Otolaryngology (ENT)

Watson Clinic’s otolaryngologists (ENT) diagnose and treat disorders of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck regions. Our board-certified physicians are among the most respected and experienced in the area, treating many of the most common medical afflictions.

Our team of ENT physicians work closely with our Speech - Language Pathology department on a wide variety of throat disorders as well, including:

  • Tonsillitis
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngitis
  • Vocal cord nodules and polyps
  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Voice disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

They also collaborate with our Hearing Center audiologists to treat ear disorders, such as:

Services related to nose/nasal disorders include:

Additional treatments include:
  • Complex head and neck cancer removal procedures
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Skull base
  • Salivary glands disorders
  • Evaluation of neck masses
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Otolaryngology Physicians & Providers:

 
Dr. Jean Serge
Serge Jean, MD, PhD
  • Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD, PhD
  • Internship: John Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD, General Surgery
  • Residency: John Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Otolaryngology
  • Board-certified: Otolaryngology
  • Fellow: American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • Member: American Medical Association, American Society for Head and Neck Surgery

    Dr. Raam Lakhani
    Raam S. Lakhani, MD
    • Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, MD
    • Internship: Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, General Surgery
    • Residency: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Otolaryngology
    • Fellowship: State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • Board-certified: Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery
    • Fellow: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • Member: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Association for Research in Otolaryngology

      Dr. Jeffrey Paffrath
      Jeffrey A. Paffrath, MD
      • Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, MD
      • Internship: Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, General Surgery
      • Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
      • Board-certified: Otolaryngology
      • Member: American Academy of Otolaryngology, Polk County Medical Association

          Dr. Pranay Patel
          Pranay C. Patel, MD
          • Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, MD
          • Internship: Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR, General Surgery
          • Residency: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA, Otolaryngology
          • Research Fellowship: Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA, Surgical Endocrinology
          • Board-certified: Otolaryngology
          • Fellow: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, American College of Surgeons
          • Member: American Medical Association

              Stephanie Bassler
              Stephanie K. Bassler, ARNP-C
              • Undergraduate Degree: Polk Community College, Polk State College, ADN
              • Masters Program: University of South Florida, MS

                  Kathi R. Brown
                  Kathi R. Brown, ARNP-C
                  • Undergraduate Degree: Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL, ADN
                  • Nursing School: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, BSN
                  • Masters Program: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, MSN
                  • Member: Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners 

                  Joseph J. Columbus
                  Joseph J. Columbus, ARNP-C, DNP
                  • Undergraduate Degree: Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA, ADN
                  • Nursing School: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, BSN
                  • Masters Program: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, MSN
                  • Doctors Program: Rush University, Chicago, IL, DNP
                  • Member: American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult Nurse Practitioner Board Certification; Aesthetic Certifications from Esthetic Skin Institute

                  Olga M. Medina
                  Olga M. Medina, ARNP-C
                  • Undergraduate Degree: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey & Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ, ADN
                  • Nursing School: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, BSN
                  • Masters Program: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, MSN
                  • Member: Nurse Practitioner Association of Florida, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 

                      Heather M. Wilson
                      Heather M. Wilson, ARNP-C
                      • Undergraduate Degree: Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL, ADN
                      • Nursing School: Chamberlain University, Addison, IL, BSN
                      • Masters Program: Chamberlain University, Addison, IL, MSN
                      • Member: Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

                          Chris B. Reifenstein
                          Chris B. Reifenstein, PA-C
                          • Undergraduate Degree: Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, AS, Physician Assistant
                          • Physician Assistant School: St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, FL, Program Pre-requisites, BA
                          • Technical Certification: Erwin Technical Center, Tampa, FL, Surgical Technology
                          • Member: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), National Certification for Surgical Technology


                               
                               
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