Dr. Mary Burton
Co-Owner and Doctor of Audiologymary@hearherefl.com
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida with my 3 brothers and 1 sister. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of South Florida – Tampa in 1999. In 2004 I completed my Doctorate in Audiology at the University of South Florida-Tampa. For my 4th year externship, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky and resided there for 10 years. While in Kentucky, I was the Director of Audiology at the Heuser Hearing Institute. Kentucky will always be close to my heart because it is where I met my husband and we now have 4 beautiful children.
In 2013, I moved back to sunny Saint Petersburg and actually live in the same neighborhood where I grew up. I began working as Director of Audiology at a local Ear, Nose and Throat practice and in 2017 when they switched ownership, Alina and I made the decision that it was time to open our own practice. Opening our own practice has allowed me to balance family and work which I strongly feel makes me both a better mom and better professional.
When not with my Hear Here Family I spend my time running around with my kids and extensive family. After years of helping out and filling in, my older daughter has joined the practice, which has been an amazing experience. I live walking/biking distance from my mom as well as brother and sister and we all love to get together to go boating or lounge by the pool. I am also very involved with my 3 boys school and love getting together with all of their friends and their friends parents. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I absolutely love as well as have the ability to thrive as a working mom.
Dr. Alina F. Linthicum
Co-Owner and Doctor of Audiologyalina@hearherefl.com
I am a Clearwater/Saint Petersburg native and love to call this area home. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida- Gainesville in 2010. After graduation, I moved back home and completed my Doctorate of Audiology at the University of South Florida – Tampa in 2015. I started my career as a clinical Audiologist at a local Ear, Nose, and Throat practice where I had been working since 2013 as an audiology assistant and where I completed my final clinical rotation with Dr. Burton.
In 2017, Mary and I decided to open Hear Here Audiology. It has truly been an amazing experience and allows me to thrive creatively and honor the importance of each patient. I believe being an Audiologist is a privilege and value being part of a patient’s journey to stay connected to their loved one’s and improve their quality of life through hearing. I am dedicated to helping patients find the right hearing solution for their specific needs.
When not with my Hear Here family, I am spending quality time with my wonderful husband and 2 beautiful children. My husband and I met when I was 9 years old and we have been best friends ever since. My daughter, Penelope, and son, Xander, keep me full of joy and laughter. I come from a big Italian family and if you have ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” you get it. There are family gatherings weekly – always with red sauce and wine! As a family, we love traveling, getting together with friends, and spending time on the water.
Speech Pathologist and Swallowing Specialist
Certificate of Clinical Competence – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Charleston, West Virginia is my hometown and I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown. On to the University of Tennessee where I earned the Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology at UT, Knoxville. After the National Board Exams, I earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence, from the American Speech and Hearing Association.
I enjoyed great early training and work opportunities with children and have worked in hospitals, big and small, with adults affected by neurological events as well as head and neck cancer. Medical Speech Pathology, particularly dysphagia i.e. swallowing therapy, presented the chance to make a difference in the most urgent situations. I've done advanced training and work in remediation of dysphagia—the disordered swallow; I'm trained and certified to provide neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for muscle reeducation of swallow, also known as e-stim for swallow. I have advanced training and experience with Parkinson's Disease and related disorders.
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