Deborah Dougherty MSN, RN, FNP
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, 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, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A
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.
Maureen Nelson, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A
Maureen Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Audiology from Colorado State University and obtained her doctoral degree in Audiology from Salus University in 2017. Maureen holds an Audiology license and a Hearing Aid Specialist license, both through the State of Virginia. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Maureen is a native of Massachusetts but has lived and worked all over the country. She moved to Richmond in 2014 and began working at the Balance and Ear Center in January of 2015 where she provides audiological and vestibular diagnostic testing.
Debbie Cox, M.S., F-AAA
Audiologist – Director of Hearing Aids
Debbie Cox received her Master’s degree in Audiology and her Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Arizona State University. She has 25+ years experience in the field of Audiology and is licensed as an Audiologist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser in Virginia. She is a Fellow of the American Audiology Association. A native of Connecticut, for the past 16+ years she has been happy to call Virginia home. She joined the Balance and Ear Center staff in September of 2007. Debbie especially enjoys working with people and hearing devices to help them reach their full hearing potential. Debbie is an avid reader and enjoys crafting.
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.