Welcome to River ENT! Our mission is to provide state of the art, evidence-based medicine combined with compassionate, family-centered otolaryngology (ENT) care for adults and pediatric patients. Located in the beautiful hill country of Austin, our team strives to give you and your family personalized care rooted in integrity. Our team-centered approach includes audiology, speech language pathology, sinus imaging, as well as in-office procedures for sinus, snoring, and voice.

Dr. Esther Cheung-Phillips is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.


Meet the Providers

Esther Cheung-Phillips, MD
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Dr. CP is the owner of RiverENT and is founder and past president of the Austin Society of Otolaryngology and continues to participate as an active life-time board member. She is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Travis County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Otolaryngology, and the American Medical Association. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. In addition to general otolaryngology, she has special interest in voice disorders, pediatrics, and sinus disorders.

Meet Dr. CP


Stop cleaning your ears!

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Why do I need voice therapy?

If you have ever had a shoulder or knee injury, you are probably familiar with how important physical therapy is in treatment. Therapy can improve function, strengthen muscles, joints and ligaments and prevent further injuries. Physical therapist help runners go faster, help baseball players hit the ball farther, and help dancers leap higher. It should not be a surprise that voice therapists, known professionally as speech language pathologists (SLP), help singers sing better and professional read more…

Untreated Hearing Loss and Dementia

We know active lifestyles, reading, and exercising can help combat dementia, but did you know that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can also help? Many recent studies have confirmed that age-related hearing loss is a biomarker for cognitive decline, in other words, hearing loss can adversely affect cognitive abilities. Luckily, this risk factor is modifiable, which means there is something you can do about it! How lucky are we that we live in a read more…