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Chattanooga / Hixson
423-267-6738

About Us

History of Our Practice

Thank you for visiting Associates in Ear, Nose & Throat. We are a group of physicians who are dedicated to providing the highest quality care of the ears, nose and throat, as well as related head and neck problems. We make use of the latest technology and our doctors share their wealth of knowledge with each other to make sure the latest development treatments are used in our practice.

We also provide complete hearing testing services for children and adults with three full-time professional audiologists.

Most of our patients come to us on referral from their family physician. But if you do not have a family doctor and need our services, please call us. There is no referral needed for hearing testing services.

It is important to us that you can see one of our physicians close to your home. That is why doctors St. Charles, Fowler, Hunt, Liening and Mynatt have chosen to rotate through two Chattanooga area offices for your convenience. Associates in E.N.T. is located in the Hixson area on Hamill Road across from the SPORTSBARN and in East Brainerd on Gunbarrel Road in the Galen Medical building. For an appointment at any of our offices call our main number, 423-267-6738.

Using our website, you can learn more about our practiceour services and our physicians. We have provided links to area hospitals and are proud to offer an extensive library of information regarding ear, nose and throat topics. Many of our patients are children, so you may wish to read “Child's Hearing Loss” and other informative articles. And parents, be sure to take care of yourself - see our article “Tips for Sinus Sufferers”


This practice has been in existence since 1911, over 100 years ago. Dr. J. Chesney Hogshead began this first E.N.T. practice in Chattanooga in a clinic that was located in the Hogshead Apartment Building at the corner of Georgia and Vine Streets. He was in a solo practice until 1947, when Dr. Harold Alper joined him after his release from serving in the Navy during World War II. Together they created the Hogshead-Alper Hospital at the same location. This practice is now known as The Associates in Ear, Nose & Throat - Head & Neck Surgery.

As a physician practicing medicine in this new specialty of E.N.T., Dr. Alper was intensely interested in surgery of the ear. He took special training in microscopic surgery of the ear at the University of Vienna, Austria in 1957. He was the first to introduce ear microsurgery in 1957 and laser surgery in 1973 to the Chattanooga area.

In April of 1967 Dr. Alper moved to the Medical Towers Building across from Erlanger. It was also in 1967 that Dr. John T. Evans joined the practice and three years later, in 1970, Dr. John F. Boxell and Dr. Hathaway K. Harvey joined them to complete the four-physician group.

All of these physicians have retired their partnerships with the company and at the present, there are five E.N.T. physicians making up the practice. You can view their information under the section “Meet Our Physicians”.