Dr. Tina Elkins, MD

Dr. Tina Elkins, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat  |  
Female  |  
Age 45
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Dr. Tina Elkins, MD is an ear, nose, and throat doctor who practices in Athens, TX. She is 45 years old and has been practicing for 17 years. Read her story

1701 S Palestine St Ste B

Athens, TX 75751

Contact Information

(903) 675-2222

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • 14 More

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Allergic Reaction
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more than 97% of peers
Ear Disorders
very high
more than 97% of peers
Broken Nose
very high
more than 96% of peers

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Dr. Elkins' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Elkins "Tina Elkins, MD, moved to Athens, Texas in July 2005 from Houston, Texas. Dr. Elkins attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas and graduated with honors with a degree in Communication Disorders. While at TTUHSC, she began working with Dr. Robert Wang doing research on head and neck cancer and pediatric sleep disorders. Dr. Elkins attended medical school at the University of Texas - Houston where she continued doing research with the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department, working on sound localization in children with unilateral hearing loss. She was also accepted into the summer research program at MD Anderson Cancer Center after her first year of medical school. While working under Drs. Byers and Myers she completed research on tongue cancer in patients under the age of 40 years. Dr. Elkins graduated in the top three in her class in 2000. She was elected President of the Alpha Omega honor society, elected an Outstanding Woman in Medicine and on numerous committees during medical school. Dr. Elkins completed her general surgery internship at UT- Houston in 2001. She then joined the ENT program completing her residency in 2005, working at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Hermann Hospital and LBJ Hospital. During her time in residency she was nominated to be part of a committee with the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in International Hearing Loss. She also worked on numerous publications, presented at national meetings, on pediatric sleep apnea and assisted in developing a new technique for performing neonatal tracheostomy along with Dr. Kevin Pereira. Dr. Elkins maintains a Texas Medical License and is board certified in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. She practices all aspects of ear, nose, throat and allergy disorders with interest in sleep disorders, pediatric disorders and head & neck cancers, including skin cancers. She also performs nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and injectable fillers (Restylane and Perlane). Dr. Elkins is currently an active staff member at ETMC-Athens and Palestine Regional Medical Center in Palestine, TX. Dr. Elkins served as Chief of Surgery at ETMC-Athens in 2008 and Chief of Staff at ETMC Athens in 2011. She lives in Athens with her husband, Clay (a local Realtor and golf course architect) and their three young sons Jacob, Caleb, and Nathan."


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  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Adenoid Infection
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Lip Cancer
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngitis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • 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
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp


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  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • 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 Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Uvulectomy
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • University Of Texas, Houston
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Elkins has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Elkins' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Elkins to family and friends
based on 22 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Elkins' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (12)
Athens, TX |
I’ve only seen Dr. Elkins one time and I was impressed. She was very thorough and took time to answer my questions and concerns. I would recommend her to anyone. She will be doing my surgery in a couple of months and explained everything to me so I could understand.
in Athens, TX |
Great doctor! She treats you like you are family. Explains where you understand your problem. Great care!! Sherry Kelley
Palestine, TX |
Wonderful experience with Dr. Elkins. Would recommend her to anyone for their ENT issues.
in Malakoff |
Dr. Elkins and the staff are taking care of my ear and hearing issue with the utmost care. I thank them very much.
Athens, TX |
I think Dr. Elkins is a stand-out doctor. You get the feeling she loves the work she's doing, and it certainly shows. She's extremely personable, listens to you, and never rushes. She has even called me on the weekend to check on me! I am an adult patient, but she sees children,too. I'd recommend her to anyone needing an ENT.
in Enchanted Oaks, TX |
Excellent. Great personality, Listens, very knowledgeable, explains things well. Highly recommend her to anyone who may be having problems with Ears, Nose, or Throat.
Athens, TX |
Dr. Elkins is a wonderful Dr. Who truly cares. I have seen her for years and will continue toouse her. She also sees my son and wife.
in Athens, TX |
Dr. Elkins has taken care of me for almost 11 years as an ENT. In the last couple of months she was able to find and fix a sinus issue that 3 other docs missed and she finally was able to get me clear headed and moving in the right direction healthwise. I am very appreciative of her work and her taking care of my Ear nose and throat issues.
in Mabank, TX |
Very friendly staff and they do very well with children.
Athens |
Athens ENT and all of the doctors and staff there are amazing. They are always so accommodating and make sure that your visit is perfect.
The staff member helping me make an appt for my mother-in-law was very friendly and courteous. He listened and answered all my questions. He made me feel like she would be well taken care of when she came in for her appt. I will give more feed back once she has seen the Dr.
in Streetman, texas |
I have seen Dr. Elkins twice and have the greatest respect for her and her abilities. But I have called 4 times to have someone call about hearing aids and no return call as of yet. It seems returning calls would be part of a great office. Do not know what to do as no one calls back.
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Dr. Elkins accepts 23 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
    Blue Advantage HMO
    Blue Choice
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Providence Health Plans
  • Pyramid Life
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Elkins has admitting privileges

East Texas Medical Center Athens
2000 S Palestine St
Athens, TX 75751
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Palestine Regional Medical Center
2900 S Loop 256
Palestine, TX 75801
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