ENT & Telemedicine

It’s been three weeks since we were told to pre-screen our schedules for urgent/emergent patients. And here we are today! Adapting to something new as I completed my first week of telemedicine. I spent an hour with my first telemed patient (whoops!). Working in outpatient ENT, there is only so many that we can see/do. I…

Peds Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when there are episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep.  OSA occurs in 2-5% of children. Just as untreated OSA can increase health problems in adults, untreated OSA in children can lead to cardiovascular complications, impaired growth, learning, and behavioral problems. History taking is so important in these cases. As…

Peds ENT Health Series Part 1

February is Kids ENT Health Month! This month, I’d like to tackle common complaints that bring kiddos to an ENT office. I am fortunate to work at an ENT practice that sees both children and adults. Although I’m generally on the rhinology/allergy side of the clinic, I occasionally get to float over and help out…

My American Dream

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving holiday with their families and loved ones! If you find yourself with a lot of leftover turkeys, I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes. I absolutely love pies (savory, fruit-filled, meringue..you name it! All but pecans – sorry pecan lovers). Every single time I…

Celebrate PA Week 2019

This is my second year celebrating PA week at my current practice and I will say that the department really stepped it up this year. Little did I know when I reminded our clinic admins, medical director, and SP that PA Week was coming up, they heard me and really celebrated us! For those of…

Case of the Week #2

Case Presentation #1 Patient with a history of known Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) s/p hernia repair who presents for surgical consultation. States dysphagia and regurgitation of undigested food hours after a meal. Although the patient brought a disc of their scope findings, I suggested we re-scope the patient since they had their hernia repair. Nasal endoscopy…

OtoSim Mobile Ambassador

I am pleased to announce that I have partnered up with OtoSim to become an OtoSim Mobile Ambassador! I know that ears are a challenge. The whole “seeing the cone of light” practically means nothing outside of your physical diagnosis course. Working in ENT, I still find myself questioning what I’m seeing on a daily basis….

Case of the Week

What a week! Saw my first ever 3-fer (siblings)! All new patient evaluations and to add to the mix, Mom is hard of hearing and dad is deaf! 😱 Also, what does this look like to you? PCP thought this was an acute otitis media and treated with oral antibiotics because there were “loss of…

A Day on the Hill

I recall sitting on the House Floor when Optimal Team Practice (OTP) passed unanimously in 2017. Fast forward to today, it’s so surreal to take part as an early career PA, advocating for changes on a state level. I recently returned from Tallahassee to meet with my legislators on behalf of the Florida Academy of…

Protect Your Profession

This is a topic that I’ve been asked several times, “What can ‘XX Academy do for me?” or “Why should I become a member?” One of the biggest take-home messages I tell all of my interview candidates that are about to embark on the PA journey is to GET INVOLVED in your profession! Yes, I…