About the Washington State Academy of Audiology

Dear Washington Audiologist,

The Washington State Academy of Audiology is a statewide non-profit organization for audiologists from all specialty areas and backgrounds. Our objective is to educate, mentor, and network audiologists within the state of Washington. WSAA invites you to join for the first time, or renew membership, in your State Audiology organization.

Joining WSAA is a great way to network with other audiologists through annual meetings, sponsored events, email and newsletter updates. We offer opportunities for leadership positions on the board, volunteer committee positions, and the chance to make your voice heard by becoming involved in your Audiology organization.


WSAA Board of Directors


WSAA Board of Directors

Deborah Roque, Au.D., President

Dr. Deborah Roque is a native to Washington and was born and raised in Edmonds. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Dr. Roque was awarded her clinical doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Roque is focused on improving the quality of life for her patients by giving them comprehensive care of the highest quality. She uses the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices to provide patients the appropriate care specific to their hearing health needs.

Dr. Roque enjoys working hard to find individualized care plans to meet the needs of each patient.

Nancy Bowen-Hicks, AuD, President-Elect

Dr. Nancy Bowen-Hicks attended Michigan State University, subsequently received her Master of Science degree in Audiology from Portland State University and completed her Doctor of Audiology degree through University of Florida.  Prior to joining the Adventist Health’s audiology team, Dr. Bowen-Hicks served as the director of the Pacific EarClinic, associated with Pacific University’s School of Audiology.  She co-founded and was both a clinician and clinic administrator for Audiology Clinic, Inc. in Vancouver, Washington from 1982 to 2012, one of the first independent, patient-centered private audiology practices in the state.  She also had the unique experience of providing audiology services to the visually impaired and special needs students at the Washington State School for the Blind for 26 years.  Dr. Bowen-Hicks served as a consulting audiologist for the Washington State Department of Health's Early Hearing Detection and Diagnosis Committee and instituted the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA.  Her career has also included providing clinical audiology for Portland Public Schools, Kaiser Permanente and ENT practices in the Portland area. 

Dr. Bowen-Hicks is a member of the Columbia Crest Lions Club and is a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest form of recognition from Lions International embodying humanitarian ideas.  She has volunteered as front gate manager for the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival since 1997, and as a member of the Bravo! Vancouver Chorale, she has performed in Italy, Croatia, New York and Washington DC, as well as various venues from Portland to Seattle.  Nancy looks for opportunities to go motorcycle touring with her husband and is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers!

Ryan Bahl, Au.D., Secretary

Dr. Ryan Bahl received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Western Washington University and later received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Washington. Prior to beginning his graduate work at UW, Dr. Bahl was one of the first Audiology Assistants in Washington State working for The Hearing & Balance Lab, PC in Mill Creek. He continued as an Audiology Assistant throughout his graduate coursework and eventually transitioned into their Marketing Specialist.

Dr. Bahl is currently a full time Audiologist for Group Health Cooperative in their Bellevue location. His services include newborn hearing screenings, diagnostic hearing evaluations, electrophysiology, and hearing aid evaluations and fittings.

Ashley Evers, Au.D., Treasurer

Dr. Ashley Evers completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her Doctor of Audiology degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently works at the Virginia Mason Listen for Life Center in Seattle, WA. Her clinical services include cochlear implant evaluation and programming for children and adults, fitting and programming of osseointegrated hearing devices, pediatric and adult diagnostic evaluations, adult and pediatric hearing aid fitting and electrophysiologic assessment.

Dr. Evers is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Her passion is delivering hearing healthcare across the lifespan.

Nichole Kingham, Au.D., Past President

Dr. Nichole Kingham joined the Hearing & Balance Lab in Mill Creek, Washington in 2004. She has a passion for the Deaf community and an interest in neuro-otology. Dr. Kingham was awarded a master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Washington. She obtained her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University.

Dr. Kingham is known for her patience and persistence in obtaining the best possible outcome for those who come to the Hearing & Balance Lab for diagnosis or treatment of hearing loss. She loves working alongside her patients with a team approach for finding the best solutions for hearing loss and communication difficulties.

Dr. Kingham has recently been involved with EducatedPatients.com in developing an Audiology Assistant training program to teach private practice clinics how to successfully incorporate Audiology Assistants into a busy practice. She has spoken nationally on the subject and is excited about the opportunity to help her Audiology colleagues improve patient care and clinic efficiency. She also writes articles on the many aspects of hearing loss and obtaining the best benefit from hearing aids.

Dr. Kingham hails from Colorado and has three beautiful children. She enjoys watching movies and listening to great music. She is also an avid reader and it’s not uncommon to catch her reading three or four books at a time.