The Georgia Academy of Audiology is a professional organization of audiologists and friends of the audiology community that promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.*



*We would like to acknowledge and thank the American Academy of Audiology for their inspiration in creating a mission statement that we have adapted for our state association.





Board Members






  Kate Marr, Au.D.

   2017-18 GAA President

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   Dr. Kate Marr joined Starkey Hearing Technologies in November 2007 and     has held positions in education and training and sales for    Starkey Southeast.     She was most recently promoted to Senior Sales Executive.  She has been working the field of Audiology for over 15 years.Prior to joining Starkey, she worked in a variety of clinical audiology settings including several major medical centers across the Southeast.

   She earned her Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus         University.   



    Deborah Woodward, Au.D

                                 GAA  President Elect 2017-18 

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      Doctor Deborah T Woodward is the owner of North Georgia Audiology, LLC which operates Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers in Johns Creek, Gainesville and Woodstock, Georgia. Dr. Woodward earned her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Arizona, her Master's degree in Audiology from Florida State University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Louisiana State University. Dr. Woodward has been a practicing Audiologist since 1991 and has served the hearing healthcare needs of the Johns Creek and North Georgia communities for over 25 years. Dr. Woodward is a proud and active member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology, and the Georgia Academy of Audiology. She has served on the ADA mentoring committee since 2014 and was the 2015 Exhibit Chair for the Georgia Academy. Married with 2 children, she enjoys travel, exercising, and boating on Lake Lanier with her family.



Alice Cellino, Au.D.

GAA Past President 2017-18

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Dr. Alice Cellino received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Columbus State University, and a clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Auburn University.  At Auburn University she helped to pioneer a way to obtain normative data on otoacoustic emissions in puppies.  After externships with the United States Army at Ft. Benning, and at Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat of Atlanta, Dr. Cellino joined the staff of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.  She is certified in Vestibular Evaluation and Treatment.  She also is a pediatric diagnostic specialist and Director of Audiology for The Medical Center NICU.  Away from work, Dr. Cellino and her husband stay busy with their son, two huge dogs, and as volunteers for civic groups in Columbus.




            Lacey Behn , Au.D   

          GAA Secretary         

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Lacey Behn grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012, then went on to receive her Master of Science in 2014 and Doctorate of Audiology in 2016 from the University of Tennessee. She completed her externship at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr. Behn holds state licensure, is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association. 

She began working at Emory University Hospital in June 2016. Her interests include hearing aid technology, cochlear implants, adult diagnostics, and vestibular assessments. Her hobbies include wakeboarding, soccer, running, traveling and hanging out with her boyfriend and new dog, Eve. 






  Andrea Webster

 Au.D. GAA Treasurer

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 Dr. Andrea Webster obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Communication Disorders degrees from Auburn University before receiving her clinical doctorate from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology.  She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and she is licensed by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.  Dr. Webster joined Columbus Speech and Hearing Center in 2005.  Her area of special interest is in hearing aid evaluations and fittings.  Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. 





Lori Smith, Au.D.  Lori Smith, Au.D.

 Metro Representative

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Dr. Lori Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and a Master of Science from   the University of North Texas in 1994.  In 2011 she earned her Au.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Smith is a founding member of the GAA and has been an active member for many years, helping to coordinate continuing education (CEU) documentation for the GAA annual convention for ten years!  She was the Chair of the 2012 GAA Convention.  She also is a Board Member of the Georgia Adopt a Band Commission.

A member of the American Academy of Audiology(AAA), Dr. Smith is ABA Certified and was on the AAA PAC committee from 2012 to 2013.  Dr. Smith has served as a Board Member of the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Audiology Licensure since 2004.  Dr. Smith has been employed by Audiological Consultants of Atlanta (ACA) since 1999.  She worked for Orlando Ear, Nose and Throat from 1996-1998 and previously worked for ACA in 1994.





 Lyn Rushton, Au.D.

 Metro Regional Representative

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Dr. Lyn Rushton received a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences

from Auburn University, a Masters of Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and a Doctoratein Audiology from A.T. Still University.

Dr. Rushton has held a variety of audiology positions in the metro Atlanta area. She has worked with pediatric through geriatric patients, conducted the ABR screenings for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, dispensed hearing aids and conducted vestibular tests and diagnostic ABR. She also worked as a pediatric audiologist and performed threshold ABR’s for infants and children, dispensed hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Dr. Rushton has been the owner of an Industrial Audiology practice and also a consultant for a local school system’s Hearing Impaired program.  

Dr. Rushton joined Advanced ENT in 2012 and conducts diagnostic audiology evaluations. She has a special interest in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, and has brought that aspect of her practice to the center in 2012.  She has trained extensively at regional and national conferences and is now a regional referral destination for tinnitus sufferers.  Dr. Rushton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology, the American Tinnitus Association and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia




 Julia Fahrney, Au.D                                     

GAA Northern Regional Representative

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Julia Fahrney, Au.D., earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and earned her clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Fahrney completed her fourth year doctoral externship at ENT of Georgia North, where she gained a variety of experiences in diagnosing and treating patients with balance and hearing disorders. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.  Dr. Fahrney's specialty areas include the diagnostics of hearing disorders for both pediatric and adult populations, hearing aid fittings, aural rehabilitation, tinnitus management, and balance disorders. She maintains knowledge of the latest hearing aid technologies through her relationships with major hearing aid manufacturers. This knowledge enables her to improve the quality of life for each of her patients. 



 Sara Woolley, Au.D

 North Regional Representative

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  Dr. Sara Woolley received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and a Master of Arts degree in Audiology from the      University of Memphis in 1994.  She earned her Au.D. in 2005 from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology.   Dr. Woolley holds Georgia state licensure, is a fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and is a founding member of GAA.  She has served GAA as Secretary and was the 2006 Convention Chair.

 Dr. Woolley began her audiology career in Chattanooga, TN and moved to the Atlanta area in 1999, where she has worked in various ENT and private practice settings.  She currently works at Northeast Atlanta ENT in Lawrenceville and Johns Creek.  When she is not practicing audiology, she spends time with her husband, son and daughter and their various activities.



 Rob Allen, Au.D.

 Southern Regional Representative

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 Dr. Robert Allen earned his Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas in 2011, and his Doctor of Audiology from Auburn University in 2015. He completed specialty training in dizziness and imbalance from the American Institute of Balance in Largo, Florida. He was the exhibitor chair for the 2017 GAA convention, and is currently serving as a co-chair on the Georgia Adopt-A-Band board working as the coordinator for resources and hearing protection for all Georgia schools. Dr. Allen currently works with Hearing Doctors of Georgia in the Stockbridge and Riverdale offices.


  Doug Lorber, Au.D.

 Southern Regional Representative

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 Dr. Lorber received his doctorate in Audiology at A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. He received his Master’s Degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
 and his Bachelors of Arts Degree at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. Dr. Lorber has more than 27 years of professional experience.  He is a 

 Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology
and a member of the Academy Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Lorber is past president of the Southern Audiological Society.  Dr. Lorber has served in the past as a board member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology.





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