ACENT’s Blog

The Truth About Laser Hair Removal

Woman feeling confident in a bathing suit after laser hair removal in Anchorage, AK

Unwanted hair is something that both women and men experience. That’s one of the reasons for the enduring popularity of laser hair removal—at our Anchorage, Alaska, practice, and throughout the U.S. But even though it’s among the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments performed each year, certain myths about the treatment persist. Unfortunately, this misinformation results in people sticking with the hassle of shaving, waxing, or tweezing unwanted hair instead of getting laser hair removal treatments. Laser Hair Removal Myths With patients researching cosmetic treatments on the internet or social media platforms, inaccurate or partly accurate information spreads quickly. Once a … Continue reading »

Get to Know Christopher Kowalski, MD

Get to know Christopher Kowalski, MD

Where are you from and how did you come to practice in Anchorage? I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI.  I lived in the Midwest for the majority of my life and hadn’t even considered Alaska until a friend moved to Anchorage for work and suggested I check it out as a potential place for work.  My wife and I really enjoyed the feel of Alaska when we visited and luckily ACENT was looking to add a physician to the practice at the time. What about otolaryngology first piqued your interest? I was lucky to be raised by parents … Continue reading »

Get to Know Erin Norton, NP

Get to Know Erin Norton, NP, Anchorage AK

  Where are you from and how did you come to practice in Anchorage? I’m from the Ohio River Valley, and spent my childhood in Indiana and the rolling hills of Kentucky.   I moved to Anchorage with my husband, who was serving in the US Air Force at the time.  At the end of his commitment, we decided we were JUST TOO HAPPY HERE to leave.  There is so much to explore, and we won’t leave until we’ve seen it all.  We get outside with our young son as much as we can.   What about audiology first peaked your … Continue reading »

Get to Know Goldie Pappan-Hall, Au.D

Q and A with Goldie Pappan-Hall

Where are you from and how did you come to practice in Anchorage? I am originally from the Wichita, KS region. In May 2018, I completed my clinical doctorate and wanted to work for Indian Health Service. As a tribal member of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma, I have received healthcare through this system and wanted to give back by providing audiologic care to Indian Health Service beneficiaries. I joined Southcentral Foundation in July 2018 and have primarily been based in Wasilla. I am eager to serve the Anchorage community as an audiologist at Alaska Center for Ear, Nose, & … Continue reading »

Improving Communication in the Era of Face Masks

Four people talking with masks on

Wearing face masks helps prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but for people with hearing loss, they pose communications challenges. This includes muffled speech, the inability to read lips, and difficulty wearing masks for people who use behind-the-ear hearing aids. At our Anchorage, Alaska, practice, patients with hearing loss often describe these challenges in addition to others associated with wearing masks. In this blog post, we’ll provide some tips that you can share with family and friends to help bridge these unique communication challenges. How Has the Pandemic Affected Communication? Even though people with hearing loss are most affected by … Continue reading »

Meet Our Physicians

Each of our physicians is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery; in addition, Dr. Ellerbe is board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.