2016 Speakers

Kyle N. Acker, Au.D.
Kyle N. Acker, Au.D. is a doctorally-trained audiologist and Director of Regional Sales for the Southeastern US at Starkey Hearing Technologies. Kyle completed his B.S. in industrial hygiene and his M.S. and Au.D. at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He began his clinical career at The American Institute of Balance in Largo, FL, before joining the Starkey Hearing Technologies team as a regional trainer and then moved on to Manage the Education and Training Team. His clinical interests include amplification and counseling techniques, utilizing technology in the hearing aid delivery process and innovating education and training techniques to improve clinician understanding of new technology. Kyle is a passionate supporter of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Amyn M. Amlani, Ph.D.
Amyn M. Amlani, Ph.D. is Professor and Department Chairperson, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, in the consortium program between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Dr. Amlani holds the B.A. degree in Communication Disorders from the University of the Pacific, the M.S. degree in Audiology from Purdue University, and the Ph.D. degree in Audiology/Psychoacoustics (minor in Marketing and Supply Chain Management) from Michigan State University. Dr. Amlani is the director of the UAMS/UALR Hearing Aid Technologies Laboratory (HATLab), a research laboratory that is funded primarily from extramural grants and corporate sponsors. Dr. Amlani is a prolific contributor within the audiology community with 60+ national and international presentations, 40+ published articles, two textbook chapters, and the co-author of a textbook. Dr. Amlani’s research interests include the influence of hearing aid technology on speech and music, auditory plasticity in listeners with hearing loss and dementia, hearing conservation for musicians, and room acoustics. In addition, Dr. Amlani is a preeminent researcher in the areas of: (1) economic and marketing trends within audiology, particularly with respect to evolving/disruptive technologies (smartphone-based applications, personal sound amplifiers/hearables), and (2) hearing conservation strategies for musicians and music educators.

Julia Andrews, Au.D.
Julia Andrews, Au.D. is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She currently serves as a clinical preceptor and diagnostic laboratory instructor for the first and second year doctor of audiology students. Dr. Andrews’ professional efforts include general diagnostic audiology, adult vestibular evaluation, hearing aids, and research related to audiology assistants. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the Florida Academy of Audiology and as such sits on various committees.

Kelly Baroch, Au.D.
Dr. Kelly Baroch is a clinical audiologist with Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and the coordinator of the Infant Hearing Program, which she developed in 2003. She completes diagnostic ABR hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings with both inpatient and outpatient newborns and infants. She has given numerous state and national presentations on early identification and intervention of hearing loss in the medically complex population, auditory development in infants, and the effects of the NICU environment on sensory development. She is involved with several research projects and consults with Audiology and NICU programs nationally.

Douglas Beck, Au.D.
Dr. Beck earned his master’s degree at the University of Buffalo (1984) and his doctorate from the University of Florida (2000). His professional career began in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. By 1988, he was Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded an audiology and dispensing practice in St Louis. In 1999, he became Editor-In-Chief of AudiologyOnline.com, SpeechPathology.com and HealthyHearing.com. Dr. Beck joined Oticon in 2005 as Director of Professional Relations. From 2008 through 2015, Beck was the Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). In 2011, he became Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Lamar University and in 2015 he became an adjunct Associate Professor of Audiology at University of Hawaii. As of Jan 1, 2016, Dr Beck has been appointed Senior Editor for Clinical Research at the Hearing Review. Dr. Beck is among the most prolific authors in audiology with 148 published articles, more than 1250 abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the AAA (2008-2015) and Audiology Online (1999-2005) addressing a wide variety of audiology and professional topics.

Jennifer A. Deal, Ph.D.
Jennifer A. Deal is an Assistant Scientist in the Departments of Epidemiology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University. She is Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Epidemiology, and is Associate Faculty with the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health and with the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Trained in the epidemiology of aging, Dr. Deal studies how hearing impairment and vascular factors and markers influence cognitive function in order to inform strategies for the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults.

Susan de Bondt, Au.D.
Susan de Bondt’s audiology experience includes the Silverstein Institute in Sarasota, Florida, fifteen years of private practice ownership/management and provision of Fee Basis Audiology services through Bay Pines VAHealthcare System in southwest Florida. Recently she has worked in manufacturing for six years providing training in Government Services and Commercial sectors as well as Product Management and Audiology Team management. Her employment with Widex began in April of 2015 as a Professional Education Manager. Dr. de Bondt received her Master’s of Science Degree in Audiology from the University of South Florida and completed a Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D) from the University of Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Florida Academy of Audiology.

Barry Freeman, Ph.D.
Barry A. Freeman, Ph.D. is Vice President of ZPower Battery, LLC, the leading manufacturer of silver zinc rechargeable batteries for hearing aids. Dr. Freeman was founding Chair of the Audiology Department and a Professor of Audiology at Nova Southeastern University. He continues to maintain adjunct appointments and teach at several audiology programs throughout the world. Before returning to academia in 1997, Dr. Freeman owned and practiced for twenty years at the Center for Audiology in Clarksville, TN and Hearing Services of Kentucky in Hopkinsville, KY. Dr. Freeman earned his Bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Boston University and completed his doctorate in Hearing and Speech Science from Michigan State University. He is a past-president of the American Academy of Audiology and served on the Academy’s Board of Directors for six years. He continues to serve on professional boards including VP for Professional Activities for the Florida Academy of Audiology and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy in 2006.

Andrea Green, Au.D.
Andrea Green, AuD, F-AAA, is an Assistant Professor and clinical audiologist at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with Honors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Oklahoma. She graduated with her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Green is a member of the University of Miami Children’s Hearing Program and specializes in pediatric diagnostics, hearing aids, and bone anchored devices. She also specializes in adult and pediatric vestibular assessment. Dr. Green is Board Certified in Audiology and active on multiple committees with the American Academy of Audiology.

Sergio Guerreiro, Au.D.
Dr. Guerreiro is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of South Florida and the College of Audiology at the Pennsylvania School of Optometry he has authored a number of publications and national presentations and is currently serving on the 2012 Board of Directors for the Florida Academy of Audiology as Vice President of Education. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Guerreiro has served as a full-time clinical audiologist and national practice development consultant developing and extensive background in both academic and private practice settings. In his current role as Assistant Professor, he will be primarily responsible for performing overall operational management of the Division of Audiology with special emphasis on the development of the augmented hearing devices business throughout South Florida. He will also be actively involved with research projects, teaching residents and conducting Grand Rounds with basic and clinical faculty.

James W. Hall, III, Ph.D.
James W. Hall III, PhD is an internationally recognized audiologist with 40-years of clinical, teaching, research, and administrative experience. He received his Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine under the direction of James Jerger. During his career, Dr. Hall has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers. Dr. Hall now holds appointments as Professor at Salus University and the University of Hawaii, and as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria South Africa. Dr. Hall is the author of over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, or book chapters, and nine textbooks including the 2014 Introduction to Audiology Today and the 2015 eHandbook of Auditory Evoked Responses.

Kellie Hibbitts, Au.D.
Dr. Kellie G. Hibbitts is a Senior Clinical Account Manager for MED-EL in the Southeast region. Dr. Hibbitts received her Au.D. from the University of Florida and completed an externship at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. She worked as a clinical audiologist in Arizona and Georgia before joining MED-EL in 2007. Dr. Hibbitts provides clinical and patient support for the MED-EL Cochlear Implant and Middle Ear Implant systems.

Michelle Hicks, Ph.D.
Michelle Hicks, Ph.D. is the Director of Education and Training at Starkey Hearing Technologies. She received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science and Audiology in 1997 from Arizona State University and was a professor at the University of Maryland and the University of Utah, teaching courses in Amplification, Pediatric Audiology, Psychoacoustics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Research Methodology. Michelle has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics ranging from Hearing Science to Amplification and Tinnitus.

Rebecca June, Au.D.
Rebecca June, Au.D. is a Clinical Territory Manager at Cochlear Americas. Dr. June graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a double minor in Geography and Communication Studies. She then taught Introduction to Public Speaking before earning her doctoral degree in audiology at UF. She has been with Cochlear Americas since July 2015 and covers the West coast of Florida. In this role she provides clinical and surgical support, working with many audiologists and surgeons in order to give the best care and sound quality to their Baha and cochlear implant patients. Additionally, she has spoken at several Hearing Health Seminars and Chapter meetings to help candidates and recipients gain knowledge and additional information about cochlear implants and Baha devices.

Gyl Kasewurm, Au.D.
Dr. Gyl Kasewurm started her practice in St. Joseph, MI immediately following graduation over thirty years ago. Despite being located in a rural community of only 10,000 people, her single office generates 10 times the gross revenue of the average audiology practice. The unique patient experience that Kasewurm created has become a benchmark for other practices around the country. Dr. Kasewurm is a well-known author and sought after speaker and prides herself on making life as an audiologist fabulous. You can follow her on Facebook at DrGyl.com or on Twitter @gylkasewurm

Don Kim, Au.D.
Don Kim, Au.D. is the regional field audiologist in the Eastern United States for GN Otometrics. Dr. Kim has gained experience in a variety of practice and clinical settings. He has been the owner of a private practice and the Director of Audiology for several clinics where he has been responsible for the business growth, development of audiology protocols, and optimizing the business/workflow within the clinic. In addition, his business experience has given him the opportunity to lead two start-ups in the audiology industry. With this knowledge, he pursued an opportunity with a major hearing aid manufacturer in a clinical sales role. These experiences have guided Dr. Kim to a career with GN Otometrics. Dr. Kim received his Doctorate in Audiology from East Tennessee State University and his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College.

Andrea Moore, Au.D.
Andrea Moore, Au.D. is a Clinical Territory Manager at Cochlear Americas. Dr. Moore graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a double minor in Linquistics. She then earned her doctoral degree in audiology at UF. She has been with Cochlear Americas since January 2016 and covers the North East coast of Florida and South Georgia. In this role she provides clinical and surgical support, working with many audiologists and surgeons in order to give the best care and sound quality to their Baha and cochlear implant patients. Prior to working with Cochlear she has worked with several otolaryngologists and neuro-otologists as a cochlear implant audiologist as well as in an audiology private practice for seven years. Additionally, she continuously conducts community seminars on hearing loss and cochlear implants in order to provide public awareness and education to those that struggle with these issues. She feels patient and public education is the foundation for people and their loved ones to seek out the professional services needed to ensure a better quality of life.

Kari Morgenstein, Au.D.
Kari Morgenstein, AuD, F-AAA, is an Assistant Professor and clinical audiologist at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Morgenstein is the Director of the University of Miami Children’s Hearing Program. In addition, Dr. Morgenstein assists with community outreach initiatives for the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center. She has been published in several national and international journals and serves on various committees within the American Academy of Audiology.

Cynthia Moynihan
Ms. Cynthia Moynihan has over 30 years of experience as an audiologist patient and hearing loss advocate combined with extensive experience in employment recruitment and organizational restructures. With a Masters in Masters in Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Cynthia has focused on the ability to promote hearing loss like-minded organizations to improve customer relations. Having served on numerous Boards, Cynthia is presently the President of Hearing Loss Association of America Florida State Association. As President, recent projects include the newly designed Let’s Make Hearing Loss Visible, hearing loss social media outreach upgrades, improving audiology and related professional client relations and promotion of hearing loss peer mentorship and self-help groups for those dealing with hearing loss.

Dr. Lyndsey Nalu, Au.D.
A Michigan native, Dr. Lyndsey Nalu, Au.D., CCC-A received her bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan University and her doctor of audiology degree from ACAE accredited Central Michigan University. She completed her clinical residency at Michigan Ear Institute where she trained alongside leading neurologists and audiologists. Licensed by the Florida Board of Audiology, Dr. Nalu is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy). She also serves on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America-Sarasota/Manatee Chapter. Dr. Nalu is the owner of Adept Audiology, LLC, a private practice located in Sarasota, FL. She specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations; detection of outer, middle, and inner ear pathologies; and advanced digital hearing aid fittings. She has conducted extensive research in the areas of audiologic counseling, aural rehabilitation, and assessment of bone anchored hearing devices.

John A. Nelson, Ph.D.
John A. Nelson, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Audiology Global Relations at ReSound. He is based in Glenview, Illinois, USA. In this role, he ensures product education between headquarters (research, development, and marketing), subsidiaries and hearing professionals around. He joined GN ReSound in 2004 and worked at the corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark for three years. Dr. Nelson completed his bachelor degree at the University of Minnesota and his master degree in Audiology at the University of South Carolina. In 1998, he earned his PhD degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Iowa with a focus on psychoacoustics, amplification, and digital signal processing.

Rachele M. Orsini, Au.D.
Rachele M. Orsini, Au.D. Is the Central Florida Field Sales Representative for Starkey Hearing Technologies. She has been an active member of the Audiology Community in Florida since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in 2000. She then moved to Florida where she attended the University of South Florida and received her Doctorate of Audiology degree in 2004. She is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health Division and Medical Quality Assurance and a current Board Member of the Florida Academy of Audiology.

Danielle Robertson, Au.D.
Dr. Robertson is an Educational Specialist for Signia. Her responsibilities include training customers on software and products both face-to-face and via virtual sessions. She has 7 years of experience working in ENT settings with children and adults, as well as 2 years of experience at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf where she focused audiology care on children 0-3 years of age. She has acquired a comprehensive understanding of diagnostics, hearing aid technology, counseling and addressing the hearing needs of individuals. Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arkansas State University in 2002 and a Doctoral degree in Audiology from Missouri State University in 2007.

Michael Seidman, MD
Michael D. Seidman, MD attained both his B.S. in Human Nutrition and M.D. from the University of Michigan. After a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) he completed a fellowship in Otologic/Neurotologic and Skull Base Surgery at the Ear Research Foundation in Florida. Seidman is the Director-Division of Otologic/Neurotologic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for HFHS, Past Director of Otolaryngology Research Laboratory, the Co-Director of the Tinnitus Center, the Chair of the Center for Integrative Medicine for HFHS, Director of Product Development (nutritional science/projects) for ViSalus Sciences, a past President of the Michigan Otolaryngology Society, and was elected in 2009 to be the next Chair of the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Seidman is an active scientist and has extramural funding from the National Institute of Health and other major institutions. He is considered an expert on the molecular basis of aging, noise induced hearing loss, otologic/neurotologic-skull base surgery, all aspects of ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery, tinnitus, herbal therapies, nutrition/antioxidants and their relationship to health, sports and aging and complementary/integrative medicine.

Dana Ulmer, Au.D.
Dana Ulmer, Au.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida where she joined the faculty in 2008. Her clinical specialties include electrophysiology, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) evaluation and management, diagnostic audiometry for both pediatric and adult populations, pediatric hearing aids, and universal newborn hearing screenings. She is a clinical preceptor and also currently teaches courses in the on-campus Au.D. program at the University of Florida. Dr. Ulmer is a Fellow Member of the Florida Academy of Audiology and serves on the Board of Directors.

Devon Weist, Au.D.
Devon Weist, Au.D. is a Clinical Instructor at the University of South Florida (USF). She currently serves as the hearing clinic director, externship coordinator, clinical preceptor for the second year doctor of audiology students, and teaches the Advanced Amplification course in the USF Au.D. Program. Dr. Weist’s professional efforts include general diagnostic audiology, adult vestibular evaluation, and hearing aids. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and Florida Academy of Audiology (Current Board Treasurer). Dr. Weist is also an active member in the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and will be an attendee at the upcoming ASHA AuD Education Summit regarding Critical Issues in AuD Education.

Ian Windmill, Ph.D.
Dr. Ian Windmill serves as the Clinical Director of Audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Audiology from the Florida State University. He began his career at the University of Louisville School of Medicine as a faculty member in the Division of Communication Disorders of the Department of Surgery. For the last 10 years he was director of academic and clinical programs of the Division of Audiology. He was a partner in University Surgical Associates, a 50-doctor multi-specialty. From 2009 through 2014, he served as Chief of the Division of Communicative Sciences in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Windmill is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and currently serves as President. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education. He has more than 30 publications and more than 125 presentations at state, national and international conferences. His interest areas include the diagnosis of hearing disorders and education of hearing health professionals. In 2006, Dr. Windmill won the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education in the Hearing Healthcare Professions. He is married to Dr. Sue Windmill, Pediatric Audiologist.