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AuD Clinical Training Program

In 2011, Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University began an affiliation designed to enhance clinical training of audiology students. Under the direction of Brad Stach, Ph.D. the faculty and staff of the Division of Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford assumed primary responsibility for and oversight of clinical training activities of audiology students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WSU. The audiology staff at Henry Ford works in conjunction with their WSU clinical faculty counterpart, Fran Eldis, Ph.D. to manage the administrative aspects of the clinical program. Together, the departments support students to provide the best clinical education possible.

WSU Audiology Clinical Education Objectives, by Semester


First Year

During the first year of study, students are introduced to clinical practice in the Wayne State University Audiology Clinic. The Wayne State Audiology Clinic is open 20 hours per week and offers free diagnostic audiologic services to patients in the Detroit area.

The clinic is staffed by clinical educators from the Henry Ford Health System. The instructors have primary clinical responsibilities within the Henry Ford Health System.

During their first and second semesters, students spend 8 hours per week in the university clinic. During non-clinic hours, students utilize the clinical space for laboratory exercises designed to strengthen their knowledge base. During the first year, students learn clinical skills in a sheltered environment. Clinical competency examinations are used to determine student preparedness to progress toward more advanced clinical training.


Wayne State University Clinic

Primary Contact: Katherine Marchelletta, Au.D.

Henry Ford Health System Faculty


Second Year

During the second year students rotate through the four audiology clinics of the Henry Ford Health System.

The Henry Ford Health System is a nationally-ranked, not-for-profit, integrated medical system located in the Metro Detroit area, serving an economically and culturally diverse population. The Division of Audiology has locations at the Henry Ford Hospital, located about 2 miles northwest of Wayne State, West Bloomfield Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Fairlane Medical Center in Dearborn, and Lakeside Medical Center in Sterling Heights. In addition to the clinical training provided to Wayne State students, Henry Ford also serves as the 4th year externship site for 4 students annually, drawn from around the nation.

Clinical education is provided by the doctoral-level audiologists who are members of the Henry Ford Medical Group. Many clinical educators from Henry Ford also serve as adjunct faculty, teaching clinical and didactic courses including: Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation, Principles of Amplification I and II, Electrophysiological Procedures, Equilibrium and Vestibular System Evaluation, and Issues, Ethics, and Scope of Practice in Audiology.

Second-year students are taught to become clinically proficient in areas of audiologic evaluation, hearing aid evaluation and treatment, diagnostic electrophysiology, and infant and pediatric hearing screening and assessment during this rotation. Students are also exposed to vestibular and balance assessment. In addition to audiology clinical practice, students observe otolaryngology physicians in clinic and surgical settings, participate in ongoing research projects, participate in weekly case review meetings, and participate in weekly didactic experiences designed to enhance the students' preparation for participation as full members of the healthcare profession.

During the spring/summer semester between the first and second year, students spend 8 hours per week in the university clinic and 12 hours per week in an orientation rotation through the four Henry Ford audiology clinics.

During the fall and winter semesters of the second year, students spend 20 hours per week, rotating through each of the clinics.

Clinical competency examinations are used to determine student preparedness to progress toward more advanced clinical training.


Henry Ford Health System

Primary Contact: Virginia Ramachandran, Au.D. 

              Brad Stach, Ph.D., Division Head, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck


Patty Aldridge, Au.D.

Kenneth Bouchard, Ph.D.

MiChelle Carpenter, Au.D.

Jeanne Fowler, Au.D.

Ashley Hallberg, Au.D.

Kristen Huizdos, Au.D.

Kellie Kornmiller, Au.D.

Nancy Maranto, Au.D.

Katherine Marchelletta, Au.D.

Christine Paul, Au.D.

Wendy Rizzo, Au.D.

Jordan Simmons, Au.D.

Karrie Slominski, Au.D.


Third Year

In the third year, students rotate through each of three "specialty" rotations, including pediatrics, adult/geriatric, and private practice settings. Students spend 20 hours per week at each site per semester.

Students also have a brief rotation in the Wayne State University Audiology Clinic during the third year to provide them with opportunities to learn clinical education skills by assisting in the instruction of first-year students.


Pediatric Specialty

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

                           Primary Contact: Leslie Parent


            Private Practice Specialty

ENT Specialists & Quality Hearing Aid Center           

Primary Contact: Daniel O’Hara

Jennifer Rowe           

 Oakland Audiology

                           Primary Contact: Rosalind Leiser, M.A.

                           Lori Lingo, M.Ed.



John D. Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center          

                        Primary Contact: Sarah Flatt, Au.D.

                        Lisa Walter, Au.D.

                        Angela Paul, Au.D.

                        MiChelle Carpenter, Au.D.

                        Deborah Troyan, Au.D.

  Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center

                        Primary Contact: Sarah Draplin, Au.D.

  Michigan Ear Institute

Primary Contact: Paulette McDonald, M.A.

Sally A. Delong, M.A.

Joy E. Wolney, Au.D.

Paulette L. Patrick, M.S.

Brandy J. Klann, M.A.

Michael E. Robinette, Au.D

Sandra L. Porps, Au.D.

Stacey E. Cohen, Au.D.

Vanessa L. Miller, Au.D.

Elaine M. Zade, Au.D

Rachel R. Beckley, Au.D.


Fourth Year

The fourth year consists of an immersive, 12-month, full-time clinical experience in which the student progresses gradually toward independence under the supervision of a clinical educator. Experiences are generally broad in the scope of practice, but may be more specialized, depending on the interests of the student.

Students are encouraged to pursue externship experiences nationally. High-quality clinical sites can also be found locally, including the University of Michigan, Michigan Ear Institute and many others.


University of Michigan

Primary Contact: Crystal VanderHeyden, Au.D.

Paul Kileny, Ph.D.

Bruce Edwards, Au.D.

Le’Ann Scott, Au.D.

Jennifer McCue, M.A. CCC-A

Suparna Malhotra, Au.D.

Diane Carter, M.A. CCC-A

Robert Mosher, M.A. CCC-A

Benjamin Wightman, Au.D.

Deborah Kovach, M.A.  CCC-A

Gregory Mannarelli, Au.D.

Jaynee Handelsman, Ph.D.

Lori VanRiper, Ph.D.

Ranjani Krishnan, Au.D.

Julie Carlson, Au.D.

Katie Kuboushek, Au.D.

Kristy Winters, Au.D.

Kristen Kowalski, Au.D.

Angelique Boerst, M.A. CCC-A

Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D.

Casey Stach, M.A.

Caroline Arnedt, M.A. CCC-A

Brandi Griffin, Au.D.

Amy Paoletti, Au.D.

Heidi Slager, Au.D.

Anita Vereb, Ph.D.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment status, educational programs and related activities.  As part of WSU, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to this same policy for faculty and students as well as for clients of the department's clinics. Students, faculty, staff and persons served in the department's clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner—that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.



Communication Sciences & Disorders
207 Rackham Bldg 60 Farnsworth Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-3339
Fax: (313) 577-8885
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/csd
Email: csd@wayne.edu