Johnnie Sexton Au.D.
Johnnie Sexton, Au.D., has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families for 4 decades. He received his B.S. (1977) and M.S. (1979) degrees from East Caroline University and his Au.D. Degree (2010) from A.T. Still University/Arizona Health Sciences.
Dr. Sexton has owned and operated a private practice specializing in Educational Audiology Services in NC for 32 years, providing services to over half of NC school systems with a staff of 15 Audiologists. He designed the newborn hearing screening program for all NC birthing hospitals in 1999-2001 and currently serves as Chair of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Board. Dr. Sexton is the Founder and Executive Director of The CARE Project.
Emily Robbins LCSW
Emily Robbins, LCSW is the Social Work Program Manager for Trauma Care at the Child Study Center. She assists in getting children who have experienced trauma the appropriate mental health services within the clinic or connecting with trained clinicians around the state. She is also a proud member of the ARBEST team that has worked throughout Arkansas the last 10 years building evidenced based trauma services for the children and families.
She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through ARBEST she has also received training in evidenced based treatments to address trauma in children ages 0-17. Outside of work she can be found most days on the sideline of a soccer field either cheering on her son or husband or out for a long run or bike ride.
Patti Martin Ph.D.
Patti Freemyer Martin, Ph.D., provides leadership and programmatic direction for Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Otolaryngology and Primary Care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Audiology in the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Consultant for the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management.
Currently, she is the Co-Lead for The CARE Project Parent Retreat National Initiative (2017-19) funded by the Oberkotter Foundation. Dr. Martin’s interests include newborn screening, pediatric assessment, family-centered care and the influence of social determinants on health outcomes.
Rachel Glade Ph.D.
Rachel Sievers Au.D.
Rachel Sievers, Au.D., is an audiologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Arkansas and her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Her areas of expertise include diagnostics, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and educational audiology.
Dr. Sievers serves on the board of Arkansas Hands and Voices. Being both an audiologist and a mother of a child who is hard of hearing, she is passionate about family to family support. She is a frequent presenter on cochlear implantation, delivering difficult news, and family support and counseling.
Glenn B. Anderson Ph.D.
Glenn B. Anderson is an alumnus of Gallaudet University, Dr. Anderson also earned his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona and doctoral degree from New York University. He is a Full Professor in the Interpreter Education Program at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He has previously served as chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees, second vice-chair of the National Council on Disability (NCD), member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), and Editor of the Deaf Arkansan for the Arkansas Association of the Deaf (AAD).
In 2013, he was selected one of 15 visionary leaders by Gallaudet University’s Sesquicentennial Steering Committee during Gallaudet’s 150th anniversary celebration.
In May 2017, he was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary degree during Gallaudet University’s 147th commencement.
Rachel Glade is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in Rehabilitation, Research, and Education. She is also a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, a distinguished certification earned by those who have completed extensive training and education in working with children and adults who have hearing loss and their families. She is one of 800 Auditory-Verbal Therapists worldwide.
She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), from which she holds a certificate of clinical competence; the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ArkSHA); the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell); the Global Foundation for Hearing Loss; the National Council for Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and is a board member of Arkansas Hands and Voices. She is also a State Champion for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. In 2018, was elected President-Elect of the ArkSHA and started her 3-year term in January of 2019.
John Dornhoffer MD, FACS
Dr. John Dornhoffer received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He then attended medical school at University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed an Otolaryngology residency at UAMS and a fellowship in Otology Neurotology at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Dr. Dornhoffer joined the medical staff at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1995. He became Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 2017. He is board certified in Otolaryngology.
Dr. Dornhoffer has received numerous awards for his work including being named one of the Best Doctors in America (1998-2015), Best Doctors in Arkansas (2002-2015) and the Nan Ellen East Spirit of Advocacy Award (Hands and Voices). He has published numerous articles, book chapters and books on topics including dizziness and vertigo treatment, audiology, middle ear surgery and cochlear implants.
As an otologist, Dr. Dornhoffer’s goal is to restore hearing in as many individuals as possible. Toward this end, he has developed procedures and techniques for hearing reconstruction that are world-renowned. Dr. Dornhoffer has also designed several prostheses to replace the bones of the middle ear.