When kids walk in to a Summit ENT & Hearing office, their imaginations can run wild while they get their checkup. Providers in the office have added a special twist to visits with their youngest patients – making them balloon animals.
“It helps us form a special relationship with them,” said Dr. Carter Davidson. “When you interact with them in a unique way, it removes a certain level of fear for them.”
Many of the patients who walk into the practice, which focuses on ear, nose and throat care, are children. More than 2,000 patients in 2017 were younger than 11.
Most of them required surgery for ear tubes, tonsillectomy’s (tonsils), adenoidectomy’s (adenoids) and myringotomy (drainage from eardrum).
“It’s a neat thing my dentist did when I was a kid. I thought I could bring that unique thing to the practice here; the kids seem to enjoy it,” said Dr. Davidson.
The balloon trend caught on, and now, several of the providers in the office have learned how to twist up balloon animals for the younger patients.
“The kids were asking for them, so I knew I had to master the balloon dog really quick,” said Kyrene Mary Zack, PA-C.
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