Dr. Bettie Borton is a licensed audiologist in Alabama, and holds a BS degree with CED Certification in Education of the Deaf from the University of Texas, a Master's degree in audiology from the Louisiana State University Medical Center, and a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Borton
has served hearing impaired and children and adults with disabilities and their families in a variety of professional settings for more than 30 years. She was a Visiting Professor, teaching associate and Supervising Clinical Audiologist at Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery. Bettie was a charter
member of the Alabama Academy of Audiology (ALAA), serving as Board member and first President of
this organization. She holds Board Certification by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), was elected to their Board of Governors and subsequently as the National Chair of ABA. Dr. Borton was the founder and CEO of Doctors Hearing Clinic, a multi-location private practice in audiology centered in Birmingham, AL.
Dr. Borton was elected to the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors and served as its President. She is currently employed by Audigy Group, LLC, as their National Director of University and Student Outreach.
Barry Freeman, PhD, is currently vice president of business development for ZPower – a company that manufactures rechargable batteries for hearing aids and other products. Dr. Freeman is a former member of the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors and served as president, and is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Honors award. Dr. Freeman was Chair and Professor in the Audiology Department in the Health Professions Division at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Freeman earned his Bachelor's degree in business and economics from Boston University and completed his doctorate in Hearing and Speech Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Freeman has taught audiology on the faculties of Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Nova Southeastern University and maintains Adjunct Professorships at University of South Florida, Lamar University, and Nova Southeastern. Dr. Freeman was in private practice for twenty years at the Center for Audiology in Clarksville, TN. In recent years, Barry was the CEO and President of Audiology Consultants, Inc. and held the office of Senior Director of Audiology and Education for Starkey Hearing Technologies.
Dr. Gyl Kasewurm started Professional Hearing Services (PHS) in Saint Joseph, Michigan in 1983 immediately following graduation from Western Michigan University with a Master of Arts Degree in Audiology. She subsequently continued her education to earn the Doctor of Audiology Degree from Central Michigan University. The private practice has become a benchmark in the industry for its innovative approach to the patient experience and commitment to customer service and was featured on a PBS documentary sponsored by the Better Hearing Institute. Kasewurm served on the Executive Board of the American Academy of Audiology for five years and is a Past President of the Michigan Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Kasewurm has earned many awards and honors including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Audiology, but she is most proud of the Leadership Award bestowed upon her by St. Joseph local Chamber of Commerce. She is a well-known author and sought-after speaker to help others improve their services to their hearing impaired patients.
Patricia McCarthy, PhD, earned her doctoral degree in audiology-speech pathology from the University of Denver. She is currently Professor, Audiology Program Director and Associate Chair in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Rush University in Chicago as well as holds a position as a faculty member at the Ida Institute in Denmark. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors and National Convention Chair for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). She has chaired multiple committees for the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology, and state professional organizations. She was awarded the prestigious AAA Clinical Educator Award and the President's Distinguished Service Medal; Dr. McCarthy is an ASHA Fellow and has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards. She is co-editor of the classic textbook Rehabilitative Audiology: Children and Adults. Her research, writing, national and international presentations, patient care and teaching have focused on adult and geriatric audiologic rehabilitation.