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At the Ear, Nose + Throat Care Center, we specialize in providing forward-thinking care for each individual patient that walks through our doors. We go above and beyond to provide a trusted and caring approach to the most comprehensive medical and surgical care of adult and pediatric ear, nose, throat, sinus and nasal problems.

He is an Advocate Physician Safety Champion at Good Shepherd hospital based on his commitment to safe surgery and patient care.

Meet Jason Cundiff, M.D., FACS

Dr. Jason Cundiff is a Board-Certified Otolaryngologist. He completed his training at University of Illinois in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cundiff is thoroughly trained in the medical and surgical treatment of disease of the ear, nose and throat and related structures of the head and neck.

Jason Cundiff, M.D., FACS has received several awards and honors for exceptional patient care during his career.  He was nominated by his peers and served as the Chairman of Surgery at Good Shepherd Hospital from 2017-2018.

He received the Physician Excellence in Teamwork Award which is awarded to one physician in McHenry County on an annual basis and is awarded based on:

  • Exemplifying excellence in physician collaboration
  • Signifying a willingness to identify and utilize the teachable moments with others on the health care team
  • Utilizing relationship-based care principles
  • Exhibiting passion about medicine/health care
  • Consistently delivering high levels of patient satisfaction

Meet Dr. Gary Livingston, M.D., FACS

Dr. Gary Livingston is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist with degrees from The University of Illinois, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and Indiana University. For the past thirty years, he has specialized in the surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders, general otolaryngology, primary carcinoma of the head and neck, sinus disease and nasal surgery, as well as facial trauma and reconstruction.

Meet Ashley Ward, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Ashley chose this profession so she could make a difference. She started as a nurse and decided to become a nurse practitioner so she could make a bigger impact in her patients’ lives. She became a Family Nurse Practitioner, so she could treat all ages and then specialized in Ear, Nose, and Throat to work as part of Dr. Cundiff’s team. 

Meet Dr. Smekrud

Dr. Smekrud has worked with Dr. Jason Cundiff for over a decade. Dr. Smekrud knew she wanted to pursue a helping profession, and she found herself called to Audiology. She became a doctor of Audiology because she understands hearing loss can cause a person to become isolated, and getting people back into their lives the way they wish to be is something she values greatly.

Meet Shannon Vokac, Au. D.

Dr. Shannon Vokac is Clinical Audiologist and expert in hearing loss, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. At The Ear, Nose & Throat Care Center she performs audiological services including hearing evaluations, hearing aid services, cochlear implant and Baha activations/follow up care, as well as, videonystagmography (VNG) testing.

Dr. Vokac specializes in treating patients with both hearing loss and balance difficulties. From a young age, Dr. Vokac was interested in working with people who need her help most. The older sister of a sibling with autism, she was inspired to work with individuals who have a disability or special needs. She loves having the ability to develop individual relationships with every patient that she meets at The Ear, Nose & Throat Care Center.

A graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dr. Vokac earned her Doctorate of Audiology at Northern Illinois University and completed 4 externships including one at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Illinois Neurological Institute where she had the opportunity to master a wide variety of services including: diagnostic assessments and treatment, vestibular testing, cochlear implant evaluations and verifications, and electrophysiologic measures.


The mission of Ear, Nose and Throat Care Center is to provide the utmost quality of care to patients with ailments of the ears, nose, and throat.

Our practice emphasizes on patient education, compassionate care, clinical excellence, and the use of the most modern technology available to treat the medical and surgical problems within our specialty.

Our promise is to provide care that is responsive to the individual needs of each patient, creating a long-lasting relationship that is personal and not simply confined to the disease process.


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