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The best doctors in town, according to their peers, are named as Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's 2015 Top Doctors. Congratualtions to Dr. Michael Paparella on being named one of the top otolaryngologists!

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Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute, founded by Dr. Michael Paparella over twenty years ago, has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative and compassionate ENT practices in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. Our board certified and fellowship-trained physicians, and our entire clinical staff, pride themselves on offering the most comprehensive care in a thoughtful and caring manner.

Michael Paparella, MD

Michael Paparella, MD, our founder, took his BS and MD at the University of Michigan. After serving in Europe, he became a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, then at Ohio State University. From 1967 to 1984, he was Professor and Chairman of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Otolaryngology, leaving to found this clinic. He has actively practiced otology (care of ears) and otolaryngology (ears, head and neck) for 40-plus years and remains active in research and education. Dr. Paparella was named as one of the "Best in the Field of Otolaryngology" in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, and most importantly, Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors® for the past 20-plus years. He has authored/edited over 655 scientific publications and 65 books, including many on the topics of Meniere’s disease and chronic ear infections. He has also trained 300 ENT doctors, including 28 Professors and Chairmen.

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Dr. Michael Paparella

Oleg Froymovich, MD

Oleg Froymovich, MD, Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and Fellowship-trained Physician, received his BS from Columbia University in 1984 and his MD from Mount Sinai Medical School in 1988. After internship and residency training in general surgery, he finished his residency in otolaryngology at SUNY Buffalo in 1993 and a fellowship in otology and neurotology at the Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute in 1994. Now a partner at our clinic, he is board certified in otolaryngology and sleep medicine and has special interest in sinus disease, endoscopic sinus surgery, management of disorders of the voice, and hearing, sleep and balance medicine. He has published many peer-reviewed articles and presented courses on such work at meetings of the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

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Dr. Oleg Froymovich

Michael Telisak, MD, FACS

Michael Telisak, MD, specializes in conditions of the ear, nose and throat. A physician with the Paparella Ear, Head and Neck Institute, Dr. Telisak previously practiced with Aurora Health Care in Summit, Wisconsin. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and did his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Dr. Telisak specializes in treatment of pediatric conditions of the head and neck and treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disease. His interests include general ear, nose, throat and salivary gland disorders including parotidectomy, salivary duct calculi extraction, sialendoscopy and submandibular gland resection.

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Dr. Michael Telisak

Markus Gapany, MD

Markus Gapany, MD, received his medical degree from the Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical School. He took his surgery training at SUNY - Downstate Medical Center, and otolaryngology - head and neck surgery training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which he completed in 1991. In 1992, he completed his fellowship training in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and the same year joined the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gapany is board certified in adult and pediatric otolaryngology (ENT) as well as head and neck tumor and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a Fellow of American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of American Society of Head and Neck Surgeons. He is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota and Chief of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Dr. Gapany's expertise includes head and neck tumor surgery, reconstructive and plastic surgery of head, neck and face as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Special expertise includes minimally invasive, micro-vascular and laser surgery.

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Dr. Markus Gapany

William Avery, DO

William Avery, DO, specializes in conditions of the ear, nose and throat. A physician with the Paparella Ear, Head and Neck Institute, Dr. Avery previously practiced with Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD. Helping patients understand their options and choose the most appropriate one is key to Dr. Avery's philosophy of care. Dr. Avery attended medical school and did his residency at the Chicago School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Joseph Neve, AuD

Joseph Neve received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Finance and Marketing from Marquette University in 1991, Master's in Audiology at the University of Minnesota in 1996 and completed his Doctorate in Audiology at the University of Florida in 2008. He is a Licensed Audiologist in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. He joined Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute in 2015. Over his 20+ year career in the hearing healthcare field, Joe has helped thousands of people reconnect with their family and friends through better hearing. Joe has a special connection to his patients since he has worn hearing instruments since 1996 and knows of their limitations but also the benefits hearing instruments bring to one’s quality of life. His clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders, tinnitus management, and hearing instruments. Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Joseph Neve, AuD

Katherine Awoyinka, Audiology Extern

Katherine Awoyinka, Audiology Extern, received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders, with a minor in studio art, from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently in the fourth year of her audiology doctoral program through the University of South Dakota. Katie’s professional goals include working towards minimizing any remaining stigmatization of individuals using hearing assistive technology and improving patients’ quality of life through improved communication. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and creating various types of artwork. Katie is very excited to be a part of the PEHNI team and to be back in the Twin Cities.

Katherine Awoyinka, Audiology Extern

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