Dr. Caroline M. Schlocker is an otolaryngologist who cares for patients with ear, nose and throat conditions. Her expertise in ear care includes performing surgery to correct surfer's ear (abnormal bone growth in the ear canal), to fix abnormalities of the eardrum and ossicles (tiny bones in the middle ear) and to implant bone-anchored hearing aids. She also treats nasal problems, including obstructions caused by chronic sinus disease or injuries to the nose, and throat conditions, such as enlarged tonsils or masses in the neck.
Schlocker has special expertise in treating dizziness related to migraine headaches and mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). She provides botulinum toxin (Botox) therapy for migraines, temporomandibular joint-related pain and facial spasms, as well as for cosmetic purposes.
In her research, Schlocker explores the use of virtual reality rehabilitation for vestibular problems that hinder balance and spatial awareness. She also studies opioid use after otolaryngology surgery, diagnostic strategies for mild TBI, and emergency airway interventions used outside of the hospital by advanced first responders.
Schlocker earned her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She completed a residency in otolaryngology at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and a fellowship in otology at the California Ear Institute.
A lifelong learner, Schlocker has a particular interest in training medical students and residents. In 2019, she was voted Teacher of the Year by the otolaryngology residents at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. The daughter of Navy veterans, she has lived in many countries and particularly treasured her time in Japan. During her own career in the U.S. Navy, she served aboard an aircraft carrier and a hospital ship. When not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and keeping in touch with friends and family.