Dr. Brien Tonkinson, MD

Dr. Brien Tonkinson, MD

Ear, Nose, and ThroatMaleAge 56

Accepting new patients

Dr. Brien Tonkinson, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Fresno, CA and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Tonkinson has more experience with Sleep Apnea than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences medical school in 1995. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Saint Agnes Medical Center and Clovis Community Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Tonkinson to book an appointment.

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Central California Ear Nose and Throat

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(559) 365-7147
Central Ca Ear Nose & Throat1351 E Spruce Ave Fresno, CA 93720
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Great Doctor. Dr. Tonkinson truly cares about his patients.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Randy Hoover – Dec 09, 2020
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He is an excellent ent specialist and I will recommend him without reservation.
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Oct 14, 2020
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Not very good. He misdiagnosed me and 3 other people. Has an air borne pin he wears.... that's about it.. stolen Valor
What went well
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Feb 25, 2019
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A friend of mine would have lost his eye if it had not been for Dr Tomlinson. He went in to remove nasal polyps and found a serious fungus infection that was spreading to his left eye. After several hours of surgery the polyps were removed, his nasal cavities were clean, and he could breath. He is a life saver.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Robert in Visalia, CA – Jun 16, 2018
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I recently had an appt scheduled with Dr Tonkinson on 11/7/17 to address symptoms of vertigo & sinus issues I was having. I rcvd a call 11/6/17 stating that the Dr had a family emergency and needed to reschedule. I was driving at the time and couldn't access my calendar, so I explained to the female caller that I would call back to reschedule, Things got very busy with my work, so I wasn't able to get back to the scheduler until 11/15/17. She gave me a 2/9/18 appt. After THEIR need to reschedule
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Upset patient in Fresno, CA – Nov 16, 2017
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Dr. Tonkinson is an AMAZING ENT. I remember him from BAMC in San Antonio, TX, in 1999 when my then 3-year-old daughter was his patient. She snored badly & KEPT upper-respiratory infections. ...until Dr. T. He was VERY no-nonsense & direct. I found him REFRESHING after getting the brush off & runaround from doctor after doctor. Anyway, he removed her tonsils & adenoids & was the consumate professional. He even called daily to check up on her. I was so GRATEFUL, I sent him lavender roses.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Di Johnson – Sep 22, 2017
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I had a deviated septum. Dr. Tonkinson talked to me about the entire procedure and possible physical effects the surgery would entail. Upon awaking after surgery I could breathe through the nose. There was no packing to stop bleeding, no swelling, no black eyes and no pain he had said may occur from surgery. Had some discomfort for several days, bearable with over-the-counter pain reliever. It has been over a year since the surgery and my breathing is so much easier. I recommend him highly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Thomas Suderman in Visalia, CA – May 08, 2017
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Fresno is lucky to have a doctor of this level! I have seen some of the top physicians in the country for family and Major Tonkinson MD is the pbest of the best!
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Michael in Clovis, CA – Nov 20, 2016
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I consider him to be an excellent doctor. Very good with talking to his patients and explaining what him and you have to do to help your own recovery. He is a great Dr. I would highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Sharon in Fresno, CA – Nov 18, 2016
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Unprofessional, arrogant and self absorbed. I have Menieres!!!! I was diag 3 1/2 years ago by a specialist who studied the disease. Dr Tonkinson did not ask for my previous medical history. Just based his diagnosis on a good hearing test (which happens with Meniere's). Said that I was simply dehydrated and He basically told me to drink more water, He told me that I wanted to have Meniere's but I don't actually. Well, anyone who has experienced this disease would never want to have it.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
10 people found this helpful
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Jean Keno in Clovis, CA – Apr 15, 2016
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Dr Tonkinson performed a 7 hour surgery on my nose for a septoplasty and to repair nasal turbinates. He has been by far the best doctor Ive ever had the experience of knowing. He explains everything so that You understand, he is honest with you, and his knowledge shines through. I trusted him and felt a sense of comfort from the moment I met him. He has been such a huge help and it has been wonderful having him be my surgeon. I would absolutely recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Brittanie in Fresno, CA – Jan 21, 2016
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Tonkinson

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Tonkinson treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Tonkinson treats other conditions, please contact the office at (559) 432-3303.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep-disordered breathing specialists diagnose and treat conditions, such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, resulting in symptoms of fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure.Compare with other Sleep Apnea specialists.

Dr. Tonkinson is experienced in the area of Sleep Apnea. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Dr. Tonkinson's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anosmia
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Audiometry
  • Broken Nose
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Cough
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Glossectomy
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Hearing Loss Due to Noise
  • Hearing Screening
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Home Sleep Study
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Leukoplakia
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Malignant Otitis Externa
  • Middle Ear Implant Candidacy Evaluation
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Study
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Scan
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ultrasound, Thyroid
  • Uvulectomy
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
  • Wheezing

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About Me

Biography

Dr. Brien Tonkinson, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Fresno, CA and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. Dr....Read more

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

Education

2003
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1996
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1995
Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences
Medical School

Awards

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Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (559) 365-7147, and for other questions, call (559) 432-3303.

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What are Dr. Brien Tonkinson, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Tonkinson frequently treats Sleep Apnea. See all practice areas where Dr. Tonkinson specializes.

Where is Dr. Brien Tonkinson, MD's office located?

Dr. Tonkinson's office is located at 1351 E Spruce Ave, Fresno, CA 93720. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Tonkinson is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Saint Agnes Medical Center

Fresno, CA

69% Patient Experience Rating, Equal to the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Clovis Community Medical Center

Clovis, CA

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Community Regional Medical Center

Fresno, CA

68% Patient Experience Rating, 1% lower than the national average

4 Awards Received