About Us

About Us and Our ENT Practice

Our Mission Statement

To provide a caring and kid-friendly environment where little patient ears, noses, and throats matter most.

Find out about us at ENT For Kids in Columbia, SC.

We appreciate and thank you for your interest in ENT For Kids. We are the Midlands premiere choice for pediatric ears, nose and throat care, sleep services, and hearing assessments.


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. We always want to keep them focused on having fun. Our goal is to provide your child with an enjoyable visit.


While visiting 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. An assessment and evaluation will also be provided of 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 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 very happy to have access to our own audiologist, Amy Ingram, AuD.  In addition, we also have our own nurse practitioner at ENT For Kids.  Our nurse practitioner is Jenny O’Neill, CNP.  Jenny has worked with us and has provided Dr. Garner and our patients with great clinical support.  We are very grateful to have Amy and Jenny currently 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 see our office location page.


More About Us and Dr. Garner at ENT For Kids

Dr. Garner and a patient in the new ENT For Kids office.

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:


Board Certifications in Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Medicine

Fred Garner, MD, FACS is ENT Dual Board Certified in:

  • Otolaryngology
  • Sleep Medicine
He also completed Fellowship training in Pediatric ENT surgery.


Awards and Professional Associations

Dr. Garner is a current member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  He has also received multiple Patients’ Choice Awards from Vitals (in 2008, 2009, 2012) awarded through patient voting.  If you recently visited our practice and would like to share your constructive feedback, please rate Dr. Fred Garner on the Vitals website.  Your helpful feedback is always appreciated!


ENT For Kids and Dr. Garner are affiliated with the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine logo.
Dr. Garner has received the Patients' Choice Award several times as selected through patient voting.