Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat’s Life-Saving Medicine

Enhancing your quality of life

Published online: Sep 21, 2020 Articles, East Idaho Health Emily FitzPatrick
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Any issues with ears, noses or throats have an extreme impact on one’s quality of life. Problems with sinuses or tonsils can leave a person miserable, but that pain doesn’t have to last. Professionals such as Dr. Mark Capener, owner of Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat can improve someone’s daily experience with a number of life-changing procedures.

 “We cover many aspects, from the head to the lungs,” said Dr. Capener. “We focus on getting people to feel better by looking at things with a different perspective.”

Patient care has been Dr. Capener’s focus since 1986 and he has even developed instrumentation used in sinuses. He trained at one of the top five cancer institutes in the country and a pediatric children's hospital in New York. As if that wasn’t enough, he also went through dental school, which broadened his experience.

In a worst case scenario, the throat begins to close up. A person can’t breathe and there is only a 5 minute window to save their life. This is the life-saving work that occurs at Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat.

“If they can't breathe, you need to be there to get the airway open,” said Dr. Capener. “Ear, nose and throat medicine has great satisfaction in that we can solve a lot of problems, including chronic sinus disease or repetitive tonsil infections.”

Dr. Capener’s training and experience in his field has given him specific knowledge, applicable to the Eastern Idaho region. For example, Dr. Capener and other experts have noted that the chance of thyroid cancer in this area is greater, so he pays extra attention to the possibility. He has often detected cancer before it is too late, allowing patients to recover and live healthier lifestyles.

“I think it's important to take care of the patient and sometimes you have to get around the politics to do that. I think in general doctors or nurses and other people involved in healthcare genuinely care about their patients. That's why we're in this and that's important. You can't lose sight of what your primary goal is – to take care of the patient and do so safely.”

September is a month where many find themselves impacted by allergies. If you have a problem that isn’t going away, reach out to Dr. Capener’s staff. 

For more information about the services offered by Alpine Ear Nose & Throat visit

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