Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD

Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD

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Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  |  
Female  |  
53 y/o
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Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery doctor who practices in Spokane, WA. She is 53 years old and has been practicing for 21 years. Read her story

Spokane Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, PS

217 W Cataldo Ave

Spokane, WA 99201
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative

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Laryngitis
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more than 99% of peers
Larynx Conditions
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more than 99% of peers
Ear Ache
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more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Ahlstrom's bio

This content was provided by Dr. 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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Specialties

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Cleft Palate
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gum Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral and-or Facial Cleft
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
  • Sore Throat
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
  • Wheezing

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cleft Palate Repair (Palatoplasty)
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Frenectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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Education

  • University of Arizona
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Nm School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ahlstrom has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ahlstrom's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ahlstrom to family and friends
2.9
based on 17 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Ahlstrom's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
RICHLAND, WA |
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.
in Valley, WA |
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.
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Dr. Ahlstrom accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Group Health Cooperative
    Coop Core

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Hospitals where Dr. Ahlstrom has admitting privileges

Providence Holy Family Hospital
5633 N Lidgerwood St
Spokane, WA 99208
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Providence Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
101 W 8th Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
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Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
101 W 8th Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
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