Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD

Ear, Nose, and ThroatFemaleAge 57

Ear, Nose, and Throat

Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Spokane, WA and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ahlstrom has extensive experience in Sleep Apnea. She graduated from University of Arizona in 1996. She is affiliated with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Her office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD

Columbia Surgical Specialists

217 W Cataldo Ave Spokane, WA 99201
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available
Telehealth services available

Accepting new patients

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Ahlstrom

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Ahlstrom treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Ahlstrom treats other conditions, please contact the office at (509) 624-2326.

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. Ahlstrom is experienced in the area of Sleep Apnea. See the graph below to learn more about her experience.

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Dr. Ahlstrom's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Adenoidectomy
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anosmia
  • Audiometry
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Big Ears
  • Broken Nose
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Adenoid Infection
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Cleft Palate
  • Common Cold
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • 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
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Glossectomy
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hearing Loss Due to Noise
  • Hearing Screening
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Home Sleep Study
  • Hyperacusis
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Leukoplakia
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Loss of Voice or Hoarse Voice
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Malignant Otitis Externa
  • Maxillary and Malar Fractures
  • Middle Ear Implant Candidacy Evaluation
  • Motion Sickness
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral and-or Facial Cleft
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Salivary Gland Cyst
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Study
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Scan
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • 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
  • Wound Repair

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(509) 624-2326

Dr. Ahlstrom accepts the following insurance:

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Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Idaho PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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HealthyBlue Advantage
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Cigna PPO
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Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
Coop Core
Humana
Choice Care PPO

Dr. Ahlstrom's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ahlstrom

3.2

Based on 22 ratings

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I found Dr. Ahlstrom condenscending, abrupt, disinterested. I had to wait 9 days to get MRI results. She does not listen or explain with clarity. Waited a half hour in the exam room.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • 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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Aug 22, 2021
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Wonderful she is knowledgeable and kind and listens and spends time with her 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
What could be improved
No results
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Penny Achten in Spokane, WA – Nov 27, 2019
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Dr. Ahlstrom is a very kind and intelligent doctor. She listened patiently and took the time to look up my medical information. She took time to educate me about proper function of the vocal cords. I felt very comfortable at my appointment with her.
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
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Gwen in Spokane – Oct 30, 2018
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She is a wonderful practitioner and surgeon, with the best patient care I have seen for young children. Heartfelt and competent - I'm referring friends to her.
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
2 people found this helpful
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Spokane – Feb 02, 2018
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Dr. Ahlstrom has a wonderful manner, very personable. She seems to be very caring of her patients, and driven to discover the cause of a complaint. She caught something on my CT scan that slipped past other providers, and I have a great degree of trust in her ability.
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
  • Long wait times
2 people found this helpful
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RICHLAND, WA – Oct 11, 2016
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I liked her demeanor and attitude. I liked how she explained thoroughly my condition to me. I liked how she noticed something unusual about me that she said would bring tobmy PCP's attention as something that he should check on.
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
6 people found this helpful
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Diana W in Valley, WA – Apr 08, 2016
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Karen Ahlstrom is an Otolaryngologist practicing general ear, nose and throat medicine including diseases of the airway, thyroid and head and neck...Read more

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

Education

University Of Nm School Of Med
Residency Hospital
1996
University of Arizona
Medical School

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Ahlstrom has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD's top areas of care?

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

Where is Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD's office located?

Dr. Ahlstrom's office is located at 217 W Cataldo Ave, Spokane, WA 99201. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Columbia Surgical Specialists

Spokane Ear, Nose & Throat217 W Cataldo Ave Spokane, WA 99201
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Spokane, WA

77% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% higher than the national average

11 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)