By Mimi Greenwood Knight
Our great state is first in a lot of wonderful areas, a fact that leads more than 200,000 people to relocate here each year. Unfortunately, many of those transplants will get to Texas only to discover they’re allergic to things they’ve never encountered before. To add insult to injury, allergens don’t take the winter off here like they do many northern states. Thanks to mountain cedar, Texans have the displeasure of getting one of the worst allergens during the coldest months when most plants aren’t active.
That makes our state the perfect location for one of the nation’s leading ear, nose, and throat and allergy medical practices, a practice like ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas. The biggest group of their kind in the DFW Metroplex, they offer nine physicians, a physician assistant, and six audiologists working out of four locations to provide everyone from newborns to the elderly with the latest medical advances and minimally-invasive surgical options.
- This highly-experienced and credentialed team offers a wide range of services including:
- Tonsil and Adenoid Removal
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
- Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Including the New Inspire Implant
- Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
- Treatment for Nasal Obstruction
- Ear Tube Placement
- Microscopic Voice Surgery
- Ear Surgery
Their Hearing Center offers hearing testing, hearing loss treatment, treatment for tinnitus, and ear wax removal. And their designated allergy center offers allergy testing and treatment, and immunotherapy to cure those allergies either by traditional injection immunotherapy (allergy shots) or by the growing popularity of sublingual immunotherapy (drops under the tongue).
Most of us know someone whose quality of life is greatly diminished because of an ENT related problem. Allergies can impact your activity level, lifestyle, productivity, mood, and relationships. So too can sinus disease, thyroid disorders, sleep apnea, and hearing issues. The specialists at ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas spend their days partnering with their patients to help them manage the symptoms of their afflictions and return to the active, vibrant lives they love.
They begin by simply listening. Because no two people are exactly alike, no two medical problems are exactly alike either, and there are many viable treatment options. It’s imperative the doctors slow down and gather the information they need. Only then can they work with each patient to map out the unique treatment plan that’s right for their condition and their lifestyle. They place an emphasis on patient education and empowerment, helping each patient understand their condition, letting them know what treatments or combination of treatments are available to them, and the effects and side-effects of any proposed therapies. The more the patient understands what the doctors are doing and why, the more likely they will be to comply with the proposed treatment and find some relief. At The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas, each patient’s care is unique to their symptoms and the way they live their life but the goal is the same as their motto, to revitalize your senses.
Meet The Doctors
Jennifer Dang, MD
Dr. Dang appreciates all otolaryngology, with particular interests in thyroid/parathyroid disorders, salivary gland disorders, sinonasal diseases, ear diseases, and allergy. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. When she is not working, Dr. Dang likes to run, travel, and cheer on the Notre Dame football team.
Joshua C. James, MD
Graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1995. He is board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. During his residency training, Dr. James completed and published multiple research studies in the field of Voice and Laryngology. He was recognized at the annual Otolaryngology Conference for his efforts in the advancement of laryngeal surgery. He still holds a special interest in voice disorders and treatment.
Kenneth Hsu, MD
Born and raised in Dallas, Dr. Hsu graduated valedictorian of Saint Mark’s School of Texas. He received his training at Washington University in St Louis where he gained experience with all aspects of adult and pediatric sinus surgery, pediatric ENT, otologic and lateral skull base surgery, hearing rehabilitation, nasal/sinus tumors, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer surgery. Dr. Hsu is a classically trained violinist and has a special interest in hearing and the musical arts.
Richard Thrasher, MD
Has won the coveted Living Magazine Readers’ Choice award for Best ENT in McKinney and Allen for seven consecutive years. Prior to serving as a Major in the United States Air Force, he went to the University of Utah for his undergraduate degree, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for his MD, and then to the University of Colorado to complete his residency. Dr. Thrasher seeks out and thrives on leading-edge medical technologies. A resident of Prosper, he is the father of two and devoted to his family and community.
Gretchen Champion, MD
Specializes in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and treats both pediatric and adult patients with ear, nose, throat and allergy disorders. She is board certified by American Board of Otolaryngology. Her research interests include neonatal hearing loss, head and neck cancer, and microbiology. Dr. Champion enjoys marathons and time with her husband and two children.
Shane Pahlavan, MD
Is one of only a handful of surgeons in DFW performing both vagal nerve stimulator surgery for patients with epilepsy (seizure disorder) and hypoglossal stimulator surgery for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. He was elected and served as Chief Resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston during residency while training at Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital, and the VA medical center.
Cherie Booth, MD
Is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. She treats adults and children with complex and chronic ear disease, hearing loss, inner ear disorders, dizziness, and allergies. She sees herself as the person responsible for discussing each treatment option with the patient but ultimately believes the patient should make the best decision for their care.
Nimish Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is a board-certified otolaryngologist and is one of only a few fellowship-trained rhinologists in the DFW metroplex. A native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Patel received his medical degree from Texas Tech before completing his residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Patel lives in McKinney with his wife and 2 children.
Benjamin Martino, MD
Is a Texas native born and raised in Denton, TX. His graduating class. His clinical interests include thyroid and parathyroid disorders, head and neck cancer, salivary gland surgery, sinonasal disease, pediatrics, and complex ear disorders. A resident of Prosper, Dr. Martino enjoys time spent with his wife and four beautiful daughters.
4001 West 15th Street, Suite 225
Plano, Texas 75093
1111 Raintree Circle, Suite 280
Allen, Texas 75013
5220 West University Drive
Professional Building 2, Suite 150
McKinney, Texas 75071
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Celina, Texas 75009