Led by Mary Talley Bowden, MD, who is double board certified in otolaryngology and sleep medicine, BreatheMD is an “ENT Spa” located in Houston’s Upper Kirby district that aims to raise the standard of ENT care with an emphasis on patient comfort and continued wellbeing. Patients are greeted with a calming eucalyptus towel and a cup of tea before BreatheMD’s licensed staff provide therapies to relieve congestion, sinus tension, colds, and allergies. In between treatments, patients may relax in a zero-gravity chair or the infrared sauna.
BreatheMD utilizes Bowden’s approach to sinus treatment, which includes steam inhalation, facial percussion, and deep facial massage to alleviate sinus congestion. The signature “sinus therapy” is modeled after chest physiotherapy, a practice used to clear the breathing passages of cystic fibrosis patients.
The practice aims to serve those people who have become frustrated not only by recurring sinus issues but also the clinical coldness of doctor’s office visits, Bowden says. “I know what it’s like to have to fight for parking and then wait hours for the doctor, only to have the actual appointment last just a minute or two,” she says in a release. “Here, I want people to feel comfortable and know they’re being heard by a medical professional.”
Regular treatment can help stave off future sinus issues, Bowden says, noting she hopes her new take on medicine will encourage patients to make sinus therapy a regular part of their wellness routine.
BreatheMD’s therapeutic services also include medical massage, sinus facials, and infrared sauna therapy. Bowden has researched noninvasive technologies for skin and body improvement, offering Thermage, a radiofrequency skin-tightening treatment; EmSculpt, a noninvasive procedure to build muscle and shrink fat without needles or anesthesia; and EmSella, a treatment for urinary incontinence in men and women without surgery or medications.
“We want people to feel better, and to look forward to coming to the doctor,” Bowden says.
Those with sleep problems can also visit Bowden’s second practice, Breathe Sleep & Wellness, which will open in 2020.