Practice History

South Florida ENT Associates, P.A. (SFENTA) was officially started on January 14, 1992 by Drs. Frank Kronberg and Brian Dougherty. However, SFENTA was truly born in 1970 when Dr. Lester Lazar first opened his practice. Dr. Lazar was soon joined by Drs. Martin Brody and Herbert Fields forming the practice of Lazar, Brody and Fields, M.D., P.A. in 1979. Dr. Frank Kronberg joined the practice in 1985.

The practice was purchased by the Institute of Medical Specialties in 1987. The first practice locations were in Hialeah and North Miami Beach. Subsequent to Dr. Kronberg joining the practice, a Kendall- South Dade office was opened and Dr. Brian Dougherty joined the practice. Prior to joining the practice, Dr. Dougherty was a professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami. After being associated with the Institute of Medical Specialties for almost five years, Drs. Kronberg and Dougherty bought back the practice with the financial support of the senior doctors, Drs. Brody & Fields. In January 1992, they formed South Florida ENT Associates, P.A. with the help and support of Maria Boxer, then and still today, our Practice Administrator.

In August of 1992 Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida and our practice was temporarily shut down. Thanks to our dedicated staff and efficient planning, we were able to open within a few days after the hurricane. From that point, the practice continued to grow opening offices in Coral Gables, Homestead and Key Largo. During the 1990’s, Drs. Eugene Rivera, Michael Owens, Sheldon Cohen, Bernard Harris, Alberto Fernandez, Edward Hillman and Steven Fletcher joined the practice.

In the late 1990s we recognized an evolving medical landscape and decided that, if the best Otolaryngologists in Dade County joined together, we could have a say in the future of ENT and our practice. ENT Enterprises, a loosely knit group messenger model of 25 ENTs in Dade County, was formed in 2000. Later that year, a dedicated group of physicians served on a planning committee to create a large group of ENTs unified under a single umbrella. On January 1st, 2002, a 25 doctor ENT group was formed and assumed the then existing name of South Florida ENT Associates, P.A.

The practice continued to grow and recruit new physicians, including Drs. Agustin Arrieta, William Brown, Andres Bustillo and Rolando Molina, between 2002 and 2006. A new office location was opened in West Kendall in 2005. We introduced our 1st subspecialty within our group, Facial Plastics & Reconstructive surgery with Dr. Andres Bustillo. Dr. Bustillo practices in a dedicated plastics office with an accredited operating room. In 2008-2009, we relocated several of our offices to newly built locations in Doral, Homestead and Coral Gables. Our Coral Gables office and Administrative office is located in the Plaza San Remo building. In 2012, Drs. Anish Parekh and Francisco Pernas joined the practice followed by Dr. Richard J. Vivero, our laryngologist, in 2013. Most recently, Dr. Andrew Schell joined our group in 2014.

It has been with great joy and pride that we have seen the practice grow through the years. We have many dedicated employees that have worked with our group for over 30 years. We have never had a physician leave our practice unless they have retired. We have managed to survive hurricanes, a recession and the many changes in healthcare. We have adapted by providing the highest quality of ENT care to our patients with state-of-the-art equipment delivered by a group of bright, caring and dedicated physicians.

We look forward to continuing to offer the best in ENT healthcare for many years to come.

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