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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. Karen K Ahlstrom has 4 locations
9922 N Nevada St
Spokane, WA 99218
217 W Cataldo Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
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Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom has the following 1 specialty
An otolaryngologist is more commonly referred to as an ENT, someone that can treat medical issues you may be having with you ears, nose, or throat. This is a physician who is specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the ear, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, head, and neck. These doctors treat patients through both medical and surgical means. For instance, an otolaryngologist may treat an obstruction of the nasal passage, caused by malformation of the nose, through rhinoplasty.
Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom has the following 9 expertise
- Facial Trauma
- Hearing Loss
- Smell Disorders
- Swallowing Disorders
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Deviated Septum
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Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom - Posted on January 22nd, 2018
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom - Posted on January 7th, 2016
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.
Lacking proper organization skills...
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom - Posted on September 6th, 2015
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.
terrible cold hearted woman
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom - Posted on June 18th, 2015
Disappointed in poor communication
Self-verified patient of Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom - Posted on November 25th, 2013
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.
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 (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.
Dr. Ahlstrom is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
22 Years Experience
University Of Arizona College Of Medicine
Graduated in 1996
University Of New Mexico Health Sciences
Dr. Karen K Ahlstrom Accepts the Following Insurance
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
Group Health Coop
- Group Health Coop Alliant Plus Connect
- Group Health Coop Core
- Humana Choice POS
- Premera Heritage Signature
- Premera Heritage and Heritage Plus 1
- Premera LifeWise Connect
- 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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