Many people ask me how I decided on audiology as a career. Growing up, I experienced chronic ear infections. This led to multiple visits with audiologists and eventually tubes in my ears at age 16. Walking out of that last appointment introduced me to a whole new world of hearing. I did not realize how muffled speech was and what sounds I had been missing! One of my first thoughts leaving the clinic and getting into the car was, “Is that how loud the car blinker usually is?” It was then I decided I wanted to be an audiologist to help people not only to hear but also to excel and thrive. What started as a personal journey has guided me to help my patients form personal hearing stories of their own. My interactions with patients continue to drive my love for the field every day!
I have been a licensed and certified audiologist since 2016, after earning my Doctor of Audiology degree from Northern Illinois University. I completed my fourth-year externship at the University of Illinois Hospital, working on the cochlear implant team and neonatal unit for newborn hearing screenings. It was an amazing educational experience.
I currently serve as a member of Hear in the Fox Cities, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to provide hearing aids to youth and children in the Fox Cities who do not quality for other funding sources. Born and raised in Appleton, I have always had strong community ties to the Fox Valley. I am happy to be back in the Appleton area and surrounded by family and friends. When I am not in the office, I enjoy traveling, kayaking, and playing pickleball. Maybe I will see you out there!
- Bachelor of Science, UWSP
- Doctor of Audiology, NIU
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- American Academy of Audiology