Our Team

At ACENT, each ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor on our Anchorage team is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. This means they have met the American Board of Otolaryngology’s high professional standards of training and demonstrated knowledge in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. In addition, Dr. Ellerbe is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, having met that board’s stringent requirements.

Each of our doctors brings to our team his own special interests and focused training, allowing our practice to successfully treat a wider range of patients and conditions. To meet with one of our specialists, we encourage you to request a consultation online or call ACENT at (907) 318-1178 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Ellerbe is board certified in Pediatrics, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. He began his career as a pediatrician, then completed a residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, followed by a clinical fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Ellerbe served his country in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel. In addition to his work, his passions include sailing and fishing.

Dr. Schaffer is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. After earning a master's degree in choral music from University of Arizona, he graduated with honors from medical school at the same institution. Dr. Schaffer completed his residency in Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. His interest in singing informs his specialized interest in the treatment of voice disorders at ACENT.

Mark B. Lorenz, MD


Dr. Lorenz is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. A magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame University, Dr. Lorenz earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is fellowship trained and board certified in neurotology, which is a subspecialty concerned with treating neurological disorders of the ear. He joined the ACENT team in 2015.

Dr. Kowalski earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 2013 after graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA in 2018. Dr. Kowalski is trained and practices in all aspects of otolaryngology including sinus surgery, otologic surgery, and pediatric otolaryngology.

John Kokesh, MD


John Kokesh, MD, completed medical school at the University of Washington in 1988. He completed 2 years of General Surgery training at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and then in 1994 completed residency in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington.

Erin Norton, NP

Nurse Practioner

is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Initially, she pursued hearing and speech pathology at Miami University of Ohio.

Tiffany Webb, PA

Physician's Assistant

Tiffany is board certified through the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants as a Physician Assistant. She graduated with honors from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and attended University of Texas- Southwestern in Dallas, Texas where she received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies.

Caitlin is a licensed Audiologist, recognized by both the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She is Board Certified by the American Board of Audiology and is currently working towards specialty certifications for Cochlear Implants, Tinnitus Management, and Vestibular Assessment & Management.

Audra McKellar


Audra is a licensed esthetician with a passion for results-oriented skincare and wellness. A graduate of Oregon State University, she found her niche in esthetics post-college and has become an expert in maintaining and improving the skin of Alaskans. She joined ACENT in 2013, bringing with her more than 12 years of skincare and esthetic experience.

Elise Blomfield, RN

Medical Spa Nurse Injector

Elise is a second generation Alaskan who earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Anchorage. Shortly after graduating, she traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona to the National Laser Institute where was she trained in the injection of BOTOX and dermal fillers. While her main passion is nursing, her off days are spent with family, hiking with her chihuahua, fishing, and traveling with her husband.

Chantal Reese


Chantal graduated from Masters University in Southern California with a Bachelor of Science. She pursued her license in esthetics after college and has been working in the esthetic industry since 2011. She joined ACENT in 2020 bringing with her over 9 years of experience in skincare.