Alpha ENT Clinic was founded in Fort Collins in 1967 by Dr. Robert Conlon.
Sean Conlon, son of Dr. Robert Conlon, is a Fort Collins native, born at Poudre Valley Hospital. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University before attending medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He returned to Northwestern to complete his General Surgery Internship and Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) Residency. Then he completed an Otology (Ear and Balance) fellowship at the Silverstein Ear Institute in Sarasota, Florida.
After a brief stint at the University of Colorado as a clinical instructor, he returned home to join his father in private practice in 2000. He greatly enjoyed working with his dad (now retired) and was proud to take over the clinic when the time came. He focuses on medical & surgical diseases of the ear including cochlear implants, the balance system, and sinus allergies.
The way patients are treated at Alpha ENT clinic has remained consistent through the years. Dr. Conlon takes the time to give a lot of one-on-one care to his patients. He will call them often to see how they are doing, and he still provides continuation of care for some of his dad’s original patients.
Since taking over the clinic, he completed his training in ENT allergy and also became board certified in Sleep Medicine 20 years ago. Dr. Conlon states that one of the biggest challenges in his career was passing his Sleep Boards while continuing to practice medicine and perform surgeries.
The thing Dr. Conlon enjoys the most about his career is learning details about the health of his patients, treating them, and watching them improve, which in turn makes their quality of life better. He is inspired by patients who get better and go on to do productive and great things with their lives.
One little-known fact about Alpha ENT Clinic is that there is a Certified Sleep Laboratory on-site at the practice. Patients can come to the clinic for a sleep study in a cozy setting and can receive very quick results because Dr. Conlon reads the Sleep Study onsite. At-home sleep tests may also be provided for those who may have trouble sleeping in a more clinical setting away from their home. Dr. Conlon has learned a great appreciation for all aspects of Sleep Medicine, and greatly enjoys that aspect of his clinic. He also treats narcolepsy patients and those who suffer from restless leg syndrome.
“Sleep apnea is fairly easy to diagnose but has the potential to greatly affect so many aspects of the health of people who have it,” states Dr. Conlon. “There is a high success rate for patients who have the condition and get treatment.”
When patients lose sleep or aren’t able to have quality sleep every night, it can affect their moods, alertness, and cause other adverse symptoms during their waking hours. Being prescribed equipment that can help patients obtain quality sleep results is not only a gift to them but also to their families who live with them and love them.
Dr. Conlon recalled a particular patient who had been having sleep issues and had fought being treated for sleep apnea for quite a long time. After finally making the decision to be treated, and getting the appropriate equipment for the patient’s treatment, the lady’s family swore she became an entirely different woman after finally getting quality sleep.