Sydnie Freeman, Au.D.

sydnieDr. Sydnie Freeman is originally from Chelsea, Alabama, located just south of Birmingham. She attended college nearby at the University of Montevallo where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012. She then went to the University of South Alabama in Mobile where she gained her Doctorate in Audiology in 2016. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, as well as licensed through the state of Georgia.  Dr. Freeman’s area of interest in audiology is the adult population, counseling and aural rehabilitation, working with tinnitus patients, and diagnosing and treating hearing loss. She has experience selecting and fitting digital hearing aids that are most appropriate for an individual’s needs. In her free time, Dr. Freeman enjoys spending time with her family, home decorating, antiquing, being outdoors, anything to do with Disney World, and exploring all the fun things Georgia has to offer.

Nicole Desruisseaux, PA-C

nicoleNicole Desruisseaux joined the Ear, Nose, and Throat Institute in April 2016. She is a Georgia licensed and NCCPA board certified Physician Assistant. She completed her B.S. in Biology at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut then graduated with a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies at Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants. She is certified in Advanced and Basic Cardiac Life Support. Before joining the Ear, Nose, and Throat Institute Nicole worked in family medicine. Nicole currently lives in Cumming with her husband and french bulldog. In her spare time Nicole enjoys running, swimming, lacrosse, and reading.

Katherine McDonnell, M.ED., CCC-SLP

Katherinenew-cropKat McDonnell joined the ENT Institute in December 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Education in Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia. She is currently a licensed speech pathologist in the states of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama and has obtained a Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Voice Technique. Prior to joining the ENT Institute, she had several years of experience in the acute, rehab and endoscopic/diagnostic setting and currently provides treatment for the following:



  • Voice disorders (including endoscopy, videostroboscopy, and vocal function measurements)
  • Swallowing disorders (including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—FEES)
  • Head/neck cancer-related disorders
  • Speech/language communication disorders (dysarthria, apraxia, disfluency) resulting from stroke, injury, or neurological disorders
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Degenerative diseases/neurological disorders
  • Specialized care for singers and actors of all ages and abilities, amateur to professional, and for other professional voice users (teachers, lawyers, public speakers, etc.)

Kat, a Virginia native, currently resides in Atlanta, GA and provides services in the Gainesville, Johns Creek, Stockbridge, Preston Ridge and Windy Hill locations. She is passionate about speech-language pathology because she enjoys helping adult patients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life for abilities that many people take for granted on a daily basis. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, working out, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering in her church and local community outreach programs.

Carol Chambers, M.A., CCC-A

Carol Chambers, M.A. CCC-A, FAAAsCarol Chambers joined ENT Institute in Sept. 2012 and has over 30 years experience in clinical audiology and hearing aid dispensing. A native of Long Island, N.Y. she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from the State University of New York in Buffalo (UB) and her Master’s Degree from the State University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. Ms. Chambers is certified by the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Her interests are evaluating adult and pediatric hearing disorders and particularly hearing aid dispensing. She is grateful in hearing many of her patients enjoying their new hearing aids and ultimately expressing how they cannot live without them. Outside the office, her interests are walking/exercising, gardening and to travel far and wide. She currently resides in Woodstock, GA.

Ericka Tucker, CCC-A/FAAA

Ericka Tucker, CCC-AFAAAEricka Tucker is a Georgia licensed audiologist providing hearing evaluations and audiological services for almost 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications Sciences from Ithaca College in upstate New York and her Masters of Science in Audiology in 1994 from City University of New York, Hunter College. Ericka is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her professional interests include the evaluation of hearing disorders in both pediatric and adult populations. Ericka is a native New Yorker, however she recently moved to Georgia after living in Southern California for 5 years. She currently resides in East Cobb with her husband and two children.