Our Doctors

Introducing the Live Better Team

When it comes to your hearing health, trust our hearing healthcare specialists to help you communicate better with the world around you. We offer extensive hearing and balance evaluations and recommendations based on results. Our treatment includes hearing aids that we fit, adjust, program, clean and service as needed.

Would you benefit from a hearing aid? Our hearing aid doctors are dedicated to finding the right hearing instrument for every individual’s needs, which is why we offer devices from the leading hearing aid manufacturers. If you’re looking for specific hearing aid types, styles or features, our professionals will help you find the right fit.

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Meet Our Hearing Aid Doctors

Dr. Jenifer Cushing

Dr. Jenifer Cushing

Audiologist, Director Of Professional Development

Jenifer Cushing, Au.D. is the professional director of Live Better Hearing and primary audiologist in the Rockville and Frederick offices location.

She graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Audiology from the University at Buffalo and, while there, published over twenty peer reviewed scientific articles while working at the Center for Hearing and Deafness, more than any other graduating audiology clinician before her. Her expertise is in hearing diagnostics and hearing aids, and she has a unique expertise in electrophysiological measures because of her graduate research.

Education/Training

  • Au.D. From University at Buffalo
  • B.A. Hearing Speech Science from University of Maryland at College Park

Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Audiology License
  • Audiology license in District of Columbia

Specialty Areas

  • Assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders in patients of all ages

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Dr. Adam Alamillo

Dr. Adam Alamillo

Audiologist

Dr. Alamillo received his Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, as well as his Doctor of Audiology degree from Indiana University Bloomington. A proud Hoosier born and raised, Dr. Alamillo now serves as a clinical audiologist at Live Better Hearing + Balance in the DMV region.

Dr. Alamillo is a strong advocate for interprofessional collaboration and patient-centered care; his professional interests include audiologic diagnostic testing, aural rehabilitation through amplification, and vestibular diagnostics. His personal interests include exploring DC’s Michelin star restaurants and taking any opportunity to safely travel abroad, particularly back to Western Europe where he spent a sizable amount of time studying and working in France.

Dr. Alyssa Bhat

Dr. Alyssa Bhat

Audiologist

Dr. Alyssa Bhat is the audiologist at our offices in Midlothian, Henrico and Mechanicsville. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Bhat earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Ohio State University in Ohio, where she also minored in Disability studies.

She subsequently went on to pursue her doctorate degree at Northwestern University, eventually joining Ohio ENT and Allergy Physicians/ Hearing Health solutions as a doctoral resident before graduating and becoming a full-time audiologist at Live Better Hearing. Her clinical rotations also included Northwestern Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center, Hearing Professionals of Illinois, and Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning . Her doctoral thesis, “Hidden Hearing Loss,” concentrated on patients’ difficulty with speech-in-noise utilizing electrophysiology, auditory processing tasks, otoacoustic emissions, subjective questionnaires, and other audiological assessments.

Dr. Bhat specializes in diagnostic hearing testing and vestibular assessments. She places a great deal of emphasis on health literacy among patients from all backgrounds, and she enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities. Her clinical interests include tinnitus management, hearing aids, implantable devices, and auditory processing across the lifespan.

Outside of the office, Dr. Bhat likes to spend time hiking outdoors, cooking, baking, and playing with her two dogs.

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Brandon Adawi

Brandon Adawi

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Brandon Adawi is a Hearing Instrument Specialist at our location in Frederick, Maryland. Originally from California, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Brigham Young University in Idaho in 2013.

Brandon became interested in hearing aids when he happened upon a booth at a career fair. He was hired as a trainee and underwent a rigorous apprenticeship program in the Chicago area, learning the skills that would launch his career. After completing his apprenticeship, he became a Hearing Instrument Specialist, relocated to be closer to his wife’s family, and is currently licensed to dispense hearing aids in Maryland. This license primarily focuses on hearing testing and hearing aid fitting, which is specialized enough to allow him to hone his craft daily.

Brandon has always loved staying informed about the latest consumer electronics and has carried that interest to the constantly updating world of hearing aids. When contemplating the evolving industry, Brandon recalls a quote by Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine: “Embrace things rather than try and fight them. Work with things rather than try and run from them or prohibit them.”

Brandon is an avid consumer of audiobooks, powering through them during his daily commute from his West Virginia home. He finds his “why” in the following passage by Atul Gawande from the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End:”

“You become a [provider] for what you imagine to be the satisfaction of the work. And that turns out to be the satisfaction of competence… It comes partly from being helpful to others. But it also comes from being technically skilled and able to solve difficult, intricate problems. Your competence gives you a secure sense of identity. For a clinician therefore, nothing is more threatening to who you think you are than a patient with a problem you cannot solve.”

He finds a sense of personal pride in fitting hearing aids correctly, especially in the more complicated cases where some others might take shortcuts. He prides himself on his expertise at using silicone material to take ear impressions, an often overlooked yet important skill which requires confidence and precision and allows the most comfortable and precise fit for better sound quality. He has also trained other professionals in taking flawless impressions.

When he is not at the office, he’s often thinking about work but he also loves spending time with his wife and three young sons.

Education/Training

  • B.A. in Communication at Brigham Young University Idaho

Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Hearing Instrument Specialist license #02761

Specialty Areas

  • Hearing Aids

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“Society is secretly driven by sales.” – Peter Thiel

Awards & Honors

 

Dr. Rebecca Book

Dr. Rebecca Book

Audiologist

Dr. Rebecca Book is one of the Audiologists at our office in Pasadena, Maryland. A Baltimore native, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology, Audiology, and Deaf Studies and her Doctorate in Audiology from Towson University. Her doctoral thesis concentrated on the design of a classroom screening protocol for school-age children. Since graduating, she has worked at Johns Hopkins, Bayview and has experience working closely with ENT physicians. She has been working in a private practice setting for more than ten years.

Dr. Book is passionate about helping her local community by providing care to people with hearing loss. Her expertise in digital hearing aid technology and diagnostics enables her to provide high-quality care while forming meaningful relationships with her patients.

When she is not in the office, Dr. Book enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her toddler.

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole

Audiologist

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole is the Audiologist at our offices in Annapolis and Ellicott City, Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Pharmacology and Rehabilitation Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and Louisiana State University Medical Center, respectively. She also obtained Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in geriatric clinical health issues. Dr. Cole relocated to Maryland in 1997 to pursue studies in Audiology at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in 2002 and Doctor of Audiology degree in 2014.

She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) and is state-licensed. Professional memberships include: Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology; The American Board of Audiology; the American Speech and Hearing Language Association (ASHA); the International Hearing Society (IHS); and the American Academy of Audiology (Fellow-AAA). In June of 2015, Dr. Cole was appointed to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists. Dr. Cole’s dissertation focused on the impact of cognition (working memory) and hearing loss on speech perception in the geriatric population, for which she was awarded the 2014 Student Mentored American Auditory Society Award.

Dr. Stacey Samuels Cole is dedicated to the provision of excellent hearing/balance healthcare. She ensures her ability to provide the best clinical services to her patients by maintaining cutting-edge knowledge of auditory/vestibular methodology. Her areas of expertise include audiological rehabilitation (i.e. hearing aids/amplification systems), cognition (working memory) and speech perception, and vestibular/balance testing and rehabilitation. It is important to her that each patient is educated on his or her hearing/balance status and applies this information to determine the best course of individualized treatment. Dr. Cole resides with her husband and daughter, Camille, in Ellicott City, Maryland. She enjoys white-water rafting, traveling, furniture restoration, and most of all, gardening.

Education/Training

  • B.S.: Pharmacology @ Xavier University of Louisiana
  • B.S.& M.S. in Rehabiliation Science @ Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in geriatric clinical health issues
  • M.A. and Au.D./Ph.D in Audiology @ Univerisity of Maryland College Park

Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Audiology License
  • Louisiana Audiology License
  • Maryland Board of Examiners Member

Specialty Areas

  • Assessment and treatments of hearing and balance disorders

Quote

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and loving how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

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Dr. Sidorela Doçi

Dr. Sidorela Doçi

Audiologist

Dr. Sidorela Doçi is the Audiologist at our offices in Midlothian and Richmond, Virginia. She is originally from Bronx, NY, and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated with a Doctorate in Audiology from Syracuse University and, while there, worked at the Auditory Electrophysiology Lab where she gained extensive knowledge in electrophysiological measures. She completed her residency at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she performed hearing, balance, and auditory processing evaluations. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology (CCC-A) and is licensed in the state of Virginia.

Dr. Doçi enjoys working with people of all ages providing hearing and balance healthcare. She values patient education and enjoys ensuring the patient is informed about their hearing and balance testing and treatment options.

In her spare time, Sidorela likes to stay active with her two Siberian Huskies, Denali and Elias and trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Scott Elbert, M.Aud

Scott Elbert, M.Aud

Audiologist

Scott C. Elbert is Live Better Hearing’s audiologist at the Fredericksburg office. He has had the privilege to serve patients in the Fredericksburg area since 2001.

He is a Virginia licensed audiologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. He specializes in diagnostic hearing testing, hearing aids, and earwax removal.

Scott earned his Master of Audiology degree from the University of South Carolina – Columbia and his Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Towson State University. As a routine part of every examination, his patients are typically subjected to a multitude of corny jokes, and for that, we apologize in advance.

Scott enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and four children. This usually consists of activities related to soccer games, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and volunteering with his church.

Anders Eliasson

Anders Eliasson

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Anders holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and has audiological training from the Towson University Doctorate of Audiology program. He has served as a hearing aid specialist in a variety of settings including Miracle-Ear, Costco, and a variety of private practices. His patients are delighted with his dedication and pursuit of excellence when it comes to their hearing needs. Making himself available to his patients is a high priority and he focuses on going the extra mile. In his free time, Anders is a professional musician playing drums both domestically and internationally. He has played at many of the local prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Dr. Karlee Ertter

Dr. Karlee Ertter

Audiologist

Dr. Karlee Ertter is an Audiologist at our offices in Pikesville and Pasadena, Maryland. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania called Ebensburg, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Sciences, and Disorders from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. She graduated from Towson University with her Doctorate in Audiology, where she completed her thesis project, “Evaluating Quality of Life in Cochlear Implant Candidates/Recipients Using the ModNCIQ,” with 4 hearing healthcare professionals to modify a questionnaire that can be used in clinical practice. Her clinical rotations included ENTAA Care, Lincoln Intermediate Unit in York, PA, Baltimore Veteran’s Administration, and here at Live Better Hearing, where she completed her 4th-year externship.

Dr. Ertter’s primary audiological interests are hearing aids and providing hearing healthcare needs to patients of all ages. Her cheerful, warm personality and desire to help others enable her to provide quality care at each appointment. She finds great joy in seeing the smiles on her patients’ faces during their hearing aid fitting appointments, and is delighted in knowing that she is bettering people’s lives by providing hearing healthcare.

In her spare time, Karlee likes to read and stay active through running and boot camp classes. She enjoys cheering on all Penn State sports teams and spending time with her family and close friends.

Education/Training

  • B.S. in Communications, Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University
  • Au.D. from Towson University

Licenses & Certifications

  • Maryland Audiology License

Specialty Areas

  • Diagnostics
  • Hearing aid evaluations and fittings

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Dr. Shelley Hamilton

Dr. Shelley Hamilton

Audiologist

Dr. Shelley Hamilton is a NJ Licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser with over 20 years of experience in various settings. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Science from the University of Maryland in College Park; she then earned her Masters of Arts degree from Trenton State College, where she had clinic rotations in private practices, campus clinics, and Outpatient VA Centers. In 2005, she received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Science.

Dr. Hamilton started her career with the New York City Board of Education, providing deaf and hard of hearing children with classroom and personal FM systems throughout Brooklyn. In 1998, she moved back to the Jersey Shore, where she worked in private audiology and hearing aid dispensing practices throughout the state until 2011. She worked for audiologic equipment manufacturers as an Account Executive and Field Trainer until 2017 before returning to direct patient care with an ENT practice.

Dr. Hamilton enjoys working with older patients, guiding them on their journey to better hearing and an improved quality of life. Setting realistic expectations and improving communication for patients and their families motivates her in her work.

Dr. Hamilton currently lives in Sea Girt with her son, Jack. She enjoys walking on the boardwalk, attending music festivals, solving jigsaw puzzles, and reading mystery novels. She is also an avid New York Ranger fan.

Education/Training

  • Arizona School Of Health Sciences, Mesa, Az, Doctor Of Audiology
  • College Of New Jersey, Trenton, Nj, Master Of Arts Degree: Audiology
  • University Of Maryland, College Park, Md, Bachelor Of Arts: Hearing And Speech Science

Specialty Areas

  • Diagnosis and management of audiological and vestibular pathologies
  • Cochlear implants
  • OAE
  • ABR
  • VNG
  • Tinnitus management
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Central auditory processing
  • Hearing conservation
  • Cerumen management

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Dr. Allison Heuber

Dr. Allison Heuber

Audiologist

Dr. Allison Heuber is the Audiologist at our office in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park. She then earned her Masters of Science degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences and her Doctorate in Audiology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Her doctoral thesis focused on the impact of using one hearing aid and one cochlear implant on an individual’s working and short-term memory. She completed clinical rotations in various settings including The Johns Hopkins Listening Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Potomac Audiology, and Professional Hearing Services, where she completed her 4th-year residency.

Dr. Heuber’s audiological interests include hearing technology, tinnitus management, aural rehabilitation, and memory/cognition. She is dedicated to helping people effectively communicate with their friends and family, as well as easing their concerns about their hearing loss and/or their bothersome tinnitus.

Dr. Heuber is a gifted linguist. She studied Linguistics in college, and took French and Italian classes. In graduate school, she also became proficient in American Sign Language. In her free time, she attends Orange Theory fitness classes, where she lifts weights, practices yoga, and runs. She also loves spending time with her family and watching independent movies.

Education/Training

    • B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from University of Maryland at College Park
    • Au.D. from Gallaudet University

Licenses & Certifications

        • Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Audiology Licenses
        • Virginia Hearing Aid Dispensing License
        • ASHA Certification (CCC-A)

Specialty Areas

            • Diagnostics
            • Hearing aids
            • Balance

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

Dr. Sandra Kuhn

Dr. Sandra Kuhn

Audiologist

Sandra Fields Kuhn is an audiologist trained in identifying hearing problems and managing those who cannot be treated medically. Sandra specializes in pediatric, geriatric, and educational audiology, as well as current hearing aid technology. She holds a doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida and is involved in several professional associations.

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Dr. Cindy Leeb

Dr. Cindy Leeb

Audiologist

Dr. Cindy Leeb is a highly regarded expert in audiology in Montgomery County, Maryland. She has been an audiologist with Live Better Hearing + Balance since 1015. Dr. Leeb earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland and her Doctorate in Audiology from Northwestern University.

Dr. Leeb loves facilitating positive transformations in her patients’ lives by helping patients achieve their best hearing through state-of-the-art technology. She finds fulfillment in helping people reconnect with family and friends and engage in activities that they have not been able to enjoy due to hearing loss. She also celebrates each little victory with her patients, such as turning down the television, so the rest of the family is happy with the volume or actively participates in group discussions and family gatherings.

In her free time, Dr. Leeb enjoys baking and cake decorating, as well as spending time with her husband and two children.

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Dr. Tara Mango

Dr. Tara Mango

Audiologist

Dr. Tara Mango is an audiologist at our West Long Branch office in New Jersey. Dr Mango earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Fredonia and her Doctoral degree in Audiology from the University at Buffalo. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York where she returned to complete her residency. Dr. Mango is licensed by the State of New Jersey and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dr. Mango is a passionate audiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. She enjoys working with the latest hearing technology to improve the hearing healthcare of her patients of all ages. Dr. Mango is also able to provide tinnitus evaluations, auditory processing disorder evaluations and is a certified Phonak Lyric provider.

In her spare time, Dr. Mango enjoys listening to podcasts and audiobooks. She also loves trying new restaurants and spending time with her family and friends!

Dr. Casey O’Neill

Dr. Casey O’Neill

Audiologist

Dr. Casey O’Neill is an Audiologist at Live Better Hearing + Balance. As a graduate student, her thesis project was entitled, “Localization of High-Frequency Noise with Traditional Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplification Products.” Some of the most significant accomplishments of her college career include graduating from the Honors College, presenting research with a faculty member on complex auditory perception tasks, and volunteering with Special Olympics Healthy Hearing. Casey loves audiology because it allows her to work with people of all ages and form strong relationships with her patients. Outside of work, she loves to play tennis, spend time at the beach, and relax with family and friends.

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Dr. Shannon Wrabel

Dr. Shannon Wrabel

Audiologist

Dr. Shannon Wrabel is the Audiologist at our office in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. She received her Doctorate in Audiology from Towson University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Her graduate clinical rotations included the Baltimore County School System, Saint Agnes Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore Veterans Administration. Her main interests include hearing aids, assistive listening devices and the geriatric population. She has been servicing the hearing healthcare needs of patients in the Lutherville-Timonium area since 2006, eventually joining Live Better Hearing in 2012. Dr. Wrabel values continuous education, staying informed on all new technology releases; she prides herself on being able to service all makes and models of hearing aids. Her primary focuses are customer service, attention to detail, and exceeding the expectations of her patients.

In 2017, Dr. Wrabel received a Guiding Principles Award for her outstanding work ethic and performance, particularly her willingness to spend time training new staff members.

Education/Training

  • B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • West Virginia University Au.D. Towson University
  • Licenses & Certifications
  • Maryland Audiology License
  • Specialty Areas
  • Hearing aids and other assistive listening devices

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“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Dr. Alanna Schloss

Dr. Alanna Schloss

Audiologist

Dr. Schloss graduated from the University of Maryland. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2017. Alanna enjoys getting to know her patients and loves that audiology allows her to connect with people of all ages. She treasures knowing that by providing personalized hearing healthcare, there is a significant improvement in a patient’s quality of life. Alanna’s capstone project, titled “Role of the Auditory Periphery in Self-Assessment of Hearing Abilities in Younger and Older Adults,” is currently under review to be published in Hearing Research. Additionally, she has presented posters regarding her research at the American Auditory Society and Association for Research in Otolaryngology annual conferences. Her clinical rotations include the Kennedy Krieger Institute, NIH, and Live Better Hearing. In her free time, Alanna likes listening to live music, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Quinn.

Dr. Lauren Wright

Dr. Lauren Wright

Audiologist

Dr. Lauren Wright received her Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and her undergraduate degree at Towson University in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Deaf Studies. She is proficient in American Sign Language. She is also an expert in vestibular testing, hearing aids, and comprehensive diagnostic audiological assessments.

Dr. Wright has a passion for helping others communicate with their loved ones. And she strives to provide the best patient care and experience possible for every patient she sees at every appointment.

Dr. Wright can be found on a basketball or volleyball court or cuddled up with her dogs reading a good book in her free time.

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Dr. Jennifer Young

Dr. Jennifer Young

Audiologist
Jennifer Young, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA

Dr. Jennifer Young is an audiologist at our Henrico and Midlothian office locations in Virginia. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Hearing Disorders from James Madison University, where she was a graduate research assistant at the auditory research lab. Her clinical rotations included University of Virginia Medical Center, George Washington Hospital, and Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Young earned her clinical Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA).

Dr. Young is dedicated to providing excellent, individualized, compassionate audiology care using best practices. She prioritizes helping her patients understand their hearing and balance condition and their recommended treatment options. She finds it rewarding to be able to guide patients toward an improved quality of life. Dr. Young’s clinical interests include hearing diagnostics, remediation of hearing loss through amplification and assistive devices, balance assessment, and electrophysiological testing.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Young appreciates the beauty and history of Virginia, which is her husband’s home state. When outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, her cats, walking, piano, parks, museums, and cooking.