News and Information

  • In Memory of Dr. John Poynor

    It is with deep sorrow we announce the recent passing of Dr. John Poynor. Dr. Poynor was born in Birmingham, Alabama on October 11, 1940, the son of Wilmer Smith Poynor, Jr. and Helen Worrell Poynor.

    Dr. Poynor graduated from Indian Springs School, Washington and Lee University and The University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. After completing an internship, a surgical residency, a residency in Otolaryngology at The Medical School, as well as a Fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, he joined Dr. Jack Odess and Dr. Morton Goldfarb in July, 1971 at ENT Associates of Alabama and practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital for forty-seven years, up to one week before his death. Dr. Poynor was committed to education on all levels, he served and supported the institutions that greatly impacted his life.

    Dr. Poynor’s outside interests focus on elementary, secondary, college and post-graduate education – from reading to first grade students at Hill School near Legion Field to serving on the board at Highlands School; alumni boards at Indian Springs School and Washington and Lee University, and the Admissions Committee to the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The Mountain Brook Library Foundation and the Birmingham Museum of Art boards also were commitments important to Dr. Poynor as a source of pleasure and a chance of giving back to the community.

    Dr. Poynor was a member of The Cathedral Church of the Advent and a past Vestry member and Junior Warden. Dr. Poynor is survived by his wife, Nancy McCall Poynor; his brother, Wilmer Smith Poynor III and his wife, Carol Perkins Poynor; his niece, Helen Poynor Crabtree and her husband, Reaves; and nephews, Wilmer Smith Poynor, IV and his wife, Elizabeth and Hamilton Perkins Bouchelle Poynor and his wife, Kim; and great nephews and nieces.

    Dr. Poynor’s wife, Nancy, is especially grateful for the tremendous and generous expressions of friendship and sympathy and wanted all to know how grateful Dr. Poynor was for his ENT Family and his patients, spanning several generations. He truly was interested in each one of you.

    Dr. Poynor will be sorely missed by his patients, fellow physicians, audiologist and entire staff at ENT Associates of Alabama.

  • Cullman office recognized as Best of The Best

    Congratulations to our Cullman office for being named by The Cullman Times as Cullman’s Best of the Best Hearing Aid Center.  We appreciate all of our patients that voted for us to receive this honor, and we are proud of Our Cullman group for receiving this outstanding award.  At ENT Associates of Alabama, we always strive to provide “the best of the best” patient service in all our offices.

  • Employee Appreciation Week

    At ENT Associates of Alabama we take employee appreciation very seriously. Each year we celebrate our employees and their contributions to the practice. This year we had Christmas in July with food, fun and gifts for all. We want to say thanks to all ENT Associates employees for making this another banner year.



  • Helena Native Joins ENT Associates of Alabama

    Patrick R. Owens, M.D. is a native of Helena, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harding University. He attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and graduated with honors including Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Robert Key Award.

    He completed residency training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of pediatric and adult medicine and surgery of the Ear, Nose, and Throat/ Head and Neck. His particular interests include surgical diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid, sinus disease and allergy, hearing loss and middle ear disease, head and neck cancer, voice disorders and pediatric ENT disorders.

    Dr. Owens and his wife Lesley enjoy college football, Netflix and BBQ. He will see patients at our Shelby Baptist Medical Center location. Call (205) 933-9236 for an appointment.

  • Permanent sinus relief with balloon sinus dilation by Dr. Farhad Sigari
  • Understanding Allergies

    When most people think of Spring they think of flowers blooming, birds chirping and sunny day ahead, but for millions… their thoughts turn to congestion, runny noses, itchy eyes or endless sneezes. They have what are known as seasonal allergies.

    Allergy symptoms are caused by a hypersensitive response to an otherwise harmless substance and not all allergies are the same.

    Allergies, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problem in most people. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include red eyes, an itchy rash, sneezing, a runny nose, shortness of breath, or swelling. Food intolerances and food poisoning are separate conditions.Read More

  • ENT is going Paperless!

    We have a new secure check in process called Phreesia, that we hope will eliminate paper waste, and provide a more secure and accurate way to enter your private information in to our system.

    If you have an appointment with us, we will send you a link via your email or a text message. You will receive this link 2 days prior to your appointment. If you make your appointment for the next day, you’ll get the message the night before, and if you make it for the same day, you should get it within 20 minutes (If you don’t get the link, please call us so we can resend it).Read More

  • ENT Associates welcomes Dr. James T. O’Neil.

    Dr. O’Neil specializes in a wide range of adult and pediatric disorders and is now seeing patients in our Jasper location.

    Dr. O’Neil, originally from Jasper, attended the University of Alabama followed by the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in otolaryngology at Wake Forest in Winston Salem, NC. After practicing for four years in Raleigh, NC, Dr. O’Neil now returns home.

    He specializes in a wide range of adult and pediatric disorders. Ear tubes, tonsils and adenoids, nasal andairway surgeries, thyroid and salivary surgery, sinus surgery and head and neck cancer are some of his treatment areas. Read More

  • NEW Patient Portal:

    ENT Associates of Alabama now has an online Patient Portal to stay current with ever-changing healthcare regulations.
    Our secure portal provides patients with access to their health information and provides a better way for us to stay in contact with you and your healthcare needs.
    To request access to our new Patient Portal, please email

  • Honorary Mention

    Congratulations to Dr. John Gerwin and Dr. John Simmons on their recent retirements.

    John M. Gerwin, M.D., F.A.C.S
    Dr. Gerwin, native of Iowa, received his B.A. Degree “with distinction” from the University of Iowa in 1968 and his M.D. Degree in 1971 from the University of Iowa. Dr. Gerwin did his internship and residency training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, completing it in 1976. Dr. Gerwin has practiced Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at ENT Associates from 1976 to the present. Dr. Gerwin has made numerous presentations at state, national and international meetings, including the Medical Association of the state of Alabama, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Tri-Ological Society. Dr. Gerwin is the author and co-author of many papers published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Gerwin has earned the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. Dr. Gerwin has received the prestigious Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.Read More