Our ENT Specialists and Audiologists
Thomas Stark, M.D.
Proud to be a fourth generation Texan, Thomas W. Stark, M.D. went to high school in the west part of Corpus Christi, surrounded by cotton fields and oil refineries. He went to the University of Texas at Austin as a National Merit Scholar and graduated in three years with a B.A. in Biology. (Yes he is a Longhorn). He then attended medical school in San Antonio, graduating with honors.
Dr. Stark then left Texas as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., where he trained first one year as an intern in Surgery, then spent four more years there as Residency training in Otolaryngology. He then served in the Navy in his specialty in Okinawa, Japan then Long Beach, California.
Dr. Stark became Board Certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology in 1983. He undertook additional Fellowship training and examination and achieved the status of Fellow in The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in 1989. This national group is comprised of ENT specialists who deal with the complexities of allergy and immunology.
He moved to The Woodlands in 1988 and has been practicing in Montgomery County steadily since then. He was affiliated with Sadler Clinic through 2012, and established his own solo private practice in his current location in July of 2012.
He embraces cutting edge technology, and has extensive experience with modern nasal and sinus surgeries, including the use of sinus dilation balloons and micro-fiber lasers.
His office is equipped for diagnosing allergies with a variety of test techniques. Dr. Stark does still believe that properly performed skin testing is the most accurate of the ways to diagnose allergy. (It can be performed in a painless manner). He offers conventional "shot": immunotherapy as well as allergy drops form of allergy therapy. Sublingual immunotherapy or allergy drop treatment differs from the usual allergy shots regimen in that the drops are placed underneath the tongue. This form of treatment slowly desensitizes you from your hypersensitivity to pollens, dander, mold, dust mites and other allergy triggers.
As a former SCUBA dive instructor and Navy veteran, Dr. Stark has a special interest in the ventilation system that allows us to equalize pressure and "clear our ears" usually called the Eustachian tube. He has traveled both to Boston and San Francisco to learn a novel technique for fixing obstruction in the area with sinus balloon type instruments.
Dr. Stark treats children of all ages, including various pediatric ENT services.
Teresa Schroder, Au.D., CCC-A
Board Certified in Audiology by the American Speech and Hearing Association
State of Texas Licensed Audiologist
Teresa Schroder, Au.D., CCC-A is a board certified audiologist and has been in practice over 30 years. Her practice experience includes being a faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center, providing Audiology services and teaching doctoral coursework in Advanced Hearing Aid technology and Vestibular and Balance Assessment. She practiced in Kansas until 2015, when she joined Stark ENT. Hearing is critical to all relationships, and hearing loss can dramatically reduce quality of life. It is important to identify hearing loss and begin intervention to minimize the negative effects it can have on many aspects of our well -being. I find it very inspiring to be part of the process of letting my patients reconnect to the sounds, conversations, and relationships that they have been missing out on.
Dr. Schroder is very passionate about her profession and the ways in which it provides an opportunity to serve. She was very active in the Kansas Audiology community and in the push to enact newborn hearing screening as a national initiative. She has gone on multiple mission trips to provide hearing care. She prides herself on providing excellent patient care and improving the quality of each patients' life through better hearing and balance. Her husband is a retired audiologist, completing his career at the Kansas City Veteran's Administration. In her spare time, Dr. Schroder likes to travel, golf and sail.
Kristin Fitzgerald, PA-C
State of Texas Licensed Physician Assistant
Kristin graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduation, she pursued graduate coursework in biochemistry and biomedical engineering. She then began work as a research associate in the field of biomedical research focusing on diabetes, obesity and anti-aging. In 2008, she completed her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge. Upon graduation, she moved to Texas, passed the national boards (NCCPA) and began practicing as a licensed PA-C in Texas.
Kristin began work as a physician assistant in allergy, asthma and immunology then later gained experience in ENT and in Family Medicine. She is happy to be back in the area of allergy, asthma, and ENT, where she feels she has made the biggest impact on improving patients' quality of life. Her passion lies in helping patients live their healthiest life by making lifestyle changes (including proper nutrition and exercise), preventing disease, and treating the underlying cause of their symptoms. In her spare time, she leads a very active lifestyle, including cycling, swimming, Pilates, weight lifting and yoga. She is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.