David J. Abbott, M.D.
Board Certified Otolaryngologist
Dr. David Abbott grew up in Yankton, SD. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota in 1992. He then attended Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating with honors in 1996. Following this, he completed a six year residency in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Chicago. This included a one year fellowship in research concerning nasal and sinus disease. After finishing his residency in 2002, he returned to his hometown of Yankton, where he has been in private practice ever since. He lives with his wife, Gina, and two children. When not working, Dr. Abbott enjoys golfing and playing the guitar.
Dr. Abbott has a special interest in diseases of the nose and sinuses, as this was the area of his research. He has extensive training in image guided sinus surgery, as well as newer procedures for sinus disease, including balloon sinuplasty. He also has a special interest in pediatric disorders, including ear problems, tonsillar disease and sleep apnea.
Micah M. Likness, M.D.
Board Certified Otolaryngologist
Dr. Micah M. Likness is a native of Watertown, SD. His senior year in high school he was selected into the prestigious Alumni Student Scholars Program which conditionally accepted him to the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He graduated with Honors from the University of South Dakota with degrees in Biology (2003) and Spanish (2004). Dr. Likness received his Medical Doctorate from Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota in 2008. He spent his final two years of medical school at the Yankton Model Program.
Dr. Likness then completed a five year residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was appointed Chief Resident for 2012-2013, and was awarded the 2013 Erie County Medical Society Resident of the Year Award out of the 800 residents at the University of Buffalo, and inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (Arnold P. Gold Foundation), for “Demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.”
His professional involvement includes the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Medical Association. He is the co-author of a number of medical publications and has presented scientific papers at national meetings, including his most recent research “Computed Tomography Scans as an Objective Measure of Disease Severity in Chronic Rhinosinusitis,” at the 2013 AAOHNS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC. This research has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Likness practices the full spectrum of pediatric and adult medicine and surgery of the Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck. His interests include diagnosis and treatment of disease in the fields of Sinus and Rhinology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatrics, Laryngology, Voice and Swallowing disorders, Thyroid and Parathyroid disease, Sleep and Snoring disorders, Facial trauma, Allergy, Otology and Neurotology, and Head and Neck surgery.
Dr. Likness has a particular clinical and research interest in Nasal and Sinus disorders including Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Image-Guided Sinus Surgery and the use of balloon sinuplasty techniques to re-establish natural drainage patterns of the sinus systems. During his residency training he acquired additional training in advanced Functional and Endoscopic sinonasal surgery with extension to the skullbase, laryngeal microsurgery and vocal fold augmentation, and soft tissue and craniomaxillofacial trauma reconstruction. Dr. Likness lives in Yankton, SD with his wife, Tabitha, their son, Grady and their daughter Blair. When not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends on the Missouri River and Glacial Lakes, hunting, fishing, running, and poorly playing golf.
Shaunda M. Rodriguez, D.O.
Board Certified Otolaryngologist
Dr. Shaunda Rodriguez grew up in Wichita, KS. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas in 2001. She then attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, graduating with honors in 2007. Following this, Dr. Rodriguez completed a five year residency in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery in Erie, Pennsylvania. This included obtaining a Masters in Medical Education during her residency. After finishing her residency in 2012, Dr. Rodriguez joined Norfolk Ear Nose & Throat and Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Yankton. She lives in Norfolk, Nebraska with her husband Rob and two children. When not working, Dr. Rodriguez enjoys running and attending her children’s activities.
Beth J. Beeman, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Beth Beeman has been practicing Audiology since 1999 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Iowa. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Communications Disorders and Psychology at the University of South Dakota. Most recently, she received the Doctoral of Audiology (Au.D) degree in 2008 from Arizona School of Health Sciences, an affiliate of A.T. Still University. She has worked in Iowa City, Iowa, Mankato, Minnesota, and Sioux Center, Iowa prior to moving to Yankton, South Dakota in 2004.
Beth has worked in a variety of audiological settings, gaining experience in hearing conservation, newborn hearing screening and follow-up hearing aid and assistive listening device selection/fitting and rehabilitation, Education Audiology, and vestibular system assessment and management. Her current interests include working with children and adults in the areas of hearing loss assessment and management, hearing aid selection, fitting, and rehabilitation, as well as vestibular disorders assessment and management. She is married to Pat Beeman, a coach and teacher in Gayville-Volin Schools; they have two small children, Kate and Sarah.
Todd A. Farnham, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. Farnham grew up in Redfield, South Dakota. He attended college at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 at USD, majoring in Communication Disorders with minors in psychology and special education. He attended graduate school at USD, graduating in 1986 with a Master of Arts degree with an Audiology emphasis from the Department of Communications Disorders. Dr. Farnham has been a full time practicing audiologist since 1986, returning to Yankton, South Dakota in 1990 after practicing in Iowa and Idaho. In 2008, he completed additional advanced education and training from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and graduated with a Doctor of Audiology degree. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a certified member of the American Speech, Language Hearing Association, and member of the South Dakota Speech, Language Hearing Association, and the South Dakota Hearing Aid Dispenser’s Association. He is licensed to practice in South Dakota and Nebraska.
Dr. Farnham has a special interest in diagnostics, clinical audiological testing, working with older adults, counseling related to hearing and communication problems, and sharing his unique personal experience with hearing problems. Born at just 2 lb, 12 ½ oz at birth, he experienced hearing loss early in life related to low birth weight and from being 3 months pre-mature. Although this did not directly steer him into Audiology as a career path, it has allowed him some insights into helping others. As a hearing aid wearer himself, his practice style reflects a down home unique approach from both a personal and professional perspective.
Erin E. Wolf, Au.D., CCC-A
Erin Wolf is a native of Valentine, Nebraska. She received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2008. She received her Master of Science from UNL in 2004 and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from UNL in 2000. She is a member of the Nebraska State Speech Language and Hearing Association and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She joined Norfolk Ear, Nose & Throat in February 2009. Erin lives in Battle Creek, NE with her husband Jim and her daughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.