Dr. Bothwell's Passion
Whether treating soldiers on the battlefield or young children with chronic conditions, Dr. Nici Bothwell’s passion throughout her 20-year career has been managing the entire spectrum of patient care. From building rapport with the patient, to educating them about prevention and treatment options, and, ultimately empowering a patient to manage their own health, her focus extends beyond the operating room. Indeed, it’s that day-to-day patient interaction and being entrusted with patients’ health, that she cherishes most in her role as a healthcare provider. Dr. Bothwell’s philosophy is to be as honest and straight-forward as possible so when a patient leaves her office, whether after one visit or following months of treatment and recovery, that person leaves her office saying, “I feel better about my health.”
As a mother of a young son who has undergone several otolaryngology procedures, including one for sleep apnea, she is also very family-focused in her approach with children. In her role as a general otolaryngology and sleep surgeon, she understands first-hand the complexities and concerns of parents whose children are requiring treatment, undergoing surgeries, or enduring a challenging post-op recovery.
Training and service
Dr. Bothwell’s training focused on achieving clinical competency early in training and cultivating compassionate doctor-patient relationships. After completing her medical training at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, she finished her residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. Her first assignment after residency training was at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where she served as a comprehensive Otolaryngologist at Reynolds Army Community Hospital.
After three years in Oklahoma, Dr. Bothwell transitioned from a comprehensive community otolaryngologist to a faculty attending physician who was responsible for training otolaryngology residents at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. While stationed there, she was the assistant program director for the residency program and held a faculty appointment as an assistant professor of Surgery for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She also obtained board certification in sleep medicine, applying her new expertise to build the sleep surgery program at Madigan. And the pinnacle of her military career was her deployment with the 115th Combat Support Hospital to Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, where she gained invaluable experience with severe craniofacial trauma.
Dr. Bothwell separated honorably from the Army in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel and has since continued to expand her otolaryngology expertise, working in both the private practice setting and as a Red Cross Volunteer. She is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine,
American Rhinologic Society, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, and the Society of Military Otolaryngologists. Dr. Bothwell is dual-board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Sleep Medicine. Her clinical interests include general otolaryngology, allergy and sleep apnea surgery.
Dr. Bothwell is married to Jason Bothwell, an Army Colonel and Emergency Physician, and they have a 6-year old son, Conner. Her recreational interests include horse-back riding, skiing, bow-hunting, and anything else outdoors.