Family Center Healthcare

Featured Services

Expertise requires specialization.


The Ear, Nose and Throat specialists (Otolaryngologists) at Ear, Nose, & Throat of Northwest Georgia are pleased to welcome you to our practice. Here at Ear, Nose, & Throat of Northwest Georgia, we proudly treat patients of every age from newborn to older adults. We want all our patients to be informed decision makers and fully understand any health issues you face. That's why we've developed a website loaded with valuable information about ear, nose and throat problems and treatments. We encourage you to visit this site whenever you have concerns related to ear, nose and throat health.

Our website also provides you with background about our Otolaryngologists, staff, office hours, insurance policies, appointment procedures, maps, directions to our office in Rome, GA and other useful information. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible. And we want you to feel confident that when you choose Ear, Nose, & Throat of Northwest Georgia, you're working with doctors and other professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring.

Please take a few moments to look through this website to get a better feel for Ear, Nose, & Throat of Northwest Georgia's capabilities and services. We also invite you to call our Rome office at any time to request an appointment or ask any questions. Thank you.

Meet Our Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Raymond Howard, MD

    Dr. Raymond Howard received his Medical Doctorate degree from the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine.  He is a graduate of Harvard University.  Dr. Howard completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the State University in New York.  He is a board certified Otolaryngologist and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

  • Debbie Garrett, M.C.D., CCC-A

    Debbie Garrett, M.C.D., CCC-A, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University.  She is the Audiologist and Hearing Specialist.  Debbie is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the American board of Audiology.

  • Mary Dillard, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
    Specialty: Otolaryngology

    Mary Dillard is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is also a graduate of the University of West Georgia and Georgia Highlands. Mary is a member of the American Nurse Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is originally from California, but relocated to Floyd County with her husband, Rodney and their 3 children over 20 years ago. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, attending church and traveling.

  • Priyanka Patel, MSN, FNP-BC

    Priyanka is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Georgia and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from Belmont University. She is a member of the American Nurse Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Outside of work, Priyanka is an avid foodie and enjoys crafting delicious vegan dishes and desserts in the kitchen. She also enjoys staying active through regular exercise and spending quality time with her family and her beloved cat, Olive.

  • Balloon Sinuplasty

    Everyone loves to enjoy the simple things in life, like smelling the roses or taking in a breath of fresh mountain air. Still, these scenarios may often be far from reality for those who suffer from chronic nasal and sinus conditions. Although chronic nasal conditions can cause a decreased quality of ...

    Read More
  • Nasal Obstruction

    You may sometimes have nasal congestion due to a common cold, flu, or seasonal allergies. While this congestion can be uncomfortable, it’s generally not cause for concern in most cases. However, when nasal congestion progresses to complete nasal obstruction, this can interfere with your overall quality ...

    Read More
  • Inspire Implants (for Sleep Apnea)

    Sleep apnea can affect not only your sleep but your overall quality of life as well. After an accurate diagnosis by a board-certified ENT physician, finding a treatment that's right for you is an integral step in learning how to live with and manage your sleep apnea. Here's everything you need to know ...

    Read More
  • Immunotherapy (Injections and SLIT - sublingual therapy)

    The onset of spring brings the welcoming sounds of birds chirping in the morning and the sights of flowers blooming in the garden. But for those that suffer from seasonal allergies, these changes are anything but—sneezing, watery eyes, and itching are what's in store. If seasonal allergies are something ...

    Read More
  • HPV - Related Head and Neck Cancer

    Getting diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer can be a terrifying time. Learning about your options, along with mentally and emotionally preparing yourself for the road ahead, can be a lot. This is why taking precautions is essential—knowing the signs and symptoms of human papillomavirus ...

    Read More
  • Hearing Aids

    Millions of people worldwide struggle with hearing loss due to old age, genetic conditions, and more. For people looking to restore auditory function, hearing aids can help significantly. But with many different types of hearing aids on the market, shopping for a hearing aid may seem like a daunting ...

    Read More
  • Breathing Problems

    Breathing Problems: Understanding Causes, Symptoms, and Management Breathing is a fundamental and automatic process that sustains life. When it becomes compromised, it can have a significant impact on a person's well-being. Causes of Breathing Problems: Breathing problems can arise from various factors, ...

    Read More
  • Chronic Sinusitis

    While sinus infections are a common problem many people experience at some point in their lives, chronic sinusitis differs. Defined by chronic inflammation of the sinuses, chronic sinusitis can last up to three months for some, while it can linger for years for others. Here's everything you need to know ...

    Read More
  • Cleft Palate/Cleft Lip

    Cleft palate/cleft lip are the most common types of birth defects. About one baby in 2,000 is born with a cleft palate, and one in 1,000 is born with a cleft lip. Cleft palate/cleft lips occur when the two sides of either the roof of the mouth (palate) or the lips fail to fuse in the embryo. The cause ...

    Read More
  • Dizziness

    The inner ear serves two purposes: hearing and balance. There are mechanisms in the ear that inform the brain about your position, orientation in space, and movement at all times to keep you in balance. A false sensation of spinning or whirling, known as vertigo, can occur when the signal to the brain ...

    Read More

Office Location

107 John Maddox Dr. NW Rome, GA 30165

Hours Of Operation

Our Regular Schedule


7:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-11:30 am

1:00 pm-4:00 pm


7:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-11:30 am

1:00 pm-4:00 pm


7:00 am-12:00 pm