2014 Speaker Biographies

Amyn M. Amlani, Ph.D.
Dr. Amlani is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Texas. He holds a B.A. in Communication Disorders from the University of the Pacific, a M.S. in Audiology from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Audiology from Michigan State University. His research interests include the influence of hearing aid technology on speech and music, and economic and marketing trends within the hearing aid industry.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Unitron, CareCredit
Consulting fee, speaking fee, honoraria, grants.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Timothy B. Atchison, Ph.D.
Dr. Atchison is an Associate Professor of Psychology at West Texas A&M University, a position he has held since 2002. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas, a M.S. in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Atchison has published research on understanding the progression in Alzheimer's disease and understanding factors that impact return to function after brain injury. He is currently involved in a grant-funded project with the Texas Medical Center in Houston to develop cognitive rehabilitation methods that can be delivered to returning veterans in their local communities.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Douglas D. Backous, M.D.
Dr. Backous is a board certified Neurotologist at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, Washington. He is also the Director of the Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery at the Swedish Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Washington, did his residency in Otolaryngology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and then completed his fellowship in Neurotology in 1997 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Backous’ research interests include hearing preservation with cochlear implants and osseointegrated devices. He is also trained in the Toyota Production System and is certified in the application of Lean principles to improve healthcare quality and financial viability.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Cochlear Americas – Consulting Fee.

Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


A.U. Bankaitis, Ph.D.
Dr. Bankaitis is Vice President & General Manager of Oaktree Products, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri, a multi-line distributor to the hearing industry. She earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 where her funded research investigated the effects of HIV on the auditory system. This research track led to an interest in the area of infection control as she is considered the leading expert in the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis has held academic, clinic, and business positions throughout her career including Director of Audiology at the St. Louis University Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology and founder of her own publishing company Auban, Inc. Her clinical experience paired with her affiliation with Oaktree Products has made her an invaluable resource to hearing healthcare practitioners in search of practical business and/or patient communication solutions as it applies to audiology and hearing instruments.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Douglas L. Beck, Au.D.
Dr. Beck earned his master's degree at the University of Buffalo in 1984 and his doctorate from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 2000. His career started at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. In 1988, he became an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University. While in St. Louis, Dr. Beck co-founded the Missouri Academy of Audiology and served as president for two terms. In 1997, he co-founded a private audiology-based dispensing practice. Dr. Beck became Editor-In-Chief of www.audiologyonline.com in 1999. He joined Oticon in 2005 as Director of Professional Relations. In 2008, he was also appointed Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Dr. Beck is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is a prolific author with numerous articles in the professional literature and abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the American Academy of Audiology addressing a vast wide variety of audiology and professional topics.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Oticon, Inc., AAA, Lamar University.
Salary received – teaching and speaking, employment, management position.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Samuel N. Bittel, Au.D.
Dr. Bittel is the director of vestibular services for Associated Audiologists, Inc., which is a 16 audiologist private practice in Kansas City. He specialized in vestibular anatomy, physiology, diagnostics, and treatment during his doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern University and during his externship with the American Institute of Balance. Dr. Bittel is a lecturer and adjunct assistant professor in the audiology and neurology departments at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He teaches the doctoral audiology vestibular course, supervises graduate audiology research, and lectures to neurology residents and fellows on electrophysiology and vestibular evaluation/treatment. He serves in leadership roles in numerous state and national audiology organizations.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Sara Burdak, Au.D.
Sara Burdak joined Starkey as an audiologist on the Hearing Research and Technology team in May 1999. She is currently the Sr. Director of Education and Audiology and has presented seminars worldwide on digital technology, advanced fitting strategies and product tutorials. Her clinical experience includes hearing aid dispensing, diagnostic testing and counseling. Dr. Burdak earned her B.A. in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University and a master's degree in audiology from Wayne State University. In 2006, she received her Au.D. from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Gary R. Byrd, Ph.D.
Dr. Byrd is a Professor of Psychology at West Texas A&M University. He joined the faculty at WTAMU in 1975 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. He was named a full professor in 1983 and served as department head for behavioral sciences for 11 years. Dr. Byrd earned a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in the field of Experimental Psychology, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is the co-author of more than 60 journal publications and presentations at research conferences and the author of 11 grants.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Kathy Campbell, Ph.D.
Kathleen Campbell, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Audiology Research at SIU School of Medicine served on the AAA Board of Directors, received an AAA Presidential Citation, two Medical Innovators Awards and is an ASHA fellow. She was the 2012 Inventor of the Year for the Southern Illinois University System. She was named university wide Distinguished Scholar for 2014. She authored Essential Audiology for Physicians and edited/authored Pharmacology and Ototoxicity for Audiologists. She has received over 60 grants from NIH and other agencies for her research in otoprotective agents and is the inventor of the protective agent D-methionine patents. Her patents are owned by her employer, SIU School of Medicine.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: SIU School of Medicine: Employer, owns Dr. Campbell’s patents.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Clifford Carey
With over 12 years of experience in business and sales management, Cliff joined the EarQ team in 2009 consulting directly with independent practice owners looking for progressive ideas and a competitive edge. Cliff’s overall vision and scope for EarQ’s programs and identity as well as his ability to develop relationships and inspire trust led to the development of, and his transition to, the key role of Vendor Relations in 2011. In February of 2013, Cliff streamlined EarQ’s messaging and brand management with its sales and consulting services when he was selected as Communications Director. Since then, Cliff has taken EarQ’s creative focus from an in-house print agency to a full digital web development suite, effectively positioning EarQ as the leading source for effective messaging, brand management, and patient engagement in the industry.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
EarQ: Salary received for employment.

Non-Financial:
The HearStrong Foundation: Volunteer consulting, membership, teaching and speaking.

Craig Castelli
Mr. Castelli is the Founder and CEO of Caber Hill Advisors, an M&A advisory firm with extensive experience in assisting buyers and sellers of audiology practices. He has over a decade of audiology industry experience, including several years at a major hearing aid manufacturer before launching his own business, and in his career he has advised hundreds of private practices. He has spoken at several industry conferences, including past ADA conventions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University, and is a licensed Illinois Business Broker and a Certified Transaction Advisor.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


George Cire, Au.D.
Dr. Cire currently works as Senior Manager for Clinical Acceptance for Cochlear Americas in Centennial, Colorado. Prior to joining Cochlear, he worked as a field specialist for major hearing aid manufacturer and has been a practicing Audiologist for 30 years in a variety of clinical settings. Dr. Cire received the Au.D. from A. T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
Cochlear Americas: salary received for employment.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


David Citron, Ph.D.
Dr. David Citron, III was born and raised in Chicago, IL and founded South Shore Hearing Center in 1982. Dr. Citron received his Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing in 1971 from Northern Illinois University, his Master’s degree in audiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1972 and his Ph.D. in audiology from Purdue University in 1979. Dr. Citron completed his Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) in 1973 at the San Francisco Hearing and Speech Center, and in 1975 was the Director of Audiology at Kaiser- Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, CA. Former President of ADA (Academy of Doctors of Audiology), Founder of AAA (American Academy of Audiology), Active Rotarian and President Rotary Club of Weymouth 2008-2009, Board Member AAC (Audiology Awareness Campaign).

Dr. Citron’s specialties are diagnostic audiology, amplification in adults, and assessment of balance disorders. He also teaches at the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine at Babson College. Dr. Citron is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. He is licensed in audiology by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and board certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Carl Cook
Carl joined the Audigy Group family in January 2011. Bringing 20+ years in hospitality and retail/business management experience, he brings a focused approach on staff training and team development in order to achieve the ultimate in patient experience. Prior to Audigy Group, Carl was a Retail Manager and Regional Director for 5 years with AT&T in the Seattle to Portland area, and prior to that he had experience with General Mills Inc. Restaurants and Windmill Inns of America Inc. throughout the Western region of the U.S. His education includes Business from Southern Oregon University and continuing today with Business Management in Medical & Health. Carl was born in Southern California, raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and currently resides in the Vancouver, WA area with his wife and three children.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Audigy Group: Salary received for employment.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Leslie Dalton, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Dalton entered the profession of audiology at the University of Virginia in 1957. Upon graduation, he was employed by the West Virginia Maternal and Child Health Clinic for four years before entering Florida State University and the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine’s 6571st Aeromedical Research Center for a joint PhD specializing in neurophysiology. Dr. Dalton is currently the recipient of the SS Stephens research professorship in Communication Disorders at West Texas A&M University with labs in the School of Psychology. He holds dual ASHA certification.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Dan Fick
Mr. Fick is the Director of Talent Acquisition at Audigy Group. In this role, he leads teams who recruit for internal/corporate Audigy Group positions and teams who recruit on behalf of members. Hired in 2009, Mr. Fick previously served as a HR Manager supporting members and helping them create the ideal employment experience for their practice. Dan previously presented a human resources course at the 2012 ADA convention.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Brendan Ford
Prior to establishing Fuel Medical in 2010, Mr. Ford was the President of Audigy Group, LLC. Under his leadership, Audigy Group recorded its first revenue and received awards for the NW fastest growing private company in 2007 and was listed in INC 500 as #223 in 2009. Mr. Ford’s first venture into medical services was with Sonus USA, Inc. As Vice President of the Sonus Network, he grew the company’s franchise division from inception to over 1,500 locations in 2005 representing $500 Million in clinic revenue. Mr. Ford is an experienced speaker having lectured to a wide variety of medically based professional associations of the past 15 years.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Barry Freeman, Ph.D.
Dr. Freeman is President of Audiology Consultants, Inc. He is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Nova Southeastern University, Lamar University, Florida International University, and University of South Florida. Dr. Freeman was president of the American Academy of Audiology in 1996-97 and served on the Academy’s Board of Directors for six years. He continues to serve on professional committees and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy in 2006.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Michele Fusco, M.A.
Ms. Fusco is the Vice President of Market Development at Cochlear Americas. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan to increase implantable awareness in the hearing health industry of today.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
Cochlear Americas: salary received for employment.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Ronald Gleitman, Ph.D.
Dr. Gleitman is Vice President of Business Development and Practice Management for Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. He is responsible for increasing market penetration in the independent sales channel while overseeing the development and growth of SHI’s preferred customer program. Dr. Gleitman is an industry veteran with an extensive background in both a corporate and clinical environment. Before joining Siemens, he served as CEO and Executive Vice President of Right Hear, LLC, providing vision and oversight for the company. Prior to that, he worked for another manufacturer as the Director of Practice Development. Dr. Gleitman also spent many years working as an Audiologist in a clinical setting, including owning his own private practice. In 1992, he earned his Ph.D. in Audiology from Purdue University. He has published numerous articles on hearing care and has taught at both Northwestern and Purdue University.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Mark Harned
Mr. Harned is the Strategic Partner Manager at CallSource, a leader in call tracking-based technology. Prior to joining CallSource in 2006, he was an Education Advisor at the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Mr. Harned is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Computer Science. He has presented at numerous meetings on how to successfully track and monitor marketing.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Cathy Howard
Ms. Howard is the Operations Manager of CallSource, overseeing five audiology and hearing aid dispensing offices in San Francisco bay area.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Larry E. Humes
Larry E. Humes is currently Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University. He received his Master’s degree in clinical audiology from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. in audiology and hearing science from Northwestern University. He has served on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and the Australian Journal of Audiology, as Section Editor or Associate Editor for Ear and Hearing and the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, and as Editor-for-Hearing for the latter journal. He is currently the Editor for the American Journal of Audiology. He has over 150 scholarly publications and more than 200 presentations on a variety of topics in audiology and hearing science. His most recent research activities have been focused on age-related changes in auditory perception, including speech-understanding ability, and on outcome measures for hearing aids. Professor Humes is a Fellow of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (ICRA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the Acoustical Society of America. He received the Honors of the Association from ASHA in 2007 and was awarded the Alfred E. Kawana Council of Editors Award from ASHA in 2008. In 2008, he received the James Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: ADA: honorarium received for speaking engagement.
NIH: grants received for employment.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Pawel J. Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Jastreboff is currently a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine. After eight years at Yale University and eight years at the University of Maryland, where he established the first Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Center in the United States, he moved to Emory University in 1999 to continue his research on tinnitus and to create the Emory Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Center - a center of excellence for tinnitus research and patients treatment. In 1988, on the basis of research on the physiological mechanisms of tinnitus, Dr. Jastreboff proposed a neurophysiological model of tinnitus and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). He has also created an animal model of tinnitus, and his present research is aimed at delineating the mechanisms of tinnitus and designing new methods of alleviation of tinnitus, hyperacusis and misophonia. Dr. Jastreboff received a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology (1973) and Doctor of Sciences Degree (habilitation, 1982) in Neuroscience from the Polish Academy of Sciences. He did his Postdoctoral training at the University of Tokyo, Japan. In 2005 he received M.B.A. (valedictorian) from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He has been a Visiting Professor at University of Tokyo and at Yale University and currently holds Visiting Professor appointments at University College London and Middlesex Hospital, London, England. From 2001 until 2010, together with Margaret M. Jastreboff, Ph.D., he has been Adjunct Professor at Salus University teaching a tinnitus and hyperacusis class in Au.D. program. He is a co-author of over 130 papers, 170 abstracts and three books. In 1993 he received the prestigious Robert W. Hocks award for his contribution to the field of tinnitus.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Dusty Jessen, Au.D.
Dr. Jessen earned her master’s from Arizona State University, and her doctorate from AT Still School of Health Sciences. She has been the Director of Audiology in a busy Denver area ENT clinic since 2003. In 2013, she published her critically-acclaimed book, Frustrated by Hearing Loss? 5 Keys to Communication Success, which is the foundation for her company’s unique Cut to the Chase Counseling approach to patient education. Dr. Jessen has been sharing her message with service clubs, retirement communities, and senior care organizations throughout Colorado since early 2013.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Cut to the Chase Communication, LLC – Ownership interest.
Non-Financial: Cut to the Chase Communication, LLC – Volunteer teaching and speaking.


Gyl Kasewurm, Au.D.
Dr. Kasewurm started Professional Hearing Services (PHS) in Saint Joseph, Michigan in 1983, immediately following graduation from Western Michigan with a Master’s Degree in Audiology. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Audiology from Central Michigan University. Despite being located in a rural community of only 10,000 people, the single office generates 10 times the gross revenue of the average practice in this country. Dr. Kasewurm is a Past President of the Michigan Academy of Audiology and served on the American Academy of Audiology Executive Board for five years. In addition, the American Academy of Audiology honored Kasewurm for her innovation and contributions to the profession by presenting her with a Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Kasewurm is a well-known author and sought after speaker and prides herself on her advice on taking a practice from Fine to Fabulous!

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Ron Leavitt, Au.D.
Dr. Leavitt is an audiologist at Corvallis Hearing Center. He was an audiology professor from September 1978 to December of 2006 at University of Arizona Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Western Oregon University, University of Texas Austin and Oregon State University. He served as a consultant for the American Bar Association helping to make courthouses accessible to persons who are hard of hearing. Dr. Leavitt was also a consultant to the U.S. Forest Service helping to make visitors centers accessible. He has been a consultant to the Teen Transition Project for the Hearing Loss Association of America. Dr. Leavitt has published over 30 articles on hearing aids, ALDs and ear mold acoustics.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Frank Lin is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Lin's clinical practice is dedicated to otology and the medical and surgical management of hearing loss. His epidemiologic research focuses on how hearing loss impacts the health and functioning of older adults and the role of hearing rehabilitative strategies in potentially mitigating these effects. In particular, his research group has demonstrated that hearing loss in older adults is strongly and independently associated with the risk of cognitive decline, incident dementia, impairments in physical functioning and mobility, and greater health care resource utilization in multiple epidemiologic studies. His research has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times and the BBC, and he has appeared on CBS This Morning and the Charlie Rose show.

Dr. Lin completed his medical education, residency in Otolaryngology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation, all at Johns Hopkins. He completed further otologic fellowship training in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
Cochlear Americas: Consulting fee received.
NIDCD/HIH: Research grants received.
American College of Surgeons: Research grants received.
Eleanor Schwartz Foundation: Research grants received.
Amplifon: Speaking fee received.
Audifon: Consulting fee received; board membership.
Pfizer: Consulting fee received; board membership.
Non-Financial: MED-EL: Travel, accommodations, and meeting expenses received for volunteer teaching and speaking engagements.


Mike Lowery
Mr. Lowery is a Practice Development Manager at Phonak. He has over 14 years of experience dealing with small business owners and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of capacities and nine years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. Mr. Lowery received his B.S. in Business Administration, University of Colorado at Boulder, with an area of emphasis in marketing and management. His previous work experience includes National Sales Director for Vivatone Hearing Systems, Managing Director for OTOhealth, Senior Account Executive for Qwest Communications and several consulting positions for 3rd party organizations and non-profits, including the Tinnitus Practitioner Association. Prior to joining Phonak, he owned and managed a management consulting company that was focused on developing profitable and innovative business strategies in hearing healthcare.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Phonak: Salary, intellectual property rights received for employment.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Larry Oxenham
Larry Oxenham is one of America’s top asset protection experts, having helped thousands of physicians achieve financial peace of mind by teaching them how to properly structure their assets for lawsuit protection and tax reduction. He has authored and co-authored several articles and books on the subject including The Asset Protection Bible. His career has been credited with helping thousands of people save millions of dollars. Larry Oxenham is a nationally recognized speaker who has trained thousands of physicians at hundreds of conventions, conferences and seminars across the country.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: American Society for Asset Protection:
Honoraria, speaking fees received for teaching and speaking purposes.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Tabitha Parent Buck Au.D.
Dr. Buck was the founding chair of the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue and her Au.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She practiced in a variety of clinical settings and worked within the hearing aid industry. Her main areas of teaching for online and on-campus courses include neuroanatomy, embryology, genetics, pharmacology and amplification. Dr. Buck is a Past-President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), serving on the ADA Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011. She served on the board of the Audiology Foundation of America from 1996-2003.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Natalie Phillips, Au.D.
Dr. Phillips is a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology at Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology, a private practice located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to this, she has worked in many states providing various services within Audiology including setting up newborn hearing screening programs in Texas, as a clinical Audiologist in a teaching hospital at the University of California-Irvine, private practice and research Audiologist with a neurologist taking over the practice of William House, M.D., in Newport Beach, California, as well as a multi-specialty clinic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Phillips is in her second year of serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Academy of Audiology as well as the current Tinnitus Program Mentor for AudConnex. She has presented various topics at ASHA, AAA, Association of Otolaryngology Administrators Pacific Regional Educational Conference, Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf, National Symposium on Hearing in Infants, and other local seminars. Dr. Phillips has also lectured in graduate and doctoral courses of study at California State Los Angeles and the University of Washington.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Carolyn Pinkerton, Au.D.
Carolyn Pinkerton joined Starkey Hearing Technologies in 2012 in the Education and Training Department. She is a graduate of Northeastern University’s Doctorate of Audiology Program. She has completed residencies at several Ear, Nose and Throat offices in Massachusetts as well as the VA Hospital in Boston. Dr. Pinkerton's clinical experience includes a full range of patients from newborns to geriatric not only in comprehensive audiological examinations and fitting of appropriate hearing technology, but also in vestibular, central auditory processing and advanced evoked potential diagnostics.

Tish Ramirez, Au.D.
Dr. Ramirez is the Senior Manager of Education and Training for Siemens Hearing Instruments and responsible for the content, planning and delivery of sessions to train hearing care professionals and Siemens staff on the company’s products and audiology-related topics. She leads a team of audiologists who deliver interactive and effective education through innovative vehicles. Dr. Ramirez holds a Doctorate Degree in Audiology from A.T. Still University, a graduate degree from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. She has been a featured speaker at several industry events and an author of numerous articles in audiology publications.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Siemens Hearing Instruments: Salary, intellectual property rights received for employment and management.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Sam Rotella
Sam Rotella joined AHAA in 2012 as Director of Training and Development. Prior to AHAA, his career involved sales, sales leadership, and training and development. Sam has experience helping small business owners in various industries.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


D'Anne Rudden, Au.D.
Dr. Rudden is a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology and the owner of Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center in Longmont, Colorado. She has been in private practice for 16 years. Prior to this, Dr. Rudden worked in an ENT practice, in a hospital location and in the school setting. She served as the Vice President of Professional Issues for the Colorado Academy of Audiology from 2007-2009. Dr. Rudden is currently the Social Media Mentor for AuDConnex. She is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and a 300 hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. Because of this background, Dr. Rudden utilizes a holistic approach to patient care and tinnitus treatment, often using her expertise in yoga, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation to bring additional tools to the patients she works with in her practice.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Heather Sager
Heather leads Audigy Group’s member-facing Learning and Development team that creates and executes best practice training programs to over 270 Private Practice Audiology practices across the country, as well as to new graduates looking to be placed in the workforce. Their training systems are a result of 10 years of research and development to document the best practices of the most effective and successful teams in the country, having trained over 3500 people in 8 years. Prior to joining Audigy Group, Heather was a National Marketing Manager for an independent greeting card company, and a Sales Manager at a high growth photography studio, increasing sales by 35% in 4 years. In 2001, she co-founded and served as Vice President for the Clara Jean Foundation, a local breast cancer organization named in memory of her mother who lost her battle with metastasized breast cancer. She served on the executive board, and was the organization's spokeswoman from 2001-2011. Heather graduated Cum Laude from Portland State University with dual degrees in International Marketing and Advertising Management. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband James and their two furry children.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Audigy Group: Salary received for employment.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Mark Sanford, M.S.
Mr. Sanford is a Clinical Audiologist and successfully owned and managed five hearing centers in the San Francisco area since 1994. He earned his Master’s in Communicative Disorders, Audiology at the University of Texas in Dallas. As an expert in hearing loss and hearing devices, Mr. Sanford gives presentations locally and nationally and is on the advisory board for several hearing aid manufacturers. In addition, he instructs new Lyric providers in sizing and fitting procedures. Mr. Sanford is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech and Hearing Association, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, Hearing Review Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Elite Hearing Network Advisory Board. In the past, he has been a member of the GN Resound Advisory Board and Vortis Technology Board.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


David J. Smriga, M.A.
Mr. Smriga is president of David J. Smriga Consulting Services, and president of AuDNet, Inc., an audiology activist organization dedicated to advancing the value and importance of audiology hearing and balance care to all Americans. Mr. Smriga has conducted over 600 lectures in North America and Europe, and has authored over fifty publications. In addition to directing AuDNet, Mr. Smriga is the senior audiology consultant for Audioscan, and their chief lecturer on the use of real-ear measurement technology and audibility-based fitting strategies. He is well known for his unique way of presenting complex information in a clear, logical and understandable way.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: AuDNet: Salary received for management position.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Helena Solodar, Au.D.
Dr. Solodar owns Audiological Consultants of Atlanta, a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia with six office locations. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her Master’s from the University of South Carolina and her Au.D. from the University of Florida. She has been in practice for 38 years. She served on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors for four years where she was elected Secretary Treasurer, was appointed the 20th Anniversary Task Force Chair for AudiologyNOW 2008, and received both the AAA Presidential and State Leaders Advocate of the Year awards.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
Phonak: Speaking and consulting fees received.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Kevin D. St. Clergy, M.S.
Mr. St. Clergy started his career with a Master of Audiology degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. For eight years he was the Director of Business Development for a large network of independent practices. His job duties included operational management, leadership and management training, executive coaching, as well as, patient management protocol development. Concurrently, he began to coordinate and teach at national and state Audiology conventions. In June of 2006, he started EducatedPatients.com, which helps Audiology and hearing aid practices with staff education and modern marketing solutions. Mr. St. Clergy is a successful author, publishing The Death of Audiology (www.DeathOfAudiology.com) in 2008, Crush the Competition in 2011, and several electronic books between 2009 and 2012. His newest book, Audiology & The Art of War was released in April 2012.For a short video of his story, visit www.EducatedPatients.com/autus.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
Educated Patients: Salary and ownership interests received – employment and ownership of company.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Brian Taylor, Au.D.
Dr. Taylor is currently the Director of Practice Development & Clinical Affairs for Unitron and the Editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly publication of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. He also serves on the advisory board for the Better Hearing Institute and is a frequent contributor to Audiology Online. During the first decade of his career, Dr. Taylor practiced clinical audiology in both medical and retail settings. Since 2005, he has held a variety of management positions within the industry in both the United States and Europe. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on topics related to hearing aids, diagnostic audiology and business management. Dr. Taylor has authored three text books, Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids (co-authored with Gus Mueller) and Consultative Selling Skills for Audiologists, both published by Plural, Inc. His latest book, Quality in an Audiology: Design & Implementation of the Patient Experience, was published in 2013.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Employed by Unitron – Salary received.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Al Turri, Au.D.
Dr. Turri founded Harmony Hearing Centers on July 1, 2009. As clinic director, he assesses and treats hearing, tinnitus and balance disorders. Dr. Turri now owns and operates nine clinic locations successfully in one of the most competitive markets in the United States.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
Educated Patients: Developed services and products as an independent contractor.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Bob Tysoe
Bob Tysoe has a strong history of success as a Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, Sales Trainer, Presenter, and Sales Representative in the Health Care industry. He has twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and medical device sales, as well as almost ten nine years of highly successful growth results in physician marketing for major U.S audiology companies.

Bob has been associated with two major pharmaceutical companies in which he achieved both the number one ranking in sales productivity in the United States as both a sales representative and a sales manager. He counts many years of experience as a field sales trainer, and assistant product marketing manager.

He is the author and co-author of numerous “white papers" that are focused on marketing issues related to the audiology industry. Bob is also the author of a number of articles published in leading audiology industry journals. Topics include: “Disease State Marketing" – Audiology Practices Vol 4, No. 1; “Medicine and Audiology – Moving Toward a Stronger Alliance in the New Health Care Landscape" – Vol 4, No. 3; “Interventional Audiology: Partnering with Physicians to Deliver Integrative and Preventive Hearing Care"; No. 4, “Hearing Tests by ADA Reveal Link between Hearing Loss and Diabetes" – Collaborative - The Hearing Journal Vol. 65, No 6.

Bob has conducted a series of audiology marketing training webinars that focus on the major co-morbidities that significantly contribute to the cause of hearing loss – these can be found under the Unitron brand at www. audiology online.

Bob graduated with honors in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Marketing DIP., Sydney. NSW., Australia and continues his professional development at Portland Community College, Portland OR. Bob as completed an advanced Management Training Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

He formed “Hearing HealthCare Marketing Company" in Portland, Oregon and currently consults with audiology clinics, and hearing aid manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad, creating innovative education programs, leading business development projects, and helping to develop disease state marketing and physician marketing strategies that lead to increased patient care, market share, and profitability. Bob‘s contact information: C503 863 9250 and robert.tysoe@netzero.net.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial:
Unitron: Consulting fee, speaking fee received for teaching and speaking, consulting, and as an independent contractor.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Alina Urdaneta
Ms. Urdaneta is Vice President of Marketing & Learning for Siemens Hearing Instruments and responsible for marketing strategy and educational programs that support nearly 8,000 customers. She is an accomplished Siemens veteran, having implemented a multitude of award-winning press, channel-development and sales effectiveness programs. Ms. Urdaneta is always listening to the changing pulse of the industry to drive new initiatives, a strong supporter of diversity and a recognized leader in the Hispanic professional community. She has been featured in Hispanic Executive, and was named one of 2013’s Women Worth Watching as well as the Most Important Hispanic in Technology in 2008.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Siemens Hearing Instruments: Salary received for employment and managing position.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Michael O. Webb, M.S., CCC-A, FAAA
Mr. Webb founded and has directed the Sierra Hearing Center since 1983. He is a second-generation hearing healthcare specialist as his mother was a well-known hearing aid specialist in the Tucson area for over twenty years. While an undergraduate in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, he worked at her office and obtained his Hearing Aid Dispensing license in 1974. Mr. Webb completed his Bachelor's in 1975, followed by his Master's Degree in Clinical Audiology in 1977, also from the University of Arizona. After receiving his national certification in 1978 and working a year for the University of Arizona’s Hearing Center, he then founded and developed the Audiology and Hearing Aid department at a large Ear-Nose-Throat medical clinic in Tucson. In 1983, he relocated to Sierra Vista to establish Sierra Hearing Center, the first, and now the largest, private audiology practice in Cochise County.

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No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Barbara Weinstein, Ph.D.

An expert in hearing loss in older adults, Barbara E. Weinstein earned her Ph.D. in audiology with a minor in geriatrics from Columbia University. Weinstein has authored several textbooks, the most recent being Geriatric Audiology (2012). The author of close to one hundred articles and book chapters, she speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics ranging from social isolation and hearing loss in the elderly, to senile dementia and hearing loss, to hearing aids and hearing health promotion and screening. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), an Oyer Fellow, and a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for the New York State Speech Language Hearing Association. She served as a panelist on the National Institutes of Health consensus panel on cochlear implants.

Weinstein developed the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly and its companion version, the Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults, the most widely used scales to screen adults and older adults for hearing loss, as well as to measure outcomes. She is the recipient of local, state, and federal grants in excess of $750,000 on aging, workforce education, counseling older adults, and outreach.

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Unitron- Consulting fee received, Independent contractor.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Ian Windmill, Ph.D.

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Steve Woodward
Mr. Woodward has over 25 years of business experience with a degree from Louisiana State University. He was formerly in the durable goods industry where he ran a $10 million a year operation covering the Southeastern U.S. He is currently an independent audiology practice consultant, and Director, CEO and co-owner, along with Deborah Woodward, Au.D. of Johns Creek Audiology and North Georgia Audiology. Mr. Woodward has many years of speaking experience (both motivational and training) to businesses.

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No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


Erin Wright, Au.D.
Dr. Wright is an Audiologist in Canada and has 17 years of dispensing experience. She is a student of psychology and has incorporated her knowledge of personality types and buying styles into her practice, and has seen a significant increase in sales over the past two years with this technique. She has taught an audiology introduction course at University of Nevada Las Vegas to speech pathology students.

Disclosure Statement:
No relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.