MORE THAN EARS, NOSES, AND THROATS
The Froedtert South Somers Clinic houses an ENT Clinic with Dr. Hoppe, Jessica Alles, Nurse Practitioner, a nurse, medical assistants, and support staff.
“We have an exceptional team,” said Joe Ford, who oversees the clinic, “and we are able to address a wide range of patient needs such as sinus issues, hearing-related issues, thyroid problems, and even head and neck cancers.”
Jessica Alles, NP said, “While we do clean a lot of ear wax, we also do so much more. We perform medical management of allergies. We screen for cancer. We address lumps or bumps from the neck up. We also treat patients with voice or swallowing issues. The medical and technological advancements are amazing, and in clinic we can place a camera scope through a patient’s nose to look at the voice box with little patient discomfort.”
Dr. Hoppe said, “ENT is both clinical and surgical and that is why I chose this field of medicine. I like being able to perform the treatment for a patient and not just prescribe a medication. I perform surgical cancer treatments, biopsies, thyroidectomies, and other surgical solutions. I appreciate the collaborative care throughout the Froedtert South system and work closely with Audiology, Speech Therapy, and the Cancer Center. It is a tremendous benefit that I can offer my patients potential surgical solutions that I can perform at the Schmidt Surgery Center at Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital.”
While Audiology services cover such things as fitting patients for hearing aides, ENT helps with additional diagnostic testing for patients with voice disorders, swallowing issues, tumors, and hearing disorders. Dr. Hoppe said, “Audiology and ENT are in the same building which is convenient for patients and fosters great collaboration between the service providers. We also collaborate frequently with Gastroenterologists and the Froedtert South Sleep Disorder Center to get to the root cause of our patients’ medical issues. The Froedtert South system makes it simple to local refer patients to other specialties, and all the offices are near each other. My work is very fulfilling, and I greatly enjoy helping my patients.”