The Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery

2018 ENT for the PA-C Speakers

Steve Bansberg, MD


Jamie Bogel, AuD, PhD
Jamie M. Bogle, AuD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Her primary clinical focus includes evaluation of children and adults with neurological conditions, including concussion and migraine. Dr. Bogle's research interests include evaluation of children at risk for dizziness and imbalance and the development of novel diagnostic techniques to better evaluate complex conditions.


Mike Cevette, MD
Michael J. Cevette, Ph.D.  Chair and Professor of Audiology, Department of Otorhinolarygology, Co-chair Aerospace Medicine and Vestibular Research Laboratory (AMVRL), Mayo Clinic Arizona.

The research interests of Michael J. Cevette, Ph.D., span several areas that involve the function of the vestibular system and human hearing. Over the past several years, Dr. Cevette and the AMVRL team have investigated vestibular illusions underlying spatial disorientation in the aerospace environment, a universal listening system for enhanced speech understanding, and the development of eye tracking technology for rapid assessment of cognitive performance.

Wenli Chen, SLP
Wenli Chen, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist under the department of Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Her practice predominately includes rehabilitation of dysphonia, and swallowing/TEP management in the head and neck cancer population. She is also involved in voice research, and published several peer reviewed papers on the topic of high-speed videoendoscopy in normal and pathological vocal folds.

Carrlene Donald, PA-C
PA Donald obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physiological Sciences from the University of Arizona, followed by a Master of Medical Science from Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program (Glendale, AZ) in 2007. She then entered a 12 month post-graduate PA Fellowship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery from the Mayo School of Health Sciences (Phoenix, AZ) in 2008. She currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

Jaime Engholdt, PA-C
Jaime Engholdt, PA-C.  Mayo Clinic Arizona.  I have worked alongside our laryngologist, Dr. David Lott, since 2011 seeing and treating many complex laryngotracheal disorders addressing aspects of voice, swallowing and breathing complaints.  I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State in 2008, Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2010 and completed a post-graduate fellowship in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery from Mayo Clinic Arizona from 2010-2011.

Jason Fowler, PA-C
After spending the better part of the last 10 years working in Otolaryngology in northwestern Pennsylvania, Mr Fowler recently  opted for a cereer change and has transitioned into the world of emergency medicine.  He currently works for US Acute Care Solutions at St Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA.  Mr. Fowler is active in the educational efforts of USACS and is assisting in the development of core otolaryngology curriculum for all APP personnel within the USACS system.  Currently USACS serves 180 sites in 22 states.   Mr Fowler is also a past-president of SPAO and serves as adjunct clinical faculty in the Phys Asst department at Mercyhurst University.  He has lectured at numerous state and national meetings and has extensive list of journal articles and book chapters to his credit.


Marie Gilbert, PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA, CPMA, CENTC

SPAO CME Chair Marie Gilbert has been in private practice Otolaryngology for 37 years, as a PA-C and office administrator. She has been a preceptor, instructor, and lecturer for PAs and NPs. She has served eight years as SPAO’s and AAPA’s Liaison to AAO-HNSF. She has directed previous years of the ENT for the PA-C Conference, and serves on the AAO-HNSF APP Education Task Force. She is retired from clinical practice, and is self-employed as an ENT auditor & consultant.


Sharon Gnagi, MD


Dr. Catherine Hart

Catherine is the newest addition to the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s. She has specialized training in pediatric airway reconstruction through her fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center under the guidance of Dr. Robin Cotton. She is pursuing additional training in quality improvement and outcomes research through the Quality Scholars Program at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. Her research focus is on improving electronic data management to facilitate effective outcomes research and to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes for pediatric airway patients.

Rick Hayden, MD

Brittany Hines, MD


Mike Hinni, MD
Dr. Hinni is a fellowship trained head and neck surgeon with extensive experience treating head and neck cancer and oropharyngeal cancer  in particular.  In the 20 years since joining the faculty at Mayo Clinic, he has pioneered new surgical techniques that reduce the morbidity  of the surgical resection  of oropharyngeal cancer. This included the design and introduction of new surgical instrumentation and the creation  of one of the world's largest databases of patients  with oropharyngeal cancer.  Now as the chair of the department, he is supporting several  research  and educational initiatives regarding improving the value of treatment for oropharyngeal cancer and the causative  and evolving role of HPV.  He enthusiastically supports  the proposed  research  and will be an active participant in  the execution of the project.

David Holley, PA-C
David Holley currently works as a Physician Assistant in the department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  Currently, he practices primarily in the General ENT outpatient clinic. He graduated with his MPAS from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.  Upon graduating he completed a one year postgraduate fellowship in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.


Brittany Howard, MD


Joe Hoxworth, MD
Joseph M. Hoxworth, M.D. is the Chair of the Neuroradiology Division in the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University where he was a summa cum laude graduate with induction into the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.  Dr. Hoxworth completed his medical degree at the same institution where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, during which he also participated in a clinical research training program at the National Institutes of Health where he received a Masters of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University through a collaborative program.  He then completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of California San Francisco where he served as chief resident.  Following completion of a two year fellowship in neuroradiology at the University of California San Francisco, he joined Mayo Clinic in 2007 where he is currently an Associate Professor of Radiology with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  Dr. Hoxworth’s primary research focus within the discipline of Neuroradiology is head & neck radiology with a particular emphasis on sinonasal imaging and head & neck cancer.

Stacey Ishman, MD
Meeting Co-Director Stacey Ishman MD is the Surgical Director of the Upper Airway Center and Director of Otolaryngology Outcomes Research at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Pulmonary Medicine.
She earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her Residency in Otolaryngology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology and underwent advanced sleep training at Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty from 2005 through 2013.  She earned her Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is Board certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Sleep Medicine.
While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ishman founded and directed the Center for Snoring and Sleep Surgery.  She joined the divisions of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Pulmonary Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s in 2013 where her clinical practices are focused on the management of children and adults with obstructive sleep apnea. She also serves as past-chair of the Board of Governors and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as well as President of the International Surgical Sleep Society.

Laura Kirk, PA-C
Meeting Co-Director Laura Kirk, MSPAS, PA-C is the Senior PA Supervisor in the University of California at San Fancisco Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Laura serves on the UCSF AHP Executive Advisory Board, the UCSF Committee for Interdisciplinary Practice, and the Strategic Planning Committee for the UCSF Director of Advance Practice. She is the only non-physician educator and facilitator in the UCSF Center for Enhancing Communication in Healthcare. Laura also serves as a Director at Large for SPAO-HNS. She has a strong interest in advocacy, from everyday communication to the C-suite, and she speaks on the integration of Advance Practice Providers into healthcare teams as a consultant locally and nationally.

Lori Klusovsky, PA-C
Lori Klusovsky graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant program in Nashville, TN in 2005. She then completed a one year postgraduate fellowship in Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.  She practiced as an ENT Physician Assistant for more than 10 years with experience in both the academic and the private healthcare settings.  Currently she is an Instructor in Otolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Her primary work is in Head & Neck cancer surgery in a variety of cases spanning from TORS to complex microvascular reconstructions.  In addition, she has established and continues to run a chapter for SPOHNC (support for people with oral head and neck cancer) cancer survivors throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area.
She is an avid runner and triathlete and enjoys traveling with her husband.

Kimberly Lakhan, PA-C
Dr. Kimberly Lakhan is an assistant professor with the College of St. Scholastica’s PA program and a PA in Otolaryngology at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic where she specializes in vestibular disorders and migraine manifestations in OHNS. She received a BA in Chemistry and Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from St. Olaf College, a master of Physician Assistant Studies Dr.  She received her PA from Augsburg University, a master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) in Otolaryngology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a doctorate of Health Science (DHSc) in Global Health from AT Still University.

David Lott, MD
David Lott, M.D. holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is a consultant in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and serves as the Director of the Voice and Swallowing Program at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His practice includes voice and swallowing restoration, laryngeal cancer, and laryngotracheal reconstruction.

Mike Marino, MD
Michael J. Marino, MD is Senior Associate Consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. He completed fellowship training in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas at Houston. He was a medical student and otolaryngology resident at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His interests include inflammatory sinus disease, patient outcomes in rhinology, and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.

Jodi McCollum, AuD
Jodi McCollum, Au.D., a clinical audiologist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. I have worked at Mayo Clinic for 6 years. I perform diagnostic testing for hearing disorders, fit amplification and assistive listening devices, teach aural rehabilitation for patients with hearing loss,  provide counseling for patients suffering from tinnitus, and am an instructor who supervises anywhere from 2-5 audiology students, each year.

Tony Mendez, PA-C
Anthony Mendez, PA-C is a physician assistant in the department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic Arizona, instructor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and program director for the post graduate ENT PA Fellowship Program at Mayo Clinic.  He is also adjunct faculty at local PA programs and serves as a preceptor for PA students.

Tom Nagel, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Mayo Clinic
Interests: Microvascular head & neck reconstruction, Transoral robotic surgery for throat cancer

Matthew Rank, MD
Matthew A. Rank, M.D. is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and Consultant and Chair of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology.  He partners with Drs. Lal and Marino in the Multidisciplinary Clinic for Challenging Sinus Disease (MCCSD) and holds an appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology.  He has authored more than 60 research articles with a focus on asthma and chronic rhinosinusitis.

Mike Valdez, PA-C
Mike graduated from the Air force PA program in 1979, with experience in Family Medicine for 4 years went on to complete the Air Force  ENT PA Residency in 1984 in affiliation with University of California-Davis. Completed his MPAS, University of Nebraska in 1997. Throughout his career has taught Medical Students, PA and NP students as well as Residents in several disciplines. Has lectured extensively in the field of otolaryngology for several groups but his favorites are the Veterans Caucus and ENT for PA-C. Recently retired from New England ENT in North Andover,  MA

Peter Weisskopf, MD
Dr. Weisskopf is currently serving as a Neurotologist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in the departments of Otolaryngology with additional appointment to Neurosurgery.  He is Board Certified in Neurotology and Otolaryngology.  He completed a fellowship at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles.  He began his practice in Phoenix working in private practice and as the Director of Neurotology for the Barrow Neurological Institute where he was part of the Skull Base Surgery team.

Matthew Wester, AuD
Matthew Wester, AuD is a clinical audiologist specializing in assessment of vestibular disorders.  Dr. Wester has practiced at Mayo Clinic in Arizona for the past 11 years after completing his clinical education there and graduating with his doctorate in Audiology from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.

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