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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.

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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 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 Pam Smekrud, Au. D.

Dr. Pam Smekrud 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, as well as cochlear implant and Baha activations/follow up care.

Dr. Smekrud has worked with Dr. Jason Cundiff for over a decade. Dr. Smekrud knew she wanted to pursue a helping profession and found herself called to audiology. She became an audiologist because she understands hearing loss can cause a person to become isolated. Getting people back into their lives and providing patient-focused care is something Dr. Smekrud values greatly.

Dr. Smekrud earned her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. She obtained a Master of Science in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

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, as well as cochlear implant and Baha activations/follow up care.

Dr. Vokac specializes in treating patients with hearing loss. From a young age, Dr. Vokac was interested in working with people who need her help most. The younger sister of a sibling diagnosed with autism; she was inspired to work with a population with specific needs. She loves having the ability to develop individual relationships with every patient that she meets at The Ear, Nose & Throat Care Center.

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.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders through the University of Iowa.


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.


Mother of Otology Patient DEBBIE "He talked to us like Drew was almost his kid. He said, wouldn’t this be exciting to go for the home run? And it was a grand slam." Father of Tonsillectomy Patient KEN "Even though it's a small, easy procedure that is done all of the time, it made me feel comfortable knowing that she was in good hands with him" Cochlear Implant Patient MICHAEL "Dr. Cundiff did a great job with me. I trust him. If someone asked me for a recommendation on a doctor, I would without hesitation recommend him." Sinus Procedure Patient GAYLE "It makes all of the difference in the world just being able to breathe at night and being able to sleep well." Papillary Thyroid Cancer Patient DAWN "Two weeks in and you can't even tell that I've had the surgery." Papillary Thyroid

Carcinoma Patient
LISA the next day with no complications and was "Dr. Livingston did a great job. I was home a relatively easy surgery."
Balloon Sinuplasty Patient EMILY It was such an easy procedure." "Don't wait as long as I did come in and get it taken care of.

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