Introducing the Live Better Team
Every patient deserves personalized care and attention. That's why we have assembled a team of hearing healthcare specialists who are passionate about helping patients improve their hearing and quality of life.
Our team includes audiologists and hearing instrument specialists who are experts in their field. They use the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders and are dedicated to finding the best solutions for each patient's needs. This may mean helping our patients choose the best hearing aid or triaging with other specialties to provide help for vestibular disorders.
If you're experiencing hearing loss or other related conditions, our team is here to help. 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.
Our hearing doctors are dedicated to finding the right hearing instrument for every individual's needs. We offer devices from the leading hearing aid manufacturers, and we stay up to date on the latest advances in hearing aid technology. Whether you're looking for specific hearing aid types, styles, or features, our professionals will help you find the right fit.
At Live Better hearing + Balance, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care. We believe everyone deserves to communicate better with the world around them, and we are here to help you achieve that goal. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing healthcare providers.
Meet our Hearing Aid Providers
Dr. Jenifer Cushing
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.
- 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
- Assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders in patients of all ages
Brandon Adawi is a dedicated and knowledgeable National Board Certified hearing instrument specialist licensed in Maryland who is passionate about providing high-quality hearing healthcare services to his clients. With a decade of experience in hearing healthcare, he has developed a deep understanding of best practices in the industry and is committed to using the latest technologies to ensure his clients receive the best possible care.
Brandon’s expertise in real ear measurements makes him a valuable resource for anyone seeking accurate and reliable hearing testing and fitting services. Real ear measurements are an essential part of hearing healthcare, and Brandon is committed to making sure his clients receive this critical component of their treatment. Real ear measurements involve placing a small microphone in the patient’s ear canal to measure the sound levels of their hearing aids. This allows Brandon to fine-tune the settings of the device to ensure it is providing the optimal level of amplification for each client’s individual prescriptive needs.
In addition to his expertise in real ear measurements, Brandon is also committed to providing his clients with the highest level of care and attention. He takes the time to listen to his clients’ concerns and works with them to develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Whether you are seeking a hearing evaluation, hearing aid fitting, or other hearing healthcare services, you can trust Brandon to provide the expertise and compassion you need to achieve optimal hearing health.
- B.A. in Communication at Brigham Young University Idaho
Licenses & Certifications
- Maryland Hearing Instrument Specialist license #02761
- Hearing Aids
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Awards & Honors
Dr. Adam Alamillo
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 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.
Dr. Rachel Bond
Dr. Rachel Bond is an Audiologist at our office in Pikesville, Maryland. Originally from this area, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Towson University and her Doctorate in Audiology at Salus University. Some of her clinical rotations included The Pennsylvania Ear Institute, ENT Head and Neck Specialists, and The Maryland School for the Deaf.
Dr. Bond’s primary audiological interests are hearing aids and diagnostic vestibular evaluation. Her desire to help others enable her to provide quality care to each of her patients and treat on a more holistic level. She cherishes the connections she makes with each of her patients every day. In her spare time, Dr. Bond likes to spend time with her family and friends, vacation at the beach, travel, and stay active.
Dr. Rebecca Book
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 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.
- 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
- Assessment and treatments of hearing and balance disorders
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Dr. Daniel Eisenberg
Doctor Daniel Eisenberg is an audiologist at our Chevy Chase, MD office. A Maryland native, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Psychology, as well as his Doctor of Audiology degree, at the University of Maryland, College Park. While a student, he was heavily involved in research specializing in cochlear implants and the benefits of binaural hearing under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Goupell. His clinical interests include adult and pediatric hearing evaluations, vestibular testing, and hearing aid care.
Dr. Eisenberg recently moved to Washington, DC, and outside of the office, he enjoys exploring the city, singing and playing piano, as well as hiking and spending time outdoors.
Scott Elbert, M.Aud
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 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. Glenn Elms
Dr. Glenn Elms is an audiologist at the Rockville, MD office. He is originally from Arizona and moved to the east coast with his fiancé for graduate school. He graduated with a doctorate in Audiology from Salus University in Elkins Park, PA in 2021. He graduated from undergraduate at the University of Arizona cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in German.His main interests include tinnitus and testing and hearing aid services for adult and pediatric patients. He enjoys speaking with patients to find out more about their daily life and help to recommend the best course of treatment.He was President of the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology in 2021, focusing on advocating for increased patient access to audiology services. In his spare time, Dr. Elms enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, and spending his spare time with his fiancée and their two cats.
- B.S. in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona
- B.A. in German from the University of Arizona
- Au.D. from Salus University
- Licenses & Certifications
- Maryland Audiology License
- Pennsylvania Audiology License
- Member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology
- Fellow Member of the American Academy of Audiology
Dr. Casey Gaskins
Dr. Gaskins started her journey at the University of Maryland, earning her Bachelor’s in Hearing and Speech science. Then, later her Doctorate in Audiology with her capstone research on improving localization in bilateral cochlear-implant users. She also gained extensive clinical experience at institutions such as The John Hopkins Listening Center, The University of Maryland Medical Center, and The University of Miami Ear Institute. Most recently, she was at Medstar Shah Medical Group in Waldorf.
Dr. Shelley Hamilton
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.
- 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
- Diagnosis and management of audiological and vestibular pathologies
- Cochlear implants
- Tinnitus management
- Aural rehabilitation
- Central auditory processing
- Hearing conservation
- Cerumen management
Dr. Kristen Hood
Dr. Kristen Hood is a highly accomplished audiologist passionate about helping individuals with hearing loss. She obtained her Doctorate in Audiology from West Virginia University, where she gained extensive knowledge of the latest technological advancements in diagnosing and treating hearing loss. Her undergraduate degree from Towson University provided the foundation for her academic and professional achievements.
As someone with hearing loss herself, Dr. Hood understands the unique challenges those with hearing difficulties face. She is dedicated to sharing her experiences with others to help them seek proper treatment and improve their quality of life. Dr. Hood’s warmth, compassion, and dedication are highly regarded by her patients, who appreciate her ability to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere during appointments.
Dr. Hood is committed to providing personalized care plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs, using state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat hearing loss. Her patients trust her guidance and benefit from the highest quality of care she provides. Her unique perspective and passion for helping others achieve the best possible hearing inspire many to seek her expertise. Outside of work, Dr. Hood enjoys exploring new restaurants, staying active with workouts, indulging in baking, and traveling. Spending time with her daughter, husband, great dane, and rescue kitty brings her immense joy.
Dr. Abigail Katz
Dr. Abigail Katz is an audiologist in our Baltimore offices. Dr. Katz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, as well as her Doctor of Audiology degree, from Towson University. Some accomplishments from her college career include presenting “The Relationship Between Auditory Processing and Noise Exposure” at the Towson University Undergraduate Research Symposium and serving as Philanthropy Chair on the Graduate National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association Board.
Abigail finds audiology immensely rewarding, and enjoys helping patients better communicate with their loved ones. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and values the connections she builds with her patients. Abigail’s primary clinical interests include adult and pediatric hearing evaluations, vestibular testing, and hearing aid care. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, needlepointing, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Sandra Kuhn
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.
Dr. Kuhn is happily enjoying her retirement and spending more time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Dr. Cindy Leeb
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.
Dr. Tara Mango
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. Danielle Mills
She graduated with a Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from Towson University in Towson, MD in 2023. She completed her undergraduate studies at James Madison University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her main interests include hearing aids and diagnostic evaluations. She enjoys getting to know her patients and making a difference in their lives.
Dr. Mills loves animals and enjoys hiking and spending time with family.
Dr. Shannon Wrabel
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.
- 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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Dr. Lauren Wirebach
Dr. Lauren Wirebach 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. Wirebach 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. Wirebach can be found on a basketball or volleyball court or cuddled up with her dogs reading a good book in her free time.