Greetings! I received my Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech Pathology, and a minor in Spanish. During my Introduction to Audiology course, I really began to enjoy learning about the field of Audiology! After many observation and volunteer opportunities, I decided to pursue my education as a clinical audiologist. I recently earned my Doctor of Audiology degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. During my time at Bloomsburg, my clinical rotations included private practice, hospitals, and working alongside otolaryngologists. Additionally, I was fortunate to be trained in advanced vestibular diagnostics testing, as the program is one of few that offers rotational chair testing.
Currently, I work as a clinical audiologist for Hearing Services of Delaware. Fun fact, I was one of their first undergraduate students from the University of Delaware to observe at their practice! Our practice also contracts services with Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, and Milford Delaware. I spend my time between the Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, and our Newark office. What I love about my career is that I truly am helping people improve their quality of life. As an audiologist my job goes beyond diagnosing hearing loss and vestibular disorders. My job is about educating patients about the importance of auditory health and the connections it has to other issues, such as memory and cognitive decline if left untreated. I also enjoy the diversity that Audiology has to offer. My clinical skills are constantly being put to the test working in the fast-paced environment of a medical setting, while the evolution of hearing aid technology challenges me to make the best decision fitting patients with amplification. I have the pleasure of serving patients of all ages to hear better, and to make connections with loved ones!
My academic career at the University of Delaware was definitely the hardest but most rewarding time of my life. Delaware provided me with tough love and my time in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science definitely prepared me to become the audiologist I am today. As a McNair Scholar, I was able to conduct and present research on any topic of my choosing. I used this opportunity to learn more about Audiology on my own. My research titled "Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Differences in Attitudes Toward Hearing Loss" gave me the opportunity to learn about what people from all backgrounds think about auditory health. Conducting research also gave me insight into how I can help advance the field as an audiologist. My success in graduate school, and in my new career as a clinical audiologist is due to the educational and professional foundation provided to me by professors and mentors at the University of Delaware. I am forever grateful for my time at UD!