Meet the Staff of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat

Located in St. Augustine

Kalpana S. DePasquale, DO  |  Matt Giles, PA-C  |  Rick Silverman, BC-HIS  |  Ashley Perez  |  Brandie Kirkland  |  Nicole Valenzuela

Kalpana S. DePasquale, DO 

"I've always wanted to help people, and this is what led me to pursue a career in medicine. I chose to specialize in ear, nose and throat medicine because I was intrigued by the complexity of the head and neck anatomy. In addition, I felt this specialty allowed tremendous opportunities to make an immediate impact on the lives of patients of all ages. There are always advances being made in ENT medicine, and I make a point of staying on top of them through continuing education and membership in many professional medical societies. My patients trust me with their care, so I owe it to them to offer the best treatments available.

"Next, I am committed to providing patients with focused, friendly and unhurried care that makes them feel comfortable and informed. I take the time to listen to their concerns and answer their questions. I also thoroughly explain any proposed treatment in simple, easy-to-understand language. It's the same level of outstanding care that I would want for my own family members."

In her spare time, Dr. DePasquale enjoys waterskiing, singing and playing the piano.

Board-Certified: Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery/Facial Plastic Surgery
Residency: Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Albert Einstein Medical Center, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
DO: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BS: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Member: American Medical Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, American Osteopathic Association, Florida Medical Association, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, St. Johns County Medical Society

Publications:

  • De DePasquale K. and Deschler D. First Report of a Lipoblastoma of the Parapharyngeal Space. ENT Journal 2002; 81(8): 564-568.
  • De Pasquale K., Sataloff R.T., Anticaglia J., and Zimmerman J. Vocal Fold Pseudocysts. ENT Journal 2003; 82(2): 94.
  • De Pasquale K. and Sataloff RT. Candida of the Larynx. ENT Journal 2003; 82(6): 419.
  • Watson J., De Pasquale K., Ghaderi M., and Zwillenberg S. Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome and Fetal Rhabdomyoma: A Case Study. ENT Journal 2004; 83(10): 716-718.
  • DePasquale K., Tucker JA, Wolfson B. and Varlotta L.; Tracheobronchial stenting in an infant with an anomalous right main bronchus; ENT Journal 2007; 83(4): 240-243.
  • Ayers L., De Pasquale K., Marlowe F and Ghaderi M. Pleomorphic adenoma of the external auditory canal: A case report and review of the literature. ENT Journal 2010; 89(3).

Radio:

  • Dr. DePasquale on Tim Constantine's Capitol Hill Show Feb 02, 2015 -

Matt Giles, PA-C  

Matt has more than 10 years of advanced clinical experience with over 4 years specializing in ear, nose and throat diagnoses, treatments and procedures. He is responsible for assisting Dr. DePasquale with patients in office care and surgery, along with aesthetic services available at our medical spa. He has experience working with physicians in ENT as well as pediatrics. Matt holds a degree from the University Of Florida School Of Physician Assistant Studies in Gainesville, Fla. He is a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Matt is a native Floridian and enjoys boating, fishing and fitness. He and his family reside in Saint Johns.


Rick Silverman, BC-HIS 

"I first learned about hearing care through several family friends who had been involved in the profession for many years. Learning about the latest advances in hearing instruments and how they can improve a patient's quality of life was very interesting to me. In fact, it's why I decided to become a hearing instrument specialist. I went on to attend Eastern Michigan University and today offer my patients over 14 years of clinical experience. I am also proud to have become a nationally board-certified hearing instrument specialist.

"For me, there is no greater feeling than helping improve the lives of individuals with hearing loss. I do this by offering comprehensive care; everything from state-of-the-art hearing tests and 100% digital and programmable hearing aids to assistive listening devices and more. Equally important, I provide my patients with the honest, unhurried and highly personalized care they deserve. I will listen to their concerns, answer their questions and recommend the most appropriate hearing solution based on their individual needs and budget."

Rick's personal interests include boating, fishing and surfing, as well as handyman projects. His greatest achievement and enjoyment comes from spending time with his three young granddaughters. Rick knows what a loss it would be if he could not hear their small voices, and this motivates him to help his hearing-impaired patients regain the ability to communicate with their loved ones.

National Board-Certification: Hearing Instrument Sciences
Member: International Hearing Society, Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals
Recipient: "Master Hearing Instrument Specialist" Award
Continuing Education: Rick has completed numerous courses dealing with digital hearing aid technology, disease prevention and hearing instrument sciences.
Community Involvement: Rick is an active supporter of the Starkey Hearing Foundation and volunteers for the Hear Now Program.

Ashley Perez, Office Manager 

"I always knew I wanted to be a part of the medical field. Since I was a child, I had a passion for helping people feel better, even if in the most minimal way. I have been involved in the medical and aesthetics field since I was 18 years old and have extensive experience in many different areas including Physical/Occupational Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, Chiropractic, Otolaryngology and Aesthetics."

I was born and raised in Gainesville, FL and attended Santa Fe State College while I was still in high school, being part of the dual enrollment program. After high school I completed my State College education while working full time and graduated with an AA in Business Administration in 2009.

Towards the end of 2010 the opportunity arose for me to join St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat/ Avanti Medical Spa as a medical receptionist. I grew up visiting St. Augustine regularly and have always loved the town. During my first 2 and a half years of employment I worked my way through many positions and promotions from Receptionist to Surgical Coordinator to Patient Care Coordinator and have enjoyed it every step of the way. I am now honored to be the office manager for such a wonderful company. I am heavily involved with the growth of the practice including but not limited to: general day to day activities, staff management, facilitating the addition of new physicians, equipment upgrades, product launches and more.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, friends and pets, boating, crafting, and Florida Gator football.

Brandie Kirkland, Practice Enhancement Specialist 

"I have always had an interest in medicine and the healing factor. It gives me complete joy knowing I can help someone even if it's just a small contribution."

Brandie has been in the medical field for over 10 years and has been a part of St. Augustine Ear, Nose and throat since 2011. Her solid experience in a healthcare environment results in the ability to deal successfully with the demands of a busy and diverse patient base. She has in-depth knowledge of the practice including IT software/hardware, OSHA, medical assisting, medical billing, MIPS, Videonystagmography testing (VNG), and many more patient services and aesthetics. Brandie also acts as the Marketing Administrator and educates the community on our services and how we can help them.

Brandie is a native of the St. Augustine area where she graduated from Pedro Mendez High School. She resides here in St. Augustine with her 2 sons and their miniature dachshund Weston. Brandie loves being outdoors and spending time with her children and family.

Nicole Valenzuela, Patient Care Coordinator 

Nicole Valenzuela has been part of the St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat family since February 2015. She is the Surgical Coordinator in addition to assisting with Avanti Medical Spa and helps out in many other aspects of the organization. Nicole is an essential part of the SAENT team and she strives to make the most out of every day at the office. She believes in building a long lasting and trusting relationship with patients and customers.

Nicole was born in Pontiac Michigan and raised in St. Augustine Florida since 1984. She began her career in health care in her 11th grade year of high school by working as a home health care assistant. Since that time, she has accumulated nearly twenty years of medical experience and education in various areas of patient care including Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Podiatry, Cardiology and now ENT and aesthetics.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys traveling, landscape photography, camping and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. She’s very thankful to be part of such a great community and raise her 3 kids in such an amazing place.

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