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Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Online Program

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program, previously referred to in the United States as the Transitional Doctor of Audiology program, is a tailored degree program configured around the unique needs of each practicing professional, offering flexibility and a full team of support. This program design offers the most personally relevant and rewarding route for current practitioners to pursue the AuD degree, making a difference in their future, the future of their patients, and the future of the profession of audiology. For general inquiries, please contact the Department of Audiology administrative assistant at 480.219.6124 or email trorie@atsu.edu. For questions related to program admissions, please contact an Enrollment Counselor (toll-free) at 877.469.2878 or onlineinquiry@atsu.edu.

Offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), this fully online program provides students with the flexibility to pursue advanced studies in the science of hearing and balance, to enhance their clinical practices with new skills and knowledge, and rekindle their passion for their profession while continuing to practice full-time.

The post-professional program curriculum is customized to each student’s individual learning needs and interests as a practitioner. The application and admissions process involve evaluation of each applicant’s clinical experiences, purpose statement, letters of recommendation, and personal interview results for determination of program length and content.

Career Advancement

This prestigious doctor of audiology post-professional degree is designed to enhance your expertise as a practicing audiologist for continued growth in your clinical practice. By improving and expanding your diverse skills in providing audiologic care, in professional issues and in practice management, you can propel your career forward and perhaps in new directions, opening doors to new professional opportunities and leadership positions related to audiology.

Students enrolled in the elite ATSU-ASHS Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology online degree and ATSU alumni from the AuD program practice in a wide variety of clinical and management positions with a variety of titles, including:

  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Audiology Director
  • Audiology Practice Owner
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Pediatric Audiologist
  • Licensed Audiologist
  • Clinical Director
  • Chief of Audiology
  • Audiology Faculty
  • Clinical Product Specialist
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Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Students and Alumni

Discover from our students and alumni how the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program is empowering practicing audiologists.

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Curriculum

The Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program is a perfect option for working professionals. The fully online format provides an asynchronous education model delivered by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and support staff to fulfill degree requirements allowing students some flexibility in course choices and pace of learning. Online global faculty and guest experts provide a broad range of culturally and regionally pertinent topics to educate practicing audiologists to become practitioner-leaders and practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge into practice and who are capable of serving as agents of change in new and expanded global arenas.

The Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program offers two admission cycles with new cohorts of students beginning every July and January. Online classes encompassing the scope of practice of audiology and relevant professional and business topics are taught by world-class faculty. Courses are typically 10 and 4 weeks in length and course enrollment per class is managed to ensure a faculty-to-student ratio that promotes a high degree of individual attention.

Students engage in innovative learning experiences through a combination of modern teaching techniques, web-based instruction, video demonstrations, directed readings, clinically applicable projects, and email and discussion board interactions with fellow students and faculty. Additionally, this unique curriculum provides a four-week, virtual clinic component offering students the experience of applying course work in practical scenarios. Length of the online audiology degree program is two or three years based on the student’s clinical background experience.

A Doctor of Audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS is more than just a credential. Graduates join a history of healthcare innovation and a focus on whole person healthcare dating back more than 125 years. ATSU has educated more doctors of audiology than any other institution and is a leader in educating skilled and compassionate healthcare providers. A.T. Still’s founding mission and values of whole person healthcare underscore the University’s commitment to higher professional standards, passion for learning, and dedication to making a positive impact on healthcare service today by meeting unmet community health needs.

ATSU is a leading innovator in audiology education nationwide. The addition of audiology to the medical and healthcare programs at ATSU provided a unique and appropriate home for audiology education to flourish and for audiology practitioners to become lifelong learners.

ATSU-ASHS’ Department of Audiology also houses the entry level, residential AuD program, which also nurtures the new professionals in audiology for the future. With funding from the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), ATSU’s Department of Audiology established the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute; creating a model audiology practice to serve patients, provide clinical and business education to audiology students, support the creation of scholarships, and provide opportunities for community outreach and collaborative scholarship.

Curriculum guide

Admissions requirements for the Doctor of Audiology online program include:

A master’s or doctoral degree in audiology from a regionally-accredited college or institution, or the equivalent based on evaluation of foreign transcripts for U.S. degree/course equivalency. Master’s degree equivalency as demonstrated through state licensure in audiology or verification of the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) is also accepted.
A minimum of 2.70 GPA for the graduate program (on a 4.0 scale). The undergraduate GPA will be included in the GPA calculation for applicants whose transcripts are from countries where the undergraduate degree is the degree in audiology and the master’s degree is not required to practice.

Submission of all official college or academic transcripts from the institutions where master’s and/or doctoral degree/s were earned, or official transcripts for all academic coursework utilized for degree/course equivalency. Applicants who have graduated from a university outside of the United States must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. Canadian transcripts which are in English and on a 4.0 scale do not require evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency.

International applicants must also review the information on admissions for international students.

Applicants must submit official documentation of current audiology licensure/certification/registration. If licensure/certification/registration were held in the past, but not currently active, applicants must submit official documentation of previous licensure, certification, or registration. If the licensure or certification agency does not send paper verification forms, the applicant must provide a website URL for verification of previous licensure or certification. For applicants who practice outside of the United States or Canada, the applicant must provide official documentation of regulatory certification or registration to practice audiology that is held by the applicant, and the applicant’s credentials will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Individuals are not eligible to enroll in the program if their license, certification or registration is currently revoked or suspended.

Applicants must submit an Employer Verification form from a current or most recent employer. A colleague can complete the verification form to attest for those who are self-employed.

Length and breadth of experience post-master’s degree will assist in determining curriculum:

  • A two-year curriculum plan may be approved for an applicant with three years or more of full-time clinical experience.
  • A three-year plan may be approved for an applicant with one to three years of full-time clinical experience

If an applicant is not currently licensed, certified, or registered and has not been engaged in the profession of audiology in the past 5 years, a three-year academic plan will be required. Individuals who have not been engaged in the profession of audiology within the last 10 years are not eligible for the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology degree program.

Computer literacy and experience in word processing and Internet use. All curricula require extensive computer usage.

Two references from audiologists or healthcare professionals familiar with the applicant’s clinical and professional experience. Letters of reference must be submitted for each application year.

A personal resume following the guidelines offered in the application packet.

Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

  • Option 1 - English is your first language.
  • Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
  • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Service (IELTS).

Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:

  • TOEFL: Internet based total score = 80
  • IELTS score are an overall band score of 6.5

The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609.771.7100. Information is available at TOEFL. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100

IELTS information

Interview conducted via virtual meeting or by phone for those applicants who are considered potential candidates.

If an applicant is not granted admission, upon consideration of a completed application file, new materials and fees must be submitted in order to reapply at a later date and to demonstrate additional qualifications.

Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one program at ATSU must submit a separate application fee and application packet. Application materials are not transferable to another ATSU program. Acceptance to ATSU is to a specific program and is not transferable to any other program.

For additional information contact an Enrollment Counselor (toll-free) at 877.469.2878 or onlineinquiry@atsu.edu

Technology Requirements

All ATSU students are required to own a computer system. Minimum system requirements vary depending on program.

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All coursework taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:

  • World Education Services P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087 phone: 212. 966.6311 fax: 212.739.6139 info@wes.org www.wes.org
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 414.289.3400
  • American Assn. of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036-1135 202.293-9161 www.aacrao.org
  • FCCPT - Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (PT Applicants only) p: 703.684.8406 www.fccpt.org
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: 305.273.1616 f: 305.273.1338 info@jsilny.com www.jsilny.com
  • ICD - International Consultants of Delaware (General) p: 215.222.8454 www.icdeval.com
  • AUDP 7000 - Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism +

  • AUDP 7100 - Neuroscience and Neuroimaging +

  • AUDP 7200 - Pathologies of the Auditory and Vestibular System +

  • AUDP 7300 - Pharmacology and Ototoxicity +

  • AUDP 7500 - Genetics and Hearing Loss +

  • AUDP 8100 - Vestibular Evaluation and Management +

  • AUDP 8110 - Advanced Vestibular Evaluation and Management +

  • AUDP 8200 - Amplification: Assessment, Fitting and Verification +

  • AUDP 8210 - Implantable Devices +

  • AUDP 8220 - Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices +

  • AUDP 8300 - Electrophysiology: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications +

  • AUDP 8310 - Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment +

    • Credits: 4
      This course is designed to provide a detailed exploration of tinnitus and hyperacusis and the clinical tools required to treat this patient population. The topics of musical hallucinations, misophonia, and hidden hearing loss will also be examined. Course topics include etiology, epidemiology, comorbidity, impact on quality of life, and exacerbating factors. The course will also explore pathophysiological mechanisms underlying tinnitus and hyperacusis. Detailed case histories; tinnitus self-assessment questionnaires/inventories; hyperacusis visual analog scales; psychoacoustic measurements and self-report measures of stress, anxiety and depression will be explored. Students will learn evidenced-based audiological interventions related to tinnitus and hyperacusis treatment and management including counseling, amplification, and comprehensive management programs through the review of case studies.
  • AUDP 8400 - Global Healthcare and Audiology +

  • AUDP 8410 - Advanced Acoustic Immittance +

  • AUDP 8440 - Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation +

  • AUDP 8450 - Infection Control in Audiology Practice +

    • Credits: 1.5
      This course is designed to increase student knowledge of current, evidence-based information on preventing and controlling the spread of disease. Infection control in the audiology workplace is a priority as new diseases emerge in our global society. Topics include pathogenic microorganisms and how they are transmitted, understanding of universal precautions and the development of infection control protocols that can be implemented in the workplace. Global infection control practices and regulatory bodies will be explored.
  • AUDP 8460 - Telehealth in Audiology +

    • Credits: 1.5
      This course presents the advantages and challenges of telehealth as it relates to clinical practice in audiology. Focus is placed on how communication, innovative technology, safety, and efficiency of patient care are addressed through telehealth. Students explore the feasibility of various telehealth/telepractice models applicable ac cross clinical environments. Global regulatory, legislative and political considerations will be discussed.
  • AUDP 8500 - Pediatric Audiology: Identification through Rehabilitation +

  • AUDP 8600 - Assessment and Management of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders +

  • AUDP 8700 - Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging +

  • AUDP 8800 - Practice Development and Marketing +

  • AUDP 8810 - Personnel Management +

  • AUDP 9400 and 9410 Culminating Case Experience I and II (CCE-I and CCE-II)+

Cost

Application Fee: $70 - nonrefundable

Tuition:

Online programs’ tuition is due the first day of class. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5 percent per month, which is 18 percent per year.

Tuition rate beginning Fall Semester of the 2021-2022 academic year

Program/Year Tuition
2 year program
$8,240 per year
3 year program $7,726 per year

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available for qualifying students. For more information visit Enrollment Services or contact them at 866.626.2878 ext. 2019 or by email at enrollmentservices@atsu.edu.

Financial Services:

If you have questions regarding specific financial assistance topics, you may contact Enrollment Services at (toll-free) 866.626.2878 Ext. 2019 or (direct) 660.626.2019 or via email to enrollmentservices@atsu.edu. You may also fax materials to 888-676-6701.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at FAFSA.ed.gov for U.S. residents applying to this program.

Stephanie Adamovich, PhD
Stephanie Adamovich, PhD
Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator
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stephanieadamovich@atsu.edu

Courses taught:

AUDE 6450 Amplification III
AUDE 7150 Amplification IV
AUDE 7210 Educational Audiology
AUDE 7330 Ethics in Audiology
AUDE 7490 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Stephanie Adamovich, PhD, CCC-A, recently joined ATSU’s faculty in the post-professional and residential Audiology programs. Dr. Adamovich received her bachelor’s degree in audiology from Brigham Young University, master’s degree in speech and hearing science/audiology from the University of Arizona, and doctorate in speech and hearing science, with an emphasis in teaching and supervision, from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Her professional experience includes academic audiology, program administration, hospital-based pediatric and adult hearing loss management, ENT clinic-audiology support, and a delightful one-year appointment to a school for children with disabilities in Baltimore, Maryland. Her passion is working with implantable technology and implantable device recipients and advocating for audiologic rehabilitation for adults. Her initial clinical training was in pediatric audiology, and that is still her first love. She has taught many academic courses, including basic/comprehensive assessment, central auditory processing, tinnitus, cochlear implants, pediatrics, professional practices, and aural rehabilitation. She finds engaging with and mentoring students in the clinic and in the classroom to be among her most rewarding and important work.

Elton L. Bordenave, PhD
Elton L. Bordenave, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, A.T. Still University Center for Resilience in Aging
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ebordenave@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDE 6330 Practice Development
AUDE 7230 Practice Development II

Elton L. Bordenave is an associate professor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Bordenave received his BBA (bachelor in business administration) from Baylor University; his MEd from Grand Canyon University and his PhD from Northcentral University. Dr. Bordenave teaches healthcare administration and regulation core courses within ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). He has earned an Advanced Certification in Health Care Compliance. His areas of professional activity and expertise are health care finance, regulatory compliance, health care information systems, and risk management. Dr. Bordenave is the director of the A T. Still Aging Studies Project on the Arizona Campus. In that role he oversees interdisciplinary service learning programs aimed at fostering culturally proficient, service oriented graduates. During his tenure in that role, Aging Studies Project programming has received awards locally, as well as national recognition. His educational and scholarly contributions include peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations.

Tricia Dabrowski, AuD
Tricia Dabrowski, AuD
Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Education
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pdabrowski@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDE 5450 Amplification I
AUDE 6150 Amplification II
AUDE 6310 Audiological Rehabilitation for Adults

Tricia Dabrowski, AuD, is an associate professor, holding the title of director of clinical education, in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Dabrowski earned her bachelor of science degree from East Stroudsburg University, master of audiology degree from Hahnemann University, and doctor of audiology degree from Salus University’s George S. Osborne College of Audiology (OCA).

Professionally, Dr. Dabrowski directed several audiology practices in southeastern Pennsylvania prior to her appointment as assistant professor at OCA. She held the titles of director of Pennsylvania Ear Institute and coordinator of internal clinical education while at OCA, developing the on-campus clinical training program for the college and establishing the Pennsylvania Ear Institute as a regional center of excellence.

As director of clinical education for the Department of Audiology, Dr. Dabrowski is responsible for overseeing the clinical education program and management of nonlocal and year 4 clinical rotations. Additionally, she is the lead instructor in multiple courses. Dr. Dabrowski instructs and mentors students as they develop clinically relevant skills in the areas of adult diagnostic assessment, hearing instrument fitting, verification and validation, aural rehabilitation, and practice management.

In addition to her work through the University, Dr. Dabrowski has assisted hearing instrument manufacturers with clinical research data collection and authored several articles and book chapters relating to clinical practice, education, and unusual case studies. She has held the titles of secretary and treasurer to the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. In addition, she is the past president of the Scott Haug Foundation board of directors and currently sits on the Arizona Audiology Coalition Board.

Heather Guerra, AuD
Heather Guerra, AuD
Assistant Professor and Director, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute
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heatherguerra@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDE 5120 Infection Control and Cerumen Management

Heather I. Guerra, AuD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Audiology and director of the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Guerra received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and her doctor of audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS. Dr. Guerra provides patient care and serves as a preceptor for audiology students at the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute. The AFA facility is a teaching and clinical center for excellence for the University. Prior to working at the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, Dr. Guerra was an audiologist with a local private practice specializing in hearing diagnostics and treatment.

Troy D. Hale, AuD
Troy D. Hale, AuD
Assistant Professor
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thale@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDE 5220: Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory-Vestibular System
AUDE 5460 Otoacoustic Emissions
AUDE 6370 Vestibular Assessment & Treatment I
AUDE 6260 Auditory Evoked Responses and Neurodiagnostics I
AUDE 6460 Auditory Evoked Response and Neurodiagnostics II
AUDE 7170 Vestibular Assessment & Treatment II

Troy Hale, AuD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). He was the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute clinic director from 2011-19. Dr. Hale received his bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University (ASU) and doctor of audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS. Dr. Hale is also a faculty audiologist at Barrows Neurological Institute. He has extensive experience in hospital and private practice settings and has mentored graduate students from a variety of health disciplines. Dr. Hale’s professional interests include neuroscience, evoked potentials, vestibular assessment/rehabilitation, practice management, and interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Hale has co-authored scholarly research on vestibular assessment and treatment and presented at several national conventions.

Zarin Mehta, PhD
Zarin Mehta, PhD
Associate Professor
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zmehta@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDE 5310 Embryology and Genetic Conditions
AUDE 5410 Acquired Auditory-Vestibular Disorders
AUDE 6120 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity
AUDE 6140 Pediatric Audiology
AUDE 6240 (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment and Management
AUDE 7220 Advances in Audiologic Care

Zarin Mehta, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. She received her master’s degree in audiology from University of Kansas (KU) and her doctoral degree was conferred by Wichita State University (WSU). She also obtained a degree in medicine from the Dow Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan. Her previous job titles and experiences include clinical supervisor in audiology at KU, assistant professor at WSU, and clinical associate professor at Arizona State University (ASU), where she also chaired the audiology admissions and program committee. She has abundant teaching experience in many areas within the profession of audiology, but her primary areas of interest continue to be auditory disorders, speech perception across the life span, and genetics of deafness and hearing impairment. Dr. Mehta currently chairs the Audiology Admissions Committee at ATSU. She also chairs accreditation site visits for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is a reviewer for two professional journals, and serves on convention committees for ASHA and the American Academy of Audiology. She has presented consistently at the national and state level since 1999. Additionally, Dr. Mehta is the author of several peer-reviewed and invited publications and is the recipient of several grants, including a four-year Personnel Training Grant from the U.S. Department of

Kimberly Skinner, AuD, PhD
Kimberly Skinner, AuD, PhD
Assistant Professor
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kimberlyskinner@atsu.edu

Courses taught:

AUDE 5140 Auditory Science
AUDE 5240 Essentials of Audiology I
AUDE 5340 Essentials of Audiology II
AUDE 5400 Speech Perception
AUDE 6210 Counseling in Audiology
AUDE 7340 Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging

Kimberly Skinner, AuD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Skinner received her master’s degree in audiology from California State University at Sacramento, her doctor of audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS, and her doctor of philosophy degree from Indiana University. After 18 years in private practice, Dr. Skinner returned to school to pursue a research doctorate in speech and hearing sciences. Her dissertation work involved aging effects on behavioral measures of listening effort. She loves to bridge the clinic-research gap, and her interests include psychoacoustics, aging and cognition, amplification, ethics, and business practices. She values professional and community service and has served as president of the California Academy of Audiology and of two different Rotary clubs. Her honors include the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD dissertation scholarship. Dr. Skinner has taught doctor of audiology courses for Indiana University and online for ATSU-ASHS. She loves being part of students’ learning and growth and witnessing those “aha!” moments when students understand a difficult concept. Her research and scholarly contributions include peer-reviewed publications and presentations at regional and national meetings.

Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean
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Dr. Ann Lee Burch is the dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Burch received her doctor of education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her masters of public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her masters of physical therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA is in psychology from the University of Rochester.

Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Burch served as vice dean for ATSU-ASHS. She served as the chair of the Physical Therapy Department from 2008-January 2012. Prior to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the director of physical therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of health care providers and healthcare professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups.

Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) which was written to increase information access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. She was a co-investigator on an NIH grant at the University of Puerto Rico exploring the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors living in San Juan.  Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is committed to research, teaching and service that further the understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and cultural variables on health.

She was a member of the class of 2014 cohort of Women in Educational Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017 she was the co-PI on a Centers for Disease Control, Association for Prevention and Teaching grant exploring a population health case study format for teaching and communicating the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities. She was recently appointed a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  

Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Vice Dean
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Dr. Salas-Provance, is professor and vice dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Salas-Provance received her doctorate in speech science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her masters of health administration from the University of Missouri School of Medicine-Columbia. She holds both a bachelors and masters in Speech Pathology from New Mexico State University.

Prior to her appointment as vice dean, Dr. Salas-Provance served as associate dean of academic and student affairs for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. She served as assistant dean and chair in the College of Education, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montevallo (AL). She held faculty positions at Fontbonne College and St. Louis University, in St. Louis, MO.

She has made extensive professional contributions to the American, Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA), serving on the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, member of the Financial Planning Board, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations and was a founding member and coordinator of SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is an ASHA Fellow and received ASHA’s highest awards for “Special Recognition in Multicultural Affairs” and “Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement.”

Dr.Salas-Provance has served as a clinical educator throughout her academic career, especially related to children with cleft lip and palate. She is a member of an international medical team with Rotaplast International and has traveled worldwide for over 15 years to provide clinical services to children with cleft palate. She implemented a program for graduate students in speech pathology to provide clinical services in Spanish to children with cleft palate in Lima, Peru. In addition to Lima, Peru she has provided clinical services in China, Bangladesh, Philippines, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Venezuela.

Dr. Salas-Provance is coauthor of the textbook Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech-Language and Hearing Science (Plural Publishing, 2019) which meets the needs for training students in healthcare professions regarding practice with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Her research is focused on attitudes towards disability by diverse populations and addressing the use of language interpreters during healthcare and educational encounters.

Over the past ten years she has lectured extensively to international audiences, both in English and Spanish, including as invited speaker for the Congreso Internacional en Trastornos de la Comunicacion at Escuela de Fonoaudiologia (Speech Language Pathology / Audiology) de la Universidad de Talca, Chile and for the Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Lima, Peru, Endoscopic Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. She was invited keynote speaker for the First International Congress in Speech-Language Pathology and Orthodontics in the area of cleft lip and palate in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Salas-Provance was selected for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Program and attended the National Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington DC (2017) for advancing female executives in higher education.

Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD
Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD
Professor and Chair
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tparent@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDE 5110 Human Anatomy and Neuroanatomy
AUDP 7100 Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD, is a tenured full professor and was appointed as the founding chair of the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) in July 1999. Dr. Parent-Buck obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology from Purdue University and her doctor of audiology degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She has practiced in a variety of clinical settings and has worked as a sales representative and trainer in the hearing aid industry. She provided academic and clinical instruction as an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico, where she was recognized for teaching excellence. Dr. Parent-Buck has published and presented in the areas of hearing aid technology, otoacoustic emissions, vestibular evaluation, pharmacology, neuroanatomy, genetics, and the AuD movement. Dr. Parent-Buck is a past-president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She served on the board of the Audiology Foundation of America from 1996-2003. She is also a member of the American Academy of Audiology (since 1991) and has served on the Convention Special Events Subcommittee and the Task Force on Licensure and Payment Issues of Audiology Externship Students. In addition, she served on the task force for the Arizona audiology licensure revision from 2005 to 2007.

Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
Director, Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program
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aruotolo@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
Audiology Grand Rounds
AUDP 8220 Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices
AUDP 9400 Culminating Case Experience I (CCE-I)
AUDP 9410 Culminating Case Experience II (CCE-II)

Andrea Ruotolo, AuD, is an associate professor and program director of the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Ruotolo received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Indiana University and her doctor of audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS. She has provided academic and clinical instruction at Portland State University and ATSU, where she has been recognized for teaching excellence. She has an extensive background in adult and pediatric assessment, amplification, and aural rehabilitation. Her professional experience includes hospital and medical settings, school settings, and private non-profit facilities. She has participated as an off-campus preceptor supporting local programs throughout her career and has frequently in-serviced nurses, physicians, and support staff on audiology-related issues. Dr. Ruotolo has presented courses on hearing science, amplification, pediatric audiology, vestibular disorders, educational audiology, professional issues, counseling, adult amplification, adult aural rehabilitation, and embryology and genetic conditions. She currently serves as a board member and Educational Committee chair for the Oregon Academy of Audiology.

Holly Bridgeman
Holly Bridgeman
Patient Services Coordinator/Administrative and Operations Support, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute Audiology Assistant
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hollybridgeman@atsu.edu

Holly Bridgeman joined the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute in October 2019. Her duties include front office support, troubleshooting and repairing hearing aids, preparing new hearing aid fittings, managing inventory, equipment maintenance, and administrative support to the director. She completed her training to become an audiologist’s assistant in amplification with Nova Southeastern University in January 2016. Bridgeman brings eight years of audiology experience from a local private practice and 11 years of experience as a certified veterinary technician.

Melanie A. Gibson, MA
Melanie A. Gibson, MA
Instructional Designer and Program Manager
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mgibson@atsu.edu

Melanie Gibson, MA, is the instructional designer and program manager for the Department of Audiology at ATSU-ASHS. Mrs. Gibson received her bachelor’s degree from Ashford University in March of 2017 and her master’s degree from Ashford University in teaching and learning with technology in April of 2018. She provides support to the Audiology department faculty, adjunct faculty, director, chair, and students. Mrs. Gibson serves in a leadership role in developing creative strategies to teach faculty and students to use the University’s online learning management systems and chat platform as well as implementing best practices for teaching and learning in the online environment. She efficiently manages the creation and updating of online courses.

During her time as a student at Ashford University, Gibson designed content for adjunct instructors and content experts to improve how content is delivered in an online environment. She obtained knowledge of learning styles, best practices in online education, instructional design, using technology tools to support various learning styles, and strategies for increasing student engagement and retention of content.

As the program manager at ATSU-ASHS, Mrs. Gibson co-designed the orientation/training course for the content experts and course facilitators for the online Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program and the template for all courses in the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program. She has experience working with multiple learning management systems, including Blackboard and Canvas. She is a lifelong learner and continually researches and learns about other technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

Stacy Neal
Stacy Neal
Patient Services Coordinator/Administrative and Operations Support, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute
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sneal@atsu.edu

Stacy Neal joined the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute in January 2013. Stacy brings over 30 years of service skills to the AFA Institute. Her primary duties are in assisting patients in appointment scheduling, insurance verification, referral coordination, billing, and collections. Stacy also assists the director in the administrative responsibilities of the clinic.

Teri Rorie
Teri Rorie
Administrative Assistant
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trorie@atsu.edu

Teri Rorie is the administrative assistant in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Mrs. Rorie assists the department chair and faculty with administrative needs for the entry-level and online post-professional Doctor of Audiology programs. She works closely with the audiology admissions committee to process student applications and acceptance paperwork and with the audiology clinical coordinators to ensure clinical requirements are met. Mrs. Rorie helps with the ATSU Student Academy of Audiology chapter during fundraising activities and other events. In addition, she completed her Audiologist Assistant Training in April 2019 with the Audiology Academy, and utilizes her newly acquired skills at the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute and to assist in hands-on labs during some clinical courses.

Rex Banks, AuD
Rex Banks, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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RBanks@atsu.edu

Courses taught:

AUDP 8800 Practice Development and Marketing

Rex Banks, AuD, MA, an audiologist since 1989, is the director of Hearing Healthcare at the Canadian Hearing Services in Toronto. He has more than 20 years of management experience in running audiology clinics and in leading hearing healthcare teams. His background includes the nonprofit sector, ENT physician offices, private practice, and hospitals. Dr. Banks’ previous teaching experience includes being an adjunct faculty member at Western Kentucky University where he taught Introduction to Audiology and Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation and at Nova Southeastern University where he created and taught a course in manual communications for audiologists. He is also a periodic guest lecturer for the Audiology department at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Banks received his doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences where he was the recipient of the Professional Leadership Award. He obtained his master’s in audiology from the University of Tennessee and bachelor’s in communication disorders from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Banks has been an active advocate for the profession, serving as president of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Academy of Audiology, the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists, and Audiologists and the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada. He is frequently called upon by the media to comment on a range of hearing healthcare topics that are of interest to Canadians.

Erica Bodie, AuD
Erica Bodie, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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ericabodie@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8420 Otoacoustic Emissions: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications

Erica Bodie, AuD, is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Bodie received a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science and a doctor of audiology degree from Arizona State University. Her professional experience includes working in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and schools. Dr. Bodie has spent a majority of her career working as a federal government audiologist. She spent five years traveling to the Native American reservations with Phoenix Indian Medical Center and more recently serving our nation’s veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Bodie has worked with all age groups, diagnosing and treating hearing loss with the use of hearing instruments, assistive technologies, and communication strategies. Throughout her career, Dr. Bodie has enjoyed serving as an off-campus preceptor to residential audiology students from all over the country. She joined the adjunct faculty of ATSU-ASHS in spring 2017.

Greg Borgmeyer, AuD
Greg Borgmeyer, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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    Courses taught:
    AUDP 8440 Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation

    Gregory Borgmeyer, AuD, ’10, currently works in a hospital setting in Portland, Oregon, as the lead audiologist in the Rehabilitation Services department. He has managed the hospital’s Industrial Hearing Services program through scheduling client jobs and providing mobile on-site testing for corporate clients in the Portland metro area since 2002. He also leads a staff of audiologists providing diagnostic auditory and vestibular services. He has taught a master’s-level course in vestibular anatomy and physiology at Portland State University and a doctoral-level course in industrial audiology at Pacific University. In addition, he performs disability exams for veterans at the local Veterans Affairs hospital.

    Dr. Borgmeyer received his master’s in audiology from Kent State University in 1993 and his doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2010. He lives in a quiet suburb of Vancouver, Washington, with his wife and two teenage boys. He enjoys watching his sons’ sporting events, working in the yard, and attending to his 20-plus rose bush garden.

Bettie Borton, AuD
Bettie Borton, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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bettieborton@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8810 Personnel Management

Bettie Borton, AuD, is an American Board of Audiology-certified, licensed audiologist in Alabama and Tennessee. Dr. Borton holds a bachelor’s degree with certification in education of the deaf from the University of Texas, master’s degree in audiology from the Louisiana State University Medical Center, and doctor of audiology degree from the University of Florida. She was a clinical audiologist in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1990-95 and provided patient care services at the Kirklin Clinic, where she was named to the “Circle of Excellence” and nominated for Employee of the Year.

Dr. Borton has served on numerous national committees, working groups, and task forces for the profession of audiology and served as NAP Audiology Academy chair from 2017-18. She is currently employed by Audigy Group and serves as its national director of university and student outreach.

Carolyn Bower, AuD
Carolyn Bower, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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carolynbower@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8300 Electrophysiology: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications

Carolyn Bower, AuD, CNIM, BCS-IOM, graduated with her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2003. She obtained her clinical doctor of audiology degree from Auburn University in 2008. In February 2016, Dr. Bower became co-owner and CEO of Neurodynamics Inc., a company that exclusively provides neurophysiological intraoperative monitoring services (NIOM) to hospitals in the San Diego, California, area. Dr. Bower was the first audiologist in the country to obtain board certification in NIOM from the American Audiology Board of Intraoperative Monitoring (AABIOM). While Dr. Bower has extensive experience with spinal, peripheral, cardiovascular, neurosurgical, and pediatric procedures, her specialty is monitoring challenging pediatric scoliosis correction procedures. Dr. Bower currently sits on the AABIOM and California Academy of Audiology boards. She has also been a guest lecturer at A.T. Still University and has made several presentations at AudiologyNow!/AAA conferences.

Andrew Bzowyckj, PharmD
Andrew Bzowyckj, PharmD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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andrewbzowyckyj@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 7300 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity

Andrew Bzowyckyj, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, started his appointment as a tenure-track associate professor in pharmacy practice on Aug. 27, 2018. Dr. Bzowyckj received his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 2009 and subsequently completed the 24-month Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, with a specialty focus in primary care. Since 2011, he has been on faculty with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy with an active clinical practice in the primary care and endocrinology clinics at Truman Medical Centers in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. He is a certified diabetes educator and a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

Janina Carter, AuD
Janina Carter, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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janinacarter@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8220 Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices

Janina Carter, AuD, received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, master of science degree in forensic science from University of Central Oklahoma, and doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences. Upon receiving her doctorate, she worked in private practice. Later, Dr. Carter decided to pursue her passion of working in an educational setting. She is currently working as an educational audiologist at Mesa Public Schools and serves as a clinical preceptor.

Jolie C. Fainberg, AuD
Jolie C. Fainberg, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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joliefainberg@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8500 - Pediatric Audiology: Identification through Rehabilitation

Jolie C. Fainberg, AuD, is an Atlanta, Georgia, audiologist with 35 years experience and whose primary interests are pediatric audiology and cochlear implants for children and adults. She received her bachelor of arts degree in speech and hearing science at the University of California, Santa Barbara; master of arts in audiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and will complete a doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University in December 2020.

Ms. Fainberg participated on the original Food and Drug Administration clinical trials for three cochlear implant companies, and her research has focused on pediatric audiology, pediatric cochlear implants, cochlear implants in special populations, diagnostic techniques for difficult to test infants and children, and brain plasticity in children.

She began her audiology career on a multi-center research grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation studying early intervention in speech, language, and hearing testing, and she worked at the House Ear Institute with cochlear implants in children and difficult to test pediatric populations. In 1992, she developed and established the pediatric audiology and cochlear implant program for Egleston Children’s Hospital at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Fainberg is an adjunct assistant professor for A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences’ online audiology program in Mesa, Arizona, and a clinical instructor within Emory School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology at the Emory School of Medicine. She currently works at an ears, nose, and throat practice doing pediatric diagnostic testing and cochlear implants in adults and children.

Krista Fitzgerald, AuD
Krista Fitzgerald, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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kristafitzgerald@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 7200 Pathologies of the Auditory and Vestibular System

Krista Fitzgerald, AuD, received her doctor of audiology degree from the University of Connecticut in 2013. Her graduate clinical rotations and research focused heavily on auditory evoked potentials, vestibular testing, peripheral and central hearing pathology, and central auditory processing disorder testing and evaluations. After graduation, she accepted a job offer as a surgical neurophysiologist, primarily working with otolaryngologists, neurotologists, and neurosurgeons. She has dedicated seven years of her career to neurosurgery and neurotology. Recently, she accepted a position as an assistant clinical professor and director of clinical education at the University of Florida for its Doctor of Audiology program. In this role, she is able to share her passion and enthusiasm for medical audiology, intraoperative neuromonitoring, and electrophysiology with her students.

Dr. Fitzgerald currently resides in Alachua, Florida, with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She is an author of two publications titled “Lateralized auditory symptoms in central neuroaudiology disorder” in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and “Characteristics of pediatric performance on a test battery commonly used in the diagnosis of central auditory processing disorder.” She is involved in research at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut, and plans to sit for the Board Certified Surgical Intraoperative Neuromonitoring exam, a specialized certification for audiologists in intraoperative monitoring.

Gloria Garner, AuD
Gloria Garner, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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ggarner@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 7000 Ethics, Leadership and Professionalism

Gloria Garner, AuD, leads the Audiology program at University Health Care System in Augusta, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in audiology at the University of Georgia and her doctor of audiology degree in 2003 at the George S. Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Dr. Garner has spent the majority of her years in clinical practice focused on improving quality of life of individuals with hearing loss through the use of leading-edge hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies at the Medical College of Georgia and University Health Care System. Beginning in 2004, Dr. Garner served as adjunct faculty at the George S. Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University and taught online courses in ethics and aural rehabilitation. She has taught online ethics and professional leadership courses for residential and bridge audiology students at A.T. Still University since 2009.

From 2007-09, Dr. Garner served as chair of the Ethical Practices Committee (EPC) of the American Academy of Audiology and served a second term as chair of EPC until June 2015. She received the Presidential Award from the American Academy of Audiology in 2015. She is frequently invited to national and state meetings to speak about ethics in audiology. Her hobbies include gourmet cooking, bread-baking, music, and travel with her family.

Sara Jagger, AuD
Sara Jagger, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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sarajagger@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8100 Vestibular Evaluation and Management
AUDP 8110 Advanced Vestibular Evaluation and Management

Sara Jagger, AuD, is a clinical audiologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in vestibular diagnostics and treatment, as well as tinnitus and otologic disorders. She coordinates patient care within an interdisciplinary continuum of care with neurotology, otolaryngology, neurology, physical therapy, and rehabilitation medicine. Prior to Mayo Clinic, Dr. Jagger was the chief medical officer for the American Institute of Balance (AIB) clinics and a faculty member for AIB education workshops. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University with coursework in communication sciences and disorders, physical therapy, and neurology and received her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Kristy Knight, MS
Kristy Knight, MS
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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kristinknight@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 7300 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity

Kristin Knight, MS, CCC-A, FAAA, is a pediatric audiologist and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University. Her clinical research has focused on pediatric ototoxicity monitoring and identifying treatment- and patient-related risk factors for platinum-induced hearing loss. A member of the Children’s Oncology Group Auditory Late Effects Committee since 2008, she is the study audiologist for two Children’s Oncology Group pediatric clinical trials.

Mary Ormson, AuD
Mary Ormson, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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maryormson@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 7500 Genetics and Hearing Loss

Mary Ormson, AuD, joined A.T. Still University’s Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program adjunct faculty in 2019. She completed her bachelor’s degree in audiology at Arizona State University and subsequently earned her doctor of audiology degree from Salus University. During the first 25 years of her professional career, Dr. Ormson focused on clinical practice, primarily in a hospital setting and a multidisciplinary pediatric outpatient rehabilitation clinic. Her professional focus was divided between (primarily adult) vestibular assessment/treatment and pediatric electrophysiology. Dr. Ormson’s passion for teaching arose through her experience as a preceptor with residential audiology doctoral candidates. This led to her current full-time role as medical education manager with a prominent medical device manufacturer. This position has expanded Dr. Ormson’s experience globally; over the last 12 years, Dr. Ormson has participated in many conferences and symposiums all over the world with a focus on educating clinical industry leaders on hot topics in hearing and balance to help improve patient outcomes. Dr. Ormson currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Stacy Payne, AuD
Stacy Payne, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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SLPayne@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8210 Implantables

Stacy Payne, AuD, is currently the coordinator of the Cochlear Implant program at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been working with cochlear implants since 1995. Dr. Payne was formerly an instructor at the University of Miami and the clinical coordinator of the Cochlear Implant program. She has presented at national and international conferences and worked on numerous clinical trials. Dr. Payne is a two-time graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In October 2003, Dr. Payne married a cochlear implant recipient and acquired a nephew who also uses a cochlear implant. In 2016, she completed her doctor of audiology degree at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Mia Pendergrass, AuD
Mia Pendergrass, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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miapendergrass@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8410 Advanced Acoustic Immittance
AUDP 8600 Assessment and Management of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders
AUDP 9400 and 9410 Culminating Case Experience (CCE I & CCE II)

Mia Pendergrass, AuD, is a clinical audiologist in an outpatient ENT office at Shannon Clinic in San Angelo, Texas. She works with patients of all ages, performing diagnostic assessments and hearing aid fittings. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware with coursework in biology and journalism and received her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Pendergrass completed her fourth-year clinical externship at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to moving to Texas, she worked as a pediatric audiologist at EVMS. She currently holds the American Board of Audiology Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification.

Dany Pineault, AuD
Dany Pineault, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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dpineault@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8431 Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment

Dany Pineault, AuD, has been an audiologist for 23 years and has held positions in private and public sectors. He currently practices as a clinical audiologist at the Canadian Hearing Services, the largest nonprofit hearing healthcare organization of its kind in North America. Dr. Pineault is also an assistant adjunct professor at A.T Still University. He teaches the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment course to students enrolled in the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program.

Dr. Pineault has worked as a clinical research audiologist with different agencies throughout his career. He recently co-authored a paper on tinnitus among the adult population in Canada with research analysts at Statistics Canada. Dr. Pineault earned his bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences and master’s degree in audiology from the Université de Montréal in 1993 and 1995 respectively. He completed his doctor of audiology degree at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2010.

Dr. Pineault has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and management of bothersome tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance (hyperacusis and misophonia). He regularly lectures hearing healthcare professionals on tinnitus and hyperacusis treatment protocols such as tinnitus retraining therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

In addition, Dr. Pineault is an off-campus preceptor supporting Canadian university audiology programs, including University of British Columbia, Western University, Dalhousie Unive

Kelly Reavis, PhD
Kelly Reavis, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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kellyreavis@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8400 Global Healthcare and Audiology

Kelly Reavis, PhD is a clinically certified audiologist with a master’s degree in public health, emphasizing biostatistics and epidemiology, and is a PhD candidate in the field of epidemiology. Since becoming an audiologist, she has dedicated her career to hearing research. While her background is varied, most of her work has been centered on the transfer of evidence-based protocols for the detection of hearing loss and tinnitus secondary to chemotherapeutic exposures from the laboratory to the clinic. This project has required her to integrate sophisticated concepts from oncology, pharmacology, audiology, engineering, biostatistics, and the individual into a practical tool for clinical practice with the goal of increasing quality of life following cancer treatment. Over time, her research focus has shifted to investigating more broadly the risk factors for and distribution of auditory injuries among veterans and aging adults. In addition to the proximal risk factors such as noise and ototoxic agents that affect auditory injuries, she has a profound appreciation for the more distal underlying social determinants leading to auditory injury and the under-treatment of auditory injuries, including poverty or lack of access to care that constrains people’s ability to achieve real gains in protecting and rehabilitating hearing loss and tinnitus. She uses her hearing science and public health background to bridge the gap between audiologists and the communities they serve. Her background in hearing science, audiology, epidemiology, public health, and statistics makes her well-suited to discuss the varied observations between hazardous exposures and auditory injuries across populations.

Michael Vekasi, AuD
Michael Vekasi, AuD
Independent Contractor
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Courses taught:
AUDP 8400 Global Healthcare and Audiology (teaching assistant)
AUDP 9400 Culminating Case Experience (course facilitator)

Michael Vekasi, AuD, is an independent contractor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences and is an audiologist with Alberta Health Services (AHS). Currently, he is working as a clinical informatics education lead for a province wide implementation of a clinical information system within AHS. Prior to his roles at AHS, he worked at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a caseload that primarily focused on vestibular diagnostics, including involvement with a multidisciplinary vestibular clinic (through Syncrude Centre for Motion and Balance). In addition to vestibular, he saw adult inpatients and outpatients through the Adult Brain Injury Clinic. Outside of his roles with AHS, Dr. Vekasi is a sessional instructor with MacEwan University’s Hearing Aid Practitioner program, teaching hearing testing and professional practice courses.

Dr. Vekasi received his doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University (2020), advanced studies certificate in vestibular sciences and disorders from Salus University (2015), master of clinical science degree in audiology from Western University (2014), and bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Alberta (2007). He volunteers with the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, Canadian Academy of Audiology (National Vestibular Special Interest Group, committee chair), and Speech & Audiology Canada.

Melanie Venne, AuD
Melanie Venne, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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melanievenne@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8300 Electrophysiology: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications

Melanie Venne, AuD, CNIM, BCS-IOM, graduated with her clinical doctor of audiology degree in August 2010 from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Shortly after graduation, she relocated to San Diego, California, to join Neurodynamics Inc. where she began her training in neurophysiological intraoperative monitoring (NIOM). In February 2016, Dr. Venne became co-owner and chief operating officer of Neurodynamics Inc. Dr. Venne is board certified in NIOM by the American Audiology Board of Intraoperative Monitoring (AABIOM). She has significant experience in monitoring a variety of surgical procedures for all patient populations. Dr. Venne has also been a guest lecturer at A.T. Still University and has made several presentations at AudiologyNow!/American Academy of Audiology conferences.

Amanda Zappler, AuD
Amanda Zappler, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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amandazappler@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8700 Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging

Amanda Zappler, AuD, CCC-A, is a clinical professor with 15 years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate communication sciences and disorders and audiology students. She received her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2006 and her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Dr. Zappler has written several articles relating to tele-audiology, cochlear implantation in geriatric populations, and a curriculum guide for training tele-practice facilitators in the nursing professional population. She specializes in diagnostic audiology, amplifying systems, aural rehabilitation, aging auditory systems, teleaudiology, specialty products for hearing conservation, and hearing loss related to noise exposure.

A practicing audiologist for 20 years, Dr. Zappler has worked as an educator, private practice clinical audiologist, hospital audiologist, as well as a manufacturer’s technical audiologist and trainer.

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Doctor of Audiology Program Administration and Faculty

Audiology Department faculty members are dedicated to your success in your online AuD program. Interaction with a variety of faculty with extensive expertise within the scope of practice of audiology offers students exposure to various teaching styles, audiology practice experiences and education-related backgrounds; leading to a well-rounded education and fostering personal and professional growth.

Tabitha Parent-Buck, Aud
Chair and Professor, Department of Audiology
Andrea Ruotolo, Aud
Program Director, Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Degree
Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean, ATSU-ASHS
Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM
President, ATSU
Clinton Normore, MBA
VP of Diversity & Inclusion