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Staff Profiles

Meet Our Staff

  

Audiologists

Mallory Baker

Angela Byrd

Nicole Corbin

Sara DiStefano

Melissa Ginesi

Mark Haythorn

Shana Jacobs

English King

Corinne Macpherson

Sarah Martinho

Laurel Okulski

Ellen Pearce

Jill Ritch

Patricia Roush

 

  

 

 

                 Au.D. Externs


Andrea Bucker

Kate Geisen

Sarah McCarthy

Johnna Tanji

Administrative Staff

LeSonia Foxx

Stacy Jordan

Brittany McNeill

Brenda Vernon

 

Audiologists

 


 

Mallory Baker, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr.
Baker received her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2009.  She was awarded the Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology, at the University of North Carolina - School of Medicine, and completed the clinical fellowship during her fourth year of graduate school in 2012.  Dr. Baker received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of North Carolina in 2013.  Before returning to the UNC Hospitals in 2015, she practiced as a pediatric audiologist and the lead audiologist for the in-patient consult team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Baker specializes in the early diagnosis, care, and treatment of infants and children with hearing loss.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Angela Byrd

 

Angela Byrd, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Byrd joined our team in May 2011 after relocating from an ENT practice in Ohio. She obtained her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in 2001, and then completed her M.S. in Audiology from Central Institute for the Deaf at Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. Her dedication to the field of Audiology was seen when she pursued her Au.D. from the University of Florida in 2007. Dr. Byrd is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Byrd works mainly with adults who have hearing loss and their family members to help improve their communication.

 

 

 

 
 

Nicole Corbin, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Corbin completed her Doctorate of Audiology from Arizona State University. She completed her fourth-year externship at Boston Children's Hospital and is now a Ph.D. student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill.


 

Sara DiStefano, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. DiStefano joined UNC Hospitals this fall after completing her Doctorate of Audiology at Arizona State University.

  Melissa Ginesi, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Ginesi completed her Doctorate of Audiology at Ohio University after her externship at UNC Hospital.

Mark Haythorn

Mark Haythorn, Ph.D., CCC-A
Dr. Haythorn began practicing Audiology following his graduation from the University of Tennessee in 1981. He joined UNC Hospitals in 1984 when there were only two audiologists. With the addition of more staff it became possible for him to specialize in adult hearing aids. He is also licensed as a Hearing Instrument Specialist with the North Carolina State Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board.

 

Shana Jacobs, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Jacobs received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Au.D. from the same university in 2008. She worked in UNC’s Department of Otolaryngology as the audiology coordinator for the Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss Study for five years prior to joining the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at UNC Hospitals in 2013. She currently practices as a Pediatric Audiologist focusing on the diagnosis, care and management of infants and young children with hearing loss.  Dr. Jacobs is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

English King

English King, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. King has been a clinical audiologist with UNC Health Care since 2007.  She received her Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Communication Studies with a concentration in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.  From there, she headed to Texas and worked as an office manager for an audiologist which led her in the direction of wanting to be an audiologist herself.  She received her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 2007.  Dr. King works primarily with adult cochlear implant recipients and finds her work very rewarding.  Dr. King is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology.  When away from work, English enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, and their three daughters.

 

Corinne Macpherson, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. Macpherson received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2000, and her M.S. in Audiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. The following year, she completed a Clinical Fellowship at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Dr. Macpherson proceeded to obtain her Au.D. from the University of Florida in 2006. She joined the UNC Hospitals Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in 2003, where she currently practices as a pediatric audiologist. Her main interest involves the diagnosis and management of hearing loss for infants and children. Dr. Macpherson is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also holds a Specialty Certification in Pediatric Audiology through the American Board of Audiology.

Sarah Martinho 

Sarah Martinho, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. Martinho received her B.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998, her M.S. in Audiology from SUNY Buffalo in 2000 and her Au.D. from the University of Florida in 2005.  Dr. Martinho completed her clinical fellowship year in 2001 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC where she currently practices as a Pediatric Audiologist.  Her primary interests involve the early diagnosis and treatment of infants and young children with hearing loss.  Dr. Martinho is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She is also licensed as a Hearing Instrument Specialist with the North Carolina State Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board.

 

Laurel Okulski, Au.D., CCC-A,  FAAA
Dr. Okulski received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2006 and her Au.D. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010.  Prior to joining our team, she worked as a Pediatric Audiologist at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, DC. While at the Medical University of South Carolina she also worked as a programming audiologist with adult cochlear implant recipients.  She currently specializes in diagnostic audiology for adults and children and provides management of hearing loss in infants and children.     

Ellen Pearce

Ellen Pearce, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Pearce received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish from the University of Connecticut in 2007, and her Au.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. Dr. Pearce spent her fourth year externship at UNC Hospitals performing diagnostic testing and working with cochlear implants and hearing aids. She joined our staff as a clinical audiologist in May 2011. Her primary interests include diagnostics, adult hearing aids and cochlear implants. Dr. Pearce is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She is also licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

 

Jill Ritch, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Ritch received her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from James Madison University in 1994, her M.Ed. in Audiology from James Madison University in 1996 and her Au.D. from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2006. Dr. Ritch completed her clinical fellowship year in 1998 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC where she currently practices as a Pediatric Audiologist. Her primary interests involve diagnosis, care and management of children with hearing loss. Dr. Ritch is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing association.

 Pat Roush

Patricia Roush, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. Roush is a faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology and Director of Pediatric Audiology at UNC Hospitals where she specializes in working with newly identified infants and young children with hearing loss and their families.  She earned her Master's degree in Audiology from the University of Iowa and her Au.D. from the University of Florida.  She has worked with infants and young children at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Denver Children's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Duke University Medical Center.  While at Duke, she co-directed the cochlear implant program.  Dr. Roush has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to hearing loss in infants.

  


 


  Andrea Bucker, B.A.

Andrea is a native of Vestal, New York and completed her Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011.  She will receive her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree in May 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During her time at UNC, Andrea completed an independent study with the UNC Hearing & Voice Center's Clinical Research Team where she worked with implantable devices, concentrating on electric-acoustic stimulation.  Additionally, Andrea is a member of the North Carolina American Academy of Audiology, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), and served on the UNC SAA’s executive board.

 

 

 

Kate Geisen, B.A.

Kate is from Indiana and moved to North Carolina to complete her externship.  This year she is excited to be a pediatric audiology extern at UNC Hospitals to increase her competence in working with children of all ages.  She received her B.A. in 2011 from Indiana University and will receive her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) in May 2015 from Purdue University where she is currently a fourth-year audiology student.  Kate enjoys working with the pediatric population and would like to continue to do so after graduation.

  Sarah McCarthy, B.A., M.A.

Sarah McCarthy received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Audiology. Sarah worked at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh throughout her academic career as well as volunteered for the Hospital Elder Life Program at UPMC Hospitals, which focused on delirium prevention in hospitalized patients. She is a member of the Student Academy of Audiology. Since moving to North Carolina, Sarah has become an avid Eastern BBQ enthusiast and self-proclaimed expert on local coffee. She looks forward to completing her doctoral externship with UNC Hospitals Hearing and Voice Center.

  Johnna Tanji, B.S.

Johnna Tanji, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, completed her undergraduate degree in physics and Asian studies at Beloit College.  Prior to entering graduate school, Johnna spent two years in Japan teaching English.  Currently, she is a fourth year AuD student at the University of Arizona in Tucson and graduate of the Arizona Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (AZLEND) Program. Johnna feels deeply humbled to be a fourth year extern at UNC hospitals and honored to be awarded the Judith Gravel pediatric audiology fellowship. She is looking forward to gaining foundational skills in pediatric audiology and maturing into an independent clinician who serves children with hearing loss and their families.

 

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

 

   
LeSonia

LeSonia Foxx

 

Stacy Jordan

 

Brittany McNeill 

 

Brenda Vernon

Brenda is an Administrative Associate in the Pediatric Audiology & HADP department. She has been with UNC for 19 years and was formerly employed with Otolaryngology before transferring three years ago.  She is Licensed as a Practical Nurse and has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Technical College of Alamance. 

 

 

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