Brittany Akers, APRN

Brittany is a family nurse practitioner and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Bachelors of Science and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Arkansas. She enjoys treating a variety of ear, nose and throat conditions and seamlessly collaborating with our providers. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time outside.

Joanna Wakefield, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Joanna Wakefield is a clinical audiologist with experience in pediatric and adult diagnostic assessment and pediatric amplification. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Ouachita Baptist University and her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, followed by her Doctor of Audiology from the University of Florida. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a founding member of the Arkansas Academy of Audiology. Joanna and her husband have two beautiful daughters and enjoy traveling.

Caroline Morrison, APRN

Caroline Morrison is a family nurse practitioner who earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas and Master of Science in Nursing from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and holds her state licensure through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Caroline enjoys working alongside our providers in treating sinus and ear-related pathologies. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys being with her husband, son and two dogs. She enjoys being outside, reading, and traveling.

R. Hope Gillison, AuD, CCC-A/FAAA

Dr. Hope Gillison is a cochlear implant audiologist who also specializes in balance, vestibular testing, auditory processing disorder, aural rehabilitation and telehealth. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University at Ruston, Louisiana with her master’s and Arizona School of Health Sciences with her Doctor of Audiology. Dr. Gillison is a member of The American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Arkansas Academy of Audiology.

Prior to joining ENT Center of the Ozarks, she served for 15 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs as an audiologist and supervisor. In 2019, Dr. Gillison was awarded the 1LT. Frank B. Walkup IV Distinguished Service Award for her special contributions made to the Association of VA Audiologists and to VA audiology through VA- related activities. She was also nominated and selected as the 2021 American Academy of Audiology Conference Chair.

Her passion is audiology, and she likes being a part of change, growth and assisting patients achieve a better quality of life. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her two sons play sports and spending quality time with husband, friends, and family.

Mary O’Brien, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Mary O’Brien is an audiologist specializing in adult and pediatric hearing assessment and treatment as well as balance evaluation and treatment. She is a native of Northwest Arkansas and received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and her Doctor of Audiology from the University of Memphis.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. O’Brien enjoys getting to know her patients and creating individualized rehabilitation plans which focus on personal communication needs.

Dana Alexander, CPOP

Dana Alexander grew up around family members in the medical field, which helped foster an interest in pursuing a career in the health care industry. When an opportunity to join the audiology department at the Ear, Nose, & Throat Center of the Ozarks became available, she knew the position would be an excellent fit for her interests and would allow her to help people successfully manage their hearing loss.

Dana has completed the Certificate Program for Otolaryngology Personnel. She specializes in audiological evaluations, hearing aid care, repairs, and vestibular testing. She is married and has a son and daughter that make her proud. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing sports, exploring the outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends.