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Meet the Cochlear Implant Program Team

Otolaryngologists (ENTs)

Audiologists

  • Languages Spoken

    English

    Biography

    Tracey Ambrose, AuD, CCC-A, has been a practicing audiologist for more than 10 years. Dr. Ambrose completed her fourth year of training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she became proficient in managing patients affected by ototoxicity. After graduating, Dr. Ambrose went to work at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. Dr. Ambrose remained at LeBonheur for seven years, where she honed her diagnostic testing in behavioral testing, electrophysiology, hearing aid management, cochlear implant programming and intra-operative monitoring. She also started the cochlear implant program at LeBonheur and facilitated several conferences on the topic to educate the professional community. Dr. Ambrose joined Children’s National in April 2015.

  • Languages Spoken

    English

    Biography

    Claire Buxton, AuD CCC-A joined the Children’s National Hearing and Speech team in 2007 as a fourth year audiology extern. Dr. Buxton was part of the cochlear implant team at Children’s for seven years before moving on to work as a clinical educator at the University of Maryland and Gallaudet University. At Gallaudet, Dr. Buxton developed clinical lab experiences for graduate students in audiology and co-instructed the cochlear implant course. Dr. Buxton returned to Children’s in 2020 to work with the cochlear implant team and serve as a team lead for the newborn hearing screening program. She holds a certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is part of a humanitarian audiology team that travels to Guatemala on an annual basis to provide training for local audiology technicians.

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    Languages Spoken

    English

    Bio

    Patricia Craun, AuD, CCC-A, joined the Children’s National Hearing and Speech team in 2006 and is a valuable member of the Cochlear Implant Program team. Dr. Craun provides support to our patients in English, as well as Spanish and American Sign Language. She earned her doctorate in Audiology from Gallaudet University in 2005. Dr. Craun holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is also a member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Additionally, she enjoys traveling with her family and hopes to one day visit the Grand Canyon.

  • Languages Spoken

    English

    Bio

    Emily Fustos, AuD, CCC-A, joined the Children’s National Hearing and Speech team in 2016 and is a member of the Cochlear Implant Program. Dr. Fustos provides support to our patients in English as well as American Sign Language. Dr. Fustos earned her doctorate in Audiology from Vanderbilt University in 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with minors in Psychology and Business, from Pennsylvania State University in 2012. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is also a member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.

Physician Assistants

Speech Language Pathologists

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    Languages Spoken

    English

    Bio

    Debra Anderson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for more than 30 years, with most of her career being pediatric-centered. She has a strong interest and training in working with children who are deaf/hard of hearing. She aspires to continue to improve functional communication outcomes for children with hearing impairments, particularly with cochlear implants.

  • Speech-Language Pathologist

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    Languages Spoken

    English

    Bio

    Jessica Egred, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist with a passion for teaching children who are deaf/hard of hearing on how to listen and speak with the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants. She is an advocate for bettering educational outcomes and support for this population and their families. She has experience working in multiple settings including public schools, early intervention programs and outpatient centers. She aspires to pursue a listening and spoken language specialization with an emphasis in auditory-verbal therapy.

  • Languages Spoken

    English

    Bio

    Jasmine Stevens, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist that joined the Children’s National in 2016. She specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), cochlear implant and language disorders and development. Ms. Stevens feels these areas are key as a clinician providing therapeutic and familial education to the patients we serve going through the cochlear implant candidacy process. Her professional experience includes early intervention therapy services, public educational and specialized school settings and outpatient centers. Ms. Stevens received her bachelors in communication sciences and disorders in 2010, and her masters in speech-language pathology in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.