About Us

The Barranco Clinic has been serving the needs of patients and referring physicians in the Central Florida area for over forty years.

Dr. J. “Sam” Barranco opened his solo practice in 1970 on Avenue K in Winter Haven. His vision grew over the years to include six board certified otolaryngology physicians, Deane R. Briggs. Michael J. Rooney, George D. Lyle, C. Ron Brooker, Robert M. Merritt and Joseph J. Bradfield, and one physicians assistant, Teresita Weinberg. His idea was to offer exceptional and convenient ear nose and throat care to patients in all of Central Florida. From his one office we have grown to include six offices in three counties; Polk, Highlands and Lake.

The practice includes a CT scanner for complete Otolaryngological and Head and Neck evaluations. Our physicians are trained in sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment. Additional services include an allergy department staff trained using the American Board of Allergy recommendations for inhalant and food allergies. We also offer the innovative sublingual allergy therapy. Patients and referring physicians also have the benefit of our complete hearing evaluations including ABR, VNG, vestibular testing and dizzy assessments. We offer a full line of high quality hearing aids and follow up care with three Doctors of Audiology, Thomas Bunn, Elyse Ewig and Patricia Dawson.

Salvadore J. “Sam” Barranco, M.D.

Dr. Salvadore J. "Sam" BarrancoThe Barranco Clinic’s founder, Salvadore J. “Sam” Barranco, M.D., was a dedicated physician who exhibited great compassion for his family, patients, employees and community.


Dr. Barranco was born in Lake Wales, Florida on March 6, 1938, to Dr. Anthony Joseph and Fannie DeJohn Barranco. His father was an accomplished family doctor and surgeon who served the Lake Wales Community for many years. He founded the Lake Wales Little League and the Lake Wales baseball field bears the Barranco family name and honors their service to the people of Lake Wales.


Dr. Barranco received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Alabama in 1959. During that time he played football under Coach Bear Bryant. He received his Doctor of Medicine at Tulane University in 1963 and completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Tulane in 1970. From 1963-1964 he served the U.S. Navy as general medical officer. He started his Otolaryngology practice In Winter Haven in 1970 as the only Bard Certified Otolaryngologist in the community.


His first office was located in the medical complex at 400 Ave K, S.E. For the next six years his solo practice flourished. Because he was so dedicated to his patients, he remained on call and kept his office open with little time off until 1976 when his first partner, Dr. Deane R. Briggs, joined the practice. Shortly thereafter, in 1978, the office was moved to a much larger location at 160 E. Lake Howard Dr., where the main Barranco Clinic office remains today. Dr. Barranco chose this beautiful location on Lake Howard for this office and was instrumental in preserving the historic 100 year old camphor tree located at the entrance.

For the next thirty years, Dr. Barranco brought into the practice accomplished, board certified Ear, Nose and Throat physicians. The practice name changed with each new doctor from Barranco and Briggs, M.D., P.A. to Barranco, Briggs, and Rooney, M.D., P.A. and finally to Barranco, Briggs, Rooney and Lyle, M.D., P.A. before being changed to The Barranco Clinic shortly before Dr. Barranco’s death in 1999. By 1985 his visions led to the expansion of the practice from just Winter Haven to other central Florida locations with offices in Sebring, Lake Wales, Haines City Bartow and Lakeland.

Dr. Barranco married Joy Mansour of Newnan, Georgia in June 1964. They had four children; Lisa, Nicole, Sam and Chris. Joy was a constant inspiration in Dr. Barranco’s life as Administrator of the practice until her retirement in 1996.

While he practiced, Dr. Barranco was affiliated with the Winter Haven Hospital, Columbia Bartow Memorial Hospital, Florida Hospital Heartland, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, Highlands Regional Medical Center, Lake Wales Medical Center, Highlands Surgery Center and was a founding partner in the Winter Haven Ambulatory Surgical Center. He was on seven different committees at Winter Haven Hospital.

He was involved in several local community organizations and was a past president of the Winter Haven Rotary Club and on the Board of Directors for the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Deane R. Briggs, M.D.

Retired April 2012

Dr. Deane R. BriggsDr. Deane R. Briggs is board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Dr. Briggs was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 30, 1943. He grew up in Dearborn, MI where his father was public relations director of the Ford Motor Company. Dr. Briggs’ formal education was at Ohio Wesleyan University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1965. He received his medical education at Northwestern University in Chicago and received his Doctor of Medicine in 1969. He completed his residency and fellowship at Northwestern University in 1974. From 1974-1976 he served in the U.S. Army as a Major at Fort Gordon in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center and became Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. While in Augusta, Georgia, he held an academic position as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and was involved with teaching medical students in their clerkships. He has published several articles and has presented papers at a number of national medical meetings. Dr. Briggs joined the practice of Dr. Barranco in 1976 and continued for 35 years until his retirement in 2011. He continues to practice part time in the Winter Haven and Sebring offices.

Dr. Briggs is married to Jonye Green Briggs and has three children, daughter, Kalee Vargo, and sons, Russell and Scott. Russell is also an Otolaryngologist and was in practice with Dr. Briggs for three years before settling in Austin, TX. The Briggs have four grandchildren and enjoy visiting with the family at their Highlands, North Carolina mountain cabin. Dr. Briggs’ community affiliations are numerous and include Board membership at the Polk Training Center for handicapped adults and service in the” We Care Network” of volunteer physicians for the uninsured. He is very involved in his hobby of Florida Postal History and is Editor of the Florida Postal History Journal and author of the book Stampless Florida Postal History 1763-1861. He is on the Board of the non-profit Confederate Stamp Alliance. He is also involved with the citrus industry in Polk County and a past Board member and Treasurer of the Dundee Citrus Growers Association.


Michael Joseph Rooney, M.D.

Joined the practice in 1981
Emeritus 2016

rooney_003Board Certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Dr. Rooney was born in Buffalo, NY on April 21, 1951. He grew up in Winter Haven where his Father was owner and founder of Flavors from Florida. He graduated from Winter Haven High School which he attended with his sister and two brothers. Dr. Rooney’s’ formal education.  Was at Georgia Tech where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973. He received His medical education at Tulane University in New Orleans and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1977. While at Tulane is was a member of the Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society in 1976 and was resident of the Tulane Medical School Chapter 1976 – 1977 and received the Golden Scalpel Award in 1977. He completed his Internship at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans in 1978 and Residency in Otolaryngology at Tulane University in 1981 became Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in 1982. He also holds a Board Certification in American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 1997. He earned Fellowships in American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 2013; American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in 1997; American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in 1984; American College of Surgeons in 1982 and American Head and Neck Society in 1987. He volunteered his service in the” We Care Network” of volunteer physicians for the uninsured in Polk County, FL.
Dr. Rooney joined the practice of Dr. Barranco and Dr. Briggs in 1981 and continued for 35 years until his retirement in 2016.

Dr. Rooney is an avid golfer and is a member of the Gullane Golf Club in Gullane Scotland since 2002 and the Altlanta Athletic Club in Georgia since 2005.

Dr. Rooney is married to Candace Becker Rooney and they have three daughters: Joan, Lauren and Mary. The Rooney’s are enjoying their five grandchildren and are living in Atlanta, GA. He and Candy now spend their summer months in Vail, CO and the rest of the year in Atlanta.