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Pediatric Otolaryngology

Our team cares for children of all ages facing problems of the ear, nose, or throat, and related parts of the head and neck. We treat conditions such as ear infections, sleep apnea, nasal obstruction, enlarged adenoids, tonsillitis, breathing problems, hearing loss, neck masses, sinus disease, and speech problems.

Our team partners with pediatric audiologists at Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance to provide personalized hearing aids. And, we’re a part of St. Luke’s Cochlear Implant Program and perform ear splinting, or ear molding, and otoplasty services.

Highlights & Resources

Providers

  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Biography

    Jaeger Ashton, MS, CPNP specializes in recurrent ear infections, hearing loss, cochlear implants, speech/language disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, sinus disease, nasal septal deviations, tonsillitis, enlarged adenoids, and tongue and lip tie.

    Jaeger is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She earned her bachelor's degree in business at Bucknell University and her master's degree in nursing, nurse practitioner, at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions. She worked in primary care prior to joining St. Luke's.

    In her free time, Jaeger enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, kids, and dog.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Biography

    Phillip Chaffin, MD serves as the medical director of the Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program at St. Luke’s. He has clinical interests in the management of hearing loss and the surgical treatment of cleft lip and palate.

    Dr. Chaffin is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. He frequently travels overseas on medical missions to treat children with cleft lip and palate.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Biography

    Malia Frazier, NP specializes in ear, nose and throat related problems such as ear infections, hearing loss, temporal bone and cochlear implants, obstructive sleep apnea, sinus disease and allergies, as well as problems with tonsils and adenoids. She is passionate about the health and well-being of children and families in our community.

    Prior to joining the St. Luke's Children's Otolaryngology team, she worked in otolaryngology at Boston Medical Center and as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Children's Hospital. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at Oregon Health & Science University and her master’s degree in nursing at Idaho State University. 

    Malia grew up in the Pacific Northwest and loves spending time with her family, reading, making music, and staying active.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Biography

    Jacob Robison, MD, PhD is a pediatric ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology) surgeon who performs a wide range of surgeries involving the airway, ears, sinuses, and neck. He has extensive experience with management of airway diseases, ear disease and hearing restoration surgeries, sinus disease and neck masses or infections. Dr. Robison has particular interest in obstructive sleep apnea in children, recurrent infections of the ears, sinuses and throat, and complex airway management including airway reconstruction and tracheostomy. He has a special passion for airway diseases in young children and infants, including laryngomalacia and obstructive sleep apnea.

    Dr. Robison currently serves as medical director for pediatric otolaryngology surgery at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, and the medical co-director for the Tracheostomy-Ventilatory Multidisciplinary clinic at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital specializing in treatment of patients with complex airway diseases. He is also an executive board member of the State of Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

    Dr. Robison completed his bachelor's degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry at Brigham Young University, where he graduated magna cum laude. During this time he was involved in genetics research, and served on the executive board for the regional American Microbiology Association. He then attended the University of Cincinnati where he completed a PhD in molecular toxicology and medical school. While earning his PhD, he studied the molecular genetics of certain types of cancer, with extensive national and international presentations and publications of his research. During medical school he continued his molecular biology research, resulting in multiple additional publications and presentations. He also served on the executive board and admission board for the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Cincinnati.

    Dr. Robison then moved to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he completed his residency in otolaryngology, then remained an additional year to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. During this time, he was on the executive committee for the otolaryngology residency program, and was involved in clinical research regarding obstructive sleep apnea in pediatric patients and airway diseases in cleft palate patients. This led to multiple national and international publications and presentations.

    In his free time, Dr. Robison enjoys spending time with his wife and children, camping, and hiking.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Considering Cochlear Implants?

Our Team Can Help

If you or your child has severe hearing loss, cochlear implants may be able to offer a sense of sound, as well as improved ability to understand speech and speak clearly. Our team will work with you to evaluate whether or not this surgery is an appropriate option.


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