AuDacity 2020 - Speakers
Debbie received her Bachelor and Master's degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, OH after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years, taking the ENT with her. She recently became the manager of Coding and Contracting Services for Audigy and is also associated with Arch Health Partners in Poway, CA, where she provides audiologic services on a limited schedule. Formerly the Academy's Senior Specialist, Practice Management, she was the Director of Reimbursement and Practice Compliance and served as an Academy Board member-at-large and as the chair of the Academy's Coding and Reimbursement Committee and a member of the Academy's Ethical Practice Board. She currently sits on the Practice Compliance Committee and is serving on the board of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. Dr. Abel has authored several chapters in Plural Publication texts including the first and second editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations and The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management. The audiology companion book, The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management, edited by Dr. Abel, was published in 2017.
Dr. Abel is an adjunct assistant professor at A. T. Still. She was the Alliance Area's 1994 Athena Award recipient, was awarded the first "Active Advocate of the Year" by the State Leaders' Network of the American Academy of Audiology in 2006, in 2012, the American Academy of Audiology's President's Award and in 2017, ADA's Joel Wernick Award.
Dr. Harvey Abrams has served in a number of academic, clinical, research, and administrative capacities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and private industry. His research has focused on treatment efficacy and improved quality of life associated with audiologic intervention. He has authored and co-authored several recent papers and book chapters and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of outcome measures, health-related quality of life, and evidence-based audiologic practice.
Amyn M. Amlani, PhD, assumed the role of Director of New Practice Development at Audigy in March 2019, a data-driven, management group for audiology and hearing care, ENT group, and allergy practices in the United States. Prior to this position, Dr. Amlani was an academician for nearly two decades, where he pursued scholarly activities in the areas of: (1) economic and marketing trends within audiology, particularly with respect to evolving/disruptive technologies (direct-to-consumer hearing tests and amplification technologies), (2) consumer purchasing models, (3) provider service-delivery models, (4) hearing conservation for musicians, and (5) room acoustics. Dr. Amlani also serves as section editor of Economics for Hearing Health Technology Matters.
Randy is a marketing and product management executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the optometric, ophthalmic and hearing industries. His team is responsible for engaging with vision and hearing professionals, using patient financing to help both their patients and their practices.
Dr. Jane Baxter became a partner at Pacific Hearing Service in 1986 and both manages and provides audiology services at the Menlo Park office. She completed her clinical doctorate in Audiology at Salus University and received her graduate training at both San Francisco State and UC Berkeley. After working as a teacher of hearing impaired children, she changed her focus to audiology services and worked as a research audiologist at the VA Medical Center in Martinez, CA. Prior to joining PHS, Dr. Baxter worked at Stanford Medical Center performing clinical audiology and research. She and her business partner, Dr. Deborah Clark, co-founded the non-profit, Pacific Hearing Connection, serving low income hearing impaired people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Together they received ADAs Leo Doerfler award in 2019. She is an active member of Entheos Audiology Cooperative and travels several times a year to countries such as Guatemala, South Africa and Jordan to help people hear.
Isabelle Boisvert, PhD, MPA, Aud(c), MAudSA | Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney
Isabelle holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellow position with Audiology and Hearing at Macquarie University. With a broad background as a clinical audiologist, her research aims to inform the development of practical and trustworthy information for adults with hearing loss. Her publications relate to clinical decision making, comparing intervention options, as well as physiological and patient-reported measures of listening effort and communication.
Dr. Victor Bray has a 40-year career in health care, including provision of clinical services, applied research in product development and clinical trials, and senior administration in industry and academia, all of which have been supported with extensive presentations and publications.
He is a tenured Associate Professor and former Dean of Salus University Osborne College of Audiology. His research activities include evaluating hearing instrument technologies, the interprofessional co-management of comorbidities in audiological medicine, and the role of audiology doctoral-degree education in the audiology professional transition process. His most recent publications are on Comorbidities in the Audiology Patient and on Depression, Hearing Loss, and Hearing Aids.
Dr. Sara Burdak joined Starkey as an audiologist on the Hearing Research and Technology team in 1999. Over the last 18 years, she has worked to bring impactful programs to our diverse customer base. In her current role as Chief Audiologist Officer, she is responsible for developing and aligning Starkey’s global audiology strategy as it relates to the Department of Veterans Affairs, education and training programs, and customer and industry relations. Burdak earned her bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University, her master’s degree in audiology from Wayne State University, and her Au.D. from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Justin R. Burwinkel, Au.D., joined the Starkey Hearing Technologies Audiology Research team in 2014. Dr. Burwinkel's research has investigated potential improvements to digital noise reduction, feedback suppression, and a variety of other emerging sensor technologies. In addition, he has filed numerous patents relating to fall risk management, artificial intelligence, and hearing aid connectivity. Dr. Burwinkel earned both his B.S. and Au.D. at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Burwinkel is a Collaborator with the University of Cincinnati's FETCHLAB.
Kim Cavitt, AuD was a clinical audiologist and preceptor at The Ohio State University and Northwestern University. Since 2001, Dr. Cavitt has operated her own Audiology consulting firm, Audiology Resources, Inc.
Audiology Resources, Inc. provides comprehensive operational, compliance and reimbursement consulting services to hearing healthcare providers. She is a Past President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), serves as the Chair of the State of Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board, serves on the Audiology Quality Consortium and serves on committees through ADA and ASHA. Dr. Cavitt is an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University and a visiting lecturer at Western Michigan University.
In 2016, Dr. Citron sold South Shore Hearing Center. At present, he is CEO of David Citron and Associates, an audiology practice management and customer excellence firm. Dr. Citron co-founded South Shore Hearing Center, Inc., a full-service audiology practice in 1982. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL. 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 Ph.D. in Audiology in 1979 from Purdue University. President of ADA (1988-1990) when the blueprint for the Au.D. was introduced; Founder AAA.
Dr. Deborah Clark has been with Pacific Hearing Service since 1998 and an owner since 2008. Dr. Clark graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Master's degree in Audiology and completed her clinical doctorate degree at Salus University. Prior to joining PHS, Dr. Clark worked at the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center in Nashville and the Vanderbilt University Otolaryngology Department. She has been involved with research and the training of audiology students, medical students and ENT residents. She has also worked at Virginia Mason Medical Center and the University of Washington Speech and Hearing Clinic in Seattle. In 2016 she and her business partner, Dr. Jane Baxter, founded Pacific Hearing Connection to serve low income hearing impaired people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through her affiliation with Entheos Audiology she has traveled around the world on audiology humanitarian trips. She and Dr. Baxter are 2019 recipients of ADAs Leo Doerfler award.
Dr. Kent Collins is the Director of Clinical Operations for Starkey's US retail locations. He created and developed the world's busiest private sector TeleAudiology program and is believed to be the first ever Audiologist licensed in all 50 states. Dr. Collins is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Dr. Collins earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, followed by his Master of Science in Audiology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He completed his education at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Doctor of Audiology degree. Dr. Collins specializes in Patient Journey Innovation, Insurance & 3rd Party Payer processes, and Education & Training. He has served as the President of the Minnesota Academy of Audiology and sat on the Board of Directors.
Joel Coultas is the manager of audiological services at Can:Do in Adelaide, South Australia. Can:Do Hearing is an independent and not for profit association that provides hearing services for adults and children, allowing families to opt out of the public funding of their hearing aids by participating in an innovative charitable system that is accommodating of families, Deaf culture and alternatives to mainstream oral intervention that is the main focus of the publicly funded system.
Dr. Andrea Hannan Dawkes is a Senior Education and Training Audiologist at Starkey. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Dr. Hannan Dawkes has worked in a variety of clinical audiology settings and in hearing aid research. She currently specializes in the development of educational materials and leading training classes and also serves as the liaison for Starkey’s university and student initiatives.
Dr. Paul Dybala is a Partner and Vice President of Strategy for AudiologyDesign (audiologydesign.com), the premier provider of digital marketing for hearing clinics in the US serving over 1,300 locations. Paul's 20+ year avocation has focused on making the medium of the internet useful for audiologists and the patients they serve.
Paul earned his Ph.D. in communication sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas / Callier Center where he worked as a clinical and research audiologist. He went on to serve as President of AudiologyOnline, the leading online CEU provider for audiologists in the US. He next served as President of Healthy Hearing, the largest hearing health consumer website in the world hosting millions of visitors annually. He uses his unique blend of expertise in audiology and technology to support AudiologyDesign's mission of connecting hearing clinics with more patients via digital marketing.
Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D. is a professional cybersecurity expert. He is founder and consultant of Designer Security, LLC, which provides security services for audiologists. Dr. Dykstra is also a technical leader in cybersecurity at the Department of Defense. Over the past 16 years, he has worked as a researcher and practitioner in network security and digital forensics. His recent work has focused on the intersection of human factors and cybersecurity. He is a frequent speaker, the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, and wrote the book Essential Cybersecurity Science. Josiah is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Dr. Dykstra earned a B.S. in computer science and B.A. in music from Hope College (Holland, MI), M.S in information assurance from Iowa State University, and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Brent Edwards joined the National Acoustic Laboratories as Director in 2018. For over 22 years he has lead research and development teams at major hearing aid companies and Silicon Valley startups that have developed innovative signal processing algorithms, fitting procedures, diagnostics and outcome measures, wireless technologies, transducers and other technologies that have benefited hearing aid wearers and dispensers worldwide. Dr Edwards founded and developed the Starkey Hearing Research Center that was one of the leading sites for research in hearing impairment and cognition. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent invited speaker at international scientific conferences.
Dr. Edwards is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a Fellow of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology, and Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Dave Fabry is Chief Innovation Officer at Starkey Hearing Technologies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and has held a number of roles at Academic Medical Centers, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and The University of Miami Medical Center. He has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the American Academy of Audiology, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Auditory Society. He is Past Editor of Audiology Today, The American Journal of Audiology, and Section Editor for Ear and Hearing. He lives in Eden Prairie, MN with his wife, Liz, and their dog Lombardi.
Dr. Magann Faivre graduated with her Au.D. from Northern Illinois University. She completed her fourth year externship at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and joined a non-profit clinic in Oklahoma City in 2014 where she served as the adult clinic director. She recently left that position to start her own business ownership venture. Dr. Magann Faivre currently serves on ADA's Board of Directors as Treasurer and on The Audiology Project's Board of Directors. She is also a preceptor and mentor for students at her clinic.
Joe Gellatly is the CEO of Medcurity, Inc., a cloud-based HIPAA compliance platform supporting the required security risk analysis, customizable policies, and BAA management. Previously, Joe was in leadership at Inland Northwest Health Services, overseeing a hosting and support division providing EHR and IT support for over 1000 physicians. Joe has also served on the Board of Directors for a Spokane, WA. Community Health Center for over 12 years.
Ginger earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Massachusetts, Master’s Degree at the University of Arizona, and Doctor of Audiology degree at Central Michigan University. She has been actively involved with cochlear implants and, more importantly, cochlear implant candidates and recipients, since 1994 when she began working at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore, MD. Since joining Cochlear in May 2000 she has served in a variety of roles including clinical and surgical support, sales, professional training, and clinical studies. Ginger is currently Senior Manager of the Cochlear Provider Network Territory, dedicated to increasing awareness and access to implantable hearing devices. She lives with her family in Eldersburg, Maryland.
Dr. Dawn Heiman attained her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science degree in Audiology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heiman is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology.
Shawna Jackson is an audiologist and faculty associate for the Callier Center at University of Texas at Dallas. In addition, Dr. Jackson is the coordinator of clinical and dispensing services for the clinic. She has significant experience in working with difficult to treat patients in diagnostics and rehabilitation. Currently, Dr. Jackson's primary role at the Callier Center includes clinical management of special populations including tinnitus and pediatrics. She also serves as the current President of the Texas Academy of Audiology.
Tegan is a specialist clinical audiologist, who has practiced Audiology on the Sunshine Coast & Brisbane since 1999. She has worked in the development and implementation of state-wide policy and protocols, research innovation, and ensuring the provision of quality audiology services for both children and adults across Queensland. Tegan now runs her own private practice, Hear Check and is the Vice President of Independent Audiologists Australia.
Erica Koehler, Au.D., is a Senior Audiologist within GN ReSound Global Audiology. She began her career at GN ReSound in 2008 in the Research Group and transitioned into Global Audiology in 2010 where she fulfills the role of Lead Fitting Software Audiologist by providing audiologic input during fitting software design and development. She also presents at national and state level conferences, and is involved in conducting clinical research trials of hearing instrument technologies. Particular interests include maximizing patient hearing aid benefit with software and mobile technologies.
Dr. Sophia E. Kramer, neuropsychologist, is Professor in Auditory Functioning and Participation at the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery of the Amsterdam UMC, location VU University medical center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She holds a University Research Chair and is co-director of the Quality of Care program of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute. Prof. Kramer is mainly involved in research, but also engaged in patient care. Her research focuses on the psychosocial effects of adult hearing impairment and the development of methods to assess these effects. Further interests are in the cognitive aspects related to hearing impairment, including the assessment of listening effort using the method of pupillometry, and innovations in hearing health care. She serves as coordinator of various (inter)national research projects and published over 150 scientific papers and book (chapters). From 2008 – 2011 she worked at Oticon’s Research Center, Denmark as research project leader (20%). Dr. Kramer served as president of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (2011-13) and received the International Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology in 2016.
Bon Ku is the Director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University where he created the first design thinking program at a medical school. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Health & Design and a practicing clinician. Bon’s Lab teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges and tackles healthcare inequalities as a form of social justice. Their work toward building healthier cities and redesigning medical education has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Architectural Digest, Fortune and Fast Company.
Dr. Ku is the recipient of the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Award and healthcare innovation awards from The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has spoken about the intersection of health and design at conferences, academic medical centers and universities around the world: SXSW, TEDx, Mayo Clinic Transform, Yale School of Management, American Institute of Architects and Singapore Design Week. Dr. Ku was a regular panelist on the primetime television show Chasing the Cure Live with Ann Curry and co-wrote the book, Health Design Thinking, with Ellen Lupton.
Founded Specialist Hearing Services in Perth, WA in 2008. Prior to completing her post-graduate qualifications in Audiology in 1997, Elaine was a Registered Nurse for over 18 years and has widespread medical knowledge and diagnostic skills enabling her to provide comprehensive holistic care to her patients.
Elaine has a lifelong commitment to ethical, independent practice and patient/family centred care. She is an Executive member of Independent Audiologists of Australia (IAA).
Jeanie Morrison-Low is the charge audiologist at, and owner of Kapiti Hearing, a world class hearing centre with two fully-equipped locations, Waikane and Raumati Beach, on Wellington’s Kapiti Coast. She is a full audiologist member of the NZ Audiological Society and convenor of Independent Audiologists New Zealand.
Jeanie is originally from Scotland, and received her Masters in Audiology with first class honours from the University of Auckland. Thesis title: "The Effects of Auditory Attention Training on the Perception of Bothersome Tinnitus and on Listening to Speech in Background Noise" (2006).
Scott Myatt has an MBA and an MIM (Master of International Management). He has been working in the audiology industry since 2006 doing mergers and acquisitions of clinics, and has been a part of well more than $100 million worth of transactions. He has worked at 3 different manufacturers doing acquisitions, and for the last 3 years has been with Caber Hill. He has completed valuations and acquisitions of hundreds of audiology and hearing aid clinics.
Ernest J Paolini is responsible for Human Resources and Recruiting Services at Consult YHN. He has more than 20 years of experience in building and managing technology-driven HR and recruitment organizations. His areas of expertise include behavioral interviewing, employee relations, compliance, and on-boarding. He has managed international recruitment campaigns (SE Asia, Canada, UK and Australia) and is very familiar with US-CIS processes for work visas. Ernie attended Rutgers University and the Widener University School of Law.
Shannon worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years, during which time she specialized in pediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne working in various fields including plastics, orthopedics, adolescents, respiratory and in the operating theatre. She later completed post-graduate studies in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing at Curtin University, which led her to specialize in infants and early childhood healthcare.
Working in the community as a child health nurse Shannon was fortunate to visit remote regions of Australia and work together with Aboriginal families and their communities to provide education on childhood development and promotion of healthy lifestyles. After developing a keen interest in ENT, Shannon began to run clinics and assist in ENT operations such as cochlear implants, sinus surgeries, complex ears and airway cases. It is here where she decided to focus on ENT, enrolling in the Master of Clinical Audiology at UWA to further her knowledge in hearing.
Shannon is very experienced in diagnostics, tinnitus, pediatrics, electrophysiology and vestibular issues and with her diverse background/experience is able to provide holistic healthcare to her patients, covering both audiological and general medical care. Audiology recently became a more significant part of Shannon’s life with the birth of her beautiful baby boy Harry, who was born with a hearing loss.
D’Anne Rudden, Au.D., has been the owner of Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center in Longmont, Colorado for 17 years. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, teaching Business Management and Ethics. Dr. Rudden is considered an industry expert on social media and marketing with published articles in Audiology Today, Seminars in Hearing, Audiology Practices, and The Hearing Journal. She is the host of The Hearing Journal podcast and is an E-RYT 500 yoga and meditation teacher. She coaches other hearing professionals to build a confident presence by owning their authentic stories.
Adrianna Russ, Au.D. has become the referring source for comprehensive tinnitus treatment for primary doctors, transplant center (pulmonologist, cardiologists), and endocrinologist (diabetes) in the Chicago area. Besides her doctorate in Audiology, she holds a masters in science in Biotechnology. She has a great understanding of molecular biology, chemistry, pharmacology, and physiology which enables her to integrate the acute medicine management of tinnitus with rehabilitative medicine. She has initiated collaboration with physical therapists and psychologist to provide patients with the most holistic approach to tinnitus treatment. She has also trained the nursing staff on the prevalence of tinnitus and our successful tinnitus program.
Jack Scott, Ph.D. is a Senior Audiologist at GN Hearing. His areas of interests include adult hearing health, the interplay between hearing loss and cognition, and tinnitus management. Dr. Scott is a motivational audiologist with extensive clinical, research, supervising, and training experience‚ and his passion is inspiring clinical decision-makers in embracing innovative technology and best practices for improving patient outcomes. He received his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas Dallas.
Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D. is the Audiologist and President of Designer Audiology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. After graduation, Alicia joined the hearing aid and cochlear implant teams at Mayo Clinic before moving back to Maryland. She opened her own business, Designer Audiology with an unbundled pricing structure- one of the first in the nation to do so from day one, to benefit the patient and demonstrate the value of the audiologist.
Dr. Spoor is the current Legislative Chair for the Maryland Academy of Audiology and a Past-President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). She is the Managing Editor for Audiology at Simucase and a member of the Osborne College of Audiology College Advisory Board at Salus University.
Brian is the editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly journal of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and an editor-at-large for the Hearing Health and Technology Matters (HHTM) blog. He has written five textbooks and numerous articles and lectures extensively on topics related to clinical practice, hearing aids, and business management.
Primary responsibilities center around Governmental Affairs and Regulatory activities. He holds a doctorate degree in Audiology. Over 40 years’ experience in the hearing health care field, Dr. Tedeschi has insights into many aspects for today’s practioneers.
Before commencing her Ph.D., Corinne worked for several years as a Research Officer at NCIS, on a range of significant research projects on topics relevant to Indigenous peoples (from sport, social justice and inclusion, to health and wellbeing, justice reinvestment, and education and learning). While working at NCIS, Corinne attained her Masters degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) from the ANU (2015). Prior to working and studying at the ANU, Corinne worked in policy development and research roles in Government (NSW Department of Health, as well as the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) and non-government and community organisations (such as Carers NSW). Corinne also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Macquarie University (2008). Corinne is passionate about health, wellness and healing, especially ear and hearing health – a topic that has very personal meaning for her.
Corinne was recently awarded the Libby Harricks Achievement award, in recognition of a person living with hearing loss who has achieved at a very high level and made a valuable contribution to the community.