#PeopleofPEI Series Highlights

Dr. Rebecca BlahaThe #PeopleofPEI series features a mini Q&A with faculty, staff and students of the Pennsylvania Ear Institute (PEI). Check out the highlights below to learn more about some of PEI’s most familiar faces.

Dr. Rebecca Blaha: Lead Audiologist

How long have you been at PEI and what is your clinical specialty?
I’ve been with PEI since 2012 and my clinical specialties include hearing aid fitting and dispensing as well as tinnitus evaluation and management services.

What is one fun fact about you?
I was an orchestral musician. I played the flute and also the baroque recorder. I studied music for many years and I even have a master’s degree. Shortly before I was set to graduate, I took my first professional audition and it didn’t go very well. At that point, I switched gears. I already had an interest in audiology as an undergrad so I decided that could be my career, and music could be more of a hobby. Fortunately I was able to get a second master’s degree in audiology and eventually earned my Doctor of Audiology degree.

Dr. Bre Myers: Audiologist & Vestibular Expert

Bre Myers

How long have you been at PEI and what is your clinical specialty?
I’ve been with PEI for 10 years and I specialize in vestibular science.

What is an ideal day off for you?
If I were at home, I would stay in my pajamas for most of the morning; cook myself a really amazing breakfast then I’d go for a run. I love to exercise and I play roller derby so I’d probably fit that in there as well. I would definitely spend time with my daughter, my husband and my two dogs. Finally to end the day, I would binge watch a little Netflix, have a glass of wine and go to bed.

Dr. Elizabeth Sedunov: Audiologist

Dr. Elizabeth Sedunov

How long have you been at PEI and what is your clinical specialty?
I’ve been with PEI since 2012. I’m a generalist but I enjoy working with the geriatric population. I also specialize in hearing aids and diagnostic testing.
What is your favorite way to de-stress?
I like to spend time with my family and my dog and also do different projects. My father is very good at DIY projects - I’m more of his assistant. Together, we’ve fixed several rooms, renovated a bathroom and built a patio. I also like to travel, explore new restaurants, and enjoy beautiful weather.

Victoria Buck: Second Year Student, Salus University Osborne College of Audiology

Victoria Buck

What has been one of your favorite moments during your time at PEI? 

My favorite moment was during the second semester of my first year. I was with Dr. [Rebecca] Blaha when an older woman came in with a broken hearing aid. We were able to clean and fix her hearing aid; she was so overwhelmed and so overjoyed that she gave us each a hug and a kiss on the cheek. It was so sweet and it was very rewarding that we could impact someone’s life like that.

What’s your favorite place to go in Philadelphia?
One of my favorite places in the city is Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown.  The food is absolutely delicious – it’s definitely a hidden gem!

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