Area leaders in ear, nose, throat & sinus care.

Board certified makes all the difference

Meet Our Practitioners

Dennis P. Han, MD FACS

  • Managing Partner
  • Board-certified: Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Surgery

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Ryan C. Cmejrek, MD

  • Partner
  • Board-certified: Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Ryan Cmejrek (pronounced “SMER-eck”) is a board certified otolaryngologist who has served Northwest Indiana since 2005. His goal is to provide compassionate and thorough medical and surgical care to all patients with ear, nose & throat disorders. With extensive experience treating pediatric and adult patients, Dr. Cmejrek has special interest in treating sinus problems, allergies, sleep apnea, pediatric ENT problems such as sleep-disordered breathing, chronic tonsillitis and chronic otitis media, and conditions of the thyroid, parathyroid, and salivary glands.

Dr. Cmejrek graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Albion, Michigan where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He went on to medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where he was where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor society, a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. He then continued on to complete five years of residency training in otolaryngology, head & neck surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

“My philosophy is to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to my patients – the same care that I would want my family to receive. As much as possible, I want my patients to be on my level in their understanding of the disease process, taking an active role in their care. I look forward to meeting you.”

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Thomas T. Tarin, MD

  • Partner
  • Board-certified: Otolaryngology
  • Head & Neck Surgery

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Sreekant Cherukuri, MD

  • Surgeon
  • Board-certified: Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri is a board-certified otolaryngologist who has worked to provide compassionate and comprehensive care for patients of all ages with ear, nose, and throat disorders.  Dr. Cherukuri has been practicing ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery in Northwest Indiana since 2003.  His clinical interests include the management of thyroid disorders, sinus disease and allergy, hearing loss, and pediatric ENT issues.  Dr. Cherukuri’s additional area of focus is in Facial Plastic Surgery and reconstruction after MOHS skin cancer removal from the head and neck.  He is the pioneer of The Weekend Facelift and an expert in many other minimally-invasive, no-downtime aesthetic procedures of the face and neck.

Dr. Cherukuri received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating with honors. Dr. Cherukuri graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor society, a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.  He then completed his Otolaryngology residency at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, and he was named Chief Resident by his faculty.

Dr. Cherukuri has been published in a number of medical journals.  He has also presented research papers at multiple national medical conferences.   Dr. Cherukuri is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Indiana State Medical Association, and Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society.

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Michele Massow, NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Board-certified: ANCC
  • Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Michele graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and in 2006 with a Master of Science in Nursing both from Valparaiso University. Prior to joining CarePointe in 2006 as a Nurse Practitioner, Michele worked as an operating room nurse. In addition to her special interest in Otolaryngology she has an interest in allergy care and has expanded CarePointe’s scope of services as we are now able to offer our patients in-office allergy testing and treatment. Michele’s responsibilities also include supporting the CarePointe physicians with pre-operative history and physical exams, post-operative visits, acute sick patient visits, and assisting in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients in our practice. Michele is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Society of Nurses in Advance Practice, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Allergy. She is Board Certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center and has certification in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

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Who is CarePointe & What Makes Us Different?

Welcome to CarePointe Ear, Nose, Throat and Sinus Center, Northwest Indiana’s largest group of Board-Certified Otolaryngologists. We use the most advanced and up-to-date techniques and treatments to accurately diagnose and promptly treat our patients. We partner with you in your care so that you are empowered to make informed decisions about your health and well-being. Here at CarePointe, our goal is to make sure that the problems you’re experiencing are resolved and your health improves.

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Leading Treatments

ALLERGY ELIMINATORS

For some allergy sufferers, symptoms may be seasonal, but for others they produce year-round discomfort. Symptom control is most successful when multiple approaches are used simultaneously to manage the allergy. They may include minimizing exposure to allergens, desensitization with allergy shots or drops, and medications. Aside from gathering a detailed history and completing a thorough examination of the ears, nose, throat, head, ENT doctors will offer advice on proper environmental control. They will also evaluate the sinuses to determine if infection or structural abnormality (deviated septum, polyps) is contributing to the symptoms. In addition, the doctor may advise testing to determine the specific allergen that is causing discomfort.

Sinus Problem-Solvers

Sinusitis is a condition that affects 37 million people each year. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices represent a new technology in the opening of blocked sinuses, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal. The FDA-cleared Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ products are used by qualified Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians to restore normal sinus drainage and function.

PEDIATRIC ENT EXPERTS

Children face many of the same health problems that adults do, however symptoms may show themselves differently and treatment methods that work well in adults may not be appropriate for children. We can help identify and treat common pediatric ENT, head, and neck ailments so your family can get start living again.

ADVANCED SURGEONS

Many surgical advances are being made in this area. Procedures such as tonsillectomy and facial plastic surgery are becoming less invasive, and new procedures are being developed to treat serious problems such as cleft palate, sleep apnea, and deafness.

Facial Plastic Surgery

If you are looking for other facial rejuvenation procedures, you have come to the right place. Dr. Cherukuri is a top Facial Plastic Surgeon in NorthWest Indiana and has been helping people look younger and feel better since 2003. He is an expert in minimally-invasive, no-downtime procedures that will help improve your appearance and get back on your feet as soon as possible. To learn more, visit theweekendlift.com.

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Ear

Conditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of hearing disorders, and what ENT-head and neck physicians can do to evaluate and treat these problems.

Nose & Mouth

Congestion, allergic rhinitis, a deviated septum, and mouth sores are just a few of the varied health problems that occur in this region of the body. Information about ways you can relieve symptoms at home and when you should see a physician can be found in this section.

Pediatric

Children face many of the same health problems that adults do, however symptoms may show themselves differently and treatment methods that work well in adults may not be appropriate for children. This section identifies common pediatric ENT, head, and neck ailments and what you should ask your child’s doctor about diagnosis and treatment.

Throat

Maladies of the throat can be a mere nuisance or a major ordeal. Tonsillitis, voice disorders, and even hoarseness all interfere with our ability to communicate. Many of these conditions can be improved or corrected with the care of an ENT physician or head and neck surgeon.

Cancer

Early detection is critical to preventing fatal outcomes. Cancers of the head and neck such as laryngeal cancer can be particularly aggressive. Signs of cancer of the head and neck include changes in the skin, pain, prolonged hoarseness, and sudden loss of voice. If you suffer from any of these symptoms you should see an ENT or head and neck physician immediately.

Head & Neck Surgery

Many surgical advances are being made in this area. Procedures such as tonsillectomy and facial plastic surgery are becoming less invasive, and new procedures are being developed to treat serious problems such as cleft palate, sleep apnea, and deafness.

Facial Plastic Surgery

Carepointe ENT is home to one of the best facelift surgeons. With more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri will release your unique beauty. He developed The Weekend Lift, which helps patients look up to 10 years younger in 1 hour. His artistic eye and surgical hands define the center’s expertise. Our commitment to quality service, attention to detail, and patient satisfaction ensure you have an unsurpassed cosmetic experience with exceptional results.

Testimonials

Dr. Tarin did an excellent job on my surgery. I had a deviated septum, I snored all the time and had chronic sinus infections. I had my surgery in March 2010 and since the surgery I have had no sinus infections and do not have a snoring problem. Thank you for the great job..

-Lucille, CarePointe patient

On January 11th I had sinus surgery at St. Anthony in Crown Point. I have been putting this off for 30 years. After meeting Dr. Ryan Cmejrek and his staff, I decided on having the procedure. They took time and answered all my concerns. They were very professional yet friendly at the same time. The OR group was also very helpful and considerate. The procedure went well with some discomfort 2 days after which was exactly what I was told, and I got better each day. I wish I would have done this 30 years ago. I highly recommend Dr. Cmejrek and his staff for nasal problems.

-Craig, CarePointe patient

I have been to several doctors regarding my nasal passages being swollen and having to breathe through my mouth all the time. None of them offered a solution to the problem. I have also taken numerous over the counter drugs trying to find some relief. A friend referred me to Dr. Cmejrek and he told exactly what was wrong and why I couldn’t breathe. I then had surgery to correct the problems. I was breathing so well on the way home from the hospital and have had no problems since. I am so happy that I had the surgery and that all the horror stories I heard are false. The whole staff at CarePointe Ear, Nose Throat and Sinus Center have been wonderful to deal with as well.

-Carol, CarePointe patient

Yes, I was nervous about having sinus surgery but after having it done, I feel better. I am off antibiotics which I was becoming allergic to more and more. I would recommend to anyone to come to CarePointe. I can finally breathe like a normal person.

-Roberta, CarePointe patient

I am very happy with my sinus surgery. After years of working in the mills, having heart problems etc, it helped my breathing very much.

-Robert, CarePointe patient

Excellent care. I feel brand new. I can sleep well and taste food for the first time in 3 years. Doctor is great!

-CarePointe patient

Dr. Tarin changed my life. I suffered from chronic sinus infections. I am 35 years old and for the first time I can actually breathe freely through my nose. He opened up my sinuses, straightened out my septum and rebuilt my nasal valves. Dr. Tarin took his time with me and really listened to my concerns. I couldn’t be happier with my results. Thank you Dr. Tarin!

-Sarah, CarePointe patient

The Doctors, Michele and the wonderful ladies running the front desk have always been most helpful, friendly and epitomize what a patient would like to experience when going to the doctor’s office.

-Jason, CarePointe patient

I have been coming here for years and the Doctors and staff are great. They are always willing to do the extra that makes patient care more like personal care.

-Joe, CarePointe patient

I was so bad with allergies the last three years, I didn’t have a life. I didn’t fish, I didn’t hunt, I was completely worn out and I tried everything. I finally decided on shots. After four months I started feeling better, after 6 months I felt wonderful and I am a human being again. I would highly recommend the shots to allergy sufferers.

-CarePointe patient

I have been coming here for years and the Doctors and staff are great. They are always willing to do the extra that makes patient care more like personal care.

-Joe, CarePointe patient

Great experience. (Dr. Han) has helped in every way. I feel better and better every visit.

-Craig, CarePointe patient

My experience with CarePointe was great. The staff was wonderful to me along with Dr. Han. There is not a lot of waiting in the office to see the doctor.

-Kia, CarePointe patient

Your Appointment

Insurance & Payment Options

We know you have many choices when choosing an Otolaryngologist so we have made requesting an appointment a simple process by calling our appointment specialist for a time that is convenient for you.  If, for any reason, you cannot keep a scheduled appointment or will be delayed, please call as soon as possible. Charges may be incurred for appointments cancelled less than 24 hours before scheduled appointment time.

Your first visit to CarePointe Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, and give you time to get to know your doctor. Below you’ll find the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office(s), practice hours, payment policies and more. There’s background information about our first visit procedures. You can even save some time at your first visit by printing out and completing the new patient forms in advance of your appointment.

Our office accepts a variety of HMOs, PPOs, and other health plans. Please call our office to verify acceptance of your insurance carrier.

We accept these providers and many more.

Payments We Accept

Locations

We encourage you to contact us with any interest about our services. For appointment scheduling please contact our office by telephone or email at contactus@carepointe.net.

Merrillville

99 East 86th Avenue
Suite A
Merrillville , IN 46410
219-738-2617

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  • Mon9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tues9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thurs9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Munster

801 MacArthur Blvd

Munster , IN 46321
219-836-2201

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Hobart

1400 South Lake Park Avenue, Suite 500

Hobart , IN 46342
219-738-2617

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  • Mon2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Wed1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Thurs1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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