Board of Directors

2020-2021

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Heather Rudisill Kamath, Au.D.

President

Heather Rudisill Kamath, Au.D. developed and leads the vestibular program at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. She has coauthored publications in the area of Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials and co-authored a chapter in the Balance Function Assessment and Management textbook (Plural First Edition). Dr. Kamath was involved in research earlier in her career and in more recent years has focused on the clinical aspects of diagnosis and treatment of vestibular disorders, and provision on hearing aid services to Veterans, Active Duty and their dependents at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Dr. Kamath received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and her doctorate from Northwestern University. She serves on the Board of Directors as the President-Elect and was the past VP of Membership.

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Brittney Sprouse, Au.D.

Past President

Brittney Sprouse, Au.D., is a pediatric audiologist at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Sprouse received her Doctorate in Audiology from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (University of Akron) in 2009. Dr. Sprouse’ s clinical interests include diagnostic evaluations; electrophysiology; amplification, including hearing aids, osseointegrated devices, and assistive listening technology; ototoxicity monitoring; early intervention; outreach and education. She is actively involved on the state and national level in Audiology through her service on committees and boards. 

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Eric Seper, Au.D.

President-Elect & Acting Treasurer

Eric Seper is a clinical audiologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Seper received his Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His clinical interests include adult diagnostics, cochlear implants, vestibular assessment, and electrophysiology. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Seper was a research audiologist at the Widex Office of Research in Clinical Amplification. Dr. Seper has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed hearing aid research articles published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.

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Tony Joseph, Au.D., PhD

Vice President of Education

Research specializing in hearing loss prevention, hearing protection, and epidemiology, Dr. Antony Joseph is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Illinois State University (ISU) in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. He received his AuD from Central Michigan University and PhD at Michigan State University, emphasizing Experimental Audiology and Epidemiology, becoming the first audiologist in the world with double-doctorate clinical-science credentials in Audiology (AuD-PhD). A licensed practitioner for over 30 years, Dr. Joseph is a National Academies of Practice Distinguished Scholar and Fellow. He is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and a Professional Supervisor by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a 24-year active duty retired Naval Officer who served as Clinic Director for one of the US Navy’s largest outpatient centers, overseas as a Director of Public Health (Japan), and deployed in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign as a Medical Director. Dr. Joseph served as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Academy of Audiology and Chair of the American Board of Audiology and is VP of Education for the Illinois Academy of Audiology. Besides teaching and research, he is a clinical supervisor at ISU in the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic and leads the campus Occupational Hearing Conservation Program.

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Ann Reget, Au.D.

Vice President of Membership

Dr. Reget has over 20 years’ experience in audiological diagnostics and hearing aid service and delivery.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from William Paterson College in New Jersey, Masters of Arts in Audiology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Arizona. As a self-motivated professional, Dr. Reget provides excellent patient care and clinical expertise to patients of all ages with hearing loss.  She has a special interest in new hearing aid technology and aural rehabilitation to help patients achieve their best hearing possible

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Darrin Worthington, Au.D.

Vice President of Communication

Darrin Worthington, AuD, has been a member of the Audiology team at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center since its inauguration in 2010, and with the North Chicago VAMC from 2008-2010. He is a clinical audiologist and manages the hospital’s TeleAudiology and Aural Rehabilitation Programs. Dr. Worthington received his B.S. in Hearing Speech and Language Sciences with a minor in Music and Psychology from Ohio University in 2004 and his Doctorate in Audiology from Northwestern University in 2007.

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David Groesch, Au.D.

Vice President of Government Affairs

Dr. Reget has over 20 years’ experience in audiological diagnostics and hearing aid service and delivery.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from William Paterson College in New Jersey, Masters of Arts in Audiology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Arizona. As a self-motivated professional, Dr. Reget provides excellent patient care and clinical expertise to patients of all ages with hearing loss.  She has a special interest in new hearing aid technology and aural rehabilitation to help patients achieve their best hearing possible

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Lauren Kelly, Au.D.

Secretary

Lauren received her Doctorate in Audiology from Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Prior to joining Hearing Professionals of Illinois in 2019 and during her clinical training, Lauren gained experience working with patients at various hospitals in the area including Lake Forest Hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital, Jesse Brown VA and Northwestern Memorial. She currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Academy of Audiology, which advocates for Audiologists and Audiology patients in Illinois. Lauren is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). She is also a licensed Audiologist in the state of Illinois.

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Megan Worthington, Au.D.

Member-At-Large

Megan Worthington, AuD, is an audiologist and the manager of clinical education for the audiology academic program. Prior to becoming the clinical education manager, she was a clinical audiologist specializing in pediatric audiology and cochlear implants. She graduated from Rush University with her AuD in 2008 and has served as an adjuct instructor at Rush teaching the pediatric amplification and habilitation course and the supervision seminar. Her previous adjunct appointments include Northwestern University, Saint Xavier University and the Hebrew Theological College. She has served as a clinical preceptor for audiology students, teaching them both in the clinic and the classroom.

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Samantha Dixon, Au.D.

Member-At-Large

Dr. Samantha Dixon is a lead audiologist at Chicago ENT. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University and went on to earn her Doctor of Audiology degree at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. While in school, Dr. Dixon worked with diverse populations by completing clinical rotations in varied settings including an audiology private practice, an ENT clinic, a VA clinic, and a children’s hospital. Dr. Dixon has also traveled on philanthropic trips to Nicaragua, a country that at that time had only one audiologist in its entirety, to help diagnose hearing loss and fit donated hearing aids for those without access to hearing healthcare. Dr. Dixon’s interests within the field include hearing diagnostics, electrophysiology, and hearing aids.

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Jaclyn McFadden, Au.D.

Member-At-Large

Dr. Jaclyn McFadden graduated from Illinois State University with her doctorate in audiology in May 2016. She is continuing her work at Central Illinois Hearing as a licensed audiologist. Jaclyn is an Illinois licensed audiologist. She is very passionate about helping people improve their quality of life and their ability to communicate.  She values each and every patient and enjoys getting to know them.  The quality time she spends with each patient is important as it helps her to better focus on their listening needs and hearing lifestyles.

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Bronwyn Milliken, Au.D.

Member-At-Large

Bronwyn is the newest member of our Audiology team. She graduated with a clinical doctorate in audiology in 2017 from Rush University. Following graduation, Dr. Milliken worked for a non-profit organization providing hearing health care to low-income patients in the Chicago land area. Dr. Milliken joined the team at Sound Hearing Solutions in late August, and has jumped right into the busy practice with an energy and passion for helping SHS patients hear better and improve their quality of life.She lives in Chicago with her husband, and their dog, Henry. In her downtime, Dr. Milliken enjoys exploring the great city of Chicago both on foot and by biking.