Our Team

Gary Moore, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board certified in Otolaryngology.

Dr. Gary Moore specializes in neurotology and skull base surgery. This includes the evaluation and treatment of skull base tumors, balance disorders causing dizziness, facial nerve disorders, all types of hearing loss and tinnitus. He provides cochlear implants and implantable hearing aids, and cares for patients afflicted with Bell’s palsy, acoustic tumors and other tumors of the skull base. He has a special interest in the medical evaluation and/or surgical treatment of patients with dizziness. Dr. Moore is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, in 1979.

He completed his surgical internship in Iowa and a residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Following five years of general Ear, Nose and Throat practice, he completed a fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Zurich in Switzerland with Professor Ugo Fisch.

Dr. Moore is a full professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is codirector of the Center for Skull Base Surgery Team at UNMC and Director of the Microsurgical Dissection Laboratory at UNMC. He is active in numerous ENT and Neurotology organizations, and has published over 50 journal articles and written several chapters in medical journals and texts.

Additional recognitions include

  • Charter member of the North American Skull Base Society
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
  • Fellow in the American College of Surgeons – District #1 chairman candidate application
  • Fellow in the American Neurotologic Society
  • Fellow in the American Otology Society
  • Member of the Acoustic Neuroma Association
  • Member and past chairman of the Deafness Research Foundation-Nebraska chapter
  • Member of the International Skull Base Society
  • Member of Prosper Meniere’s Society
  • Serves on the Medical Student Admissions Committee at UNMC, 1999 to present
  • Course director for the Temporal Bone Microsurgical Dissection Course at UNMC
  • Recipient of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s Honor Award for Teaching, 1996
  • Served on the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
  • Nebraska Representative to the Board of Governors, 1993-94 and 1996-98

Hospital Affiliations

  • Midwest Surgery Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, NE
  • St. Luke’s Midland Regional Medical Center, Aberdeen, SD
  • Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus, NE

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Iris Moore, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board Certified in Otolaryngology

Certified by American Academy of Otolaryngology and American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dr. Iris Moore provides care for general ear, nose and throat disorders in both children and adults. Services provided include treatment for sinus disease, nasal airway problems, head and neck masses, sleep apnea and snoring, as well as tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies, ear tubes and thyroid disease. Dr. Moore is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, in 1979, and completed a surgical internship at Des Moines Veterans Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa.

Her three-year residency in otolaryngology was accomplished at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, after which she completed a fellowship in otology with Professor Ugo Fisch in Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Moore is an accomplished surgeon and a member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngologists, the American College of Surgeons, the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the Nebraska Academy of Otolaryngology and the International Skull Base Society.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Midwest Surgery Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

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Trish Morrow, Au.D.

With over 25 years’ of clinical experience, Dr. Trish Morrow brings an extensive amount of knowledge and expertise to her practice. She is highly regarded as an audiologist throughout the region and is particularly proficient in the evaluation and programming of cochlear implants. She provides professional hearing aid evaluations and custom fittings for programmable and implantable hearing aids and intraoperative monitoring for neurotology and neurosurgical operations. She also offers extensive experience in balance evaluation and therapy, and provides tinnitus evaluations and therapy options.

Dr. Morrow provides clinical services in Aberdeen, South Dakota on a monthly basis, and in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on a quarterly basis.

Dr. Morrow holds a Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a Doctorate degree in Audiology (Au.D.) from Pennsylvania College. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

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Krissa Downey, Au.D., CCC-A

Doctor of Audiology

Krissa Downey, Au.D., has been in practice for over 15 years. Dr. Downey graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002 with a Master of Science degree. She then began her audiology career in Kansas City, Missouri, returning to Omaha in 2005, where she gained many years of clinical experience in adult and pediatric audiology. In 2009 she completed the prestigious Doctor of Audiology program from Arizona School of Health Sciences – A.T. Still University, a division of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2011, Dr. Downey pursued a challenging career opportunity in intraoperative monitoring. Working with premier anesthesiologists and spine surgeons in the Omaha area, she provided real-time diagnostic information while monitoring the sensory and motor functions of spinal nerves during cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery.

In 2014, Dr. Downey had the pleasure of starting work at Central Plains ENT. Here she is able to combine her love of audiology in a private practice with the unique variety of diagnostic opportunities only available at Central Plains.

Dr. Downey is very dedicated to audiology and feels it is important to give back to the profession. She has supervised University of NE-Lincoln audiology students for the past 10 years and will continue to mentor them through their clinical audiology placements. You will often find one of these students working with Dr. Downey during one of your consultations at Central Plains ENT.

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Michael Grace

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Michael is a board certified hearing instrument specialist who brings over 26 years of hearing health care experience to our office. Michael graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences. He is a licensed hearing instrument specialist in the state of Nebraska and a member of both the International Hearing Society and the Nebraska Hearing Society. He was past president of the Nebraska Hearing Society and district president of the California Hearing Society.

Michael has managed offices and provided hearing health care treatment in San Diego and La Jolla, California. He managed the Hearing Instrument Department for a medical clinic in Omaha and was an owner and president of a private practice in Iowa. Michael has fit thousands of hearing aids, thus helping people improve their quality of life through better hearing.

Here at Central Plains ENT and Audiology, Michael is enjoying working with our wonderful physicians, audiologist and staff. He performs diagnostic hearing testing, hearing instrument evaluations, hearing aid fittings and follow-up care for our hearing instrument patients.

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Dawn M. Nokels, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Dawn has more than 25 years’ of patient care experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University and the Mayo Clinic School of Health Related Sciences in nuclear medicine technology. Following graduation, Dawn began her career in patient care as a nuclear medicine technologist with the Mayo Clinic. In 1992, she moved to Omaha, where she worked a year in nuclear medicine until she began her graduate education in physician assistant studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dawn graduated with honors in 1995 with a master’s degree. She is board certified as a physician assistant in primary care and surgery by the National Commission of Physician Assistants.

In 1996, Dawn joined an Omaha internal medicine group, where she provided examinations, diagnosis and treatments for almost five years. She joined Central Plains ENT & Audiology Center in the fall of 2015. Dawn had previously worked with Dr. Gary Moore at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for 16 years. She has extensive experience with acute and chronic ENT/Allergy problems, providing diagnosis and treatments for patients.

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