St. Luke's Clinic

St. Luke's Clinic – Orthopedics is dedicated to excellence in orthopedic medicine, and to ensuring that adult and pediatric patients with orthopedic problems receive the most advanced and comprehensive care available in the region. We are committed to meeting your orthopedic health needs with skill, experience, and a wide range of effective therapies and services.

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Orthopedics
703 S. Americana Blvd.
Suite 120
Boise, ID 83702
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520 S. Eagle Road
Suite 3213
(Located in St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center)
Meridian, ID 83642
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(208) 323-2600
(800) 511-5205
Fax: (208) 323-9172

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Services
Our orthopedists are all board certified or board eligible in general orthopedics, and have sub-specialty training and interests in the following areas:

  • Adult and Child Orthopedics
  • Reconstructive Hip and Knee Surgery
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Computer Assisted Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Arthroscopic Surgery of All Major Joints
  • Surgery of the Neck and Spine
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Surgery of the Upper Extremity
  • Microsurgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery of the Foot and Ankle
  • Fracture Treatment
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Bone and Muscle Tumor Surgery
  • Independent Medical Evaluations

New Patients / Appointments
We are accepting new patients.
To contact us or to make an appointment please call (208) 323-2600.

After Hours and Weekends
Call (208) 331-6060 weekdays after 5 p.m., on weekends, and on holidays.

What is Orthopedics?
Orthopedic practitioners specialize in diagnosis and treatment of problems of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. The word "orthopedics" comes from the Greek words "ortho" meaning straight and "pais" meaning children. For many centuries, orthopedists have been involved in the treatment of crippled children. Over the years the field has expanded to encompass many subspecialties and the treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders in patients of all ages.

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

Jared Johnson, MD Jared Johnson, MD earned his medical degree from Cornell Medical College. As a medical student, he was awarded the T. Campbell Thompson Award for excellence in orthopedic surgery from the staff of New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center and served as a sports medicine fellow at the prestigious Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, focusing on arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee.
Ronald M. Kristensen, MD Ronald M. Kristensen, MD is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He specializes in hip and knee replacements and computer assisted surgery, as well as problems involving the lower extremity. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis and his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and his fellowship in lower extremity surgery at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. After completing his fellowship, he moved to Boise where he advanced lower extremity reconstruction, having performed over 1,000 computer assisted hip and knee replacement surgeries. He has worked with the early development of custom cutting jigs and has implemented advanced multimodal pain management techniques to minimize postoperative discomfort. Dr. Kristensen joined Boise Orthopedic Clinic in 1996 (now St. Luke's Clinic – Orthopedics) and is a founder of the St. Luke's Joint Center.
 
Christopher T. Lawler, MD Christopher T. Lawler, MD specializes in non-operative musculoskeletal injuries and fractures in adults and children. He also treats athletes with non-orthopedic conditions such as concussions, soft tissue injuries, skin disorders, and other sports-related conditions, and has a particular interest in sports injuries related to football, ice hockey, and gymnastics. Dr. Lawler serves as team physician for the Idaho Steelheads, Idaho Stampede, Northwest Nazarene University, and Kuna High School, and previously served as team physician for the Boise Burn. He earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed his internship at Baystate Medical Center. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Michigan State University, where he volunteered with the university athletic sports medicine program and worked with the ice hockey and gymnastics teams. He performed his sports medicine fellowship in Boise, where he worked with Boise State athletic teams. Dr. Lawler joined Boise Orthopedic Clinic in 2005 (now St. Luke's Clinic – Orthopedics).
 
Jeffrey P. Menzner, MD Jeffry P. Menzner, MD is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He has a keen interest in improving the entire experience of patients undergoing joint replacement, from pre-operative preparation to post-operative recovery and rehabilitation, and credits the development of a hospital-based joint replacement center for greatly improving the safety, comfort, and recovery of his hip and knee replacement patients. Dr. Menzner earned his bachelor's degree from Drake University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Utah and Harvard fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital. He joined Boise Orthopedic Clinic in 1999, after serving on active duty as a U.S. Air Force orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Menzner has served on area hospital committees on patient safety, orthopedic supervisory, physician advisory, and credentialing. He is a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and is a founder of the St. Luke's Joint Center.
 
Robert N. Walker, MD Robert N. Walker, MD specializes in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He provides care for many motocross professionals and amateurs, and serves as team physician for the Idaho Steelheads, Idaho Stampede, Northwest Nazarene University, Bishop Kelly High School, PBR bull riding, and PRCA rodeos. Dr. Walker earned his bachelor's degree from Rice University and his medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency and fellowship in sports medicine at Vanderbilt University, and joined Boise Orthopedic Clinic in 1993 (now St. Luke's Clinic – Orthopedics).
 
Darby Webb, MD Darby Webb, MD specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder. Her expertise includes complex orthopedic trauma care including pelvis and acetabular fractures, periarticular fractures, nonunions, limb deformity, and Ilizarov technique. She is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Webb serves as team physician for the Idaho Steelheads, Idaho Stampede, and PRCA rodeos. She earned her bachelor's degree from Clemson University and her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she also performed her general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency. She completed an orthopedic traumatology fellowship at Tulane and Charity Hospital and a sports medicine fellowship at Taos Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Webb joined Boise Orthopedic Clinic in 2004 (now St. Luke's Clinic – Orthopedics) and trained at the Ilizarov Center in Kurgan, Russia in 2005. She is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Orthopedic Trauma Association, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
 
Jake Griggs, PA-C Jeffrey "Jake" Griggs, PA-C is a physician assistant who provides care for all orthopedic issues with a focus on knee and hip osteoarthritis. He earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Boise State University in 2003. He earned his master's degree in higher and postsecondary education from Arizona State University while working as an athletic trainer for the Sun Devils' wrestling and football teams. He completed his physician assistant training at the University of Utah and practiced in orthopedics for two years before joining Boise Orthopedic Clinic (now St. Luke's Clinic – Orthopedics).
 
Ben Hochhalter, PA

Ben Hochhalter, PA has rejoined St. Luke’s Clinic – Orthopedics after working for three years in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands with the National Health Service Corps. He is dedicated to connecting with his patients with understanding and empathy. He earned his master’s degree as a physician assistant from Idaho State University in 2005, and has been working in orthopedics and emergency medicine ever since.

 
Benjamin Kerns, PA-C Benjamin Kerns, PA-C is a certified athletic trainer and physician assistant. He earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training and sports medicine from Eastern Washington University and his master's degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. He has worked in health care since 2002, and joined Boise Orthopedic Clinic in 2005 (now St. Luke's Clinic – Orthopedics).

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. When you need to refill your prescriptions, you can request them directly through your myChart account.

You can also request a refill by contacting 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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