Northwoods ENT Michigan Staff

Dr. James J. Slater DO, FAOCO – Board Certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr James Slater, Northwoods ENT Michigan Staff


Dr. James Slater studied his undergrad at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1990-1993. James  graduated with honors earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1998. He obtained this at Ohio University College.

In the year 1998, Dr Slater did his General Surgery Internship at Doctor’s Hospital of Stark County. From the years 1999-2002, he did his Residency in Otolaryngology.  

Additionally, he performed Facial Plastic Surgery at Doctor’s Hospital of Stark County through Ohio University in 2002. Dr. Slater was the Chief Resident since he gained invaluable experience to lead their team. After that, he moved to Cheboygan, Michigan in August 2003 to work for Cheboygan Memorial Hospital.

In 2005, Dr. Slater became board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology. Furthermore, he established Northwoods Ear, Nose & Throat, PC in 2006 and continues to give his clients the best possible ENT services in Petoskey, Cheboygan and the Northern Michigan Area.

Northwoods ENT office was primarily in Cheboygan, Michigan from 2006-2012. We moved when Cheboygan Memorial Hospital closed their doors in 2012. Our primary office is now in Petoskey and  we also see patients in Cheboygan 2-3 times per month. In addition, we provide many services such as tattoo removal for example.

Today, Dr. Slater lives with his wife Christi and their 6 beautiful children in Petoskey, Michigan


Maria Thompson, MA, CCC-A – Audiologist


Maria was raised in Swartz Creek, MI. Thompson received her first BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan and second BA in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University. She earned her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Connecticut.

Maria has worked in the medical setting throughout her career, first with the University of Massachusetts, then a ten-year faculty position at the University Of Connecticut Medical Center. 

 She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She currently holds licensing in Audiology both in Michigan and Connecticut.

Maria is pleased to have returned to her home state and enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploring the beauty of Michigan with her husband and three children. And we at Northwoods ENT believe that Maria is an asset to our practice as well as our patients.

Maria continues to be a very valuable member of the Northwoods ENT team because she is professional and friendly.


Christi Slater, COPM – Practice Administrator


Christi has been with Northwoods ENT since the opening in 2006. She is a part of the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators and holds Certification in Otolaryngology Practice Management.
She is a native of Cheboygan and moved to Petoskey with her family and the practice in 2012. Christi is one of the employees that can not be replaced because she works hard to give you the best service possible. 


Schedule an appointment to see how professional and friendly our team is today!




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Northwoods Ear, Nose & Throat, PC

Dr. James J. Slater DO, FAOCO

Maria Thompson MA, CCC-A

(231) 348-5900

Petoskey Location:

2611 Charlevoix Ave.
Petoskey, MI 49770


Cheboygan Location:

125 N. Main St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721

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