LaRene finished her bachelor's degree and entered the working world in the Spring of 2021. She is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 2. LaRene loves to try to keep her garden alive, read historical fiction, bake "high-calorie yumminess," play the piano, and go on long walks. She is very excited to be learning more about naturopathic medicine, and to be a part of the Vance Medical team.
Melinda was excited to join Vance Medical in the beginning of 2020. Having experimented with alternative health options in the past, she’s glad to be of assistance to others looking to this field. When not in the office, Melinda is most often found in her home where she and her husband, Aaron, are busy raising four kids. In her free time, Melinda enjoys freelance photography, reading, and singing with the local women’s choir, The Musettes.
Dr Vance, MD, FAAFP, BCIM has over 15 years of experience in "conventional medicine" including clinic, emergency room, inpatient hospital and administrative work.
He has received extensive training in alternative medicine and had served as the Medical Director for several naturopathic health clinics prior to opening his Vance Medical.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP), is Board-Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM), and is a trained Practitioner of Natural Medicine.
Dr Vance has worked with naturopathic providers in Idaho as well as from all over the United States, and his extensive training in alternative treatments makes him the ideal liaison between the "regular" medical system and non-traditional medicine.
His years of experience have equipped him with the skills to provide effective treatments for many conditions that typically have poor outcomes with standard, Western medical treatment.
Through Vance Medical, he is able to combine the best of both worlds and brings the best of what's available to his patients.
certifications & qualifications
Sara stumbled upon the Vances’ clinic in the summer of 2017 as if by grand design (no, really; she worked at a sandwich shop down the road and delivered Dr. Vance and LaNita’s lunch one day). The clinic was quickly growing, the Vances were looking for office help, and Sara had the perfect prior experience -- she had worked with Dr. Vance previously at another naturopathic clinic in Boise. She even knew a fair percentage of his patients already! When she came on board, Sara brought her expertise with her and was a natural at taking on the front desk and administrative operations.
These days she's working a little less, as she had her first baby in January 2020 and spends more time at home with her family. But you might find her in the office on occasion, checking in with patients and catching up on projects.
office manager & iv technician, phlebotomist
As you might be able to guess, LaNita is Dr. Vance's lovely wife. He always says he "married up," and it's evident that they make a great team.
After graduating Kuna High School with Honors, LaNita went to Ricks College where she was on the Dean's List. Her college education was cut short after getting married, as she worked to support her husband's schooling before becoming a full-time, stay-at-home mother of five. This was her honorable, chosen profession for approximately 27 years. In addition to homeschooling and raising her children, LaNita has enjoyed many endeavors over the years including painting, gardening, canning, and homesteading.
When the clinic was established in 2016 and the Vance children were mostly all grown and graduated, LaNita stepped in to help Dr Vance open his dream private practice. Coming in as the brains behind the business, LaNita brought to the table her extensive office experience as well as certifications in phlebotomy and IV treatments. In fact, she is the resident expert and leading lady when it comes to the Vance Medical IV room.
LaNita is truly the heart behind the clinic and the "go-to" person whenever patients or staff have questions or need additional assistance.
Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
By Appointment Only
Saturday – Sunday
Hours May Vary!
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