Our Hearing Professionals
Kari A. Krause, M.A.
Kari Krause received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1989. Kari is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is an active member and past board member of the Michigan Academy of Audiology. She currently holds an Audiology license from the State of Michigan.
Kari went into private practice in 1994. Her goal, since going into private practice, has always been to be sure that each individual feels special, and not just a “number”. She wants every person to know that their best interests always come first. Kari has a passion to help people with hearing loss, especially now, since current technology in hearing aids has made vast improvements over the last few years. They are more discrete, more comfortable to wear and less background noise.
Kari is very excited to open her fourth office location in Shelby Township and works mostly out of that office seeing patients and attending to her administrative duties. She resides in Oxford with her husband AJ, daughter Samantha and her cat Suki. Still a die hard Wings fan, she is always excited to attend Red Wings games with AJ.
Marianne Fortino, M.A.
Marianne graduated with her Bachelor degree from MSU in 1995 and then continued her education at Western Michigan University where she received her Master degree in Audiology in 1998. She did her clinical fellowship for a year at Michigan Ear Institute. Marianne also has her license in Audiology from the State of Michigan.
Before joining our practice, Marianne was working for 12 years in Bloomfield Hills area. Marianne's kindness, along with her work experience, makes her a favorite with our patients! She currently sees patients in our Chesterfield office and by appointment @ our Shelby location.
She resides in Rochester with her husband Tony, her son Joe, and two daughters Olivia and Katie. Her three children and their little dog Sophie keep her schedule very busy with various activities. In her free time she loves to run and when possible travel.
Kate Salathiel, Au.D.
Kate Salathiel earned her Master of Arts degree(M.A., 1994) and her Doctor of Audiology degree(Au.D.,2007) both from Central Michigan University. In addition, Kate also has her license from the state of Michigan.
As a young audiologist starting out at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, she provided a wide variety of audiological and hearing aid services for individuals of all ages. She also worked with the hospital staff to implement the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening program! Dr. Kate continues providing support to birth hospitals using that program in Macomb, St. Clair and Wayne counties. In addition, Kate's past work experience, includes spending 18 years as an Educational Audiologist in both Oakland and Lapeer County schools. She is so excited to return to private setting here in Lapeer and the surrounding area helping those with hearing loss.
Kate lives in Clarkston with her husband Keith and two children, Lauren and Alex. She loves volunteering for her children's activities at school but when she has down time she enjoys reading with her book club, biking and skiing!
Sarah Brown, Au.D.
Sarah received both her Bachelor's and Doctorate of Audiology degrees from Central Michigan University. She completed her externship at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. Sarah also has her State of Michigan Audiologist license.
Dr. Sarah has been practicing in Southeastern Michigan for the last four and brings to our practice a commitment to improve the quality of life through the use of hearing technology. She currently is seeing patients in the Chesterfield and Shelby offices and looks forward to building patient relationships with our clients.
Sarah lives in Waterford with her husband Matt, their dog Chance and two cats Simba and Chuck. In her free time she enjoys listening to and making music, going to concerts and sports.
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