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Audiologists

Audiologists

Our audiologists have a combined experience of 80 years!  All of our Audiologists are licensed through the State of Michigan and certified through American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). To maintain certification, our audiologists must adhere to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)’s Code of Ethics.

This code charges audiologists with “the preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles (which) is vital to the responsible discharge of obligations by speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.” All of our Audiologists keep up-to-date on technology and training through continuing education.

 
Learn More About Our Team of Expert Audiologists


 

Kim Kragt, M.A., CCC-A, Clinical Director, Audiologist

Ms. Kragt has been an audiologist for 15 years. She joined the staff at Constance Brown Hearing Centers in 2005 and became the Clinical Director in 2013. Prior to coming on board at CBHC, Ms. Kragt worked in a private-practice audiology clinic in Grand Rapids. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, earned her Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University, and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a member of both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. Ms. Kragt enjoys working with both adults and children, and her passion is helping patients and their families to establish and work towards their individual hearing goals. She lives in St Joseph, MI with her husband and two children.

 

Rachel Clayton, M.A., CCC-A, Audiologist

Mrs. Clayton has been an audiologist for 19 years. She received her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University and Master of Arts degree from Indiana University. She completed a fellowship year at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1998. Mrs. Clayton has been a member of the Constance Brown clinical staff since 1998. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Mrs. Clayton has experience in all areas of clinical audiology and hearing aid technology. She enjoys working with children and adults. She is very interested in hearing aids and helping people get the most out of their technology. She has been involved in teaching our Center’s “Learning to Listen Class” for a number of years. “I grew up with a family member with hearing loss.  I personally don’t know what it is like to have a hearing loss, but I know what it is like to witness first hand all the challenges hearing loss can present. This is what brought me to audiology, and this is what keeps me focused on providing the best possible care for each one of my patients.”

 

Kate Hamann, M.S., CCC-A, Senior Audiologist

Ms. Hamann has been an audiologist for 32 years.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Carlow University, and her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Michigan. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1987. Ms. Hamann has been a member of the Constance Brown staff since 1995. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Ms. Hamann also serves as an Advisory Committee member for the State of Michigan Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI).  Ms. Hamann has clinical experience in all areas of audiology. She enjoys working with all ages but finds it especially gratifying to work with hearing impaired children and their families. Her areas of expertise include pediatric diagnostics and hearing aid fitting as well as auditory processing.

 

Samantha King , Au.D., CCC-A, Audiologist

Dr. King has been an audiologist for nine years. She joined Constance Brown Hearing Centers in 2008, and has experience in all areas of clinical audiology and hearing aid technology. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois, her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from Western Michigan University, and her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She loves working with her patients “because everyone has their own story. I like to learn about their lives and help them to become reacquainted with the world that they have been missing because of their hearing loss. Hearing loss can be so isolating and it is so rewarding to help my patients come out of that isolation and reconnect with loved ones.”

 

Amanda Knapp, Au.D., CCC-A, Audiologist

Dr. Knapp has been an audiologist for six years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Western Michigan University. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2011.  Dr. Knapp joined the staff at Constance Brown Hearing Centers in 2013.  Prior to joining CBHC, Dr. Knapp worked at an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENTO office in East Lansing, MI. She has clinical experience in all areas of audiology and hearing aid technology.