Speakers

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Brian Goldman, MD

Dr. Goldman is the Keynote speaker at SAC’s 2023 Audiology Event. He is a Canadian emergency physician, best-selling author, public speaker, and radio personality. His published works include The Power of Teamwork, The Power of Kindness, The Night Shift, Real Life in the ER and The Secret Language of Doctors. He is the host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and The Dose.

Session(s)

Friday 05/12
8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Thea Gilks, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Thea Gilks studied at UBC, completing a BA in French literature and philosophy prior to medical school and a psychiatry residency. She currently works as an adult psychiatrist at St Paul’s Hospital, with special interests in somatization, psychoanalysis and neuromodulation.

Session(s)

Saturday 05/13
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Beth Brooks, M.Sc., RAUD, Aud(C)

Beth Brooks is a clinical audiologist at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital (BCCH). Since the 1980’s, she has had a special interest in the Oncology/Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant service. Beth is delighted that nowadays so many more children are surviving their cancer in comparison to earlier in her career. Beth is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the school of audiology and speech sciences at the University of British Columbia. Working with the BCCH Research Institute, she consults to the Pharmacogenomics Program and Canadian Pharmacogenomic Network for Drug Safety. She has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers in the field of ototoxicity and pharmacogenomics. She is a member of the International Ototoxicity Monitoring Group and Paediatric Working Group.

Session(s)

Friday 05/12
9:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Diana C. Emanuel, PhD, CCC-A

Diana Emanuel is a professor in the department of speech-language pathology & audiology at Towson University in Maryland. She has 30 years of teaching experience and 25 years of academic leadership experience. Her scholarship is eclectic in topic and format including a textbook, book chapters, journal articles, on-line editorials and tutorials, webinars, and an open-access video training series (Pure Tone Hearing Screening in Schools). Her current research focus is the Lived Experience of the Audiologist project, which is a multi-year exploration of the rich perspectives of audiologists, including a focus on stress and burnout in audiologists.

Session(s)

Friday 05/12
9:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Susan Flynn, M.Sc., RAUD, RHIP

Susan Flynn is an audiologist and an independent digital marketing specialist. After working in private practice and as a Field Trainer for GN ReSound Canada, Susan’s passion for communication, and content creation drove her to complete various certifications in digital marketing. Leveraging her expertise in audiology and digital marketing, Susan offers digital marketing consulting services and works with clients such as Pacific Audiology Group and Diatec Canada. Susan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and is currently the Manager of Clinical Operations and Training Manager for the Wavefront Centre for Communication and Accessibility.

Session(s)

Saturday 05/13
12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Kari Smilsky, M.Cl.Sc.

Kari Smilsky is an audiologist who has been employed at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto for the past twenty-two years. She has worked with the Cochlear Implant Program since 2006. Kari holds a Masters of Clinical Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Communication Disorders and a Bachelor of Science Degree from McMaster University. In additional to working clinically with cochlear implant patients, Kari’s research interests include bilateral cochlear implants, single-sided deafness, auditory brainstem implants, hearing preservation, and the expansion of cochlear implant candidacy. Through her involvement in the Canadian Cochlear Implant Centres Group, Kari has been involved in the development of national clinical standards for bilateral cochlear implant candidacy and provision of cochlear implants for single-sided deafness. 

Session(s)

Saturday 05/13
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Glynnis Tidball, MSc, RAUD

Glynnis is a registered clinical audiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and Lakeside Hearing in Kelowna, and a clinical instructor at the school of audiology and speech sciences in the UBC faculty of medicine. Her primary professional focus has been management of tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance for over two decades. Glynnis is also a sponsored speaker on tinnitus and hyperacusis to consumers, hearing healthcare providers, and physicians across Canada. She co-authored the chapter “Audiological assessment of decreased sound tolerance” in Hyperacusis and Disorders of Sound Intolerance: Clinical and Research Perspectives and has contributed several articles to the e-journal Canadian Audiologist.

Session(s)

Saturday 05/13
9:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD

Dr. Whitelaw is an audiologist who is a Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Director at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Dr. Whitelaw is also the audiology faculty member on the LEND grant, a Maternal and Child Health training grant, and has been for the past two decades. She has a broad range of clinical interests including paediatrics, tinnitus assessment and management, and suprathreshold auditory disorders. She provides direct patient care and also precepts AuD students in clinical rotations. Dr. Whitelaw teaches courses on tinnitus and hyperacusis, paediatric audiology, ethics and evidence, and professional issues in audiology. 

Session(s)

Friday 05/12
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Saturday 05/13
9:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Erica Zaia, MSc, RAUD

Erica Zaia is a registered audiologist with 25 years of experience in vestibular assessment and management. She is the owner of the Audio-Vestibular Clinic in Vancouver, where she performs vestibular assessments and rehabilitation. She is also a mentor to audiologists pursuing certification in vestibular assessment and management. She’s worked at St. Paul’s Hospital, in Vancouver, BC, at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in England and in several public and private clinics in Brazil. She is Clinical Faculty at the school of audiology and speech sciences at UBC and President of Balance and Dizziness Canada.

Session(s)

Friday 05/12
9:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Friday 05/12
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM