Who We Are
Premier Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors in Phoenix, Arizona
The Enticare Surgical Team is comprised of highly specialized surgeons treating patients with diseases of the nose, paranasal sinuses and complex head and neck. Whether you have hearing problems, allergies, dizziness, sinus infections, snoring or any other ear, nose, and throat related issue, we can help. We understand that the healthcare setting can be intimidating; therefore, we work as a team to make our patients feel comfortable. Whether if it is for prior authorizations or scheduling surgery.
We are constantly striving to provide the best patient experience in the most empathetic way while being as cost-effective as possible.
Meet Our Staff
Dr. Tracey Knott
Dr. Knott grew up in Michigan and began her studies at the University of Michigan. She earned Class Honors three consecutive years in route to receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then attended Des Moines University for her medical degree.
Dr. Homan Mostafavi
D.O., MBA, F.A.O.C.O.
Dr. Mostafavi grew up in a small town in Iowa. As a son of a large animal veterinarian, he spent plenty of time being exposed to the thrill and challenges of the health sciences. He decided to pursue medicine after volunteering in the Iowa City free health clinic.
Dr. Shilpa Vishwanath
Dr. Vishwanath grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with Honors from The Ohio State University. She graduated at the top of her medical school class from The University of Toledo College of Medicine.
Advanced Practice Clinicians
Li is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing general Otolaryngology for more than 8 years. Li enjoys the variety that otolaryngology brings. Li resides in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband, son and dog Toffee.
MAEd, MPAS, PA-C
Linda has been a Physician Assistant for over 32 years and ENT PA since completing an Otolaryngology fellowship more than 25 years ago. She is a retired Air Force officer having spent 20 years in the US Air Force.
John D. Shull
John grew up in Arizona in the Casa Grande area. He received his bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Arizona, he then attended A.T. Still University which he received his Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies.
Emily grew up in Pittsfield, MA and relocated to Stamford, CT after college. Emily received her bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Neurobiology and Nursing from The University of Connecticut and went on to get her masters of science from Georgetown University.
MPAS, PA-C, RDN
Nicole grew up in Illinois and later on attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received a Master of Science in Medical Dietetics and worked as a clinical dietitian in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Arizona to attend Northern Arizona University for her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.
Kimberly M. Donaldson
Kimberly grew up in Tucson, AZ and later attended the University of Arizona where she majored in Physiology. She took some time off from school to live in Los Angeles, but later returned to Arizona to attend A.T. Still University to receive her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2014. Kimberly began her career working in Orthopaedics as a Surgical PA, and now currently works in Otolaryngology. She enjoys reading, traveling to new places, physical fitness, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Briana Thornton
Director of Audiology
Dr. Briana Thornton is an Arizona native. She completed her B.S. in Communications, Science, and Disorders at Northern Arizona University and her Doctorate in Audiology at A.T. Still University. She has past work experience as an educational audiologist in the Mesa School District and in private practice. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, traveling, and playing kickball.
Dr. John Hetherington
Dr. John Hetherington has a PhD in Audiology from the University of Kansas and an Arizona Licensed Dispensing Audiologist. He has worked for Enticare for the past four years providing diagnostic hearing testing and hearing aid dispensing.
Ally is an Arizona native. Her first language is Spanish and prides herself in being bilingual. After being involved in healthcare for many years she continued her education and received her Hearing Instrument Specialist license.
Tonja is from Lapeer, Michigan. She started in the hearing industry in 1996 and in 2001 she became a licensed Hearing Specialist. In 2009 she and her husband relocated to Arizona where she obtained her Arizona license. In her career, she has held many different positions; from training other specialists to managing a large team in multiple states.
Director of Finance
Christian was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona. He received his Accounting degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and he holds Master’s degree in Business
Director of Patient Experience and Community Engagement
Kate grew up in Gilbert, AZ. She attended Northern Arizona University for her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences then attended Arizona State University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Innovation
Director of Operations
Jessica was born in Southern California and grew up in a small town in Northern Arizona. Her interest in healthcare originally sparked when she began insurance coordinating, which quickly turned into a passion for being a voice of the underserved.
Director of Staff Experience and Engagement
Judy is originally from Virginia Beach, VA and has worked in the administrative capacity for over 12 years. She has a passion for helping people and prides herself on being honest, empathetic, hard-working and professional.
Director of Sleep
Mia has over 30 years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with a keen interest in Sleep Medicine. She has worked in different levels of healthcare including, large hospital systems, pediatric hospitals, emergency rooms, ICU and has also ventured into the world of respiratory durable medical equipment.
Our Support Staff:
In addition, we have an incredible team of support staff members from our medical assistants, front office team, ancillary departments, surgical scheduling, and billing team. Without everyone working together we would not serve our local communities!!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a D.O. and M.D?
There are two basic types of medical training, Osteopathic (D.O.) Allopathic (M.D.). The training is very similar-state licensing agencies, hospitals, and residency programs recognize the degrees as equivalent.
D.O’s take a holistic perspective to practicing medicine: treating the “whole patient” and emphasize prevention, a historic distinction which when possible is less invasive.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered professional nurses who are prepared, through advanced graduate education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of healthcare services, including the diagnosis and management of common, as well as complex, medical conditions to individuals of all ages.
A NP can serve as a patient’s primary care provider, is qualified to most post-operative patients, and can write prescriptions.
What is a Physician Assistant?
Physician assistant, also known as PAs, studied under the medical model and practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment including writing prescriptions.
Do I always need to see the surgeon?
That depends! If you prefer to see a surgeon or another physician referred you to our office, Enticare makes every effort to get you in with a surgeon as quickly as possible. We even have Saturday appointments for new patients! However, if you want to get in quickly for a sinus infection, something routine, etc., you may also see the NP or P.A.-C who will consult with a surgeon on your case if additional follow up is needed.
If I’m paying to see a Specialist, then am I going to see the Surgeon?
In most cases your co-payment to come to our office may be slightly higher than your Family Practice co-payment; however, your insurance and what you may be responsible for paying is dependent upon which provider you see. The office fee schedule for a surgeon is higher than that of the NP or P.A.-C, based solely off the Insurance Contracts. So, your insurance and possibly you would only pay for who you specifically saw and not pay a blanket fee.