What is your background in audiology?
My background in audiology started with a late arrival to the communication sciences scene after a rewarding career in hospitality and event management. Thanks to an inspiring intro to audiology course at the University of Wisconsin, this major life change was quickly followed by a conversion from thoughts of becoming a speech-language pathologist, and I found my ultimate calling as a pediatric audiologist.
After a formative externship year at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, I began my career as a clinical audiologist with the Center for Childhood Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I work with pediatric inpatients and outpatients, and also am active in our center’s family support and education efforts.
Why do you volunteer with the Academy?
I have volunteered with the Academy since my days as an SAA member. Volunteering is an opportunity to work collaboratively with professionals across our field as well as with Academy staff.
Being an Academy volunteer keeps me in touch with colleagues across many different clinical, academic, and research settings, which helps me keep in mind the breadth and depth of what audiology has to offer.
Would you rather have a personal maid or a personal chef and why?
I would rather have a personal chef, because I enjoy cooking but food tastes even better when a professional makes it. Also, I wouldn’t want anyone to have to clean up after me, no matter how well they were paid!
What past concert would you have liked to have attended live?
Janis Joplin—Frankfurt, Germany, 1969
Why do you think audiology education is valuable for students as well as professionals?
Audiology education beyond the classroom and clinic has had a grounding influence on my clinical education and work, and continues to foster my professional growth and development. Part of what attracted me to being an audiologist is the high prevalence of dedicated lifelong learners in our field.
As a member of the Continuing Education Committee, I’m able to work to find creative ways to inspire and engage Academy members (including myself).
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Han Nguyen, AuD, is a member of the Outreach Committee. What is your background in audiology? I received my doctorate in audiology from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. My clinical experience includes underserved populations, patients with special needs, pediatrics, electrophysiological testing, and vestibular assessment. I developed my skills in diagnostics, electrophysiology, and vestibular…
Tracy Murphy, AuD, is a member of the Practice Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC). What is your background in audiology? I have practiced audiology at North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab, a private practice in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, since 1993 when I graduated with my Master’s degree from Northwestern University. I subsequently obtained my AuD from…
Melanie Vazquez, AuD, is a member of the AAA Program Committee. What is your background in audiology? I am a clinical Audiologist with Swedish Medical Group in Seattle and currently provide adult diagnostics and hearing aids, pediatric behavioral testing, and vestibular assessments. I received my AuD degree from the University of Washington and have been…