Our Providers

Dr. Karen Stierman

Dr. Karen Stierman

Dr. Russell Briggs

Dr. Russell Briggs

Our ENT physicians, Dr. Karen L. Stierman, Dr. Russell D. Briggs and Dr. Kevin Taheri, are experienced and dedicated to providing superior ear, nose, throat, allergy and sinus healthcare in and around Austin, Texas.

Our physicians have extensive training in all aspects of ENT care, treating both children and adults. Our up-to-date techniques include the treatment of complex nasal and sinus disease. We offer an array of new surgical technology for the treatment of chronic sinusitis such as balloon sinuplasty and computer-guided sinus surgery. We were the first ENT clinic in Austin to offer minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty and our physicians are leaders in this exciting new field in sinus surgery. Our ENT surgeons can now access three-dimensional CT scan images of a patient's sinuses during surgery. This is an interactive surgical device that allows identification of critical anatomic structures and treatment of diseased areas in patients with complex sinus disease.

The Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Center of Austin is also pleased to provide quality allergy care for our patients. We have a full-time dedicated allergy staff to provide allergy testing, allergy treatment, and allergy injections at our Austin (Westlake), Round Rock, and Cedar Park locations.

We have a special interest in treating childhood and pediatric otolaryngology illnesses. Ear infections, hearing loss, throat and tonsil infections are treated in a compassionate yet up-to-date fashion to ensure a positive outcome.

The center's professional staff also specializes in treating ear disease and hearing loss, dizziness and vertigo, facial nerve and Bell’s palsy, and balance disorders. We provide full diagnostic audiologic evaluations and offer comprehensive hearing aid consultations. We dispense all types of hearing aids from most leading hearing aid manufacturers.

Our physicians also offer treatment for head and neck tumors, including thyroid and parathyroid disease, throat and skin cancers, obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and voice disorders.

Dr. Karen Stierman, MD


Dr. Karen Stierman

Dr. Karen Stierman came to Austin to practice Otolaryngology in July 2001. She received her residency training and medical education at the University of Texas at Galveston where she graduated with honors. During her career, Dr. Stierman has received many awards including being elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, being a member of the UTMB Dean’s list, receiving the Joseph H. Stjepcevich Academic Scholarship, and being cited by the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award for Academic Achievement. She has also participated in research and published many papers in the field of Otolaryngology. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and has numerous professional affiliations. Dr Stierman participated in FIERO (Foundation for Innovation, Educational and Research in Otorhinolaryngology) and served as Editor-in-Chief in IVOICE( a clinical online journal).

Dr. Stierman received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering with honors. Prior to attending medical school, she was employed by Motorola in Austin as a semiconductor circuit design engineer. Dr. Stierman began seeing patients in Austin in June 2001 as part of a group practice and opened her own practice in 2003. Currently, there are three doctors in this practice, and they see patients at the three office locations in Westlake, Cedar Park, and Round Rock, Texas. Dr. Stierman also does consulting work in biomedical technology development. In 2018, she was honored to be named as one of the Top Doctors in Austin Monthly’s 2018 edition, which is an annual recognition of the best physicians in the Austin area as chosen by peers.

Dr. Stierman enjoys caring for patients in Austin and its surrounding. She is committed to providing the highest quality of care while treating diseases of the ears, nose communities and throat. She uses her technical background combined with her ability to relate well to patients to deliver personal service and state-of-the-art medical and surgical care. She welcomes patient involvement in their care.

Dr Stierman and her husband, Ken, have three children. She enjoys watching their children play sports and spending relaxing family time at the lake. She also loves to travel as well as enjoy all that Austin has to offer. In addition to participating in many volunteer opportunities in her community, she goes on medical mission trips around the world.

Dr. Russell Briggs, MD

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Dr. Russell D. Briggs

Dr. Russell D. Briggs was raised in Winter Haven, Florida, and did his undergraduate studies at Davidson College in North Carolina where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. Dr. Briggs continued his medical education at the University of Florida Medical School graduating in the top 1% of his class and was elected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Briggs also participated in ground-breaking ear research while at the University of Florida that earned him research honors at graduation. Dr. Briggs was excited to come to Texas in 1998 to start his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. During his residency, Dr. Briggs was involved in multiple research projects, published numerous articles for various medical journals, and was a guest speaker at ENT national conferences. He was recently honored to receive the "Patient's Choice" Award, which represents the top 6% of physicians nationwide.  He performs a wide variety of both adult and pediatric ENT procedures and is particularly accomplished in balloon sinuplasty, performing the first procedure of this type in Austin over 10 years ago.

Dr. Briggs moved to Austin in 2006 where he joined Dr. Karen Stierman in practice. Dr. Briggs is a board-certified Otolaryngologist and has been elected as a fellow in the American College of Surgeons (FACS). 

In his personal life, Dr. Briggs enjoys traveling and enjoying culinary delights throughout the world with his wife, Tina, and his four children.  He is also an accomplished saltwater fly fisherman and tennis player having won the Southern Conference tennis title in both singles and doubles while in college.

Dr. Cynthia Kennedy, Audiologist

Dr. Cynthia Reyes Kennedy received her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Audiology from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She completed her externship at Sunshine School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, TX where she specialized in hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems, and evoked potentials. Dr. Kennedy continued providing her hearing services in the Corpus Christi and Austin areas after the completion of her doctorate. Dr. Kennedy finds joy providing hearing services for individuals with special needs and is excited to share her knowledge of hearing aids to the community. Dr. Kennedy is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She resides in Kyle, TX where she enjoys spending time with her husband, two Chihuahuas, and Gus the Chinchilla.

Contact Us

Westlake Location

  • 2765 Bee Caves Road
    Suite 205
    Austin, Texas 78746
    (512) 328-7722 (phone)
    (512) 328-7724 (fax)

Round Rock Location

  • 4112 Links Lane
    Suite 204
    Round Rock, TX 78664
    (512) 328-7722 (phone)
    (512) 328-7724 (fax)

Cedar Park Location

  • 1730 E. Whitestone Blvd
    Suite 100
    Cedar Park, Texas 78613
    (512) 328-7722 (phone)
    (512) 328-7724 (fax)