St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat Holds Grand Opening Celebration

In celebration of its beautiful new Ponte Vedra location, St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is holding a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4pm – and you’re invited! Located in The Shoppes at St. Johns Oaks at 145 Hidden Road, Suite 123, the firm serves area residents with expert management of ear, nose and throat disorders, thyroid disease, allergies and medical spa procedures.

Founder and nationally renowned physician Dr. Kalpana DePasquale and her dedicated staff, including Dr. Zeeshan Aziz, MD, a board-certified ENT and thyroid specialist and aesthetic reconstructive facial plastic surgeon; and Amy Dugan, PA-C, a long-time physician assistant with experience in critical care, infectious disease and OBGYN, will be on hand to mingle with fellow members of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce as well as current and prospective patients, friends and their families. Dr. DePasquale is board certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery.

The beautifully appointed facility opened during the summer and features spacious reception areas; separate waiting rooms and exam rooms for patients of both St. Augustine Ear, Nose and Throat and its sister firm, Avanti Medical Spa; plus procedure and treatment rooms. Patients are welcome for walk-in and scheduled appointments Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-4pm and Wednesday, 9am-noon.

Stop by to meet the staff; enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and a variety of non-alchoholic beverages; and take a chance on winning door prizes and raffles with all raffle proceed benefiting the 26.2 with Donna Foundation to support breast cancer research and care. The event is sponsored by Acclarent, Propel, Nurse on Call and A1 Imaging.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to Host Outreach Program on Sinus Conditions, Treatments

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In support of National Sinus Pain Awareness Month, St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will host an outreach program designed to educate patients about treatment options in otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care. Slated for March 31, 6pm in Flagler Hospital’s Osceola Conference Room, this interactive program details all the latest innovations in treating chronic sinusitis for those with sinus disease, allergies, and related illnesses.

Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that sinus problems are are among the leading causes for children and adults to stay home from school or work. Consider these statistics:

  • Upward of 28.5 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with sinusitis each year – a figure that represents nearly 13 percent of the nation’s adult population.
  • Some 11.7 million visits to physician’s offices result in a primary diagnosis of chronic sinusitis each year.
    In 2012, 17.6 million US adults (7.5 percent) and 6.6 million children (9 percent) were diagnosed with hay fever.
  • That same year 7.8 million children (10.6 percent) suffered respiratory allergies.
  • Worldwide, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are currently approaching 50 percent.

Dr. DePasquale specializes in technologically-advanced procedures for treating sinusitis and related conditions, including Balloon Sinuplasty™, a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure that accomplishes the same results as traditional surgery without requiring an incision; and PROPEL®, a dissolvable, spring-like steroid-releasing implant designed to prop open the sinuses after surgery. She is a sought-after speaker on a myriad of ear, nose and throat issues, plus skin care topics. She speaks on behalf of multiple medical device manufacturers, is an expert for the American Osteopathic Association and serves as a faculty member at The Sinus Forum, a series of conference-style events featuring otolaryngologists from across the nation.

This free-of-charge event is open to the public and includes light refreshments. Flagler Hospital is located at 400 Health Park Blvd.in St. Augustine. Find out more at www.saent.net or by calling 904-461-6060.

Another Great Reason to Kick the Smoking Habit: Protecting your Hearing

A new report suggests a strong link between smoking and hearing loss - Another great reason to add smoking cessation to your New Year's resolutions.

A new report suggests a strong link between smoking and hearing loss – Another great reason to add smoking cessation to your New Year’s resolutions.

Kicking the cigarette habit tops New Year resolutions lists for millions of Americans, and for multiple reasons. Stopping smoking improves your circulation; lowers you risk of a multitude of health ailments including lung disease or cancer, heart attack or stroke, coronary disease, throat cancer, emphysema and allergies; boosts lung function, allowing you to breathe easier; and improves the look of your skin, hair and fingernails.

But there’s another great reason to nix the habit, says Dr. Kalpana DePasqaule of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat. Though it hasn’t been studied as deeply as links with other complications, smoking has been known by scientists and doctors for decades to have a link with hearing loss. And a recently published report AudiologyOnline from Western Michigan University backs that claim.

The hearing process and mechanisms are extremely complex. When a sound is produced, it activates a disturbance in the air in the form of sound waves. These sound waves travel into the outer ear and down the ear canal, where they vibrate the tympanic membrane, more commonly known as the ear drum. The vibrations then pass through three small bones to the fluid- and blood-filled cochlea and are picked up by tiny, hair-like cells, which transmit sound to the brain via electrical impulses along the auditory nerve.

WMU’s report suggests that the myriad of toxic chemicals drawn into the body with each inhalation of cigarette smoke can significantly affect the middle ear vibrations and the inner ear hair cells. It’s no surprise when you consider that those toxins include formaldehyde, benzene, arsenic, vinyl chloride, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide and upward of 1,000 other substances. It’s believed that these adverse effects happen in three ways:

  1. Nicotine and carbon monoxide may deplete oxygen levels in the cochlea, which can cause tissue damage;
  2. Nicotine also is thought to damage neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve. These neurotransmitters essentially function as chemical messengers to the brain. If they’re damaged, they’re unable to deliver those messages;
  3. Environmental toxins introduced into the body during adolescence, when mechanisms within the hearing nerve are not yet fully developed, can cause significant damage and impair further development.

If you’re a smoker determined to kick the habit, there no doubt are services in your area to help. Did you start smoking as an adolescent, or have you smoked for a long period of time? If so, call 904-461-6060 and schedule a hearing screening today. We’ll help you determine whether you’ve suffered hearing loss and discuss ways to help improve your hearing.

SAENT Founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to Lecture on Treating Chronic Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Oct. 15

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, will share information on treating the condition with Balloon Sinuplasty™ October 15, 6 pm in the Osceola Conference Room at St. Augustine’s Flagler Hospital. The interactive lecture is designed to educate patients and the community about professional otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care, and Balloon Sinuplasty™, a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure that accomplishes the same results as traditional surgery without requiring an incision.

Patients with chronic sinusitis “can suffer from reduced quality of life and reduced productivity and they may also experience pain and discomfort in and around the face due to narrow, inflamed, or swollen nasal passages,” said Dr. DePasquale. “A myriad of treatments are available to treat the malady, but Balloon Sinuplasty can save our patients time, money and relief from pain due to surgery.”

Dr. DePasquale is one of the leading physicians in northeast Florida who performs the specialized Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

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SAENT Founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to Lecture on Treating Chronic Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Oct. 15

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will lecture on treating chronic sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty October 15 in St. Augustine, FL.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will lecture on treating chronic sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty October 15 in St. Augustine, FL.

Are you a patient who suffers from chronic sinusitis, or a caregiver who treats someone with the ailment? You’ll want to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 15 when Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, will share information on treating the condition with Balloon Sinuplasty™.

Dr. DePasquale will host an outreach program and interactive lecture to educate patients and the community about professional otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care, and her specialization in Balloon Sinuplasty™. The minimally-invasive procedure involves inserting a small tube into the nasal cavity to find a blockage, then inserting and inflating a smaller catheter to open the passageway. The endoscopic procedure accomplishes the same results as traditional surgery without requiring an incision.

Patients with chronic sinusitis “can suffer from reduced quality of life and reduced productivity and they may also experience pain and discomfort in and around the face due to narrow, inflamed, or swollen nasal passages,” said Dr. DePasquale. “A myriad of treatments are available to treat the malady, but Balloon Sinuplasty can save our patients time, money and relief from pain due to surgery.”

Dr. DePasquale is one of the leading physicians in northeast Florida who performs the specialized Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure and serves as a faculty member annually at The Sinus Forum, a conference-style event that brings together otolaryngologists from across the nation.

The event begins at 6 pm and will be held in the Osceola Conference Room at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. in St. Augustine. The talk is free and open to the public, and attendees will enjoy light refreshments. For more information, call 904.461.6060, or visit our websites at www.avantimedspa.net and www.saent.net.

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat Sponsors Davidson Cares

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is a proud sponsor of Davidson Cares, a fundraising program benefiting local schools.

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is a proud sponsor of Davidson Cares, a fundraising program benefiting local schools.

The health of a community depends on multiple factors – among them, a rich education for its youngest members. That’s why St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale is excited to sponsor Davidson  Cares, a successful corporate giving program that benefits several St. Augustine Schools.

Davidson Cares raises funds to support and enhance educational programs in the World Golf Village Area including Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. And there are plenty of fun ways you can help via the Davidson Cares 2.0 fundraising project.

It all starts October 28 with a travel raffle that awards one lucky winner $2,500 toward a fun family vacation. The prize includes airfare, accommodations and trip entertainment. The winner will be announced February 8, 2014 at the Davidson Cares 5K Race. The race is open to runners, walkers, stroller-pushers and dog lovers everywhere and features lots of activities for the little ones, including a mile-long kids’ run.

And, mark your calendars for Friday, November 8 for the Second Annual Davidson Cares Fundraiser. It’s co-hosted by St. Augustine’s Mile Marker Brewing and features delicious food, samples of top brews and raffles for dozens of great items – all for a worthy cause.

Join St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Davidson Cares in helping to improve education for local children. Visit DavidsonCares.com to find out how you can participate.

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat Names New Office Manager, Expands Hours

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa recently announced its promotion of Ashley Perez to the position of office manager. Perez joined the practice in 2011 as a receptionist and has seven years of experience in office billing and insurance administration in the chiropractic, physical occupational therapy and veterinary fields.

Perez’s new responsibilities include overseeing front office staff, patient scheduling, practice and surgery coordination, medical records administration, billing and patient satisfaction surveys. She also will assist in making decisions concerning hiring, equipment upgrades, medical system advancements and inventory, and will be an integral part of setting goals and expanding the practice. Perez holds an A.A. degree from Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa also announced expansion details. The practice now will offer advanced treatments and management of ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders at Flagler Multi-Specialty Care located in the Shoppes at Murabella in St. Augustine. Dr. DePasquale will see patients at the center on Wednesdays, 8 a.m. – noon by appointment.

“This thriving region is expanding with its population of families and retirees who require specialized medical attention in ENT,” said Dr. DePasquale of the decision to offer more services in northwest St. Johns County. She also is affiliated with Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville and Saint Augustine Surgery Center.

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Dr. Kalpana DePasquale Lectures on Treating Chronic Sinusitis

In keeping with her commitment to outreach within the professional otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat care) community, Dr. Kalpana DePasquale of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat presented an in-depth lecture to medical professionals from similar disciplines and fields on the latest emerging advancements in treating chronic sinusitis, one of the doctor’s closest areas of expertise.

To an audience that included other ear, nose, and throat doctors and physicians, including allergists and pulmonologists, all hailing from leading North Florida institutions, family and private practice, and other diverse backgrounds, Dr. Kalpana laid out how SAENT is treating her patients suffering from advanced or unique cases of sinusitis.

Balloon Sinulplasty™ – simple, effective, and leading the way for sinusitis treatment

Held at the Duval Hotel in Tallahassee, Florida two Thursdays ago on October 11th, 2012, Dr. DePasquale presented how she utilizes a small, simple but extremely effective product and procedure called Balloon Sinulplasty. The engagement was sponsored by Acclarent, the company that produces and markets the products.

Balloon Sinulplasty is simple: patients that suffer from chronic sinusitis, a common medical ailment in which an individual experiences pain and discomfort due to narrow, inflamed, or swollen nasal passages in and around the face, have a handful of treatment options to choose from. Dr. DePasquale explained that her office favors Acclarent’s system.

One of the biggest reasons is that Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that doesn’t require painful or debilitating surgery. Instead, it focuses on leveraging endoscopic technology – that is, tiny yet durable tools and equipment designed to do the same job as traditional surgery, but without the requirements of incision.

Essentially, an extremely small tube is inserted into and guided along the nasal cavity until the source of the blockage is discovered. From there, an even smaller catheter glides along the walls of the cavity without disruption, which when properly placed, inflates to open the passageway. The new opening will be durable and long-lasting.

The bottom line, Dr. DePasquale explained to the doctors in the room, was that Balloon Sinuplasty can save patients time, money, and well-being.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale regularly speaks at many medical and otolaryngologist conferences throughout the year, appearing alongside other leading practitioners on panelist discussions, and lending her expertise to ear, nose, and throat medical professionals and associations across the U.S. each year.

You can request Dr. DePasquale to speak at your next event or conference. Simply call (904) 461-6060 and mention that you read this article!

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO to Deliver Two Lectures at OMED

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO to Deliver Two Lectures at OMEDSt. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is so proud to announce that our own Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO will be in attendance at this year’s Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) to deliver two lectures to attendees!

The OMED is an annual conference held in a different major city each year, organized to bring together ostheopathic physicians, medical staff, researchers and academics for five days of presentations, speaker panels, and commercial exhibition by medical industry providers.

OMED is organized by the American Osteopathic Association.

This year, OMED will be held in San Diego, California from Sunday, October 7th through Thursday, October 11th, 2012. You can check out a digital version of the conference brochure here!

Dr. DePasquale as a speaker

Our very own Dr. DePasquale will be delivering two separate lectures to conference attendees. The first is titled Allergic Rhinitis: The Otolaryngologist’s Perspective; the other is titled Chronic Sinusitis: The Evolution of Sinus Surgery.

Allergic rhinitis is the physical reaction from external influences, like the act of breathing dust, pollen, and other allergens, that aggravate your sinus activities. It’s more commonly known as hay fever, and is mostly active around this type of year (fall).

It’s a common and easily treatable problem that affects people of all backgrounds and ages. Allergic rhinitis is also easily treatable, so if you’re experiencing some of the symptoms like problems with smelling, chronic sneezing and tearing of the eyes, or itchy, stuffy, or a runny nose, you’re encouraged to contact us to set up an appointment in St. Augustine to get checked out.

You can check out an article we wrote on hay fever last year here.

Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, is similar to allergic rhinitis but it’s a little more serious. The symptoms can also create more discomfort, and persist for longer periods of time.

This condition is characterized by an interference with the nasal cavities “drainage” system – in other words, chronic obstruction of the naval and sinus cavities – whether it be by infection, pre-existing growth traits like a deviated septum, or by swollen or inflames nasal cavities.

Symptoms that are commonly reported by those suffering from chronic sinusitis include persistent, unpleasant discharge from the nose or throat; pain and inflammation around the patient’s face; aching, coughing, or loss of smell and taste.

About OMED

OMED offers a platform for leading physicians from around America to gather and lend their expertise with colleagues, medical students, and representatives from the public and private business and medical community.

The expo is also renowned hosting philanthropic and cause-driven activities during the week to benefit the host city in which it’s held. Activities this year include a 5k walk and run and a gold tournament, sponsoring the Collegiate Challenge, during which medical school students compete bragging rights and a trophy to commemorate the game.

We’re so excited that Dr. DePasquale will be speaking at the conference! We wish her safe travels and a wonderful week!

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Learn About The Common Nosebleed During Winter

Have you noticed? It’s one of our favorite seasons already – winter!

With winter comes chilly nights cuddled up by a roaring fire and quality time spent with family and friends. But as always here at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, we want to share with you some of the most common ailments our patients come to us with during this time that you too may be experiencing.

This month we’re discussing the common nosebleed. The medical term, epistaxis, is described as an acute hemorrhage of blood from the nostril cavity, which may be mild to severe in the amount of blood loss, occurring chronically or randomly.

Why nosebleeds are common in the winter

Nosebleeds that happen in the winter are very common, and aren’t typically a severe or painful condition. The chill and lower temperature during these months can dry out the many blood vessels that run throughout your nose and cartilage, causing them to slightly crack and break. Other causes of a nosebleed include predisposition to respiratory infections and of course, blunt trauma.

Also, using aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications that thin out your blood can cause an otherwise mild incidence seem much more severe that it actually is. Other complications that can lead to a nosebleed include alcohol abuse and a predisposition to allergens and rhinitis.

How to treat a common nosebleed at home

If you experience a sudden nosebleed, whether at home, work, or in public, there are several things you can do to slow down the flow and treat mild occurrences.

  • Pinch your nostrils together towards your septum, and push your nose in towards your face. Leaning forward slightly will allow the blood to flow out of your nose, rather than back up into the wound from which it’s escaping, or down your throat.
  • Relax your body and have a seat. Depending on how severe the flow is, you could be losing a significant amount of blood from your head, causing you to feel woozy or dizzy. Relaxing your heart rate by sitting will also reduce the circulation.

Within 24 hours, try to:

  • Stay off hot liquids, as they can thing your blood out. Eat soft, cold food.
  • Avoid blowing your nose. This can re-open the wound from which your nosebleed came from.
  • Avoid blood thinning agents like aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and medications.

If nosebleeds are persistent, come see St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Dr. DePasquale

Here at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, we have several treatment options for those who are experiencing severe or chronic nosebleeds of any variety. Dr. Kalpana DePasquale is a board certified otolaryngologist, specializing in head and neck surgery, sinus and voice disorders, and facial plastic surgery.

First, we’ll locate the wound. In about 95% of cases, the wound can be identified by our doctors visually. We may apply temporary nose gauze that will close and heal the wound, fit and worn comfortably by you for a few days, called nasal packs.

Under mild local anesthesia, we may also apply a heating treatment or chemical application to close the wound. Finally, topic medications and lubrications may be prescribed to you that can easily be applied in the comfort of your own home to help heal the wound.

There’s no reason to be embarrassed by the incidence of a common nosebleed; it’s just that time of year. Remember to contact us today by visiting our website and scheduling an appointment if you’re experiencing persistent nosebleeds, and we’ll take care of you right away.