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Dr. Ross graduated with the inaugural class in Clinical Psychology at Idaho State University in 2001, after many years working as a Speech Pathologist in Physical Rehabilitation; she also worked in administration in Physical Rehab as well as Hospital Clinical Services at Pocatello Regional Medical Center. After over 10 years in private practice in Pocatello, Dr. Ross joined the PMC Behavioral Health Clinic in September of 2013.
Dr. Ross currently completes neuropsychological evaluations with patients who have experienced traumatic brain injury, stroke and other brain disorders, as well as older adults with memory problems. She also provides behavioral treatment of chronic headaches, sleep disorders, and chronic pain.
Dr. Ross also provides psychological services to patients of the Weight Management Institute/Bariatrics Program, as well as evaluation and treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. She provides consults with inpatients of Portneuf Medical Center to aid with their recovery from a behavioral/psychological perspective. While she tailors her approach to fit the needs and desires of each patient, Dr. Ross’ primarily utilizes cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness, exposure, and biofeedback-assisted relaxation.
In her spare time, Dr. Ross enjoys spending time with her family, refinishing antique furniture, exploring exotic places and hiking the Idaho mountains.
Dr. Christensen is from the Northwest and graduated from Washington State University with an emphasis on novel mind-body treatment interventions. She sees her position at Behavioral Health Services and her life in southeast Idaho as a natural fit, in more ways than one.
As a licensed psychologist she provides her knowledge and care to patients with a broad spectrum of needs from pain management and sleep disorders, to weight management and more. In addition to psychological treatments, Dr. Christensen completes neuropsychological evaluations as well as psychological evaluations.
When Dr. Christensen is not in her office seeing patients, she can often be found enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding area with her husband and four-year-old son, or cooking up a spicy authentic recipe.
Dawn earned her bachelors in social work from Idaho State University and her masters in social work from Boise State University. She worked in different areas of social work including domestic violence, substance abuse, adult mental health, and with the elderly and disabled. She has worked at Portneuf Medical Center since 2010 as a Behavioral Health Therapist in the inpatient unit and Emergency Department. She has experience working with acute mental health crises as well as chronic symptoms of mental illness.
Dawn has been trained in DBT, a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which encourages using skill based techniques to manage emotions while moving through the process of acceptance and change. She is a generalist by education and utilizes all theories of practice in her work with clients. Dawn believes people are the experts of their own lives, and a therapist’s role is to validate people’s emotional experiences and empower them to recognize their strengths to build a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, dancing, and traveling.
Karl Letko is a Pocatello Native, graduating from Idaho State University's Physician Assistant Program in 2010. Upon completion of his graduate training, he worked in a rural and mental health and pain management clinic for a year before returning to Idaho. There he developed a true interest and passion to work in Behavioral Health diagnosing and treating various mood/anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders, substance abuse and personality disorders. He is excited to be back in Idaho and again working for PMC where he can give back to his local community. He was previously employed by PMC's Laboratory Services working as a Medical Technologist. In his spare time Karl is an avid outdoorsmen, enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities that western living can provide such as camping, hiking, gardening, and Dutch oven cooking.
Rick joined the Portneuf Medical Center Behavioral Health team in April 2011. He obtained his Physician Assistant degree from Idaho State University, where he currently serves as Affiliate Faculty. Rick worked for a period of time in Internal Medicine until his passion for mental health brought about his move to Psychiatry. Even while in Internal Medicine, Rick maintained an interest in behavioral health, attending psychiatric training programs whenever possible. Rick is happy to be working with the Portneuf Medical Center Behavioral Health team and feels it is his true calling. In his spare time, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and son, fishing, and playing the bagpipes.