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About Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom

Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Spokane, WA, with other offices in Spokane, WA and Spokane, WA (and 1 other location). She has 22 years of experience. Her specialties include Otolaryngology. Dr. Ahlstrom is affiliated with Deaconess Hospital, Providence Holy Family Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital. She speaks English.

Dr. Ahlstrom has received 2 awards.

Rating Overview

14 Ratings with 6 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom is Good. Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom has been rated by 14 patients. From those 14 patients 6 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom is 2.7 of 5.0 stars.

Locations

Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom has 4 locations

get directions COLUMBIA SURGICAL SPECIALISTS
217 W Cataldo Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
get directions COLUMBIA SURGICAL SPECIALISTS
9922 N Nevada St
Spokane, WA 99218
get directions Spokane Ear Nose & Throat & Surgery Center
9922 N Nevada St
Spokane, WA 99218
get directions Spokane Ear Nose-Throat Clinic Surgery Center
217 W Cataldo Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

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Specialties

Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom has the following 1 specialty

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom has the following 9 expertise

  • Facial Trauma
  • Hearing Loss
  • Smell Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Tumors
  • Polyps

Reviews

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Five Stars

Karen was such a fresh of breath air when my 3year old son needed surgery. She was kind, took her time explaining, and building the foundation of trust between her and him. I would highly recommend her for tubes, adenoids, tonsillectomies for kiddos. Thank You Dr. Ahlstrom!!

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One Star

She was the more rude and inconsiderate person I have ever dealt with. Not only did she NOT do her job but she took it upon herself to make personal insults about me that were unwarranted, uncalled for and completely out of line. She is a terrible person and a less than adequate doctor.

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Lacking proper organization skills...

I have had a few surgical procedures done by Dr. Ahlstrom. Although she has a confidence and seemingly high knowledge regarding her field, this Doctor fails my expectations. After one procedure that was scheduled for a couple hours I ended up in the intensive care unit with a hole in my wind pipe. During this standard procedure the tools she required were not available in the surgical suite, so while I was under aanestesia, she waited twelve hours for the proper instruments to be delivered to the facility before she could finish. Following the procedure, which should have been standard, my throat started swelling up like a balloon. I went back to the facilities ER and went through the hassle of being seen when it was obvious something serious was wrong. Several employees would walk by my ER bed and whisper about how morbid and extreme my condition looked. I was treated in the ICU for several days due to the likelihood of a secondary infection or air infiltrating the area in my chest around my heart. Following the ICU treatment she refused to treat me any longer.

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terrible cold hearted woman

After getting taken back to a room she said she could not see us because she wasn't accepting new patients. .. We were already there in the room. Our son requires 3 bags, 4 oxygen tanks, double stroller, a vent, an oxygen monitor and diaper bag

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Disappointed in poor communication

Visited this doctor for allergies. She found a condition other doctors had missed in my throat. Told her I felt I was reacting to a specific food. Came back for testing. She had not ordered a test for the one food I'd mentioned. Her staff contacted me several times to say I was a great candidate for shot therapy (even though all my allergies were low-grade). Went back for a third appt she'd set up w/ me at the first; imagine my surprise when I arrived to find she'd not set it up with her staff. Overall communication very poor, e.g., I was told to :go down the hall to that desk and they would know what to do". When I got there I felt like an idiot b/c they didn't know and she'd not communicated any more than that. I'll be going elsewhere . She may be a great physician, but if she can't communicate any better than this, she shouldn't be working with humans.

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  • Awards

    2 Awards

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    On-Time Doctor Award (2014)

    Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2009)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Ahlstrom is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    22 Years Experience

  • University Of Arizona College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1996

  • University Of New Mexico Health Sciences

    Residency

  • Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom Accepts the Following Insurance

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA HMO
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Group Health Coop
    • Group Health Coop Alliant Plus Connect
    • Group Health Coop Core
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
  • Premera
    • Premera Heritage Signature
    • Premera Heritage and Heritage Plus 1
    • Premera LifeWise Connect
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

More about Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom

Dr. Karen Ahlstrom is an Otolaryngologist practicing general Ear, Nose and Throat medicine including diseases of the airway, thyroid and head and neck cancers, nasal and sinus ailments, and allergies. Dr. Ahlstrom has a special emphasis on pediatric ear nose and throat concerns. Dr. Ahlstrom received her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Prior to medical school, she worked as a registered nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit for several years. She subsequently attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she obtained her medical degree. She continued on with residency training in Otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico and is Board Certified in general Otolaryngology. "Delivering high quality patient care means, above all, caring for the patient" is Dr. Ahlstrom’s medical motto.

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