Our ear, nose and throat experts


The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s ear, nose and throat (ENT) team offers the most advanced and comprehensive ENT care in the region. Our sub-specialists are skilled in a broad range of disciplines including audiology, balance, voice disorders, cranial base surgery, otology and neurotology, and more.

Our Audiology Team

LauraFeeney

Laura Feeney, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Laura Feeney, AuD, earned both her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science and her doctoral degree in audiology from The Ohio State University. She has been with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery since 2007. She is board certified by the American Board of Audiology and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Ohio Academy of Audiology.

LauraGarish

Laura Garish, AudD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Laura Garish, AuD, earned her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in 1992 and her master’s degree from the University of Akron in 1994. She worked as the director of Audiology in the Huntington Ear Clinic in Huntington, West Virginia, from 1994 - 1996 and joined the department in 1997. Laura completed her doctorate degree in May 2001 at the University of Florida. Dr. Garish is a founding member, board member and treasurer of the nonprofit foundation, Project EAR, Inc. 

BrendaHall

Brenda Hall, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Brenda Hall, AuD, graduated from the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree in audiology. She received her doctoral degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2010. She has been a member of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery since 1991. Her interests include working with patients with cochlear implants and hearing aids.

DebbyLaPrete

Debby LaPrete, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Debby LaPrete, AuD, received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and her master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from the Arizona School of Health Sciences with her doctoral degree in audiology in 2009. Debby has worked at Ohio State since 1994, and specializes in providing services to recipients of cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants.

CariMickelson

Cari Mickelson, MEd

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Cari Mickelson, MEd, graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in audiology. She has worked in a variety of medical settings for the past 25 years. Her interests include diagnostic audiology and hearing aid dispensing. Cari is a member of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Maureen Richardson

Maureen Richardson

Hearing Aid Technician, OSU Hearing Professionals

MelissaSchnitzspahn

Melissa Schnitzspahn, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Melissa Schnitzspahn, AuD, received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from The Ohio State University in 1998 and her master’s degree in audiology from Ohio State in 2000. She obtained her doctoral degree in audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2008. Melissa joined the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery here in 2001, and her interests include hearing aid dispensing and cochlear implants.

ErynStaats

Eryn Staats, AuD

Audiologist & Audiology Manager, OSU Hearing Professionals

Eryn Staats, AuD, received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from Ohio University in 1996 and her master’s degree in audiology from The Ohio State University in 2003. She obtained her doctoral degree in audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2012. Eryn has been an audiologist with the department since 2008. Dr. Staats’ clinical interests include diagnostic audiology, bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA), hearing aid dispensing and rehabilitation.

SaulStrieb

Saul Strieb, AuD

Audiologist & Vestibular Laboratory Coordinator

Saul Strieb, AuD, obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland. He received his doctoral degree in Audiology from the University of Florida in 2009. He was an audiologist at the Washington Hospital Center from 2001-2011, before joining the department in 2011. His clinical interests include hearing aids, BAHA, vestibular assessment and treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Kara Vasil

Kara Vasil, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Kara Vasil, AuD earned a BS in speech and hearing science from The Ohio State University in 2012 and her Doctor of audiology from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium in 2016. Her clinical interests include diagnostics, cochlear implantation, hearing aid fitting and assistive devices. She's a research audiologist at Ohio State's Buckeye Center for Hearing and Development. She's a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Ohio Academy of Audiology.

GretchenWaggoner

Gretchen Waggoner, AuD

Audiologist, OSU Hearing Professionals

Gretchen Waggoner, AuD, earned her BS in speech and hearing science from Ohio University in 1994 and her master's degree in audiology from Bowling Green State University in 1996. She earned her doctoral degree in audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2006. She has been an audiologist in the department since 1996. She is a founding member and secretary of Project EAR, Inc. She has participated in seven mission trips and provides diagnostic services and hearing aid fittings.

Our Balance Rehab Team

SaulStrieb

Saul Strieb, AuD

Audiologist and Vestibular Laboratory Coordinator

Saul Strieb, AuD, obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his master’s degree in audiology from the University of Maryland. He received his doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Florida in 2009. He was an audiologist at the Washington Hospital Center from 2001-2011, before joining the staff of the department in 2011. His clinical interests include hearing aids, BAHA, vestibular assessment and treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Our Physician Assistants

Our leaders

Karen Smith Coat crop

Karen Smith, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Karen.Smith@osumc.edu

Contact

Mark Inman, MBA
COO and Administrator
Mark.Inman@osumc.edu

Phone: 614-293-3470
Fax: 614-293-7292

Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 
Eye and Ear Institute
915 Olentangy River Road
Suite 4000
Columbus, OH 43212