Mountain Ear, Nose & Throat Associates was founded in 1985 when Benjamin Douglas, MD and Gregory W. Salyer, Au.D. relocated to the mountains of Western North Carolina. After developing a friendship while serving together in the Army, Dr. Salyer and Dr. Douglas decided to open their practices together. Now, more than 30 years later, Mountain Ear, Nose & Throat Associates and Salyer Hearing Center have served the needs of over 50,000 patients in more than 7 counties and multiple states.
With an office in Sylva, Dr. Douglas soon found himself drawn into other areas of the mountains, and over the years conducted outreach clinics in Graham, Swain and Cherokee counties. He also began his service to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with biweekly clinics that continue to this day. In response to the growing need for ENT services, Dr. Douglas opened a Franklin clinic in 1999 that has grown from a part-time facility to a fully equipped office setting open 5 days a week.
As our local population continued to grow, Dr. Douglas recruited Dr. John Buenting to join Mountain Ear, Nose & Throat in 2003. Dr. Buenting left a busy academic practice at UNC Chapel Hill for the peace and beauty of the western mountains, and soon found himself with full clinics in both our Sylva and Franklin locations. In 2009, Dr. Douglas and Dr. Buenting were pleased to welcome Dr. Shawn Kosnik to the Mountain ENT team. Also drawn by the beauty of our mountains, Dr. Kosnik relocated from his position as Head of ENT at the Naval hospital at Camp Lejune, and quickly grew his practice in both our Sylva and Franklin offices.
Following Dr. Salyer's retirement in 2012, Salyer Hearing Center remained the regional gold standard in high quality hearing aid fittings, sales and repair service. Dr. Selena Rogers continues to provide the same high quality patient care as she has for the past 10 years and we were pleased to welcome Dr. John Smith to the audiology team. In 2014, we were able to expand our locations with the opening of our Murphy office and the addition of audiologist, Jill Robinson to the team.
With the addition of Robin Pope, PA in 2017 and the ability to bring ENT services to the Murphy office, we are constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of the population we serve in all of Western North Carolina.
Mission Statement: We promise to provide unparalleled, personalized healthcare for our community by actively engaging our patients, working together with the knowledge and tools necessary to improve the overall quality of life for anyone seeking guidance and healing. We strive to offer the highest quality health care to the citizens and visitors of Western North Carolina by delivering ethical, compassionate and respectful state of the art treatment through the professionalism and commitment of our dedicated physicians and staff.