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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Karen Stierman came to Austin to practice Otolaryngology in July 2001. She received her residency training and medical education at the University of Texas at Galveston where she graduated with honors. During her career, Dr. Stierman has received many awards including being elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, being a member of the UTMB Dean's list, receiving the Joseph H. Stjepcevich Academic Scholarship, and being cited by the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award for Academic Achievement. She has also participated in research and published many papers in the field of Otolaryngology. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and has numerous professional affiliations. Dr. Stierman received her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in Electrical engineering with honors. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Stierman was employed by Motorola in Austin as a semiconductor circuit design engineer. Dr. Stierman enjoys caring for patients in Austin and surrounding communities. She is committed to providing the highest quality of care while treating diseases of the ears, nose and throat. She uses her technical background combined with her ability to relate well to patients to deliver personnel service and state of the art medical and surgical care. She welcomes patient involvement in their care.
Verified Patient Reviews
It was super fast this time. It was a follow up to a surgery.
For privilege of seeing Doctor it was absorbant upfront fee . Prior to making appt., EVERYTHING is done on-line via text and email. NO human inter-action. The day of the appt. I called. YOU never get a person. I left message saying you never responded to my first email when I asked about fee, told them my experience with rediclinic, Fee/monies upfront etc. I have small object in my ear. NO one seems able to look at it and then diagnose without a non-negotiable fee, then tell you the cost to do something about on the end-side. It is all about economics.
Very efficient and positive doctor!
She knows her business, is very friendly, and explains what is going on. No pretense.
I really liked the way she listened to my concerns and the time she took to explain things to me!!
Dr Stierman is an excellent doctor. She listens to and addresses my concerns. She lets me know what she finds and what the treatment plan is. She is warm, upbeat and positive.
I LOVE Dr. Stierman. So caring and knowledgeable!
Visit was fine. But she seemed as if she was in a hurry.
She took the time to listen to my symptoms instead of brushing me off like other doctors have been doing. She was very friendly and let me know the plan of action. I would highly recommend her.
Dr. Stierman was very thorough. She was impressive. Also all the staff was great and her assistant was exceptional!
WOW! I’ve never met a doctor who moves as fast and competently as Karen Stierman. I waited an extra hour for her since she was in surgery, and I’m so glad I did; her nurse, Jess, set up the tools for my nose cauterization, and Dr. Stierman came in, and within 5 minutes did the procedure. MUCH MUCH BETTER and decisive than the other ENTs in her building. Don’t bother with any other ENT doctors - go to Karen Stierman!
Rushed appointment and follow up was entirely wrong. The worst personal care ever.
Very nice, but felt very rushed. She was in and out in under five minutes. I spent most of my time with the MA asking questions.
Very professional and kind. She took her time to discussed my matter. I will come back.
I was very impressed with Dr. Stierman. She immediately addressed my problem, and took care of it on the spot! Wonderful bedside manner. Recommend highly.
They really know what they're doing and they get right to it!
Great staff and the best doc ... Cannot ask for anything more!
Dr Stierman is a consummate professional Who also has great compassion for her patients. She performed surgery on me 10 years ago and I did very well afterward. I would highly recommend Dr Stierman and her office.
The staff at Dr Stierman's office was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The office space is updated & clean, and the staff at the front desk was polite and efficient. Helpful to note, zocdoc said I was out of network, but upon calling the office i found out they indeed do take my insurance, so i would go ahead and call to check!
Straight to the point and she made it a point to listen.
The front desk people were not customer focused. They were busy gossiping about someone/something and served me without even a greeting. The nurse and doctor are good.
I was really impressed with my first visit to this office. The staff was VERY organized, and I was called back early! I hadn't even finished my paperwork! All told, I think I waited a total of 2 minutes, including the wait in the room. WOW! Everyone was nice and friendly, which is a welcome change from many offices I've been in. The doctor even complimented my glasses. 8-) I scheduled my appointment online, and they were aware of my visit and called me by name. Checkout was nice and easy with another friendly face.
She was so great! So easy to talk to, spent time listening to me, answered all of my questions. Great visit, feeling super confident about putting myself in Dr. Stierman's hands! Office staff was great too!
I don't mind waiting a half hour for an appointment but I do mind being completely rushed. Dr. Stierman seemed to brush off my concerns and not take any time to explain things. I had questions that went unanswered and now I feel like I need to get a second opinion.
This was my first visit and I must say, I will be back. Perfect. Professional. Great. Thanks
Very happy with my visit . I would definitely recommend to friends and family.
I was treated like an intelligent person. Very personable doctor!
Dr. Stierman was wonderful. She had a calming and friendly demeanor and was very professional describing everything she was doing. Our visit was quick and she was very efficient. Highly recommended!
She's so kind and explains everything very well
Outstanding doctor! Took steps right away to address my issue.
Excellent, professional, on time.
Actually saw a different doctor, but he was great. Staff and other professionals were really nice, too.
Karen is just awesome, she really takes the time to make you feel like you are important and not just another patient in line.
Thorough and professional
Karen was awesome. She was very thorough and really took the time to understand what my issue was. I highly recommend her for anyone with sinus issues!
Amazing staff! Very friendly. Dr. Stierman was very helpful and kind and very patient with me. My english is a little bad but she understood me and did not lose her patience. Thank you Dr. Stierman and staff. You all were great.
Dr. Stierman is highly competent, caring and professional. Would highly recommend her! Also very excellent and competent staff.
Excellent, Thanks everyone.
The office visit itself was great. My daughter and I were very comfortable, and it is work the drive from Victoria to see Dr. Stiremen. She is the best doctor I've ever seen. I was disappointed in regards to getting our prescriptions called in. I had to go to Target twice and Walgreens twice. Two scripts were sent to Target Pharmacy (the correct one, and another script was sent to my pharmacy here in Victoria. I had specifically requested the Target Pharmacy in Austin. When I went back to Target they had my prescriptions with the exception for the nose sprays for my daughter and I. I called the office three times to figure out what had happened to the nose spray RX's, but I could never get anyone to pick up. I eventually had to text Dr. Stiremen, and the scripts were taken care of. It is hard dealing with all of this when I'm hurting, and my daughter is sick and cranky. Stuart Killebrew
Dr. Stierman is a wonderful clinician. Her treatment was decisive and I trust her judgement.
Awesome! She treated me in office and follow up was given to return for monitoring results thus far. Hopefully, I am on the way to a complete recovery from ringing ears.
Very professional and friendly at the same time.
Both Dr. Stierman and Dr. Taheri were excellent. Very personable, relatable, and quick to describe treatment options. I am confident I made the right choice in going here.
I was seen within 5 minutes of my appointment time, problem diagnosed and out of the office within 30 minutes. Excellent!
Professional and friendly. Surprisingly happy. All fear dissipated immediately. I left today feeling confident that her diagnosis of my symptoms were spot on. You would think she was an alternative doctor.
She is very personable and makes you feel comfortable. I was worried because I recently relocated and had a great doctor but she is great!
we LOVE Dr. Stierman
I read everyone's review and already prepared myself for the wait but there wasn't a wait and I was extremely happy as this was on my lunch hour. The audiologist was great and polite. She explained everything in depth and went over my hearing test results. I'm young, 30, and pretty worried about my declining hearing but she put my mind at ease. She told me the Dr. Would come in and I thought perfect I'm having some other issues; however, she came in for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and spoke at me. Left me little to no room to feel comfortable to ask questions. That was it. Literally, that was it. She didn't address other concerns I put on my paperwork. Everyone kept telling me how busy it was and I guess that's why they wanted me to accept such a short visit. Either way I was polite and said ok and left. Maybe she had a bad day who knows bc my partner sees her and thinks she's fabulous. I won't go back or recommend her but will let others know my partner had great experiences with her.
I have been going to Dr. Stierman for about 2 years. She is very professionally yet very friendly to the point you feel you have known her for years. I have been satisfied with all the procedures she has performed and will definitely recommended her to family and friends.
Worst office staff I've ever encountered in a doctors office Cindy was beyond rude and insensitive she should not be allowed to work with sick patients
Very thorough, clear explanations, good follow up.
i was very pleased with the visit, with Dr. Steirman's expertise, and all the people working there.
Office personnel are subpar. They kept blaming ZocDoc for their oversight and were too busy pointing fingers than actually admitting human error. The Doctor seemed embarrassed, but was ready to see me out the door after I questioned if the hour long wait was common practice. Ultimately, my co-pay was waived and I was given a sample medication. To sum it up... I waited an hour for an appointment that took 2 minutes. I do not believe she was thorough.
Short, sweet, and professional…just the way I want it.
THOUGHTFUL, GOOD LISTENER, SPEEDY UNDERSTANDING OF PROBLEM, A BIT SHORT ON TREATMENT AND HOW LONG IT MIGHT TAKE FOR IMPROVEMENT NOW THAT THERE IS A DIAGNOSIS. WIILL GO FOR A FOLLOW UP AS THIS DOCTOR' IS REGULATED BY INSURANCE. ISSUES LIKE MOST AND CAN'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME WITH ANY ONE PATIENT, BUT IS VERY EFFICIENT AND PLEASANT.
Dr. Stierman is great. She needed to do a scope test to see if my daughter had vocal cord dysfunction. Normally this is done with a numbing spray and a tube that is fed through the nose. My daughter freaked out about both of those things because the numbing spray had triggered her throat to close before and she couldn't deal with a tube down her nose. Dr. Stierman was able to feed the tube just down her throat (usually can't be done because of gag reflex, but my daughter has a very weak gag reflex).
Dr. Karen Stierman, MD is by far the most kindest Dr. Of all time. Never have I been so informed about my husband's medical issues as I was with this appointment. I was made aware of all that I could do in support of my husband and what he may be going through. An understanding of the illness is sometimes the best medacine. Thanks Dr. Karen Stierman ?
She is a good listener.
Great physician, and the staff was very professional.
Dr. Stierman and her staff were very professional. The office was clean and everyone was very friendly. I had a severe ear infection, and her diagnosis and medications ordered really helped me to clear up that painful infection.
Knowledge of previous visits to reduce unnecessary time in visit. Open to questions and quick/efficient meeting.
What a terrific experience! Dr. Stierman was busy as anything but took terrific time with me and has a wonderful personality.
What a wonderfully caring and positive medical professional!
It was wonderful. Dr. Steirman was very nice and friendly, took the time to explain what she thought was wrong, didn't seem rushed or annoyed by my presence at all.
I really enjoyed the office, everyone was very friendly. Fast, and painless. I would highly recommend Dr.Stierman!
Dr. S was very warm and welcoming. I felt at ease. She went straight to work diagnosing my condition and thoroughly explained recommended treatment. She did not make me feel rushed but used her time effectively. She exceed my expectations
Thought the doctor was very helpful and thorough but efficient. Not real impressed with the front desk staff who called my intake chart "a doozy" and said it would take a while to enter in the computer, however.
She was personable and quick, yet thorough.
Great service from e doctor. She took her time to evaluate me and then gave me options for treatment!!! I am so glad that I found her!!!!
Very nice and personable Doctor, liked her very much. Close to home .
She was great. I felt very comfortable and Dr. Stierman was very thorough in her treatment of my symptoms and in diagnosis. I will be a returning patient. I have already suggested Dr. Stierman to a few friends as a competent, friendly environment to receive care.
She was incredibly kind, funny, straight forward, and professional. I appreciated her well-rounded personality immensely.
Great doctor that cares about the well-being of her patient! I never feel rushed.
She is very competent and the visit was good
Efficient. Pleasant staff.
Dr. Stierman was great, she very quickly got to the root of the problem by conducting a laryngoscopy. Which was quick and very well done, no pain and little discomfort. Overall, very pleased with my visit and prescriptions. Hopefully, I have no more issues, but if I do I would definitely return to Karen.
She was a great listener and sensitive to our situation. At no time did we feel rushed or pressured to hurry. We really appreciated her willingness to try different treatment options and the way she volunteered information before being asked. We had a great experience and honestly feel relieved that we found an ENT who had multiple suggestions and ideas on how to help our child.
Dr.Stierman is the best! She is the first Doctor that cared enough to help me get well.I am forever grateful.
She was extremely knowledgeable and diagnosed me asap. Told me exactly what they were going to do to me regarding a scope down the throat and the numbing. Also she had her assistant give my referrals for pediatricians in the area and also GPs. Would definitely go back to her.