G. Christopher Gaines, II, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA
G. Christopher Gaines, II, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). He received the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC). While at East Carolina University, Dr. Gaines worked primarily in the basic sciences and studied evoked potentials from the vestibular system, which are electrical signals that relay information on the general health/status of the balance apparatus. He is the recipient of both university and external grants/awards, which include grants/awards from the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (Vestibular Student Investigator Research Grant, the Student Research Forum Award, Student Summer Research Fellowship), a National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation Research Award, and doctoral student research project funding from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. His primary interests are with the evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Dr. Gaines currently holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and he is a fellow member of American Academy of Audiology (AAA). He is also a member of the American Auditory Society, the American Physiological Society, and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. He currently practices in the Morehead City location.
Allison Kern, AuD
Allison received both her undergraduate degree and her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). While in school she spent time researching how patients with hearing loss understand speech in noise and how to implement this into hearing aid technology. She also developed a passion for mission-related audiology, spending two weeks a year in remote villages of Nicaragua distributing audiological care and teaching sign language to the remote Deaf community. Allison currently holds a membership of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). She currently practices in our Morehead City and Cape Carteret locations. When not in the office she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two fur-children and exploring their new home of Beaufort.
Sara-Morgan P. Woods, AuD, CCC-A, CAS
Sara-Morgan received her undergraduate degree and clinical Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC). During her studies she was a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service-based sorority, and competed on the varsity women’s swim team as a student athlete. In her free time, she enjoys singing with the Greenville Choral Society, teaching swim lessons, and competing in triathlons. Sara-Morgan currently holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been credentialed as a Certified Autism Specialist by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Sara-Morgan currently practices in both Greenville and New Bern locations.
Rachael N. Piper, AuD, FAAA
Rachael is the audiologist at our Leland-Wilmington Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. Rachael graduated with her Doctorate in Audiology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She completed her clinical residency in Weymouth, Massachusetts at South Shore Hearing Center. While attending UIUC, Rachael presented her research “Lombard Effect, Ambient Noise, and Willingness to Spend Time and Money in a Restaurant Among Older Adults” at the Acoustical Society of America Virtually Everywhere Conference. Her research focused on how hearing loss in adults over the age of 60 is impacted by the varying degrees of restaurant atmospheric noise loudness and how it correlates with their financial and social choices. She currently holds North Carolina State Licensure, is a member of the North Carolina Audiology Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Rachael practices full-time at our Leland location. In her free time, Rachael enjoys going to the beach to find seashells, playing piano, dancing at the local Babs McDance Studio, reading, and spending time with her two cats Newton and Roo.