Director-at-Large

Deborah Clark, Au.D.Deborah Clark, Au.D.

Candidate: Director-at-Large

Current Position: Co-owner/Private Practice Audiologist: Pacific Hearing Service, Los Altos, CA. | Co-Founder: Pacific Hearing Connection, Los Altos, CA

Education:

  • Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, Salus University (2006)
  • Master of Arts in Audiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1983)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders, Western Kentucky University (1981)

Professional Activities/Honors:

  • Recipient: ADA Leo Doerfler Award (2019)
  • Board President, Entheos Audiology Cooperative (2017 to Present) - if elected to ADA board, will step down January, 2021
  • Board Member: Entheos Audiology Cooperative (2014-Present)
  • Member: American Academy Audiology (1988-Present)
  • Member: Academy of Doctors of Audiology (2015-Present)
  • Member: California Academy of Audiology (1998-Present)
  • Member: Washington State Academy of Audiology (1993-1998)

Additional Work Experience:

  • Clinical Audiologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology, Seattle, WA, (1993-1998)
  • Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor, University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Seattle, WA (1996-1998)
  • Audiologist/Clinical Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN (1989-1993)
  • Clinical Audiologist, Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center, Nashville, TN (1985-1989)

Position Statement:

One of my favorite quotes comes from Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do something that scares you every day.” Over the last year, as a private practice owner and audiologist, I feel I have that covered! With OTC, PSAP, threats from third parties, and COVID 19, audiologists face scares at every turn. Yet with each challenge comes a choice. We can crawl in a hole and hope it goes away, or we can embrace the opportunity to pivot in new ways.

At this time, I believe audiologists must focus on:

  • Educating our patients, would-be patients, and policy makers so they understand our profession is not about selling widgets. Our patients need our professional expertise and guidance, and we must be reimbursed appropriately in a way that does not cause us to sacrifice service.
  • Finding ways to make it easier for people to be serviced by qualified audiologists in the best way possible, such as Teleaudiology.
  • Remembering that as we pivot, we cannot lose sight of best practices. As professionals, we are honor bound to treat our patients without cutting corners.

I don’t have the answers. But over the years, I’ve learned to surround myself with people who are smart, curious, and creative. I would be honored to be part of the ADA team addressing these issues.