Jenifer Cushing, Au.D.
Audiologist & Director of Professional Development
Dr. Jenifer Cushing is the Director of Professional Development for Live Better Hearing and practices audiology in the Frederick office. 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.
Dr. Cushing works with patients of all ages including infants and individuals with special needs. She enjoys giving presentations to her peers and to the community on topics related to hearing health and technology.
Away from work, Dr. Cushing enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in the community, hiking, and trying new adventures.
Bria Collins, Au.D.
Dr. Bria Collins earned her undergraduate and doctorate degrees at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Collins has been practicing audiology in the Maryland region since 2010. She specializes in hearing aids and assistive listening technology.
While at the University of Maryland College Park, Dr. Collins was captain of the women's track and field team and earned All-East and All- American Academic Honors in Shot Put. Dr. Collins is originally from Mt Sinai, NY. She currently resides in Derwood, Maryland with her husband, two kids, and Olde English Bulldog.
Scott C. Elbert, M.Aud., FAAA, BC-HIS
Scott C. Elbert is Live Better Hearing’s audiologist at the Fredericksburg, VA office. It has been his privilege to serve patients in the Fredericksburg area since 2001 and for more than 23 years overall. 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 dumb corny jokes. His professors in graduate school never said that he was not allowed to have fun.
When he is not telling dumb jokes, Scott enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and four young children. This usually consists of activities related to soccer games, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and volunteering with his church.
Cindy Leeb, Au.D.
Dr. Cindy Leeb received her Doctorate in Audiology from Northwestern University in Chicago. She completed her graduate and clinical rotations throughout the Chicago area at locations such as Suburban Hearing Services, Specialized Audiology Services, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her clinical externship year was completed at the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her graduate capstone project titled “Retention by New Hearing Aid Users of Hearing Aid and Audiologic Information” to create a better way to present information to patients who are experiencing hearing aids for the first time.
Dr. Leeb is passionate about helping her patients from diagnosis through follow-up care. She understands that every patient’s needs are different and strives to create an environment where each patient feels comfortable and cared-for. She joined Live Better Hearing in 2015 as the provider in the Elkridge office and is currently the provider in the Rockville office. Dr. Leeb is licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists. In her free time she enjoys baking for family and friends.
Andrea Liacouras, Au.D., CCC-A
Andrea E. Liacouras, Au.D., CCC-A, is a nationally certified doctor of audiology. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Dr. Liacouras completed her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Audiology, with a focus in pediatrics, at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She completed her audiology residency at Georgetown University Hospital and has worked in a variety of hospital, clinical and private practice environments obtaining extensive knowledge in diagnostics, amplification options, electrophysiological and vestibular assessments and evaluations.
Dr. Liacouras treats her patients like family. She believes in empowering her patients with knowledge so that the most beneficial decisions regarding hearing healthcare needs are made. Dr. Liacouras is fully versed in a wide range of hearing aids. She is also fluent in Sign Language. Dr. Liacouras is licensed in Maryland and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, F/AAA
Dr. Emily Martinson is Live Better Hearing’s Doctor of Audiology at the Chevy Chase location. Dr. Martinson is licensed in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. She specializes in diagnostic testing, evidence-based practice, and managing hearing disorders. She is passionate about finding the best hearing solution for every unique patient across the lifespan, from infants to seniors. She enjoys helping patients with the entire hearing health process from diagnosis to treatment, and is with her patients every step of the way.
Dr. Martinson earned her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Degree from East Carolina University. Her interest in research led her to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Martinson enjoys running, local theater, and anything to do with Star Wars.
Shannon Wrabel, Au.D.
Dr. Shannon Wrabel 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. She joined Live Better Hearing in 2012. Dr. Wrabel stays up to date on all new technology releases and prides herself in being able to service all makes and models of hearing aids. Customer service, attention to detail and exceeding expectations of her patients are her main goals.
Brandon Adawi, HAD
Hearing Aid Dispenser
Brandon Adawi is a Maryland Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser. He is an excellent provider and a true professional – genuine, personable, knowledgeable, and caring. He knows how to provide the clinical care our patients deserve. What he enjoys most about being a provider is helping people hear better so they can live better. He is a great asset and compliment to the Live Better Hearing!
Hearing Instrument Specialist
Eric Elbert, HIS is a dedicated and highly trained hearing instrument specialist. He has been serving the community for over 12 years. His joy in life is helping people live a better quality life through better hearing.
Jim Harris, HIS
Hearing Instrument Specialist
Jim Harris, HIS is a respected hearing expert and hearing instrument specialist in the community. He enjoys helping people hear better so they can live better lives.
Hearing Instrument Specialist
Katie McKenzie, HIS is a dedicated and highly trained hearing instrument specialist. She serves Chester and Mechanicsville and surrounding communities. She loves her work because it's meaningful and she really loves that she can help others everyday.
Caroline Pirtle, HAD/HIS, BC-HIS
Hearing Aid Specialist, Nationally Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
Caroline Pirtle, HAD/HIS, BC-HIS has been with Live Better Hearing since 2009 and has been in the hearing aid industry for almost 15 years. She is Nationally Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences and was recently awarded the Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate. Caroline is licensed in Maryland as a Hearing Aid Dispenser and in Virginia as a Hearing Aid Specialist. Caroline is excellent at fitting and repairing hearing aids. She enjoys working with and fitting the Deaf population and can communication in sign language.