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: University of Iowa
Residency: University of California, Los Angeles
Fellowship: National Center for Voice and Speech, The University of Iowa
SeattleMet 2010 Top Doctor for Ear Nose and Throat
  • 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

600 Broadway
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98122

Mondays and Wednesdays

751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
5th Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Children
Accepting Medicare



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?


Board Certifications
  • 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.

4.4 out of 5 (70 Ratings, 9 Comments)


I would like to have heard from her other options for treatment and more specifics about my treatment plan.
Swedish Patient

I have two problems with this care provider: 1. She is insisting that I have an ear test. I am not going to have it because I do not want another tube in my ear when this one falls out. and 2. When I see her there is a Scribe present. I feel like she does not trust me. I will not be seeing her in the future.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson knows her stuff and treats patients with empathy and care. Yet, she is very professional, as well. She has a great staff.
Swedish Patient

My second visit was felt to be more personable and not as rushed as the first visit. I had been prescribed medication but only spoke to a nurse about them after they were ordered. The second visit felt much better than the first one.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson always takes excellent care of me.
Swedish Patient

Dr Peterson provided the correct analysis of my problem. [...]
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson is really good at her job. She should be commended.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Peterson was running very late and came in abruptly & did not seem to have time or want to get to know me.
Swedish Patient

Doctor was intimidating to the point that I forgot to share all details of relevant health history.
Swedish Patient