Ted Epperly, MD

President and CEO

Dr. Ted Epperly is the President and CEO of the Full Circle Health, a large Federally Qualified Teaching Health Center comprised of nine FQHC clinics, four ACGME family medicine residency programs, and five fellowships. He received an undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology from Utah State University in 1976. He Graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1980.  Dr. Epperly completed his residency in Family Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington in 1983. He completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in 1986 and achieved an additional CAQ in Geriatrics.

Dr. Epperly retired July 2001 as Colonel after serving 21 years in the United States Army.  Dr. Epperly served as the past President and Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  He is a past member of the ACGME Board of Directors that has responsibility of all residency and fellowship training for over 125,000 residents and fellows of all specialties in the United States and currently is the vice-chair of the ACGME Policy Committee.  He currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board for the Healthcare Transformation Council of Idaho that is in charge of helping transform healthcare for the State of Idaho.  Dr. Epperly is the Graduate Medical Education Coordinator for the State of Idaho and the author of the State of Idaho’s Ten Year GME Plan to build a vibrant and robust GME system for Idaho.

Dr. Epperly is a member of multiple other Boards of Directors and the President of several non-profit organizations.  He has published over 50 articles and book chapters and he is a staunch supporter of Family Medicine education, research, and both rural and underserved health care. His award-winning book Fractured: America’s Broken Health Care System and What Must Be Done to Heal It provides excellent insight to the U.S healthcare system and can be found on

He and his wife Lindy celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in September 2020 and have two sons. Outside of medicine, his interests include golf, skiing, fly-fishing, reading and sports memorabilia.

Jean Bender, MD

Curricular Lead, Pediatric Nephrology

Jean Bender, MD specializes in pediatric nephrology with a broad range of interests. This includes: high blood pressure, acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease including all types of dialysis and kidney transplants.

Dr. Bender believes managing chronic diseases needs to be done through a team approach involving the medical team, patient, and patient’s family. She believes that education regarding the disease process helps families better understand and make decisions related to their children’s health care.

Dr. Bender received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University, where she also competed on the cross country and track teams. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed her internship in internal medicine and pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Columbus Children’s Hospital. She then completed her internal medicine/pediatrics residency at University of Texas Health Science where she also completed a combined nephrology/pediatric nephrology fellowship. During her fellowship she earned a master’s degree in public health and was involved in several research studies involving pediatric hypertension.

In her free time, Dr. Bender enjoys spending time outside with her husband and children.

Tyler Burpee, MD

Curricular Lead, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Tyler Burpee, MD specializes in the management of both common and complex childhood digestive conditions. He is the medical director of St. Luke’s intestinal rehabilitation program that cares for children with short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure. He also has a special interest in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. Burpee is passionate about child advocacy and currently serves as president of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has published multiple research papers and book chapters regarding inflammatory bowel disease, infectious diarrhea, and autoimmune liver disease.

Originally from Boise, Dr. Burpee earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College, graduating with honors. While at Dartmouth, he was a member of the varsity crew team. After medical school and pediatrics residency training at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Burpee worked as a general pediatrician for two years with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Arizona. Next, he trained under world-renowned experts in pediatric gastroenterology during his fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine. He also served as an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital before moving back to Boise.

In his free time, Dr. Burpee enjoys skiing, running, mountain biking, and adventuring with his wife and two children.

Perry Brown, MD

Pediatrics Residency Program Director

Dr. Brown graduated from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his Pediatric Residency at the Children’s Hospital/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO in 1998. After completing residency Dr. Brown was a general pediatrician for six years at the Saltzer Medical Group in Nampa and Meridian, ID. Additionally, he has served as Co-Director of the St. Luke’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho since January, 2001. He has served as the Medical Director for Children’s Specialty Research for St. Luke’s Health System since 2014. 

Dr. Brown joined the faculty of Full Circle Health in May of 2004. During his time on the faculty, he made continuous improvement of Full Circle Health’s Pediatric curriculum for family medicine residents his highest professional goal.  In 2021, he transitioned his role to become the founding Program Director of the Pediatrics Residency of Idaho, developing and coordinating Idaho’s first pediatrics residency.  He is active in public advocacy for children’s health and serves on several Idaho Medicaid committees and state commissions.  He also serves in several national roles for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  In his free time, he loves to be in the outdoors fly fishing, hiking, and skiing, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Savarra Mantzor, MD

Pediatrics Residency Associate Program Director

Dr. Savarra Mantzor will be joining Full Circle Health in July 2022 as the Pediatric Residency of Idaho’s Associate Program Director.

Dr. Mantzor joins us from the southern region of Idaho where she has practiced as pediatric hospitalist at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center from 2020-2022. Prior, she was faculty with Baylor College of Medicine and worked as a pediatrician in the Texas Children’s Global Hematology Oncology Pediatric Excellence (HOPE) Program in Botswana (2017-20). She completed her Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pincus Global Health Fellowship Program in Botswana from 2015-17. She completed a Chief Resident year (2014-15) and her pediatric residency (2011-14) at Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She obtained her medical degree (M.D.) from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in collaboration with Columbia University, New York (2007-11). She graduated with honors, magna cum laude from Seattle University, Washington with a Bachelor of Science in General Science and a Minor in Political Science.

Dr. Mantzor’s dual passions are 1) the advancement of medical education for learners and teachers, and 2) improving access to care in areas of limited resources, such as rural and global health settings. She is currently obtaining her PhD in Health Professional Education from the University of Cape Town. Through these activities she hopes to facilitate improvement in common healthcare challenges faced in rural and globally diverse settings, as well as to aid in the optimization of pediatric clinical teaching for medical students and residents.

She enjoys traveling, baking, swimming, skiing, horse riding, running, and board games, but mostly spending endless hours of play and fun with her four children and husband.

Amy Francis, DO, FAAP

Curricular Lead, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Amy Francis, DO, FAAP specializes in the comprehensive care of children with neurodevelopmental differences. Her primary clinical activities involve the evaluation and care of children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, intellectual disability, speech and language disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. She has a special interest in early identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in toddlers.

Dr. Francis enjoys practicing medicine in a multidisciplinary setting where providers, nurses, and therapists work together as a team to optimize care and help children with special health care needs thrive. She is also committed to teaching medical students and residents to ensure they receive an appropriate education in pediatric development.

While serving as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Dr. Francis was appointed as the site director for resident and fellow education in developmental pediatrics. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and mentorship. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Allison Gauthier, MD

Curricular Lead, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Allison Gauthier, MD cares for both adults and pediatric patients in St. Luke’s emergency departments (EDs) across the Treasure Valley. She currently serves as the pediatric ED director and pediatric ED trauma director for St. Luke’s, helping coordinate system changes for pediatric trauma patients, pediatric sepsis and pediatric ED care. Dr. Gauthier also trains family medicine and pediatric residents in emergency department care. She is passionate about preventing pediatric injuries and frequently educates families and the general community on helmet safety, seat belt safety, and non-accidental trauma. She has previously served as medical director of the emergency department at St. Luke’s Elmore.

In her free time, Dr. Gauthier enjoys spending time with her family and dog. Together, they enjoy hiking, camping, and biking. She also loves Halloween and always plans her spooky celebrations early to fully enjoy the fall, her favorite time of year.

John W. Hanks, DO, FAAP

Curricular Lead, Adolescent Medicine

John W. Hanks, DO, FAAP is a pediatrician with professional interests in eating disorders and adolescent medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Truman State University. He went to medical school at A.T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He is accepting newborns and new patients on a limited basis.

Dr. Hanks is married with four sons, two daughters and two grandchildren. His hobbies include hiking, camping, and skiing.

Susan Bradford, MD

Pediatrics Faculty

Dr. Susan Bradford grew up in Alabama and worked as a chemist in Kalamazoo, MI, prior to deciding she preferred people to test tubes. She then attended Medical School at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bradford completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital at University of Washington, where she played an active role in the WWAMI Program and spent two months at the Pocatello Children’s Clinic as part of her residency. After residency, Dr. Bradford returned back to Alabama to be close to family.  However, she missed the West and returned to Pocatello for 12 years prior to relocating to Boise to work with Meridian Pediatrics in 2010. 

Soon after arriving in Pocatello, Dr. Bradford became disheartened by the number of women who used substances during pregnancy and saddened by the fact that there was little treatment available to these women even when they wanted it.  Through an AAP CATCH grant, she was able to work with other concerned members of the community to investigate the scope of the problem. As a result of this community effort, a day treatment program for parenting women was developed in Pocatello. Many of these women shared that their drug abuse resulted from sexual abuse that occurred in their childhood or adolescence. As a result, Dr. Bradford became interested in doing what she could to break the cycle of this very pervasive problem in pediatric patients.  She was fortunate to be able to spend sabbatical time with the Safe and Healthy Families Team at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, learning how to evaluate and treat children who have been victimized by sexual and physical abuse.

While she enjoys all aspects of pediatric practice, working with abused children was an arena that allowed her to feel that she made a difference by helping healing to occur in a child’s life. Dr. Bradford was Idaho Pediatrician of the Year for 2006. She currently serves as a board member for the Idaho Perinatal Project and is on the Governor’s Children At Risk Task Force and Idaho’s Child Fatality Review Team. 

Dr. Bradford enjoys hiking, cycling, cross country skiing and just being outdoors in the beautiful state of Idaho. She also enjoys gardening and when she has time she likes to read and decorate cakes and cookies.

Joseph Hilinski, MD

Curricular Lead, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Hilinski is an attending physician in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.  He obtained his medical degree from the SUNY-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY in 1997.  He then completed his general pediatric residency training at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta GA in 2000.  Following residency training Dr. Hilinski completed his fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases also at Emory University in 2003. 

Dr. Hilinski was a faculty member in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Emory University from 2003-2017, during which time he held multiple positions including being Peds ID Fellowship Program Director, Pediatric Residency Associate Program Director, and a Medical School Small Group Faculty teacher for the Osler Society.  While at Emory University he was a recipient of the Subspecialty Teacher of the Year Award for Pediatrics, School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Award, and selected as one of Atlanta Magazine’s top doctors for numerous years.  Dr. Hilinski is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.  He was a recipient of a UW Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020.  Dr. Hilinski’s clinical interests include infections in immunocompromised hosts, periodic fever syndromes, and pediatric urinary tract infections.  He is involved with ongoing pediatric antimicrobial stewardship efforts at St. Luke’s.

Dr. Hilinski grew up in Philadelphia and New York State and then lived in Atlanta for 20 years prior to moving to Boise to work at St. Luke’s in 2017.  His hobbies include skiing, fishing, reading (particularly Fantasy/Science Fiction), and video games.  He enjoys spending time on outdoor activities in the beautiful state of Idaho with his wife and two daughters.