Deborah Dougherty

Deborah Dougherty MSN, RN, FNP
Nurse Practitioner

A Family Nurse Practitioner since 1996. Deborah obtained her BA from University of Vermont, and Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts. After being awarded a scholarship from the Department of Veterans Affairs, she began her career in Internal Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC. Deborah's work experience has included Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, HIV/Infectious Disease and outpatient Psychiatry/Neuropsychiatry. Deborah joined the Balance and Ear Center in 2015. She especially enjoys working closely with patients with vestibular and otologic issues. She is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners.

 

Michelle Brooks

Michelle Brooks, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A
Audiologist - Director of Audiology

Dr. Michelle Brooks obtained her doctoral degree in Audiology from Salus University in 2009, Master of Science degree from Rush University in 2002 and Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Louis University in 1999.  Dr. Brooks holds an Audiology license through the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She also has Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a Hearing Aid Specialist license for the state of Virginia.  Dr. Brooks has experience with audiological and vestibular diagnostic testing, cochlear implants, bone conduction devices and hearing aids. Dr. Brooks enjoys art, music and reading.

 

Crystal Amantea

Crystal Amantea, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A
Staff Audiologist

Dr. Crystal Amantea is from Powhatan, VA. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from West Virginia University in 2014 following a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Longwood University in 2010. She holds an Audiology license and Hearing Aid Specialist license in Virginia. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Amantea specializes in pediatrics, cochlear implants, bone conduction devices, hearing aids, and vestibular testing.  Dr. Amantea loves to spend time with her growing family.

 

Meghan West

Meghan West, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A
Staff Audiologist

Dr. Meghan West received her Doctorate in Audiology from West Virginia University in 2021 and Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Longwood University in 2017. Dr. West is licensed as an Audiologist and Hearing Aid Specialist in the State of Virginia. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. West has experience with audiological and vestibular testing as well as cochlear implants, hearing aids, bone conduction devices and pediatrics. Dr. West enjoys singing, scrapbooking, and playing with her dogs.

Doctoral Degree in Audiology: West Virginia University 2021
Bachelor of Science: Longwood University 2017
Virginia State Licensed in: Audiology, Hearing Aid Specialist

Started working at Virginia Hearing Center in 2020
I became interested in Audiology after watching my grandfather experience vertigo and hearing loss several years ago. I attended an appointment with him at an ENT office and was able to see the audiologist conduct various procedures. I also had the opportunity to observe at Dr. Shaia’s office during my last year of undergraduate studies and I loved the variety and diversity the field has to offer.

I love seeing patients excited to tell stories of the different sounds they are hearing after being fit with hearing aids and to hear the independence they have gained back as a result. It is heart-warming to know that I have made an impact and difference in my patients lives.

A fun fact about me is I spent a month in Spain studying abroad as part of my undergraduate studies. When I am not working you can find me reading, scrapbooking, running, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Michelle Morley

Michelle Morley, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A
Staff Audiologist

Doctoral Degree in Audiology: East Carolina University 2019
Bachelor of Science: Longwood University 2015
Virginia State Licensed in: Audiology, Hearing Aid Specialist

Started working at Virginia Hearing Center in 2018
I first became interested in Audiology while attending Longwood University. I was able to observe here at Dr. Shaia’s office as an undergraduate student and fell in love with the profession.

While working with hearing aid patients, I find it extremely rewarding to see an improvement in one’s quality of life from being able to reconnect with their world. I also love learning about all the new sounds patients are hearing again that they haven’t heard in years.

A fun fact about me is that I am a huge animal lover. I enjoy volunteering at a local animal shelter and have fostered dogs while they’ve waited for their forever homes. When not working you can find me enjoying hot yoga and spending time with my family/friends.

 

 

The Balance and Ear center enjoys helping promote the field of audiology, so frequently we offer externship to students completing their doctoral degree in audiology as well as shadowing opportunities for undergraduate students interested in furthering their career in audiology.

 

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Monday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Main Phone Line:
804-288-3277

Virginia Hearing Center:
804-288-1314

Billing:
804-288-2010

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