Our Clinical Faculty
Meet our Clinicians:
Dr. Arnold joined USF as an adjunct faculty member in 2011, and as a full time clinical instructor in 2013. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Doctoral degree in Audiology from the University of South Florida. Prior to coming to USF, Dr. Arnold worked as a clinical and research audiologist specializing in blast exposure, traumatic brain injury, and adult aural rehabilitation at the Tampa VA. Most recently, Dr. Arnold has collaborated on research involving hearing aid digital noise reduction algorithms and acceptable noise level outcomes with the Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research at USF. Her primary areas of interest are adult aural rehabilitation, patient-centered care, and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Carr is our pediatric specialist. Her Audiology degrees are from Northeastern University and the University of South Florida. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages. In recent years she has developed our Auditory Processing Disorders program and provides neonatal hearing screening for those infants whose hearing was not evaluated in the hospital. She also serves on several state task forces helping to determine appropriate clinical protocols for audiological pediatric services. In addition, she works with a multi-disciplinary team working with children with cranio-facial disorders.
Dr. Johnson joined USF as a clinical audiologist in 2016, after completing her 4th year externship at the USF CSD Hearing Clinic. Dr. Johnson received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of South Florida. Her primary areas of interest include pediatric audiology and cochlear implants, although she enjoys working with adults and children of all ages.
Dr. Muscato specializes in several areas of our operations. She is our cochlear implant specialist, our aural rehabilitation manager, and runs our tinnitus clinic. A common thread of these areas is the need for good counseling and treatment capabilities. Dr. Muscato is uniquely placed to provide these skills as she is only one practicum experience short of having a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in addition to her Doctor of Audiology degree. She received her Master's degree from Ball State University and her Audiology Doctorate from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Rinehart received her Bachelor's and Doctor of Audiology degrees from the University of Florida. After graduating Dr. Rinehart stayed at the University of Florida working as a clinical instructor. From 2004 to 2013, Dr. Rinehart worked for Cochlear Americas as a Clinical Applications Specialist. Her primary areas of interest include cochlear implants, pediatric audiology, and audiologic rehabilitation.
Dr. Sanchez earned a bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California - Santa Barbara. She earned both her Au.D. and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at USF, Dr. Sanchez was a clinical and research audiologist at the Bay Pines Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare System. Currently, Dr. Sanchez is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she teaches, performs clinical services, and leads several research studies. She is an investigator in the Auditory Rehabilitation & Clinical Trials (ARCT) Laboratory and her research areas of interest are speech perception, auditory cognitive neuroscience, auditory rehabilitation, evidence-based practice, and the effects of various disorders and interventions on the auditory and vestibular systems.
Dr. Tucker, an alumnus of USF, has been an adjunct clinical instructor since the Fall of 2009. In 1977 she earned an M.S. in Audiology from USF and completed the Doctor of Audiology degree from PCO-School of Audiology (n.k.a. Salus University) in 2002. Dr. Tucker's audiology career began with ENT/Audiology practices in Tampa and Lakeland, FL. In 1980 she joined the VA Hospital in Tampa where she remained until retirement in 2011. Dr. Tucker served as a preceptor for both master and doctoral Audiology students during her 31+ year career with the VA. Current areas of special interest include practice management, adult aural rehabilitation, and cerumen management.
Dr. Weist joined the clinical faculty in August of 2013. She received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Audiology degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating Dr. Weist worked at the University of Florida as a clinical instructor and then at an ENT/Audiology practice based in St. Petersburg, FL. Her primary areas of interest include adult hearing and balance evaluations as well as amplification services, including selection, fitting and maintenance of hearing aids, bone anchored implants, and assistive listening devices.
Front Office Support
We have 2 full time support staff who are available to schedule appointments, answer hearing related questions, and also answer questions related to insurance coverage for services and devices. Please call (813) 974-8804 to schedule an appointment or inquire about our services.