About Us

Gretchen Champion, M.D.

Dr. Gretchen Champion 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.

Dr. Champion completed her otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at Washington University in St Louis where she trained at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals.  While in training, she served as head and neck surgery chief resident and received several awards including the prestigious Head and Neck Surgery Teaching Award from her fellow residents.  Prior her surgical residency training, Dr. Champion obtained her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Alpha Omega Alpha honors graduate and received the Robert Carter Award for excellence in research and academics.  She graduated with straight A’s from the honors program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

She is active in several professional societies including the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Association for Otolaryngic Allergy. Her research interests include neonatal hearing loss, head and neck cancer, and microbiology.

Her clinical interests include pediatric surgery, recurrent tonsillitis, diseases of the salivary glands, sinusitis and hearing loss.  Her practice also focuses on allergic diseases and their role in sinusitis and ear disorders.  She has been recognized as a fellow in the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and is the medical director of the Allergy Department.  She was featured in Dallas Child Magazine as a “Mom-Recommended” pediatric ENT.  She was also voted by her peers “Best Doctor” in D Magazine from 2009-2017.

Beyond her practice, Dr. Champion served as Chair of the Department of Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen 2011-12.

Dr Champion is originally from the Chicagoland area but very proud to be a Texan for over ten years.  When not working, Dr Champion enjoys running marathons and spending time with husband and two children.

She performs surgeries at Texas Health Presbyterian Plano, Texas Health Resources at Craig Ranch and Children’s Medical Center at Legacy.


Richard Thrasher, M.D.

Dr. Richard Thrasher is a unique leader in the medical community. Currently serving as the Chief of Staff of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at McKinney and the managing partner of the ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas, he has held many other physician leadership positions listed on his LinkedIn page. He has been named a D Magazine Best ENT on multiple occasions and has won the coveted Living Magazine Reader’s Choice Award as Best ENT in McKinney and Allen several times. 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. Having lived in 9 states, he moved to Texas in 2007 and says he has found his home.

Dr. Thrasher seeks out and thrives on leading-edge medical technologies. Often a consultant for and early adopter of the latest medical technology he was among the first 60 physicians in the country to utilize balloon sinuplasty and among the first ENTs in North Texas to be certified on the DaVinci Robot. He advances his practice and the health of his patients through pioneering and breakthrough procedures such as the Latera implant and Inspire device. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and brings each patient a distinctive blend of brilliant surgical acumen and a ready smile. He has authored several publications as well as having been featured on NBC news and in local magazines.

A resident of Prosper, he is the father of two and devoted to his family and community. He has become a well-respected travel and landscape photographer in his spare time with multiple awards with some of his work displayed on 500px. He will admit to playing several sports poorly and is a self-proclaimed technology geek who covets anything with a microchip in it.


Shane Pahlavan, M.D.

Dr. Shane Pahlavan works diligently with his patients to determine the optimal course of treatment, formulating a plan that lets them know exactly what to expect. Board certified and specializing in otolaryngology for both children and adults, Dr. Pahlavan performs cutting-edge balloon sinusplasties in the office that comfortably and easily alleviate chronic sinusitis. Patients appreciate his affable, relatable bedside manner along with his progressive surgical expertise. His clinical specialties include head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, pediatrics, endoscopic sinus surgery and ear disorders. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in DFW performing vagal nerve stimulator surgery for patients with epilepsy (seizure disorder). He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Baylor University, graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. His research has been published in multiple medical journals. An avid sports fan, Dr. Pahlavan lives with his wife and three sons in Prosper.


Kenneth Hsu, M.D.

Dr. Hsu is a board-certified otolaryngologist who specializes in a broad range of both adult and pediatric disorders involving the ear, nose, throat, face, and sinus. He received his training through one of the best ENT programs in the nation at Washington University in St Louis where he gained extensive 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. During his last year of training, he served as chief resident and was awarded the Medical Student Teaching Award. Born and raised in Dallas, Dr. Hsu graduated valedictorian of Saint Mark’s School of Texas, magna cum laude in Biochemistry at Harvard College, and Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Hsu has a tremendous family legacy of serving the Greater Dallas community. His wife and his sister are both OB/Gyn doctors in Plano. His father and uncle are also both otolaryngologists. His mother is a retired pathologist, and his brother-in-law is a spine surgeon. Dr. Hsu is a classically trained violinist and has a special interest in hearing and the musical arts.


Joshua C. James, M.D.

Dr. James is native of Plano, TX and graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1995. He earned his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin, graduating with honors. He completed medical school in 2003 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he remained for his residency training in Otolaryngology. 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.

Dr. James spends much of his free time serving on the board and volunteering at the Collin County Children’s and Family Health Clinic. He is also the Vice President for the Collin-Fannin Medical Society, and currently serves as volunteer medical director for Project Access, a healthcare venue for low income families with medical needs. Dr. James has a passion for ensuring that quality healthcare is available to all people, and uses that voice as a delegate in the governing body of the Texas Medical Association.


Nimish Patel, M.D.

Dr Patel is a board certified otolaryngologist and is one of only a few fellowship-trained rhinologists in the DFW metroplex. Rhinologists specifically receive additional training in disorders of the nose and paranasal sinuses including both advanced medical and minimally invasive surgical care. He has also received additional training in the care of patients with difficult-to-treat allergies. He has performed extensive research and is widely published in the medical literature for his sinus work. Dr. Patel also sees all other patients with ear, nose, and throat disorders including head and neck cancer, thyroid disorders, and ear disease.

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. His fellowship was at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh. Following his training, Dr. Patel returned to Texas to work for Baylor Scott & White as a divisional director of otolaryngology over the Austin area. He has now joined the ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas to be closer to family and join one of the fastest growing practices in North Texas. Dr. Patel lives in McKinney with his wife and 2 children.


Cherie Booth, M.D.

Dr. Cherie Booth has been a practicing Otologist in the DFW area for the past 6 years. She completed her medical school and residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Upon completion of her residency she completed a fellowship in Otology and Neuro-otology and is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Booth treats both adults and children with complex and chronic ear disease, hearing loss, inner ear disorders, dizziness, and allergies. She believes that it is her responsibility to care for patients exactly how she would a loving family member. She deems her role in the doctor-patient relationship as a healthcare educator. She likes to work with each patient individually on their otologic needs to determine the best treatment plan for them. 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.

She has received many awards and recognitions in the community as a well-respected otologist in the community. She has received many recognitions including receiving the Rising Star recognition by Texas Monthly. While approximately 5 percent of the physicians within their respective state or region are named to Super Doctors, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.


Benjamin Martino, M.D.

Dr. Benjamin Martino is a Texas native born and raised in Denton, TX, who specializes in otolaryngology – head & neck surgery. He treats both pediatric and adult disorders affecting the ear, nose, throat, and sinuses. During his early high school years while attending Billy Ryan High School, he moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela where he became fluent in Spanish and graduated from Escuela Bella Vista as Salutatorian of his graduating class. He earned his undergraduate degree in Microbiology with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University, graduating with honors. Thereafter, he completed medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in 2011, where he was inducted into and served as the President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received the prestigious Scott & White scholarship for academic excellence. Dr. Martino then went on to complete his otolaryngology – head & neck surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California in 2016. While in training, he operated as head & neck surgery chief resident, served on the Resident Advisory Council and Medical Staff Executive Committee, and received several awards including multiple research awards and awards for highest score on the otolaryngology training examination. His research interests include virology, immunology, molecular biology of cancer, sinonasal disease, intranasal steroids, and Mohs micrographic surgery. 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’s time away from work centers around family activities with his wife and four beautiful daughters, with an occasional embarrassment on the golf course when time permits.


Meet Our Audiologists

Allison Harris, Au.D

Dr. Allison Harris works with pediatric and adult patients to screen and treat hearing issues including ear infections, ear pain, vestibular issues, hearing impairment, and tinnitus. She ensures every patient feels comfortable, confident, and informed in their course of treatment, and builds personal relationships as she invests in their care. A licensed audiologist, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Louisiana State University, and a Doctor of Audiology degree from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Student in Audiology Award. Born in Dallas, raised and educated in Louisiana, she returned to Dallas for her doctoral externship and has remained here since. She has a passion for travel and has explored historical and architectural sites on three continents. She and her husband reside in McKinney, where she enjoys cooking (Cajun food, of course!) and is happiest spending time with family and her cocker spaniel, Sophie.


Elizabeth Wooten, Au.D.

Dr. Wooten performs diagnostic testing on pediatric and adult patients. She strives to help patients and their families fully understand their diagnosis and available treatment options, ranging from amplification to medical management. Her interests include implantable hearing devices such as bone anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants, as well as balance disorders. Dr. Wooten earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Louisiana State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her doctoral externship at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston and is a current member of the American Academy of Audiology. During her studies, Dr. Wooten took part in two international humanitarian trips to Panama and South Africa, traveling to rural areas to conduct hearing evaluations and fit individuals with donated hearing devices. These experiences have shaped her passion for humanitarian work and helping people with hearing loss in any way possible. Dr. Wooten currently resides in Frisco with her husband. She enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and spending time with her husband and stepson.


Jamie King, Au.D.

Dr. Jamie King earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and her doctoral degree in Audiology from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was accepted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and maintains Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology through ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). Dr. King specializes in the latest technological advancements in hearing assessment and rehabilitation and is committed to helping people hear. In her free time, she enjoys attending sporting events, biking, and kayaking with her husband and two children.


Schyler House, Au.D.

Dr. Schyler House works with patients of all ages to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders. A native of West Virginia, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Doctorate of Audiology at West Virginia University. While attending West Virginia University, she was trained in cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids, traditional hearing aids, and balance disorders. In addition, she was the recipient of the College of Education and Human Services Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. A licensed audiologist, she currently practices in the Plano office. Her current interests include include cochlear implants as well as dispensing hearing aids and bone anchored hearing aids. In her spare time, Dr. House can be found reading, playing tennis, and supporting the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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McKinney Location
5220 W University Dr Professional Bldg 2, Suite 150
McKinney, TX 75071 | Directions
Allen Location
1111 Raintree Circle Suite 280
Allen, TX 75013 | Directions
Plano Location
4001 W 15th St. Suite 225
Plano, TX 75093 | Directions

972.984.1050