You’ve likely heard of an ENT or ears, nose, and throat doctor, but have you heard of an otolaryngologist? It’s just another way to say ENT, and you have access to one right here in Lamar, thanks to Prowers Medical Center’s Specialty Clinic. If you are wondering when you’d need to see an ENT instead of your primary care provider, read on.
Maybe you know that ENTs are the go-to for ear infections, sore throats or sinus infections that just won’t go away. But did you know that ENTs also treat conditions of the head and neck? ENTs perform surgery for tumors, trauma and deformities of the face, head and neck. For example, they perform surgeries for cleft palates and cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of the face and nose.
There are a variety of reasons to see an ENT. When it comes to ears, ENTs commonly treat ear infections, swimmer’s ear, balance problems and related dizziness, nerve issues, hearing impairment and related tinnitus, and more. In regard to noses, ENTs typically treat deviated septums, sinus issues, allergies, nasal congestion and nose bleeds. ENTs also play a role in treating breathing problems and asthma. For throats, ENTS, treat infections to the adenoids and tonsils, throat pain, hoarseness, and swallowing problems. Finally, ENTs also treat thyroid and parathyroid disorders, head and neck tumors and obstructive sleep apnea.
Prowers Medical Center is pleased to bring Dr. Esperanza Salazar to Lamar residents. Dr. Salazar understands rural Colorado, as she was born and raised in Alamosa. She is a general otolaryngologist and treats the full spectrum of ear nose and throat problems in both children and adults.
Dr. Salazar was a recipient of the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship. She completed her undergraduate studies at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where she graduated cum laude in 2004. She went on to receive her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society her senior year.
She completed her residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. As a senior, she was elected administrative chief resident. She is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Salazar visits the Prowers Medical Center Specialty Clinic on the second Friday of each month. Please call 719-566-1277 to schedule an appointment.