Dr. Ashley Balaker, MD

Ear, Nose, and ThroatFemaleAge 40

Dr. Ashley Balaker, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Laguna Hills, CA and has over 14 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Usc-Keck Sch Med Lac/Usc Med Ctr medical school in 2007. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Children's Hospital Of Orange County and Hoag Hospital Newport Beach. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Balaker to book an appointment.

Dr. Balaker

Head and Neck Associates of Orange County

24411 Health Center Dr Ste 370 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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  • Appointment was rushed (3)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (3)
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Dr. Balaker has impeccable bedside manner and is treats patients like people. She explained my anatomy to me, why she recommended surgery, and answered all my questions regarding care.
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B. – Jul 27, 2020
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Terrible doctor. She has a terrible NP with poor bedside manners. The doctor is also full of herself and doesn't really provide any substantive medical advice. She is just trying to suggest surgery in order to make more money. The other doctors I went in for a consultation did not make any of the aggressive suggestions she did.
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Jul 26, 2020
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Poor judgement
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Dec 12, 2019
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Never informed us she had moved. Disappointed when she said my husband would have pretty good hearing in the ear she operated on. Instead, he is completely deaf in it.l
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Apr 22, 2019
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Dr. Balaker did not properly examine my daughter. A patient with chronic purulent otitis media needs to have their nasopharynx examined to determine if adenoids are an issue. She looked in my daughters ears and asked her to say “ahhh” which in no way is an adequate exam. Ear tubes were placed (no adenoidectomy) and my daughter continued to have fevers and nasal congestion. We saw Dr. Balaker again who looked in her ears only (another inadequate exam) and said the ears looked fine and left. We ar
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Apr 19, 2019
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Excellent, knowledgeable, intelligent, patient! I would definitely refer her over and over again!!! Great with children....
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Apr 11, 2019
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DISAPPOINTING SHE FAILED TO DIAGNOSE OR SUGGEST REFERRAL TO APPROPIATE SPECIALTY
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L Wall in MISSION VIEJO, CA – Nov 03, 2018
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She completely neglected to tell me about two potentially serious issues that were seen on a CT scan. Another ENT told me "Full disclosure...I would have brought it up." To say I am disgusted in my treatment is an understatement. Her front office staff treats you like you are bothering them. All in all....find another doctor.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Sebastian – Jun 28, 2018
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Dr. Balaker is excellent. I highly recommend her as an ENT physician.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Apr 09, 2018
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I brought both my 3yr old fraternal twins for an expert opinion as their doctor diagnosed an ear infection and were prescribed antibiotics. Dr Balaker checked them, noticed they had fluid in both ears on both twins. She advised as it is their first ear infection the ear to drain the fluid and that antibiotics were not necessary. Everybody is quick to simply write up unnecessary antibiotics and move on to the next patient. Dr Balaker was calm,
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Fellner in Irvine, CA – Oct 29, 2016
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Except the waiting time,everything was good. Dr. was kind and generous.
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Akash Gupta in Irvine, CA – May 25, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Ashley Balaker, M.D. is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and has additional subspecialty training in Otology-Neurotology. After completing her Head and...Read more

Biography

Dr. Ashley Balaker is board certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and a subspecialist in Otology – Neurotology. She graduated from USC...Read more

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Neurotology
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Otology

Board Certifications

Education

2014
California Ear Institute
Fellowship Hospital
2012
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2008
UCLA
Internship Hospital
2007
Usc-Keck Sch Med Lac/Usc Med Ctr
Medical School
2003
University of California, Los Angeles. (UCLA)
Undergraduate School

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Dr. Balaker has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

What are Dr. Ashley Balaker, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Balaker frequently treats Allergic Rhinitis, Vertigo, and Dizziness. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Balaker treats.

Where is Dr. Ashley Balaker, MD's office located?

Dr. Balaker's office is located at 24411 Health Center Dr Ste 370, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Balaker's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Allergic Rhinitis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balaker treats Allergic Rhinitis more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Balaker treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

Vertigo
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balaker treats Vertigo more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Balaker treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Benign Paroxyzmal Vertigo of Childhood
  • Benign Positional Vertigo
  • Central Vestibular Vertigo
  • Migrainous Vertigo
Dizziness
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balaker treats Dizziness more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Balaker treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Balaker's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Big Ears
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Cochlear Implant Insertion
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Glomus Tympanicum Tumor
  • Glomus Vagale Tumor
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Hearing Loss Due to Noise
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Hyperacusis
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Loss of Taste
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Malignant Otitis Externa
  • Maxillary and Malar Fractures
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Motion Sickness
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Otorrhea
  • Otosclerosis
  • Otosclerosis, Familial
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Perilymph Fistula (PLF)
  • Pharyngitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sore Throat
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
  • Wheezing
  • Wound Repair

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Dr. Balaker accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
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National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Vivity-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
Greater Newport Physicians
Health Net
Heritage Provider Network
Humana
Medi-Cal
Medicare
Memorial Healthcare System
Monarch Healthcare
MultiPlan
Oscar Insurance Corporation
PHCS
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Locations

Head and Neck Associates of Orange County

Head and Neck Associates of Orange County24411 Health Center Dr Ste 370 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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Head and Neck Associates of Orange County18 Endeavor Ste 208 Irvine, CA 92618
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Balaker is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Children's Hospital Of Orange County

Orange, CA

Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

83% Patient experience rating, 14% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Irvine, CA

88% Patient experience rating, 19% higher than the national average

12 Awards Received

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Long Beach, CA

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Miller Children's & Women's Hospital - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Mission Hospital - Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, CA

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

15 Awards Received

Saddleback Medical Center

Laguna Hills, CA

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

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