Dr. Ashley Balaker provides skilled and compassionate care for ear, nose and throat disorders and offers the most advanced options to treat, manage and prevent both acute and chronic conditions affecting the ears, nose, sinuses, and throat. She treats patients from throughout Orange County, including Irvine, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach areas. As a top-rated ENT doctor, Dr. Balaker has extensive experience diagnosing and treating an array of ear, nose and throat conditions, including acute and chronic ear infections, hearing loss, sinusitis, otosclerosis, Meniere's disease and thyroid tumors, She is also a subspecialist in hearing and balance disorders and is a leading provider of cochlear implants in patients who are severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf. Dr. Balaker is committed to providing individualized care to each patient she treats, focusing on the needs, goals and expectations of each patient to help them understand their care options so they can experience optimal outcomes. Every treatment plan is carefully developed to ensure patients feel confident about their care every step of the way. As a dedicated ENT specialist, she continues to explore new techniques and technology through continuing education programs and professional memberships. After completing her bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA, Dr. Balaker earned her medical degree from USC Keck School of Medicine, graduating with honors. She completed her internship and residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull base surgery at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, California. During her fellowship she developed extensive expertise in treating pediatric ear malformations and hearing loss, including aural atresia and pediatric cochlear implantation. Board-certified in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, Dr. Balaker has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured about recent developments and novel treatments at leading medical conferences. She sees patients at her Irvine Office as well as a satellite location in Huntington Beach. She is affiliated with Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and Irvine, Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, and Children's Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Balaker welcomes new patients, and the practice accepts most major medical insurance plans.
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Ashley Balaker, M.D. is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and has additional subspecialty training in Otology-Neurotology. After completing her Head and Neck Surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center she underwent 2 additional years of fellowship training at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, California. There she gained additional expertise in pediatric and adult hearing and balance disorders, especially cochlear implantation, implantable hearing aids, skull base surgery, and surgical repair of congenital aural atresia. She also practices the full scope of general adult and pediatric otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at both our Laguna Beach and Irvine locations.
Dr. Balaker believes in taking a personal approach to each patient and customizing their treatment to fit their lifestyle. She works closely with our Doctor of Audiology to optimize hearing aids and tinnitus therapies for patients in order to improve each patient's quality of life.
Dr. Balaker's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat
Board certified in Otolaryngology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Balaker's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of California, Los Angeles. (UCLA)
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
Usc-Keck Sch Med Lac/Usc Med Ctr
Medical School | Graduated 2007
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 2008
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
California Ear Institute
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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