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Meet The American Institute of Balance – Education Faculty

Richard E. Gans, PhD

Richard E. Gans, Ph.D

Founder and Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director of The American Institute of Balance, one of the largest balance centers in the USA Dr. Gans received his PhD from... Read More

Brittany Fauble, AuD, Board Certified, CCC-A

Brittany Fauble, AuD

Director of Diagnostic and Clinical Services

Dr. Brittany Fauble received her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) and her Master of Science (MS) in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences from Gallaudet University, and completed her undergraduate coursework at... Read More

Kim Rutherford, PT, DSc, COMT

Kim Rutherford, PT, DSc, COMT

Vice President of Education and Professional Services

Dr. Rutherford obtained her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy (MPT) from the University of Missouri and her Doctorate of Science (DSc) in Physical Therapy from... Read More

Joseph Sakumura, AuD, Board Certified, CCC-A

Joseph Sakumura, Au.D., Board Certified, CCC-A

Director of Clinical Innovations

Dr. Joseph Sakumura, received the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center and his undergraduate from the University of Kansas.... Read More

Steven E. Spinks, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Steven E. Spinks, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Vice President of Clinical Services & Research

Dr. Spinks earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Western Kentucky University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from The... Read More

Alyssa Steinweis, AuD, Board Certified, CCC-A

Alyssa Steinweis, AuD


Dr. Alyssa Steinweis received her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) from Nova Southeastern University and completed her undergraduate coursework at Ithaca College in Public and Community... Read More

Tim Rylander, PT, EdD, MPT, OCS, CBIS, CSMT

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Rylander earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eureka College in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in cardiac rehabilitation.  Later, he earned both his... Read More

LaDarius “LD” Woods, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Woods earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology-Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Alabama State University, and Doctor of Philosophy... Read More

Frank C. Bucaro, MA, CSP, CPAE

Frank C. Bucaro is a recognized expert in Leadership/Ethics and prolific author with hundreds of speaking engagements.   He is author of the book The Trust... Read More

Makenzie Cody, OTR/L

Education Faculty

Makenzie Cody is faculty in the Pediatric Vestibular Assessment & Rehabilitation Workshop and brings experience from working as an occupational therapist in pediatric early intervention... Read More

Lynda Ross, PT, DPT, DHS, PCS, MS

Dr. Ross joined the AIB faculty in 2019 and is one of the primary instructors in the Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification Workshop. Dr. Ross has... Read More

Richard A. Roberts, Ph.D.

Dr. Roberts is an internationally known researcher and clinician who has co-authored numerous articles and chapters with Dr. Gans. He previously served as Dir. of... Read More

Herbert Silverstein, MD, FACS

Herb Silverstein

President and Founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation, has consistently been recognized (since 1979) as one the “Best Physicians in the... Read More

James Hall, III, Ph.D.

James W. Hall III, Ph.D. has published numerous peer reviewed articles and published several books in the area of electrophysiology.  His Handbook of Auditory Evoked Responses is... Read More

Claudia P. Chavez, PSY.D.

Claudia Chavez

Dr. Chavez is a practicing psychologist with extensive experience with trauma and poly-trauma in the Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (DOD) organizations.  She received... Read More

Jack J. Wazen, MD, FACS

Jack Wazen

8A partner in the practice, Dr. Wazen was also the Silverstein Institute’s first research fellow. He left Sarasota in 1983 to build a successful Ear,... Read More

Michelle R. Petrak, Ph.D.

Michelle Petrak is the Director of Clinical Audiology for Interacoustics DK. Her primary role is in new product developments. She is located in Chicago where... Read More

Olivera D. Pekovic , MD

Attending Physician at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY and Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Pekovic is the Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine... Read More

International Education Faculty

Alfarghal Mohamad, MD, AuD

Audiology Physician at National Guard Hospital, Jeddah

Alfarghal Mohamad is both a medical doctor specialized in audiovestibular medicine (Egypt) and doctor of audiology (USA). His medical background includes Neurology, ENT and Audiovestibular... Read More

Walid Omer, MD

Walid Omer, MD

HNS Specialist at the Hearing & Balance Unit, Hamad Medical Corporation (Doha-Qatar)

Dr. Walid Omer.M.D. is an ENT-AudioVestibular physician working as a specialist in Hamad Medical Corporation(HMC), Doha, Qatar. Dr. Walid Successfully completed his Residency in 2014... Read More

Tamim Al Ali, MD

Tamim Al Ali, MD

ENT Surgeon at Ministry of Health Kuwait

ENT, Audiovestibular medicine specialist Head of Audiology and speech therapy department in Salim AlAli center, Kuwait 

Danah Alyahya, DSc

Danah Alyahya, DSc

Assistant Professor or Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences (Majmaah University)

Doctor of Science DSc Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda, University, Loma linda, CA

Faisal Mubarak, DSc

Faisal Mubarak, DSc

Faisal M. Al Mubarak, DSc  Dr.Al Mubarak has received his Doctorate degree in 2016 from Loma linda University with a focus in balance disorders &... Read More

Dr. Aseel A Al-Meqbel, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. Audiology/Dip Pharmacology

Dr. Aseel A Al-Meqbel

Education Faculty

International Faculty  Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. Audiology/Dip Pharmacology Assistance Professor of Audiology-Hearing & Speech Science Department Faculty of Allied Health Sciences Kuwait University AIB International Fellow

Elvia Molano, MD

Elvia Molano

Education Faculty

Médico cirujano general de la Universidad del Norte de Barranquilla, Colombia Otorrinolaringóloga cirujano de cabeza y cuello del Hospital Universitario San Cecilio de Granada, España... Read More

Jackie Cuellar, Au.D.

Jackie Cuellar, AuD

Education Faculty

Audiologist from Colombia and former President of the COLOMBIAN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION. Adjunct university professor and researcher of audiology programs. Scientific Director of Eco... Read More


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