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550 Water Street, Suite A, Santa Cruz
Our Santa Cruz Hearing Aid Center and Medical Office are now under one roof.

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Our Otolaryngologists

Daniel A. Spilman

Daniel A. Spilman
MD

Education and training that inspire trust – “When I made the decision to specialize in ear, nose and throat care and facial cosmetic medicine, I also made the commitment to research the newest, most effective techniques and to learn from respected leaders in each field. I continue to assess relevant innovations in technology and procedures.”

  • Board Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology
  • MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • BS: Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • General Surgery Internship: General Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Residency: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Active member of the medical community

“In conjunction with other respected doctors and surgeons I am able to bring to our community the newest and safest techniques as they become available. Because of this, I can make sure we have the most advanced care in our community so that my patients receive the best care available.” Member: American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, California Medical Association, Santa Cruz Medical Society

  • President: Central Coast Surgery Center
  • President: Santa Cruz Ear, Nose, and Throat Hearing Aid Center
  • Member: Quality Improvement Committee of the Physicians’ Medical Group of Santa Cruz County
  • Volunteered: Supervisor for student externship for pre-medical majors for the University of California Santa Cruz

Building for the future of medicine

“I enjoy sharing my expertise with other respected leaders in my field. Remaining active in professional organizations allows me to exchange ideas and learn about the newest ways to improve the care I offer my patients.”
James Teng

James Teng
MD

Dr. Teng has been practicing in Santa Cruz since 2017. He specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, with a focus on facial cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty, and skin cancer reconstruction.

A Word From Dr. Teng

“I work with patients to achieve their desired goals — whether it's looking refreshed and rejuvenated, breathing better, or restoring appearances after trauma or illness. I focus on the form and function of the face. Both can be achieved with careful planning and consideration.”

His thoughtful approach has been instrumental to achieving successful and impressive results. He is also knowledgeable and skilled in nonsurgical treatments, including injectable fillers, Botox, and topical skin treatments.

Beyond Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

In addition to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Teng is trained to evaluate and treat a variety of conditions affecting the head and neck. He has trained with many of the top experts in head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He then went on to train in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Virginia.

Finally, he spent additional time in a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship in Tampa, Florida. He has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on the topic of facial plastic surgery.

Christopher C. Xiao

Christopher C. Xiao
MD

Christopher Xiao, MD grew up in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, he received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and proceeded to earn his MD at Boston University. After completing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center where he earned several awards and spearheaded patient care improvement initiatives, he joined Santa Cruz Ear Nose and Throat in 2020. Dr. Xiao is passionate about patient-centered, evidence-based medicine. He is committed to providing excellent comprehensive care in all areas of otolaryngology, with a special interest in nasal and sinus surgery, sleep surgery, and otologic disease.

Dr. Xiao is currently accepting new adult and pediatric patients in Santa Cruz and Watsonville locations. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and has authored many scientific papers and presentations. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world and exploring new foods and restaurants.

Marc A. Seftel (RETIRED December 2021)

Marc A. Seftel (RETIRED December 2021)
MD

Thomas V. Barker (1952-2016)

Thomas V. Barker (1952-2016)
MD