St. Luke's Children's Genetics Clinic

At St. Luke's Children's Genetics Clinic, we serve children and adults seeking diagnosis and management of genetic conditions. We provide counseling regarding inheritance risks, rare disease support, informed genetic testing, and interpretation of test results. 

Our goal is to help patients get the comprehensive medical care they need, working in partnership with the patient and family, their primary care provider, and other specialists. 

Genetics clinics are held five days each month, by appointment, at St. Luke's Children's Specialty Center in Boise. Children are evaluated and cared for by our certified genetic counselors, Brittney Knysezek, MS, GC and Rachel Westman, MS, GC.

In addition, our genetic counselors are available for consultation Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pease call (208) 381-7339 for consultation, to refer a patient, or to schedule an appointment.

 

Our Providers

Brittney Knyszek, MS, GC

Brittney Knyszek, MS, CGC has experience and expertise in explaining complex genetic concepts in a clear, understandable way, and in providing a range of perspectives for those faced with difficult decisions. She earned her master's degree in genetic counseling from Case Western Reserve University and nearby community and specialty hospitals.

Rachel Westman, MS, GC

Rachel Westman, MS, CGC is experienced in pediatric and adult genetics, including cancer genetics, and takes a deep interest in learning and addressing the broader needs of each patient and family. She earned her master's degree in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburg.

 

Services

Genetic Conditions
We provide care and support for patients and families dealing with a wide range of genetic conditions, including:

  • Delayed milestones and intellectual disabilities
  • Malformations present at birth
  • Chromosome abnormalities
  • Brain and muscle disorders
  • Disorders of hearing and vision
  • Overgrowth and hemihypertrophy syndromes
  • Neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis
  • Family history of a condition
  • Genetic skin conditions
  • Unusual tumor predisposition
  • Mafan syndrome
  • Skeletal dysplasias, including skull
  • Weakness of bones, ligaments, and joints 
  • Heart and blood vessel conditions
  • Genetic blood and immune disorders
  • Digestive tract anomalies
  • Rare syndromes

Please feel free to call us about these conditions, or any others not listed. Our genetic counselors are available to talk with you during working hours.

Our Services

  • Outpatient evaluation and management services for infants, children, and adults who have, or may have, a genetic disorder
  • Genetic counseling for concerned family members seeking information about risks arising from a family history of a genetic condition, including prospective parents who have visited a prenatal genetic counselor but desire more information about a genetic condition identified prenatally
  • Rare disease support
  • Informed genetic testing and interpretation of test results
  • Inpatient consultation

Please note: St. Luke’s Children’s Genetics Clinic does not specialize in metabolic/biochemical genetics disorders. Please refer patients to a board certified biochemical geneticist.

Appointment

Patients are seen by appointment only. Please notify us if you will be late; you may be asked to reschedule.

Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment. This will enable us to serve all patients in a timely manner.

You may be mailed paperwork to complete prior to each appointment, please contact our office if you have any questions with the paperwork.

We ask that you bring your insurance card, photo ID and current list of medications with you to each visit and notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or insurance information.

Insurance Plans

We accept Medicaid and most private insurance plans. We ask that you bring your insurance card with you to each visit and notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or insurance information.

Medication Refills

No medications are filled through our office; please contact your primary care physician.

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