Ear, Nose & Throat

The Lakeshore Health Partners - Ear, Nose & Throat team of otolaryngologists offers a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic care to patients of all ages, by providing the latest technology and treatments and high quality medical care.

Get to know our ENT team, Nathan Salinas, MD, Peter Hoekman, MD, and Joseph VanderMeer, MD. The team provides comprehensive care for the ear, nose, throat, head and neck treatment.

Our ENT Services

  • Allergies
  • Balance Disorders
  • Benign & Malignant Tumors of the Head & Neck, including Skin Lesions
  • Cochlear Implantation & BAHA
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hearing Loss
  • Infections & Diseases of the Ear
  • Medical & Surgical Treatment of Sinus Disease
  • Nasal Airway Problems
  • Pediatric ENT Care
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Thyroid & Parathyroid Disease
  • Tonsil & Adenoid Diseases
  • Voice Disorders & Swallowing Disorders

For appointments, advice and medication refills, please call during office hours. You may also schedule appointments, send messages and request medication refills through the patient portal. If you do not currently have a Lakeshore Patient Portal, you may request access by calling during office phone hours.

A cochlear implant can help a person with very little or no hearing. Cochlear implants bring sound to children and adults who are deaf or severely hearing impaired -differing from hearing aids. A hearing aid makes sounds louder and benefits a person with some hearing loss. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants do not amplify sound. They are designed to mimic natural hearing by converting sound waves to electrical impulses and transmitting them to the inner ear. 

For children who are born deaf, a cochlear implant can markedly increase the child’s chance of being able to function effectively in mainstream school classes.

“Hearing through a cochlear implant takes time to learn.” Dr. VanderMeer will caution, “But within a few months, people can recognize sounds and engage in conversation. Eventually, many can even talk on the telephone.”

Hearing loss is a medical disorder that affects nearly 36 million adults in the U.S. Impaired hearing may be caused by many things including age, head injury, heredity, or diseases and disorders. For some, hearing loss can be surgically corrected. For others, medical devices and rehabilitation therapies can help. Watch Dr. Joseph VanderMeer as he explains advances and treatments for hearing loss.

Allergic rhinitis is triggered by the environment, including cats, dogs, trees or mildew. Symptoms of allergies can be controlled by avoiding the trigger or with allergy medication. Immunotherapy being the only known cure, treatment options are allergy shots or allergy drops.

Allergy drops provide an option for patients who are not able to follow the schedule required for shots - weekly or biweekly appointments at the physician’s office. While treatment varies from person-to-person, it generally lasts 12-36 months and many no longer need medication after completing the therapy.

Meet Our Ear, Nose & Throat Team

Nathan Salinas, MD

Education & Training

Institution Degree
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Residency
University of Pennsylvania - School of Medicine MD

Peter Hoekman, MD

Education & Training

Institution Degree
University of Cincinnati Medical Center Internship/Residency
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine MD

Kellie Timmer, MS, PA-C

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Calvin College BA
Wayne State University (Warren Avenue) MS

Joseph VanderMeer, MD

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Johns Hopkins University Residency
Medical College of Wisconsin MD
Johns Hopkins University Internship