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Our Team | Central Texas ENT Associates


James Fowler, MD

Board Certified ENT Surgeon

James Fowler, MD was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, Texas where he received his BA in Biology. Following college, he attended The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he recieved his Doctorate in Medicine. After obtaining his MD, he remained at UT Southwestern and completed his 6 year residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He was board certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery thereafter.


Erika Vela

HIS, Hearing Instrument Specialist

Erika joined the practice of Dr. James Fowler at Heart of Texas Hearing Center in October 2015 and has enjoyed providing better hearing to his wonderful patients. She enjoyed a wonderful 20-year career with Starkey Hearing Technologies, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. During her years at Starkey Hearing Technologies, Erika received numerous awards for her service and dedication to the hearing industry. she is also on the Board of Directors for the Texas Hearing Aid Association.


Patrick Padgett

HIS, Hearing Instrument Specialist

Pat Padgett joined the Heart of Texas Hearing Centers team in June of 2017. Before coming on board - Pat successfully owned and operated his own hearing practice in Brenham, TX for over 35 years. Pat takes pride in being able to correctly diagnose and treat hearing losses of all types. He is a welcome addition to our team and brings unparalleled industry experience and patient care expertise.


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