Brian Taylor, AuD

Session: The OTC of OTC: The Opportunities, Threats and Challenges of Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices


Financial - Brian Taylor, AuD, is the senior director of audiology for Signia. Brian Taylor is the author of Audiology Practice Management was published in 2019, and the 3rd edition of his Selecting and Fitting Hearing Aids was published in 2020. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin.

Nonfinancial – Brian Taylor is the editor of Audiology Practices, a quarterly journal of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and editor-at-large for Hearing Health and Technology Matters (HHTM).

Brian Taylor
Dael Waxman, MD

Session: Cultivating Compassion in a Changing Professional Landscape

As a physician and educator for over 35 years, Dael Waxman, MD, has experienced the joys of practice and teaching medicine but also the mental and emotional distress that can accompany it. This latter reality is unfortunately common in the medical profession; as a result, since 2010, he has focused his attention on promoting well-being and preventing physician burnout. More recently, he decided to enhance his offerings beyond workshops and educational seminars, leading him to complete the Coaching Certificate Training at the Healthcare Coaching Institute in 2018. In addition to coaching, he continues to practice and teach family medicine, which allows him to remain even more connected to his clients’ realities. He is also experienced in physician leadership, mind/body medicine, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. He combines these experiences, practices, and framings to help medical professionals evaluate their goals, reconnect with their passions in healthcare, and achieve their personal and professional  objectives. 


Financial – Dael Waxman, MD, is the owner of Dael Waxman, MD Coaching and Consulting, LLC. He is also a family practitioner employed by Atrium Health.

Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Dael Waxman
Tony Solari, PhD - NCAA Lobbyist

Session: Legislative Update

Anthony Solari received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and his master’s and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University with focuses in American Government and Politics, Political Economy and Legislative Politics. From 1998 to 2007 he was the policy analyst and lobbyist for North Carolina’s Smart Start Program. While there he helped produce the first Economic Impact Analysis of the Child Care Industry in North Carolina and consulted extensively with other states in their effort to replicate the Smart Start initiative. From 2009 to 2016 he was the Director of Government Relations at the Department of State Treasurer, serving under Treasurer Janet Cowell.  Today, he is the president of Solari Government Solutions and is very proud and happy to be representing the North Carolina Audiology Association at the General Assembly!


Financial - Tony Solari is a paid lobbyist representing the North Carolina Audiology Association. He is the president of Solari Government Solutions.

Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist

Anthony Solari, Ph.D.
Andrea Bucker, AuD

Session: Audiology Updates: Cochlear Implant Candidacy in 2021

Andrea Buckner, AuD, completed her undergraduate degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences in 2011 from the University of Maryland in College Park. She earned Doctor of Audiology degree in 2015 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently serves as the Adult Audiology Supervisor at UNC Health. She possesses a strong passion for cochlear implantation and providing high quality patient care. 


Financial – No relevant financial relationships exist.

Nonfinancial – Andrea Buckner, AuD serves as an advisor on the MED-EL Audiology Advisory Board.

Kathy Dowd, AuD

Session: Audiology Updates: NC Diabetes Guidelines Inclusive of Audiology

Kathy Dowd, AuD, is Executive Director of The Audiology Project.  She has been a clinical and educational audiologist for 41 years.  Her present work is with the North Carolina Diabetes Coalition and CDC to define audiology medical management for diabetes care. 


Financial – Kathy Dowd, AuD is the Executive Director of The Audiology Project.

Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Kathy Dowd
Patricia Johnson, AuD

Session: Audiology Updates: Test Box Measures

Dr. Patricia is an assistant clinical professor in the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson practices as a clinical audiologist at the UNC Hearing and Communication Center (UNC-HCC), a faculty clinic in Chapel Hill. She can also be found leading clinical services at the UNC-HCC satellite office in the Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough. She teaches several courses in the UNC Doctor of Audiology program, including courses on hearing technology. Her areas of clinical focus are aural rehabilitation, hearing technology and the aging population. Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA). She also holds a Certificate for Tinnitus Management (CH-TM) from the American Board of Audiology. Dr. Johnson also serves as the webmaster for the North Carolina Audiology Association. 


Financial - No relevant financial relationships exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Brianna Kuzbyt, AuD

Session: Tinnitus Counseling for the Busy Clinician

Brianna Kuzbyt, AuD, F-AAA, is an Assistant Professor for the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Kuzbyt specializes in tinnitus and sound sensitivities, auditory and vestibular diagnostic testing, auditory evoked potentials, and conventional and bone anchored hearing aids. She has presented her work at national and international conferences focusing on tinnitus research and management. Besides seeing clinical patients, she works with doctoral students and visiting health care providers in the education and training program. She is actively involved in research efforts and participates in clinical trials within the department. She sees English and Spanish speaking patients. 


Financial – Brianna Kuzbyt, AuD is an Assistant Professor for the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Kuzbyt conducts research funded by Pipeline Therapeutics, University of Miami U-LINK, Cochlear Americas, Sound Pharmaceuticals, INC, and MED-EL.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Brianna Kuzbyt
Dave Moore, PhD

Session: Listening Difficulties in Children

Dave Moore PhD is Director of the Communication Sciences Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Current research interests include development of listening skills and their neural mechanisms in children, hearing health care delivery to underserved populations using self-administered precision solutions, and effect of impoverished and enriched communication on the developing human brain. Born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, he worked for over 30 years in the UK, first at the University of Oxford, then as Director of the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham. During this time, he was a visiting fellow or faculty at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Washington, Seattle, New York University, and Northwestern University. He is currently Professor of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati, and Professor of Auditory Neuroscience at the University of Manchester, UK. In 2015 he received the Career Award in Hearing or Balance of the American Academy of Audiology. In 2016 he delivered the T.S. Littler Lecture to the British Society of Audiology.


Financial – David Moore, PhD is a consultant and has ownership interests in hearX Group. He is also a consultant for Otonomy Inc.

Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Dave Moore
Kristal Riska, PhD

Session: Hearing Loss and the Increased Risk for Falling: Current Knowledge, Potential Mechanisms and Implications for Treatment

Dr. Kristal M Riska, AuD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences at Duke University Medical Center.  She received her AuD and PhD from East Carolina University.  Following a post-doctoral fellowship in the VA, she joined the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine in 2017. Her research program’s overarching goals are to improve the diagnosis and management of dizziness, falls, and vestibular disorders.


Financial - Kristal Riska, AuD, PhD received federal research funding in the topic area (1R21DC018616-01A1). 

Nonfinancial – Kirstal Riska, AuD, PhD serves as a board member for the American Balance Society and American Speech Language and Hearing Associations Board of Ethics.

Kristal Riska
Eileen Raynor, MD

Session: CMV (Cytomegalovirus) Panel

Dr. Raynor currently serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Duke University and as a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology. She has been actively engaged in clinical research since residency and finds a career in academic medicine lends itself to constant inquiry and investigation. She is involved in several multidisciplinary teams and has developed collaborative research projects as a result. She feels a solid foundation in research investigation leads to better clinical practice and outcomes analysis. She has collaborated with pediatric infectious disease specialists at Duke and externally to increase awareness about CMV as well as investigate barriers to diagnoses and follow up. She also continues this work as part of the North Carolina CMV workgroup.


Financial – Eileen Raynor, MD serves as a consultant for Google. Dr. Raynor serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Duke University.

Nonfinancial – Eileen Raynor, MD serves on the North Carolina CMV workgroup.

Eileen Raynor
Patricia Roush, AuD

Session: CMV (Cytomegalovirus) Panel

Patricia Roush, AuD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Otolaryngology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Prior to her retirement from clinical practice in 2020, she directed the pediatric audiology program at the University of North Carolina Hospitals where she specialized in infant hearing assessment, amplification for children, and audiologic management of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. A graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Florida, Dr. Roush has published extensively and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to hearing in children. Dr. Roush also serves as a member of the Hear the World Foundation Advisory Board and the Phonak Pediatric Research Advisory Board. 

Aminda Ahmed, AuD

Session: CMV (Cytomegalovirus) Panel

Dr. Ahmed is a clinical professor and chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology at Levine Children’s Hospital at Atrium Health. Dr. Ahmed completed her undergraduate education at Duke University followed by medical school and pediatrics residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her fellowship in pediatric infectious disease was at University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Ahmed has participated in clinical research related to congenital CMV infection for more than 20 years, most recently as part of CHIMES (CMV and Hearing Loss Multicenter Study) and the valganciclovir treatment study. She follows numerous children with congenital CMV infection in her clinic. Through the annual Hopebuilders Race (Team cCMV), she has helped raise funds to support parents’ ability to attend educational and advocacy conferences.

Amina Ahmed