ACENT’s Blog

Improving Communication in the Era of Face Masks

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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 »

Get to Know Caitlin Milligan, Au.D

Q and A with Caitlin Milligan

Where are you from and how did you come to practice in Anchorage? I was born and raised in the interior of Alaska in a small town called Delta Junction.  I knew I wanted to return to Alaska after finishing my education, so I strove to incorporate clinical rotations during my training that would help me become proficient in multiple specialties, many of which were not available in Alaska previously.  After graduation, my husband and I were so excited to return to Anchorage, and ACENT seemed like a great place to begin my career.   What about audiology first peaked … Continue reading »

The Benefits of BBL™ vs. IPL

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When it comes to knowing the ABCs of light-based skin rejuvenation treatments, the letters to keep in mind are BBL and IPL. Like laser skin treatments, these procedures are recommended for women and men concerned about sun damage, age spots, and uneven skin tone and texture. At our medical spa in Anchorage, we believe the BBL (BroadBand Light) technology is the best approach. In this blog post, we’ll explain how BBL and IPL technology works, compare how each procedure is performed, and look at the results our med spa patients can expect. Are BBL and IPL the same thing? BBL … Continue reading »

The Benefits of Combining BOTOX® and Fillers

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Cosmetic injectable treatments such as BOTOX and dermal fillers are the most popular aesthetic treatments in the world. It’s easy to see why. These procedures produce excellent results, the treatments take only minutes to complete, and there’s virtually no downtime. But many of the patients who get fillers or BOTOX at our Anchorage practice are surprised to learn that they work in very different ways. All wrinkles aren’t created the same way, and BOTOX and fillers treat different types of wrinkles. That’s why combining the injectable treatments during a single appointment can benefit most of our patients. Dynamic vs. Static … Continue reading »

Virtual Consultations Available at ACENT

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When Covid-19 hit, we immediately realized that we had to operate differently. We needed to continue to provide care to our patients but needed to keep our patients and staff safe and do all we could to prevent spread of the virus. Telemedicine had been a consideration for us for some time; it seemed like a perfect way to reach patients in more distant regions of the state. Covid-19 made telemedicine an urgent priority. Our staff did an incredible job of standing up a working videoteleconference (VTC) platform in a matter of days. It took a total team effort, as … 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.