St. Luke's Clinic

At St. Luke's Clinic – Rheumatology, we apply the latest diagnostic and treatment measures to improve the quality of life for our patients. Our team of skilled providers is expanding to meet the needs of our growing region, and we work closely with referring providers to integrate and coordinate each patient's individual plan of care. We also maintain an active research department that enables patients to participate in clinical trials, when appropriate. We provide a care in an environment that is both "high-tech" and "high-touch" for the best experience and most positive outcome for our patients.

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Rheumatology
520 S. Eagle Rd.
Suite 3211
Meridian, Idaho 83642
(208) 706-5930
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Office Hours:
Mon - Thur, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pediatric Clinic

3424 E. Louise Drive
Suite 250
Meridian, Idaho 83642


Services
We provide diagnosis and treatment of the following:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Myositis
  • Vasculitis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis

We also provide pediatric rheumatology services.

New Patients / Appointments
Patients accepted by referral only.

After-hours and Weekends
Please call the clinic at 706-5930.

What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and therapy of conditions and diseases affecting the joints, muscles, and bones. The most common concerns are osteoarthritis (the general breakdown of joint cartilage over time) and rheumatoid arthritis (systemic swelling in all or most joints at once).

St. Luke's Clinics
St. Luke’s Clinics are an integrated network of highly skilled health care professionals in locations throughout our region.


Our Medical Providers


W. Patrick Knibbe MD, FACR W. Patrick Knibbe MD, FACR is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He specializes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, and pediatric rheumatologic diseases. Dr. Knibbe trained in the Internal Medicine Honors Program at the University of Utah and completed his fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has been in private rheumatology practice since 1981.
Michelle Hicks , NP

Michelle Hicks, NP earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical science from Texas A&M University and nursing from the University of Texas. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree while completing the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She has completed the Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology Training Program sponsored by the American College of Rheumatology.

 
Janeen Jenkins, PA-C

Janeen Jenkins, PA-C earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. She has practiced rheumatology for more than five years. She studied immunology while working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in health studies at Boise State University.

Melissa Walsh, PA-C

Melissa Walsh, PA-C has been a practicing physician assistant since 2010. She earned her bachelor's degree in health science from Boise State University and her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Des Moines University.


Your Appointment
We try to stay on time, as a courtesy to you and others. Since paperwork may take a few minutes, please arrive early. As emergencies do occur, there may be occasions when your appointment time will be delayed. We will always try to keep you informed in the event of a delay, and will be happy to reschedule your appointment, if you prefer. We ask that you respect the appointment time we have reserved for you, and call 24 hours ahead to cancel or change appointments so that others may be helped during that time.

Communication with your provider is extremely important. It may be helpful for you to write down questions for your doctor or nurse practitioner prior to your visit. Bring a list of medications and the dosages, or bring the bottles with you.

Make sure you understand any instructions you are given. If clarification is needed, review your instructions with the provider or medical assistant before you leave. If you aren’t doing well after your visit, we want to hear from you. Our goal is to improve your health.


Insurance Plans
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, in-state Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and others.


Medication Refills
Talk with your provider at each visit to be sure your prescriptions are up to date. For refills, contact your pharmacy. Your pharmacy will then contact our office for verification and approval. For patient safety, narcotics cannot be refilled outside of office hours. Talk with your provider before your prescription runs out, and please allow 48 hours for refills.

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