OUR INTERNS & EXTERNS
Intern: Savannah Gross
Originally from Somerset, PA, Savannah is an undergraduate student from the University of North Florida who is pursuing a B.S. in Public Health. She anticipates graduating in 2021.
During her time at JSHC, Savannah will be interning under the guidance of Director of Operations Chandra Manning. She’s excited to help develop and implement a community hearing program. While interning, Savannah looks forward to learning how JSHC operates and how each individual plays an important role to make the Center successful. She also looks forward to learning how to perform speech and hearing screenings.
Fun Facts: Savannah was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, where she likes to ski and snowboard when she visits home. Volleyball is Savannah’s favorite sport. She set a school record while on the volleyball team in high school and now just likes to play for fun. Savannah also enjoys painting and doing arts and crafts.
Intern: Samantha Jean
Originally from Elgin, South Carolina, Samantha is a graduate student who is studying to receive her Doctor of Audiology at the University of Florida. She anticipates graduating in 2024.
Samantha is excited to continue seeing Cochlear Implant (CI) patients, especially pediatric patients. While she is at JSHC, Samantha hopes to learn how to apply the skills she’s learning in classes as well as labs. This past semester, Samantha was not able to have as much hands-on experience in labs or clinic due to COVID; so while completing clinical hours at JSHC, she hopes she’s able to participate in more hands-on work to gain experience with patient interactions.
Samantha also hopes to see JSHC’s Speech-Language Pathologists perform aural rehab with the CI patients.
Fun Facts: Samantha enjoys listening to music in different languages such as Spanish and Arabic, although she’s not fluent in them.
Extern: Tamara McLarty
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Tamara is a graduate student from Jacksonville University who is pursuing an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. She anticipates graduating in 2021.
While at JSHC, will be externing under the guidance of Melissa Vincent, CCC-SLP. Tamara looks forward to gaining experience in all aspects of the field because JSHC provides services to different populations who have different needs. She is excited to be able to improve her assessment skills as well as her clinical skills.
Fun Facts: Tamara likes to bake when she is stressed, and enjoys arts & crafts activities. She was also born in the middle of a snowstorm.
Intern: Kurt Muellner
Originally from St. Augustine, Florida, Kurt is a graduate student at the University of Florida who is studying to receive his Doctor of Audiology.
During his time at JSHC, he will be interning under the guidance of Dr. Fenja Mattson. Kurt enjoys seeing patients with a variety of needs, as these interactions provide him with a broad clinical background. His clinical interests are focused on hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Fun Fact: Kurt enjoys all things associated with the ocean or playing in or on the water.
Intern: Kara Smith
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Kara is a graduate student from Florida State University who is pursuing an M.S. in Communication Science and Disorders. She anticipates graduating in 2021.
During her time at JSHC, Kara will be interning under the guidance of Dot Bourgeois, CCC-SLP. She is thankful and excited for the opportunity to work at JSHC! She looks forward to learning more about early intervention programs and working with the various populations. Kara hopes to gain more evaluation experience, particularly in assessment instruments and techniques.
Fun Fact: Kara has never left the United States, but hopes to do so someday!
Intern: Hannah Walsh
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Hannah is a graduate student who is studying to receive her Doctor of Audiology at the University of Florida. She anticipates graduating in 2024.
Hannah is very excited to work with children who have cochlear implants this semester. She’ll have her first cochlear implants course this spring, and knows it will be an excellent opportunity to see what she is learning in class coming to life in the clinic.
Hannah has always loved working with children, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to build professional relationships with patients and their families, as well as clinicians at JSHC.
Fun Facts: Hannah was a member of the Auburn University Marching Band trumpet section in her four years of undergraduate studies. She loves to play guitar and piano in her free time. Hannah also loves to paint and draw.