Choice Partners Spotlight: Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic (OAAC)

Oklahoma is a challenging place to live for those who have allergies and asthma. Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic (OAAC) has been treating generations of families since 1925. Founded by a pioneer in the specialty of allergy medicine, Dr. Ray Balyeat, the practice has now expanded into four satellite locations (Norman, Yukon, Midwest City and Edmond) providing services to people from all over the southwest (we actually have patients who fly in to be seen from other states). The main office is located on the Oklahoma Health Center campus in between Oklahoma’s trauma centers for adults and children. OAAC has nine board-certified allergists including several who are double-boarded in pediatrics. Also serving our patients is one Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) who is a certified asthma educator. OAAC has three Board-Certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse Certified Practitioners. One of whom is also a certified-asthma educator. OAAC allergists are on the clinical faculty at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine where they help train and mentor medical student residents and fellows. Providers are also involved with actively sharing cutting-edge allergy and asthma information with other doctors by presenting at local, statewide and national conferences. “We are a unique clinic since we have been around almost 100 years,” said Patricia Overhulser, MD. “We’ve always made it a point to bring in new clinicians, new allergists on board so that when someone retires, we’ve got someone new just as qualified and ready to take care of our patients.” Dr. Overhulser has been a part of the clinic since 1991 after completing her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. She has the most provider longevity at OAAC. OAAC has been honored as the Best Local Top Allergist by the Oklahoman’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and Best of the Best in Oklahoma from Oklahoma magazine. Top Workplace in Oklahoma City by the Oklahoman newspaper, with the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau for Business Ethics and named Top Allergists by the Journal Record business newspaper. It is not just a medical practice but also a family. Employees regularly serve their community by hosting fund raisers, food drives and school supply drives for several charities across the Oklahoma City metro area.

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