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October 17, 2018

Oswego Health’s ENTs to Discuss Allergies at Ask The Doctor Program


OSWEGO – With one of the worse allergy seasons approaching, Oswego Health’s two board-certified otolaryngologists will offer an Ask The Doctor Program on allergies.

Melanie Pence

Melanie Pence

Melanie Pence, DO, and Nicholas Groch, DO, of Lakeshore ENT, will hold an Ask The Doctor program at 6 p.m. on May 18 in the riverside room of GS Steamers in Oswego.

Neighboring Syracuse was named the worst metropolitan city in the Northeast and the third worst in the nation for pollen this spring, by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The rankings are based on average daily pollen counts, allergy medication usage, and the availability of board-certified allergists in each city. Causing the higher pollen count is the mild winter that we experienced this year.

Area residents who attend the free Oswego Health program can learn more about allergies and the treatment options.

“We will cover what allergies are, how they impact an individual’s daily life and how they can lead to other conditions, such as ear and lung problems,” said Dr. Pence. “We will also talk about treatment improvements now available for medications and allergy shots. Community members may not realize that it’s just not antihistamines anymore and we will dispel some of the misconceptions about allergy shots.”

Nicholas Groch

Nicholas Groch

The two otolaryngologists have a joint practice providing a wide range of services including allergy testing, sinus surgery, pediatric ear infections, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroidectomies, skin cancer excisions and cosmetic procedures.

Both physicians are board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology head and neck/facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Groch earned his bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. His internship and residency in otolaryngology/facial plastic surgery were both completed at Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital in Warren, Mich.

Dr. Pence earned her bachelor’s degree, as well as her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. The East Lansing based-college is where she also completed her internship. Dr. Pence fulfilled her residency in otolaryngology head and neck/facial plastic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The physicians can be contacted by calling 349-5828.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is a free presentation sponsored by the Oswego Health Community Development Office. The Ask The Doctor Forum is designed to create an open dialogue between health care providers/professionals and interested members of the greater Oswego County community.

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 349-5500.

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