdson graduated from Western University of Health Sciences Pacific in 2009 and returned home to Boise to attend residency at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Since graduating residency from FMRI she has continued to practice full scope family medicine at the Meridian Family Health Center as well as continuing to teach residents as an attending for procedure clinics. She lives in Meridian with her husband Jason and son Beckett. She loves spending time with family and when she gets a few moments to partake in one of her many hobbies including scuba diving, travel, fly fishing, skiing, cooking and gardening.

Kelly Showalter, MD


Graduated from University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in May of 1988, Dr. Showalter completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Utah in May of 1991. After Residency Dr. Showalter spent a year at Emory University in Atlanta, GA as a Pediatric staff physician and then three years with the Pediatric and Adolescent Center doing private practice in Boise, ID. She joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho as a part-time Pediatric attending in April of 1998. Her husband is an orthopedic physician who works with the residents on their Orthopedic rotation as well as on some electives.

Hannah Underdahl, CNM

Women's Health

I was raised on the coast of Maine, but got the mountain bug early in my teens on a backpacking trip to the Sawtooths. Naturally, I wanted to head west for college and was lucky enough to spend four years at Colorado College. I attended graduate school for both a nursing and a combined CNM/WHNP master’s program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC then moved to Boise in 2013 for a job as a full scope Certified Nurse-Midwife at a well-established birth center and home birth practice.

While exceedingly fun and fulfilling, I could not sustain the rigorous call schedule after my daughter was born (at home!) so I left the out-of-hospital birth world for my current role at FMRI in 2016. It has been a perfect fit! I precept OB clinics, head the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center OB/GYN program, organize the Maternal Child Health didactics and participate in a number of hands on trainings at the residency.

Outside of work, I try to stay active in my professional organization as well as advocacy programs I find important. I currently serve as the Idaho Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives President, as a member on the March of Dimes Regional Committee and as a co-leader of the new Idaho cluster for the Reproductive Health Access Project.

Speaking of play, my husband, dog, toddler and I spend most weekends using our self-outfitted Sprinter van as a base camp for mountain biking, trail running, backcountry (or resort) skiing, paddle boarding and more. We love to travel, both within the States and internationally. I love to cook delicious vegan food, garden and learn new skills like canning and making kimchi. Not many people can say they’ve achieved a perfect work/life balance, but thanks to FMRI, I feel entirely  professionally fulfilled while still being able to take time to do the things I love most, which always almost involves mountains, water, rocks, roots and lot of sweat.

Kelly Wilkinson, MD

Sports Medicine Fellowship Director - Boise

Coming Soon…

John Williams, MD

Asst. Program Dir., RTTs

While growing up in Pocatello, the young Dr. Williams took to exploring the mountains of Idaho and fostering a love of the outdoors. After graduating from University of Nevada SOM in 2003 and following his residency completion in 2006 from Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency, he ventured to the Flathead Lake area of Montana. There he worked for a rural hospital doing full spectrum family medicine for the next 10 years. He participated in several organizations, including President of the Montana Academy of Family Physicians, board member of Montana Medical Association, and he served one year on Montana State Governor’s Council on Healthcare Innovation. With a desire to share his experiences and move closer to family, he joined FMRI in the fall 2016. Here he is continuing his full spectrum practice by teaching new family physicians to broaden their skills and confidence. He is helping with the rural programs and developing a wilderness medicine curriculum. Free time is one of his favorite things and he can be found hiking the hills with his two boys, looking for mountains to climb and photos to take, sitting with a good book, contemplating the stars, laughing often and has been known to dabble in zymurgy.

Current Residents


Josef Bartels, MD, MPH

Boise Program 2019

I was planning on being a HS teacher, when midway through an HIV prevention project with the Peace Corps in Velyki Mosty, Ukraine, I realized that many of my professional idols were physicians. I am drawn toward the intersection of public health and clinical medicine. I’m lead to pursue medicine as a tool to address social injustices and human suffering both at home and abroad. I perceive health as a human right and the physician’s job to include facilitating the social, political, and environmental conditions necessary for well-being. Family medicine specializes in achieving and maintaining medical and psychiatric wellness for individuals and communities and I’m excited to enter this field as the importance and cost-effectiveness of primary care is finally being empirically demonstrated and payment models move away from fee-for-service. But the core of doctoring may be decisions shared between physicians, patients, and their loved ones surrounding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human pathology. I’ve chosen the FMRI as my training ground to develop some of the insight and knowledge required to augment patients’ autonomy during these difficult decisions. I learn by doing and the FMRI is in the top echelon of FM residencies in terms of breadth of clinical experiences available combined with the high expectations and levels of responsibility granted to residents on every rotation. My co-residents are inspiring and fun to be around, and the attendings both on faculty and around town are excited to teach and supportive as humans. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing violin/fiddle, cooking, reading, writing, podcasts, gardening, and local breweries. Boise is full of young professionals and my partner and I enjoy the plentiful eating, drinking, art, music, festival, and socializing opportunities downtown as well as vibrant Latino communities in the surrounding areas. I enjoy being outside, which makes Boise an easy and delightful place to live. Bicycling for fun and transportation is important to me, and 190mi of single track mountain biking, 25 miles of greenbelt park, well marked bike lanes, and conscientious drivers (IMO) create a very bikeable city. I run on many of the same trails and I also enjoy kayaking, enduro motorbikes, soccer, Nordic skiing, natural hot springs, and backpacking. After residency, I’ll likely pursue an academic fellowship to advance the study of continuity and the role of the hospital in chronic disease as payment model changes introduce unforeseen incentives and externalities. Clinically, I’d like to support a panel of patients with serious chronic illness, splitting time between inpatient, outpatient, teaching, and research. Other dreams TBD include IHS, PHSCC, or service abroad with MSF. Feel free to get in touch! Hometown: Santa Fe, NM Undergrad: Haverford College Medical School: University of Rochester Languages: Spanish, Ukrainian

Louie Bartoletti, MD

Boise Program 2019

Hello Boise,
My name is Louie Bartoletti and I am excited and honored to be a new FMRI resident. I grew up at the base of the Tobacco Root Mountain Range in Montana, and while camping, skiing, on horseback, and building cabins, those mountains have produced many of my fondest memories and most profound reflections. In the small town below, I spent my youth immersed in the resplendence and beauty of the intimate relationships and interwoven tapestries of life unique to rural communities. There, I was first introduced to the profession of Family Medicine shadowing my own physician whom I had known since my first vaccinations. Her warmth, rapport, and familiarity with patients, borne through years of caring for multiple generations, were so profoundly rich that the experience forever solidified my ambitions.

Living, learning, and sharing with other cultures are also among my primary interests. My family has hosted many exchange students and I too spent two years abroad living with families in Spain and Switzerland. While studying in undergrad for degrees in Biology and Spanish, I organized medical outreach to Eastern Europe, Central America, and Haiti. Alaska, where I worked operating heavy equipment, was home for several summers and a place I encountered unique people from all parts of the globe. Lastly, my wife, the beautiful Jade, and I have hit the road on multiple transcontinental trips through North America, South America, and SE Asia taking in the sights, making new friends, and learning more about the world.

Ultimately this desire to understand people with the hope to help them is what sustained my efforts through medical school and brought me to the Family Medicine Residency in Boise. As I continue building continuity with my patients, increasing my medical knowledge, furthering my procedural proficiency, and exploring the mountains of Idaho, I know both professionally and personally my wife and I made an excellent choice.

Bill Brandenburg, MD

Caldwell RTT 2019

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Medical School: University of Colorado
Likes: skiing, climbing, biking, basketball, building stuff, zoology, mycology
Dislikes: red tape, protocols lacking logic, 3.2 beer
Research/Academic Interests: Wilderness, Emergency, & Rural Medicine
Advice to potential applicants: Go big, and always look good!
Proudest moment: Birth
If not a doctor I would be: Jedi

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Dr. Brandenburg Rock Climbing in Idaho

Marion Cook, MD

Boise Program 2019

My interest in Family Medicine was inspired by several years serving Albuquerque’s diverse South Valley communities at the unique nonprofit clinic Casa de Salud. The clinicians and patients were the first of many excellent teachers and mentors I’ve had on my path in medicine. I learned many valuable clinical concepts and skills there, including harm reduction by working with the needle exchange and opiate addiction group. The core ideas of adapting to needs and honoring dignity in difficult circumstances were well aligned with what I had learned in my former work as a backpacking expedition leader for teenagers with Outward Bound School, promoting leadership, group skills, and personal growth. At FMRI I found a strong team of residents and faculty committed to the same values I cherish, who I knew would inspire, challenge, and support me to do my best. My other interests keep expanding despite busy schedules and include knitting, biking, baking, writing, gardening, everything found in libraries, and generally being outdoors with my partner and our dogs. Hometown: Houston, TX and Albuquerque, NM Undergrad: Liberal Arts / Philosophy (a Great Books program) Medical School: University of New Mexico Languages: Spanish

Jared Henderson, MD

Magic Valley RTT 2019

Hi there, welcome to Idaho. I am a native from a very rural area in Idaho who got his start on a large cattle ranch. I have lived on the east coast, west coast and worked in pretty much every state in the west. Also I attended med school at Ohio State (Go bucks!). So I have been around, but, as you can see I came back and have plans to put down roots in the rural mountain west. Almost anyone that lives or has spent time in a rural area will be able to explain concisely how family medicine is the hub of care delivery. Anywhere else and no one is really sure who is at the helm. I guess that sums up why family medicine and why here. Still not in the know yet? I invite you to come and see for yourself. And if I don’t see you soon no worries our paths will likely cross again while I am living the dream near one of your favorite vacation spots. Cheers.

Scott Hippe, MD

Boise Program 2019

Howdy folks, my name is Scott and I am one of the FMRI residents entering in 2016. My journey to family medicine was fairly straightforward; I did a five-month rural rotation program in my third year and was impressed by the community of family physicians there. I was hooked by the specialty’s broad scope of practice and long-term relationship with patients. The icing on the cake is that it also allows me to practice in desirable places and fits within the overall health needs of the country. I showed up at FMRI and it did not take long for my wife to whisper to me “Scott, I think you found your people.” I was inspired by the rigorous overall curriculum here and the chance to develop skills in a few of my specific interests (global health, obstetrics, procedures relevant to rural practice). Outside of medicine, there are a few “-ing” words that seem to follow me around. Examples include traveling, camping, writing, cooking, guitaring, and eating. I also try to stay active in a number of ways such as cycling and running. After college I spent two months pedaling my bike from Seattle to New York, accumulating an impressive array of spandex-tan lines. A few years ago I snuck into the back of the pack at the Boston Marathon and then spent multiple successive hours asking myself “what in the world were you thinking?” More physics-dependent endeavors, such as climbing, mountain biking, and basketball, are not my strong suit but I enjoy nonetheless. Both my wife and I saw Boise as a place highly conducive to many of our interests, and are excited to get started with both our jobs and our pastimes here. Hometown: Snohomish, WA Undergrad: Gonzaga University Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine Languages: English, Spanish

Annie Hofstetter, MD

Boise Program 2019

Annie, a Boise native, grew up spending most of her free time skiing and backpacking in the nearby Sawtooth Mountain range. When not in the mountains, she chased her passion on the soccer field. She continued on to play soccer at Idaho State University where she received her BS in Microbiology. Her interest in medicine was sparked by a medical mission trip to Chile where she developed a fondness for the doctor-patient relationship. The University of Nevada School of Medicine fostered Annie’s desire to provide patient-centered, holistic care. She’s now thrilled to begin her residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho because of the exceptional mentorship and training it offers, the closeness of her immediate family in Boise, and the opportunity to play in her hometown foothills once again.

Undergrad: Idaho State University
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno

Melissa Roop, MD

Boise Program 2019

I came to medicine circuitously, first studying chemistry, then ecology, then Spanish. Over time, I realized that my main passions were creating a healthier, more sustainable world and getting to know people. Doctoring seemed like the place to start melding the things I cared about into a career. Throughout my medical school journey, I was drawn to people’s stories and found that one of my greatest joys is caring for people over time. These discoveries about myself, along with passions for both women’s and children’s health, made family medicine a natural choice for me. As an Idaho native aspiring to work in rural, full spectrum care, I am delighted to have the opportunity to train at FMRI – it allows me to stay close to the people and places that I love while being challenged and supported to become the best doctor I can be. I am most excited about FMRI’s strong pediatrics, obstetrics and procedures curricula, as well as the diverse patient population served by our FQHC clinic. Outside of work you might find me out on the trails with my partner and dog, cooking something tasty with veggies from my garden, singing on my back porch, or knitting yet another hat.

Hometown: Burley, ID
Undergrad: University of Idaho
Medical School: University of Washington
Languages: English, Spanish

Megan Sandmann, MD

Caldwell RTT 2019

I grew up in Boise, where I grew up as shy, “indoorsy” kid, more interested in video games and academic decathlon than nature. I graduated from Centennial, and pursued my undergrad at the Boise State University Honors College. There I expanded my boundaries, doing research in the biology and organic chemistry labs. My colleagues and I presented our work to many people in the sciences, and there I found an interest I didn’t anticipate; taking complicated science and finding ways to explain it, and make it accessible to my listener. I entered medical school in Albany, New York, still somewhat expecting to be more of a researcher than a clinician. I found that more and more, I enjoyed discussions with the patients, and enabling them to be active participants in their care. After four years of describing how much better Idaho is than the Northeast, I am excited to return to my home state and rejoin the community I missed.

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Dr. Megan Sandmann Medic-ing for Beet City Rollers

Justin Shippen, DO

Boise Program 2019

Growing up on a farm in a small southeastern Idaho town, I gained a deep appreciation for what it means to be part of a rural community. Everyone knows everyone and relationships matter. My family doctors were my heroes growing up, as I saw the great role they played in the community. They worked tirelessly to ensure that solid healthcare was provided to my neighbors, friends, and local farmers, including my family and I. I hope to one day contribute in the way that they have. I enjoy the diverse spectrum of family medicine, and the wide variety of procedures it offers. I love being able to treat and care for patients as early as in the womb, as late as at death, and everywhere in between.

I chose to be a part of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho because of the program’s long history of consistently training strong, competent physicians, and because of my great desire to practice here in my home state. The faculty members and leaders are dedicated, friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. My family and I have greatly enjoyed the active city of Boise.

My hobbies include fly-fishing, archery hunting, basketball and golf. I also enjoy playing the piano and guitar. Things that are important to me are my LDS faith, and my beautiful wife and two young, rambunctious daughters.

Hometown: Menan, Idaho
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University – Idaho
Medical School: Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ben Stockton, MD

Caldwell RTT 2019

I was born in East Tennessee. I spent the first several years of my life in Sewanee Tennessee, a small College town located on top of a mountain. I grew up in the home of a family physician who was well known in the small community and I grew to appreciate the impact that a doctor can have.

I did my undergraduate degree at an art school in Savannah Georgia. There I majored in animation initially before being recruited to a new game design program. I took my new skills with me to Austin Texas where I worked as an environment artist for a game development company, on the incredible hulk video game that was released along with the movie in 2008. While in Austin I also worked on many other titles before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. I moved back to Tennessee and did my pre-medical studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I then went to medical school in Johnson City Tennessee at the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine.

My wife and 11-month-old son James are extremely excited to be living out west for the first time in our lives. Our family loves the outdoors and we are looking forward to exploring Idaho. All at the same time becoming a great family physician who will one day service a small community in a rural part of America.

Sarah Waterman, MD

Magic Valley RTT 2019

I was born and raised in rural Northern California, where health care providers are few and far between. When I was 13 years old, I traveled to Mozambique, Africa for the summer and also witnessed the great need for medical professionals in that country. From then on, I knew I wanted to become a physician and work in rural areas and overseas where there is a great need for doctors. I traveled to Africa again when I was 16 and spent the summer working with a nurse, treating tropical ulcers and setting broken bones. From that moment on, I knew I would do all I could to become a physician. My passion for Family Medicine stems from these experiences, and from growing up in a rural community where there were only Family doctors, and no other specialty. These physicians are able to do so much, from managing a wide range of illnesses, delivering babies, managing the emergency room, to being community leaders. This inspired me to want to be able to work with a wide patient population and become more involved in the community I serve. I plan to return to a rural community after my training is complete, and also spend time serving in third world communities. I chose FMRI for multiple reasons. This program offers a wide range of experiences, from rural medicine to surgery, OBGYN to pediatrics. FMRI is an unopposed program, so I knew I would be able to have more hands-on experience than if I went to an academic institution. When I interviewed for the Magic Valley RTT, I felt like I was back at home in my small mountain town. The fact that I will be able to train at a critical care access hospital was a huge bonus. And the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous, so that helped as well. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being outside as much as possible. I love to hike and camp, and am planning on trying out mountain biking and exploring the foothills of Boise. I also love to cook and bake, and am always interested in trying out new restaurants. I’m a big sports fan, and I play fantasy football every year. Also, go Jays! Hometown: Chester, CA Undergrad: California State University, Monterey Bay Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Zach Weiss, MD

Boise Program 2019

I was raised in Albuquerque, NM and grew up loving the outdoors, going on family camping trips, skiing, and playing a lot of baseball and basketball. My interest in Family Medicine is rooted in my experiences before medical school working at a small medical clinic called Casa de Salud in the South Valley of Albuquerque. Here, I was inspired by Family Physicians who provided broad and holistic care to diverse patient populations with poor access to medical care, and I learned firsthand the critical importance of primary care. I was also involved with harm reduction work though the needle exchange program, working with patients addicted to opiates and developed an interest in addiction medicine. My experiences in medical school at UNM further fostered my interest in the broad scope of family medicine, from being able to provide care to infants, children, adults, and the elderly, and facilitating the development of long term patient relationships.

My interests within family medicine include inpatient and outpatient care, addiction medicine, and performing procedures. FMRI is a great fit for me because of its broad spectrum training, strong inpatient focus, rural medicine exposure, and most importantly the incredible residents and faculty.

Outside of medicine, I love traveling and exploring new places. During medical school, I traveled to Kenya for a research project and to India for a fourth year elective rotation, and have spent some time studying Spanish and traveling in Argentina as well. I enjoy playing music (mostly piano and mandolin), and love anything outdoors, including, hiking, camping, backpacking, and skiing. I’m excited to be here in Boise and explore all that Idaho has to offer!

Zechariah Wilson, MD

Boise Program 2019

I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where, amidst the busy city lifestyle, I was fortunate to grow up with loved ones who showed me the strength of family. Their support allowed me to pursue a career in medicine. I left Nevada to attend college in Orange, California where I met my wife Sheri. After college, I returned to my home state for medical training at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. While there, I was exposed to a spectrum of healthcare practice from small rural towns to large metropolitan areas.

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I chose family medicine because it gave me the greatest potential to serve my patients and have an impact on community health. I believe good health creates the strong foundation and ability to launch an individual towards their dreams and goals. Medicine gives me the opportunity to fulfill my professional passion for the sciences as well as my personal mission to create strong local communities that will make positive global changes. When I’m not working, I spend my time with my wife exploring all that Idaho has to offer.

From great food and even better people, to endless outdoor recreation opportunities, we are always finding new ways to experience the Boise area to the fullest. Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biological Sciences, Chapman University Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Minnie Yordon, MD

Boise Program 2019

I grew up in a family centered around community service and improving the lives of those around us, and so I knew from an early age that I wanted to be able to help fill a need in the world. Although I was pretty sure I wanted to become a doctor from a young age, that desire wasn’t cemented until I spent a semester in Mali during undergrad and was able to focus a little more acutely on the interplay of policy, medical care, and population health. I’ve always loved working with kids, and given my passion for women’s health and longitudinal care, family medicine was an obvious best choice for me. I’m a National Health Service Corps Scholar, excited to practice full-scope family medicine (including OB!) in an underserved location after residency. I picked FMRI because of the strength and broad scope of their training, especially in women’s health, and because of the vibrant resident community and strong faculty. I also love the focus on providing skills for rural practice. When I’m not working, I love to bake (especially bread), knit, do yoga, and get outside to hike or ski. Hometown: Norwalk, CT Undergrad: Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine Languages: English, French


Pamela Anderson, DO

Caldwell RTT 2020

I could not feel more at home working, learning, and growing here at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.  The possibility to work with a diverse, underserved patient population, utilize my Spanish fluency, gain competence in a variety of procedures, and be well supported by the FMRI team made  this residency an excellent fit for me.  Additionally, as a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine, I love using Osteopathic Manipulative techniques to help treat many of my patients.   

For me, Family Medicine means holding all the cards of  a patient’s health in my hands, keeping the whole picture of this unique person in mind as I help them move through their lives. I enjoy encouraging and motivating my patients to make lifestyle changes, troubleshooting how to achieve their health goals.

Coming from the green, rainy side of Oregon,  I am enjoying the sunshine and opportunities to do some of my favorite activities like rock climbing, biking, and hiking. I do still like a good, solid rain living up to my Oregon Duck fan origins. In the winter, I look forward to cross country skiing, knitting, and drinking many pots of tea.

Tony Blankers, MD

Magic Valley RTT 2020

doctor holding a fish

Tony Robert Blankers hails from Hospers, Iowa, a town of 600 in scenic northwest Iowa. The son of James (a pilot for Southwest Airlines) and Brenda (a classroom aid at the local elementary school). He is the middle of three brothers, Theo (older) and Jake (younger). Traveling to the big city of Minneapolis/St. Paul, he attended Bethel University for an undergraduate degree in Biology. Favor fell upon him when he was accepted to the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. A few years after graduating, he married his college sweetheart, Steph, in the summer of 2015. Following college friends to Boise, the mountains called and he decided to make FMRI home. Traveling to Twin Falls for the Magic Valley RTT will afford him the small town feel he grew up with. Tony is privileged to practice medicine with a dedicated and caring team and looks forward to serving a rural community in the not-so-distant future.

Eric Donahue, MD

Caldwell RTT 2020

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I am proud to be an Idaho native from the Boise/Caldwell area. My interest in medicine began when my wife and I volunteered as community health workers in the Republic of the Philippines. Working alongside physicians and dentists, I was inspired by the amazing skills, knowledge and compassion that physicians could provide to communities in need. From then on, I knew I wanted what those physicians had. We came home and before attending medical school at the University of Washington, I worked for the County Paramedics and attended Boise State University. During that time, my wife and I had three amazing children. We now have added an energetic dog, an extremely lazy cat, three frantic bunnies and four delinquent chickens. After medical school, we chose to live and settle our family in Emmett, Idaho—a rural community about 30 minutes north of Caldwell—and I have committed to practicing there after residency.

We could not be happier! I chose the FMRI for several reasons. The obvious was family ties to the area. Also, as a UW student, I had the pleasure of doing my clerkship with the FMRI. This was pivotal, as I was struggling with the choice between pediatrics or family practice. The FMRI gave me the exact experience I needed. The patients, the residents and all the staff made my decision easy: my people were these people and this is what I want to be when I “grow up”. I also had the pleasure to do a Sub-internship with the rural Caldwell track—one of two amazing rural training tracks of the FMRI—and I found exactly what I was looking for to fit my personal and professional goals. When I am not “doctoring,” I love fly fishing, camping and mountain biking with my family. I am an editor and a writer for a few online magazines. I have a slight addiction to reading and listening to books. I am a board member and health care advocate to the Man Up Crusade (an organization that fights against domestic violence), which is a significant passion of mine. I love what I do, I love what I am learning and I love the people I get to work with and care for at the FMRI. In this life, you really can’t beat that!

Kena Lackman, MD

Magic Valley RTT 2020

Eastern Montana is home to me – I grew up on a sugar beet farm along the Yellowstone River outside of Hysham. While my summers were consumed by taking care of my 4-H animals, irrigating, and driving tractor on my parents’ farm, I stayed busy during the school year by participating in basketball, volleyball, and track, and competing in FFA.

I attended Montana State University (GO CATS!) in Bozeman, MT. After graduating, I took a year off and worked as a nanny before attending the University of Washington where I participated in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) program. Primarily through the TRUST program, I realized my desire to practice full spectrum family medicine in a rural/underserved community.

I chose FMRI for multiple reasons after completing my Sub-I in Boise. The attendings are phenomenal teachers and really cool people to be around. The residents work hard and play harder. The experience is unopposed, with hands-on training in all aspects of family medicine. A particular interest of mine was the ability to develop my Spanish communication skills, and FMRI supports language development through patient interaction, international medicine rotations and language classes, and a grant to provide individual/group tutoring weekly to those interested.

During my Sub-I in Boise, I spent a day in Twin Falls-Jerome and immediately knew the Magic Valley RTT was the program for me. Not only did I get the true intern experience of being on a team of residents in a more structured teaching environment in Boise, but I then would receive a more independent and hands-on form of training in a critical access hospital. The combination seemed too good to be true.

When I’m not catching babies or rounding on inpatient medicine, I enjoy playing sports, knee-boarding, boating, camping, cooking, baking, and the occasional Netflix binge (do not judge!). Come visit us in Boise or one of the RTTs! We would love to have you!


Jonathan Muretisch, DO

Caldwell RTT 2020

I was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in the surrounding area, and went to high school in a rural town Southwest PA. I attended a small Bible college in Northeast Georgia called Toccoa Falls College and completed my B.S. in Cross Cultural Studies. After graduation, I spent a few years working in business, administration, and eventually in healthcare where I made the decision to pursue entrance into an Osteopathic medical school. We lived in Twin Falls, ID for a few years during this time (making sure to raft the middle fork of the salmon… twice!) prior to moving back east to attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. We greatly desired to return to Idaho and were overjoyed to have matched with the FMRI Caldwell RTT.

I currently live in Caldwell with my beautiful and incredible wife Telcia (married in Twin Falls in 2009), son Pax born March 2013, son Oak born August 2015, and my sweet daughter Thora born September 2017 (right here in our home in Caldwell!). We love the people here, the open space, and enjoy pretty much anything involving the outdoors. We also make sure to cut out time to hang with our other three kids… our goats Peanut, Olive, and Bok Choy.

Lauren Franklin, MD

Boise Program 2020

Lauren posing in the harbor

Lauren Franklin is a native Idahoan and proud of have grown up in the great city of Boise, Idaho. She left Idaho to attend Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where she studied Biology and ran on the cross country team.  While there, she continued her love of travel with a study abroad program in Israel.  Between college and medical school, she spent time working on women’s health projects in Chincha, Peru. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and was able to explore each of the “WWAMI” states  (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) during her four years there.  Lauren’s passion for patient care and interest in community health has motivated her to pursue a residency in family medicine. She also loves her hometown of Boise, so it was an easy decision to select FMRI as her first choice. An avid long-distance runner, Lauren loves to run in the foothills and recently participated in the Sawtooth Relay with her fellow WWAMI classmates, where the team received second place. Her love for her community, her family, the outdoors, great running trails, skiing, and a fun, vibrant, and artsy town made it her dream to hopefully come back and practice in Boise one day as a family physician.

Ali Makki, MD

Boise Program 2020

Ali Makki, MD

I was raised in Baghdad, Iraq and attended medical school at the University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine, Iraq. My wife, also a physician, and I have three sons. I enjoy swimming, mountain hiking, and camping. I practiced medicine as a surgical intern, family physician, hospitalist and ED physician in Iraq, Oman and Jordan. I resettled in Twin Falls, ID in June 2009, working as a medical interpreter at St. Luke’s Magic Valley hospital. I chose FMRI because I  want  to have a broad spectrum of training in Medicine. As a family, we really love Boise, a beautiful city with a lot of great outdoors activities.

Michael McRae, DO

Boise Program 2020

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Growing up in beautiful Oregon, I spent a lot of time playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors with my five rowdy brothers. This, consequently, resulted in many ER visits which was one of several experiences that sparked my pursuit of medicine. After completing UNTHSC’s rural medicine track in Texas, I discovered that family medicine was the perfect fit for me. I love everything about it: the people with whom I work, the patients who share their deepest concerns and the joy that’s experienced when someone finally reaches a HbA1c <7. Family medicine is the best! Some of my passions within family medicine include nutrition/preventative medicine, mental health, rural medicine, emergency medicine, ultrasound, diabetes, pediatrics and procedures.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my gorgeous wife, Lindsay, and my two cute children, Grace and Kimball. We have loved biking on the Boise Greenbelt, hiking in the mountains, fishing along the beautiful rivers and navigating Google Maps to new, extravagant parks to unleash our two little kiddos. My wife, a dietitian, and I enjoy cooking tasty food together and enjoying our favorite snack, popcorn! After traveling and living abroad for several years in Israel and Hungary, I have developed a love for meeting new people from all different walks of life

There are many amazing Family Medicine programs, but FMRI was the best fit for me. After completing a sub-internship here, I realized that there were opportunities here which I wouldn’t find anywhere else. This training includes unique, broad-spectrum family medicine education with development of procedural skills and vast opportunities to manage HIV, Hepatitis, TB, etc. We love Idaho and are so honored to be part of FMRI.

Daniel Mueller, MD

Boise Program 2020

picture of hikers in the mountains

Dan grew up in the village of Lakewood on beautiful Chautauqua Lake in western New York. He is the oldest of 5 and has three awesome younger brothers and a perfect little sister. Primary care medicine has always been a part of his life as his parents work as a general internist and a family doctor in the same practice. Despite that, Dan took a circuitous route to medicine, first getting a History and Anthropology degree from the University of Rochester where he loved working with his peers on various social justice endeavors. He also had an amazing experience as a Division III athlete running on the university Cross Country and Track & Field teams with an array of characters he feels lucky to have met and call friends. Even more fortuitous, he met his fast and adventurous wife-to-be, Sadie, who was also a runner on the women’s team. After college, Dan spent various time in more school, working, and a two year stint in Americorps under the guise of figuring out exactly what he wanted to do with his life while also supporting Sadie as she obtained her Doctorate in Materials Science at Vanderbilt University. Eventually he decided he wanted follow in his parents footsteps and study to be a primary care doctor and was fortunate to be able to attend medical school back in New York at SUNY Buffalo.

He and Sadie are thrilled to move out to Boise to train at FMRI and have the opportunity to explore Idaho. When they don’t feel too guilty leaving their two cats Liliana and Jupiter at home alone on their couch, you will find them running, hiking or mountain biking around Boise and the surrounding area.

Andrew Narver, DO

Boise Program 2020

Andrew (Andy) was born and raised in Boise. He attended Boise State University, where he completed his bachelor’s of science in Biology while catching as many Broncos sporting events as possible. Also during college, he immersed into the medical community as an ER Scribe at several of the Boise area emergency departments. He then moved to Oregon for medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. There, he developed a passion for Osteopathic manipulation and spent an extra year at WesternU teaching 1st and 2nd year medical students the art of manipulation. In this process, his medical interest in Integrative Medicine and Osteopathic manipulation grew.

Andy has been married since August 2014 to his wonderful wife, Annie. She is working toward her PhD at University of Oregon, studying Medieval Literature in the English Department. He and his wife are very excited to be back in Idaho for residency, closer to their families and to build a new family at FMRI. Their hobbies mostly involve being outside in the mountains; fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, snow skiing and snow shoeing. Additionally, they enjoy craft beer and wine tasting, along with cooking.

Jeffrey Pennings, DO

Boise Program 2020

Hello! My name is Jeff Pennings and I couples matched at FMRI with my partner Kelly Stanley. I was born and raised in Goshen, New York just one hour upstate of New York City. I attended Clemson University for my undergraduate and I am a big Clemson football fan! After finishing undergrad I moved up to North Carolina and received my medical education at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine where I met Kelly. We have both always been passionate about Family Medicine. My interest in Family Medicine started as a child seeing my dad practice as a Family Physician. This interest only grew in medical school as I served as the student member on the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians board of directors during my second year and third year of school. It was during my time with the NCAFP that I solidified my commitment to pursuing Family Medicine because it is the absolute best specialty in my opinion. I chose FMRI because this program is committed to training residents in full spectrum family medicine, allowing me to develop skills and knowledge to practice in any setting going forward. I also found that at FMRI there is a supportive and collaborative relationship between staff, residents, and attendings that makes this program feel like family. My goal at FMRI is to connect with patients from all different backgrounds and to work as a team with them to create better health and wellness in all aspects of their lives. Outside of medicine Kelly and I enjoy hiking with our pups Fritz and Henley, eating at all the delicious restaurants and breweries in Boise, and exploring Idaho. We are beyond excited to take on winter sports again and try out new outdoor sports like rafting, mountain biking, and climbing. I am also a runner and play soccer. Anyone interested in running should know that there are more trails around Boise than you could ever hope to conquer! I am so happy to be at FMRI and in Boise with its fun, vibrant downtown and access to the outdoors.

Kyle Renner, MD

Boise Program 2020

Growing up in a small farm town just west of Wichita, KS, my life has changed pretty drastically since moving to Boise. The mountains are just a short drive away now, outdoor opportunities such as skiing and white water rafting are virtually endless, and it’s just a little more crowded.

I went to medical school at the University of Kansas SOM in Wichita, and in my fourth year I was looking for a program that provide ample inpatient and outpatient procedural opportunities such as colonoscopies, thoracentesis, paracentesis, injections, and GYN procedures. Also, because I am going back to work in rural Kansas after graduation, I was looking for a program that could teach me everything I needed to know about ER, OB, inpatient and outpatient medicine so that I can be the “do-it-all physician” when I’m done here, and the fact that this program is completely unopposed in a city as big as Boise was a huge draw to me. However, the thing that convinced me this is where I wanted to train more than anything was the fantastic time I had during my interview here. The faculty were extremely approachable and supportive, and the resident dinner was a blast. Residents, spouses, faculty and even pets were all in attendance and everyone seemed like one big family.

I am engaged to my wonderful fiancé Jami, who will be moving here in September with our dog Goose (huge Top Gun fans and he is the ultimate wingman). In my free time I enjoy downhill skiing, fishing, rafting/floating, going to the lake, and any recreational sports I can find. I am a huge sports nut and will play/watch any game, and on every Sunday I have off you will find me supporting the greatest NFL team ever, the Kansas City Chiefs!

Jessica Sallstrom, DO

Boise Program 2020

Jessica was raised in Maryland, the land of crabcakes and football. Her wonderful family and friends inspired her to have a curious spirit, a heart for people’s stories and lives. She made the trek to the PNW for undergrad and received degrees in biology and chemistry from Seattle Pacific University. Jessica attended medical school at ATSU-SOMA and moved to Portland, OR for clinical rotations. 

She had the opportunity to learn from amazing mentors all over the country: from a mobile clinic in Portland, to a level 1 trauma center in Brooklyn, NY, and an FQHC and critical access hospital in Washington. Though a research project on prescription opioid reversal agents at a syringe exchange, her passion for addiction medicine and harm reduction grew. She is thrilled to work with the FMRI team to provide compassionate care to families from all backgrounds and create innovative solutions to decrease health disparities.

Born: Maryland
Undergraduate: Seattle Pacific University
Medical School: A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
Previous work: Youth Mentor/Tutor, Pharmaceutical Development Laboratory Technician, Physical Therapy Aide
Excited about: working with the urban underserved, addiction medicine, osteopathic manual therapy, and infectious disease.. On days off, you can find Jessica riding her bike to a coffee shop, backpacking in the Sawtooth Mtns, kayaking, or jet-setting somewhere new. Expect the unexpected!


Robin Sautter, MD

Boise Program 2020

Robin was raised in the small farming community of Lanesboro, Minnesota where her first exposure to medicine was through her parents, small and large animal veterinarians. While observing her parents’ medical practice, she gained an appreciation for the sciences and attended Drake University. During her undergraduate schooling she studied public health in Botswana and explored the biopsychosocial factors contributing to health in several of her college courses. From these experiences she felt that she would best serve as an advocate for health care and social justice through work as a family physician.

Robin completed her first two years of medical school at the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus then spent her third year of school completing the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) in Willmar, MN. In medical school Robin met her partner, Chris, who is joining her on the adventure out west, as he is a resident in the Boise Internal Residency program. For someone with interests in full scope family medicine, family planning, and refugee health, FMRI was the perfect fit for Robin to achieve her professional goals.

When Robin isn’t commuting by bike around the city, you can find her and her partner on the many miles of Boise foothill trails, rock climbing, tending their forever weed-growing garden, and bringing together family and friends as much as possible during this busy time in their lives.

Languages: basic Mandarin Chinese, basic Spanish

Kelly Stanley, DO

Boise Program 2020

Kelly was raised in a small town in California in the Sierra Nevada mountains. From there she went on to major in health sciences, with an emphasis on pre-med and Spanish, at the University of California at Santa Cruz. During college she spent a life changing summer teaching and working in Ngong Hills, Kenya. This experience drove her decision to work in healthcare, and to help to improve the lives of underserved and underrepresented communities. After graduating college, Kelly was offered a job doing HIV vaccine research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center which was of special interest to her after her time in Kenya. After three years in Boston, Kelly found that she missed the personal interactions with patients that initially drew her towards medicine and decided to apply to medical school. She attended Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and during that time was a student foundation board trustee for the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians where she enjoyed being involved in influencing healthcare policy. Medical school is also where Kelly met Jeff, her amazing partner and co-resident at FMRI. Wishing to return back West and be in the mountains, as well as both their desires for full-scope family medicine, Boise and FMRI were a perfect fit for Kelly and Jeff. Kelly has a special interest in obstetrics, women’s health, and LGBT+ healthcare, and is interested in continuing to improve her Spanish while in residency.  In her free time, she enjoys working on her house, hiking, biking, barre classes, eating all the good food, and exploring this awesome city with Jeff and their two pups.

Ty Waters, MD

Boise Program 2020

Raised: Boise, ID
College: University of Idaho
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Facts: Ty worked as an ER scribe at St. Luke’s. He is married (wife, Amanda) with three kids.
Hobbies and Interests: Ty enjoys spending time with wife and children, hiking, camping, boating, basketball and foosball. He also coaches his daughter’s Y-ball basketball team.


Nichole Aker, DO

Boise Program 2021

Nicky was born in Salem, Oregon where she lived until she was 10 years old. She moved to China with her family where they lived for 5 years. She also spent time in Japan and Chile before returning to Oregon. She graduated from Portland State University where she continued her studies in Mandarin and then went on to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. Before medical school, Nicky worked in her family’s produce export business as well as worked as a residential treatment counselor for pregnant and parenting teen mothers. She also volunteered her time at a local hospital as a birth doula. Within family medicine, Nicky is particularly interested in women’s health.

Nicky, her husband Ryan, and their son Timmy, are all very excited to be in Idaho and are looking forward to exploring all that Idaho has to offer.

Reuben Baker, MD

Boise Program 2021

Reuben grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, went to college in North Carolina (Go Heels!), and then taught for a few years in New Orleans, Louisiana. After realizing he didn’t have the chops for teaching middle school, he decided to enter a post-bac program to complete his pre-med requirements with the goal of becoming a doctor. While applying to medical schools, he worked with patients as a case manager in an HIV clinic. It was during this experience that he knew he had made the right choice to pursue a career in medicine. He attended medical school at Brown University in Rhode Island where he met his partner, best friend, and now co-resident at FMRI, Ellen. They survived medical school by growing a garden together, taking frequent trips to the beach, hosting dinner parties, and babysitting for their favorite baby in the world. They are excited to learn broad-spectrum family medicine and to explore the beautiful state of Idaho!

Michael Claussen, MD

Boise Program 2021

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Laddie Crisp, MD

Boise Program 2021

Laddie was born, raised, and educated in North Carolina. He grew up in Kinston, a small rural farming town in eastern NC. Attending the local university at East Carolina University he dual majored in chemistry and biology.  After college, he tried multiple vocations before finding his calling in medicine. Initially he worked in a stem cell biology lab. During this time, he began his work in literacy; first volunteering with immigrants teaching citizenship classes and reading. Continuing his service to the community, he moved back to the coastal plains to teach science at the local high school. This experience finalized his desire to help the underserved. Growing up in the shadow of a full spectrum family physician, he knew the impact of a primary care doctor in a community, and followed his father’s footsteps into family medicine, attending his alma mater for medical school at East Carolina. During residency, he hopes to hone his skills in both outpatient and inpatient medicine. He is particularly interested in reaching at risk adolescents. Outside of work he enjoys getting outside, biking, and fishing with his wife Brynn.

Peter Engdall, MD

Caldwell RTT 2021

I grew up in Albany, Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Here I developed a love of community and service while being active in many school program, earning my Eagle Scout rank, and even developing a few clubs of my own… all while finding ample time to camp, play sports, and play in the outdoors.

I moved to Eugene, Oregon, when I was 18. While there, I spent many years managing a few local restaurants. Later on I started volunteering for a small rural fire department in Dexter, Oregon. It was this experience that started me on a path to medicine. I started as an EMT, and then went back to school to become a paramedic. I worked as a Paramedic for several years in Multnomah County, which includes the cities of Portland and Gresham.

With the encouragement of my future wife, Corena, I eventually went to Portland Community College, then Portland State University. I earned my degrees in both General Science and Organismal Biology.

I had the good fortune to attend Oregon Health Science University. In medical school I found my true calling in Family Medicine and serving rural communities like the one I grew up in.  I worked hard to promote primary care in rural settings. For my efforts, I was selected to join the Gold Humanism Society. I was further humbled by my class and faculty, when they selected me to be the recipienof both the Swindells Family Scholarship and Leonard Tow Humanism Award.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to train in the legendary Caldwell Rural Training Track for the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

With me on this journey are Corena, my wife, and our son Gus, born only a few months before we moved here.

I can’t wait to serve this community while learning the art of medicine, all while watching my son grow and my wife continue her dream of training horses, in this beautiful area.

Matthew Davis, MD

Boise Program 2021

Matt grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. His home state’s rugged beauty helped instill his appreciation for wild places. He studied neuroscience and Spanish in Bozeman, Montana and spent a semester in the Dominican Republic. During college, he became interested in medicine as a tool for social justice. He began to consider family medicine while volunteering at his hometown community health center where he was impressed by the broad skill set, dedication to health access, and joie de vivre displayed by the family doctors he worked with.

After college, Matt moved to Washington, D.C. to work in a neuroscience laboratory. Missing the immediacy of patient care, he next worked for a health center serving the area’s LGBT+ community. There, he confirmed that his passion lay in working with individual patients to address broader health disparities. Before entering medical school, Matt took a stab at his bucket list and completed two long-distance bicycle trips, traversed the U.S. by train, studied medical Spanish in Guatemala, and spent as much time in a tent as possible.

Matt completed an outpatient rotation at the FMRI during his fourth year and is thrilled to have matched here. The program’s rigor and breadth of training is a perfect fit for his goal of providing full-spectrum care in rural communities throughout Alaska and internationally. Over the next three years, he is excited to explore his clinical interests, including obstetrics, family planning, immigrant health, LGBT+ health, HIV prevention and care, and addiction medicine. In his free time, Matt enjoys trail running, hiking with his two dogs, telemarking, catching up on podcasts, and reading.

Undergrad: Montana State University, Bozeman
Medical School: George Washington University
Languages: Spanish


Julie Duncan, MD

Boise Program 2021

Julie Duncan is coming to the FMRI Boise program from Missouri. She grew up in Springfield, MO and attended college at William Jewell in Liberty, MO. During college she studied abroad in Athens, Greece where she got involved with a mobile health unit that ran a needle exchange program. This experience sparked her interest in public health and she went on to earn her Master in Public Health with a concentration in international health at Boston University. During that time, she was able to spend 6 months in the Philippines to complete a practicum project addressing inhalant use among street children in Manila. After finishing her MPH, she took off to Lusaka, Zambia where she worked for 3 years on projects in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis and on a pneumonia etiology case-control study. She returned to MO to attend med school at Mizzou and is excited to combine her interests in public health and medicine in a career in Family Medicine. She hopes to be an advocate for social justice in medicine and plans to pursue a career working with underserved populations. Outside of medicine, she enjoys going to concerts, biking on the trail, running, traveling and a good bit of karaoke. She’s super excited to get to know Boise and join the FMRI family.

Travis Griffiths, MD

Caldwell RTT 2021

My wife, Quincey, and I both hail from Salt Lake City, Utah, and are the proud parents of one little girl with hopes for more in the future. I attended college at Utah Valley University and graduated from the Honors Department with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.

After college, I attended medical school at the University of Utah where my “plans” for residency varied from Pediatrics to Obstetrics to Orthopedics. I knew I wanted to have a broad scope of practice and continuity with patients, but also wanted the fulfillment that came from intervening on acute medical issues. Thus, I dual applied to both full-spectrum Family Medicine as well as rural General Surgery programs.

I was very impressed by FMRI because I felt that I had found a program where I would be surrounded by people who shared my interests, and where I could get the broad training I was looking for. My interests in medicine include rural health, obstetrics, trauma and emergency medicine. Outside of medicine I love to spend time in my garage gym, getting coached on full-depth squats by my 3-year-old. I have been known to geek out when talking about personal finance, and am an outdoor enthusiast who looks forward to hunting season every autumn.

Joey Florence, MD

Boise Program 2021

Joey Florence is a proud Idahoan, born and raised.  Growing up here, she learned to love the Idaho outdoors and the wonderful people who live here. Joey graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise in 2009 then studied Exercise Science at University of Idaho in Moscow and participated in the Greek system as a Kappa Alpha Theta. During Joey’s time in Moscow, she worked as a gymnastics coach at Palouse Empire Gymnastics.  Joey also volunteered her time at a free health clinic in Lewiston, Idaho at Snake River Community Clinic.  After graduation from the University of Idaho, Joey started her medical school journey at the University of Washington’s Idaho WWAMI program.  She felt lucky to do most of her training in areas of Idaho including Moscow, Hailey, and Boise.  Through her training, it became clear that family medicine would be the perfect fit for her.  When her nose is not in the books, Joey loves playing board games, traveling, dancing and spending time with her loved ones (humans and dogs).  Her love of the outdoors continues to grow; when she finds the time, she rock climbs, hikes, and bikes.  She also has a passion for organized sport.  Her first love was gymnastics then later track & field.  In college, she found a love for Ultimate Frisbee,  now, she participates in local city-league volleyball. Her love of sports spilled over into professional life as a passion for sports medicine.  Joey laughs easily and feels joy from practicing medicine.  She looks forward to growing her medical knowledge with FMRI and describes that she feels blessed to continue to deepen her Idaho roots. 

Anthony Markuson, MD

Magic Valley RTT 2021

Anthony grew up on the family farm near Chester, Montana. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Upon stepping on the campus, he felt right at home, found a group of lifelong friends, earned a degree in Biology, and studied abroad in Botswana along with a few other places. After graduating, he moved to Baltimore, MD for a year of service at the Don Miller Houses. A plethora of opportunities, including shadowing a Family Physician in his hometown, lead him to understand that practicing medicine is his vocation.

He matriculated at the University of Washington School of Medicine as a Targeted Rural Underserved Scholar. This program allowed him to spend time in Lewistown, MT throughout various stages of his schooling. Service learning was an essential component, and he enjoying working with vulnerable populations including LGBTQ, underserved, HIV+, and those suffering from homelessness. His mentors insisted he “check out FMRI’ as a potential residency program.

Early on, Anthony understood FMRI would train him extremely well to serve his future community. He is extraordinarily enthused that he matched with the Magic Valley Rural Training Track and looks forward to joining the Boise, Twin Falls, and Jerome communities in the coming years.

When not working, Anthony enjoys spending time with his dog Cooper, skiing, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, running, fly fishing, scuba diving, and camping as much as possible!


Kade Klippenstein, MD

Boise Program 2021

Kade is a Midwest native who was raised on a cattle ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Although he prided himself on being a cattle caller, he felt there was a bigger calling in the field of medicine for him. Kade graduated from Augustana University with a major in Biology and attended medical school at the University of South Dakota. During his medical studies he was involved in teaching classes to incoming medical students and undergraduates, served at volunteer clinics, and did basic science research through the Scholarship Pathways program.

Kade has always had a passion for rural medicine and felt that FMRI would give him outstanding training in all fields. He wanted to be in a medical environment where he could deliver holistic, thorough, and up-to-date healthcare to each patient, making them feel valued and cared for as an individual and as a family. Kade finds the field of Family Medicine humbling, unique, and ever-changing. He feels extremely grateful for the class and faculty that have made him feel a part of the FMRI family.

Kade and his other half, Ali, enjoy hiking, camping, any outdoor sport, road trips, all genres of music, coffee, and a good game of Cribbage. Kade also enjoys an exciting hunting trip and a good book. He is also thrilled to gain the title of ‘Dad’ in the spring of 2019 and can’t wait to start his family in Idaho.

Tyler Starr, MD

Caldwell RTT 2021

Tyler was raised in the Treasure Valley on his family farm in Ontario, Oregon. He attended Treasure Valley Community College and Boise State University for his undergraduate degree. Tyler went to Ross University for medical school. Prior to his medical career, Tyler worked on his family farm, built homes, and did road and bridge construction. He enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, and is often busy working on home improvement projects. He is excited to join the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Tyler is accompanied by his wife Holli, and three sons Ethan, Sam, and Levi.

Luke Sugden, DO

Magic Valley RTT 2021

Luke was born and raised in the heart of the Magic Valley in Jerome, Idaho. At the time; Jerome was a single stoplight, agricultural community with a small critical access hospital staffed entirely by family physicians. His mother being one of them. Growing up watching the impact she had on the small community was the genesis of his interest in rural family medicine. After many summers playing in the mountains and fields, off he went to Boise State University. There, he majored in microbiology and minored in chemistry, although what he really enjoyed was playing tuba in the Blue Thunder Marching Band! While in Boise he trained as an EMT and joined the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit. This allowed him to blend his love of the wilderness with his love of medicine. After graduation it was off to Peru for five months of medical volunteering. There is a dramatic need for primary care in developing countries and this furthered his resolve to become a family physician. Once back, he headed to Colorado to attend medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. There he was selected into a Rural and Wilderness Medicine Honors Program, providing additional training for a practice in rural family medicine. He could not feel more privileged to be attending the Magic Valley Rural Training Track. He is excited to be able to return to the community that helped him get started, and be able to give back.  The full scope training offered at the MVRTT will well prepare him for his dream of being a full scope family physician practicing in a small town! When he is not at school he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Michelle in the outdoors.

Ryann Milne-Price, MD

Boise Program 2021

Ryann Milne-Price hails from a family that sells John Deere tractors on the Eastern Montana plains, but is moving to Idaho from the big city of Seattle, where she completed medical school. She took an extra year of school to get an MPH in global health, and so cherished this time to learn from colleagues from around the world. In her future, she hopes to practice medicine in the rural West and work to improve global access to reproductive health services.  Ryann loves raising ducklings, soaking in hot springs, and cross country skiing and can’t wait to move to Boise where she might someday get to do all three in the same afternoon. She is so happy to join the community at FMRI.

Ellen Richardson, MD

Boise Program 2021

Ellen grew up in a small Vermont town with her two sisters. She studied Community Health at Brown University in Rhode Island and became interested in medicine when she began studying alternative models of health in her disability studies classes. After continuing at Brown for medical school, Ellen is extremely excited to once again find herself in the mountains! During residency, Ellen hopes to continue pursuing her interest in full spectrum rural medicine with a focus in food access, women’s health, and disability medicine. When she isn’t at the hospital or clinic, she can likely be found skiing, hiking, cooking, or finding balance in her garden with her partner and co-intern Reuben.

Elynn Smith, MD

Boise Program 2021

Elynn was born in Bozeman, MT and spent her early childhood in remote mining towns across Idaho and Montana—the one-room school that housed her kindergarten class even had a hitching post out front. Her family’s last relocation brought them to Caldwell, ID where Elynn graduated from Vallivue High School and The College of Idaho. At C of I, she met her husband, Dominic, while they were both running for the Yotes Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Circling back to her small-town roots, she spent a few of her summers during college working at the Delamar Gold & Silver Mine outside Jordan Valley, OR, before finding her way to medicine as a pre-med intern at the Salmon River Clinic in Stanley, ID. Elynn attended medical school at The University of Utah School of Medicine. Although she enjoyed her time among the red rocks of Utah, she is excited to be returning home to everything Idaho has to offer.

Elynn is interested in Women’s Health and Obstetrics, Preventive Medicine, and in mentoring and promoting medical education for students from rural communities. She also loves any and all outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, rafting, and camping, and she and Dominic are looking forward to doing all of these and more in and around Boise.

Resident Life

"The mission of the Wellness program is to support and promote the physical, psychological, social, and professional well-being of Family Medicine residents, provide them with the tools they will need to make healthy lifestyle choices and empower them to seek work-life balance in their own lives." The program is run by residents under the guidance and support of faculty. A committee is elected who act as a liaison between the residents and faculty as a whole. There is also dedicated funding and didactic time provided by the residency. PSYCHOLOGICAL
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • ACMS Programs: Physician Vitality Program, free confidential counseling services, several free hosted events throughout the year
  • FMRI Wellness coaching: free coaching session with certified integrative health coach Robyn Griffiths Maternity/Paternity electives
  • Narrative medicine: longitudinal didactic and extracurricular experiences supporting resident reflection on stories of illness and the training process
  • Memorial Service: offered annually at the end of the academic year to honor deaths within our community and space to grieve
  • Art of Family Medicine curriculum throughout residency
  • Mentoring: all residents are paired with a faculty member throughout residency for professional guidance. Interns are paired with senior residence during their first year to help with the transition into residency and new city
  • Retreats: all residency retreat annually in August located in beautiful McCall, ID. Additionally, protected time each year is provided for individual class retreats
  • Events: several organized family friendly social events throughout the year, often paired with ACMS. Regular book club gatherings. Multiple informal gatherings (mountain bike lessons, cross country ski lessons, trivia nights, relay teams, rec sports teams)
  • Opportunities to connect with local medical advocacy groups
  • Cultural offerings large in Boise: Boise Art Museum, Music (Knitting Factory, Neurolux, Treefort Music Fest) Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic, The Morrison Center, Idaho Steelheads Hockey team, Boise State college athletics, grab a pint at one of the many breweries or sip at one of the many local wineries, and enjoy more dining, shopping, and art in Downtown Boise
  • Free monthly yoga class for FMRI staff
  • Protected time for medical, behavioral, and dental appointments
  • Outdoor recreation is an important part of the Boise lifestyle. The Boise River courses through the heart of town, bordered by the Greenbelt path. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System boasts over 85 miles of maintained trails for biking/hiking/running. Excellent nordic and downhill skiing can be experienced at Bogus Basin, just 18 miles from town. Additional skiing at Brundage Mountain, Tamarack Resort, and Sun Valley is less than three hours away. Hiking, camping, and backcountry skiing are popular in the nearby Sawtooth, White Cloud, Smoky, and Boulder Mountains. Kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities also abound with the city in close proximity to the Boise, Payette, Salmon, and Snake Rivers. Rock-climbing and mountaineering opportunities await at the City of Rocks and Sawtooths.


The application process allows the faculty and residents of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho to thoroughly review each applicant’s credentials prior to extending an invitation to interview. Applications will only be accepted through the ERAS system. Interviews will be scheduled during the fall/winter. The interview allows the applicant an opportunity to discuss the program with the faculty and residents, meet with staff members and examine the facilities and hospitals. Spouse or significant other are encouraged to participate in the interview day, including a spouse-hosted lunch and informal dinner hosted by our residents and faculty. Arrangements for them to meet the spouses of current residents will be made. A short tour of Boise is scheduled on the drive to each hospital for the hospital tours. Deadline for receiving applications is November 1. After all applicants have been interviewed, the faculty and residents rank applicants in order of preference and submit the list of names to the National Resident Matching Program.


  • Only ERAS applications are accepted: applicant must contact their medical school.
  • Our deadline is November 1.
  • Must have a USMLE score of 210 and have not failed USMLE step 1 more than once and no failed attempts on USMLE step 2. COMLEX minimum score of 500.
  • Foreign medical graduates must have completed USMLE step 2.
  • Applicant must not be more than two years out of medical school.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. One must be a letter from a Family Medicine physician they have worked.
  • Foreign applicants must be fluent in both written and oral English. Our Residency does not support or sponsor VISA’s of any kind.
  • Foreign applicants must have US clinical experienced and have a letter of recommendation from a US family physician that they have worked with.
  • If Foreign Medical Graduate, please contact the Idaho State Board of Medicine to make sure your medical school is an approved school for licensure in Idaho, (208) 327-7000. If not approved, we cannot accept your application.

Interview Dates

  • Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Friday, January 11, 2019

Direct Inquiries

Residency Program Coordinator Holly Taniguchi Residency Program Coordinator Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (208) 954-8740

Clinical Locations

St. Luke’s Medical Center Boise Campus

For more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center Boise Campus has been committed to serving the needs of a growing region. Founded in 1902 as a six-bed frontier hospital, St. Luke’s Boise is now Idaho’s largest health care provider, and the flagship hospital of St. Luke’s Health System.

St. Luke’s Boise is known for its centers of excellence in cancer, heart, and women’s and children’s care. Among our many services, we are home to St. Luke’s Heart, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute’s largest clinic, St. Luke’s Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Idaho.

Known for its clinical excellence, St. Luke’s Boise has been nationally recognized for quality and patient safety, and is proud to be designated a Magnet hospital, the gold standard for nursing care.

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Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System. With four hospitals and a variety of medical clinics, we serve the full range of the healthcare and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada.

Saint Alphonsus is dedicated to delivering advanced medical services in a spiritual, healing environment throughout southwest Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Through innovative technologies, compassionate staff and warm, healing environments, Saint Alphonsus strives to provide care that is focused on patients.

Founded in 1894 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Alphonsus was the first hospital established in Boise—bringing healthcare to the poor and underserved. Now referred to as Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, our licensed medical-surgical/acute care 381 bed facility serves as the center for advanced medicine and is poised to support the community well into the future.

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Boise VA Medical Center

Boise VAMC, with 87 active beds, provides general medical and surgical services to veterans. The hospital includes an inpatient medicine unit, a small psychiatric inpatient unit, and an outpatient health clinic. The VAMC also sponsors fellowships in geriatrics, pulmonary medicine, and infectious diseases. They also have an outstanding research program. First year residents from FMRI rotate for 2 months on the inpatient internal medicine services, supervised by second year internal medicine residents from the University of Washington.

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St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center

St. Luke’s Meridian has been meeting the needs of west Ada County families since 2001. From nationally-recognized nursing to state-of-the-art technology, you’ll find the high quality, compassionate care that’s been the hallmark of St. Luke’s for more than 100 years.

Conveniently located in the population center of our valley, St. Luke’s Meridian is a Magnet-designated hospital—the gold standard for nursing excellence. We’re home to Idaho’s busiest emergency department and offer advanced inpatient and outpatient surgery, mother-baby services, diagnostics from x-ray to MRI, state-of-the-art cancer treatment, critical care, a chest pain center, and more. The campus also includes a wide range of primary and specialty physician clinics and Idaho’s largest and most comprehensive cardiac rehab center.

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Subspecialty Offices

Boise has a sophisticated medical community with over 700 physicians. All of the medical, surgical, and surgical subspecialties are represented. Boise is the referral center for one-half million people in an area of approximately 10,000 square miles.

Continuity Clinic Sites

All sixteen interns are housed at our Raymond Clinic site for their entire R1 year.  In the later part of the R1 year, residents apply for appointment to one of four clinic sites for the entirety of their R2 and R3 year.  This application process occurs after interns have had a chance to learn about the clinic sites through the first six months in residency.   All sites share the same Centricity EMR and all sites have behavioral medicine / social work support in place.  A brief application / rank list helps faculty place residents in a site that best fits.   A description of the four clinics follows:

Raymond Clinic

FMRI clinic sign This clinic is the “mother ship”.  It has been the home location of our residency since 1983.  It is located within easy walking distance of St. Alphonsus Hospital where we see the majority of our adult inpatients.   We empanel our interns here and keep 5 upper levels in each class at this site.    Raymond is divided into three clinical teams by hallway as part of our PCMH initiative.   Patient mix is broad with multiple refugee groups represented.   This is a good site if you desire a larger clinic and close proximity to residency activities – residency administration is located here and most didactics occur downstairs in this clinic.   Procedural support is strong at this clinic and it houses many specialty clinics including sports medicine with our fellow, rheumatology, and dermatology.  All our colonoscopies and EGDs are done here. This is our oldest clinic so the building is not as nice as the other choices on this list. Significant remodel effort took place last year to update the endoscopy suite and west side waiting room.  Attending support is a mix of core residency faculty and part-time community preceptors.  Dedicated resident space is available downstairs next to the conference center.  Clinic work space is provided for residents in each team hallway.  This clinic offers a vibrant mix of patients and learning options.
  • Faculty: Edwards (Clinic Director and Team C Lead), Bastian (Team A Lead, Rich (Team B Lead), DeBlieck, Glass, Williams, T Palmer, Allen, Atnip, W Gerrish, Martin, Shackelford.
  • PA/NP: Levich
  • LCWS: Johnson / Ahlrichs
  • Sports Med Fellow: Redden
  • Geri Fellow: Christensen
  • Psych Residents: All based here
  • R1s: All 16 are here
  • R2s: Makki / McRae / Mueller / Pennings / Renner
  • R3s: Bartels / Bartoletti / Weiss / Wilson

Fort St. Clinic

FMRI clinic on Fort St.

Fort Street location

The Fort St Clinic is the 2nd oldest clinic at FMRI. It is located in downtown Boise, across the street from St. Luke’s Hospital where we do most of our obstetrics and pediatrics.  We have empaneled residents here since 2010. The patient mix is broad, but has more emphasis on pediatrics, obstetrics and women’s health. In addition to the continuity clinics here, a dedicated OB clinic occurs on Mon and Fri mornings and a peds clinic each day (afternoons except Thursday morning).  All FMRI residents spend time in these clinics.  Our obstetrical and pediatric faculty offices are located at Fort.  Our OB fellow is based here.  Four family medicine faculty see their continuity clinics at Fort and do the majority of resident precepting, but you will get to work with all faculty. Residents have their own work space with desks and computers.  Fort St. has the feel of a small private practice clinic.  The single team model pushes residents to learn how to interact with multidisciplinary colleagues and fosters development of leadership skills.   Due to hospital expansion at St. Luke’s we will be relocating several blocks away to the corner of Idaho and 4th.  This move will occur most likely in June 2019.
  • Faculty: Mudge (Clinic Director), Nichols, J Cook, Gendler, P Brown
  • PA / NP: King
  • LCSW: Moon
  • OB Fellow: Crouch
  • R2s: Franklin / Narver
  • R3s: Hoffstetter and M Cook

Emerald Clinic

FMRI Emerald Clinic sign

Family Medical Residency of Idaho, Emerald location

Our Emerald clinic is located across Raymond St from our Raymond clinic. It is our newest clinic site, opening September 2010 and relocating to current location in July 2016.  Currently it houses our Wellness Center (concentrating in HIV care), Refugee Screening Clinic, Idaho Health District TB Clinic, Hepatitis C Clinic, as well as faculty and resident Family Medicine clinics.  Residents have been empaneled here since 2013.  Residents will be exposed to a broad mix of general family medicine, as well as refugee health and infectious disease.   Interested residents will usually be scheduled longitudinally in the HIV clinic and will carry a small continuity panel of HIV+ patients throughout their last 24 months of training.  Continuity OB and pediatrics will be part of the clinic experience.  Emerald Clinic additionally houses our pharmacy which opened summer 2013.  Emerald is a smaller clinic then Raymond with 14 clinical exam rooms.  Precepting is mainly be done by family medicine faculty who see their own patients here.  We are a very intimate, collegial group who greatly enjoys working with each other and are often found roaming the halls obtaining consults from each other and our specialist colleagues.  Residents have a dedicated resident room that is centrally located among the exam rooms.   Billing, scheduling, medical records and ancillary administrative services are housed just across the waiting room from the clinic space.
  • Faculty: Esplin (Clinic Director) / Bailey / Davids / Barinaga /Alviso / Carlson / Colson
  • PA/NP: Mortimer, Munting
  • CNM: Underdahl
  • LCSW: Chrisman
  • Primary Care HIV Fellow: Franz
  • R2s: Sallstrom / Sautter
  • R3s: Hippe and Roop

Meridian Clinic

FMRI Meridian clinic builing

Family Medical Residency of Idaho, Meridian clinic location

FMHC Meridian opened in 2010 and relocated to the present site in 2012.  It is located less than 8 miles from Boise and 1mile from St. Luke’s Meridian Hospital.  This clinic has 12 exam rooms, a procedure room, a dedicated resident office space and a conference room. We have placed senior residents here since 2013.  The patient population is varied and comes from both suburban (Meridian / Nampa area) and outlying rural towns.  Our Spanish speaking population is growing thanks to the work of our Promotora (community health worker) staff. We have a core Meridian OB patient panel that desires delivery at St. Luke’s Meridian giving residents an additional source of OB volume.  Our pediatric volume is high due to the demographics of the location in addition to the presence of a pediatrician on our staff.  Procedures are abundant and the clinic faculty embraces teaching.   We have an ultrasound machine and a colposcope.  The Meridian clinic offers residents the opportunity to practice on a single multidisciplinary team. We anticipate significant future growth in Meridian and Nampa and see this clinic as the center of our westward expansion efforts.
  • Faculty: Serio (Clinic Director)/ Shepherdson / Beach / Krahn / Patterson / Kipp / S Gerrish / Berbert
  • PA/NP: Snyder
  • LCSW: Tuck
  • R2s: Stanley / Waters
  • R3s: Shippen and Yordon


Community Ada County Medical Society (ACMS) is a local group who provides various opportunities to connect with the greater medical community and beyond. Click here for education and recreational opportunities. campground with hammocks Family Hiking Recreation Outdoor recreation is an important part of the Boise lifestyle. The Boise River courses through the heart of the city and is bordered by the Greenbelt bike and walking path that runs from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Eagle Island State Park. Boise was voted the “#1 mountain biking town” by Bike and Mountain Bike magazines. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System boasts over 85 miles of maintained trails for walking and riding. Excellent nordic and downhill skiing can be experienced at Bogus Basin, just 18 miles from the center of town and very popular with the locals for its inexpensive season pass (under $250). Additional skiing at Brundage Mountain, Tamarack Resort, and Sun Valley is less than three hours away. Hiking, camping, and backcountry skiing are popular in the nearby Sawtooth, White Cloud, Smoky, and Boulder Mountains SUP in Cascade, ID Kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities also abound with the city in close proximity to the Boise, Payette, Salmon, and Snake Rivers. Idaho in general has many premier whitewater rafting and kayaking river systems, with the Payette River system less than one hour from town. The Payette offers everything from beginner runs to Class 5 whitewater. The several forks of world famous Salmon River and the Hell’s Canyon section of the Snake River are popular for multi-day trips, as are the stunning desert gorges of the Bruneau, Jarbridge and Owyhee Rivers south of Boise. Rock-climbing enthusiasts can easily access the local basalt crag known as the Black Cliffs just east of town. Amazing granite routes in the City of Rocks and the Sawtooth Mountains are both less than four hours by car. Mountaineering opportunities also abound in the state, with many excellent routes in the Seven Devils, Sawtooths, White Clouds, Boulders, and Lost River ranges, to name a few. But you don't need to leave town to find something fun to do. Boise has a vital city center that offers musical entertainment, theatre, opera, good food and shopping. Tubing the cool Boise River during the hot summer months is a popular pastime. The extensive park system, including the Boise Greenbelt, is home to multiple city sports leagues and festivals. The parks and river provide refuge without ever leaving the city.

Scholarly Activity

Recent Highlights:


Travis Griffiths, MD, et al. (2019, June). Cholecystostomy: Are we using it correctly. The American Journal of Surgery. V217(6):1010-1015. Retrieved from:

Abby Davids, MD, MPH, Margaret Mortimer, MSN, et al. (2018, December 14). Unresolved Splenomegaly in Recently Resettled Congolese Refugees — Multiple States, 2015–2018. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. Retrieved from:

Brown, P, et. al. (2018, November 26). Evaluation of Food Insecurity in Adults and Children With Cystic Fibrosis: Community Case Study.  Front. Public Health.

Mayer-Hamblett N, Brown P, et. al. (2018, November 1). Azithromycin for Early Pseudomonas Infection in Cystic Fibrosis: The OPIMIZE Randomized Trial. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1;198(9):1177-1187.

Freedman SD, Brown P, et. al. (2018, October). Absorption and Safety with Sustained Use of RELiZORB Evaluation (ASSURE) Study in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Receiving Enteral Feeding. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 67(4):527-532.


Scott Hippe, MD (2018, October). Saving Lives in Slow Motion. TedX Spokane 2018, Beyond Ourselves in Spokane, WA

American Academy of Family Medicine FMX Conference 2018, Sept 24-28 in New Orleans, LA

  • Procedural Institute Director Justin Bailey, presented continued medical education titled: Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissure: Anorectal Disease – Diagnosis and Treatment”

Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, held May 5-9 in Washington, D.C.

  • Boise Program Director Justin Glass, Nampa Program Director Kim Stutzman, faculty member Sandy Mudge, and fellow Jaclyn Cooperrider, presented a lecture discussion entitled “Game On: Solving the Puzzle of Resident Education Using Continuity Panels.” They offered insights and experience with the re-work of FMRI’s didactic structure to include registry management time paired with core outpatient topics.
  • Director of Behavioral Sciences, Research and Grants Winslow Gerrish led a pre-conference workshop on Medical Improv titled “‘Yes, And’ for My Learners: Using Medical Improve to Grow Creative and Professional Physician Communicators,” collaborating with colleagues from several different locations across the country.
  • Residents Loren Colson and Margaret Pluskal, along with faculty members Margaret Mortimer and Abby Davids, presented a lecture discussion on the newly-expanded Global Medicine Training Track at FMRI’s Emerald Clinic, entitled “Global Health at Home: Integrating Residents into the Care of Special Populations.”
  • HIV and Viral Hepatitis fellows Sarah Henkle and Maia Pinsky, along with faculty member Abby Davids, presented a lecture/didactic session on HIV prevention using pre-exposure prophylaxis, entitled “PrEP in Primary Care: Training the Family Medicine Workforce in HIV Prevention.”

Highlighted Curricular Strengths

Inpatient Medicine

We feel strongly about preparing you for inpatient medicine. We give you two blocks of experience on a VA internal medicine team in the intern year.  But the core of our experience is on a busy inpatient family medicine service at St. Alphonsus. You will do 2 blocks here in your R1 year, 3 in the R2 year and 2 in your R3 year.  Our senior residents run this service.  We take care of a good mix of acuity and you will be in and out of the open ICU through all 3 years. We do give you an additional two weeks of ICU time in your R2 year to build your skill set working 1:1 with our critical care docs.  Our patient population is underserved and you will see a great mix of pathology.  Our consultants (pulm-critical care, cardiology, GI, nephrologists, and a variety of surgeons)  are dedicated teachers.  Megan McInerney  (critical care) was elected the consultant of the year in 2016-2017.


You will spend eight weeks on pediatrics in your R1 year. This will be split between newborn nursery and pediatric hospitalist rotations with supervision from pediatric and FM faculty.  In your R2 year, you will do 2 weeks of NICU and 2 weeks of pediatric hospitalist.  In your R3 year, you will do 2-4 weeks of pediatric hospitalist as well as 2 weeks of pediatric ER experience.  In addition, throughout your MCH (OB) rotations you will do nighttime peds admissions.  Consistent exposure to peds inpt care throughout residency will help prepare you for rural practice.  Our outpatient curriculum is built around our own pediatric focused clinics in Boise, Meridian and Nampa as well as pediatric subspecialty clinic time in Boise.  This is also spread across all three years.


We provide a rich obstetrical training environment for our residents.  We provide  full-time or part-time L&D coverage at four local hospitals – St. Luke’s Boise, St. Luke’s Meridian, St. Alphonsus Boise and St. Alphonsus Nampa.  Our core maternal child health team is based out of St. Luke’s Boise and you will take advantage of relationships with local obstetricians here around labor management and delivery.  Additionally, our senior residents partner with the OB hospitalists and MFM consultant group to manage the high risk service.  C-section experience is gained here with all three groups of obstetricians and interested residents will get foundational experience in primary c-sections.  Our FQHC clinic system generates an average of 18-22 continuity deliveries per resident and you will manage these patients at one of the Boise / Meridian hospitals with a family medicine faculty doctor or a midwife.  We partner with Terry Reilly family medicine doctors for vaginal deliveries and c-section experience in Nampa in the R1 year and on inpatient selectives in the R2 or R3 year.  Two of our grads are doing c-sections at this hospital providing a model of FM with surgical OB here in the Treasure Valley.

Women’s Health

We are a RHEDI-funded resident training site. Residents have the opportunity to engage in full-spectrum women's health care training throughout their 3 years of residency. A one month gynecology rotation includes time spent with board-certified gynecologists who provide colposcopies, LEEPs, and other procedures at our Fort Street Clinic. The RHEDI grant also allows us to provide free IUDs (Mirena, Paragard, and Liletta) and Nexplanons to patients. Those who qualify for our sliding fee scale pay a nominal insertion fee.


You will spend one month in the St. Luke’s ER as an R2 and one month in the Saint Alphonsus ER as an R3.  The R2 rotation builds a foundation of ER medicine.  The Saint Alphonsus R3 rotation is a Level 2 trauma center providing great preparation for rural practice.  Most residents also spend significant time in the ER at rural sites throughout residency training.

Rural Medicine

You will spend two weeks in the R1 year and four weeks in both the R2 and R3 year at rural sites in Idaho.  You will work with our rural focused faculty and coordinator to select sites that fit your training goals.  Sites offer a variety of combinations of clinic, ER and hospital experiences that will help you understand the breadth of rural medicine.  Rural family physicians from 30 communities participate in our rural training so the offerings are extensive.   Housing is provided at sites distant from Boise.  Sites close to Boise allow residents with families to balance rural experience and the need to be home at night.

Integrative Medicine/Acupuncture

Our largest clinic and training site now offers an Integrative Medicine Clinic, where a full time faculty member offers IM consults and treatments.  Residents will have the opportunity to rotate through to learn about a variety of subjects including acupuncture, gua-sha (scraping), herbs/supplements, and mind-body medicine. In addition, we provide an annual Integrative Medicine half day, which is protected time for all residents to be exposed to the above subjects.  Additional lectures and exposure available on request.   We anticipate continued growth over the next few years in our Integrative Medicine curriculum and offerings for residents.


FMRI provides training to perform all office-based and inpatient procedures needed to feel comfortable in a broad-spectrum practice. In 2018, we will be focusing on expanding our bedside ultrasound curriculum. See the list below for examples of the procedures we are performing at all training sites.
SkinSimple lesion destruction, removal of epidermal inclusion cysts, lipoma, warts, simple and complex repairs anywhere (yes anywhere), foreign body removal, piercing removal, simple and complex biopsy, mucous membrane biopsy, plastics and flaps, fungal biopsy, nail plate and nail bed biopsy, BCC, SCC, melanoma, traumatic repair
Sports MedJoint injections and aspirations small and large (fingers to hips), ultrasound guided injections (hips/knees/ankles, etc), carpel tunnel injections, dislocated joints, nursemaid elbows, casting, fracture management
MSKTrigger point injection, osteopathic manipulation, fascial distortion model treatment, ganglion cysts drainage and tx
HospitalParacentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar Puncture, central lines, arterial lines, ultrasound guided +/-, airway management and intubations
Womens HealthIUD, nexplanon, sedated pap smears, vulvar biopsy, periurethral biopsies, colposcopy, leep, Bartholins abscess treatment, OB ultrasound 1,2,3 dating (not anatomy scan), STD screening,  rectal biopsy, vaginal and anal condyloma removal, miscarriage management, pessary placement, EMB, GYN ultrasound
Mens HealthVasectomy (can track for training), genital/ anal condyloma removal
NeuroMigraine treatment- posterior occipital nerve injections, c6 para cervical blocks, sphenopalentine ganglion blocks, sciatica, meralgia parasthetica
CVExercise treadmills, US guided IV/ central line placement, bedside US
PedsCircumcision, frenotomy, umbilical artery, vein cath, NRP
ENTFlexible nasalpharengoscopy, anterior epistaxis cauterization, piercing removal and placement, hordeolum/chalazion tx simple and advanced, auricular hematoma drainage, peritonsilar access drainage, foreign body removal, mucocel, bite trauma
AnesthesiaConscious sedation, local nerve blocks (oral, peripheral), hematoma blocks
Wound CareUnna boots, wound debridement, long term management
GIColonoscopy, EGD (can track for scope training), pilonidal cyst management, anal skin tags, hemorrhoids internal and external, celiac biopsy, eosinophilic esophagitis biopsy, IBD r/o, anal fissure
POCUSPoint of Care Ultrasound is a growing curriculum.  Bedside based heart, lung, AAA screening, DVT exams, liver, gallbladder, skin mass/lipoma, access evaluation/cellulitis evaluation. IVC, kidney/bladder. FAST exams. Handheld ultrasound available for use on inpatient and bedside ultrasound available at all training sites.

Wilderness Medicine

View pictures from the 2018 Wilderness Retreat. Here at FMRI, we acknowledge that many of our medical students, residents, faculty and graduates recreate throughout the state and seasons, so we feel it is important to develop proficiency in managing out of hospital emergencies. To achieve this goal we are incorporating Wilderness Medicine training into our curriculum. Currently, we have developed a 3 day course that is protected time during the R2 year at the remote and stunningly beautiful Burgdorf Hot Springs, near McCall, Idaho. This site is unique in that it is only accessible by snowmobile during the winter, is rustic yet comfortable with wood stove heated cabins and a large geothermal hot spring which we utilize both for water based training and relaxation. Our plan is to develop this course into a nationally recognized certification course such as AWLS (Advanced Wilderness Life Support) and to expand the curriculum to include a summer course as well.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health training is at the core of our residency training program.  We have integrated behavioral health faculty and LCSWs into our clinic system.  This allows for warm handoffs around behavioral issues (mental health, substance abuse, motivational interviewing, etc).  Our two behavioral health faculty spend time on rotation with all of our R1s and R2s to build foundational knowledge and clinical care skill sets.  We additionally have psychiatry residents who do primary care based continuity clinics at our Raymond site with psychiatry faculty oversight.  Formal psychiatry consult clinic occurs on Mondays.

Global Health Opportunities

FMRI offers two away electives to interested residents – one in the R2 year and one in the R3 year. This allows time for a global health focused resident to explore two different sites. Although residents are free to set up their own electives, we also have a variety of sites in Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa that former residents have utilized and at which we can help facilitate rotations. We offer a $500 stipend per resident to support one such trip.  In addition, we have extra funding for residents who are seeking to improve their Spanish language skills locally or internationally.  FMRI grads tend to apply their skills broadly and internationally; we currently have four graduates working in Africa in government jobs or for faith based organizations. In addition to away electives, we have ample opportunities for residents to gain global health skills and knowledge right here at home.  Boise has traditionally been one of the top five cities in the US for refugee resettlement per capita, and so we are fortunate to take care of patients with refugee status from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our Emerald clinic does the bulk of this care, providing initial screening exams for all individuals with refugee status who are resettled to Boise, and then ongoing primary care for the majority of those individuals.  Our Emerald clinic also houses our HIV, TB, and viral hepatitis subspecialty clinics. Interested residents can choose Emerald as their continuity clinic site, and can participate in our Global Medicine Training Track, led by Abby Davids and Margaret Mortimer. Through a longitudinal curriculum as well as electives and online modules, residents gain experience in the spectrum of infectious disease, chronic disease, cultural issues, and behavioral health care needs that are essential to provide comprehensive care for our global populations.

Infectious Disease

Tied closely to our Global Medicine opportunities, residents at FMRI gain extra experience in infectious disease management. The Family Medicine Health Center Emerald Clinic houses the Wellness Center, a Ryan White funded HIV subspecialty clinic serving over 600 patients. All residents have basic exposure to the Wellness Center, and can do additional training either via elective rotations or by participating in our longitudinal curriculum and choosing Emerald as their continuity clinic site. Along with our HIV specialist faculty, our HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellows are heavily involved in resident education. We provide all inpatient care for patients living with HIV on our family medicine service at St. Alphonsus, as well. We also train all residents in evaluating and providing patients with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. The Emerald Clinic also houses our TB clinic, via a partnership we have with the Central District Health Department. Providing care for individuals with both active and latent TB, the TB clinic is another great experience for residents wishing to gain skills applicable at both home and abroad. Finally, as hepatitis C becomes an increasingly primary-care focused disease, we are working towards having all FMRI residents trained and comfortable in the management of chronic hepatitis C. Our hepatitis C clinic serves patients from both within the FMRI system and on a referral basis from other community providers. We are currently providing viral hepatitis care for prisoners via a partnership with the Idaho Department of Corrections, as well. All residents rotate through the hepatitis C clinic, and can gain extra experience via elective rotations.

Addiction Medicine

FMRI has an active curriculum in addiction medicine. All  residents get training and certification in  Buprenorphine/Suboxone prescribing and receive a waiver from the DEA. One of our family medicine faculty also has board certification in addiction medicine and our head of behavioral health has many years of experience working in addiction medicine. We have a well organized, multidisciplinary, best practice, screening clinic for all patients being considered for controlled substance prescriptions. Between this and a well organized Buprenorphine/Suboxone protocol, we believe that we provide a good model in the care of patients with chronic pain, anxiety,  or substance use disorders that serves our patients well and leaves our graduates with a good framework that they can use in their practices. The Family Medicine Health Center follows the Centers for Disease Control Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. We try to use alternatives to opioid medications  and, if opioids are needed, prescribe the lowest effective dosage. We do not prescribe chronic high dose opioid therapy for patients other than cancer and hospice patients.

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

FMRI offers longitudinal training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine to Osteopathic Physicians interested in continuing to improve their pre-doctoral skills. This includes integrating osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) into a resident’s own continuity clinic, as well as an OMT-focused clinic. Further opportunities include Fascial Distortion Model, trigger point injections, quarterly osteopathic journal clubs, and OMT didactics during residency-wide conference days.  Three osteopathic faculty (Shepherdson / Colson / McCormick) provide oversight and mentoring.   Additionally, we work hard to teach osteopathic principles and practical skills to our allopathic residents. Osteopathic Curriculum

Transgender Health Clinic

The Transgender Health Clinic at FMRI is housed at the Emerald Clinic and run by faculty physician Dr. Marvin Alviso. Dr. Alviso and nursing staff create an accepting atmosphere in offering health services for patients 8 years old and up. Services include gender affirming hormones, puberty blocker options and assistance in navigating transition needs. Currently an integrated part of Dr. Alviso’s regular clinic schedule, the Transgender Health Clinic will become a dedicated 3rd Tuesday session beginning in January 2018. This scheduling will allow residents and students to spend time in a focused transgender clinic to gain sub-specialty experience.


You will have 3.5 blocks (or 14 weeks) of time during residency on elective training to further your specific learning goals. You can do electives away from Boise (internationally or in other US locations), as well as locally. You will have control over your elective experiences with guidance available on how to schedule and create experiences that will suit your needs. We also have several longitudinal elective opportunities that you can participate in over the course of residency.  In addition to this, the three rural rotations give you the opportunity to select sites / preceptors that fit your interests.

Medical Students

Medical Students & Sub-Internships

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) Boise Program offers clerkships and sub-internships for medical students in both Family Medicine and Pediatrics. Students interested in Family Medicine or Pediatric clerkships or sub-internships at FMRI Boise must first meet the criteria below. Medical Student Elective Rotation Criteria:
  • FMRI Boise will accept third year clerkship medical students from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • FMRI Boise will accept fourth-year medical students for Family Medicine in-patient sub-internship or out-patient rotations from any U.S. medical school on a space available basis after items 1-3 below have been received, reviewed and approved.
  • FMRI Boise will accept fourth-year medical students from the University of Washington, Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine on a space available basis for Pediatric sub-internships after items 1-3 below have been received, reviewed and approved.
  • Due to hospital credentialing, non-University of Washington, Pacific Northwest University, University of Utah or Idaho College of Osteopathic students applying for an inpatient, sub-internship rotation must first be approved by FMRI Boise and then apply through the University of Washington visiting student clinical elective program, VSLO. Please check the University of Washington rotation dates before applying. Requested rotation dates should fall within the rotation guidelines and ideally be for four weeks. Registration through VSLO should be started at least ten weeks prior to your desired rotation date and the final confirmation of your rotation from the University of Washington received at least four weeks prior to your rotation start date in order to be eligible to start your rotation.
  • Non University of Washington medical students applying for an outpatient elective will not have to register through the VSLO.
Please send:
  1. Part I of the USMLE or COMLEX exam scores.
  2. Copy of medical school transcripts.
  3. Completed copy of the Medical Student Questionnaire.
Please note: A vehicle is required for this rotation and we do not provide housing for students completing fourth-year rotations and non-University of Washington third year students. Housing and transportation are your responsibility.