LAPWAI CLINIC
(208) 843-2271
KAMIAH CLINIC
(208) 935-0733

Our Mission...

To provide quality healthcare in a culturally sensitive and confidential setting.

Providers

Medical
Dental
Behavioral Health
Optometry
Pharmacy
Lab / Radiology

R. Kim Hartwig

Doctor of Medicine
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R. Kim Hartwig

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)

Medical Director – Dr. Hartwig graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2003. She completed her Residency in Spokane, WA in Family Medicine and is board certified and a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine.  Dr. Hartwig takes care of people of all ages, from birth until we cross over, but especially enjoys Women’s health, diabetes care and sports medicine. Dr. Hartwig opened her own practice in June of 2014, which is where she worked before coming home. Dr. Hartwig began her current position as the Medical Director in July of 2019.

Dr. Hartwig is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, and was raised and grew up in Lapwai, Idaho. She is also Dine and Cowachin (First Nations). She has said that it was always her goal to come home to take care of her own people.  She is married with 4 girls and 2 boys. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being active. Ever the athlete, Dr. Hartwig loves to play basketball. She even played basketball in college at Loyola Marymount University.

Edward Smith

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)
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Edward Smith

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)

Physician – Member of the NMPH staff since 2020. Dr. Smith attended and graduated from Pullman High School from 1990 to 1994. He obtained a Bachelors in Biology in 1998, from Lewis and Clark College. In 2003, he graduated as a Doctor in Medicine (MD), from Wake Forest University. In 2015, Edward was blessed with a son. Dr. Smith completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of New Mexico – School of Medicine, from 2003 to 2006; and Sports Medicine Fellowship, from May 2007 to May 2008.  Dr. Smith is knowledgeable in a variety of areas such as: Women’s Health issues, Skin Procedures, Sports Medicine, Pediatric Adult, Pediatric from newborn to 18 years old, Joint Injections, Wound Care, and/or Geriatric Care.  From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Smith was employed in the Student Health Clinic at Washington State University (WSU). At WSU, he was the team Physician for varsity sports. His employment before he began NMPH, was at the Pullman Family Medicine Clinic, in Pullman, WA.

Danae Vu

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)
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Danae Vu

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)

Dr. Vu has been the OBGYN at Nimiipuu Health for the past 8 years. She graduated with her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. She has over 20 years of experience which she brings to the table treating our patients. She enjoys serving patients from a diverse and unique population.

Miles Robinson

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
(FNP-C)
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Miles Robinson

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
(FNP-C)

Miles Robinson, FNP-C: Miles Robinson graduated in 2016 and is board certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Miles has been a practitioner at Nimiipuu Health for over 6 years.  Prior to attending Walden University, he was a registered nurse for over 7 years working in several different areas including emergency department, Life Flight, medical, surgical, cardiovascular, and intensive care units. Currently he is also credentialed at Tristate Memorial Hospital and has been working in the emergency department for the last several years.

Miles is currently completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and will anticipate completion in February 2023.  Originally from South Eastern Idaho, he moved to the area with his wife and five children.  During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family hunting, fishing, and any activity involved with the outdoors.

Brenda Sellner

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
(FNP-C)
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Brenda Sellner

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
(FNP-C)

Brenda was born and raised on the prairie in the Winona area.  Her family farmed and raised cattle and hogs. The house Brenda grew up in sits in the middle, giving her a Kamiah address, Grangeville phone, and she went to school in Nezperce. She moved away for a short time and resided in Phoenix, Arizona. She returned to Idaho to raise her son, then began her education at LCSC to obtain her RN. She spent almost 20 years working as an RN in many different areas and doing travel nursing, but she had a feeling she needed to do more, so she returned to school to get her masters. Brenda worked her way through her master’s gaining her family nurse practitioner and Master’s in nursing education. She attended Grand Canyon University for her BSN then moved on to Walden University for both of her master’s degrees. Before coming to Nimiipuu Health, Brenda was a Nurse Practitioner at Tri-State Memorial Hospital and an instructor at Walla Walla Community College. Brenda is married with one son, a grandson, and two fur-babies. One fun fact about Brenda is that she competes in cowboy mounted shooting. She has five horses that are trained to compete in these events.

Saker Medavarapu

Physical Therapist
(PT)
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Saker Medavarapu

Physical Therapist
(PT)

Saker has been a Physical Therapist practicing at Nimiipuu Health since March of 2019. Saker graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He then attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID where he graduated with a Master of physical Therapy in August of 1997.

He has been working as a physical therapist for over 22 years and began serving the patients of Nimiipuu Health in 2019. Saker has appointments at Nimiipuu Health held on Thursdays, weekly.

Aurora Horstkamp

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)
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Aurora Horstkamp

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)

Medical Doctor – Dr. Horstkamp graduated from medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health where she also completed her residency in Family Medicine.  After residency, she traveled as a locum tenens physician practicing in several states in the West and Midwest. Dr. Horstkamp did some brief volunteer medicine in Nepal and Kenya before practicing full spectrum adult, pediatric, geriatric medicine in Duluth MN/Superior WI and in Roseburg, OR.  More recently she has worked for over 16 years as a staff physician at Washington State University.  She brings with her over 27 years of experience as a physician.  She enjoys walks with her husky, canoeing, pickleball and cross-country skiing.

John Horstkamp

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)
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John Horstkamp

Doctor of Medicine
(MD)

Dr. Horstkamp grew up in California and went to medical school at UCLA, graduating in 1985.  He finished his residency in family medicine at UCLA in 1989. He has been a board-certified family doctor since 1989 and has worked in a variety of settings, including at Kaiser Permanente, at WSU in student health, and more recently at Pullman Family Medicine. He joined Nimiipuu Health on a part-time basis in February 2022. He enjoys seeing both adults and children.

Dr. Horstkamp and his wife Dr. Aurora Horstkamp live in Pullman, and they have two children and a Siberian Husky. In his free time, Dr. Horstkamp enjoys camping, hiking, rafting, and watching college sports.

Dustin Worth

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dustin Worth

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
(DO)

Physician – Dr. Worth has been with Nimiipuu Health since April of 2018 as a part-time physician practicing in Family Medicine.  Outside of Nimiipuu Health Dr. Worth also teaches medical students at the University of Idaho WWAMI medical education program.  His emphasis there is on clinical skills and mind body medicine.  He has a wife and four children that are grown.

Brad Capawana

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
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Brad Capawana

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
(DPM)

Podiatrist – Dr. Capawana graduated in 1998 from Brigham University with a degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. He has been working the Palouse region since 1999. He began contracting with Nimiipuu Health on April 25, 2007 as a Podiatrist. He was recredentialed with NMPH on January 1, 2021.

Chad Lewis

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
(ARNP)
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Chad Lewis

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
(ARNP)

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Chad has been working with Nimiipuu Health since January of 2014. He brings almost 20 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner.

Julie Keller

Registered Dietitian
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Julie Keller

Registered Dietitian
(RD)

Julie is a Registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes care and education specialist. Julie was raised in Seattle Washington.  She has been employed at Nimiipuu Health as a registered dietitian nutritionist since August of 1997 and became a certified diabetes care and education specialist in 2005.  She has been interested in the relationship between nutrition and health most of her life and loves to help people to achieve their best health.  Outside of work Julie enjoys concerts, movies,  animals (chihuahuas in particular) and cooking.

Sally Springs

Massage Therapist
(LMT)
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Sally Springs

Massage Therapist
(LMT)

Massage Therapist Sally Springs joined Nimiipuu Health as a full-time Massage Therapist in December 2019. She grew up in the beautiful northwest until her late 20’s, moving to Central Oregon. She worked in a saw mill for ten years. Joining the military in 1986, Sally served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1994. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ottawa University in 1997. After graduating, she relocated to the Phoenix, Arizona area. While in Phoenix, Sally enrolled in Allied Health, a wellness center where she obtained her official massage license. Sally has been then practicing massage therapy for six years. Sally has one daughter and two granddaughters. She recently discovered that she has Nez Perce roots and it turns out that she has many relatives; she was even fortunate enough to come into contact with her full-blood sister. Sally is an enrolled Nez Perce tribal member.

Leslie Smith

RN, PHN, Director
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Leslie Smith

RN, PHN, Director

Leslie graduated with her BSN from Idaho State University in 1988. She worked in Home Health for many years before getting a position at the Ft. Hall Clinic on the Shoshone/Bannock Reservation. Leslie was hired at Nimiipuu Health in 2001 and has held many positions during her time here. She is currently the Community Health Department Manager.

She is the current QI/Risk Chair, she does Case Management and Discharge Planning, she performs in-home care visits and medication management. She is a champion for the elder community, serving on the Adult Protection Multi-Disciplinary Team and never giving up on the assisted living facility in our own community dream.

Jackienna Hopkins

RN, PHN
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Jackienna Hopkins

RN, PHN

Jackienna is an enrolled Nez Perce Tribal member. Her parents were Jack Trail and Patricia Pablo.  In 1999, Jackienna began her career at Nimiipuu Health after working several years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in multiple nursing homes in the Lewis-Clark Valley. She started at Nimiipuu Health as the Maternal Child Health CNA and worked until 2008 when she went back to school to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. In 2010, she graduated as a Registered Nurse from Walla Walla Community College. While in school, she kept her ties with Nimiipuu Health by participating on the Nimiipuu Health Board from 2009-2012. In 2012, she took on the role of a Community Health Nurse.

Her scope of care is helping anyone with health needs but her focus is cancer and her special relationship with Elders. She works in the community providing home visits, filling medisets, assisting with the Immunization clinics and working with the Community Health staff. She coordinates the scheduling and facilitation for the mammogram mobile visits to Nimiipuu Health. She also plans to bring Blood Drives back in collaboration with Vitalant in Lewiston. She currently has three sons who are now young men and one granddaughter. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and traveling.

JoAnna Hendren

Registered Dental Hygienist
(RDH)
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JoAnna Hendren

Registered Dental Hygienist
(RDH)
Dental Hygienist – Joanna graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She attended the American Institute of Health Technology Dental Hygiene where she received a degree in Science, Dental Hygiene. She became a Licensed Dental Hygienist in June of 2005. On November 23, 2005 she was hired as a Dental Hygienist with Nimiipuu Health. She currently serves in the capacity of Dental Director. She has been employed at Nimiipuu Health for over 15 years.  JoAnna has been married to her husband Wade for over 20 years and they share 5 children.  Her hobbies include restoring old furniture, boating, and camping.

David Eichler

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry
(DMD)
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David Eichler

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry
(DMD)

Dr. Eichler was born in McMinnville, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University where, in 1976 he obtained a bachelor’s in animal science and went on to pursue a degree in Nursing. He became a Registered Nurse in 1987. On a medical mission to Haiti in 1987, he had the opportunity to assist a dentist. Taking a keen interest in dentistry, he applied and was accepted into Oregon Health Sciences University in 1989, working as a nurse and graduating in 1993. After graduation, he spent the next 26 years in private practice in North Pole, Alaska, serving the profession as President of the Alaska Dental Society and as a member examiner of the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners. After retiring for four months in 2019, he saw an opportunity to serve in Lapwai and accepted his present position as a dentist at Nimiipuu Health. Dr. Eichler has been married for 46 years. He has three children and six grandchildren.  He loves to spend his time traveling and serving in his church in Clarkston.

Jesse Guzman

Doctor of Dental Surgery
(DDS)
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Jesse Guzman

Doctor of Dental Surgery
(DDS)

He was rehired as a Dentist in April of 2021 after being gone for some time. He previously worked for almost 9 years at Nimiipuu Health in the capacity of a Dentist as well as the Dental Director.

Jeffrey Lathen

Dental Hygienist
(RDH)
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Jeffrey Lathen

Dental Hygienist
(RDH)

RDH –Jeff has Been with NMPH since March of 2020. He completed high school in Moscow, after which he attended the University of Idaho where he attained a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Biology. He then attended Idaho State University from 2005 – 2007, where he achieved a BS in Dental Hygiene. Prior to obtaining his bachelors, Jeff was a firefighter with the US Forest Service. One passion that he has preserved since 2001, is being a basketball and volleyball official for The State of Idaho District II. From 2007 – 2020, Mr. Lathen worked in private practice dental clinics in the Moscow area. Having over 15 years of experience as a Dental Hygienist, he gives back to the local communities by offering oral health presentations to the local schools. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, basketball, football, and family.

Karen Hendren

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Karen Hendren

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)
Behavioral Health Director – Karen Graduated with honors in 2012 from Boise State University with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She attended Walden University working towards her PhD. She was originally hired by Nimiipuu Health in April of 2016 as a Co-occurring Therapist and in March of 2018 she was promoted to the Behavioral Health Director. Karen has worked for the clinic for over 6 years and has been a clinician for over 11 years. Under her direction, the Nimiipuu Health Behavioral Health Department has increased services and hired on new staff. She is a big proponent of supporting her staff in their professional development. She enjoys taking care of her horses, traveling and spending time with family.

Heather Foster

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)
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Heather Foster

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)

Heather Foster, LCSW, QSUDP, has been serving Nimiipuu Health patients since 2015.  She graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and from Boise State University in 2015 with her Masters of Social Work.  She is licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Idaho.

Heather currently provides diagnostic assessments for Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, Anger and Domestic Violence which is approved through the Idaho Supreme Court.  In addition, she provides Co-occurring individual psychotherapy, as well as group therapy   Heather previously worked in the Substance Use Field and was a Mental Health and Drug Court Coordinator.  She also owns a Private Practice.  She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Moral Reconation Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Anger Management.

Heather is currently appointed to the Juvenile Justice Counsel and the Juvenile Justice Association as a representative for District 2.

Heather’s motto is “there is no one size fits all approach to therapy”.  Every person has a unique collection of struggles that only pertain to them.  As a counselor, she empowers her clients by using a variety of strategies and interventions based on the client’s needs.  She has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns.

Alex “Tei” Tall Bull

Behavioral Health Recovery Coach
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Alex “Tei” Tall Bull

Behavioral Health Recovery Coach

Sasheena Williams

Behavioral Health Recovery Coach
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Sasheena Williams

Behavioral Health Recovery Coach

Sasheena Williams, Behavioral Health Recovery Coach- Sasheena transferred to Behavioral Health in 2021 after her 8-year service in the Dental Department.

Sasheena’s desire to make a difference in the lives of others brought her to Nimiipuu Health. In her role as a Recovery Coach, Sasheena States,  “I can contribute to creating a healthier world for our people. Life-changing and lifesaving makes this opportunity all worth it."

In her down-time, Sasheena loves spending time with her family, traveling, fishing, cooking, baking, cleaning, shopping, music, bird watching and photography. She adopted her first kid in 2018, gets anxiety being in large crowds, and loves being outdoors huckleberry picking and root digging. One struggle that made Sasheena who she is today is her journey overcoming alcoholism and helping others through that struggle as well.

Words Sasheena likes to remember in hard times are, "Every time that it seems like life is punishing you, understand that you’re only being prepared for everything that you have coming to you.” -Londrelle

Dora Axtell

Licensed Master Social Worker
(LMSW)
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Dora Axtell

Licensed Master Social Worker
(LMSW)

BH Clinician - Originally hired in 2005, Dora worked in many capacities for Nimiipuu Health until 2018, when she left to go back to school. After graduating from LCSC in May of 2018 with a bachelor’s in social work, Dora was rehired with NMPH as an Intake Specialist in January of 2019. During this time with the assistance of her peers, she performed clinical hours towards her Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).  On July 30, 2021 she was licensed as an LMSW. On October 4, 2021 she was reclassified to the Behavioral Health Clinician job description. She was credentialed by Nimiipuu Health on October 4, 2021.

Kiara Garcia

Licensed Professional Counselor
(LPC)
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Kiara Garcia

Licensed Professional Counselor
(LPC)

Kiara Garcia, LCSW: Behavioral Health Co-Occurring Clinician. Raised in Lapwai, ID, Kiara earned her Bachelor of Social Work from LCSC in 2021. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Social Work in 2022 and was licensed soon after. After graduating, Kiara moved back to Lapwai where after a few months, she was hired as co-occurring clinician as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Kiara is currently working on obtaining her clinical licensure and is very excited to be back home working in the community. She loves the department she works in and the support they have for one another. In her spare time, Kiara enjoys spending time with her family and her boyfriend. She like to hunt, forage for morel mushrooms and huckleberries, she also likes hiking and taking in a new movie or show.

Sabrina Wakefield

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)
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Sabrina Wakefield

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)

Sabrina Wakefield is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the profession since 2012 and with Nimiipuu Behavioral Health since 2018. She serves all ages who have mental health and addiction needs utilizing a strengths-based approach. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy in the Behavioral Health office as well as through confidential Zoom sessions Monday through Friday. Sabrina has lived in many places during her life and has lived the entirety of her adulthood in the Lewis-Clark valley. In her free time Sabrina loves spending time with her family in nature or playing games. She is a fan of the arts from drawing to acting, singing, and dancing. She found her niche in her profession, as she has always been a lover of people and the various personalities, cultures, and stories that make us unique as well as united.

Tammy Everson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)
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Tammy Everson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)

Behavioral Health Clinician – Tammy has her Master’s in clinical Social Work (MSW). She earned her initial license, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in 2003 and moved on to replace that with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2008.  Tammy began her career as a program manager in a crisis stabilization facility back in 1998 with Western Montana Mental Health Center in Missoula, MT. She has been a Clinical Director of a private group practice in Grangeville, ID since February of 2005.

Hired in November of 2018 as a Behavioral Health Clinician and having worked in the mental health field since 1998, she brings 25 years of knowledge and experience  to Nimiipuu Health. Tammy has experience in Child Protection work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, trauma work, Motivational Interviewing, Group work, Family Counseling, Mediation, Crisis Intervention strategies, Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Assessment and Evaluation, DV evaluations and related treatment, DUI evaluations and ADIS curriculum. Her passions are helping people to heal and rebuild their lives, advocate, and train others in this field to be the very best providers they can be by providing Ethical Delivery of Care.

Tonia Aripa

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)
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Tonia Aripa

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)

Tonia practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She attended Lewis-Clark State College for her undergraduate degree in Social Work and Boise State University for her graduate degree in Social Work. While pursuing her education, she completed her internship with the Nez Perce Tribe, Child Protection Services serving tribal members and their families. In 2012, she was hired by Nimiipuu Health, Behavioral Health and worked under the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention grant, as an Intake Specialist and was later hired as a Clinician.

Tonia is an eclectic counselor with experience working with individuals at all stages of life wanting assistance with a range of issues including: abuse and trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use issues, life adjustments, and grief and loss. Her therapeutic approach model recognizes that each person is an individual and has a unique set of skills and strengths that requires a creative and diverse approach to therapy.  Tonia continues to obtain training and education related to counseling and health disparities that disproportionately affect tribal nations.

“If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.”

Kristy Kuehfuss

PhD - Psychologist
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Kristy Kuehfuss

PhD - Psychologist

Dr. Kuehfuss began working at Nimiipuu Health in 2011 moving from a contracted position to the Behavioral Health Director. She eventually stepped down from that role to spend more time with her family. In 2015, she became a Behavioral Health Clinician. She is currently working under contract as a Licensed Psychologist for Nimiipuu Behavioral Health, providing telehealth services.

Ileen Huh

Supervising Optometrist
(OD)
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Ileen Huh

Supervising Optometrist
(OD)

Supervising Optometrist – Originally from sunny California, she graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 2010. She joined Nimiipuu Health in 2014 where she has been serving as the sole Optometrist and has been a valuable member of our team. Prior to working at NMPH, Dr. Huh practiced at Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) in Chinle, AZ and Libertyville Vision in Libertyville, IL.  Dr. Huh is married with one daughter. She also has a fur baby, Roblus, a Bouvier des Flanders who was born in September of 2020. In her spare time, Dr. Huh enjoys being outdoors. Her whole family, Roblus included, love the water. She has yet to go huckleberry picking, but maybe this year she will get her chance to gather some delicious berries with her family.

Christina Hammond

Pharmacist
(PharmD)
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Christina Hammond

Pharmacist
(PharmD)

Christina has been with Nimiipuu Health since 2013 serving in the capacity of a pharmacist. She graduated from Washington State University with her Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2011. Christina brings with her over 11 years of experience.

Natasha Stamper

Pharmacist
(PharmD)
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Natasha Stamper

Pharmacist
(PharmD)

Natasha graduated from Washington State University school of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2010. She has worked at Nimiipuu Health since 2017 and has a Diabetes Certification which she received in May of 2014.

Rita Jamison

Pharmacist
(PharmD)
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Rita Jamison

Pharmacist
(PharmD)

Rita has been a pharmacist at Nimiipuu Health for over 22 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Idaho State University in 1988. She has over 34 years of experience as a pharmacist.

Kimberly Merrill

Pharmacist
(PharmD)
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Kimberly Merrill

Pharmacist
(PharmD)

Kimberly has been with Nimiipuu Health Pharmacy since 2020, before that she has worked as a pharmacist in retail and hospice settings in Clarkston and Vancouver WA for 22 years.   Kimberly calls the valley her home, having graduated from Clarkston High School, Biology from Lewis-Clark State College and Pharmacy from Washington State University. She enjoys all our area has to offer, such as camping, boating, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest.

Tyler Cowart

Chief Pharmacist
(PharmD)
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Tyler Cowart

Chief Pharmacist
(PharmD)

Tyler earned a degree in chemistry at the University of Utah prior to completing the Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. He recently joined Nimiipuu Health Fall of 2022 and is excited for the opportunity to meet and serve the community. Tyler has 14 years of pharmacy experience and just left Lewiston Walgreens as the pharmacy manager to take this opportunity.

Originally from Southern Utah, he has lived abroad in Vienna, Austria, as well as Salt Lake City, Utah, and Roswell, New Mexico. Dr. Cowart is married with 5 kids, 4 sons, 1 daughter, and a Belgian Shepherd that is commonly mistaken for a wolf or bear. In his spare time, Dr. Cowart likes to hike, play racquetball, play board games, and read.

Brenda L. Gillispie

Laboratory Supervisor
(PBT(ASCP) MLA)
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Brenda L. Gillispie

Laboratory Supervisor
(PBT(ASCP) MLA)

Brenda has worked as a Laboratory Technician since 1988 starting at the Pathologists Regional Laboratory. From there she moved to the Laboratory Technician at Lewiston Medical Center in 2005, then in 2007 to Raw Materials Technician at Veterinary Medicine Research and Development. She came to Nimiipuu Health in 2012 and has been serving as the NMPH Laboratory Supervisor since 2019. Brenda received her Phlebotomist Certification in 1997, and she became a Certified Lab Technician with American Society of Clinical Pathologists in 2018. She has been married for 36 years, and she has 2 grown children and 2 grandsons.

Rhonda

Phlebotomist / Laboratory Technician (Kamiah)
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Rhonda

Phlebotomist / Laboratory Technician (Kamiah)

Lori Drury

Radiological Technologist
(BS, RT (R) (ARRT))
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Lori Drury

Radiological Technologist
(BS, RT (R) (ARRT))

Lori was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho where she attended LCSC and received her Bachelor of Science in Radiographic Science and Business Management in 2015.  Lori has been with NMPH since 2015. She was initially hired as a PRN/on-call Radiologic Technologist and eventually transitioned to full-time in 2017.  Outside of work, Lori enjoys working on house projects and spending time with her husband, Brandon, and their 4 dogs.

Connie Cruz

Medical Technologist
(MT)
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Connie Cruz

Medical Technologist
(MT)

Connie graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology in the Philippines. She worked as a Medical Technologist at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in the  Philippines from 1984 to 2000. She then moved to Pullman and worked at Pullman Memorial

Hospital from August 2000 to June 2002. From Pullman, Connie went to work at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho from July 2002 to December 2002. She has been with Nimiipuu Health since January 2003. Connie loves working at Nimiipuu Health, which is why  she has chosen to stay with this team the longest. Connie is married to Rico Cruz, who also used to work for the Nez Perce Tribe. He is now retired. Together they have a daughter who is a senior at the University of Idaho. Connie’s hobbies include cooking, baking, and making beautiful beaded jewelry.

Michelle Bennett

Medical Laboratory Scientist
(MLS (ASCP))
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Michelle Bennett

Medical Laboratory Scientist
(MLS (ASCP))

For the past 14 years Michelle has worked at Pathologist’s Regional Laboratory as a Core Scientist in many departments within the lab including some IT and lead/supervisory duties. She is excited for the chance to work in a different laboratory setting and be more involved with patients and providers. She has two girls and one cat. She enjoys quiet time with a book and being outdoors. Michelle has spent a few summers working for USGS on juvenile chinook/steelhead fish studies along the Snake/Columbia River dams. Every generation in her family has been in some medical profession and Michelle originally did not want to take that path, but an ad in the paper for a part-time position at PRL lead her to where she is now and she loves what she does.

Laurel Foster

Phlebotomist / Laboratory Technician
(PBT (ASCP))
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Laurel Foster

Phlebotomist / Laboratory Technician
(PBT (ASCP))

In 2012 Laurel earned her Bachelor’s Degree in United States History from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She received her Phlebotomy Certificate in 2014 from Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) and went on to teach Phlebotomy for LCSC from 2015 to 2020. Laurel’s experience includes working for Pathologists’ Regional Lab, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and Idaho State University along with LCSC. In her spare time, Laurel loves hanging out with her two dogs, nephew, and other family. She also likes crafting, baking, and reading.

LAPWAI CLINIC

Address:
111 Bever Grade, Lapwai, ID 83540

Phone:
Front Desk: 208-843-2271
Pharmacy Refill Line: 208-621-4963

Office Hours:

Medical/Lab
8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Open during lunch (12 PM-1 PM)


Behavioral Health
8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Open during lunch (12 PM-1 PM)


Pharmacy
8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Open during lunch (12 PM-1 PM)


Dental
8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Closed during lunch and re-open at 1 PM
Closed Wednesdays from 1:00 PM-4:30 PM


Optometry
8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Closed during lunch and re-open at 1 PM


Wellness Center
Mon – Thu 6:30 AM-7:00 PM 
Fri 6:30 AM – 3:30 PM

KAMIAH CLINIC

Address:
313 3rd St, Kamiah, ID 83536

Phone:
Front Desk: 208-935-0733
Pharmacy Refill Line: 208-621-4963

Office Hours:

Medical
8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Open during lunch (12 PM-1 PM)


Dental
8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Closed during lunch and re-open at 1PM

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