Meet the Team
About Northwest ENT and Allergy Center
Our physicians specialize in otolaryngology. We provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care in the metro Atlanta area with five locations including: Atlanta, Canton, Cartersville, Marietta, and Woodstock. We routinely evaluate and treat patients of all ages for a wide range of conditions involving the ear, nose, throat, head and neck.
Northwest ENT and Allergy Center provides comprehensive care for your ENT needs. Our physicians specialize in both the medical and surgical care of all ENT related diseases. Their commitment to providing compassionate patient care and utilizing state-of-the-art treatments and procedures ensures effective relief of your symptoms.
All physicians are board certified / eligible by the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Meet our Physicians
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Drew M. Locandro received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. He attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, where he specialized in otolaryngology and completed his residency at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.
Dr. Locandro has extensive experience with common ENT procedures and special expertise with nasal/sinus surgery, cosmetic nasal surgery, and advanced ear surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Shatul L. Parikh, M.D.
Dr. Shatul Parikh, a native Atlantan, received his undergraduate degree from Emory University, and completed his medical studies at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Parikh returned to Emory University to complete his residency in Otolaryngology.
Dr. Parikh is a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive thyroid/parathyroid surgery. Currently an instructor for the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Parikh teaches other surgeons advanced techniques in thyroid/parathyroid surgery. He is also experienced in all routine ENT procedures.
Dr. Parikh is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is also the medical director of Northwest ENT Surgery Center.
Ryan M. Kauffman, M.D.
Dr. Kauffman specializes in allergy, nasal surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, chronic ear surgery, and pediatric otolaryngology.
He was born and raised in Carrollton, Georgia, received his undergraduate degree from the University of West Georgia, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Avani P. Ingley, M.D.
Dr. Avani Ingley grew up in Vidalia, Georgia, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She completed her medical studies and residency in Otolaryngology at Emory University in Atlanta. Additionally, she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical honor societies.
Dr. Ingley has experience in all routine ENT procedures with special interest in pediatric otolaryngology and nasal/sinus surgery. She is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Marcelo Antunes, M.D.
Originally from Brazil, Dr. Marcelo Antunes completed his residency in Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. In addition, he completed a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, as well as ear surgery training in Switzerland. Dr. Antunes is well trained in all aspects of Otolaryngology ¬ Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In addition to performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the face, he enjoys treating patients with a variety of problems such as nasal obstruction, sinus, allergy and ear conditions. He has extensive training in rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid, reconstructive, sinus and ear procedures. During his residency, he trained and performed highly complicated procedures with the pioneer in sinus surgery in the United States. He is also well-versed in chronic ear infection and cochlear implant surgeries.
Dr Antunes is board certified in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Mark B. Van Deusen M.D.
Dr. Mark Van Deusen grew in upstate NY. He graduated from Binghamton University summa cum laude and attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He went on to graduate with honors before heading south to pursue his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Van Deusen is trained in all aspects of Otolaryngology, and his passion for practicing is evident in his many interests. He enjoys treating patients with sinus disease, nasal obstruction, and allergies. When medical management fails, Dr. Van Deusen is skilled in endoscopic sinus surgery, septoplasty, and rhinoplasty techniques. During his training, Dr. Van Deusen performed endoscopic trans-sphenoidal pituitary surgery as part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Vanderbilt Skull Base Center. He will be providing this service at Piedmont Hospital in conjunction with neurosurgery. His scope of practice also includes caring for patients with ear disease and hearing loss. He is extensively trained in ear surgery and offers cochlear implantation for children and adults with significant sensorineural hearing loss. Dr. Van Deusen enjoys treating children and has received specialized training in pediatric Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Lastly, he is trained in head and neck surgical oncology and works with radiation and medical oncologists to treat cancer patients.
Dr. Van Deusen makes every effort to accommodate his patients and their busy schedules. In most cases, he is able to take same day appointments.
Dr. Van Deusen met his wife, Liz, in medical school. They recently welcomed their first child, Brady, into the world! When not working, he enjoys running, playing golf, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Latif M. Dharamsi, M.D.
Dr. Latif Dharamsi was born and raised in Conyers, GA. He attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate education and received his Masters degree in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University. He then returned to Nashville to pursue his medical degree and graduate medical training in general surgery and otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Dharamsi decided to return to his Georgian roots and joined Northwest ENT and Allergy Center.
Dr. Dharamsi enjoys and is capable of treating patients with a variety of otolaryngological ailments, including allergies, sinus disease, chronic ear disease/hearing loss, and head and neck cancer. During his residency, he received specialized training in pediatric otolaryngology, endoscopic sinus surgery, revision sinus surgery, and ear surgery, including cochlear implantation in adults. Dr. Dharamsi particularly enjoys interacting with patients one-on-one and strives to meet the individual needs of each patient he sees.
Claudette Conway Lewis, NP
Claudette Conway Lewis was raised in Ridgeland, MS. She attended Auburn University graduating summa cum laude with a degree in nursing. She then went on to work as a perioperative nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She received her Master’s degree in nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. Claudette is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Meet our Audiologists
Dr. Geralyn Drumheller, Director of Audiology, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. She was awarded her Master of Education degree in Audiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and her doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Dr. Drumheller began her audiology career at the Lahey Clinic, outside of Boston, and became the Director of Audiology in 1987. She was appointed to the Board of Registration for Speech Pathology and Audiology for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and served as Chairperson. She expanded her hearing aid dispensing services by joining American Hearing Centers as Senior Audiologist in the greater Boston area, and continued with her relocation to the Atlanta area joining Atlanta Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. More recently, she was employed by a world leader in hearing aid manufacturing as Supervisor of Audiology and Customer Care here in Georgia.
Dr. Drumheller is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and Past-President of the Georgia Academy of Audiology.
Karen Burris Whitfield, Au.D.
A Marietta, Georgia native, Dr. Karen Whitfield earned both her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. After receiving her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, she went on to earn her Doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
For 15 years, Dr. Whitfield owned and managed a private practice in Leesburg, Georgia, that specialized in Clinical Audiology, Industrial Noise Engineering, and hearing aids for the adult and pediatric population. She was also previously employed by the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Neurodiagnostics Department and the UGA Hearing Aid Clinic.
Dr. Whitfield is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Association. She was also a member of the Georgia State Licensing Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from 1992 to 2000.
Cindy Weiss, M.S.
Ms. Cindy Weiss received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from State University of Cortland in Cortland, NY and her Masters in Audiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Ms. Weiss has experience working in a hospital, private practice and ENT setting in New York and Georgia. She has worked with both pediatric and the geriatric population in her years of service. Ms. Weiss is passionate in providing superior hearing healthcare services and products to her patients and their families. She currently is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Georgia Academy of Audiology.
Sarah Dryanski Au.D.
Dr. Sarah Dryanski obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and was awarded her Doctorate of Audiology. Sarah has experience working in both a hospital and private practice setting and she is passionate about providing quality hearing healthcare for both children and adults. Her interests include balance testing, along with hearing aid dispensing, and rehabilitation. She has her clinical certificate of competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Dr. Sean Barak was raised in Grand Rapids, MI. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Doctor of Audiology degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Barak began his audiology career at the Michigan Ear Institute, one of the nation’s leading surgical groups specializing in hearing, dizziness, inner ear, skull base, and facial nerve disorders. In 2009, Dr. Barak relocated to Georgia and has been practicing audiology in the metro Atlanta area. His special interests include vestibular diagnostics and hearing aid dispensing. Dr. Barak is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dr. Wendy B. Cates is a Dallas, GA native. She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Tennessee State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from East Tennessee State University. Dr. Cates has worked in hospitals and private practices, and her special interests include diagnostics and hearing aids. Her philosophy is to find the best solution for the individual hearing needs of her patient. She wants everyone she works with to have their hearing and listening needs met. Dr. Cates has her Clinical Certificate of Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a member of the Academy if Doctors of Audiology.
Meet our Administration
Carlos M. Egea, Administrator
Carlos M. Egea, MBA, MHA, Administrator received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Florida. Carlos began his career at The Eye Center at Shands Hospital in 1991. In 1996, after completing his graduate studies, Carlos moved to New York and began working as a Practice Development Consultant for New York Hospital MSO and later became the Director of Reimbursement Services for Millennium Practice Services. In 2004, Carlos began working with McKesson Healthcare as a Director of Billing, Documentation and Medical Records for a DME division in southern New Jersey.
From 2005 to 2007, Carlos also served as a consultant on the Medicare DMAC Advisory Committee for DMEPOS, where he worked to audit benefits management protocols for the Northeast Medicare region.
In 2011, Carlos relocated to the Atlanta metro area and joined Northwest ENT. Carlos is a member of the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators and the Medical Group Management Association.
Syrita Thompson, Business Office Manager
Syrita came to Northwest ENT with 14 years of billing experience. Syrita has extensive experience in all aspects of the insurance billing process. Prior to joining Northwest ENT and Allergy Center, Syrita was the business office manager for Radiology Services at OMI Diagnostics, Denial Manager and Supervisor for Medical Management Professionals.
At Northwest ENT, Syrita supervises the billing department and assists patients with their health insurance plans. Syrita has the extensive knowledge and expertise to work through the challenges of insurance denials in order to make it easier on patients and their families. She loves the teamwork environment and has the ability to recognize skills in other staff members. In her spare time, she loves to craft and travel.