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About ENT For Kids

Jenny O'Neill examines a patient at ENT For Kids in Columbia, SC.We appreciate and thank you for your interest in ENT For Kids. ENT For Kids is all about providing exceptional care for your child’s ears, nose, and throat. That is why we are the Midlands premiere choice for pediatric ears, nose and throat care. In addition, we specialize in hearing assessments and sleep services. To continue our exceptional ENT care, we are now affiliated with Charleston ENT & Allergy in Charleston, South Carolina.


Our Mission Statement:

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

  ENT For Kids is all about pediatric ears, noses, and throats.

At ENT For Kids, our primary concern is about caring for kids of all ages. That is why we offer patients a kid-friendly environment filled with books, stickers, as well as the latest family-friendly movies. We like to keep their young minds entertained. We always want them to have a great experience. Our goal is to consistently provide your child with an enjoyable visit.

What We Are About

Dr. Fred Garner with a patient wo is ready for surgery.

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 evaluation and diagnosis, our ENT staff will provide appropriate, comprehensive, and caring treatment options for your child. 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 our own audiologist, Jamie Monzingo, AuD. In addition, we also have our own nurse practitioner at ENT For Kids. Our nurse practitioner is Jenny O’Neill, CNP. Jenny has been an excellent addition and has provided us with great clinical support. We are very grateful to have both Jamie and Jenny on our staff.


Why It’s Important

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.

Dr. Garner cares about providing exceptional care for kids in Columbia, SC.

Laughter and fun are great medicine for anyone, adults and children alike. We always strive to provide your child with a fun and enjoyable visit. With great medical treatment and a happy experience, our goal is to see you child improve and recover faster. We hope to see your child with a big smile at his or her next visit!


Fred T. Garner, MD, FACS

At ENT For Kids, our practice is unique to offer the services of Dr. Frederick Tatum Garner. He 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 38 years of medical experience. Most of his time has been spent right here 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.


Dr. Garner and ENT For Kids are about providing kids with the best ENT care in Columbia, SC.

In 1992, Dr. Garner began treating young patients in Columbia. He moved here right after completing his fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He is now affiliated with and performs ENT surgical services for local hospitals in Columbia. Dr. Garner’s current hospital affiliations include Prisma Health Children’s Hospital and the Palmetto Surgery Center. Read more about all our providers at ENT For Kids.


Medical Education and Training

Dr. Fred T. Garner earned his medical degree and received professional ENT training from the following educational institutions:


Board Certifications in 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 (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) as well as Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013) awarded through patient voting.


Patient Feedback

If you recently visited our practice and would like to share your constructive feedback, please rate Dr. Fred Garner on the Vitals website. Or you can Spread the Word regarding your recent visit to ENT For Kids. Your constructive feedback is always very helpful and appreciated!


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