The Hearing and Speech Center Board

Administrators

 

TommieRobinsonDr. Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Robinson is the Chief of The Hearing and Speech Center Board and director of the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC and is an associate professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  He specializes in communication disorders in children, with a specific focus on children who stutter.  Dr. Robinson’s research and writings have focused on normal fluency behaviors in children and adults as well as service delivery to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Dr. Robinson was the 2010 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has served on various boards and committees. He was ASHA vice president for Quality of Service in Speech-Language-Pathology (2005-2007).  In 1998, Dr. Robinson was elected a Fellow of ASHA, one of its highest honors.

Education:
A.A. degree, Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS
B.A. The University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS
M.S. The University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS
Ph.D. Howard University in Washington, DC

Certifications:
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA
Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders, American Board of Fluency Disorders

Little-Known fact(s):
Dr. Robinson holds adjunct professorships with Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He has held adjunct professorships at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and Longwood University in Farmville, VA.  He is a singer and baker in his spare time.

 


 

LauraBallLaura J. Ball, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Ball is the Director of Hearing and Speech Research and she specializes in motor speech disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and clinical research.

Education:
B.A. in Foreign Languages from West Virginia University
B.S. in Speech Pathology & Audiology from West Virginia University
M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Ph.D. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Certifications:
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Little-Known fact(s):
I have two dogs, Louigi is about the size of a deer (he is a Lab-Great Dane mix) and Lola is a wild and crazy German Shorthair Pointer. They keep me active and I enjoy exploring DC with them in the evenings and on weekends!

 


 

MargaritaBautista-VigasMargarita Bautista-Vigas, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mrs. Bautista-Vigas has had the opportunity to work with children and adults in a variety of clinics and hospitals in the USA and in her home country of Venezuela. She currently works in one of the Coordinator at the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders. In this Center the highest percentage of children evaluated and treated are of Hispanic origin. Bilingualism is one of her specialties. Throughout her career, she has evaluated and treated patients diagnosed with voice disorders, articulation, resonance, phonological disorders, stuttering, social pragmatic language disorders, dysarthria, aphasia, apraxia, dysphagia, and other pathologies.

With many years in this profession, she feels she has shared her skills and expertise to the best benefit of her patients and their families. She cares deeply about her work as she provides professional treatment to foster their growth personally, academically, and for all phases of their lives.

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Therapy from Venezuela
Master’s degree in Speech and Language Therapy from California State University at Northridge

Certifications:
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Little-Known fact(s):
I do not know if it’s interesting to the readers but I have the tendency to surprise people without planning it. I surprised my mother at my birth, when I arrived unexpectedly. My mother was alone and she delivered me all by herself.

 


 

PamelaBuethePamela Buethe, Ph.D., CCC-A

Dr. Buethe is the Director of Audiology at The Hearing and Speech Center Board, at Children’s National Health System. As Director of Audiology, she is dedicated to mentoring students, staff pediatric audiologists, and interdisciplinary professionals about childhood hearing and hearing loss and expanding the number of pediatric audiologists specializing in the field.

Dr. Buethe is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has taught academic coursework and guest lectured in specialty areas of acoustics, pediatric audiological testing, and intervention and management of childhood hearing disorders.

Overall, she has more than fifteen years of experience in identifying and treating hearing loss in the pediatric population. Her academic, clinical, and research interests relate to early hearing detection and intervention, and emotional and psychological support for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Education:
Ph.D. in Audiology from Gallaudet University

Certifications:
Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology, American Speech –Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

 


 

DeborahHankinsDeborah Hankins

Deborah Hankins is the Clinic Operations Manager in the Hearing and Speech Department and has been a Children’s employee for 15 years. She came to Children’s with experience in hotel and car rental negotiations as well as extensive supervisory experience in the telecommunications industry. Her focus now is the smooth overall operation of the clinic and helping the support staff serve as the first “face” of Hearing and Speech.

Little-Known fact(s):
In her spare time, she loves to read and walk with her dog, Maxie—a 12 year old Border Collie that loves to watch television and thinks that she is a human!!

 


 

AnneHardyAnne Hardy, M.S., CCC-SLP

Anne Hardy is a speech-language pathologist specializing in feeding, craniofacial anomalies, and velopharyngeal insufficiency.

Education:
Bachelor’s from West Virginia University
Master’s from West Virginia University

Certifications:
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA)

Little-Known fact(s):
I’m a West Virginia University fan—go Mountaineers!

 


 

JoanLaCossJoan LaCoss, Au.D.

Dr. LaCoss is an audiology coordinator and clinical audiologist based at the Montgomery County regional outpatient center (ROC) in the Shady Grove area of Rockville, MD.

Education:
M.A. from The George Washington University
Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences

Certifications:
Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Little-Known fact(s):
I like to walk and I also bake my own bread.

 


 

IreneSiderisIrene Sideris, Ph.D.

Dr. Sideris specializes in pediatric audiology and has worked at Children’s since 1987. She coordinates the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Holy Cross Hospital for The Hearing and Speech Center Board for Children’s National Health System. Dr. Sideris’ clinical interests include auditory processing, amplification in children and auditory evoked potentials.

Education:
Ph.D. from University of Maryland
M.A. from The George Washington University

Certifications:
Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Little-Known fact(s):
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Sideris is an active supporter of her children’s schools and her church organizations.