Meet Our Team

Michael Frostad, M.D.

Philosophy of Care:

The privilege of my job is to assist parents as they try to raise their children to be happy, healthy, and to make good decisions in life.  It is a journey that we partner in and my role is to provide education for the family regarding current evidence based practices, medical counseling and expert recommendations.  With this collaboration, we often share times of joy and pride, as well as sorrow and frustrations as the children mature. 

Every child is different and every family is different.  I get to help parents gain the confidence to be the parent they want to be, and encourage children to develop into their own personhood, while keeping general wellness as a primary goal.

Why a Pediatrician:

I wanted to be a physician so I could help people.  My father was a Pediatrician here at Palouse pediatrics for over 40 years.  Those who know my father know that I am a lot like him.  I look like him, I walk like him, I talk like him and we share many of the same mannerisms.  So, in medical school I initially wanted to focus on something a little different than what my father did.   I thought I was heading towards Emergency Medicine instead of pediatrics, but during my medical school rotations, I soon found that I was a lot happier when I was dealing with the younger patients.  They seemed to smile a lot more than the adult patients and I seemed to smile a lot more when I was around them.  Eventually, I realized that I was best suited for pediatrics…just like my father, so my Pediatric residency soon followed.

 I value the relationships I have with my patients and their parents.  I enjoy things like calming a fussy baby, tickling a toddler, and talking with the teen about their latest victory.  As a pediatrician, I get to be a part of the lives of children.  How great is that! 

Personal Interests:

I enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, camping and skiing with family and friends.  I like building gadgets in my garage with my welder and I would someday like to design and build my own boat.

I have enjoyed taking part in mission trips providing health care in some very different cultures.  So far, I have been to Venezuela, China, and Mexico.  It has been very rewarding to provide even a small amount of help in other parts of the world with great health care needs. It has also allowed me to have opportunity to help meet some spiritual needs as well.  I quickly realized that the parents of every culture I have encountered so far are just like the parents of our community.  They all really love their children and want the best possible life for them. 

Education:

  • Undergraduate: Washington State University
  • Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
  • Residency: University of South of Florida

Katie Hryniewicz, M.D.

Philosophy of Care:

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs on the face of the earth – but man, is it HARD! It is life-changing, frustrating, joyful, terrifying and bewildering all at once. My philosophy of care revolves around wellness and empowerment, ensuring that you get to be the parent that you desire to be, while keeping your child safe and healthy.

I acknowledge there are all kinds of parenting styles that can be successful, strive to honor your relationship with your child, and yet guide with science, well researched standard of care, and experience. I believe in establishing a trusting relationship both in the office and across different platforms so that we can effectively work as a team in the best interest of your child or teen.

Why a Pediatrician:

What if I said it was because they have cuter, less stinky feet than adults? Partly true! In actuality, pediatrics is one of the most amazing fields and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Do you realize how much someone changes from tiny newborn to high school senior getting ready to head off to college and the real world? Sure, the medicine and physiology is different (children aren’t “just small adults”), but the social and emotional changes are also never-ending and fascinating. To be able to form relationships through that, and help shape their future, is such a privilege.

Personal Interests:

In addition to being “Dr. Katie” I am also a wife and momma to two girls – and hanging with them is one of my greatest joys, inspirations and interests in life. I’m sure you will hear me talk about them. I also love slow summer days at the lake, hiking, running, enjoying yummy foods and trying out new restaurants, coffee dates with friends, exploring different aspects of personal wellness, and sharing mom and medical knowledge on social media.

Education:

  • Undergraduate: University of Washington, Psychology & Medical Ethics
  • Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, WWAMI program
  • Residency: Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics Board Certified 2015, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pullman Regional Hospital Medical Executive Committee, OB-Peds Committee, Pediatric Sub-Committee, Breastfeeding Committee, PALS & NRP certified
Lennis Boyer, M.D.

Philosophy of Care:

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs on the face of the earth – but man, is it HARD! It is life-changing, frustrating, joyful, terrifying and bewildering all at once. My philosophy of care revolves around wellness and empowerment, ensuring that you get to be the parent that you desire to be, while keeping your child safe and healthy.

I acknowledge there are all kinds of parenting styles that can be successful, strive to honor your relationship with your child, and yet guide with science, well researched standard of care, and experience. I believe in establishing a trusting relationship both in the office and across different platforms so that we can effectively work as a team in the best interest of your child or teen.

Why a Pediatrician:

What if I said it was because they have cuter, less stinky feet than adults? Partly true! In actuality, pediatrics is one of the most amazing fields and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Do you realize how much someone changes from tiny newborn to high school senior getting ready to head off to college and the real world? Sure, the medicine and physiology is different (children aren’t “just small adults”), but the social and emotional changes are also never-ending and fascinating. To be able to form relationships through that, and help shape their future, is such a privilege.

Personal Interests:

I love outdoor adventures- especially with my family! Living in the inland northwest provides many opportunities to explore. Every summer we do at least one multiday rafting trip and a number of day trips on the Salmon River. Hiking, backpacking, downhill and cross-country skiing around the west. We try to spend a few days every year in southern Utah hiking slot canyons. I’m lucky to be part of a women’s backpacking group that has explored areas in MT, ID, CA and WA. I also like to spend time with friends, walking my dogs and avoiding cooking and cleaning!

Education:

  • Undergraduate: Utah State University
  • Medical School: University of South Dakota
  • Residency: Phoenix Hospital
  • Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics
Maricarmen Shields, M.D.

Philosophy of Care:

My main role as a pediatrician is to be a support system for families so that they can live happy and healthy lives! Going to the pediatrician’s office shouldn’t feel like a chore - it should be a time to get a few tips on anything you are struggling with or have questions about, but mostly a time to hear about all of the wonderful things that your child is doing. From the challenges of breast feeding on that first day, to navigating life with a teenager, my goal is to make that journey as smooth and fun as possible!

Why a Pediatrician:

I love working with families and seeing kids grow! I love taking care of all types of kids, but I have a special place in my heart for children with complex medical needs and infants born with club foot.

Personal Interests:

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and playing volleyball.

Education:

  • Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX
  • Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program, Aurora, CO
  • Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Certifications: NRP, PALS
Methuel Gordon, M.D.

Philosophy of Care:

I share the core values of our group:  compassion, integrity, respect, and excellence.  Every family who comes to our office is important. Using my experience and medical expertise to provide the best care for your child is very important to me, and this is most effective when I provide a nurturing and caring environment where families feel like they are being heard.

Why a Pediatrician:

I knew I wanted to be a doctor at a very young age.  I had a sibling who struggled with chronic health issues, which motivated me to become a pediatrician.  I find great joy in helping children and their families be healthy. 

Personal Interests:

When I am not providing care to my patients, I spend the bulk of my time with my family. We spend much of my vacation time travelling, which is often challenging with younger children, but there’s never a dull moment.  When the weather is conducive, I make good use of local trails on my road bike. I will occasionally carve out time to do oil paintings of landscapes (of which there is plenty of subject matter on the Palouse).

Education:

  • Undergraduate: BS Biology: York College-Queens, NY
  • Medical School: Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Residency Program at Loma Linda University, 2011
  • Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

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