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Did You Know?

Be sure to read the inspiring story of our patient Terri and how she recovered her hearing.

Miracle of Sound

Turn to page 7 of the Fall 2013 Edition of Maple Grove Hospital Magazine.





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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

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 as well as implantation of vagus nerve stimulator device (VNS) for epilepsy and depression.

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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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Dr. William Avery


Laura Fuehrer, PA-C

Laura Fuehrer received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Minnesota, and completed her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Laura joined Paparella Ear, Head and Neck Institute in July 2014 after graduation from PA school. As an avid proponent of patient education, she is excited to collaborate with patients and be involved in their medical and surgical care.

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Laura Fuehrer, PA-C

Jessica Church, AuD

Jessica Church received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University in 2008 and completed her Doctorate in Audiology at Central Michigan University in 2012. She joined Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute in 2011 where she completed her Audiology Externship and is now a Minnesota State Licensed Audiologist. Jessica’s clinical interests include the evaluation of hearing and vestibular disorders, cochlear implants, hearing aids, and pediatrics. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the Twin Cities.

Jessica Church, Au.D.

Bridget Carlson, AuD

Bridget Carlson received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2008 and her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) from the University of South Florida in 2012. She completed her Audiology Externship at the Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute and has been with the practice since. Her clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders, tinnitus management, and hearing aids. Bridget is delighted to be back in her hometown, Minneapolis. In her spare time she enjoys playing volleyball, water sports, walking her dog, spending time with family and friends and relaxing at her family's cabin on the north shore of Minnesota.

Bridget Miskowiec, Au.D.

Jessica Touray, AuD

Jessica Touray received her bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from Minnesota State University Moorhead and completed her Doctorate in Audiology at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, AZ.  She joined Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute during the summer of 2009.  Jessica enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family in her spare time.

Jessica Touray, Au.D.

Ashley Waldock, AuD

Ashley Waldock received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Cloud State University in 2010 and completed her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) at Central Michigan University in 2014. She completed her Audiology Externship at Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute and joined the team of audiologists after the externship. Her clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders, hearing aids and cochlear implants. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends and watching the Twins.

Ashley Waldock, Au.D.

Jameson Hofker, AuD Extern

Jameson Hofker received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011 and is currently in his fourth year of the Doctor of Audiology program. His clinical interests include noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing conservation, and amplification. In his spare time, he enjoys being with family and friends, watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers, exercising, and spending time outdoors. Jameson is very excited to join the team at Paparella for his fourth year experience.

Jameson Hofker, Au.D. Extern

Alora Anderson, AuD Extern

Alora Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and is completing her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Arizona. She is joined Pararella Ear, Head & Neck Institute the summer of 2014 to complete her externship year. Her clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders, and tinnitus management. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Alora Anderson, Au.D. Extern

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