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2021 Focus on
People Awards

Hearing Care Practitioner category

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Kamal Elliot, AuD

Lancaster, PA

Dr. Elliot has a passion for helping people hear better whether that's in her practice or on a humanitarian mission trip to a developing country. Through the Entheos Cooperative, an audiology-based organization, Dr. Elliot volunteers her services to underserved children and adults in communities across the globe. She also recognizes that “if you have a passion for giving, you can do it right in your own backyard.” The desire to give back in meaningful ways inspired her to continue her humanitarian work in her Central Pennsylvania community. Founded with her son, Eric Elliot, the nonprofit A&E Hearing Connection provides hearing care, hearing aids and ongoing maintenance for low-income adults and children with hearing loss.

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Phallon Doss, AuD

Schertz, TX

When it comes to promoting hearing health, Dr. Doss is all in. Owner of two private practice clinics and educational audiologist for the local school district, she regularly shares hearing health and hearing loss prevention guidance through local and national news media. Honored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2020 for her media outreach, she has been featured in “O” the Oprah Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur and more. She volunteers countless hours caring for in-need adults and children as a member of the executive board of Aid the Silent. Under her direction, Aid the Silent created a “pop up” clinic concept that enables the nonprofit to bring much-needed hearing care to underserved communities in Texas.

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Ricardo Gauthier, AuD

Punta Gorda, FL

More than 20 years in the field of audiology, with 13 years in private practice, have not diminished Dr. Gauthier’s passion for “seeing every patient as an individual who deserves the best care possible.” That commitment to quality care is at the core of his efforts to bring much needed hearing healthcare to children on the island of Haiti. Dr. Gauthier, who is fluent in Haitian Creole, has been passionately involved in Hope of Hearing Haiti since 2001. Through the nonprofit organization, he joins with other volunteer audiologists and speech language pathologists to provide free audiological care for approximately 300–400 deaf and hard-of-hearing children each year.

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