ENT & Allergy Centers Of Texas Providers
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.
Dr. Champion 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. Dr. Champion 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. Dr. Champion was also voted by her peers “Best Doctor” in D Magazine from 2009-2020.
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.
“Dr Champion is great. No excessive wait time to see doctor, pleasant staff.” -John T.
Richard Thrasher, M.D.
Dr. Richard Thrasher is a unique leader in the medical community, currently serving as the Immediate Past Chief of Staff of the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at McKinney and as 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 for 8 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. 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 an 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 performed the first implantation of the Inspire device in Collin County for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. He advances his practice and the health of his patients through pioneering and breakthrough procedures such as the Latera implant and the Vivaer procedure. Dr. Thrasher is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery 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.
“I can’t say enough about this group. Being in the medical field myself, I’m very particular about my care, as well as my families care. It’s not just about the physicians, it’s also about patient care the second you make the initial phone call or walk into the office for your appointment. This group is amazing from start to finish. They have a beautiful, clean office, professional staff and the best ENT physicians in town.
Dr. Thrasher sees my whole family. I’ve also recommended friends and extended family members that have also had an amazing experience. Highly recommend this group. A+” -Erica O.
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 sinuplasty 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, ear disorders, VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation), and Inspire. He 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 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. 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. His research has been published in multiple medical journals. An avid sports fan, Dr. Pahlavan lives with his wife and four sons in Prosper.
“This group of ENT’s are the absolute best there is. Dr. Pahlavan is outstanding. He is very professional and has a great personality. He is a very caring person who really takes the time to address any concerns you have and explains things very clearly. He does not rush you and really puts you at ease. Thank you Dr. Pahlavan.” -Sandy S.
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. Dr. Hsu’s 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. Dr. James 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.
“Dr. Joshua James is an outstanding physician and surgeon. My entire family sees him and he’s very professional, knowledgeable and cordial. I have recommended him to many of my friends and they concur. Dr. James is awesome!” -Millie L.
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.
“My family and I have both seen Dr. Champion and Dr. Patel and both of them are incredibly knowledgeable in their field. Both are very friendly and take the extra time and steps in order to make our family feel comfortable. Dr. Patel specifically helped me with symptoms that I have been experiencing for 30 years and after the surgery, I can truly say they have changed my life, because I can finally breathe and live easy again. I cannot thank them enough and I would recommend them to anyone.” -Grace L.
Cherie Booth, M.D.
Dr. Cherie Booth, a native texan, has been a practicing Otologist in the DFW area since 2010. 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. Dr. Booth 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.
Dr. Booth has received many awards and recognition 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. In addition, Dr. Booth was also voted by her peers “Best Doctor” in D Magazine in 2020.
“Dr. Cherie Booth is wonderful both professional and personable. I highly recommend her.” -Patricia F.
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 the 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.
“I have been a patient at this establishment for over a year. Dr. Martino is the best ENT surgeon/provider I have ever met. He has successfully performed 2 major procedures on my person. I am more than thrilled with the results of all services he has rendered. Katy Mayo and all other staff members of this clinic have continually impressed me with a superb efficacy and efficiency. The staffs’ ability to communicate is unprecedented in the field of medicine. I am very happy that I was able to find this establishment and be treated by this provider and staff. Thank you ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas! Y’all are phenomenal” -Jared M.
Dr. Payne is a board certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon specializing in the care of both adults and children. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Association of Otolaryngic Allergy. She attended the University of Houston where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors College with a Bachelors of Science Degree. She studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Payne spent her residency training years at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and received the Resident Professionalism/Humanism in Surgery Award for the Department of Surgery during her chief year. She was also honored with the Medical Group Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction award, placing her in the 99th percentile among providers nationwide.
Dr. Payne takes great joy and satisfaction in getting to know her patients on a personal level. She strives to ensure that patients thoroughly understand their individual treatment plans and are entirely included in the decision-making process for their care.
Dr. Payne was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Her parents are originally from India and she is fluent in Gujarati. Her husband is a neurosurgeon and they enjoy spending time outdoors with their daughter and son during their time off.
Jennifer Dang, M.D.
Dr. Jennifer Dang enjoys caring for patients and families, and she takes pride in personalizing her care to address individual needs. She connects with patients of all ages. She loves teaching and empowering patients to make the best-informed decisions. Dr. Dang enjoys positively impacting her patients’ lives as she knows they will hers.
Dr. Dang appreciates the entire breadth and depth of otolaryngology, with particular interests in thyroid/parathyroid disorders, salivary gland disorders, sinonasal diseases, ear diseases, and allergy. She treats both pediatric and adult patients. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.
Dr. Dang is a native Texan, growing up in a suburb outside of Houston where she enjoyed playing competitive tennis. She went attended the University of Notre Dame and majored in biochemistry with a minor in anthropology. She then studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine, training at Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital and the VA Medical Center.
When she is not working, Dr. Dang likes to run, travel, and cheer on the Notre Dame football team.
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 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.
Amber Mealey, Au.D.
Dr. Amber Mealey works with pediatric and adult patients to diagnose and treat hearing impairment. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and her Doctor of Audiology Degree at A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Health Sciences campus. She maintains Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology through ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). Dr. Mealey was born and raised in Wisconsin, has practiced audiology in several states, and moved to Dallas with her family, joining the practice in 2017. She enjoys educating and counseling, to assist each patient in taking informed steps to improve their hearing healthcare. Dr. Mealey enjoys utilizing the latest technology and techniques to accommodate and cater to individual listening needs. Dr. Mealey enjoys outdoor activities, attending sporting events, and enjoying time with her family and neighbors.
Nandini Jasrotia, Au.D.
Dr. Nandini Jasrotia performs a variety of audiological services ranging from hearing loss rehabilitation to balance disorders for patients of all ages. Her goal is to provide exceptional patient-centered care utilizing advanced technology to ensure she delivers the most superior treatment available. Dr. Jasrotia strives to improve quality of life by providing better hearing and balance for all patients. She is a native of Canada, but raised in Plano, Texas. For her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She then moved to Oklahoma City to earn her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. While attending the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, she was awarded the clinical graduate assistantship for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders from 2015 to 2018. When not at work, Dr. Jasrotia loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and helps run a startup food business called Momo Shack Himalayan Dumplings.
Holly Conradt, Au.D.
Dr. Holly Conradt assesses and diagnoses hearing impairment and devises a treatment plan when appropriate for pediatric and adult patients. She aims to empower her patients by educating them about hearing loss, communication strategies, and hearing aids. Dr. Conradt values forming a personal relationship with her patients in order to best meet their listening needs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Conradt completed her doctoral externship in San Diego, CA, but as a fifth generation Texan, she is excited to practice audiology back in her home state. In her spare time, Dr. Conradt enjoys reading, watching the latest TV show on Netflix, and playing pickleball.
Sara Maali, Au.D.
Dr. Sara Maali performs a variety of audiological services for pediatric and adult populations. Her current interests include tinnitus, hearing aids and implantable hearing devices. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Oklahoma State University, and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. During her studies, she was awarded the Certificate of Clinical Excellence, and participated in hearing healthcare humanitarian trips throughout Yucatan, Mexico. In her free time, Dr. Maali enjoys trying new restaurants, weekend getaways, and spending time with family, friends and her pup, Cardi.
Kasey Linwood, FNP
Kasey Linwood is board-certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) trained in otolaryngology for management of both adults and pediatric patients. She takes tremendous pride in educating and providing quality care for her patients. Kasey grew up in Wylie, TX and attended Oklahoma State University where she played soccer for the Cowgirls until earning her first undergraduate degree in Nutrition. She then went on to nursing school at the University of Texas at Arlington, earning her second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In graduate school she trained and completed her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is a current member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In Kasey’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys.
Audrey Snyder, PA-C
Audrey Snyder is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) trained in otolaryngology for management of both adult and pediatric patients. She specializes in otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery, allergy/immunology and the multitude of disease processes and disorders that encompasses within. She takes pride in providing the highest quality of care to her patients and believes the best patient outcomes occur when the patient and provider make decisions together as a team, using evidence-based methods and treatments. Her goal in healthcare is to continue to be a patient advocate. She hopes to provide each patient with an understanding of their diagnosis and support them throughout their course of care. Audrey grew up in Keller, Texas and attended The University of Texas at Tyler where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology. She trained and completed her Masters of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Audrey is a current member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS), Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA), and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA). In her free time, Audrey enjoys spending time with her husband and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes!
Paige Harrelson, PA-C
Paige Harrelson is a board certified Physician Assistant trained in otolaryngology for management of both adult and pediatric patients. She works diligently to ensure that each of her patients feel comfortable and confident in the care they receive. She strongly believes that providing education allows patients to make the most informed decisions for their healthcare management. Paige grew up in McKinney, TX and attended Dallas Baptist University where she earned her undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in psychology, graduating with honors. In graduate school she trained and completed her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Mount Union in Ohio. She is a current member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In her free time, Paige enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.