Practice Management Specialty Meeting Biography’s

Practice Management Specialty Meeting Biography’s

Craig Castelli, BA

Craig Castelli is the Founder and CEO of Caber Hill Advisors. He launched Caber Hill in 2014 in order to solve a problem plaguing millions of business owners: a lack of qualified, experienced advisory firms willing to serve small and middle market companies.

Caber Hill's innovative approach combines the best elements of the local business brokerage community and the large, very expensive investment banks. Further, Castelli and his team have all previously worked in the markets they now serve. The result is that clients receive individualized attention and expert guidance specific to their industries.

Castelli has spent his entire career working in the audiology industry, and has advised hundreds of private practices in this time. He is considered an authority on practice sales and valuations./

David Fabry, PhD

David Fabry received three degrees below zero from the University of Minnesota, terminating in a PhD. in hearing science in 1988. Subsequently, he has divided his career between academic (Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, University of Miami Medical Center) and industry (Phonak Hearing Systems, Starkey Hearing Technologies and ReSound) roles; he is currently the vice president of Global Medical Affairs for GN Hearing.

Fabry has also served as president of the American Academy of Audiology, and also currently serves as editor-in-chief of Audiology Today magazine and,  and a consultant to the Better Hearing Institute and Hearing Industries Association. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, Liz, nearby his daughter Loren./

Alan, Freint, MD

Alan Freint is the senior partner of North Shore Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates in Highland Park, Illinois.   He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery.

Freint feels that quality medical care must encompass both the science and art of medicine.  His patients and peers commend him for his comprehensive and caring approach to patient care.  

He is often a guest lecturer at AuD programs and speaks nationally on assorted topics relevant to audiology and ENT. He has been recognized for his dedication to audiology by being awarded the AAA Distinguished Presidential Award and the Illinois Academy of Audiology Honors of the Association./

Gyl Kasewurm, AuD

Gyl Kasewurm has owned and operated Professional Hearing Services (PHS) in Saint Joseph, Michigan for over thirty years. Her single office practice generates 10 times the annual revenue of an average practice. Her motto then and now continues to be work hard, offer the very best to patients and do whatever it takes to help them hear better.

A lifetime resident of Michigan's Great Southwest, Kasewurm achieved her doctorate in audiology from Central Michigan University. She has earned many awards and honors including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Audiology but is most proud of the Leadership Award that was bestowed upon her by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was recently honored by Western Michigan University as a Distinguished Alumnus, an honor awarded to only 99 of the more than 17,000 graduates of the College of Health and Human Services.

Kasewurm is a well-known author and sought-after speaker and prides herself on her advice on taking a practice from Fine to Fabulous! She enjoys traveling with her husband David and loves shopping for shoes!/

Tracy Murphy, AuD

Tracy Murphy has practiced Aaudiology since 1993 at North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab in Highland Park, Illinois. She is a board member for the American Academy of Audiology and has participated on numerous Academy committees including the Coding and Reimbursement committee.

Murphy serves on technical expert panels for quality measures that are part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program. She believes that effective practice management, regardless of practice setting, is founded in securing optimal coding and reimbursement and being compliant with federal mandates. Additionally, Dr. Murphy co-instructs courses for audiology doctoral students at Northwestern and Rush Universities in Chicago./

Paul Pessis, AuD

Paul Pessis is the owner and founder of North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab in Highland Park, Illinois. He is a past president of the American Academy of Audiologist. He has twice received the AAA Distinguished Presidential Award and the Illinois Academy Honors of the Association and the Illinois Presidential Award.

Pessis currently is the RUC seat holder for the Academy, which is the mechanism for giving value to our CPT codes. He teaches at both Rush and Northwestern Universities and lectures on coding, reimbursement, and optimizing practice management. /

Kate Thomas, MA

Kate Thomas is the senior director of advocacy and reimbursement at the American Academy of Audiology. She has been a staff member at the Academy for over 11 years, focusing on legislative and regulatory affairs on the state and federal levels, and payment policy. Thomas holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree in health and political communication from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the staff at the American Academy of Audiology, she worked for the College of American Pathologists./

Gail Whitelaw, PhD

Gail M. Whitelaw is a clinical faculty member and audiologist in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She directs the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and is a preceptor for both AuD and MA SLP students. Her areas of clinical expertise are in auditory processing and listening issues in children and adults and adults and children with tinnitus/hyperacusis.

Whitelaw teaches coursework in pediatric audiology, tinnitus, and professional issues including ethics and resume writing. She serves as the audiology faculty member on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other Disabilities (LEND) grant at the Nisonger Center at Ohio State, a maternal and child health grant focused on building clinical leadership and advocacy for children with developmental disabilities and their families. She routinely works with children with developmental disabilities, including autism.