WHO WE ARE
We are made up of a team of professionals dedicated to providing the best quality healthcare in a responsive and caring environment. Our otolaryngologists are all Board Certified with decades of experience in the profession.
They work in concert with nurses and office staff who try to understand your health issues quickly and apply the right treatment to get you back to your optimal health.
Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in medical care.
To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:
- Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
- Earn the trust and respect of patients, profession and community.
- Exceed your expectations.
- Ensure a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment.
- Strive for continuous improvement at all levels.
Gary D. Goodnight
Dr. Goodnight is a graduate of the School of Pharmacy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma. After practicing Pharmacy for 5 years in Shawnee, Oklahoma, he attended medical school at Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Graduating in the top of his class, Dr. Goodnight was accepted for post-graduate residency training in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery in Detroit, Michigan where he was chief surgical resident.
Taylor R. Tidmore
Dr. Tidmore graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He then obtained his medical degree in 2003 from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas. There he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Tidmore then went to the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. He finished this training in the summer of 2008. He has been a practicing partner at ENT Specialists of Abilene since that time
Jeffrey M. Braaten
A graduate of Murray State University, Murray, Ky., Dr. Braaten went on to complete his medical degree at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduating in the top of his class. Dr. Braaten completed his residency training in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation he became the Chief of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery at Irwin Army Medical Center.
In 1994 Dr. Braaten formed ENT Specialists of Abilene with his partner Dr. Gary Goodnight and was later joined by Dr. Taylor Tidmore, Paula Parkhill, FNP-BC and Dr. Chris Thompson.
Dr. Braaten is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery and is Subspecialty Certified in Allergy by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.
Chris R. Thompson
Born at Hendrick Medical Center and a graduate of Abilene Christian University, Dr. Thompson is thankful to serve a community he loves. He was a presidential scholar and graduated magna cum laude from ACU with a B.S. in physics. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he was selected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the Texas Medical Board. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, and the Texas Medical Association.
Dr. Thompson is married to Jenny Thompson, a fellow ACU graduate and a licensed speech language pathologist. They are the proud parents of their three young children: Jude, Madelynn, and Kai. They are members of the Highland Church of Christ. They enjoy calling Abilene home and are thankful to the family and friends who surround and support them.
Dr. Jason Acevedo grew up in Midland, Texas and then went on to Texas A&M University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Genetics. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Acevedo then went on active duty service in the Army, where he completed his surgical training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The next four years were spent at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he was the officer in charge of the ear, nose, and throat clinic.
After his honorable discharge as a Major he settled down in Abilene and joined ENT Specialists in 2014.
Steven J. Hamlett
Dr. Hamlett graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. He then completed his Doctorate in Audiology from Lamar University in 2016.
Dr. Hamlett’s interests include diagnostic hearing evaluations, aural rehabilitation through the use of hearing devices, and tinnitus management.
Dr. Hamlett and his wife Shelbi Hamlett are both “Big Country” natives from Anson. Together they have two young children: Kinsler and Kennedi. They are active members of South Side Baptist Church where they volunteer in the children’s ministry.
Bryan D. Blare