Our Team

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Eric Birken, MD FAAOA 

Dr. Eric Birken is board certified in the specialty of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and is one of the founding partners of Lakeside ENT & Allergy. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1968 and the Otolaryngology Residency Program at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1974. In addition, he was a Research Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Before moving to this area in 1976, he served as Chief of Otolaryngology at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Birken is the past president of the Ontario County Medical Society and is their present Secretary-Treasurer. He is the past president of the medical staff at Clifton Springs Hospital, current president of the Clifton Springs Profession Organization, and a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Clifton Springs Hospital. In addition, he is the former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at F. F. Thompson Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at University of Rochester and a adjunct faculty member of Rochester Institute of Technology in the Physician Assistants program.He is the recipient of the Academy of Otolaryngology Distinguished Achievement Award. He is also a former Health Care Awards Honoree from the Rochester Business Journal. Dr Birken was also bestowed a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Rochester Academy of Medicine, a rare honor for a physician practicing outside of Rochester.

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Srinivas R. Kaza, MD, FAAOA

Dr. Srinivas R. Kaza is Board Certified in the field of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and an active participant in the American Board of Otolayngology MOC (Maintenance of Certification) program. He was recently made a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy after completion of extensive certification training and written/oral board examinations. He grew up in Delaware and graduated Valedictorian of Dover High School in 1988. He was accepted into the accelerated Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. He completed his undergraduate education in 1991 and graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1995. Dr. Kaza then completed a residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at the Penn State Geisinger Medical Center in 2000. He was in private practice for 3 years in Delaware before relocating to the Finger Lakes region in 2004 and joining Lakeside ENT & Allergy.

Dr. Kaza specializes in the medical and surgical management of head and neck diseases. His personal areas of interest are rhinology, sinus disease and office based sinus procedures; thyroid and parathyroid diseases and surgery; otolaryngic allergy; pediatric ENT patients; snoring and sleep disorders; diseases of the salivary glands, head & neck oncology, head and neck imaging technology, health information technology, and medical education. He is actively involved in teaching as an adjunct clinical faculty member of SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, LECOM Medical School in Pennsylvania, and the RIT Physician Assistant Program in Rochester. Dr Kaza sits on the Thompson Health Foundation Board and is a former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at F. F. Thompson Hospital. Dr. Kaza is a lifetime member of the AAO-HNS Millennium Society and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Committee on Complementary and Integrative Medicine in ENT.

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Jay Yates, MD, FAAOA

Dr. Jay Yates is board certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He was born and raised in Oregon and later relocated to Oklahoma. In 1989 he earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in1993, and then completed his residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State Geisinger Health System in 1998. He went into private practice at the Susquehanna Health Care System in Williamsport, PA until relocating to the Fingerlakes area in 2001. He is married with three children. His wife, Heidi Piper M.D, is a native of Victor, NY. She is a vitrea-retinal surgeon who practices at the Eye Care Center in Canandaigua, NY.

Dr. Yates specializes in diseases of the head and neck with experience in pediatric and adult otology, endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, head and neck oncology, otolaryngic allergy, snoring and sleep disorders, and facial plastic surgery. He is an adjunct clinical faculty member of the Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program and a member of numerous local, region and national medical societies.

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Roger Sequeira, MD

Dr. Roger Sequeira is board certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and a participant in the American Board of Otolaryngology MOC (Maintenance of Certification) process. He grew up in Huntington Beach, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Science in Psychobiology in 1995. He earned a Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown in 1998. He graduated from Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2003 and completed his residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University in 2008. He relocated to the area in 2008 with his wife, Deborah Desa, D.D.S, an orthodontist in Batavia.

Dr. Sequeira specializes in diseases of the head and neck with particular interests in otology, endoscopic sinus surgery, head and neck oncology, endocrine surgery, snoring and sleep surgery, otolaryngic allergy and facial plastic surgery. He is the Division Chief of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery at the United Memorial Medical Center.

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Susan L. Fulmer, MD

Dr. Susan L. Fulmer is Board Certified in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Neck Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a participant in the Academy’s MOC (Maintenance of Certification) process. She is a native of western NY and graduated from LeRoy High School in 1998. She majored in chemistry at Williams College, MA and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. She then spent a year teaching in the Science department at the American School in Japan located in Tokyo. Dr. Fulmer received her medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY graduating in 2007. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery in 2012 at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Fulmer recently relocated to the Finger Lakes area with her husband, Dr. Adam Cardina, an Emergency Physician in Canandaigua.

Dr. Fulmer specializes in diseases of the head and neck with particular clinical interests in pediatric otolaryngology, diseases of the sinuses and endoscopic sinus surgery, otolaryngic allergy, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, head and neck oncology, snoring and sleep disorders, and facial plastic surgery.

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Amy Saleh, MD

Dr. Amy Saleh is Board Certified in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a participant in the Academy’s MOC (Maintenance of Certification) process. She is a native of western NY and graduated from Pembroke High School in 1999. She majored in Microbiology at the University at Buffalo and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2003. Dr. Saleh obtained her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY graduating in 2007. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in 2012 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Saleh then relocated to the Rochester, NY and was in practice there for 3 years until joining Lakeside ENT and Allergy—Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Saleh specializes in the medical and surgical management of head and neck diseases with particular clinical interests in pediatric otolaryngology, diseases of the nose and sinuses, endoscopic sinus surgery, otolaryngic allergy, diseases of the salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, hearing and ear disorders, snoring and sleep disorders.

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Paige Helfer, Au.D

Dr. Paige Helfer, Au.D, has been an audiologist for over 20 years. She graduated from Syracuse University with her Masters in Science and received her doctoral degree from Salus University, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Her extensive experience in diagnosing and treating hearing loss has made her a valuable new addition to our ENT practice. Her mission is to provide complete hearing healthcare to her patients. She believes that this can only be achieved through a patient centered practice that involves medical and audiological diagnosis. Paige realizes that each patient has very personal, individual struggles hearing in their own listening environments. Hearing loss is like a fingerprint, everyone is unique.

Her holistic approach to hearing has helped thousands of people communicate with one another and they trust her years of experience.