Biography & Education

Biography

Philosophy of Care

I believe that compassionate listening is the key to developing the best plan of care for each and every patient. Because everyone approaches things differently and has unique issues, taking the time to understand their needs and concerns will allow me to offer the best hearing and balance solutions.
Education Background
University of Florida at Gainsville, Doctor of Audiology; University of Texas at Austin, Master of Arts in Audiology
Personal Interests
I like to cook for and spend time with my family and friends. Travel is a close second.

Care Locations

Minor and James First Hill Medical Building
First Hill Medical Building
515 Minor Ave.
Seattle 98104
Affiliated Facilities
Accepting New Patients

Publications

Blog

Health Consequences Associated With Untreated Hearing Loss

February 23, 2015
As research continues in the area of untreated hearing loss more and more findings show that it is not worth it to wait to do something about hearing deficits.  Current research is showing correlations between untreated hearing loss and dementia, depression, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as increased mortality.

A study published in the Archives of Neurology on February 14, 2011 found that hearing loss was associated with dementia (all causes).  They noted that the greater the hearing loss the more at risk a person was for dementia.  Additionally, they noted that for individuals in their study over the age of sixty, more than one-third of the subjects with risk of dementia had associated hearing loss.  One reason that may support these findings would be the exhausting of cognitive reserves; in other words more brain power goes into straining to listen for comprehension of speech than other cognitive processes, like working memory.

Another study ...

Specialties

Clinical Interests
  • Hearing Loss