First Bite #41 – April 02, 2019

So about that AERODigestive Tract?

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by her mentor and friend Dr. Fred Garner, ENT, of “ENT for Kids”. Not only did Dr. Garner assist Michelle in her role as “Momma Bear”, by addressing both of her own son’s airway concerns, but he has also dramatically impacted the lives of countless children in the midlands of SC by expediting their healing process through medical management of the “aero” portion of their respective aerodigestive tracts. Do you have a kiddo on your caseload that seems to be “stuck” on pureed foods, or do you have a patient that keeps hitting repeat on their upper respiratory infections, or can’t seem to shake that “junky” stridor sound at rest or in play? Well then, sit back in awe as Dr. Garner shares a lifetime’s worth of experience to help our professions better understand and support each other in the care of these little ones.


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The difference between laryngomalacia and tracheomalacia and the negative impact they have on the aero portion of the aerodigestive tract.
  • The impact of hypertrophy of adenoids and narrowed nasal turbinates and the negative impact they have on the aero portion of the aerodigestive tract.
  • 2 common treatments/medical procedures that ENTs will utilize to correct breakdowns in the aero portion of the aerodigestive tract.


Dr. Fred Garner, ENT

Fred Garner graduated from medical school at the University of Arkansas in 1982 at the age of 24. He began his ENT residence in 1982 in the US Army. He finished his residency in 1987 and served as an attending physician at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso Texas from 1987 until 1991. He then went on to complete a Pediatric ENT fellowship at St Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis from 1991 through 1992. Dr. Garner moved to Columbia,SC in 1992 and has been dedicated to improving ENT care to children in the Palmetto State since then. Dr. Garner participated in establishing the Cochlear Implant Program at the University of South Carolina, as well as participated in establishing the newborn hearing screening program for the of South Carolina. He earned his board certification in ENT in 1987 and Sleep Medicine in 2010.