In an era when many physicians are joining large multi-specialty groups, Dr. Brett Scotch remains independent as the solo physician of Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel.
A board certified physician in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Scotch values the independence that comes with operating his own practice.
“I can provide the highest level of quality care for every aspect of my practice,” said Dr. Scotch. “I offer continuity of care because patients always see me, never an assistant. This allows us to treat every patient as if they are a member of our family and many become lifelong patients.”
Dr. Scotch practices from a modern facility in Wesley Chapel in the Summergate Professional Center, located off SR 56 behind Sam’s Club. The convenient location just minutes from I-75 and the new Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel attracts patients from throughout Pasco and northern Hillsborough counties.
Dr. Scotch came to Tampa in 2005 while serving as a Major in the US Air Force Medical Corps at MacDill Air Force Base. When his service was completed in 2008, he stayed and founded his own practice.
Since then, Dr. Scotch has expanded his practice from traditional ENT services to providing extensive expertise in allergy treatments and sleep medicine. He was one of the first doctors in the area to perform balloon sinuplasty to replace traditional sinus surgeries and is the medical director of several diagnostic sleep labs.
Dr. Scotch left his native Massachusetts to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received his undergraduate degree and met his future wife, Jodi. He went on to medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale and then went on to complete a five-year residency in ENT and facial plastic surgery at Michigan State University affiliated hospitals.
What influenced Dr. Scotch to become a specialist in ENT medicine?
“It’s a wonderful mix of various populations – kids to seniors. My oldest patient is 100 and the youngest are infants,” said Dr. Scotch. “It’s a nice balance of surgery and office-based procedures, all which makes for a very interesting practice.”
Dr. Scotch sees patients in four core areas: sinus & allergy, ear nose & throat, hearing, and sleep. If hospitalization is required, Dr. Scotch has privileges at, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, which has a state-of-the-art sinus surgical suite where he performs sinus surgery if needed.
“Being in Florida, we see a lot of sinus and allergy problems,” said Dr. Scotch. “We try to get away from allergy shots and mostly use under-the-tongue allergy drops.” They are less invasive and usually a better tolerated treatment than traditional shots.
Daily allergy drops are conveniently used at home, typically give faster results and are very safe. They are especially great for kids – we have children treated as young as 4 years old.”
Another area where Dr. Scotch is a leading physician is in sleep medicine.
“Sleep is very important,” said Dr. Scotch. “Without enough sleep, it affects one’s energy level, general medical condition and overall health. It even affects weight loss and metabolism. If a sleep problem remains untreated, it can lead to early heart and blood pressure problems.”
Because sleep is medically necessary, most insurance companies cover treatment for sleep disorders, including insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea and sleep behavioral disorders.
“Often times a patient does not recognize the severity of the problem, but their bed partner does,” said Dr. Scotch. “Some studies estimate that at least 30 percent of adults and possibly as many as 50 percent of the population in some demographics snore. Multiple studies reveal a significant correlation between loud snoring and risk of heart attack and stroke.”
Dr. Scotch, who is certified in Sleep Medicine, has unique expertise in that he can treat all aspects of a patients’ sleep disorder, from non-invasive medical therapy to minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
Another area of expertise at the Scotch Institute is the identification and treat- ment of hearing loss. Working alongside Dr. Scotch is clinical audiologist Barbara Drobes, MS, CCC-A who has more than16 years experience working with pediatric and adult patients.
Hearing loss is a leading disability — 10 percent of Americans report that hearing loss affects their ability to understand normal speech.
“We help people suffering from hearing loss with multiple modalities – everything from counseling to natural remedies to hearing aids to surgery,” said Dr. Scotch.
In addition to his medical qualifications, Dr. Scotch is known for his warm, caring, and professional demeanor. He was awarded the 2011 Physician of the Year by the statewide Florida Osteopathic Medical Association for his devotion as a leader, educator, and role model, and more recently the 2012 Community Physician Award by Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
His office is located at the Seven Oaks Summergate Professional Center, 27406 Cashford Circle, Wesley Chapel. He can be reached at (813) 994-8900, or at www.ScotchENT.com.
This story is a feature of the advertising department.