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Alison M. Grimes, AuD
Board Certified in Audiology

UCLA Medical Center 

Please describe your job description/work setting 

I am the director of audiology and newborn hearing screening at a major academic medical center. I am primarily in the outpatient environment; though, I do provide some services in the inpatient setting. I supervise two AuD students (fourth year) annually, a staff of 12 audiologists, and am part of the management team at UCLA Health.  

Continuously since 2000, I’ve served on and currently chair the California licensing board for audiologists, speech pathologists, and hearing aid dispensers, under the department of consumer affairs. 

I am an instructor for the LEND program in Los Angeles, an assistant clinical professor in head/neck surgery at the DG School of Medicine at UCLA, teach pediatrics residents, and lecture to other medical groups in the health system. 

Please explain why you are interested in serving on the ABA Board of Governors 

I’m interested primarily because of my long-standing work in licensure, and the intersection between certification and licensure. While licensure is the legal requirement to practice, it is clear that certification (when done well) can serve as a “value-added” designation beyond the license and degree. How this is done is important, and I’d like to be a part of the Academy/ABA’s efforts in this arena.  

What do you feel you could contribute to the ABA? 

I could contribute the perspectives of a licensed board member, the perspectives of an Academy past president, the perspectives of a supervisor/preceptor of fourth-year AuD students, and the perspectives of someone who has hired many audiologists over the years in a variety of settings. 

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Joscelyn Martin, AuD, PASC
Board Certified in Audiology 

Mayo Clinic  

Please describe your job description/work setting 

I have practiced nearly 18 years as an audiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I serve as coordinator of the newborn hearing screening program, training and supervising the staff that perform the bulk of the screenings. I manage the short- and long-term follow-up needed so that children with hearing loss may receive timely and family-centered diagnosis of hearing loss and treatment strategies. I spend about half of my time each week seeing patients in our hearing aid program. I work with patients of all ages and their families to provide current technology options using evidence-based practices and appropriate verification and validation measurements. 

What’s Happening in ABA!

In April 2017, five candidates earned the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification. Congratulations to Joscelyn Martin, AuD; Nancy McClellan, AuD; Sherry Ralston, AuD; Jenny Rajan, AuD; and Jessica Spratt, AuD.

In July 2017, three candidates earned the Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification. Congratulations to Kirsten Bock, AuD; Joseph Dansie, AuD; and Dianna L. Hart, AuD.

The Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification exam will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 9:00 am–11:30 pm at AAA 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Applications are due February 18, 2018.

The ABA Certificate Holder–Audiology Preceptor training program is offering a registration discount of 20 percent. Register at and use coupon code TAKE20 to receive the discount. Groups of five to 24 registrations receive an additional 15 percent off already reduced prices. 

ABA’s newest Certificate Holder program has launched! 

Part 1: Foundations of Tinnitus Management of the Certificate Holder—Tinnitus Management (CH-TM)™ program is now available at CH-TM is a comprehensive program designed to provide audiologists with the foundational knowledge needed to assess and manage patients with tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance. 

Part 2: Tinnitus Management Principles in Practice will be released this spring. 

In addition to direct patient care, one of the aspects of the profession that I enjoy the most is serving as a preceptor to students. In our practice, I primarily work with students in their fourth-year externship. It can be very rewarding to help them as they learn to take the knowledge they have acquired in their didactic learning experiences and apply it in real life with the patients in front of them.   

Please explain why you are interested in serving on the ABA Board of Governors 

While serving as program chair for AudiologyNOW! 2016, I had the opportunity to work with ABA leadership on incorporating the results of the practice analysis into the programming for the conference. I learned a lot about what a practice analysis can do for our profession. Specifically, it was enlightening to discover how valuable such an analysis can be to informing how we plan education offerings that appropriately reflect the daily work and needs of the audiologist.  

I have held ABA board certification since 2007, and recently completed the requirements for the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification. I have long agreed that our profession would benefit from specialty certifications such as the cochlear implant and pediatrics options available now. I am happy to be able to support that by becoming certified, and would like to do more by getting directly involved.  

What do you feel you could contribute to the ABA? 

Having served my state organization in a variety of roles, the AAA Foundation as a trustee, the ACAE as a site visitor, and the Academy as a committee volunteer, I bring an understanding of the licensure, certification, and accreditation processes. The organizations that serve audiologists have done much to raise the standards for the profession, but there is still much work to be done.