Board of Directors
Jaime Wilson, Ph.D., L.P., A.B.N.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Dr. Wilson is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist in full-time private practice inside and outside of Washington State. He has worked extensively with physicians, other healthcare providers, and forensic experts in the provision of neuropsychological evaluations. The field of neuropsychology is dedicated to learning about and diagnosing conditions related to the brain and nervous system.
Wilson Clinical Services, P.L.L.C. provides an array of neuro- and psychological health care services to deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and blind individuals. Born with a profound hearing loss, Dr. Wilson grew up wearing bilateral hearing aids and primarily communicated using spoken language, although he is also an American Sign Language user.
Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University, Provo, U.T. and completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, F.L. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, W.A.. Dr. Wilson resides in Olympia, W.A. with his wife (a registered nurse who is also deaf) and three children. To learn more about Dr. Wilson, click here.
Michael McKee, M.D., M.P.H.
Michael McKee is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, and board-certified in Family Medicine. Dr. McKee has personal, clinical, and research expertise in Deaf populations, including American Sign Language users, in Florida, South Carolina, New York, and Michigan. He is a Deaf physician who has provided medical care for more than a thousand Deaf patients in a variety of health care settings over the past 13 years.
Due to existing health disparities, he has conducted research and published on health care access, health literacy, health communication and health disparities in the Deaf community. He is also very active in medical and community health education involving Deaf populations, including the ongoing Deaf Health Talks. During his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, including kayaking and hiking. He has a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss and uses a combination of a behind the ear hearing aid and a cochlear implant.
During her 15 plus years as an interpreter, Alicia has emphasized the humanization of the interpreter process by customizing services to each deaf individual’s distinct needs. Her clients’ accommodations are tailored by style preferences, career goals, and environmental norms surrounding the unique world of deaf healthcare professionals. By focusing on these singular elements, Alicia has replaced traditional ideologies with a more progressive approach to the field of medical interpretation.
Alicia works alongside Deaf Professionals in their medical training and provides consultation, accommodation supervision, and advocacy support for Deaf healthcare professionals and their service providers. She regularly presents at national and local conferences like Associated Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL), CATIE’S National Symposium on Healthcare Interpreting, and the University of Southern Maine, on issues pertaining to best accommodations practices in high stakes environments. Topics have included “FUSION – An integrative approach with CART and Interpreters,” “Designing Designated Interpreters,” “Taboo Team Topics,” and co-presented “The Evolution of Designated Interpreters,” and multiple DP and DI forums. For more up-to-date information, click here.
Marissa Clopper, P.A.-C
Marissa Clopper, a Maryland native, is a Deaf Physician Assistant who works at the Maryland School for the Deaf (M.S.D.) Student Health Center. Born prematurely with a profound hearing loss, she attended M.S.D. from Family Education to 12th grade with American Sign Language (ASL) as her primary mode of communication while wearing bilateral hearing aids. Marissa then attended Rochester Institute of Technology to receive her B.S. in Biotechnology in 2005 and during her undergraduate years, received a cochlear implant. Shortly after graduation, she wondered if she could go into the medical health field as it was a lifelong dream; she first learned about AMPHL, and attended her first conference in 2005. This gave her confidence to reach her goals and Marissa graduated in 2010 with a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University. In both her undergraduate and graduate years, she utilized ASL interpreters and class note-takers. She communicates with others using ASL, spoken English, and written communication.
Marissa volunteers with DeafHealth.org (formerly DeafMD.org) and has done some ASL health education filming. She also presents annually to the M.S.D. H.S. Medical Technology class about her profession, the various assistive technology devices currently available (i.e. Marissa utilizes a visual stethoscope), and about AMPHL. Marissa is eager to continue being a health advocate for all patients including those who are Deaf, and encourages Deaf and hard of hearing individuals interested in the medical health field to pursue their dreams!
Erica Dwyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Erica Dwyer is an internal medicine hospitalist who works for Cambridge Health Alliance and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts. She completed her residency in internal medicine (primary care) at Cambridge Health Alliance, a community hospital program she sought out for its emphasis on caring for immigrants and people with limited resources, but which also offered a welcoming environment where she could manage her hearing loss.
She completed her undergraduate training in Biology and Chemistry at Williams College, where she also became an AIDS activist with the Student Global AIDS Campaign and spent a summer working for the Treatment Action Campaign in Khayelitsha, South Africa. After graduation, she worked in an HIV lab in Durban, South Africa and then went on to the University of Pennsylvania to complete an M.D./Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science. In her dissertation, she employed interviews and ethnographic methods to help understand how knowledge networks, epidemiology, and funding realities came together to allow Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) to be understood as a global health crisis emanating from a particular rural area in South Africa.
Since completing residency, she has developed her interests in improving resident and hospitalist well-being by setting up a fund to support resident activities and by organizing faculty development activities for hospitalists; has engaged in quality improvement projects around refining electronic medical records to improve data quality and user experience; and she has advocated for medical providers with disabilities. She enjoys working with residents and other medical trainees.
Dr. Dwyer was born profoundly deaf in one ear but did not access accommodations or use assistive devices until the middle of medical school when she was also found to have progressing moderate hearing loss in the other ear. She uses hearing aids, wireless microphones and amplified stethoscopes in her daily work, CART at conferences, and is always seeking out new quiet spaces in her hospital. She is fluent in English and German, but still only dreams about learning ASL. She supports the #DocsWithDisabilities Twitter campaign.
Rachel Yanan, C.S.T.
Rachel is a Certified Surgical Technologist who has specialty training in trauma, robotic surgery and Labor & Delivery. She currently works at St Vincent Ascension Health Fishers where she is a C.S.T. within Labor & Delivery. Prior, Rachel spent multiple years at a Level-One trauma center in Indianapolis. She received her Associates degree in Surgical Technology from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013. Currently, she is working towards her bachelors degree in Healthcare Management with Western Governors University, graduating in 2020.
At age 8, she was diagnosed with severe-profound bilateral hearing loss (total hearing ability without aids was 20%) and was given her first hearing aid. Growing up as a mainstream student, Rachel is deeply aware of the struggles faced by the deaf/hard of hearing communities. Her primary communication is oral/ lip reading with sprinkles of American Sign Language. Rachel believes that you are your only limit and strives to advocate for those who cannot do for themselves.
She can be found wearing her TOMS, discovering new eateries & exploring coffee shops in Indiana with her husband and son.
Ellen King, R.N., M.S.W.
Ellen King is a deaf/oral Registered Nurse, with a Masters in Social Work. An experienced Public Health Nurse, she worked with recovering parents and their children in the pilot program, Early Intervention Family Drug Court for Sacramento County, which has become a model for the nation. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from California State University, Bakersfield, and her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento. She is an advocate for mental health in California, serving on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sacramento Board; the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Steering Committee for Sacramento County; and the Legislative Committee for Disability Rights California. Her interests include Severe Mental Illness, Trauma, Addiction, Maternal Child Health, and Perinatal Mental Health.
Her professional career in nursing almost didn’t happen. Her acceptance to the B.S.N. program was rescinded after her physical revealed her moderately severe to profound hearing loss (now severe to profound). Through the intervention of her then Assemblyman, John Garamendi, she was able to enter the nursing program, and complete it successfully. Her first job while an L.V.N. in 1979 was in ICU, and continued after she received her B.S.N. She will be entering a Doctoral Program in Nursing at the University of San Francisco (Fall 2019) to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She uses amplified stethoscopes and Bluetooth technology in her work.
She has a big family, is active in her faith community, enjoys sewing and making art quilts. She also is the Co-Coordinator of the Sacramento County Journey of Hope Art Exhibit.
Robert Radtke, M.S., P.A.-C
Robert Radtke, from Chicago, Illinois, is a Deaf Physician Assistant and a recent grad of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Currently seeking to start his career in Hospital Medicine and primary care through Deaf Access Chicago. Born to a Deaf family, Robert was interested in Medicine and Science from a young age. He attributes his desire to serve others through his experiences becoming an Eagle Scout. He started primary education with a Deaf program that engaged students using American Sign Language (ASL), his primary language. Robert uses bilateral hearing aids and has used interpreting services throughout most of his academic career. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor's in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He then obtained his Master's degree from Rush University in Pharmacology when, while taking courses concurrently with P.A. students, he decided to pursue his dream of practicing clinical medicine by becoming a P.A.
Before gaining admission to PA school, Robert obtained his E.M.T. license and practiced at Advocate Christ Medical Center ED in Oak Lawn, Illinois as an Emergency Room Technician for close to three years. Starting P.A. school, Robert saw the lack of disability awareness in Medicine. He worked to start RU Aware, a student organization on campus to raise awareness about disability. Teaching future healthcare providers to be vigilant to needs through being shown stories, tools, and ways of doing things that are novel was how they changed the culture on their campus. Robert attended his first AMPHL conference in 2013 and attributes the AMPHL community for blazing the trail and exposing him to resources and solutions he needed to be successful. Now he works towards providing future healthcare providers that same experience and to enrich the lives of his patients.
Alok Doshi, M.B.A.
Alok Doshi, currently working in product management, used to work as an advisor for the FCC on topics of technologies and R&D focusing on disability issues especially those affecting deaf and hard of hearing people. He played a solid role in two major Obama health initiatives: Healthcare.gov and Electronic Medical Records Adoption for 8 years. He spent 15 years of experience working as an IT consultant, marketing analyst, and policy researcher. He has a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has previously worked for the National Cancer Institute on commercialization/marketing for biotechnology companies and the Food & Drug Administration on prescription drug issues. He lives in Maryland and loves pop culture & reading. A passionate sports fan, he jumps at any chance to go watch a sporting event.