ADA Election 2015

Angela Morris, Au.D.
Candidate: President-Elect
Private Practice Owner/Audiologist
Corbin, KY

Au.D. - Salus University (2003)
M.S. - University of Louisville (1999)
B.S. - University of Kentucky (1994)

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Private Practice/Owner – Southeast Kentucky Audiology (2003 – present)
  • Contract Audiologist, KY Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (2003-2010)
  • Contract Audiologist, Daniel Boone Clinic, Dr. Samir Guindi, ENT (2003-2013)
  • President of the Kentucky Academy of Audiology (2007-2009)
  • Conference Director for the Kentucky Academy of Audiology (2007 - Present)
  • Board Member for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (2011, 2013 – Present)
  • Treasurer, Academy of Doctors of Audiology (2013 – Present)
  • Chair, ADA Membership Committee (2011- 2013)
  • Co-chair, ADA Marketing Committee (2013 - Present)
  • Past Board member/Chair for the Kentucky SLP & Audiology Licensing Board (2008 - 2011)
  • Board of Governors for the American Board of Audiology (ABA) (2007 - 2009)
  • Regional Captain for the AAA State Leaders Network (2008)
  • Chairperson for the Student Mentor Luncheon at Audiology NOW! (2009)
  • Chairperson for the Marketing and Fundraising committees with the ABA (2007 - 2009)
  • Member of the Ethics committee with the ABA (2008 - 2009)
  • Fellow – Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Fellow – American Academy of Audiology
  • Member- Kentucky Academy of Audiology
  • Graduate of Leadership Tri-County
  • Graduate of Leadership East Kentucky
  • Presenter – KAA and KSHA conferences
  • Associate Professor in Audiology at Eastern Kentucky (2001 - 2003)
  • Excellence in Audiology Award – Kentucky Academy of Audiology
  • Duane Hart Leader among Leader Award Recipient – Leadership Tri-County
  • Elected School Board Member for Corbin Independent School System
  • Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky
Position Statement
I appreciate the nomination to run for President-Elect of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. It is an honor to be considered by my peers and to serve a profession for which I carry so much passion. I made a commitment many years ago to do my part to advance Audiology. Being a part of the ADA board for the past few years has been rewarding—I am proud to represent such a professional, open-minded and zealous group of members. ADA members are not afraid to take on the biggest of challenges for the good of Audiology, while remaining realistic and optimistic about the means to succeed.

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology’s 18 x 18 movement is a top priority for me. I am willing to go non-stop and do whatever it takes to make the Audiology Patient Choice Act legislation a reality. Being part of the 18x18 Movement to achieve Limited License Physician status, Direct Access and expanded access for patients to audiologic services under Medicare has been an amazing experience, and I look forward to working with ADA leaders, members and the entire audiology community to ensure that we succeed in this effort. This is an exciting time in Audiology, and I am so proud of all of my colleagues in ADA who have stepped up once again to be leaders and put our profession where it needs to be; On par with other doctoring professions in the healthcare world.

I firmly believe that every single part of the Audiology Patient Choice Act is both the right move and also attainable. I firmly believe that Audiologists should control our own educational and accreditation processes. I will never accept or allow other professions to infringe on Audiology. However, I have also learned that sometimes we achieve more together than on our own. In today’s society we must learn to put our differences aside with other groups and organizations for the betterment of each of our own organizations. I would continue the excellent relationships that the current ADA board has worked so hard to establish with AAA, ASHA, IHS, HIA and many more.

Knowing that we each have our own agendas and member needs, and that will never change, I would make sure that ADA and its members ALWAYS have a voice, stand strong in their beliefs and persevere. Achieving our goals will take time, but it WILL happen and I am committed to seeing it through. Being involved in many organizations both on the local, state and national levels, has given me a tremendous amount of governance experience and has allowed me to develop invaluable relationships that have not only helped me in my practice, but also helped to shape my attitudes regarding professionalism and service. I have conducted successful negotiations on behalf of Audiologists in KY with the Department of Medicaid Services gaining reimbursements for most all Audiology CPT codes verses only one that was paid previously. I have represented the Kentucky Academy of Audiology to Kentucky Legislature to seek support in amendments to our licensing laws, and I have participated in one-on-one Meetings with Senators and Representatives in Washington on behalf of Audiology legislation. These experiences give me confidence to face the important issues that ADA will need to face in the coming years.

If elected to serve as your President-elect, I will represent you and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology with professionalism, fairness, honesty and firmness. I will not hesitate to ask for help when needed and will strive to be open and transparent in all matters. As a current executive committee member for ADA, I couldn’t be more excited about the path that we are taking. This is an organization of “do”ers! We refuse to sit back and let opportunities pass us by. I am ready to take on this exciting challenge and I applaud each and every one of you for being a member of the Audiology organization that gives you THE POWER TO PRACTICE.    
Patricia Dabrowski, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Associate Professor/ Clinical Coordinator, A.T. Still University
Mesa, AZ

Doctor of Audiology- PCO School of Audiology; 2006
Master of Audiology- Hahnemann University; 1984
Bachelor of Science- East Stroudsburg University; 1982

Professional Activities/Honors
  • 2012 to present- A.T. Still University; Associate Professor/ Clinical Coordinator
  • 2004 to 2012- Salus University; Assistant Professor/ Director of the Pennsylvania Ear
  • Institute/ Coordinator of Internal Clinical Education
  • 2002 to 2004- Hear Well Again; Audiologist
  • 1992 to 2002- Elwyn Institute; Director of Audiology
  • 1985 to 1992- Plastic Surgeon ENT Associates; Director of Audiology
  • 1984 to 1985- Arnold K. Brenman, MD; PC- Clinical Fellowship Year
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology
    • Education committee, 2010 to present; Chair 2013 to 2015
    • ADA Conference planning committee, 2009 to 2010
  • American Academy of Audiology
    • Gold Standard Summit Taskforce, 2010 to 2011
    • AAA Clinical Education Subcommittee, 2009 to 2011
  • Scott Haug Foundation
    • President; Scott Haug Foundation, 2007 to 2008
    • Vice-President; Scott Haug Foundation, 2006 to 2007
    • Board of Directors, Scott Haug Foundation; 2004 to 2008
  • Arizona State License Stakeholder Committee; 2013
  • Advance for Audiologists Advisory Board, 2009 to 2012
  • Healthy Hearing Advisory Board, 2009 to Present
  • Executive Director, PEI Board of Trustees, 2008 to 2012
  • Osborne College of Audiology Curriculum Committee, 2006 to 2012
  • Osborne College of Audiology Admissions Committee, 2005 to 2012
  • Treasurer, Charter Elkins Park Lions Club, 2004 to 2006
Position Statement
Professional autonomy is an investment of self and ownership of actions, not just a buzz-word to be tossed about in professional circles. I realized, early in my career, that our profession could ultimately be so much more than it was and I wanted to be part of that transformation. The Academy of Dispensing Audiology (ADA), and later Academy of Doctors of Audiology, has always been a home that allowed me to network and learn from like-minded colleagues. It was the leadership within ADA that began and who continues to drive us toward that goal today. Whether it was the grassroots effort, brought about by membership, which ultimately led to the adoption of the Doctor of Audiology degree, or the initiation of the 18x18 campaign, ADA has always led the way. During my time establishing the clinical education program at PCO School of Audiology and as an instructor and clinical coordinator at A.T. Still University, I have always sought to motivate young audiologists to think and practice according to this principle.

I am honored to receive a nomination for the position of Director-at-Large of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. To me, joining The Board would be the culmination of those passions that were sparked so many years ago. The specific areas I would like to promote, if elected, include the following:
  1. Continue the momentum of 18 x 18. Through the efforts of our current leadership, what was once considered a lofty goal may now be within our reach. The Audiology Patient Choice Act has been reintroduced on Capitol Hill and I want audiologists to see that an investment in themselves will impact the collective whole, and make the passing of this bill a reality. We must not shy away from educating politicians and the public on the principles of H.R. 2519. I want to help my colleagues move beyond any hesitancy they have in taking action to support this legislation so that every audiologist participates in this effort.
  2. Identify the next steps. In addition to passing H.R. 2519 there is supporting work that is needed at the state level. Our licenses are not as portable as one may think. The administrative rules of some states are not written in ways that understand the educational process of the transitional Au.D. degree making it difficult to obtain a license unless you graduated from a residential Au.D. program or maintained third party certification. I would like to make certain that the administrative rules of each state’s licensure are written with language that accurately reflects our education and that access is not dependent on membership in any organization.
  3. We educated ourselves; now let’s use what we learned. The path to autonomy requires more than just the Au.D. degree. We need to differentiate ourselves from other professions by taking a hard look at the way we practice our craft and consider that it’s time for a change. Each of us advocates for our profession by applying the highest standards of evidence-based practices to patient care. I will continue to strive for an educational slate at our annual conference that provides practical information on ways to incorporate these researched methods into daily routines.
  4. The beauty of audiology lies in its diversity; diagnostics, amplification, aural rehabilitation, tinnitus management, identification and management of balance disorders. Too often, we tend to practice within silos, only providing patients with the services that are within our level of comfort. To foster a stronger profession, I would encourage my colleagues to promote the concept of intra-disciplinary referrals where audiologists recognize different levels of training and skill within our own discipline and comfortably refer and collaborate with each other when advanced services are needed.
Christopher Hamilton, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Asheville, NC

Doctor of Audiology, Northwestern University, 2006
Bachelor of Science in Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, magna cum laude, Western Carolina University, 2001

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Private Practice Owner/Operator, Asheville, NC, 2009-Present
  • Fellow Member, ADA, 2007-Present
  • ADA Conference Planning Committee, 2007
  • Conference on Professional Education II: Positioning Audiology for the 21st Century, 2008
  • ADA Conference Planning Committee, 2008
  • ADA Conference Planning Committee, 2009
  • ADA Mentoring Task Force, 2009
  • ADA Professional Leadership Training Planning Committee, 2013
  • ADA Mentoring Committee, 2011-Present
  • Boss of the Year, 2014
Position Statement
It was a dark and stormy night… Many changes are upon us as business professionals, colleagues, and healthcare practitioners. Our reaction to these changes and our proactive actions will define our future. I have been involved with ADA my entire professional career and grown to admire the members, the leadership, and the visions for the future of our profession. I find the current state of the market environment, legislative development, and ADA’s evolution to be both fascinating and challenging. What better time to be involved?

As Doctors of Audiology, we should own our profession – defining our future, shaping the changes to come, and evolving as leaders in our scope of practice.

As business owners and autonomous practitioners, we should have the tools and support to build, grow, and prosper in a dynamic healthcare market.

As a member of ADA and by participating on the Board of Directors, my goal is to further our aims of autonomy and contribute in guiding the growth of our profession and professional association in the midst of truly dynamic changes. Are you up for a good challenge? I know I am.    
Stacy A. O’Brien, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-At-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Port Orange, FL

Doctor of Audiology Degree, University of South Florida, 2014
Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2010

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Private Practice Audiologist, Port Orange, FL, May 2014 – Present
  • Board Certified in Audiology, American Board of Audiology
  • Fellow, Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Audiology
  • Rotarian, Rotary Club of Daytona Beach
  • USF SAA Board of Directors, Fundraising Chair, 2012
  • Recipient of Starkey Entrepreneurial Program Scholarship, 2013
  • ADA Student Business Plan Competition, 3rd Place, 2013
Position Statement
I am hugely honored to even be considered for an opportunity to represent such an AMAZING group of professional Audiologists. I am a second career Audiologist, I had the chance to go back to school and pursue my dream of becoming an Audiologist, and thank God everyday for this AMAZING profession. I was first exposed to ADA through its Student Business Plan Competition, which absolutely changed my course, for which I will be forever grateful. At the 2012 ADA Conference, as a student, is when I first heard of the 18x18 initiative, and I knew that I had to be a part of it. I was a previous business owner and knew early on in my Au.D. studies that I would not settle for any less than private practice and the ability to ensure the highest quality of patient care.

My primary goal and reason for wanting to serve on the board as a Director-at-Large is to pay-it-forward for all of the blood, sweat and tears all of you and the founders of ADA have put in to advancing our profession this far! If elected, my main goal and concentration will be to educate, recruit and encourage fellow Audiologists about the 18x18 initiative, to help further this necessary movement. I also look forward to educating and encouraging Au.D. students, because as a recent Au.D. graduate, I do not believe there is enough good information provided to students about private practice options, and other important professional information, like 18x18.

I believe all parts of the 18x18 initiative are so important. First, Limited License Physician Status within Medicare would allow autonomy to make clinical decisions and allow for our profession to be able to do what we were trained to do, and what no other professional has been trained to do. Second, Comprehensive Coverage would elevate our profession to a higher level. Even though most Audiologists I have met are performing many of the services currently not covered, how great would it be to be able to afford to take time in the schedule to expand these extremely necessary services, like Aural Rehabilitation, which without reimbursement makes it difficult to expand services? Lastly, Direct Access, how much more efficient and cost effective for the patient and health-care system, to have Direct Access? The lack of Direct Access to me is senseless, and a part of every Medicare patient appointment, confusing for the patient, and unnecessary.

I am very excited about this opportunity as I fully intend, if elected, to learn a great deal about how to advance our profession, and about how to make a difference so that future Audiologists will be as inspired by ADA’s work as I am. I believe the 18x18 initiative is an AMAZING goal that we will achieve! Robert Kiyosaki said, “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream and how you handle disappointment along the way.” I see GREAT things happening in Audiology’s future, and I look forward to being a part of it through ADA.    
Gabriel J. Pitt, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-at-Large
Private Practice Audiologist
Savannah, GA

Doctor of Audiology – University of South Florida (USF), 2007
Bachelor in Business Administration, University of Georgia, 2003

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Private Practice Audiologist at Optimal Hearing Systems, Inc., 2007-Present
  • 4th year externship at The University of California San Francisco and at Audiological Services of San Francisco, 2006-2007
  • President of the Georgia Academy of Audiology, 2013-2014
  • Lead a Joint Task Force addressing over-the-counter sale of hearing aids in the state of Georgia, 2011-2012
  • Fellow, American Academy of Audiology
  • Co-Authored “Cortical Evoked Response to Gaps in Noise: Within-Channel and Across-Channel Conditions,”an article awarded “Most Thought Provoking” of 2007 by the Hearing Journal
  • Audiology Foundation of America’s “Conference on Professional Education: Positioning Audiology for the 21st Century” Nominated by USF’s Audiology Program Director, Dr. Jennifer Lister, 2008
  • Member of Sigma Beta Delta honor society for business 2003
Position Statement
My stance as a candidate for the position of member at large for ADA is to secure the establishment of complete professional autonomy for audiological practice, regulation and education. As an audiologist with a solid business background, I feel uniquely positioned to help ADA reach this goal.

Since its inception in 1977, the group of forward thinking audiologists that comprised ADA have effectively and significantly altered the course of the profession of audiology toward a more autonomous profession. Beginning with the then “unethical” practice of treating hearing loss by dispensing hearing aids, to developing and supporting the concept of the Au.D., ADA has been a catalyst for positive, practical change in the profession of audiology. As member at large I would do my best to ensure that ADA continues this progressive support of independent audiological practice, through the advancement of best business and clinical practices and by ensuring passage of the Audiology Patient Choice Act in Congress.

Any true profession is able to practice autonomously. While audiologists have come a long way, we still have a number of hurdles ahead of us before we are truly autonomous and I will do everything I can to get us there. If you agree, I would appreciate your vote.
Al Turri, Au.D.
Candidate: Director-at-Large
Owner and Director
Harmony Hearing Centers, FL

Au.D.: Salus University, 2006.
M.S. (Audiology): University of South Florida, 2001.
B.S. (Social Science): University of South Florida 1992.

Professional Activities/Honors
  • Director of Audiology – The Villages Health System
  • Private Practice Owner: Nine Audiology Clinics
  • Director of Operations Southwestern US - Sound Point Audiology
  • Manufacturers’ Sales Representative – Micro Tech Hearing
  • Clinical Fellow Audiologist – VAMC
  • ADA Fellow
  • Sales coach
  • Business consultant
  • Speaker
  • 2014 Orlando Sentinel’s Best Hearing Aid Provider Harmony Hearing Centers of America
  • 2009 Bedside Manner Award Outstanding provider Family Doctors of Belleview
  • Practiced audiology for a total of 14 years.
  • Private practice grew to nine offices and sold 2015.
  • Hybrid primary care medical model innovator.
  • ADA Student member mentor
  • ADA Advocacy fund contributor
  • 18 x 18 supporter
Position Statement
It would be my pleasure and honor to serve as ADA Director - Member at large. Over the years I watched two other organizations with audiology interests grow and become entities trying to be too many things to many people, ultimately losing their focus. I am committed to helping ensure that ADA does not go down that same road and will focus on four main goals.

I. First and foremost 18x18 must be achieved, not just via the efforts of ADA but by a united front consisting of all audiologists that share a vision of complete autonomy for audio¬logical practice. I will continue to advocate, contribute, and recruit audiologists in order to achieve this goal.

II. Audiology practice is evolving, and ADA has been a leading force in its direction due to its dynamic membership and elected leaders. For this to continue, the next generation must be encouraged to take up leadership roles. I will devote effort to helping identify future leaders and encourage initiatives that further the leadership training that ADA has already implemented.

III. Open communication between the membership and the board is essential. I will advocate for a stronger “Peer Review" process for significant and important issues that impact the entire membership.

IV. The hearing aid and what the good audiologists provide with its use must stay front and center. I will strive to bring innovative ideas to our membership that increases market penetration, fight the forces that would claim to be better at care than audiologists and diligently oppose efforts to remove FDA requirements or licensed provider requirements as recently proposed by members of the accessible and affordable hearing healthcare commission.

I will work to ensure that 18x18 passes, future leaders will be identified and mentored to accept the baton, and a process is in place that enables members and leaders to be on the same page with regulations, goals and objectives that protect the patient as well as the future of audiologists.

I am ready to serve you and ask for your vote!