Greg Schackel, MD

Greg Schackel, MD, Board Certified in Otolaryngology received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1985. He completed a surgical internship and residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of Utah in 1991.

Dr. Schackel specializes in the treatment of children and adults with ear, nose & throat diseases/conditions. He has over twenty years of experience and is specially trained in head & neck surgery, facial cancer, sinus, ear, nasal surgeries, tonsillectomies and ear tube placement. Other services available include: snoring treatment, diagnostic hearing loss, hearing aid dispensing and allergy treatment using sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT).

Rachel Cain, MD

Dr. Rachel Cain, a Durango native, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver followed by a medical degree from the University of Vermont. She then went on to complete internship and residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Cain has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the ears, nose, and throat in both children and adults. Her interests include nasal and endoscopic sinus surgery, tonsillectomies, ear surgery, hearing loss, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, cancer of the face or neck, and treatment of voice disorders.

Erin Hamlin, PA-C (Physician Assistant Certified)

Erin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University and went on to complete the Physician Assistant Program at St. Louis, Missouri in 2000. Erin is a certified physician assistant and has over nine years of combined experience in the areas of cardiovascular, nephrology and otolaryngology medicine.

Wendy Stapleton, PA-C (Physician Assistant Certified)

Wendy received her Bachelor of Science in medical science-physician assistant degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV in 1994. After working in Atlanta and Dallas, she moved to Durango in 1998 where she has worked in general orthopedics, sports and otolaryngology medicine. She is a certified Physician Assistant.



Judie Vagneur

Judie has been a Certified Nurse Aide since 1993 and completed the Practical Nurse training program at Pueblo Community College. Judie has over seven years of ENT and Allergy Testing experience

Katy Kopec - Speech Pathologist

Katy Kopec, MS, CCC-SLP

Katy is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience serving patients with swallowing, speech, voice, and other communication disorders. Katy’s experience includes work with neonates through geriatric patients in hospital, outpatient, and school settings.

Katy has a special affinity for helping people of all ages and abilities find resilience, conquer personal obstacles, and live their best lives. This often involves, quite literally, “finding one’s voice,” as communication is so central to our well-being.

Katy’s collaboration with SWCOENT allows us to meet the many, varied needs of our rural community with the highest-quality services for voice, speech and swallowing disorders.