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.
Heather Rudisill Kamath, Au.D.
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 co-authored 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.
Megan Worthington, Au.D.
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.
Brittney Sprouse, Au.D.
Vice President of Education
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.
Thomas Christl, Au.D.
Dr. Thomas Christl has worked at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) since 2016 and is a proud member of their audiology department. Prior to working at the Lovell FHCC, he worked as an extern as the Jesse Brown VAMC from 2012-2013. His passion for helping care for our nation's heroes (Veterans & Active Duty Servicemembers) started early on as both of his grandfathers served in the Navy and his father is an Army Veteran. Dr. Christl is a Lovell FHCC Command Coin and Director's Coin recipient and a graduate of VISN 12 Leadership Development Program Class 16. Additionally, he was a member of the Hines-Lovell Interfacility Teleaudiology Team that received the Citizens Services Team Award for Federal Employee of the Year. He is also passionate about clinical education and regularly supervises externs and quarterly students from local and national audiology programs. When he is not busy in the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren; his daughter, Olivia; and his two dogs.
Michael Blackburn, Au.D.
Vice President of Membership
Michael Blackburn, AuD is the Sr. eSolutions Manager at Sonova in Aurora, IL since 2020. Dr. Blackburn is a leader in telehealth adoption and implementation. He previously worked at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System in Minnesota. There he developed a comprehensive tele-audiology and vestibular programs. Dr. Blackburn has maintained active volunteering with the American Academy of Audiology serving on committees such as the New Professionals Committee and the Resume Review Sub Committee. Dr. Blackburn is a graduate of the Northwestern University AuD program and completed his externship at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL. He then took a position as an Audiologist with the OSF Illinois Neurological Institute in Peoria, IL serving pediatric and adult populations before returning to the VA. Dr. Blackburn is happy to be back home in Illinois and looking forward to supporting the incredible ILAA membership.
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.
David Groesch, Au.D.
Vice President of Government Affairs
Dr. David Groesch is the founder of Central Illinois Hearing where he has devoted his entire career to helping the hearing impaired community of Central Illinois achieve meaningful, active lifestyles through improved communication. He received his Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Audiology from Florida University. He is a past-president of ILAA and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. He has also served on the faculty of MacMurray College in Jacksonville and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.
Lauren Kelly, Au.D.
Lauren Kelly, AuD 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.
Maureen Virts, Au.D.
Maureen Virts is a pediatric audiologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and her Doctor of Audiology from Vanderbilt University. She completed her clinical externship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her clinical interests include electrophysiology, pediatric vestibular testing, hearing assistive technology including hearing aids, osseointegrated devices and cochlear implants.
Samantha Dixon, Au.D.
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.
Jaclyn McFadden, Au.D.
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.
Bronwyn Milliken, Au.D.
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.