Our mission is to partner with patients to create happy, healthy individuals by providing superior healthcare based on sound medical procedures and compassionate customer service.
We Care About You!
Dedicated to improving your experience.
Exceeding your expectations in everything we do.
Never forgetting the trust you place in us.
Taking time to listen to your concerns.
Maintaining your privacy.
Developing effective strategies to find the best solutions for your Ear/Nose/Throat concerns.
Professionalism and customer service is the priority.
Respect the patients and your team members at all times.
Initiative and efficiency is key, always be proactive in all of your daily activities.
Develop multiple skill sets to help the team and the office.
Excellence in customer service with every patient contact.
Meet Our Team
Stephen Dent M.D.
Stephen Dent M.D.
Dr. Dent attended Texas A&M University and received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing General Surgery Internship at University of California Davis he finished his specialty residency training in Otolaryngology at the University of California San Diego. He then moved to Encinitas and opened a private otolaryngology practice in 2009. Dr. Dent is a board certified Otolaryngologist. He is a current member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, San Diego County Medical Society and the California Medical Society. Dr. Dent is acting division Chief of Otolaryngology at Scripps Memorial Hospital of Encinitas. He is credentialed at Scripps La Jolla and several outpatient surgery centers: Center for Surgery of Encinitas and Scripps Encinitas Surgery Center. Dr. Dent has been living in San Diego since 2005. He enjoys the atmosphere of coastal North County and is very happy to serve this community. In his free time he enjoys beach volleyball and spending time with his wife and three children.
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Jacob Husseman M.D.
Jacob Husseman M.D.
Dr. Husseman is transitioning from his position at UC San Diego Health where he maintained an exceptionally busy clinical practice since 2011. His role at UCSD also included a significant component of teaching. Dr. Husseman was the primary resource for the resident trainees to help guide them in the evaluation and management of many unusual and/or complicated patients at the Hillcrest campus, a tertiary referral hospital and level one trauma center. For his efforts, the residents awarded him the Terence Davidson Memorial Teaching Award in just his second year on the faculty. He was also an integral component of the medical school, serving as the director of three different clinical rotations for third and fourth year medical students. Dr. Husseman has been active in many scholarly activities with over 20 peer reviewed publications and multiple presentations at national academic meetings. Altogether, these efforts were recognized with a recent promotion to the level of Associate Professor.
Dr. Husseman completed his Otolaryngology residency at UC San Diego. This included a T32 award to complete a dedicated year of research during which he worked in Dr. Allen Ryan’s lab investigating growth factors of inner ear nerve cells. Upon graduation, he completed a fellowship in Neurotology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. This busy program included training in skull base neurotology, cochlear implantation, and management of chronic ear disease. His undergraduate degree was completed at Stanford University, followed by medical school at the University of Washington.
His time at UC San Diego provided a tremendous breadth of clinical experience that Dr. Husseman is excited to bring to the practice. He continues to enjoy all aspects of Otolaryngology, from meticulous work under the microscope, to removing large thyroid goiters. However, Dr. Husseman has found that establishing enduring and meaningful patient relationships provides the greatest job satisfaction. Outside of work, he also finds great joy in staying active with his wife and three children in the Poway area.
Gail Hubbard, Au. D.
Gail Hubbard, Au. D.
Gail Hubbard has more than 40 years experience working with all ages and all types of hearing loss. She was a staff audiologist at Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, before moving to California in 1970. Since then, Dr. Hubbard has taught hearing impaired children and adults in the public schools, provided clinical audiology services for physicians, was manager of Audiology at Children’s Hospital (now Rady’s) in San Diego, and owned and operated two hearing aid offices in San Diego and Imperial counties. She was appointed by the Governor to serve on two committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs—the Audiology Licensing Committee and the Hearing Aid Dispensers Committee. “Helping others improve their quality of life by finding the best solution for their hearing loss is my passion.”
Mr. Bret Noland is originally from the San Diego area. He started his medical career early on as a respiratory therapist. Gaining knowledge regarding the pulmonary system, and his drive to learn more, he eventually decided to further his career as a physician assistant He graduated from Riverside Community College in 2009 and is a nationally board-certified Physician Assistant He is also an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Prior to working with Dr. Dent, Bret spent several years working for a private pain management practice. His interests in Otolaryngology include sleep medicine, sinus disease, allergy and diseases of the ear.
“Every individual is unique and so is your ENT problem. It is my personal goal to provide you with prompt service in a courteous and knowledgeable environment”.
Jennifer Price attended University of Iowa where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. She then proceeded to attend Stanford University's physician assistant program and, in the meantime, received a Masters of Medical Science degree from Saint Francis University.
While pursuing her dreams of becoming a physician assistant, she gained her clinical experience by working at Dr. Dent's office as a medical assistant. Jenn enjoyed the practice so much she decided to return, now as a provider, and we are excited to have her back.
Jenn enjoys pretty much any outdoor activity. She and her husband, Nick, reside in San Diego and love to travel. They are proud owners of a goldendoodle puppy named Charley.
Jenn is a member of the San Diego Physician Assistant Society, California Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Kristin Woods
Dr. Kristin Woods
Dr. Kristin Woods (aka Cowart) is fully licensed by the state of California to provide comprehensive audiological services. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Colorado State University (Cum Laude), and was awarded her Doctorate of Audiology by the joint doctoral program of University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University in 2007.
Dr. Woods' prior clinical experiences at the Veteran's Administration Hospital, San Diego, and in private practices with otolaryngologists in both Northern and Southern California, have equipped her with thorough knowledge in pediatric and adult audiology. She is also helping to educate the next generation of audiologists by supervising Audiology Doctoral students at the San Diego State University Communications Clinic. Kristin has always been interested in helping others, and has found the field of audiology to be the perfect combination of science, technology, counseling, and human services.
She has special interests in:
- Advanced diagnostics
- Auditory Evoked potentials
Dr. Woods has previously contributed to original research in the field of audiology, and co-authored a publication in the International Journal of Audiology. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the California Academy of Audiology (CAA)