Biography & Education

I believe that communication is central to patient care. Helping patients to understand the considerations and treatment options is a key aspect of quality.
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
Education Background
Medical School:
Residency: UCLA
Fellowship: National Center for Voice and Speech, The University of Iowa
  • English
Professional Associations
American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology, and the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association
Personal Interests
Photography, running, hiking, travel, skiing

Care Locations

751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98209
600 Broadway
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98122
Fax 206-215-1771
751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
5th Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
Accepting Medicaid



12th Man Fans: Protect your voice and hearing!

September 13, 2013

The infectious energy of Seahawks fans is part of what makes the team one of the most exciting to watch in the NFL.  This team spirit has caught the attention of Guinness world record officials who are verifying that the “12th Man” fans are the loudest in the NFL.  You can show your support and enjoy being a part of the “12th Man” while taking a few precautions to protect your hearing and your voice during and after the game. 

Swedish Otolaryngology cheers on the Seahawks.

Here are a few tips:

  • Wear hearing protection during the game. 

High lev...

Why is it hard to swallow?

April 15, 2013

Many people suffer from difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) acutely or chronically. Difficulty with swallowing may be a result of a problem anywhere from the lips to the stomach. It may be identified by weight loss, coughing or choking when eating, delayed cough or regurgitation, or outright obstruction. This is more likely to be an issue after a stroke or in elderly and frail individuals. In the inpatient population, symptoms suggesting some level of dysphagia may be as high as 34%. So what do you do if you feel like your swallow isn’t quite right?


  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
Clinical Interests
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • ENT (Adult)
  • ENT (Pediatric)
  • Facial Palsy (Bell's Palsy)
  • Head and Neck Surgeons
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Oral Lesions
  • Otitis Media
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric ENT
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Sinus Surgery
  • Pediatric Sleep Apnea
  • Physicians and Providers
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Snoring and Apnea Surgery
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Swedish Otolaryngology Specialists
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Diseases
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tracheal Problems
  • Voice Disorders


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.3 out of 5 (81 Ratings, 15 Comments)


Great staff all around.
Swedish Patient

The doctor came in without a greeting that I can remember, and accompanied by 2 students (?). No introductions were given or explanation about why they were there, which I did not appreciate. The doctor was not friendly towards me in any way and just seemed to want to hurry thru and move on to the next person.
Swedish Patient

I experienced my provider as someone who wants to find something to fix, and create a situation where this, whatever it is, has to be fixed, even if its not.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson was great!
Swedish Patient

Swedish Patient

The provider is very knowledgeable, but is terrible at follow up. She has not called me to explain my test results as she said she would. After a few days when I called the office I was told she is out for the week. When it comes to the cancer talk no one really wants to be left wondering. It's frustrating that there has been no follow up!
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson really listens. She has been willing to try new approaches to my condition and that has meant a great deal to me.
Swedish Patient

May want to provide written instructions.
Swedish Patient

Provider was cold, arrogant, unconcerned, disinterested. Used acronyms for obscure data entry procedures and forms, and for tests no one had yet explained to me. Was impatient when I asked. Had no communication skills. A very good typist, at best. Very interested in her computer. Sat by the window, far across from me... Typing. Sorry, but that is just not acceptable.
Swedish Patient

She should have prescribed Flonase on my first visit - 2nd visit was soon after 1st then she wrote the Rx - 1st visit I felt like I was too old to get any help.
Swedish Patient

I had never been to this provider before. When she came in, even the handshake seemed impersonal. While she explained the scan to me, she didn't seen to think that there was any problem. I tried to explain to her how I came about getting this scan [...] and Dr. Peterson didn't appear to be really listening to me. Just looked at the computer screen and typed. Since I have been experiencing problems with my balance and dizziness for a while now, and I was referred to her because the sinus infection that showed up on both the CT scan and MRI and Dr. [...] office wanted me to see someone about it since this can cause issues like mine. I would have thought that at least she would have tried maybe some medication ( antibiotics) to see if this would help. But all she said was that it appears that I have had this for a while now ( yes, and i have been having problems with my balance for a while now) and since it hasn't been bothering me, we really don't need to do anything. Her only other suggestion was surgery. I didin't feel comfortable with this visit at all, so I am going to to another Dr. and get another opinion.
Swedish Patient

I have already referred their office to friends.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson gives me total confidence in her handling an uncomfortable procedure.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson did the surgery to repair my broken [...] sustained in a fall. Her skill and caring attitude made all the difference for me.
Swedish Patient

The doctor did not have any recommendations about my throat symptoms, she did not prescribe allergy medicine which I advised had helped in the past. She has a very difficult time making eye contact. She seemed anxious to get out of the room.
Swedish Patient