About Us and Our ENT Practice
We appreciate and thank you for your interest in ENT For Kids, the Midlands premiere choice for pediatric ears, nose and throat care, sleep services, and hearing evaluation and treatment. At ENT For Kids, our focus is on caring for kids. That is why our office provides a kid-friendly environment filled with books, stickers, as well as the newest kid movies to entertain their young minds and keep them focused on having fun. We want your children to always enjoy their visits with us.
Our pediatric ENT doctor and medical staff will provide young patients with a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of their ears, nose, and throat, as well as their head and neck. After an evaluation and diagnosis, our ENT staff will provide appropriate, comprehensive, and caring treatment options for your child’s ears, nose, or throat. If ever there is a need for additional or further treatment, we will schedule follow-up appointments at your family’s convenience. We also provide child hearing and audiology services in partnership with the Columbia Hearing Center. We are also very happy to have access to our own audiologist, Maria Hetlinger, AuD. In addition, we also have our own Nurse Practitioner at ENT For Kids, Betsy Smith, CNP. Betsy has worked with us for a year now and has provided Dr. Garner and our patients with great clinical support. We are all very grateful to have both Maria and Betsy on our staff.
Seeing a child’s smile drives our pediatric ENT care at ENT For Kids. In order to see their smiles, we want to do what we can to ensure you and your child always have a pleasant experience. If there is ever anything we can do to make your visit better, please let us know.
Our pediatric ENT office can now be found in the Fontaine Business Center near Highway 277 in Columbia, SC. We are right near the South Carolina Retirement System Building. For driving directions to our office, please visit our office location page.
Our Mission Statement
To provide a caring and kid-friendly environment where little patient ears, noses, and throats matter most.
More About Us and Dr. Garner at ENT For Kids
Fred T. Garner, MD, FACS
At ENT For Kids, our practice is unique to offer the services of Dr. Frederick Tatum Garner, who has been fellowship trained in Pediatric Otolaryngology, and is board certified in both Otolaryngology as well as Sleep Medicine. He is the only pediatric ENT specialist in Columbia, SC with these unique credentials. Dr. Garner currently has 21 years of medical experience caring for children in the Midlands of South Carolina as a pediatric otolaryngologist. He now specializes in the treatment of ear and sinus infections, hearing loss, and sleep disorders. In 1992, Dr. Garner began treating young patients in Columbia after completing his fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis while attending Washington University. He is now affiliated with and performs ENT surgical services for local hospitals in Columbia. Dr. Garner’s current hospital affiliations include Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and the Palmetto Surgery Center.
Medical Education and Professional Training
Dr. Fred T. Garner earned his medical degree and received professional ENT training from the following educational institutions:
- Medical School Training: University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences
- Residency Training: Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center
- Fellowship Training: Washington University
Board Certifications in Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Medicine
Fred Garner, MD, FACS is ENT Dual Board Certified in:
- Sleep Medicine
Awards and Professional Associations