Event Speakers/Presenters

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Allison Lindemann

Allison received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences at Colorado State University. She then attended the Physician Assistant program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. In 2015, she was awarded the MWU Physician Assistant Program Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and promotion of the Physician Assistant profession. Since graduation, she has worked in Head and Neck Surgery in Denver, CO, assisting in surgery and caring for patients with benign and malignant tumors. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
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Andrew Johnson

Dr. Johnson completed his residency in otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Wayne State University in 2018. He has since been working as a general otolaryngologist as an Assistant Professor in the department of otolaryngology for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Clinically, he enjoys covering the breadth of the field. He really enjoys education and teaching residents and students and research interests have been focused in the world of education.
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ANNE GETZ

Dr. Anne Getz is an associate professor in the department of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at the University of Colorado. She completed her fellowship training in rhinology/endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at Stanford University in 2008. She is passionate about education and serves as associate program director for the University of Colorado Otolaryngology Residency Program. Her clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of various sinonasal conditions including chronic rhinosinusitis, anatomic nasal obstruction, anterior skull base tumors and CSF leaks.
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Chelsea Van Zytveld

Dr. Chelsea Van Zytveld earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program in 2013 and completed a competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation at South Valley Physical Therapy in 2014. She has developed expertise in working with people with dizziness, imbalance, vestibular conditions, concussions, head injuries, neurologic conditions, and facial weakness and paralysis. She has also completed extensive training in trauma, pain science education, and autonomic nervous system regulation. In addition to her clinical work, Chelsea has returned to the University of Colorado Physical Therapy program in a teaching and research role. She has written several research articles and lectures yearly on the topic of patient safety in physical therapy. She also teaches on the topics of clinical reasoning and vestibular rehabilitation. Chelsea has co-authored textbook chapters on vestibular system pathology and intervention.
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Daniel Fink

Dr. Fink is a Laryngologist who treats voice, airway and swallowing disorders.
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Elizabeth Cuadrado

Elizabeth Cuadrado is a Speech-Language Pathologist on faculty within the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado. As a board certified SLP in swallowing disorders, Liz has the privilege of participating in a multidisciplinary clinic with otolaryngologists and advanced practice providers to evaluate and develop treatment plans for individuals experiencing dysphagia.
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Elizabeth Nugent

Liz Nugent is a Physician Assistant (PA) in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. She started treating COVID patients in the acute out-patient setting at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and transitioned to caring for post-acute COVID patients this year. She has found her background in Primary Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine to be helpful in giving her a better understanding of the variety of health issues post-COVID patient population is dealing with. Although new information and understanding regarding COVID and post-COVID care is still evolving, the basics of listening with curiosity and empathy can go a long way in helping patients manage and recover from their illness. She is dedicated to helping patients better understand their own health so that they can work together with their healthcare providers to improve their health and their lives

Geoffrey Ferril

As an assistant professor at the University of Colorado SOM in the Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery department, I specialize in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, with board certifications in both specialties. I completed my residency at University of Colorado and FPRS fellowship at NYU. My practice involves functional, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery of the face, head and neck.
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Isabel Fairmont

Dr. Fairmont is a PGY-4 resident physician in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado. She has a particular interest in health disparities and plans to pursue a career in Comprehensive ENT.
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Jeanne Doyle

Jeanne Doyle has been a physician assistant at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the Department of Otolaryngology for 10 years. During this time, she has specialized in head and neck oncology. She enjoys teaching and has completed the Teaching Certificate Program through the CU School of Medicine. Her interests include precepting APP students and regularly giving ENT lectures at the PA program on campus. She enjoys speaking at conferences and is also involved with teaching outpatient clinic staff, inpatient nurses, and radiation oncology residents.
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Jenny Stitt

Jenny is from Baltimore, Maryland and received undergraduate and M.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado, followed by fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Colorado/National Jewish. After fellowship, she joined the faculty of University of Colorado School of Medicine, as part of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In 2019 she became the Practice Director for the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital.
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Jose Mercado

José C. Mercado is a Physician Assistant (PA) with Ocala ENT Specialists, joining the group in 2017. Prior to this he was with South Florida ENT Associates in Miami, Florida starting in 2001. After serving in the U.S. Army as a medical specialist and flight medic for almost eight years, he went on to complete the Physician Assistant Program at Miami-Dade College’s Medical Center (MDC) and earned a Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). In addition to his training in family medicine, he completed an internship in Adult ENT/Head & Neck Surgery at the Veterans Affair’s Medical Center in Miami, as well as a Preceptorship in Pediatric ENT at Miami Children’s Hospital. He is passionate about medical education and currently holds academic appointments from Miami-Dade College, Florida International University and Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Physician Assistant Program and is an Instructor of Medical Education in the University of Central Florida (UCF), College of Medicine. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS). He has served as their Webmaster and on their Scholarship Committee. His special interests include sleep medicine, physician assistant education, aesthetics and cryosurgery. In 2018, he became the first PA in the country certified to perform the ClariFix cryosurgery, which is an in-office procedure for chronic rhinitis. He has been recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants as a Distinguished Fellow and Clinical Preceptor. He was also selected as a “Top Provider” for Otolaryngology Physician Assistant in Ocala for 2018.
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Juliana Litts

Juliana Litts is a Speech Language Pathologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Otolaryngology. She is a voice, upper airway and swallowing specialist and a certified vocologist. She has worked at four different world renown voice and swallowing centers in the country and her clinical research focuses on the evaluation and treatment of voice and upper airway disorders.
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Julie Goddard

I have been practicing head and neck surgical oncology at University of Colorado for approximately 6 years. I attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas for medical school and residency and University of Cincinnati for fellowship.
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Laura Kirk

Laura A. Kirk, MSPAS, PA-C, is the Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers, Ambulatory Services at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Ms. Kirk completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing a master's of science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She is recognized by the American Academy of PAs as a Distinguished Fellow. Ms. Kirk has achieved the designation of Faculty from the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) and is trained as a facilitator and instructor for relationship-centered communication by the ACH. During her career, she has served in clinical roles in orthopaedic surgery, interventional radiology, and otolaryngology. She has also taken on roles in multi-site clinical operations, interprofessional education, advanced practice provider (APP) mentorship, credentialing, and onboarding, as well as 1:1 communication coaching for both physicians and APPs. Ms. Kirk currently holds a volunteer board positions with the Society of PAs in Otorhinolaryngology as director at large and serves ass co-director for ENT for the PA-C, also holding a volunteer board position with ACH as Vice President of External Education.
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Maria Machala

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Marie Jette

Dr. Marie Jetté (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has been a voice and upper airway specialized speech language pathologist for 16 years and her research focuses on the biologic underpinnings of laryngeal disease including refractory chronic cough and inducible laryngeal obstruction. She earned her Master's in Speech Language Pathology from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Melissa Scholes

Melissa Scholes, MD is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Scholes is fellowship trained in pediatric otolaryngology and currently works at Children's Hospital Colorado. Her clinical specialization includes cleft lip and palate and associated problems as well as inner ear disorders in children.
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Mindy Busby

I graduated from PA school in 2012 from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. After which I practiced for two years in Gastroenterology before transitioning to Sleep Medicine at National Jewish Health. I joined the Otolaryngology Department and Sleep Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2018 where I have continued to work in my field of passion. I work half time in the Sleep Clinic and half time in the Sleep Surgery Clinic in ENT which offers me the ability to provide comprehensive treatment options for my patients. I absolutely love Colorado and enjoy any activities that have to do with the outdoors including hiking, skiing, biking, and camping!
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Mona Abaza

Professor of Otolaryngology/Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and Diversity University of Colorado SOM BOD member ACGME Laryngologist for 24 years