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Committed to Patient Care

We believe that when you take the necessary time to understand each patient’s specific condition and combine that with an unparalleled level of care and guidance, you get the best patient outcomes. We also believe that it is important to provide a well-rounded team of professionals that can accommodate all the ENT conditions our patients may be experiencing.

All the Care You Need

At ENT Specialists of Orange County, we work with a team of experienced providers capable of addressing both medical and surgical aspects of any ear, nose, and throat conditions as well as provide audiological services. This includes treatment of:

  • Nose and sinus related problems
  • Allergies
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Conditions of the salivary glands
  • Head and neck diseases
  • Medical and surgical ear conditions
  • Hearing loss
  • Facial aesthetics and reconstruction.

With offices located in Irvine, Newport Beach, and Seal Beach, we are committed to providing full ENT care to patients throughout the Orange County and Long Beach area.

Our Team of Professionals

Dr. Carly Schrage, M.D.

As a general otolaryngologist, Dr. Schrage treats a wide variety of otolaryngology conditions ranging from chronic sinusitis to snoring and sleep apnea to facial cosmetic concerns. Dr. Schrage is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and the Orange County Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Carly Schrage earned her BA in Biology with Honors at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and her MD at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She went on to complete an Otolaryngology Residency at the University of Colorado Denver before joining ENT Specialists of Orange County. Dr. Schrage is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and Sigma Xi honor societies.

Gregory T. Whitman, M.D.

Dr. Whitman received his B.A. in Biology from Cornell and an M.D. from the University of Connecticut and then completed an internship at Boston University, followed by a Neurology residency at Boston City Hospital and Tufts New England Medical Center. After his residency, he completed a 2 year UCLA postdoctoral fellowship in Otoneurology, a subspecialty of Neurology focusing on dizziness, vertigo, vestibular disorders, balance and gait. He is one of a small number of fellowship trained otoneurologists and is board certified in Neurology.

Dr. Whitman worked at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for 8 years, where he served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. While in Boston, he also worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard affiliated medical center, where he saw dizzy patients and interpreted autonomic function tests.

Dr. Whitman was also part of the medical faculty at UC Irvine where he practiced Otoneurology and served as Vice Chair for Education in the UCI Department of Neurology.

Dr. Whitman is on staff at Hoag Hopsital. He works as part of the ENT Specialists of Orange County medical staff as an Otoneurologist specializing in dizziness, expanding the team’s ability to diagnose and treat patients with dizziness, including diagnostic challenges and refractory benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

With the addition of Dr. Whitman, ENT Specialists of Orange County is now one of the only practices in the country where highly trained doctors in Audiology, Otoneurology and Neurotology all work together to provide the most comprehensive level of care for patients with dizziness and vestibular disorders.

Dr. Kent L. Combs, M.D.

Dr. Combs received his B.A. from Indiana University and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine, graduating with honors. He completed an internship at Orange County General Hospital, followed by a General Surgery residency at University of California Irvine (UCI). After completing his residency, Dr. Combs spent two years in the Military and then completed a second internship in Otolaryngology at the Long Beach Veteran Hospital at UCI.

With over 50 years of diverse experience, Dr. Combs frequently treats ear, nose, throat and upper respiratory conditions. He is affiliated with many hospitals in the local community including Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center and works as part of the ENT Specialists of Orange County medical staff as an Otolaryngology specialist. Dr. Combs is also fluent in Spanish.

Cheryl Tanita, Au.D., CCC-A

Cheryl Tanita serves as Chief of the Audiology Division and has been a practicing audiologist since 1993. She is fully certified and licensed by the state of California, and a member of American Academy of Audiology and American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition, she has completed advanced training in specialized diagnostic techniques such as Electrocochleography (EcoG), Steady State ABR (ASSR), Vestibular Autorotation Testing (VAT), Videoelectronystagmography (VNG) as well as cochlear implant and implantable hearing device evaluation and rehabilitation.

Cheryl is also very active in research. She served as Principal Investigator in the six-year Clinical Trial on Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment completed in 2013, Sub-Investigator in the SoundBite Hearing System clinical study that concluded 2013, and continues as Clinical Coordinator for the Esteem Totally Implantable Hearing System Extended Follow-up of PMA Study. In addition to her patient care and research activities, she has served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit HearAid Foundation in Newport Beach since 2010.

Cheryl has a diverse background and experience in many different aspects of Audiology. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida, her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Arizona State University, and master’s degree in Audiology from Syracuse University. Prior to graduation, she completed her externship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, where she put her education to work by evaluating hearing disorders, and providing rehabilitative services such as hearing aid dispensing, cochlear implant and aural rehabilitation. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and joined Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a full diagnostic and trauma center in the heart of Chicago. Certified in Audiology, Cheryl collaborated with others to set up Illinois’ first early intervention and detection program for hearing loss in infants.

After seven years with Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Cheryl shifted her focus. She joined Siemens Corporation, where she was actively involved in research and development that included both international and domestic relations. She was also a National Account Representative for the continental United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Gina Patzkowski, Au.D., CCC-A

Gina joined ENT Specialists of Orange County after earning her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Arizona. She is fully certified and licensed by the state of California and also earned the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) for academic performance and clinical experience.

As a Clinical Audiologist, Gina conducts comprehensive audiologic evaluations for adult and pediatric patients and has received advanced training in vestibular assessment and electrophysiological testing including ABR, ECochG, and VEMP. She provides hearing aid and assistive listening device consultation, selection, fittings and follow up to ensure patient satisfaction. She also conducts patient candidacy evaluations, mapping and follow up for cochlear implants and consultation, selection, fitting and programming for implantable hearing devices. In addition, Gina provides counseling to ENT Specialists of Orange County patients to help improve communication.

Gina received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She completed her doctoral externship at OC Physicians’ Hearing Services, and in February of 2015, she was the first author on a paper published in BMC Geriatrics Journal “The impact of cochlear implantation on cognition in older adults: a systematic review of clinical evidence.” Gina is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Jacqueline Bibee, Au.D., CCC-A

Jackie joined ENT Specialists of Orange County after earning her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Washington. She is fully certified and licensed in California as a Clinical Audiologist and also earned the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) for academic performance and clinical experience.

Jackie conducts adult and pediatric diagnostic and rehabilitative services. She has received advanced diagnostic training in auditory evoked potential diagnostics such as Videonystagmography (VNG), cervical and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP, oVEMP), and Auditory brainstem response (ABR). She fits daily-wear and extended-wear hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and specialty hearing devices including EarLens, Maxum, Baha, and cochlear implants. In addition, she conducts tinnitus and hyperacusis evaluations, counseling, and treatment programs. Jackie received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Washington with a double major in Speech & Hearing Sciences and Public Health. She completed her doctoral externship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Jackie has published research on spatial hearing in the Journal of Acoustical Society of America.

Ellen Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Ellen joined ENT Specialists of Orange County after earning her Doctor of Audiology degree from San Diego State University and University of California San Diego. She is fully certified and licensed by the state of California and has earned the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) for academic performance and clinical experience.

Ellen performs diagnostic hearing tests and vestibular assessments including Videonystagmography (VNG) and Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP). She performs auditory evoked potential tests including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR), and Electrocochleography (ECochG). In addition to diagnostic testing, Ellen provides hearing aid consultations, fitting, and adjustment appointments. She performs candidacy evaluations, fittings, and adjustments for cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing aids, and middle ear implants.

Ellen received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California Los Angeles, and completed her audiology doctoral externship at ENT Specialists of Orange County.

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