Kim L. Dakin, MD, FACS
  1270 Attakapas         1101 S. College    
  Suite 201                    Suite 401   

  Opelousas, LA           Lafayette, LA
  337.942.3230            337.500.1645

    Office Hours
                8:oo am to 5:oo pm Monday - Friday


Dakin Otolaryngology, LLC is dedicated to delivering high quality cost effective health services in those areas covered by ear, nose, throat, allergy, sinus, head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, hearing and balance for patients of all ages in South Louisiana.    

Dakin Otolaryngology, LLC accepts most major insurance plans.


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Opelousas                     Lafayette 
337.942.3230     or      337.500.1645

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We are committed to using those materials and techniques that will enable us to deliver a high quality service to our clients in the areas of diagnosis and treatment in a cost effective manner.  We are sensitive to our clients needs and dedicated to providing services in a professional manner.

Our People
We are committed to the recruitment of qualified personnel and to providing them with support and encouragement to grow and develop both professionally and personally.  We recognize the importance of each individual and his or her active role in the success of the entire company.  By encouraging the flow of communication and exchange of ideas, we expect that our team will be known for their character, commitment, and competence.
What is an Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.

Their special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose, treat, and manage specialty-specific disorders as well as many primary care problems in both children and adults.  

What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?

The Ears-Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.

The Nose-About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing through, and the appearance of, the nose are also part of otolaryngologists' expertise.

The Throat-Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.

The Head and Neck-This center of the body includes the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing, and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.


Training And Patient Care

Otolaryngologists are ready to start practicing after completing up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training. To qualify for certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, an applicant must first complete college, medical school (usually four years), and at least five years of specialty training. Next, the physician must pass the American Board of Otolaryngology examination. In addition, some otolaryngologists pursue a one- or two- year fellowship for more extensive training in one of seven sub specialty areas.

These areas are pediatric otolaryngology (children), otology/neurotology (ears, balance, and tinnitus), allergy, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck, laryngology (throat), and rhinology (nose). Some otolaryngologists limit their practices to one of these seven areas.

What makes otolaryngologists the most appropriate physicians to treat disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck?

These specialists differ from many physicians in that they are trained in both medicine and surgery. Otolaryngologists do not need to refer patients to other physicians when ear, nose, throat, or head/neck surgery is needed and, therefore, can offer the most appropriate care for each individual patient.