Hearing and balance, swallowing and speech, breathing and sleep – these are all important functions of one’s life. Otolaryngologists at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) ensure their patients maintain these functions. Otolaryngology, more commonly referred to as ENT (ear, nose and throat), is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and conditions related to the head and neck. The ENT team at PMC staffs highly trained professionals to cover a wide range of services, from routine check-ups to intricate surgical procedures. Some of the most common conditions treated by ENTs include tonsillitis, chronic ear infections, sleep apnea and cancer of the head and neck.

Otolaryngologists use various diagnostic tools such as endoscopes, detailed imaging studies and hearing tests to evaluate and treat patients and can perform surgical interventions when necessary. ENTs often work closely with other medical specialists, such as audiologists, speech therapists and oncologists, all of which are available at PMC, to provide comprehensive care.

PMC is unique in that it offers pediatric otolaryngology services as well as adult and geriatric otolaryngology. PMC Otolaryngologist William Hoskins, DO, sees adult patients, but he specializes in treating pediatric patients, allowing families to receive treatment close to home, eliminating the need to refer patients to specialists two or three hours away.

Wayne Colin, DMD, MD, specializes in treating head and neck cancers, diagnosing and treating both benign and malignant tumors in this region. Early detection and intervention can make a significant difference in treatment outcomes.

Brian Helton, MD, Mark Veronneau, DO and Dr. Colin practice a full range of ENT duties, and are also vital in trauma situations, offering facial plastic and reconstructive surgery services when necessary. These valuable services can also be utilized to provide cosmetic enhancements and reconstructive surgery following cancer treatment.

PMC Otolaryngologists are all board-certified and work diligently to care for their patients’ diverse and intricate medical needs. To learn more or to make an appointment to see a PMC Otolaryngologist on the 9th floor of the PMC Clinic building, call (606) 430-2209.