Meet Scott Saffold, MD

"Very often the difference between adequate healthcare and excellent healthcare depends upon whether the provider actually cares about their patient’s well-being.” – Dr. Scott Saffold

At Virginia Sinus Center, Dr. Saffold lives his belief that people in all communities have the right to expect technologically advanced, state-of-the-art healthcare.

Dr. Scott Saffold

Dr. Saffold attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate, and medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. His general surgery internship was completed at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Scott Saffold, MD, is a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Saffold spent two years as a National Institute of Health Research Fellow at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and participated in developing immune based strategies for the treatment of head and neck cancer.

Dr. Saffold then sought his Otolaryngology training at Oregon Health Sciences University. There he received advanced level training by nationally recognized experts in the fields of:

  • Otology
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Radiology

Dr. Saffold's experience in the field of general otolaryngology allows him to practice both medicine and surgery, as well as treating both pediatric and adult patients.

Dr. Saffold spends his leisure time enjoying favorite activities – including running and reading – with his wife, Detra, their son, Jacob and their daughter, Josephine.

Dr. Kevin Meakin, DO

Kevin Meakin, DO

Dr. Kevin Meakin is a Board-Certified Otolaryngologist who prides himself on providing focused, patient-centered care. Dr. Meakin believes that actively listening to and acknowledging his patients' concerns plays an integral part in their care. He believes in providing quality health care utilizing a contemporary ENT treatment approach while always putting the patient first.

Dr. Meakin provides patient services in Franklin and Churchland, Virginia. His areas of practice include:

  • General Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric ENT
  • Balloon Sinus Dilation
  • Allergy Disorders
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Voice Disorders
  • Hearing Loss and Dizziness

Dr. Meakin received his undergraduate degree from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Dr. Meakin completed his internship and residency training in Otolaryngology-Facial Plastic Surgery through the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Meakin is a Board-Certified Fellow of the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He serves on the Board of examiners for the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Meakin is also serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). He lives in Suffolk, Virginia with his wife Nancy and their two children, Cassandra and Matthew.

ENT Practitioner M. Parish Malone, PA-C

M. Parish Malone, PA-C

Mr. Malone strives to treat each patient with compassion and dignity. His extensive patient care background enables him to skillfully and thoroughly evaluate each patient's particular condition with uncommon clarity and insight.

M. Parish Malone, PA-C, is a Board Certified Physician Assistant licensed in Virginia and North Carolina. He chose Old Dominion University in Norfolk for his undergraduate studies and received his Masters of Physician Assisting (MPA) from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in 2001. He has held his certification (PA-C) continuously since.

Mr. Malone serves as both a clinical preceptor and an Assistant Professor for PA's at the School of Health Professions at his alma mater, EVMS. He is an avid runner and bass fisherman. He proudly serves our country as a member of Virginia's Disaster Medical Assistant Team (DMAT-VA-1)

ENT Practitioner Alexis Britton, PA-C

Alexis Britton, PA-C

Mrs. Britton believes in being a dedicated health care provider who recognizes that communication and understanding are key to achieving the goal of providing the highest level of care for her patients.

Alexis Britton is a Certified Physician Assistant and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Mrs. Britton has had a personal goal of specializing in ENT from the start of her medical education. Originally from Southern California, Mrs. Britton received her Bachelor of Science from California Baptist University and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies from Western University of Health Sciences.

As a provider Mrs. Britton works to diagnose and treat ENT and allergy illnesses and is committed to attending continuing ENT education courses so that she can provide the best quality healthcare for her patients.

Mrs. Britton loves to take walks at the park with her husband Amado and her daughter Anastasia. When she is not reading the newest and greatest in ENT journalism, she enjoys reading historical mysteries.

ENT Practitioner Ping Gao, PA-C

Ping Gao, PA-C

Mr. Gao believes that every patient has a right to receive the best healthcare service. Helping patients to make the right decision for their health care, offering the best quality and comfort, and cost efficient health care are the goals of Mr. Gao.

Ping Gao is a Certified Physician Assistant and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Originally from China, Mr. Gao received his M.D. degree and worked as an ENT Surgeon for 16 years in China. He received his Physician Assistant Master’s Degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2005. He has worked as a Physician Assistant in the United States for 10 years. Mr. Gao’s practice includes all fields of general otolaryngology with good skills of ENT clinic procedures. He is very interested in allergy related nose and sinus diseases after receiving special training for allergy illnesses.

In his spare time, Mr. Gao loves going to the gym, swimming and walking outdoors.

What Our Patients Are Saying...

Dr. Saffold and his staff are wonderful. They go above and beyond to ensure your health and wellbeing. My sinus and allergy issues have significantly decreased and I can say due to their treatment I have a better life. Thank you.

- Toni B.

Friendly, caring, professional and highly skilled doctor and staff.
- G. Brown

Dr. Saffold's allergy office is Wonderful! Everyone is very friendly and the allergy tech, Jen, is super!
- Greenbush

I had balloon dilation of sinus cavities and removal of polyps. The procedure was very successful. I continue with allergy shots weekly and they have also been successful. I highly recommend Dr, Saffold and his staff.
- John E.

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