Meet Our Cochlear Implant Team

Katrina R. Stidham, M.D.
Director, Cochlear Implant Program at WIHD/WMC-MFCH

Dr. Katrina Stidham is a fellowship trained neurotologist and skull base surgeon. She is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at New York Medical College and is the Chief of Neurotology at Westchester Medical Center. Before joining the ENT Faculty Practice, she practiced in California for eight years, where she was medical director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Dr. Stidham received her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine, and completed her surgical residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford. She subsequently completed her neurotology/skull base fellowship at the California Ear Institute at Stanford.

Dr. Stidham's scope of practice includes care for pediatric and adult patients with ear diseases, hearing difficulties, dizziness, balance problems, and facial nerve disorders. She has special interests in cochlear implants, congenital hearing loss, pediatric otology, cholesteatomas, meniere's disease, dizziness, and otosclerosis.


Mindy Schmelzer, AuD, CCC-A
Director of Audiology

Mindy Schmelzer, is the Supervisor of Audiology at Westchester Institute of Human Development (WIHD) and a Lecturer in the Graduate Speech/Language Pathology Program at New York Medical College. Her areas of interest include electrophysiologic assessment of hearing, early identification of hearing loss, pediatric hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Mindy received her Au.D. from Salus University-School of Audiology and her M.S. from Arizona State University. She completed her internship at the Phoenix Veterans’ Administration Hospital and her Clinical Fellow Year at Albert Einstein College Hospital.


Susan Schwartz Levin, MS, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Director of Speech-Language Pathology

Susan Levin is the Supervisor of Speech and Language Services at the Speech and Hearing Center at WIHD. She is also a Clinical Educator for graduate students in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, New York Medical College. Susan has extensive experience working with children and adults with communication difficulties due to developmental delays, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, auditory processing disorders and hearing impairment

Susan earned her B.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University.


Nicki Turano, LCSW
Social Worker

Nicki Turano is the Social Worker for the Cochlear Implant Team at WIHD. She spends time speaking with many of the families with children who have cochlear implants or are candidates for an implant. Nicki also works with families who are receiving Early Intervention Services as a Service Coordinator and with adults as a Medicaid Service Coordinator.

Nicki received her M.S. from Columbia University and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 10 years.
Nicki has a son who has a bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and uses cochlear implants.


Kristi D’Auria, AuD, CCC-A
Audiologist

Kristi D’Auria is a clinical audiologist at WIHD, a Lecturer in the Graduate Speech/Language Pathology Program at New York Medical College and a clinical supervisor to fellows and graduate students at NYMC. Kristi’s areas of interest include electrophysiologic assessment of hearing, early identification of hearing loss, pediatric hearing aids and cochlear implants. She has extensive experience working with children and adults with developmental delays.

Kristi received her Au.D. from Salus University-School of Audiology, and her M.S. from Hunter College. She completed her internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and her Clinical Fellow Year at Head and Neck Surgical Group.


Lisa Canniff, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Lisa Canniff is a speech-language pathologist at WIHD. She conducts pre –and post- cochlear implantation speech-language/listening evaluations, augmentative alternative communication evaluations, and speech-language evaluations. Lisa works in an on-going capacity with individuals who have communication difficulties as a result of developmental disabilities, cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorders and hearing impairments.

Lisa received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at New York Medical College, and her B.A. in Arts in Communications Disorders and Sciences at Plattsburgh State University . Lisa completed her clinical fellowship in the Assistive Technology Department at WIHD.


Rivka Bornstein, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA
Clinical Audiologist

Rivka Bornstein is a clinical audiologist who currently splits her time between the Speech and Hearing Center at WIHD and ENT Faculty Practice. Rivka conducts a full spectrum of audiologic services including audiologic assessments, electrophysiologic evaluations, as well as hearing aid and cochlear implant evaluations. Her areas of interest include electrophysiologic assessment of hearing loss, pediatric assessment of hearing loss, and pediatric hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Rivka received her Au.D. from The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2010 and her B.S. in Speech and Communication from Touro College. She completed her fourth year residency at WIHD.