Kootenai Clinic Welcomes New Neurosurgeon

July 6th, 2016|Categories: Neurosurgery|Tags: , |

Katie Huynh proves hard work and dedication make all the difference There is a reason neurosurgery is a standard of difficulty and skill in our society. Hearing, “It’s not like it’s brain surgery,” is a common comparison used to diminish the difficulty of lesser tasks for good reason. After completing eleven years of medical school and [...]

Once a Fighter, Always a Fighter

June 29th, 2016|Categories: Heart Services|Tags: , , |

Sandpoint Resident Lives Life to the Fullest, Despite Major Cardiac Events By Stacie Jones Gary Johnson served as an Alaska smoke jumper from 1973 to 1987. Gary Johnson was in the midst of an exciting career fighting fires for the U.S. Forest Service. During that career, he had spent 15 years as a smoke jumper, hurling himself [...]

Kootenai Clinic Employee Wins State Immunization Award

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Family Medicine, News/Events, Nursing|Tags: , |

Angela DodgeMedical Assistant, Family Medicine Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Coeur d'Alene Residency employee, Angela Dodge, recently won the Immunization Champion Award from the state of Idaho. The Immunization Champion Award is an annual award given by the Idaho Immunization Program to recognize individuals or teams that go above and beyond to promote childhood [...]

Find Relief this Allergy Season

April 26th, 2016|Categories: Ear, Nose Throat, Allergy and Audiology|Tags: , |

Most of us recognize the region’s four seasons as winter, spring, summer and fall. But for others, there’s simply winter and “allergy season.” However, the worst time of year for allergy sufferers depends on an individual’s triggers. Those who are allergic to tree pollen will experience more severe symptoms in the springtime. Grass pollen is [...]

Inside Kootenai: What is one thing you tell all your patients to do in order to keep their heart healthy?

April 12th, 2016|Categories: Heart Services|Tags: , , , |

Russell Blakeley, M.D., Kootenai Heart Clinics Northwest “I encourage my patients to be physically active. Over the years, I have never had a single patient ‘work themselves to death,’ but I have had too many patients who have ‘rested themselves to death.’  The scientific research has become overwhelming regarding the importance of physical activity, not [...]

Ask the Expert |Time for a new knee?

October 15th, 2015|Categories: Orthopedics|Tags: , , |

Jonathan Linthicum, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon For many people struggling with joint pain, knowing when to seek help from a surgeon is sometimes difficult. For some, the onset of knee pain is sudden and dramatic, and literally overnight they find their daily function extremely limited. For most people with knee arthritis, the onset is much more gradual, and they slowly begin to decrease their activity [...]

Meet Cancer Services’ Newest Physician

September 29th, 2015|Categories: Cancer Services|Tags: , |

Meet Kootenai Clinic's newest oncologist, Jeff Allen, M.D. Jeff Allen, M.D., Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services Medical Oncologist Tell us a little bit about you and your family: Though my wife and I are native Californians, our academic and professional lives have brought us opportunities to live in upstate New York, western Tennessee, rural northern [...]

Finding Her Rhythm

February 25th, 2015|Categories: Kootenai Health|Tags: , , , |

Elle is getting back on track after suffering from ventricular fibrillation By Andrea Nagel On July 31, after a long day of work, Elle Susnis went to dinner following a late meeting. Everything seemed normal. She met up with friends at a favorite Sandpoint pub and was enjoying their time together. While at the restaurant, [...]

Meet Russell Blakeley, M.D., New Kootenai Clinic Cardiologist

February 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Russell Blakeley, M.D., cardiologist, is joining Kootenai Clinic from Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his internal medicine residency, a general cardiology fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. Russell Blakeley, M.D. Q: Tell us [...]

New Physician Profile: Catherine Chester, Internal Medicine

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Dr. Chester joined Kootenai Clinic from Portland, Oregon. She is board certified in internal medicine and has been in practice since 1997. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Tell us a bit about your family. I am married and we have [...]