Ronald Van Tuyl, M.D.
Dr. Ronald Van Tuyl knew from an early age that he wanted to be a doctor. It’s that dream that took him to medical school at the University of Oklahoma, where he discovered his passion for surgery and the ENT field. He completed his degree and moved from there to his residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Emory University where he was chief resident in 1991. His passion for patient-centric care lead him to the Canton community and he opened the Ear, Nose, Throat, & Allergy Specialists in 1995.
In the years since, Dr. Van Tuyl has expanded his practice to include locations in Jasper and Blue Ridge, and has worked to continue adding state-of-the-art medical technology and procedures to the practice. Through all the changes, one thing has remained the same—Dr. Van Tuyl’s commitment to his patients and to providing the highest quality of service and care possible.
Dr. Van Tuyl was inducted as a fellow to the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Van Tuyl is double board certified. In addition to being Board Certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ENT), he is also Board Certified by the Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He is also a member of the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology
Lawrence Robinson, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Lawrence Robinson, Jr. first became interested in entering the ENT field while attending the University of Ohio medical school. He was intrigued with the complex anatomy of the head and neck, and with the possibility of being able to help people suffering from potentially life-altering issues. After graduating, Dr. Robinson completed his surgical internship at the University of Chicago and his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Ohio State University.
Dr. Robinson loves having the opportunity to perform surgeries that enable his patients to live more fulfilling lives. Throughout the process, he is in constant communication with his patients and their families, and prides himself on listening to the thoughts and concerns of his patients.
Dr. Robinson is a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is competent in all facets of otolaryngology and has a special interest in reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, the medical and surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid disorders, rhinology, and pediatric otolaryngology.
In addition to great reviews from patients and respect given by colleagues, he was recently chosen as one of Georgia’s top doctors for 2020 by GeorgiaTrend magazine.
Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA November 2011
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Allergy and Rhinology Course, Dallas TX January 2012
American College of Surgeons Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound Course, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2013
American Academy of Clinical Endocrinology Advanced Diagnostic Endocrine Neck Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Course, Chicago, IL June 2015
Medical University of South Carolina Temporal Bone Dissection Course, May 2016
Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology
Nnenna Ezeilo, M.D.
Dr. Ezeilo had early exposure to medicine, as her father was a Primary Care Physician in Nigeria. After her high school education, Dr. Ezeilo moved to the US and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree summa cum laude at Purdue University Fort Wayne in May 2010. She then graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in May 2014 and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
As a medical student, Dr. Ezeilo discovered her deep interest in surgery and was fascinated by the breadth and variety of ENT surgery. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in June 2019, where she was shaped into a skilled, compassionate physician and surgeon.
Dr. Ezeilo is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. After her surgical training, she moved to Georgia and has been in practice since September 2019. Dr. Ezeilo cares for both adult and pediatric patients with ear, nose & throat diseases with a special interest in sinus surgery and thyroid & parathyroid surgery. Her favorite part of being a physician is getting to know her patients and putting patients at ease in her clinic.
Josh Snearly, NP-C
Josh Snearly, NP-C, is a board certified Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He graduated with honors from the University of North Georgia and received the Clinical Award of Excellence for outstanding performance during his training. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Josh worked with both Dr. Van Tuyl and Dr. Robinson in a local hospital, to bring excellent care to both pediatric and adult patients in need of ENT surgical care. During his training as a NP, Josh developed a broad knowledge in healthcare by working in healthcare management, intensive care, and emergency services.
Josh says, “Helping patients reach their goals by providing high-quality care, anticipating needs, and treating patients like family is what I enjoy most.”
Crystal Rice, MSN, FNP-C
Crystal Rice, MSN, FNP-C is an American Academy of Nurse Practitioners board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Crystal graduated with honors from Frontier Nursing University earning a Master of Science Degree in nursing. Crystal earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pikeville in 2012 and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University in 2001.
During her sixteen year nursing career Crystal has had the privilege of caring for people of all ages as an Emergency Room nurse and as a Helicopter Medevac nurse. Crystal now brings her experience to compassionately treat patients at Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy specialists.
In her spare time, Crystal enjoys gardening and watching her two sons play competitive sports.
T. Diane Williams, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner Teresa “Diane” Williams at an early age discovered her love of Math and Sciences. It was not recognized until her second year of college that she would combine her love of science with her love of interpersonal interactions and caring of others. Nursing can be described as both an art and a science of heart and mind. That discovery leads her to enter the nursing program at Dalton State where she graduated with her Associates of Science in Nursing in 1992. She continued her education after graduation during the first year of her early career knowing that she would want to have the foundation to do something more one day. She went directly into a Bachelor’s program where in 1994 she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of West Georgia. After 9 years of Registered Nursing experience, she started to want to do that something more.
Teresa D Williams is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She graduated with honors in 2005 from North Georgia College & State University. Having more than 27 years of diverse professional experiences, she is joining the team at Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Specialist. Diane has a fundamental respect for human dignity, an intuition for patient needs and a reputation for compassion and dedication.
Denny Hansen, NP-C
Denny is a Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the emergency room as a Registered Nurse. Denny has spent time at Northside Cherokee ER as a Clinical Supervisor and a Team Lead at Northside Forsyth.
Denny was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and went to undergrad at the University of Memphis. He moved to Georgia in 2015 and went to the University of North Georgia to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Denny has been married since 2016, has two dogs, a cat, and loves to spend free time hiking, swimming, and out on the lake.
Steven Sick, M.S., CCC-A
Steven W. Sick, MS, CCC-A received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in 1985 and his Masters degree in Audiology from the University of South Alabama in 1988. He is also a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the Georgia Academy of Audiology. Steve has received extensive training in digital hearing aid technology, and has thorough experience with major hearing aide manufacturers, including Unitron, Starkey, Phonak, GN Resound, Magnitone, Siemens and Audifon. He excels in hearing and balance evaluation and rehabilitation and is highly involved in research of hearing and balance pathology.
Steve has over 20 years of professional experience, helping thousands of people improve their quality of life with better hearing and communication. Steve diligently keeps up with the rapidly advancing hearing aid technology. Steve, however, believes that individualized patient care and communication are the most important keys to helping people hear enhanced communication with hearing aids.
Sarah Dryanski, Au.D.
Sarah Dryanski, Au.D. received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004. Dr. Dryanski then went on to receive her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Sarah is currently a member of the American Academy of Audiology. Sarah has 10 years of clinical experience working in a hospital and private practice setting with both the adult and pediatric population. As a New York native, Sarah began her audiology career working at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Hearing and Balance Center for 5 years. There she was exposed to a variety of diverse hearing and balance disorders. This unique experience laid the ground work for her professional growth and passion for helping individuals who suffer from hearing loss and vestibular disorders. Dr. Dryanski has extensive experience performing comprehensive hearing and vestibular testing, along with proper selection and fitting of various amplification devices on patient who are diagnosed with a hearing loss. Dr. Dryanski understands the emotional impact hearing loss and dizziness can have on an individual and makes it her mission to test and treat these patients with empathy and accuracy. Outside of work, Sarah is a busy mom of two young children and wife. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, being outdoors, exploring the city of Atlanta, and listening to good music.
Nathan Long, Au.D.
Nathan Long is a clinical audiologist who graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s of Science in Speech and Hearing Science in 2013. After graduating Ohio State, Nathan enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his clinical doctorate of audiology in May of 2020.
Nathan loves the outdoors and fitness; you often will find him on a trail either running or biking preparing for a marathon.
Lauren Stone, Au.D.
Lauren Stone was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Truman State University in northeast Missouri, where she studied communication disorders, before attending the University of Texas at Dallas for her doctorate in audiology. She relocated to Chattanooga after graduation and has worked in Tennessee and Georgia in private practice and medical settings.
Her favorite thing about audiology is being able to help people to hear better and to be able to communicate with their friends and family more easily. She and her husband are active in their church, and she also works with a non-profit organization. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and sewing.