Idaho AAP

Idaho AAP Chapter Leadership Biographies

Lisa Barker

Lisa Barker, MD, FAAP

Specialty: General Pediatrics

Where did you go to medical school, residency, and do your fellowship?

  • Medical School — Univerity of Washington
  • Residency — Seattle Children’s

What brought you to Idaho?

  • My husband and I both grew up in Boise and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School. We left for college, thinking we’d never come back to Idaho. Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder! After completing my medical training, we were both excited to come back home.

How many years have you taken care of kids?

  • I have been in medical practice for 6 years

What do you like to do on your day off?

  • My days off usually revolve around my small children, a 3-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. Our time is filled with bike rides, playing at the park, reading books, and building with legos. As a family, we love skiing, swimming, traveling, and playing with our yorkie dogs.

What was your favorite food as a kid?

  • Mashed potatoes!

Who inspires you?

  • My husband Chad, a high school teacher and coach
  • My colleagues at Treasure Valley Pediatrics
  • My loving and supportive family

Perry Brown, MD, FAAP

After growing up in New Orleans, LA and attending college at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, he completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and then residency at the Children's Hospital in Denver, CO. Immediately after completing residency in 1998, he moved to Idaho, where he first practiced with Saltzer Medical Group in Nampa and Meridian, and then, in 2004, he chose to change my career path a bit and joined the teaching faculty as the Director of Pediatric Education at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, where he continue to work. Additionally, he has served as the Associate Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho since 2000, and currently serve as the Boise Site Director for WWAMI 3rd and 4th year medical students' pediatric rotations.

During his years in the "real world" of pediatrics, it has become clear that the power and the wisdom of the group is superior to that of individuals, and that this power and wisdom can be leveraged politically at a local and state level with success. He has also realized that several hours of seeing patients in clinic will help a few children (and is incredibly fun and rewarding!), but that several hours of public policy and advocacy work can help a vast number of children. These insights have motivated him to participate in the American Academy of Pediatrics at both the state and national levels, and to spend time and energy lobbying our elected state officials.

He loves living in Idaho. He has great professional colleagues here, and gets to work in an incredibly supportive academic program and children's hospital. People are genuine and warm. And the state is varied and beautiful, with easy access to so many fantastic outdoor recreational activities that he enjoys, including fly fishing, hiking, and skiing. Idaho is a special place, and he feels honored to be caring for and advocating for the next generation of Idahoans.

Tyler Burpee, MD

Tyler is a pediatric gastroenterologist at St. Luke's Children's Hospital. He grew up in Boise and is a 4th generation Boise High graduate! He attended Dartmouth College, where he studied philosophy and realized that his stated childhood goal of becoming a pediatrician was the real deal. From there, he went onto medical school and a pediatric residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He then spent two years with the Indian Health service on the Navajo reservation, followed by a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital and then several years of work at Seattle Children's Hospital. The draw of family brought him back to Boise in 2011, where he's lived happily ever after. His interests include running, biking, skiing, and adventuring with his wife and two children.

Leila Ford, MD

Specialty: General Pediatrics

Where did you go to medical school, residency and do your fellowship?

Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

What brought you to Idaho?

My husband and I love the outdoors and thought it would be a nice place to raise our family.

How many years have you taken care of kids?

I graduated from residency and started practicing in the summer of 2015.

What do you like to do on your day off?

Relax with my husband and three children; we enjoy fishing, hiking and camping.

What was your favorite food as a kid?

Pizza!

If one of your elementary teachers would talk about you what would they say?

I think they would say I was shy, but loved to learn.

Who inspires you?

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Aaron Gardner

Aaron Gardner

Specialty: Pediatric Critical Care

Where did you go to medical school, residency and do your fellowship?

  • Medical School — St. George’s University
  • Residency — Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Fellowship — Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

What brought you to Idaho?

  • We wanted to be back out west, in the great outdoors and closer to family

How many years have you taken care of kids?

  • 10

What do you like to do on your day off?

  • Hike, run, garden, travel with family

What was your favorite food as a kid?

  • Ice cream . . . still is

If one of your elementary teachers would talk about you what would they say?

  • Smart kid, kinda goofy looking, big glasses, not very tough . . . but he stays out of trouble ;)

Who inspires you?

  • Optimists—with so much going wrong, I’m inspired by those who still see the good in the world, who find an ember of hope and blow on it.

Aaron is a Pediatric Intensivist at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. His professional activities involve pediatric disaster medicine and healthcare preparedness. He completed his Pediatric Critical Care training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and his Pediatric residency and chief residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. He has a master’s degree in Disaster Medicine from Universita’ del Piemonte Orientale. He earned his medical doctorate from St. George’s University and his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University.

He is a Regional Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the National Disaster Medical System, and has deployed to domestic and international disasters. Aaron is a founding member of the Mountain States Pediatric Disaster Coalition. He has worked as a critical care transport physician, on a mountain search and rescue team, and as an American Sign Language interpreter. He enjoys traveling with his family and running.

Sherry Iversion and her husband Jerry

Sherry Dee Iverson

(Sherry is pictured above with her husband Jerry.)

Speciality: Executive Director of the Idaho Chapter of the AAP

St. Luke’s Children’s: Director of Advocacy and Community Education

Sherry attended Boise State University and obtained her Nursing and Bachelors in Health degree. She is a native Idahoan. She started her career in Labor and Delivery room in 1974.

On her day off she loves to scrapbook, read, play with her golden retrievers, and play cribbage. Her favorite food is potatoes. Her grandfather was an Idaho potato framer. Her grandmother was her principal thru all her elementary years. She would have described Sherry as friendly, talkative, and a great reader.

Who inspires Sherry: Her Grandmother Dee, one of the most patient and caring women she knew who always put family first and is the person she was named after along with her daughters. (Her daughters Andrea and Deedra are pictured below.)

Andrea and Deedra

Tom Patterson

Tom Patterson

Tom Patterson is the past president of the Idaho AAP.

Jean Prince, MD

Jean Prince, MD

Jean is a general pediatrician working at Lakeside Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She went to Loma Linda University for Medical School and then pediatric residency for three years at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital followed by a one year chief residency there. She then moved to Coeur d’Alene and opened Lakeside Pediatrics with her partner, Ronda Westcott, MD.

Aside from seeing amazing patients, she loves hanging out with her husband, Bryce, and their two boys Cooper (age 8) and Austin (age 5). She loves camping, skiing, snowboarding and playing the piano.

Jean Prince, MD

Meghan Sainsbury

Meghan’s life has been full of adventure. Her childhood included Denver, Colorado; Minnesota; Montana; Redmond, WA; Memphis, TN; and Salt Lake City, UT. She attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and finished her Degree at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. She moved to Idaho in 2000 and has chosen to call Idaho home.

She loves working with projects, conferences, events, and helping organizations move forward. She has a special love working with children and art.

She met her husband, Chris, rafting in Stanley, Idaho. They have four children (three boys and one sparkly girl). Chris and Meghan operate the Roto-Rooter from Ontario, OR to Rupert, ID. They love Southern Idaho! As a family, they enjoy river rafting, skiing, cooking, and cheering each other on at any event they are participating in.

Meghan's Motto is “Be Kind & Work Hard”.

Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder

  1. Specialty: Neonatology
  2. Where did you go to medical school, residency, and do your fellowship? University of Nebraska Medical Center for Med School, Children’s Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque for residency and fellowship
  3. What brought you to Idaho? A 1997 Subaru Outback loaded up with my future wife, two big dogs, and a U-Haul with a bunch of really crummy furniture that should have never been moved.
  4. How many years have you taken care of kids? If you include my older sister, then all my life. Otherwise, since 1998.
  5. What do you like to do on your day off? Sleeping in, skiing, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, craft-beer and cider drinking.
  6. What was your favorite food as a kid? Mac n cheese with a can of Hormel chili. Good Midwestern grub.
  7. Favorite Book(s): The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The River Why

Scott spent his childhood in a small Midwestern town in eastern Nebraska. He attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan University where he majored in Biopsychology and minored in English. His medical training was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he also served as Treasurer and then President of Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society. His love of the mountains and outdoors drew him west to New Mexico. Internship, residency, and Neonatology fellowship were completed at the Children’s Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Fellowship research interests were focused on early inflammatory indicators of sepsis.

He left Albuquerque in 2005, moving to Boise, ID, as a Neonatologist for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. In 2007 he became Medical Director of St. Luke’s Neonatology. He currently serves as the Chair of the AAP District VIII Perinatal Section, and was conference chair for the 2010 District VIII Annual Conference in Boise. In 2014 he was elected President of the Idaho Chapter of the AAP. His interests are in improving efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of care delivery in the NICU by thoughtfully combining the art of medicine with the many technological tools that are available in the field today. He is a strong supporter of utilizing evidence from both clinical and academic medicine to build order sets and workflows to improve consistency, communication, and outcomes.

Non-medical pursuits include hiking, snow skiing, fly fishing, boating, biking, and any time he gets to spend in the mountains with his wife, Celinda.

Mark Uranga, MD

Mark Uranga, MD FAAP