Pediatric aerodigestive care at Dell's Children
Conditions we diagnose and treat
- Airway stenosis (narrowing of the trachea windpipe)
- Aspiration (when food or liquid enters the airway)
- Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) (chronic immune system disease)
- Esophageal stricture (abnormal narrowing of the esophageal lumen)
- Feeding and respiratory disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Laryngeal cleft (malformation involving the larynx and esophagus)
- Laryngomalacia (soft larynx)
- Tracheoesophageal fistula (malformation involving the larynx and esophagus)
- Tracheomalacia (when the windpipe is floppy or abnormally collapsible)
- Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) (when the bronchial tubes are floppy or abnormally collapsible)
- Vocal cord paralysis and voice disorders
All the care your child needs, all in one place
The Aerodigestive Clinic brings together a multispecialty team in our clinic so you and your child meet with multiple specialists in one visit. Your appointment starts with a conversation between you, your child and your care team. Diagnostic testing may be recommended to help find the cause of your child’s symptoms. We take the time to explain your child’s diagnosis and answer your questions. Your child’s team of specialists works together to create a care plan that’s individualized for your child’s needs. Many care plans include medications, therapy, nutrition plans and sometimes surgery.
Between visits, we stay in contact with you and your family as much as possible. Our nurse navigator is available to answer your questions and connect the dots for your child’s care, including scheduling appointments.
A multispecialty approach to care
When your child has a complex condition, they can benefit from having a multispecialty team.
- Convenience of meeting with multiple specialists in one visit.
- Close collaboration between your child’s team of specialists, which allows for the development of an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan.
- Coordination of endoscopic and surgical procedures, meaning that if a procedure is part of your child’s care plan, your child’s surgeons collaborate to perform multiple procedures at once to limit the amount of anesthesia your child will need.
- After your child’s first appointment, virtual visits may be available for follow-up care.
- Ongoing support from our nurse navigator and social worker in between visits.
Caring for the whole child
Meet our care team
Stacey Clark, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Medical Director of Aerodigestive Center
James Attra, MD, FAAP
Danielle Smith, MD
June-Ku Brian Kang, MD
Danielle Beachler, MD
Ferdinand Coste, DO
Chantal Lucia-Casadonte, MD
Anees Siddiqui, MD
E. April Jones, CPNP
Ashley Kaspar, SLP
Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
Emily Rasco, OTR
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Laura Salinas, RD
Kelsi Buckley, RD
Allison Brown, APRN, CPNP-AC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner