Dr. Karen Miller, an otolaryngologist (ENT), will begin practicing at Waldo County General Hospital on June 29. She currently practices in Machias and is the chief of surgery at Down East Community Hospital.

Miller said she began looking at Waldo County because of her relationship with Mike Towey, director of WCGH’s speech pathology department and the Voice and Swallowing Center.

Before deciding to pursue medicine as a career, Miller worked as a certified public accountant. She said she left the business arena “to become more involved with people and originally chose a path leading to a Ph.D. in neurobiology and academia. Along the way, people suggested I choose medicine because of my tendency to help people in need and my ability to listen.”

She said she selected otolarynology as her specialty “after discovering the large diversity of health issues covered, plus I love doing procedures. As a bonus, I am able to work with patients from all age groups.”

Miller is the mother of four children, although only one is still living at home. She lists her interests as family, music, housing restoration, community development and sustainable tourism.

While living in Washington County for the past three years, she worked on salvaging and updating three old residential structures. “Salvaging beautiful old structures while giving people work seemed like a great way to make a difference,” she said. She has also just completed a feasibility study with two partners on an ecotourism village designed to draw overnight visitors to Washington County.

Miller received her master of science degree in 1999 from the University of Texas San Antonio and her medical degree in June 2004 from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine. She completed an internship in general surgery from Tulane University School of Medicine in June 2005 and completed her residency in otolaryngology at the same institution in June 2009.