Nicole 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.
Dr. Amanda Brandino is a licensed audiologist in the state of Georgia, who joined the ENT Institute in 2016. Dr. Brandino graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and went on to receive her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Brandino completed her residency training at the Atlanta VA Medical Center with an emphasis in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, vestibular disorders, and tinnitus management. She enjoys working with patients of all ages with specific interest in treating adult and geriatric populations. In her free time she enjoys running, outdoor adventures, and cheering loudly for the UGA Dawgs.
Kat 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.
Sara is a passionate speech/voice pathologist specializing in endoscopy/videostroboscopy, voice disorders, vocal health, voice use, public speaking, dysphagia, and the treatment of patients with head/neck cancer. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and a Master of Arts degree from University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH). She has many years of experience in the medical speech pathology setting and enjoys involvement in continuing education courses and national and state conferences/conventions. Sara upholds the American Speech Hearing Association’s Clinical Certificate of Competency and a state license in Georgia as well. Sara finds joy in helping those who have permanently or temporarily lost abilities we may daily take for granted (swallowing, speaking, breathing, tasting, etc.) and using her degree and expertise to improve their quality of life. In addition, she is very active in the health and fitness community in Atlanta.
Carol 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.