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Brad Ingrao, Au.D.

Brad Ingrao, Au.D. is employed by the VA Long Beach Healthcare System and has been involved with HLAA for more than 20 years. He is active in several chapters in southern California and serves as the professional adviser to the HLAA-City of Orange Chapter.

Dr. Ingrao is known as an early adopter of technologies, a computer geek and an author and lecturer who makes complex topics understandable. He has been around hearing loss all of his life and has several family members with hearing loss.

Abram Bailey, Au.D.

Abram Bailey is a leading expert on consumer technology in the audiology industry. He is a staunch advocate for patient-centered hearing care and audiological best practices, and welcomes any technological innovation that improves access to quality hearing outcomes. Dr. Bailey holds an Au.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Aimee Gross, M.S., CCC-A

Aimee Gross currently serves as the Clinical Education Manager with MED-EL Corporation in the U.S. Aimee received her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Clinically, she worked in both the adult and pediatric cochlear implant programs at UNC Hospitals. She has served in a variety of roles with MED-EL for more than 12 years and now shares her experience and expertise through clinical education.

Alan G. Cheng, M.D.

Alan G. Cheng, M.D.  is the Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics. Dr. Cheng is a Surgeon-Scientist with a clinical interest in caring for patients with hearing loss and deafness and research interests in inner ear development and regeneration. The Cheng lab is currently working to understand how aminoglycosides (AGs) enter the inner ear and to redesign aminoglycosides to preclude entry into the inner ear. Dr. Cheng was recently awarded the New Faculty Physician Scientist Award by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Dr. Cheng’s lab is part of the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss. Read more about Dr. Cheng.

Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D.

Alicia D.D. Spoor, Au.D. is the owner of Designer Audiology, LLC, located in Highland, Maryland. Previously, she was part of the cochlear implant and hearing aid teams at the Mayo Clinic Arizona and worked at two private audiology practices around the Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. areas. Dr. Spoor received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Michigan State University in Audiology and Speech Sciences. She is currently the president-elect for the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and Legislative Chair of the Maryland Academy of Audiology (MAA).

Alison Freeman, Ph.D.

Dr. Freeman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and theatre arts from the University of California and doctorate from International University. She works half time at California State University at Northridge as a staff psychologist working with students with hearing loss, is an adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran and has a private practice.

Dr. Freeman was diagnosed with a moderate-severe hearing loss at age 3.

Allison Becker and Drew Wingert

Allison Becker, Director of Business Development
As the Director of Business Development at Audicus, Allison identifies strategic opportunities and launches marketing initiatives.

Drew Wingert, Director of Customer Experience
Drew Wingert leads the team that is responsible for making sure everyone receives top notch advice and support. 

Anna Gilmore Hall

Anna Gilmore Hall, RN, MS, CAE brings more than 20 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations, helping them achieve strategic and growth objectives. Her resume includes executive planning, administration, and communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a master’s degree in leadership and organizational management from Capella University, a bachelor’s degree in university studies from the University of Maine, and a diploma in nursing from Eastern Maine Medical Center. She also earned a certification in association management from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Prior to coming to HLAA in July 2013, Anna was the executive director of Practice Greenhealth.

Anthony Ricci, Ph.D.

Anthony Ricci, Ph.D. is the Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor II in the School of Medicine and Professors of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) and of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ricci is a Basic Scientist with a focus on furthering the understanding of mechanotransduction and how sensory hair cells communicate with the central nervous system. The Ricci lab develops novel, non-ototoxic, aminoglycoside antibiotics while retaining effectiveness. His work also includes developing novel technologies and working with other researchers to provide technical insight. Dr. Ricci’s lab is part of the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss. Read more about Dr. Ricci.

Bobbi Scheinin

Bobbi Scheinin has her doctorate of audiology and has worked with diagnostics, rehabilitation, hearing solutions, and newborn hearing screening for over 20 years. Dr. Scheinin is the Group Product Manager for Cochlear Americas and leads the Marketing department for Baha® and Vistafix product lines. Bobbi is married, has two beautiful daughters and resides in the Denver area.

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