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I have been a member of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2010. I previously served as the follow-up coordinator for the Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP) for the state of Oklahoma and also as an audiologist at Hearts for Hearing. I am a licensed audiologist through the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and certified through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). My teaching assignments include Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation, while also serving as the audiologist for the SLP clinic and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Edmond Regional Preschool here at UCO.
I am a native of Oklahoma and take great pride in this state. I volunteer as much time as possible to local organizations that pour into our youth because I believe a person’s future is never predetermined. A favorite quote of mine states, ‘Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.’ I hope I have not sat idly by and allowed the demise of those that needed someone to invest in them. I have faith that everyone has the ability to succeed if they are given a fighting chance.
In my great profession, we are taught that the earlier the intervention of a hearing loss, the more likely the child will obtain language. To put it simply, the earlier you intervene, the more positive the outcome. I have hopefully not only applied this philosophy professionally, but also broadened it to encompass my personal life. I pray my legacy is not measured through mere grades I have given or papers and books I have written, but from the lives of children and students I have influenced and chose to intervene on their behalf. Hopefully I have taught this principle to my students not by mere words, but by example.
I have had the opportunity to serve in several professional organizations including; the Oklahoma Audiology Taskforce (OKAT); the OKAT Pediatric Audiology Subcommittee; and the OKAT Childhood Provider Outreach Subcommittee. I also serve as a mentor and coach for the greatest organization in the world, the OKC Warriors youth wrestling program.
My research interests include noise induced hearing loss, newborn hearing and development and noise abatement.
Throughout my career as an audiologist, I had the great fortune to serve with some distinguished mentors and colleagues who have helped in creating various presentations and publications. Some of these include, Effects of Automobile Noise on Speech Intelligibility, AudiologyNOW! 2009; Evaluation of Speech Recognition in Noise with Cochlear Implants and Dynamic FM, Journal of American Academy of Audiology, 2009; A Professional’s Guide to Pediatric Audiologists in Oklahoma.