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ENT Team

Meet Our ENT Team

The team of experts at the Sanford Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care to each of our patients and their families. Our team is experienced, board certified, fellowship trained and ready to provide comprehensive ear, nose and throat care for adults and children. Our specialties include:

*We are the only ACPA-certified pediatric cleft lip and palate clinic in the state of South Dakota.

Doctors

Greg DeSautel, MD, FACS, FAAOA

Dr. DeSautel’s treatment philosophy is to help his patients feel better as quickly as possible. He treats his patients the same way he would treat his own family members. With over 23 years of experience, he is an expert in pediatric and adult otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), including sinus surgery, sinusitis treatment, allergy testing and treatment, voice disorders, cochlear implants, tonsillectomies, tube placement, and balloon sinuplasty. 

Dr. DeSautel received his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and completed his residency in general surgery and otolaryngology at the University of California in Davis. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He is currently the department chair of Sanford Clinic Ear, Nose, & Throat.

Dr. DeSautel has partnered with Children of the National International to provide surgical services to patients in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Patrick Munson, MD

As the only fellowship trained specialist in the region, Dr. Munson is dedicated to the comprehensive and compassionate care of children suffering from conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology). This includes management of ear conditions, chronic sinusitis and allergies, pediatric sleep apnea, head and neck masses, and disorders of the airway (breathing and swallowing). Additionally, Dr. Munson specializes in the care of children with vascular birthmarks and cleft lip and palate.

Dr. Munson obtained his medical degree from Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.  He has authored two book chapters and published over 10 articles in the scientific literature. He has presented nationally and internationally on topics specific to ear, nose, and throat disorders of children. His research interests include treatment outcomes for birthmarks, cleft lip/palate, and understanding the mechanisms of laryngomalacia. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

During his spare time, Dr. Munson enjoys spending time with his wife and playing soccer and basketball with his four wonderful children. 

W. Chad Spanos, MD, FACS

Dr. Spanos’ philosophy of care is focused on providing quality care in a compassionate environment. He wants his patients to be well informed and leave the office understanding all of the risks and benefits of the treatment they have decided on together. Dr. Spanos strongly believes in comprehensive management of head and neck cancer utilizing multiple treatment options regularly discussed at the multidisciplinary tumor board.

Dr. Spanos attended medical school at the University of Louisville Medical School in Louisville, Ky. He completed his residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and was fellowship-trained in microvascular free tissue transfer at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Spanos is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Head and Neck Society, and a member of the American Medical Association, South Dakota Medical Association, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  

Dr. Spanos is an expert in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, balloon sinuplasty, complex reconstruction of the head and neck, thyroid cancer, and sialoendoscopy. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Spanos is a physician scientist with a laboratory dedicated to investigating human papillomavirus-related head and neck cancers. He is most excited about recent laboratory advances involving manipulation of the immune system to improve its response to head and neck cancers. Some of these revolutionary findings are making their way into clinical trials for patients at Sanford Health.  

In his spare time, Dr. Spanos enjoys spending time with his family, windsurfing and cycling.


Rick Jensen, MD

Dr. Jensen’s treatment philosophy is to educate patients on their medical conditions so they may make informed decisions on their care. He is an expert in pediatric and adult otolaryngology (ENT), including sleep apnea, sinus conditions, balloon sinuplasty, tube placement, and sinus surgery.

Dr. Jensen received his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, and completed his residency in otolaryngology at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. He completed an internship at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals and is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. 

Dr. Jensen enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and golfing.  

Advance Practice Providers

Laurie Gromer, CNP

With more than 15 years of oncology experience, Laurie’s goal is to get to know each patient at the beginning of his or her cancer journey and to learn what makes life meaningful for each patient. She follows patients through their diagnosis, educating and equipping patients with the knowledge and understanding to cope with and manage their diagnosis. Her passion is cancer survivorship, which acknowledges that a cancer diagnosis and treatment may forever change a person’s life, but does not mean that life cannot be full and meaningful.

She feels privileged to work with a wonderful team dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with head and neck cancer, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, and nutrition specialists, just to name a few.

Laurie attended graduate school at South Dakota State University in Brookings, and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  

Her free time is spent with her husband, kids, extended family and friends.

Daniele Heyn, CNP

Daniele believes in providing compassionate individualized care for the ear, nose, and throat patient.  She obtained her graduate degree from Clarkson College in Omaha, NE and has been certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Daniele has spent seven years as a pediatric intensive care nurse and four years as a pediatric flight registered nurse. 

Daniele enjoys spending time with her family on the lake in the summer and staying warm in the winter. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and working out. She also loves a good country concert!

Kelly Seifert, PA-C

Kelly believes in treating his patients in a kind and professional manner. He is a physician assistant at Sanford Ear, Nose & Throat and provides general otolaryngology (ENT) care for children and adults.

Kelly graduated from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., in 1977 as a medical technologist and then received his graduate degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan., as a physician assistant in 1993. He has over 20 years of experience working with allergy testing and treatment, primarily in a busy ear, nose and throat practice in Kansas.

He is certified by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and has been with Sanford Health for three years. He is an active member of the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

He and his wife enjoy many outside activities including biking and walking. They also enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Pat Riedmann, PA-C

Pat works with pediatric patients in otolaryngology.  He received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and his graduate degree from PA School: Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA.  He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

Pat is married and has a daughter and son. He and his family prefer to spend most of their free time outdoors.

Audiologists

Jessica Hagg, AuD CCC-A

Dr. Hagg works with individuals of all ages to improve their quality of life by providing effective hearing care through an evidence-based practice.  She received her doctorate of audiology at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion and completed her audiology externship at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE. Dr. Hagg is certified with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Lori Miller, AuD

Dr. Miller’s goal is to improve the quality of life for each of her patients.  She received her graduate degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE and A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ.  She is fellowship trained from Willamette Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Salem, OR and has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. 

Dr. Miller enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.

Julie Raysby, MA, CCC-A

Julie believes in providing the best possible solution to get people back into life to communicate with family and friends. Julie works with a wide variety of ages from newborn to advanced years and enjoys each age group.  She received a graduate degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and a fellowship from Yankton Ear, Nose and Throat in Yankton, SD.  She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. 

Shana Vaith, AuD

Dr. Vaith has expertise working with special populations and individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities.   She believes in serving and respecting patients and their families with the highest standard of care.  Dr. Vaith received her graduate degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and has a certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She has worked on a variety of research projects, presentations, and publications during her time in the field including an American Journal of Audiology publication in 2014. 

Dr. Vaith grew up in South Dakota. She is married and has a daughter. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.