New Professionals in Audiology Conference Presenters' Bios
Dr. Vesely graduated with his Au.D. from The Missouri State University in 2010. During his tenure as a student he was the National NAFDA President and worked diligently to merge NAFDA into what is now the Student Academy of Audiology. He served as the first President of the Student Academy of Audiology, and was also awarded the 2008 American Academy of Audiology Presidential Award.
Upon graduating, Dr. Vesely co-founded Sound Advice Hearing Doctors and the Alpaca Buying Group. Today, Dr. Vesely serves as the President and CEO of Alpaca Group Holdings which owns the Alpaca Negotiating Network and Resolution Hearing. In addition, the group currently owns more than 40 clinics in a diversity of specialties including dispensing, ENT, cochlear implants, hospitals, and specialized contracts. Dr. Vesely serves on the State of Missouri licensure board, and just recently accepted a co-chair position on the newly formed AAA Public Awareness committee designed to promote audiology in the eyes of the consumer.
In a recent interview Dr. Vesely had this to say when asked about the success of Alpaca Group Holdings: “It’s 100% about our team. I work daily with some of the finest audiologist in the country, and all of us are constantly pushing to better the patient experience, and the profession of audiology as a whole. It is a deep-rooted passion that all of us share, and it drives us to not settle for the status quo.”
Dr. Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as the Director of Audiology and Hearing Aids at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center including the UPMC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of auditory learning post-hearing aid fitting, the relationship between hearing, cognitive health and health outcomes, and matching technology to individual needs. She has published over 80 articles and book chapters in these topic areas as well as provided over 100 national and international presentations. Dr. Palmer teaches the graduate level amplification courses at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Hearing. Dr. Palmer opened the Musicians’ Hearing Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2003 and has focused a great deal of energy on community hearing health since that time. This work has included a partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Symphony that promotes hearing protection for young and professional musicians. Dr. Palmer has received awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring from the University of Pittsburgh.
Barry A. Freeman, PhD is Vice President of ZPower Battery, LLC, the leading manufacturer of silver zinc rechargeable batteries for hearing aids.
Dr. Freeman was founding Chair of the Audiology Department and a Professor of Audiology at Nova Southeastern University. He continues to maintain adjunct appointments and teach at several audiology programs.
Before returning to academia in 1997, Dr. Freeman owned and practiced for twenty years at the Center for Audiology in Clarksville, TN. Dr. Freeman earned his Bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Boston University School of Management and completed his doctorate in Hearing and Speech Science from Michigan State University.
He is a past-president of the American Academy of Audiology and served on the Academy’s Board of Directors for six years. He continues to serve on professional boards including VP for Professional Activities for the Florida Academy of Audiology. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy in 2006.
Dave Fabry received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, he has divided his career equally between academic/clinical (Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, University of Miami) and industry (Phonak, Starkey, ReSound) roles. He is a past Board Member and President of the American Academy of Audiology, as well as past Board member of ABA, ACAE, and AAAF. He is currently on the Board of the American Auditory Society, and is Editor-in-Chief of Audiology Today. Presently, he serves as Chief Innovation Officer at Starkey Hearing Technologies.
Dr. Karen Glay has been an audiologist since 1982 and purchased her private practice northwest of Chicago in 1989. She received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from Marquette University, an MA in Audiology from Northern IL University, and her AuD from Salus University. Karen is a founding member and past-president of the IL Academy of Audiology, receiving the Honors of the Academy in 2006. She is past-Chair of the AAA State Network Committee and served as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the AAA Foundation. To advance the education of future audiologists, Dr. Glay serves as a preceptor and mentor for audiology students at Northwestern, Rush, Ohio State, and Northern Illinois Universities. She is also a member of the Alumni Advisory Board at NIU.
Gayla L. Poling, PhD, is Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN. She received her undergraduate and master’s training in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University and completed her Clinical Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. She practiced as a clinical audiologist at Mayo Clinic prior to returning to Ohio State where she earned a PhD in Hearing Science. She completed postdoctoral training focused on translational research at the Medical University of South Carolina and Northwestern University. Most recently, she provided support as a Research Audiologist to the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence.
Her current research interest is on developing diagnostic tools focused on the early detection and prevention of hearing loss due to aging, noise and other environmental factors (ototoxicity).
Nicholas Reed is an instructor of audiology, funded by a National Institutes of Health Kl2 grant, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He received his clinical doctorate in audiology from Towson University and completed his clinical externship at Georgetown University Hospital. Concurrent to his duties as a researcher and lecturer, he is pursuing a PhD in clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Nicholas conducts research under the mentorship of Dr. Frank Lin at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health. His interests include the interaction of hearing loss and cognition, the effect of amplification on gerontologic outcome measures, and novel hearing healthcare delivery.
Also, for this audience, it might be really important to include what the NIH Kl2 is (this can be in the bio or I can explain). This is a terminal degree clinician award for mentored career development. It funds 90% of salary, supports travel, supports research, and supports tuition in full for a complementary non-clinical degree. It is institution-specific (e.g. the NIH gives a large seed grant to institution and lets them decide who/how to award) and has traditionally been only awarded to physicians. To the best of anyone's knowledge (from Hopkins and NIH) no other clinical audiologist has ever been awarded a Kl2 grant. I only highlight this because we desperately need more audiologists to apply to this type of award and break down these barriers.
Hillary Snapp, AuD, PhD is an Associate Professor and Chief of Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami. Dr. Snapp serves as a lead researcher, clinician and educator to students, residents and fellows at the University of Miami. She has served as the Director of Clinical Education in Audiology since 2008, and in 2017 received the Exceptional Membership Award by the American Medical Women’s Association. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Glass Ceiling Award by the Business and Professional Women of Florida, and has been recognized by the American Academy of Audiology as a Jerger Future Leader of Audiology.
Dr. Snapp demonstrates a strong commitment to developing future women leaders in the health sciences. Current efforts include mentorship in academic advancement through teaching and research, mentorship training to facilitate early-career audiologists in clinical teaching and mentoring, and supporting developing research efforts of junior clinical faculty who wish to branch into clinician-scientist roles.