ENT Staff

ENT Staff in Columbia & Lexington, SC

CENTA Medical Group is made up of a team of professionals dedicated to providing the best quality healthcare in a responsive and caring environment. Our otolaryngologists are all Board certified with years of experience in the profession. They work in concert with nurses, audiologists, and office staff who work hard to understand your health issues quickly and apply the appropriate treatment to get you back to your optimal health.


William Giles, M.D.
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William Giles, M.D.

ENT in Lexington & Columbia, SC
CENTA Medical Group

Undergraduate

  • Wheaton College
  • Bachelor of Science

Medical School

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Doctor of Medicine

Residency

  • Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
  • Medical University of South Carolina

Fellowship

  • Fellow, Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • University of Virginia
  • Fellow, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Certifications

  • Board Certified, Otolaryngology
  • Board Certified, Facial Plastic Surgery

Work Experience

Dr. Giles has been with CENTA since 1994 after completing residency and two fellowships.

Special Interests

  • Comprehensive ENT
  • Pediatric ENT
  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Cleft Palate Repair
  • Otoplasty (pinning of ears)

About Dr. Giles
Dr. Giles joined CENTA after completing his fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of his patients, especially those who need facial reconstructive surgery such as cleft palate repair. Dr. Giles has traveled abroad on mission trips to El Salvador and Kenya to treat children with facial deformities.

Why CENTA?
CENTA provides care for patients of all ages and with multiple diseases.  We treat our patients like family and value our place here within the Midlands community.

Fun Facts
Dr. Giles got his first exposure to ENT medicine when he was in fifth grade after fishing with his brother.  When his brother was casting, his lure accidently caught Dr. Giles' nose which required the services of an ENT specialist. Dr. Giles was subsequently drawn to the practice because of the great technical skill this surgical specialty requires and the variety of disorders treated.  He enjoys following patients through their care plan while educating them on how to make the best decisions for their health.  He is active in his Church and community and has coached youth baseball and basketball.  He enjoys the outdoors, and yes, he still fishes with his brother.


 Jonathan King, M.D.

Jonathan King, M.D.

ENT in Lexington & Columbia, SC
CENTA Medical Group

Undergraduate

  • University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science

Medical School

  • Medical University of Florida
  • Doctor of Medicine

Residency

  • Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
  • University of Florida 

Certifications

  • Board Certified, Otolaryngology 
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Work Experience
Dr. King has been with CENTA since 1997. Prior to that he served as Chief of ENT at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL.  Dr. King was also Chief of Otolaryngology at Lexington Medical Center from 2001-2003.
 
Special Interests

  • Comprehensive ENT
  • Pediatric ENT
  • Nose and Sinus Disease
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea
  • Head and Neck Tumors 

About Dr. King
After completing his residency, Dr. King served as an ENT in the United States Air Force before joining CENTA in 1996. Dr. King aims to provide excellent and individualized care to each of his patients. His comprehensive practice includes evaluation and treatment of all ENT diagnoses including allergies, sinus and adenoid disease, head and neck cancer, ear infections, and throat and voice box disorders. Dr. King enjoys teaching. He has taught balloon sinus procedures to ENT surgeons along the East Coast from Maryland to Florida. He regularly teaches USC Family Medicine Residents and delivers ENT related lectures to various healthcare groups. 

Why CENTA?
This is truly a practice that puts the patient first. CENTA is committed to delivering “Ideal Patient Care.” We are not here just to sell medicine, but rather to provide excellent and valuable care to each patient who walks through our doors. We take the time to listen to our patients’ needs and formulate an individualized care plan that is right for him or her. 

Fun Facts
Dr. King is a beekeeper. That’s right, his home apiary (a place where bees are kept) contains 6 beehives. Each summer, Dr. King enjoys harvesting fresh honey from the hives. And when he isn’t keeping up with his bees, you could find Dr. King running road races with his wife. He most recently completed the Kiawah Marathon in an undisclosed time.


John Kirchner, M.D.
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J. Cameron Kirchner, M.D.

ENT in Lexington & Columbia, SC
CENTA Medical Group

Undergraduate

  • Middlebury College
  • Bachelor of Arts

Medical School

  • McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal 
  • Doctor of Medicine

Residency

  • Surgery, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY 
  • Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Certifications

  • Board Certified, Otolaryngology 

Clinical and Research Fellowship

  • Fellow in Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Harvard Medical School

Work Experience 
Dr. Kirchner joined CENTA in 2010. He had previously worked in private practice in New Haven, CT and as an assistant professor at Yale Medical School.

Special Interests

  • Hearing Loss and Ear Infections
  • Nasal and Sinus Disease
  • Pediatric ENT
  • Sleep Apnea

About Dr. Kirchner
Prior to joining CENTA in 2010, Dr. Kirchner had a solo practice in Connecticut for more than 20 years, where he also taught at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Kirchner has always had a love for the diagnostic challenges presented by many ENT disorders and for the balance of medical and surgical therapy in the field.  He particularly enjoys microscopic ear surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery.  His patients range in age from young children to older adults whose diagnoses include, but are not limited to, hearing loss, ear infections, dizziness, sinus disease, tonsillitis and sleep apnea.  Dr. Kirchner annually participates in mission trips to Kenya to perform cleft lip and palate surgery on indigent children. 

Why CENTA?
At CENTA, patient education is a priority. We strive to educate our patients about their ailments, both to relieve anxiety and to invite their input into the creation of individualized treatment plans that work best for them. If patients understand their diagnoses, they can play a role in treatment planning and are more likely to complete the treatment that will make them better. 

Fun Facts
Dr. Kirchner is an avid bike rider. He enjoys road biking on weekends, and over the past five years has completed five century rides and one double century ride.


Aaron M. Hilton, M.D.

ENT in Lexington & Columbia, SC
CENTA Medical Group

Undergraduate

  • University of Miami
  • Bachelor of Arts

Medical School

  • Florida State College of Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine

Residency

  • Otolaryngology, University of Buffalo

Certifications

  • Board Eligible, Otolaryngology 

Work Experience 
Dr. Hilton joined CENTA in 2017 after completely his residency in Otolaryngology.

Special Interests

  • Melanoma and other forms of skin cancer
  • Sinus Disease
  • Voice Associated Laryngeal Disease
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

About Dr. Hilton
Dr. Hilton first became interested in ENT in his first year of medical school while studying anatomy. The intricate anatomy and structures within the neck were particularly fascinating to him. The desire to pursue a profession within ENT grew as he participated in research related to chronic sinusitis during his third and fourth years of medical school. 

Why CENTA?
CENTA is a practice that has a great history of serving those in need within the South Carolina Midlands region. The current physician team is particularly experienced. They are each great role models that provide expertise in a number of specialized areas. I look forward to being a part of their team and caring for our citizens of the greater Columbia area.  

Fun Facts
When Dr. Hilton and his wife can occasionally take a short break from chasing their two children around, they enjoy playing tennis together. 

 


John Kirchner, M.D.
 

Matthew Clements, PA-C

ENT in Lexington & Columbia, SC
CENTA Medical Group

Undergraduate

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Bachelor of Science
     
  • University of Scranton
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Graduate School

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Special Interests

  • All aspects of Otolaryngology (ENT) with patients of all ages

About Mr. Clements
Mr. Clements served in the U. S. Army and the South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG) prior to attending graduate school to become a licensed physician assistant. Since graduation, he has worked in a Physical Medicine clinic and continued to serve in the SCARNG in primary and urgent care capacities. Mr. Clements joined CENTA in February 2017 because of his desire to specialize in ENT. While in the physician assistant program at the University of Nebraska, ENT was his favorite rotation.

Why CENTA?
Mr. Clements chose to work at CENTA because of both his passion for ENT and his desire that each patient be treated like a member of his own family. He feels that the physicians and staff at CENTA share values that are important to him. Everyone here truly cares about each patient.

Fun Facts
Prior to moving to South Carolina, Mr. Clements was stationed in Hawaii where he learned to surf. He quickly became hooked on the thrill of riding a wave. He looks forward to a time when he can visit Hawaii with his family and teach his three children how to surf in the same place where he learned.

 



 

Valerie Dantzler, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

ENT in Lexington & Columbia, SC
CENTA Medical Group

Undergraduate

  • Wofford College
  • Bachelor of Science
     
  • Lander University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Graduate School

  • Clemson University
  • Master of Science Nursing
     
  • Universityof South Carolina
  • Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner

Special Interests

  • Mission work (local and abroad)
  • Comprehensive ENT
  • Otology (ear disease)

About Mrs. Dantzler
Mrs. Dantzler is from a family of nurses. She worked as a nurse for 11 years before becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining CENTA, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a Family Medicine Practice. 

Why CENTA?
Mrs. Dantzler chose to work at CENTA because she was impressed by the service-oriented attitude of the group. She wants to be able to give her patients the time and respect they deserve. She feels the ideas of CENTA match her own feelings on patient care.

Fun Facts
Mrs. Dantzler enjoys a wide variety of hobbies from building model airplanes to quilting and hand embroidery. She also enjoys bike riding (mountain and road bikes), camping, kayaking, and hiking. She has a small flock of chickens who provide her with fresh eggs. She spends her free time with her husband, family, and three miniature dachshunds.