Kyle Acker, Au.D.
Dr. Kyle Acker is the Executive Vice President of RiseENT. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Organizational Leadership and Supervision and his Master of Science and Doctor of Audiology degrees at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He began his clinical career in a vestibular and balance practice in Florida. Acker’s passion for the last 15 years of business development work lies in business evaluation, coaching, and collaboration to improve efficiency, accessibility, and profitability in otolaryngology ancillary and independent hearing care delivery models. To learn more about RiseENT visit www.RiseENT.com.
Sarah Bricker joined our marketing and communications team as a Communications Specialist in March 2015 and was responsible for corporate social media efforts. Bricker has had hearing loss since she was 13 and wears Starkey hearing aids. Prior to Starkey, she handled digital content marketing, social media and online advertising needs for B2B and B2C clients in St. Louis, and worked as a freelance reporter for the St. Louis Business Journal and the St. Louis Rams. Bricker graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.
Sara Burdak, Au.D.
Dr. Sara Burdak joined Starkey as an audiologist on the Hearing Research and Technology team in 1999. Over the last 16 years, Sara Burdak has worked to bring impactful programs to our global customer base. She is responsible for developing and aligning Starkey’s global audiology strategy as it relates to education and training programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and customer and industry relations. Sara Burdak earned her bachelor's degree in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University, her master's degree in audiology from Wayne State University, and her Au.D. from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Justin Burwinkle, Au.D.
Justin R. Burwinkel, Au.D., joined the Starkey Audiology Research team in 2014. His research has investigated potential improvements to digital noise reduction, feedback suppression, and a variety of other emerging sensor technologies. In addition, he has filed numerous patents relating to fall risk management, artificial intelligence, and hearing aid connectivity. Burwinkel earned both his B.S. and Au.D. at the University of Cincinnati. Burwinkel is a Collaborator with the University of Cincinnati’s FETCHLAB.
Simon Carlile, Ph.D.
Simon Carlile, Ph.D., was Starkey's Senior Director of Research and helped lead Starkey Research in our quest for groundbreaking and innovative hearing solutions. Carlile has a BSc (Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in auditory neuroscience. He completed his postdoctoral training at Oxford University where he was a Junior Research Fellow of Green College. He later established and became Head of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Sydney. Carlile has also had senior management roles as Chief Information Officer at the University of Sydney and as the Chief Technology Officer for two start-up technology companies. Carlile has published more than 110 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, has a strong patent portfolio, edited a foundation volume on auditory virtual reality and is Associate Editor for Nature – Scientific Reports.
Lawanda Chester, Au.D.
Lawanda Chester, Au.D., joined the education and training division of Starkey in early 2016. She received her Au.D. from the University of Florida and has practiced audiology in a variety of clinical settings for over 10 years. Chester began working in the hearing devices industry with a focus on education and training in 2009 and earned her trainer certification in 2012.
Jim Curran, M.S.
James Curran, M.S., was one of the first dispensing audiologists in the industry. He opened his office in 1967 and then in 1970, joined a hearing aid manufacturer. Over the years he has authored many articles and textbook chapters and has had extensive experience speaking and writing on industry topics. A member of many industry organizations and professional societies, Curran was elected to the board of the American Academy of Audiology and to the Executive Committee of the American Auditory Society. He also represented the industry in developing the initial FDA research protocols for establishing the efficacy of amplification.
Andrea Hannan Dawkes, Au.D.
Andrea Hannan Dawkes, Au.D., joined the education and training division of Starkey in November 2010. Prior to joining Starkey, she focused her career on providing clinical services in a variety of audiology settings, including work in the area of hearing aid research. Hannan Dawke’s current responsibilities include assisting in the development of educational materials, leading training classes and assisting with course offerings through AudiologyOnline. She earned her Master of Arts in audiology from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Doctor of Audiology from the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.
Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of both Hearing Health Foundation and Hearing Loss Association of America. In 2015, she was named a HearStrong Champion for her work to change the stigma surrounding hearing loss. Eberts has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story others will be able to live more peacefully with their own hearing loss. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Amanda Edwards, Au.D.
Amanda Edwards, Au.D., joined Starkey in July 2015 as an Education and Training Audiologist within the network department. Edwards is responsible for developing and presenting training materials to staff and fellow hearing professionals. Prior to joining Starkey, Edwards had a wide breadth of clinical, practical and academic experience in the fields of vestibular studies, diagnostic audiology, research and academic professorship. She earned a B.A. in speech and hearing disorders from Louisiana Tech University, an M.S. in audiology from Lamar University and an Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Dave Fabry, Ph.D.
Dave Fabry received his Ph.D. in hearing science from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, he divided his career between academic/clinical roles at the Mayo Clinic, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the University of Miami Medical Center, and several industry positions. He served as President and Board Member of the American Academy of Audiology and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Auditory Society. Additionally, Fabry has served as Editor-in-Chief of Audiology Today since 2008 and is a past Editor of the American Journal of Audiology and Section Editor of Ear and Hearing. He is licensed as an Audiologist in Minnesota, Florida, and Rwanda.
Monique Hammond is a registered pharmacist. She is a public speaker and consults on industry-related hearing loss issues. Hammond tells her story and what she learned about hearing loss in her book: What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing loss. Visit her website at moniquehammond.com.
Ashley Hughes, Au.D.
Ashley Hughes, Au.D., was a Research Audiologist on the Clinical Research team, where she conducted pilots as well as alpha and beta trials on emerging technologies prior to market release. Hughes actively volunteered with and for the audiology profession at both a state and national level.
Michele Hurley, Au.D.
Michele Hurley received an M.S. in Audiology from North Texas State University and Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has been practicing for 28 years in a variety of professional roles, spending the past 21 years with Starkey in the areas of education and technical services. Hurley also speaks on numerous occasions about hearing aid technology and patient care.
Jim Knutsen, M.A.
Jim Knutsen, M.A., began his career at the Portland VA Medical Center’s National Auditory Research Laboratory in 1983. He was Director of Audiology and Hearing Aids at East Portland ENT Clinic from 1987 to 2000. In 2000, he joined Starkey, and for 18 years took on numerous sales and management roles. In 2018, Knutsen moved to our Education and Training team. Knutsen has previously served on the Governors board for Hearing in Oregon, the Tri-state board of Governors (OR, WA, ID), and as President of the Oregon Hearing Society.
Sejal Kuvadia, Au.D.
Sejal Kuvadia, Au.D., joined Starkey in August 2015 after practicing in private and retail settings. She completed her B.S. at Purdue University and her Au.D. at Rush University. While obtaining her degrees, Kuvadia completed research in the realms of cochlear implants, auditory perception, and audiological rehabilitation. Kuvadia's clinical experience includes time spent in hospital, VA, private practice, retail, and educational settings.
Sarah Lewandowski, Au.D.
Sarah Lewandowski, Au.D., joined the education and training division of Starkey in April 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Purdue University in 2007 and earned her Au.D. from the University of Illinois in 2011. Lewandowski previously worked in a Neurotology practice where she obtained extensive experience in diagnostic audiology evaluations, fitting hearing aids, surgical nerve monitoring and assessing balance disorders.
Stephanie Loccisano, Au.D.
Stephanie Loccisano, Au.D., graduated with a B.S. in communicative disorders and sciences and Spanish language from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an Au.D. from the University at Buffalo. She was a member of the education and training team at Starkey from 2014 through 2018, where she led training classes, developed training materials and oversaw Starkey University’s Au.D. student program. Loccisano completed her audiology residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Beth McCormick, Au.D.
Beth McCormick, Au.D., joined the Starkey team as an outside sales executive in June 2006. She also served as a Communication Specialist. Her clinical experience includes diagnostic testing and counseling, fitting hearing aids, and tinnitus management. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, her master’s in audiology from Michigan State University, and her Au.D. at Salus University.
Beasan McKee, Au.D.
Beasan McKee, Au.D., earned her undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders from North Carolina State University followed by an Au.D. from Nova Southeastern University. She joined Starkey as an Education and Training Manager in June of 2008, educating dispensers, audiologists, and colleagues on the newest technology, software, and advanced fitting strategies, keeping them on the cutting edge of their profession. McKee moved to our Corporate Education and Training team in 2011, where she provides technical and product training to customers, prospective customers and Starkey employees.
Carolyn Pinkerton, Au.D.
Carolyn Pinkerton, Au.D., worked on the Education and Training team at Starkey from 2012 to 2018. A graduate of Northeastern University’s Doctorate of Audiology Program, she completed residencies at several Ear, Nose and Throat offices in Massachusetts as well as the VA Hospital in Boston. Pinkerton's clinical experience includes newborns to the elderly not only in comprehensive audiological examinations and fitting of appropriate hearing technology, but also in vestibular, central auditory processing and advanced evoked potential diagnostics.
Amanda Szarythe, Au.D.
Amanda Szarythe, Au.D., graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She went on to earn her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2018. For her fourth-year clinical placement after graduating, she worked at a private practice on the North Shore of Massachusetts where she fit hearing aids, completed diagnostic audiological testing, carried out physician marketing and hosted informational seminars for patients. Szarythe joined the Starkey Education and Training team in January 2019. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through ASHA.
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