2016 Speaker Biographies

Debra Abel, AuD

As Manager of AudigyCare Contracting Services, Deb Abel provides Audigy members her expertise in navigating one of the U.S. healthcare industry’s most difficult to understand aspects: The world of Medicare coding, billing, and reimbursements and third party contracts.

After years of intense committee work at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Abel naturally gravitated to the world of coding and billing. While there is no specific education or course work for this type of knowledge, her expertise is considered very specialized. Since Medicare coding categories are different for audiology from other medical coding, only a handful of people in the country are experts in audiology coding. In many cases, due to the intricacies in audiology coding, private practices are leaving money on the table.

“There are ways of billing and itemizing services that many practices aren’t aware of,” says Abel. “Our goal is to help our members with their coding and reimbursements to make sure they are correct so they can optimize their services to fit their patients’ needs.”

Abel has held several highly regarded positions in audiology, including a staff position at AAA, and has served as a coding and billing consultant for two other national companies. She looks forward to potentially visit several Audigy Group member practices in the near future to help them first-hand.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Salary received, Audigy Group Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Michele Ahlman

Michele Ahlman is CEO of Clear Digital Media, a Chicago-based privately held company that prides itself in providing high-quality, educational content to healthcare providers’ waiting rooms. Michele is responsible for leading the development and execution of both long and short term strategies and strategic partnerships.

With vision, passion, and commitment this privately held, family run, women-owned company creatively, stylishly, and economically transform healthcare waiting rooms into a powerful patient engagement tool.

As CEO and company cheerleader, Michele’s goal is to provide a great waiting room experience that gives patients an opportunity to learn about their health, their clinic, and the latest healthcare trends. She believes that being informed is an essential part of an enjoyable life, and is dedicated to delivering it in the most ingenious ways.

Jason Aird, AuD

Dr. Aird grew up in Dubuque, IA, and earned his BA and MA degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992 and 1994 respectively. After a clinical residency in Audiology at University of Iowa Hospitals, Dr. Aird joined the staff at Iowa Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers in 1995. He earned his Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Aird is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology and the Iowa Association of Hearing Health Professionals. Dr. Aird currently serves on the advisory board for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and previously served as the vice chair on the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Dr. Aird enjoys spending time with his family, bicycling, and camping. He is married to the former Krista Johnson of Winfield, IA, and has two daughters, Lauren and Rachel.

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Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Joseph Alden, AuD

Dr. Alden has worked on the business side (non clinically practicing) of Audiology for the past six years. He completed his AuD from Northwestern University in 2010 and has subsequently worked for InSound Medical, Phonak, and Alpaca Audiology. His roles have ranged from trainer, sales person, and consultant to executive and Vice President. He has focused his career on working on projects that have the potential to change the industry of Audiology (i.e. Lyric, Alpaca Audiology). His aggressive stance on Audiologists taking control over their business and the hearing aid market in general resonates with professionals everywhere.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Employee, Alpaca Audiology
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Amyn Amlani, PhD

Amyn M. Amlani, PhD, is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Texas. Dr. Amlani holds a B.A. in Communication Disorders from the University of the Pacific, an M.S. in Audiology from Purdue University, and a PhD in Audiology/Psychoacoustics (minor in Marketing and Supply Chain Management) 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 Disclosures: Consulting, speaking fees, honoraria, grants received: Unitron, CareCredit
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Randy Baldwin

Randy Baldwin is a marketing and product management executive with over 25 years of experience in the optometric, ophthalmic, and hearing industries. He currently serves as Vice President of Marketing – vision and hearing for CareCredit, a part of Synchrony Financial. His team is responsible for engaging with vision and hearing professionals and teaching them to use and position patient financing as a product to help both their patients and their practices.

AU Bankaitis, PhD

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is Vice President of Oaktree Products, Inc of St. Louis, MO, a multi-line distributor of hearing health care products. Dr. Bankaitis earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 where her funded research investigated the effects of varying degrees of HIV on the auditory system. This research interest quickly led her to focus on the practical application of infection control to audiology. She has held several clinical and academic positions and has authored numerous infection control publications including the popular text books Infection Control in the Audiology Clinic and Infection Control for Speech Language Pathology.

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Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Douglas Beck, AuD

Dr. Beck began his career 31 years ago in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute. By 1988, he was Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded an audiology and dispensing practice in St Louis. In 1999, he became Editor-In-Chief of AudiologyOnline.com, SpeechPathology.com and HealthyHearing.com. Dr. Beck joined Oticon in 2005 as Director of Professional Relations. From 2008 through 2015, Beck was the Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). As of Jan 1, 2016, Dr. Beck serves as Senior Editor for Clinical Research at Hearing Review. Dr. Beck is among the most prolific authors in audiology with 148 published articles, more than 1250 abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the AAA (2008-2015) and Audiology Online (1999-2005) addressing a wide variety of audiology and professional topics.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Employee, Oticon
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Brenda Berge, AuD

Brenda E. Berge, AuD has been in private practice at Berge Hearing Clinic for 11 of the 16 years of practice in Guelph, Ontario. She was the first Canadian, and one of the first dozen professionals in the world to have had the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree conferred, hers awarded in December of 1997. Her clinical residencies included the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and Dartmouth University, NH. The neuro-audiology fellowship at Dartmouth University Medical School in New Hampshire was under the direction of the world's leading expert in neuroanatomy and auditory perception, Dr. Frank Musiek, PhD in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Dr. Berge (Doctor of Audiology)’s areas of interest include effects of neural degeneration and auditory plasticity, and effects on auditory perception, advanced diagnostics, complex case management of rare syndromes, aural rehabilitation, and amplification. Brenda has a textbook chapter on the anatomy and physiology of neural plasticity of the auditory nervous system. She held a position as adjunct professor at Pennsylvania College of Optometry – School of Audiology) since it’s program inception in 2000 (renamed Salus University: Osborne College of Audiology – 2008). She has acted as a mentor for students training in the Doctor of Audiology programs, and a clinical rotation site for doctoral students from both Pennsylvania from Salus University and A.T. Still University, in Arizona, and she lectures internationally on various topics. She considers herself to be very fortunate to be part of a multi-disciplinary group of private practitioners including a dentist, an optometrist, psychologist, and a neuropsychologist who examine, diagnose, and treat symptoms of concussion, Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients for their audiovestibular symptoms including: tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, misophonia, and hyperacusis.

Dr. Berge (Doctor of Audiology) was formally trained in Largo, Florida with world leading expert Dr. Richard Gans with the American Institute of Balance for vestibular/balance diagnosis, care, management and therapy. She also completed his first workshop for Certification in Evidence Based Concussion, earned in January, 2015. The current training credential she is pursuing is on the topic of tinnitus, specifically the neurophysiological model of treatment as published by Dr. Pawel Jastreboff in relation to Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (commonly referred to as TRT), from the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Center in Georgia.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Victor Bray, PhD

Victor Bray is the Dean of the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology. Previously he was Vice President and Chief Audiology Officer for Sonic Innovations and Director of Clinical Research for ReSound Corporation. Dr. Bray holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, a MSC in Audiology from Auburn University, and a BS degree from the University of Georgia. He has presented nationally and internationally at numerous workshops, seminars and conferences on the clinical and educational aspects of audiology, and has authored book chapters and numerous technology papers on hearing aids and hearing aid benefit measurement methods.

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Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Tiffany Brown, AuD

Dr. Tiffany Brown is the Director of Professional Education and Audiology at Widex USA, Inc., in Hauppauge, New York. She earned her master’s degree at Towson University and her Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University. After many years in clinical and dispensing private practice, Dr. Brown joined Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing developing their audiologic and equipment distribution programs which is offered as state funded services in 31 states. Dr. Brown has been with Widex since 2006 supporting hearing healthcare professionals in the northeast region as the Professional Training Audiologist. In her current position as Director of Professional Education, Audiology, she manages a team comprised of 32 audiologists and technical specialists who partner with customers in all aspects of audiology and account management to provide them with impeccable professional services.

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Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Sara Burdak, AuD

Sara Burdak joined Starkey as an audiologist on the Hearing Research and Technology team in May 1999. She is currently the Director of Education and Training 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. Sara earned her B.A. in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University and a master's degree in audiology from Wayne State University. She recently received her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Employee, Starkey Hearing Technologies
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Craig Castelli

Craig Castelli is the Founder and CEO of Caber Hill Advisors. He has over a decade of audiology industry experience and has worked with hundreds of active and aspiring private practice owners who wish to sell a practice or make an acquisition. He has a business degree from Marquette University and is licensed by the Illinois Securities Department as a Business Broker. He has presented on topics related to buying and selling practices and developing exit strategies at the past three ADA Conferences as well as several other industry events.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: CEO, Caber Hill Advisors
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Kim Cavitt, AuD

Kim Cavitt, AuD, owner of Audiology Resources, Inc., graduated with her Master’s degree in Audiology from Indiana University in 1991 and with her AuD from Salus University in 2005. She spent nine years as a clinical audiologist and preceptor at The Ohio State University and Northwestern University and spent two years as the Director of Professional Relations at HearPO. Since 2001, Dr. Cavitt has operated her own Audiology consulting firm, Audiology Resources, Inc. Audiology Resources, Inc. provides comprehensive operational and reimbursement consulting services to hearing healthcare clinics, providers, organizations, buying groups, and manufacturers who want to be better equipped to compete in the managed care and healthcare arenas.

Throughout her career, Dr. Cavitt has been actively involved in issues related to all aspects of Audiology practice operations and management, coding, billing, third-party reimbursement and managed care issues. She has written numerous articles, provided many webinar training events, and given numerous presentations at both the state and national levels on these topics. Dr. Cavitt is a Past President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). She is also a current member of the State of Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board. She serves on both the 18 x 18 and mentorship committees through ADA and is the ADA representative on the Audiology Quality Consortium and the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Health Care Economics subcommittee.

Dr. Cavitt is an Adjunct Lecturer in the AuD program at Northwestern University and is a senior contributor to Audiology Online and Audiology Practices. Dr. Cavitt is the married mother of one daughter and is actively involved in her community. An avid fan of her beloved Indiana Hoosiers and Chicago Cubs, she also enjoys food, travel, and having fun in her adopted hometown of Chicago.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Employed by Audiology Resources, Inc – Salary and ownership interest
Academy of Doctors of Audiology – Consulting fee and honorarium received
Michigan Academy of Audiology – Consulting fee received
Audiology Online – Speaking fee, consulting fee received

Non-Financial Disclosures: Academy of Doctors of Audiology – Board Member
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – Committee Member
State of Illinois Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology – State Licensure Board Member

Rita Chaiken, AuD

Dr. Rita R. Chaiken earned a Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology and audiology from Syracuse University, a Master of Medical Science degree in both clinical audiology and education of the hearing impaired from Emory University, and a Doctor of Audiology degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University), where she was awarded the PCO Audiology Alumni Award for outstanding scholarship. In 2014, Salus University awarded her the Osborne College of Audiology Alumna of the Year Award. Dr. Chaiken’s professional background includes serving as an educational audiologist, southeast regional manager for a hearing aid manufacturer, and founder of a private audiology practice which she owned and operated for over 12 years. She served two terms as a member of the State of Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Presently, she consults with a private practice in Atlanta, GA., and is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Salus University as well as president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She has traveled in the United States and internationally to provide cerumen management training to audiologists and AuD candidates, and was honored by the Audiology Foundation of America with their Professional Leadership Award for her work in this area.

David Citron III, PhD

David Citron, III, PhD, FAAA co-founded South Shore Hearing Center, Inc., a full-service audiology practice in 1982. He received his undergraduate degree in speech pathology and audiology from Northern Illinois University, his Master's Degree in Audiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1972, and his PhD in Audiology in 1979 from Purdue University. Dr. Citron is a founder and fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and served on the Academy's Balance Disorders Task Force and its Committee on Adult Hearing Aid Guidelines. He is a fellow member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, serving as its president in 1988-1990 when the blueprint for the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) was developed. Dr. Citron has been an active Rotarian (Weymouth, MA) since 1983, and was club president in 2008-2009. With the support of the Rotary Foundation, he led a team to Goa, India in 2009 and established a newborn hearing screening program. He has authored publications and book chapters on hearing care, and has lectured extensively at local and national Audiology conferences.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Michael H. Cohen, Esq.

Michael H. Cohen is a healthcare and FDA attorney. He served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Adjunct faculty at Harvard School of Public Health, and is the author of six leading books on Health and Wellness Law. Recognized for his contribution to international health law and policy. Michael H. Cohen is a thought leader in health care law, pioneering legal strategies and solutions for clients in traditional and emerging healthcare markets.

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Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Cindy Compton Conley, PhD

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Judith Curtin, AuD

Dr. Curtin has been a dual certified Rehabilitative Audiologist for over 40 years. She worked on pre-implant protocol for early Cochlear Implants (single channel), and has run speechreading and strategy training for hearing impaired adults since 1981, in institutional and university settings. She has trained graduate students in aural habilitation and rehabilitation. Dr. Curtin is the Chair of Hearing Disorders for Children, ASHA, 2002-2006, and worked in French , English, and Arabic for aural habilitation children. She provided various presentations on the bilingual child who is deaf (English AND Sign (not BI-BI)) Habilitation for Deaf-Blind Child, ASHA; served as a part time instructor for 16 years at West Chester University (Hearing Disorders, Phonetics, Hearing Clinic and Therapy for Hearing impaired); and has been the private practice owner of ABC Hearing for 12 years. She received her doctorate in 2006 from the University of Florida.

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Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Patricia Dabrowski, AuD

Dr. Tricia Dabrowski was appointed Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator at A.T. Still University in July, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Dabrowski was an assistant professor at Salus University, where she maintained the titles of Director of Pennsylvania Ear Institute, and Coordinator of Internal Clinical Education, while establishing the Pennsylvania Ear Institute as a regional center of excellence, and developing the on-campus clinical training program for the College of Audiology.

Dr. Dabrowski earned her Master of Audiology degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the PCO School of Audiology. In addition to her university work, Dr. Dabrowski has a long history of scholarly and service activities. Current publications include chapters on amplification and hearing assistive devices within The NCHAM Book: A Resource Guide for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, along with a chapter involving clinical education which is pending publication by Thieme at this time. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (JEHDI), has participated in multiple steering committees for the American Academy of Audiology, and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and has held the titles of Vice-President and President while serving on the Board of the Scott Haug Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Dabrowski was elected to ADA’s Board of Directors, where she serves as Secretary.

Bill Dickinson, AuD

Bill Dickinson, AuD, joined Phonak in 2013 after nearly a decade serving as Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt. He is a strong proponent of the Audiology profession and tireless advocate for the hearing impaired. Bill is an engaging speaker nationally and internationally, a respected author and an established authority on audiological rehabilitation.

Nick Fabel

Nick Fabel, Manager of Audiology Recruiting & My Talent Solutions, and his team focus on supporting Starkey’s customers by offering expert recruiting, professional HR consulting, and an international database of candidates to help find and retain the best talent. He focuses on the PEOPLE within these practices, and provides the customer with a holistic approach to Talent Management. Fabel is passionate about uncovering strengths, and getting the most out of your employees. His goal is to continue supporting his customers with finding and retaining the best talent this industry has to offer. Nick has his B.S. in Human Resources Management and Marketing from Minnesota State University, Manakato.

Dave Fabry, PhD

Dave Fabry, PhD, is Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations at Starkey Hearing Technologies. He holds a PhD in audiology from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes positions as a Research Audiologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Chief of Audiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Vice President of Professional Relations and Education for Phonak Hearing Systems. He was Chief of Audiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Fabry is also a prolific writer, having served as an Associate Editor for Ear and Hearing, Editor of American Journal of Audiology, Associate Editor for Audiology Online and Editor of Audiology Today. He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Fabry has presented widely in the U.S. and internationally and has served as a board member and president of the American Academy of Audiology, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Employee, Starkey Hearing Technologies
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Gregory Frazer, AuD, PhD

Dr. Gregory Frazer entered the private practice of Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing in 1982. For 14 years, he owned and operated Hearing Care Associates, one of the largest audiology private practices in the U.S. In 1996, he founded Sonus-USA, Inc. which is now part of the largest corporate audiology chain in the world. In 2003, Dr. Frazer re-entered private practice in Brentwood, Califonia, as owner of Pacific Hearing, Inc. and Director of Audiology at Pacific Eye & Ear Specialists, Inc.

Dr. Frazer is a well-known teacher and clinician. He was a UCLA Clinical Instructor in the Department of Head & Neck Surgery at Olive View Medical Center, and from 1999-2009 he was an instructor for the University of Florida Doctor of Audiology Program. Dr Frazer is currently an Adjunct Professor San Diego/SDSU AuD Program, Adjunct Professor AT Still University AuD Program, and Clinical Adjunct Professor University of Texas at Dallas AuD Program.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Barry Freeman, PhD

Barry A. Freeman, PhD is Vice President of ZPower Battery, LLC. Dr. Freeman has extensive teaching experience nationally and internationally. He is a past-president of the American Academy of Audiology and served on the Academy's Board of Directors for six years. He continues to serve on professional boards including VP for Professional Activities for the Florida Academy of Audiology and as 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
Financial Disclosures: Employee, Zpower
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Jennifer Gans, PsyD

Jennifer Gans, PsyD, is the Founder and CEO of MindfulTinnitusRelief.com. She is a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist specializing in the psychological impact of deafness, tinnitus, and hearing on well-being. Dr. Gans is a psychologist consultant at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and researcher at the VA of Northern California. She holds a Masters in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and received a doctorate in psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Gans presents globally to audiologists on tinnitus patient counseling with excellent audiological care, critical pieces of the tinnitus management puzzle.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Creator, MindfulTinnitusRelief.com
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Richard Gans, PhD

Dr. Gans is the founder and executive director of The American Institute of Balance; one of the country's largest balance disorders treatment centers. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University in Auditory and Vestibular Physiology. Dr. Gans has been a leader in the development of vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. He has presented or published over 150 programs worldwide and papers in the area of equilibrium disorders. He is adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, Nova Southeastern University and University of Pittsburgh. He has taught vestibular and balance courses for Arizona School of Health Sciences, Pennsylvania College of Optometry-School of Audiology, and the University of Florida distance learning AuD programs. Dr. Gans is a past President (2004-2005) of the American Academy of Audiology.

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Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Mark Harned

Mark Harned has been employed by CallSource for almost ten years; the last eight as the Senior Strategic Partner Manager in the Healthcare Division. Mark originally started work with CallSource as an Account Executive in the Media and Advertising Division. In late 2008, Mark came across the Hearing Health Industry, and since then CallSource has had a passion to create positive marketing and conversion changes in the Industry.

In 2015, Mark completed the first Hearing Health Case Study conducted by CallSource, titled How Well do I Know My Practice. Through the utilization of technology and the human element, CallSource has been able to add valuable insight to over 5,500 audiologists and hearing dispensers across the U.S and abroad. Mark is extremely active in helping his clients succeed not only in business but in life as well.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Employee, CallSource
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Cathy Howard



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Jiovanne Hughart, AuD

Dr. Jiovanne Hughart, co-owner of Hearing Doctors of Georgia, received her Doctor of Audiology from the University of Florida. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Hughart’s areas of special interest include balance testing and rehabilitation. Married with two children, Dr. Hughart enjoys spending time with her family, playing the violin and exercising.

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Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Sara Jagger, AuD

Sara Jagger, AuD, is the Chief Medical Officer at The American Institute of Balance. She obtained her Doctorate in Audiology at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, and her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. Prior to obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University, she completed coursework in physical therapy assistance and neurology. Dr. Jagger also teaches in all of AIB’s workshops along with a full-time clinic schedule, and is a preceptor for three 4th Year students each year.

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Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Lawrence Jones, DMD

Dr. Jones is a 1967 graduate of the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Dentistry. Since that time, he has been a practicing dentist who has been deeply interested in oral facial pain, its diagnosis, management and prevention. To further understand the complex relationships of oral facial pain to the Trigeminal Nerve, the TMJ, the muscles of the face and neck, and the role of bruxism, he has studied intensively at the LD Pankey Institute in Florida, the Kois Centre in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Martin Mai of Switzerland, and the Glassman Pain Centre in Allentown, PA. He is a member of the American Academy of Oral Facial pain and a past member of the American Academy of Cranial Facial Pain. As well, he has spent countless hours understanding the value of neuromuscular dentistry and is qualified to use the state-of-the-art BioResearch technologies to diagnose neuromuscular issues.

Since 2010 he has been associated with the University of Guelph Human Anatomy Lab where he coaches fourth year anatomy students who choose to focus upon Head and Neck Anatomy.

In 2012 Dr. Jones left Restorative Dentistry and broke new ground by establishing a unique dental practice focused solely on patients with non-odontogenic oral facial pain. Using a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that brought to the patient the latest in Pain Dentistry and the skills and insights of a neurophysiologist, an audiologist, a binocular visions specialist and a cognitive behavioral psychologist, this approach has enabled patients to be often pain free sooner and to return to their referring family dentist faster, much to the satisfaction of all parties. This approach works especially well with MVA cases, Concussion cases and Post Traumatic Stress cases but also can be successfully applied where appropriate, to less involved situations.

Mead Killion, PhD

Mead Killion, Ph.D. founded Etymotic Research, Inc. in 1983. Prior to starting Etymotic, he worked for over 20 years for a major electronic component manufacturer where he designed hearing aid transducers, including microphones that were so accurate they were also used in recording and broadcast studios. Dr. Killion earned degrees in mathematics from Wabash College and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and completed his doctorate in audiology at Northwestern University. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science (Sc.D.) degree from Wabash College.

Nichole Kingham, AuD

Dr. Nichole Kingham joined the Hearing & Balance Lab in Mill Creek, Washington in 2004. She has a passion for the Deaf community and an interest in neuro-otology. Dr. Kingham was awarded a master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Washington. She obtained her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University.

Dr. Kingham is known for her patience and persistence in obtaining the best possible outcome for those who come to the Hearing & Balance Lab for diagnosis or treatment of hearing loss. She loves working alongside her patients with a team approach for finding the best solutions for hearing loss and communication difficulties.

Dr. Kingham has recently been involved with EducatedPatients.com in developing an Audiology Assistant training program to teach private practice clinics how to successfully incorporate Audiology Assistants into a busy practice. She has spoken nationally on the subject and is excited about the opportunity to help her Audiology colleagues improve patient care and clinic efficiency. She also writes articles on the many aspects of hearing loss and obtaining the best benefit from hearing aids.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: CEO, The Kingham Collective, Audiology Assistant Academy
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Jacques Kinsbergen

Jacques strongly believes in healthcare without barriers. After being involved for the major part of his professional career in the development and commercialization of advanced medical devices, he now puts his energy in the exploration and the development of new methods and technologies, aiming to bring advanced medical technology within reach of large populations worldwide.

He is the founding partner and CEO of Jacoti and an innovative entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the field of medical devices. Having founded or co-founded many innovative medical device start-ups, Jacques is a renowned industry specialist, serving as an advisor to various Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in the health industry.

Erica Koehler, AuD

Erica Koehler, AuD, is an audiologist within the GN ReSound Global Audiology Group. She began her career at GN ReSound in 2008 in the Research Group and transitioned into Global Audiology in 2010 where she manages the Student Outreach Program, is involved in planning and conducting clinical research trials of hearing instrument technologies, and provides audiologic input during fitting software design and development.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: GN ReSound Employee
Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Mary Anne Larkin, AuD

Dr. Mary Anne Larkin has been practicing audiology for over 30 years. She received her Masters degree from Purdue University and her Doctorate from the University of Florida. She founded Advanced Hearing Care in Charleston, SC in 1993. She has served on numerous committees and boards on a state and national level. Dr. Larkin has presented at various professional conferences including ADA and AAA on starting, financing and marketing a private practice and adult aural rehab. She has written articles on private practice issues published in ADA's Feedback journal. She has also received awards for her work promoting better hearing in the community including ADA's Leo Doerfler Award for Outstanding Clinical Service.

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Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Ron Leavitt, AuD

Dr. Leavitt earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at the University of Arizona and his Doctorate at Arizona School of Health Sciences. He has been awarded Best Audiologist Western US 2012, Best of Hearing Health Care Providers 2011-2013, Best Hearing Aid Validation Procedure 2013, Mentor for Best of Undergraduate Research 2013, Must Read Article of 2013, Best of Hearing Aid Research 2013/2014 and Larry Mauldin Excellence in Teaching Award 2013.

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Non-Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Carl LeBel, PhD

Carl LeBel, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Scientific Officer for Otonomy, since April 2009. Dr. LeBel has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical research and development experience. FHe is a scientific fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, a full member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and a full member of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Toxicology. Dr. LeBel received his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Toxicology from Northeastern University.

Mary Leisses

Mary Leisses joined Starkey Hearing Technologies as Director of Customer Service and Education for Audibel in June 2006. Mary has more than 25 years of experience in the hearing healthcare and bio-medical fields. She has worked in clinical practice for major hearing aid manufacturers and for bio-tech firms. Her personal areas of interest focus on aural rehabilitation and the successful coupling of technology with human lives. She obtained her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her MS from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Jonathan McGiverin

Mr. Jonathan McGiverin is the Co-Founder of Hearing Asset Advisors. Jonathan has several years’ experience as a practice management consultant and has worked with hundreds of Audiology/Hearing Aid private practices. Additionally, he has managed business operations, medical offices and worked in business development for GN Resound.

Mr. McGiverin and his partner launched HAA to support independent hearing care practitioners as they consider liquidity events based on each practice owner's individual circumstances. Jonathan understands the process of both practice acquisition and sales transactions; his clinical and business support experience distinctively enables him to guide the practice owner though important transactions.

Disclosure Statement
Financial Disclosures: Principal, Hearing Asset Advisors
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Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg rose from a college walk-on and twelfth round draft choice to an NFL career that included three Super Bowl and six Pro Bowl appearances. This former Broncos’ captain was arguably the most versatile player in the NFL playing all seven defensive front positions often in the course of a single game. Karl was named AFC Player of the Year, has been enshrined in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Mecklenburg has been a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame each of the last five years. Today Karl is an award winning author, and a certified speaking professional, inspiring long term positive change for teams and individuals.

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Nicole Mirabelli

As a Business Advisor with CallSource, Nicole works with clients in the healthcare industry to uncover areas of process improvement through data analysis and performance measurement. By examining the patient experience, comparing results to industry standards and executing a systematic approach to performance, her clients have found success optimizing their practice and increasing profitability. Nicole is passionate about helping her clients achieve their personal and professional goals and, ultimately, reaching as many patients as possible.

Terry Moore, PhD

Terry Moore is the founder and president of MMTR Inc. and MMTR Physiotherapy. Terry is a Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular Physiologist. During his Masters and PhD, Terry’s research resulted in a number of papers and publications on the intricate relationships that exist between the muscles, blood flow, oxygen uptake and various forms and levels of stimulation.

Prior to establishing the clinic in 1988, Terry’s time was consumed with research and teaching. From 1975 to 1983, Terry was employed by the University of Guelph where he taught Kinesiology students all aspects of human physiology including muscular and cardiovascular physiology, neuro-physiology and endocrinology. During this time he was also the Supervisor for the Human Physiological Laboratories and he earned his Masters of Science in Muscle Physiology from the University of Guelph.

From 1983 to 1987, Terry focused solely on his Ph.D. studies in muscle physiology. His findings led to the opening of his clinic and the development of his unique patent-pending muscle relaxation device. Terry presented his original physiological work at the American Physiological Society and twice at the American College of Sports Medicine.

In 2007, Terry published two clinical studies of his therapy system (now called MyoWorx®) that were accepted for poster presentations at the Canadian Pain Society, the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology and the Joint Educational Conference held by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine with the American Society of Neurorehabilitation.

Rick Musselman

Panel moderator and presenter, Rick Musselman is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience. Business entrepreneur, multi-office hearing aid practice owner, as well as holding various sales/marketing and operational positions with hearing health care companies, Rick has presented at numerous state and corporate events and conducted product training seminars for audiologists and dispensers. He is presently the Business Unit Manager at earVenture, a company that provides resources and value-positioned products for audiologists to reach an ever expanding marketplace.

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Jonette Owen, AuD

Jonette B. Owen, AuD is the Assistant Dean Practice and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine at Salus University. Dr. Owen's experience is multifaceted, having served in clinical and academic settings, including substantial experience precepting. Dr. Owen obtained her AuD from PCO School of Audiology, MS in Audiology from Towson State University and BA from Loyola College Maryland. Dr. Owen is the Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language and Hearing. Dr. Owen's most recent presentations include the American Academy of Audiology 2015 AudiologyNow convention as well as the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CAPCSD) 2015 annual meeting.

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Jenny Pedersen, AuD

Dr Pedersen studied Audiology at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom and she holds an Audiology Doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University, Florida. She is also a certified Tinnitus Retraining Therapist. In addition to running Audiovannah, she holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Copenhagen.

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Michael Poe, AS

Mr. Poe has been involved in the design of products for Audiology since 1974. He was part of the original design team that introduced one of the world's first middle ear analyzers (TA-1D at Teledyne). Michael designed and invented the world's first Live Speech Mapping device in 1997 called the Otowizard. Mr. Poe has lectured and trained clinicians worldwide in the use of Live Speech Mapping to accurately adjust hearing devices since 1997. His latest device is called the Primus Fitting System.

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Leanne Powers, AuD

Dr. Powers is an Education Specialist training customers as well as Signia staff on Siemens brand products, software, and services. Leanne practiced in a variety of hearing healthcare settings for 16 years prior to joining the Signia team. Most recently she operated two hearing aid offices in the Chicago land area. Leanne received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, her graduate degree from RUSH University in Chicago, and her Doctorate from ATSU. Leanne has been a featured speaker at several industry events and is the author of articles appearing in numerous audiology publications.

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Patrick Quaid, PhD, FCOVD

Dr. Quaid was born in Ireland, originally studied Statistical Mathematics and subsequently trained as an Optometrist in the UK (University of Bradford School of Optometry), working in the UK Hospital Eyecare System (Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London & Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorkshire) specifically dealing with the pre-operative and post-operative treatment of strabismus and management of glaucoma. Dr. Quaid was awarded his Doctorate in Vision Science at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science in 2005 in addition to completing a one year Post-Doctorate funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Quaid’s PhD thesis and post-doctoral research aided in the development of an early detection device for glaucoma (in commercial use).

Dr. Quaid serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and also holds a position as the only Appointed Consultant Optometrist at the University of Toronto Sports Medicine Clinic. He has published several papers as first author in high impact optometry and ophthalmology journals on topics related to both glaucoma and binocular vision dysfunction.

In addition to his PhD and Post-Doctoral training, Dr. Quaid has also completed a Fellowship in Rehabilitative Vision Therapy with the College of Optometrists & Vision Development (USA Board Certification). In Jan 2014, Dr. Quaid opened the Guelph Vision Therapy Centre, the first clinic in Canada of its kind to integrate Vision Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology and Concussion management in a collaborative care effort to deal with the ramifications of both concussion and learning disabilities, two areas that Dr. Quaid believes are very much linked in terms of ocular function.

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Dan Quall, MS

Dan Quall grew up in the hearing industry and has a wealth of experience from both the private practice and industry sides of the business. He received his M.S. from Western Oregon University and owned and operated a number of audiology clinics in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s and 1990s. Following his 18-year stint in private practice, Quall served in executive roles at Amplifon and the Right Hear Network. He worked for the past four years focusing on developing network programs and strategies for Starkey Hearing Technologies. In August of 2015 he joined Fuel Medical to create a division for developing professional networks and contracting with managed health groups.

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Tish Ramirez, AuD

Dr. Tish Ramirez is the Sr. Manager of Education and Training for Signia. She is responsible for the content, planning and delivery of sessions to train the company's network of hearing care professionals and staff on product and audiology-related topics. Tish 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. Tish has been a featured speaker at several industry events and is the author of articles appearing in numerous audiology publications.

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Hilary Rosenstrauch, AuD

Hilary Rosenstrauch, AuD received an MA in Audiology and Hearing Science from Northwestern University, and an AuD from the University of Florida. Her career comprises over 20 years of experience as a clinician, educator, researcher and sales consultant. Dr. Rosenstrauch was an assistant professor at Rush University, Director of Audiological Research for Personics Labs, a research audiologist at GN Resound and dispensing private practitioner. This combination of experiences positions Dr. Rosenstrauch as a unique resource for the hearing industry. As a consultant, she uses her clinical, technical, and sales expertise to help audiologists achieve both better treatment outcomes and increased practice revenue.

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D'Anne Rudden, AuD

Dr. D'Anne Rudden is the owner of Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center in Longmont, Colorado. She has been in private practice for over 20 years, working with hearing loss, hearing aid technology and specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus and hyperacousis. She served as the Vice President of Professional Issues for the Colorado Academy of Audiology (2007-09) and on the American Academy of Audiology Support Personnel Task Force (2014-15).

She is a proud founding sister of Women Unite, a community dedicated to the empowerment and mentoring of people seeking to inspire others, ignite change and achieve personal and professional success. Dr. Rudden is the Director of Social Media for AuDConnex and is currently serving a 2 year tenure as a Global Ambassador for Empowering a Billion Women by 2020.

Dr. Rudden is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200) and a Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher with over 1000 hours of direct teaching experience. She utilizes a holistic approach to patient care and tinnitus treatment, using her expertise in yoga, pranayama (breathing techniques), mindfulness based stress reduction and meditation to bring additional tools to her patients. She teaches public yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings in Colorado.

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Allen Ryan, PhD

Dr. Ryan is a Professor and Director of Research in the Division of Otolaryngology at UCSD, and Director of Otolaryngology Research at the San Diego VA Medical Center. He serves on the Executive Committees for the UCSD Neuroscience and the UCSD/SDSU Audiology doctoral programs. Dr. Ryan is a member of the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum, and in addition chairs the International Jury for this society. Dr. Ryan received his BS in Biology from Stanford University, a joint PhD in Physiology/Biophysics and Psychology from the University of Washington, and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University before joining UCSD. His current research areas include the development and regeneration of hair cells; mechanisms of damage and survival of hair cells; regulation of survival and neurite extension in cochlear neurons; and the biology of middle ear inflammation, tissue growth and recovery during otitis media. He has published over 300 papers on these and other topics in auditory research.

Mark Sanford, MS, CCC-A

Mark J. Sanford, Clinical Audiologist, and President of CSG Better Hearing Services, Inc., has 30 years of experience in hearing healthcare. He has owned and managed CSG Better Hearing Center in Walnut Creek since 1994 and later expanded the business by adding locations in other Bay Area cities and Monterey. He earned his Masters in Communicative Disorders, Audiology at the University of Texas in Dallas. As an expert in hearing loss and hearing devices, Mark gives presentations locally, nationally and internationally, including recent trips to England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and Germany. In addition, Mark instructs new Lyric providers around the world in sizing and fitting procedures. In 2010 Mark received the first ever Elite Award of Excellence given by Elite Hearing Network for his specialized work training audiologists to be Lyric providers. Mark is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, Hearing Review Advisory Board, and member of the Elite Hearing Network Advisory Board from 2009-Present and Chairman in 2011-2013. In the past, Mark has been a member of the GN Resound Advisory Board, Phonak Advisory Board, Hatis Advisory Board, and Vortis Technology Board.

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Lawrence M. Schmidbauer, AuD

Dr. Lawrence M. Schmidbauer is a Doctor of Audiology with his Au.D. from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine's Arizona School of Health Sciences which is now known as A.T. Still University. Dr. Schmidbauer has won recognition awards for continuing education. He is currently a member of the Education Committee for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.

Jennifer Schumacher, AuD

Jennifer Schumacher, AuD is an audiologist in the GN ReSound Global Audiology group. She is involved in designing and conducting clinical research trials, analyzing data and supervising AuD students. She has presented hearing aid technology concepts and original research from the hearing aid industry at multiple AAA conferences, state-level conferences and at various universities to AuD students. She graduated with an AuD from The Ohio State University in 2011. She also has previous experience as a clinical audiologist in hospital settings.

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Paula Schwartz, AuD

Dr. Paula Schwartz is the founder and owner of Audiology Concepts, a private practice with locations in Edina and Burnsville, Minnesota. She carries more than 28 years of experience in serving the hearing needs of the greater Minneapolis area. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the latest technological advancements in hearing assessment and rehabilitation, and is committed to helping people hear by educating them on available solutions to their hearing needs. Trained by Pawel Jastreboff, Dr. Schwartz provides TRT treatment to patients suffering from tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. Dr. Schwartz is also a certified Neuromonics provider. She holds a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University.

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Anu Sharma, PhD

Dr. Anu Sharma is Professor in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing, Institute for Cognitive Science, and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research is focused on examining brain plasticity in children and adults with hearing loss. Dr. Sharma has given several keynote addresses, including at the American Academy of Audiology, British Academy of Audiology and British Society of Audiology, among other venues. Her research is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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David Smriga, MA

David Smriga is founder and President of AuDNet, the industry’s first hearing care focused Group Purchasing organization, as senior audiology consultant for Audioscan, a division of Etymonic Design, Inc., a major manufacturer of hearing instrument verification and fitting equipment. Mr. Smriga received his master’s degree in audiology from Northern Illinois University in 1976. During his subsequent career, Mr. Smriga has held positions in both clinical and research audiology at the Health Sciences Center In Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba Medical School, as well as senior management positions in sales, marketing, product management and public relations for some of the industry’s leading hearing instrument manufacturing firms. Mr. Smriga has conducted over 600 lectures in North America and in Europe, and has authored over fifty publications ranging in topic from inter-operative brainstem monitoring to counselor selling. He is well known for his unique way of presenting complex information in a clear, logical and understandable way.

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Tina Soika

Tina is President of American Hearing Aid Associates. Tina joined AHAA in June 2000. Prior to joining AHAA, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations for NovaCare, Inc. Tina holds a Master’s Degree and Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language Pathology. As COO, Tina was responsible for all of AHAA's accounting, operations, and administration, and technology initiatives. In August of 2003, Tina was named President of AHAA.

Alicia Spoor, AuD

Alicia D.D. Spoor, AuD is the owner of Designer Audiology, LLC, located in Highland, Maryland. Previously, she was part of the cochlear implant and hearing aid teams at the Mayo Clinic Arizona and worked at two private audiology practices around the Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. areas. Dr. Spoor received her Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Michigan State University in Audiology and Speech Sciences. Her clinical internship experiences included Bethesda National Naval Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Medial Center), Ft. Belvoir Army Community Hospital, and Kendall Demonstration Elementary School. While at Gallaudet University, Dr. Spoor taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is currently the Secretary for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), Chair of the Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC), and Legislative Chair of the Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA).

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Financial Disclosures: Academy of Doctors of Audiology: Convention registration received in kind, as a board member.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Academy of Doctors of Audiology: Board membership.

Kevin St Clergy, MS

Kevin St Clergy is Chief Business Development Officer at Medical Practice Builders. Widely sought out as a speaker on audiology practice marketing, sales and management, Kevin’s workshops are often featured at audiology conferences across the country, from ADA to AAA. Kevin has a Masters of Audiology and was the Director of Business Development for a network of 2,000 independent practices.

Kevin founded EducatedPatients.com in 2005, and at that time hired Charlie Cook as his marketing consultant to jump-start the new business. In 2012, they became partners to grow EP and better serve the needs of medical practice owners.

Kevin currently lives in Austin, the hippest town in Texas. When he’s not helping audiology practices get in shape, he’s getting himself in shape at the gym and at kickboxing classes.

Courtney Stone, AuD

Dr. Courtney Stone is an audiologist with Audiology Concepts in Edina, Minnesota. Her main areas of interest include adult and pediatric diagnostic testing, Auditory Processing Disorders in both children and adults and hearing instrument solutions. Dr. Stone is also passionate about educating her patients on hearing protection and the prevention of hearing loss. Dr. Stone earned an AuD degree from Salus University.

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Karl Strom

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Robert Sweetow, PhD

Robert Sweetow, PhD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and was the Director of Audiology at the UCSF Medical Center from 1991 - 2010. He received his Communicative Disorders undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, a Masters from the University of Southern California, followed by a PhD in Audiology from Northwestern University.

Dr. Sweetow has utilized his teaching skills, over 30 years of clinical experience and research to assist patients and other audiologists to help manage hearing loss and auditory disorders. He and his colleagues developed a computerized, online program called Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) to help hard-of-hearing people learn skills on active listening. He is committed to providing the necessary tools to help patients effectively employ their resources to the best of their abilities.

Brian Taylor, AuD

Brian Taylor, AuD is the Senior Director of Clinical Affairs at Turtle Beach. He is also the clinical audiology advisor for the Fuel Medical Group. Brian is an adjunct professor for A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences, and editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly journal of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Brian is also editor of the Hearing News Section of the Hearing Healthcare and Technology Matters (HHTM) blog. He has written four books and several articles on a variety of topics related to audiology and practice management.

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Financial Disclosures: Turtle Beach Employee; Consultant, Fuel Medical
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Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson, AuD, is Senior Manager Product Marketing and Audiology at Phonak LLC in Warrenville, IL. She joined Phonak in 2008 as the Northeast Government Services Territory Sales Manager. Prior to joining Phonak, she served as a clinical audiologist with specific focus on the diagnosis and treatment of adults, hearing aid outcome research, and clinical education of AuD students at Indiana University. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University and her doctor of audiology degree from Salus University.

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Dennis Van Vliet, AuD

Dr. Van Vliet has been an audiologist for over 40 years. In that time, a number of disruptive events have occurred that have shaped the practice of audiology as we know it today. It is fair to say that he has been a willing participant in the disruption, sharing his opinions and clinical impressions at ADA and other professional meetings, and expressing his thoughts in monthly trade journal columns. He earned a Master of Arts degree in 1976 from California State University, Fullerton, and pursued a Doctor of Audiology degree from Central Michigan University which was awarded in 2003.

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Financial Disclosures: Employee, Starkey Hearing Technologies
Non-Financial Disclosures: Contributor, Hearing Review

Joseph Vespe, MS, MBA

A native New Yorker, Joe earned his MBA from St. John’s University and MS from Long Island University. Since 1997 Joe has held the position of Director of Operations for the Hal-Hen Company, Inc. Before joining Hal-Hen Joe held executive positions in the biotechnology industry and was the founder and CEO of American Synthesis, Inc., which manufactured and marketed custom molecules, scientific instrumentation and reagents for bio-molecular research.

Over the years Joe has had the opportunity to contribute innovations to both the Life Science and Hearing Healthcare industries and has developed and implemented training programs both technical and non-technical. Of special note is his two hour Infection control seminar which he has been presenting to the audiology community since 2001. Joe is a subscriber to the adage that “learning doesn't have to be boring to be interesting and informative.

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Sheri Weiner, AuD

After almost 40 years in the audiology field, Dr. Weiner continues to pursue her passion by helping practice owners share their compassion for others. Dr. Weiner started Hearing Services of Tennessee in the early 80's as a consulting audiology practice offering audiology and hearing aid services in ENT offices. She built her part time practice into a multi-location business which she sold and now offers insight and consultative support to other practice owners. An active leader as a member and President of the Tennessee Hearing Society and as the Chair of the State Licensing Board for Hearing Aid Dispensers, she served as Disciplinary Consultant for that same State Board and helped draft legislation that guides Tennessee practitioners today. Active in her home community, Sheri has served on various Metro Nashville boards and commissions. She was elected to the Metro Nashville Council in 2011 and is currently serving a second term extending through 2019.

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Barbara Weinstein, PhD

Dr. Weinstein is a Professor of Audiology and the Founding Executive Officer of Health Sciences Doctoral Programs. She is the author of both editions of Geriatric Audiology and the Hearing Handicap Inventory. Weinstein has focused her endeavors on the role of audiologists in improving the quality of life of older adults. The focus of her research has been on epidemiology, psychosocial correlates of hearing loss, patient centered care, and outcomes assessment.

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Rainy Yelich

Rainy Yelich is a Director of Human Resources for Starkey Hearing Technologies. Rainy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Minnesota and has been providing HR leadership to Starkey’s Corporate, Retail, and Non-Profit functions for the past 20 years. Rainy’s expertise includes employee engagement, organizational and leadership development, employee relations, performance management and talent acquisition, and she is passionate about fostering engagement and employee development within the field of Audiology.

David Zapala, PhD

David Zapala earned his BA from California State University at Fullerton, MS from Utah State University, and PhD from the University of Memphis. Early in his career he developed the Infant Hearing Center and Hearing and Balance Center at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, and served as a clinical professor in Otolaryngology at the University of Tennessee. He is currently a Senior Consultant and Chair of the Audiology Section at the Mayo Clinic in Florida and an Associate Professor of Audiology in the Mayo School of Medicine. Dr. Zapala has published and taught in the areas of vestibular assessment and diagnostic audiology. He has served on the American Board of Audiology, the Board of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Balance Society and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Accessibility and Affordability of Hearing Healthcare. He is currently an NIH funded clinical researcher, investigating how well consumers and audiologists assess ear disease risk.

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Financial Disclosures: National Institute of Health – consulting fee Non-Financial Disclosures: Former board member, American Board of Audiology, the Board of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Balance Society and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Accessibility and Affordability of Hearing Healthcare