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Opioids, Pain and Substance Use Disorders Specialist Panel

Jacob Harris, MD

Jacob Harris, MD, currently serves as psychiatry and addiction medicine specialist at the Boise VA Medical Center. As Medical Director of the Residential Substance Use Program, Dr. Harris is committed to helping those living with substance and opioid use disorders. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Preventative Medicine.  

Dr. Harris is an Idaho WWAMI graduate and received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine before completing a combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. In addition to being an award-winning lecturer, he also helps lead Idaho’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship, designed to allow medical residents the chance to gain experience working with patients who have opioid and substance use disorders.

Jacob Harris, MD

Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Specialist, Boise VA

Jacob Harris

Brenda Hoyt, NP

Brenda Hoyt was born and raised in Idaho. She attended the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls for undergrad and went on to earn her Master's of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, with a focus on Psychiatric and Mental Health. Currently, Brenda works as a nurse practitioner at Raise the Bottom, an organization in Boise that provides medications for opioid use disorder as well as individual counseling.

Brenda Hoyt, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Raise the Bottom Idaho

Brenda Hoyt headshot

Amy Jeppesen, LCSW, ACADC

Amy Jeppesen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Advanced Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor. In 2010, she founded Recovery 4 Life, an organization providing drug treatment, recovery and counseling services to Idaho's Treasure Valley. In 2019, the organization merged with Trivium Life Services, where she now occupies the role of Vice President of Corporate Development.

Jeppesen led the way to industry-changing treatment, becoming the largest provider of substance use disorder services in Idaho. This journey included starting the first women’s trauma full-intensive outpatient program, men’s trauma program, and specialty programming for ages 19-25 and receiving a federal grant for her groundbreaking work. Throughout her 25+ years of experience, she has been committed to developing collaborative partnerships with community resources including Community Based Agencies, Mental Health Organizations, and local resources for housing, employment, and other community support to provide wraparound services, increasing the likelihood of success with clients and their families.

 

Amy Jeppesen, LCSW, ACADC

Social Worker, Trivium Life Services

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Cathy Oliphant, PharmD

Cathy Oliphant is Professor and Co-Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Science at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, as well as the Rho Chi and Generation Rx advisor. She earned her PharmD degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed a residency and fellowship in infectious diseases/microbiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining the faculty at ISU College of Pharmacy in 2003, Cathy taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.

She currently maintains a practice site at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise and Meridian where she works with Internal Medicine physicians, hospitalists and infectious disease physicians, and precepts students on medicine, infectious diseases, and academic APPEs. Her research interests include infectious diseases and prescription drug abuse issues.

Cathy Oliphant, PharmD

Co-Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and Professor of Infectious Disease, Opioid Use and Internal Medicine, Idaho State University

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Todd Palmer, MD

Todd Palmer received his medical degree from the University of California at Davis. He completed his medical residency at Full Circle Health (formerly the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho) in 1989 before joining the faculty there in 1998. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and has a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics through the American Board of Family Medicine. He developed the Addiction Medicine and Geriatric Medicine Fellowships at Full Circle Health and serves as the director for both. He is an associate  professor of Family Medicine through the University of Washington. Dr. Palmer helped develop the addiction and chronic pain ECHO Idaho project and has been a panel member since the program's launch in 2018, and is also one of the core facilitators for ECHO Idaho's X-Waiver Trainings.

Todd Palmer, MD

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director, Full Circle Health; Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, University of Washington

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Richard Runyan, MD

Dr. Runyan has a Bachelor’s from BYU – Idaho and earned his MD at the nationally-ranked University of Washington School of Medicine. After medical school, he attended the University of Utah and world-renowned Huntsman Cancer Hospital to complete his anesthesiology residency and interventional pain medicine fellowship. Dr. Runyan has the highest level of training possible for a pain specialist, is board certified in both anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine and relies on a multidisciplinary approach to treat patients.

Originally from Colorado, he is committed to service and served a mission for his church in French Polynesia, where he became fluent in both the French and Tahitian languages. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, skiing, sports and being in the outdoors.

Richard Runyan, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist, Pain and Spine Specialists of Idaho

Richard Runyon

Addiction Medicine Fellows

Full Circle Health and the Boise VA Medical Center have partnered to establish a year-long addiction medicine fellowship that provides specialty training to physicians interested in this field. The fellowship is open to a number of specialties including family medicine, psychiatry and internal medicine.

ECHO Idaho is proud to work in concert with Full Circle Health and the Boise VA Medical Center to host these accomplished fellows on our Opioid, Pain and Substance Use Disorder specialist panel.

The fellows receive broad experience in diagnosing and treating addiction. They work directly with patients with alcohol, methamphetamine and opioid use disorders in inpatient and out-patient settings and are exposed to a variety of counseling techniques. The fellows will be board certified in addiction medicine once the fellowship is successfully completed. This year’s fellows include:

Jeremy Blanchard, MD, MPH, PhD, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Jeremy Blanchard, MD, MPH, PhD, received his Masters in Public Health from Yale University in New Haven, CT; his Doctor of Medicine from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and his PhD in Population Health Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. As a physician scientist, his goal is to bridge the gap between economic research and durable, salient policy. He is specifically interested in health economics as they apply to economic mobility, addiction and chronic pain outcomes, maternal and child health, gender and racial equity and infectious disease epidemiology. Dr. Blanchard currently works as a policy advisor and program evaluator with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and serves on the core faculty at Full Circle Health, Boise.

Jeremy Blanchard, MD, MPH, PhD, Addiction Medicine Fellow

University of Washington, Boise Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Jeremy Blanchard

Derek Hayton, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Derek Hayton earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences, then completed residency at Full Circle Health where he is currently an Addiction Medicine Residency Fellow. Dr. Hayton also acts as a program physician at Raise the Bottom in Boise where he treats patients with opioid use disorder. Active in the community, Dr. Hayton also volunteers his time and expertise at Genesis Community Health in Garden City and The Friendship Clinic in Boise.

When he's not working, he enjoys rock climbing, skiing, hiking, meditating and working in ceramics.

Derek Hayton, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Full Circle Health, Boise Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Nari Hsiu, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

Dr. Nari Hsiu is originally from Tacoma, WA and is a graduate of the University of Washington. She obtained her osteopathic medical degree at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. She completed psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington, Idaho Advanced Clinician Track. Following completion of the fellowship program, Dr. Hsiu plans to pursue a career in community psychiatry and addiction medicine here in Idaho. She is excited and honored to participate in ECHO Idaho.

Nari Hsiu, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow

University of Washington, Boise Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Nari Hsiu

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4072

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu