Meet Our Leaders

Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet our Leaders

Shane Sanborn, PT, DPT, MBA, ACHE, Chief Executive Officer
Shane brings more than 15 years of diverse clinical and leadership experience to Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. He has clinically practiced and served as a physical therapist in long-term acute care, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, inpatient acute care, sub-acute care, and sports medicine.

Shane held numerous administrative and managerial positions before arriving at Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, recently as a regional administrator at several acute care hospitals in Florida.

Shane obtained a doctoral degree in physical therapy, a master’s degree with a focus on healthcare management and bachelor’s degrees in exercise physiology, psychology, and chemistry.

Although Shane is a Florida native he feels right at home here in north Idaho because of the people that make it special to live here. He and his family look forward to enjoying all the activities the area has to offer and engaging in the community.


Dr. Kevin Strait, Medical Director
Dr. Strait brings more than 10 years of medical experience to his position. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, he is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and a medical degree from Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Ariz.  He completed an internship in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Dr. Strait worked in pulmonary and critical care services at hospitals in Minnesota before moving to Idaho. He currently is a member of the American Medical Association, American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In addition to being the medical director for our hospital, Dr. Strait practices in Coeur d’ Alene at North Idaho Lung Asthma and Critical Care, LLC.


Jennifer West, Director of Compliance
Jennifer says she became a nurse because her mother was a nurse.  As a second-generation nurse, she learned what compassion was and how to be a part of the nurturing and healing process of patients initially through observation.

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of varied experience to the hospital, with a background in nursing, critical care, surgery, infection control, and compliance. She ensures that our patients are cared for in a secure and safe environment.

Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is involved with North Idaho Prevention Coalition and the North Idaho Healthcare Coalition. She also is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Jennifer says Ernest Health’s guiding principle, “We are compassionate caregivers, connected at our core by the treatment needs of our patients,” resounds deeply with her because of the compassion caregivers have and the interconnectivity Ernest Health’s treatment teams have. “This guiding principle is visible in everyone whom I work with,” she says. “We can take patients that are so broken by trauma and disease, and with our treatment, get them back to their lives.”

Jennifer enjoys camping in the beautiful wilderness of Idaho with her family and friends.


Debbie Burke, RN, Director of Patient Outcomes
Debbie enjoys working with patients and their families to coordinate their stay and plan their discharge, ensuring great patient outcomes. She leads a team of case managers to ensure that our patients’ care and discharge plans are well planned. Debbie has been a nurse for over 25 years in a variety of settings including acute care, medical-surgical, psychiatric, orthopedic, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term acute care. Debbie grew up in Butte, MT, and received her nursing degree from North Idaho College. She has lived in the Coeur d’ Alene and Post Falls area for 26 years. Because Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is the only LTACH within 300 miles, Debbie likes the challenge of keeping up to date on regional resources and community relationships for post-acute care planning.

When Debbie is not at work, she enjoys the outdoors while she is running, walking, and riding bikes. She also loves spending time with her kids and being on the lake.


Brian Edwards, Director of Human Resources
Brian is responsible for the overall administration and evaluation of the Human Resources department at both hospitals. 

With more than 17 years of experience, Edwards has held numerous management and leadership positions in human resources, most recently serving as Human Resource and Safety Manager at WEAR-TEK in Spokane. He has also served as a human resources, benefits, and payroll manager at Kootenai Health Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene.

Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Brian and his wife Beth have two grown children and when he’s not at the hospital he relishes time with them and extended family enjoying the many outdoor activities North Idaho has to offer.


Amber Madden, Director of Therapy Operations
Amber has chosen to work at Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital due to her love of treating acute care patients. She loves seeing the progression of a patient starting from bedrest to walking out the front doors of the hospital. Amber strives to provide an evidence-based approach to progressing a patient’s functional mobility. She provides a gentle but firm approach while motivating patients to push themselves to reach their potential. Her educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and a Masters in Physical Therapy from California State University-Fresno. She also holds a certificate as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.

Amber and her family moved to the area from Lewiston, ID after a short time working at Tri-State Hospital and providing home health physical therapy services. When not working, Amber enjoys hanging out with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy the outdoors, fishing, boating, camping, and working on their little home farm.


Dan Leonard, Director of Plant Operations
Dan brings 30 years of project management and leadership to the table, 15 of those years in healthcare. His experience in all phases of commercial construction has prepared him well for his role at NIACH.

A lifelong resident of the Northwest, Dan attended the Lakeland school district and DeVry Institute. His certifications are as an ALS Locksmith, ABC project manager, 12 hour OSHA, FEMA emergency management, BLS. He is also a member of the Healthcare Coalition.

Dan and his wife of 34 years, Pam, have two children, Ryan and Kara, They have two grandchildren, Clint and Kimber. Dan and Pam live on a ranch with horses and livestock. They love to travel and ride motorcycles.


Shawna Sadler, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy
Shawna enjoys working at Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital because of the opportunity to optimize the patient’s pharmaceutical regimens and see the patient’s progress over several weeks of their stay. Shawna grew up in Kalispell, MT, and received her graduate degree from the University of Montana. She continues to participate in the KAAPA PSI graduate program at the UofM. She attended undergraduate school at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

Shawna worked at NIACH prior to being promoted to the director of pharmacy and has experience working as a pharmacist in the outpatient setting.

When Shawna is not working, she enjoys playing with her young daughter, and being outdoors hunting, fishing, and golfing with her family.


Heidi Frazier, Director of Marketing and Business Development

Heidi has been working in the Pacific Northwest Region in the healthcare marketing arena for 19 years. The last half of her career has been in the hospital/inpatient setting. Heidi appreciates the opportunity to educate and advocate for excellent patient services and care. She also enjoys growing service lines and coordinating access to care.

Growing up in a military family, Heidi has enjoyed calling Idaho her home for the last 25 years. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Food and Nutrition. When Heidi is not working she enjoys being with her family, cheering her kids on, and playing in the outdoors.