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About AIB



Meet the AIB Staff

Patient Care

AIB is recognized as the leading diagnostic, treatment and educational research center in vestibular and equilibrium sciences since 1992. AIB clinics are typically located within rehabilitation-based or university facilities promoting the AIB philosophy of a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary approach to patient care. There are currently six AIB clinic locations in the greater Tampa Bay and Orlando areas, including Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Zephyrhills & North Pinellas.  The Institute’s main campus and educational center is located in Largo Florida.

Our Mission

We are committed to providing consistent, high-quality, evidence-based care in balance health to all persons and providing professional development to practitioners throughout the world.

Our Vision

To establish a global network of AIB trained & certified specialists and educators to advance the study of human equilibrium worldwide.


AIB diagnostic and treatment clinics serve as a valuable resource for both medical and military communities, and is a participating provider for over 25 insurers. Dr Gans and the staff at AIB have served as a clinical training site and held academic appointments for the following:

Clinical Training site for

  • University of South Florida
  • University of Florida
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Salus University
  • State University of New York (SUNY)- Buffalo
  • University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
  • A.T. Still University- Arizona School of Health Sciences

Academic appointments

  • University of South Florida
  • University of Florida
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Salus University
  • AT Still University- Arizona School of Health Sciences
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of New England- College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Nuevo Leon- School of Medicine


AIB Education Foundation - Leading the World in Vestibular and Equilibrium Education

Founded by Dr. Gans in 1999, the mission of the Foundation is to provide wide-ranging, clinically relevant, multi-disciplinary global education; support research; fund clinician training and provide free services for children in need.

  • Professional post-graduate education, workshops, on-campus, on-site and internationally. Dr. Gans and colleagues have provided programs throughout Asia (Hong Kong, China, Singapore), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico) and Europe (England, Russia, Spain).
  • Global on-line education initiative in cooperation with the University of New England - College of Osteopathic Medicine. Courses are offered in English, Spanish and Chinese for continuing medical and professional education.
  • Funding clinical training for medical, audiology and physical therapy residents.
  • Funding for pediatric evaluations for un-insured children. No child under 18 is turned away because of inability to pay.
  • Funding for research and students- American Academy of Audiology Foundation- Vestibular Research Award and The Ohio State University- Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences- Student Clinician Award.

For more information regarding both our On-Campus and Off-Campus Programs, 
please visit the AIB Education Foundation!



AIB research may be found in leading peer reviewed ENT and Audiology journals, including: Annals of Otolaryngology, Ear and Hearing, International Journal of Audiology and the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Research at AIB has been referenced in Standards and Practice guidelines for both the American Academy of Neurology and American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Visit www.dizzy.com and click on Research and Publications to download our published articles. Dr. Gans and colleagues have also written books and chapters in leading medical texts on balance disorders. It is this commitment to research that ensures that all clinical services at AIB facilities are evidenced-based practice.

To view our recently published articles click here!


AIB Affiliate

The AIB Affiliate Network is an international network of AIB trained and certified physicians, audiologists and physical therapists. These practitioners have earned degrees within their designated specialties, taken approved AIB workshops and courses and have successfully completed a certification examination.

Through this international network, AIB and it’s affiliated specialists have helped thousands of patients with vestibular and balance problems throughout the world.

To obtain more information about the affiliate program please click here!





AIB participates in the following
Insurance Plans:

  • Advantra Freedom
  • Aetna
  • Av-Med
  • BCBS Health Options HMO
  • CorVel
  • Care Plus HMO
  • Cigna 
  • Epic
  • Evercare
  • Humana
  • Humana Gold Plus
  • Integrated Health Plans
  • Medicare Part B
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Railroad Medicare
  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • SouthCare PPO
  • Tricare Prime
  • Tricare Standard
  • Humana Veterans
  • United HealthCare
  • Universal Healthcare
  • USA Care

AIB Corporate & Education Center
Largo, FL


Florida Hospital North Pinellas
Tarpon Springs, FL


Florida Hospital
Zephyrhills, FL


Florida Hospital Carrollwood
Tampa, FL


Winter Park, FL

Meet The American Institute of Balance - Clinic Staff


Richard E. Gans, Ph.D

Founder and CEO
Past President - American
Academy of Audiology (2004-05)
Research Scientist Member - AAN
The Ohio State University

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Sara Jagger, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified
Clinic Coordinator
Penn State University
A.T. Still University

Darren Kurtzer, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Board Ceritifed
AIB Sport Coordinator 
York University
Nova Southeastern University

Brian Sawka

Brian Sawka, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
University at Buffalo- SUNY
SUNY College at Geneseo

Brian Sawka

Taylor Unger, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Augusta University
Nova Southeastern University


Lynn F. Sumerson, D.O.

Ear, Nose, Throat
Professor Emeritus - Otolaryngology
Philadelphia College 
of Osteopathic Medicine

Peggy Loughran


James Hall, III, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor
Northwestern University
Baylor College of Medicine


Charles Berlin, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Professor Emeritus
Louisiana State University

Abraham Garcia, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Wichita State University


Hannah McLeod

4th Year Resident
Utah State University

Elissa Honea

4th Year Resident
Univesity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Denise Laffitte

4th Year Resident 
University of Puerto Rico



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