Dear CCIC Families and Friends,
Time sure flies when you are having fun! Hard to believe it was 15 years ago that I became a Tar Heel. I joined the UNC Cochlear Implant team in 2003, after spending the first 18 years of my career at the University of Iowa. Working with cochlear implant recipients and their families, and collaborating with other professionals in clinical and research endeavors has been at the center of my professional life. I have received great joy and learned so much from each very special child and every unique family.
Because of our wonderful staff at the CCIC and the UNC pediatric audiologists and surgeons, our program is the best in the country and it has been such an honor and pleasure to be part of its growth and development. When I joined the faculty in 2003 we doing about 60 cochlear implant surgeries a year and followed about 250 children. So many changes: Now our numbers are at least 7 fold higher with an average of about 130 new surgeries every year. Candidacy criteria has expanded considerably and technology has become even more sophisticated and effective. We have grown our research, coaching and outreach programs, and given ourselves a facelift with our Love Monster rebranding. It’s all been a labor of love.
That is why I have such mixed emotions to share the news that I will be leaving UNC as of May 2018. I have accepted a position at THE HEARING HOUSE and The University of Auckland in New Zealand. Our wonderful team will continue under the leadership of Hannah Eskridge as Director and Kevin Brown as Medical Director. Truly, I will always cherish the time I have spent at UNC; I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such wonderful children, families and professionals. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives.
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; because what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves…” Anatole France
Our Team…over the years.