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
Melanie Hecker, Au.D., President
Melanie K. Hecker received her Doctorate of Audiology in 2010 from Towson University. Prior to moving to Maryland for her Doctorate, she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida. Dr. Hecker is currently a licensed clinician in Washington state. She has provided patient care in a multitude of clinical settings, varying from ENT and hospital; however, her preferred clinical setting is in private practice due to the closer relationship that can be developed by provider and patient as well as the individualized care that can be provided. Dr. Hecker’s areas of expertise are tinnitus and hearing loss diagnosis and treatment.
Outside of the professional setting, Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband of 6-years and young son. She loves running, cooking and the outdoors.
Nancy Bowen-Hicks, AuD, Past President
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!
Camron Meikle, Au.D., Vice President
Dr. Camron Meikle is board certified by the American Board of Audiology, is a fellow with the American Academy of Audiology, and a fellow with the International Society of Audiology. Dr. Meikle is a past committee member for the American Academy of Audiology Practice Compliance Committee as well as a previous VP of Communications for the Colorado Academy of Audiology. Dr. Meikle is an avid fan of hearing research and an advocate for children with hearing loss, which lead him to be the lead researcher on a study looking at the social perceptions of hearing aid technology use in children. He presented his findings at the 35th International Congress of Audiology in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Meikle has worked in hospitals, private practice, and as an industry representative. Special areas of expertise include diagnostics, hearing aid technology, and tinnitus treatment. Dr. Meikle graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Doctorate of Audiology. Prior to becoming the owner of Hear For Life Audiology, Dr. Meikle was the Director of Audiology with Boulder Medical Center, Director of Regional Sales with Unitron Hearing, and has worked in several private practice audiology clinics around the country. Dr. Camron Meikle was born and raised in Idaho near Yellowstone National Park. While not in clinic, he can often be found in the mountains camping, reading a book, or in his kitchen cooking for friends and family.
Mary Silva, Au.D., Treasurer
Lisa Batterton, AuD, Secretary
Dr. Lisa Batterton received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northern Illinois University. She then received her Doctor of Audiology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Batterton is a licensed clinician in multiple states including Washington and Oregon. She has experience in multiple clinical settings including ENT, private practice, hospital, and educational settings. Dr. Batterton currently works for Audigy Group based out of Vancouver, WA supporting several private practices across the country in clinical operations, equipment evaluation and procurement, patient care, and training. Dr. Batterton enjoys working with other audiologists and patients around the country to help them find success personally and professionally through hearing healthcare.
Dustin Spillman, AuD, Member-At-Large
Dustin Spillman earned his Doctorate in Audiology as part of the inaugural class of 2015 from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. After graduating, Dr. Spillman worked for a fast-paced ENT practice in the heart of “Big Sky Country” in Montana for the following two years. In the spring of 2017, Dr. Spillman relocated to the Pacific Northwest, where he took ownership of Audiologists Northwest, a private practice located in the Manette area of the Bremerton, Washington. Dr. Spillman primary focus is on hearing diagnostics and treatment, tinnitus management, and cochlear implant assessments, activations, and mappings.
Although Dustin has lived in the Pacific NW for most of his adult life, he is a native of Louisiana and relishes southern cuisine (including an undying craving of seafood). He also enjoys spending time with his lovely family including his wife Brittany, their son Arlo, and their two dogs.
Patty Petermann, Au.D., Member-At-Large
Dr. Patty Petermann joined Puget Sound Hearing Aid & Audiology in 1989 and became a partner in 1996. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Bradley University in Illinois, a Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctorate degree in Audiology from A.T. Still University. Although most of her career has been spent in private practice, she has also worked in an ENT setting as well as for a major hearing aid manufacturer. In addition, she wrote the curriculum and provided instruction for the very first college-level hearing aid dispenser training program in the United States. Dr. Petermann draws on her education and experience to maintain the highest standards and skill sets for the providers at Puget Sound Hearing Aid & Audiology. She enjoys mentoring her employees and helping them to be the best in their field. In her spare time, she enjoys family, baking, football, reading, and traveling.