Tricia Chirillo, M.S., CCC-A, FAAA – Director of Audiology

Tricia ChirilloMs. Chirillo was born and raised in the Milwaukee suburbs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and her Master of Science degree at University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has been practicing audiology for 27 years. She began her career at a private Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) practice in Peoria, Illinois. She returned to Wisconsin to take a position as a research associate and clinical instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has taught undergraduate and graduate Audiology courses in the department, supervised students at the UWM Hearing Evaluation Center, and conducted research in speech perception with individuals who are normally hearing and those with hearing loss. She served as an externship supervisor to several audiology graduate students from UW-Oshkosh, UW-Madison, and UW-Stevens Point at the Hearing Evaluation Center. Ms. Chirillo also provided audiology services through the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative and a private ENT practice in Milwaukee.

As Director of UWM Audiology Group and a Clinical Associate Professor, Ms. Chirillo is committed to providing services that are tailored to her patients using a research-based best practice model. Ms. Chirillo has had a long-standing interest in assistive technology and is skilled in sign language. She is state licensed, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, an associate member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology.

Ms. Chirillo lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband, two children, Max the cat, Lulu the parakeet, two gerbils, and several fish. When she is not attending the activities of her children, she enjoys biking, hiking, and traveling with her family.

Stacy Ryan, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA – Doctor of Audiology

Stacy RyanDr. Ryan grew up in Brookfield, WI. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Audiology from Purdue University, her master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University. She has been practicing audiology for 20 years. She began her career in Audiology working with a large Chicago-based medical group in Park Ridge Illinois specializing in electrophysiologic measures and vestibular studies. She then went on to work at Northwestern University where she provided clinical audiology services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and instructed Northwestern University Audiology Doctoral students in the clinic and in the area of electrophysiology.

Seeking to be closer to family, Dr. Ryan returned to Wisconsin and began working at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. She is currently a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee senior clinical audiologist and teaches University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Speech Language Pathology graduate students in the area of aural rehabilitation. Dr. Ryan expertly fits all leading hearing aid manufacturers’ makes and models of hearing instruments. Her clinical philosophy is one of fitting the whole patient and she strongly believes in the necessity of personalizing each hearing aid fitting to the individual patient. She is state licensed, certified by the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association, and is a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.

Dr. Ryan lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband, their son, and their family dog, Jack the Boxer. She enjoys yoga, hiking, family time, and is a very enthusiastic cook.

Heather Zingler, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA – Doctor of Audiology

Heather ZinglerDr. Zingler grew up in Milwaukee, WI. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and her clinical doctorate degree in Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Seeking to provide clinical services to patients and to educate future professionals, she began employment as a clinical audiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. Her areas of focus include providing diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing health care to individuals with hearing loss and their families, and serving as an instructor and clinical supervisor for graduate students studying to become Speech Language Pathologists.

Dr. Zingler’s primary clinical interest is in the area of rehabilitation and the management of hearing loss through the use of amplification systems. She enjoys building relationships with her patients while guiding them through the process of selecting and successfully utilizing hearing aids. She believes strongly in tailoring this process to the specific needs of each patient and utilizing evidence-based practice in order to provide the highest quality audiologic care. Dr. Zingler is state licensed, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA).

Dr. Zingler lives in the Milwaukee area. She is married and has two children. In her personal time, she enjoys gardening, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family.