Dr. Sheryl Lewin, Porous Implant Ear Surgeon
Lewin Ear Reconstruction | Torrance, CA
Dr. Lewin is a Craniofacial-trained board-certified Plastic Surgeon. She is one of the leading microtia surgeons in the United States treating children and adults with the Porous Implant Ear Reconstruction (“PIER”) technique (commonly known as Medpor, SuPor). She has spent the last 10 years developing innovative techniques to improve the outcome of PIER. She is the founder of Earicles, Miracles for Ears, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, research and surgical care for needy patients with microtia.
Dr. Arturo Bonilla, Rib Cartilage Ear Surgeon
Microtia-Congenital Ear Deformity Institute | San Antonio, Texas
Dr. Bonilla is board-certified and fellowship trained in Pediatric Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery. He is the only exclusive pediatric microtia surgeon in the United States utilizing the natural cartilage technique for ear reconstruction. He has spent the last 20 years revising and developing his own techniques for pediatric microtia reconstruction. He is the founder of the Microtia – Congenital Ear Deformity Institute (San Antonio, Texas), a world-renowned center for ear reconstruction in children. He has been a featured lecturer in pediatric microtia surgery, both locally and internationally.
Dr. Bradley Kesser, Atresia Repair (Canal) Surgeon
Professor, University of Virginia | Charlottesville, Virginia
Dr. Kesser is a board-certified Otolaryngologist with subspecialty training in Otology/Neurotology. He is one of the nation’s top experts in atresia repair. He trained with Dr. Jahrsdoerfer, who pioneered atresia surgery and developed the landmark grading system for analyzing middle ear anatomy. He is a true academician, publishing extensively on unilateral hearing loss and its correction and improving outcomes in surgery for congenital aural atresia. He has won numerous clinical and research awards.
Dr. Russell Reid, Jaw Reconstruction Surgeon
Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Services, The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences | Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Reid is a craniofacial fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon. He has particular expertise in surgery of the skull and face, including the orbit, jaw and palate. Dr. Reid has spent over 10 years focusing his practice to the treatment of children and adults with jaw deformities and uses cutting-edge technologies in orthognathic surgery, craniofacial distraction, and TMJ reconstruction to solve the most difficult cases. Dr. Reid’s research interests include the regeneration of bone for the repair of complex craniofacial defects, the biology of skull and facial sutures, and genetic expression in craniofacial development. He also studies bone substitutes and the survival of bone-cartilage grafts.
Stephen Westhead, An Adult Patient’s Perspective
Steve was born with microtia and had ear reconstruction as a child. At the age of 53, he pursued a lifelong dream – to have his ear reconstructed again. Steve has a unique perspective about growing up with microtia and hearing loss, and the affects of surgery as an adult.
Sarah & Angela Sabal, Parent Advocacy (Ages 5-18)
Sarah was born with Bilateral Microtia and Atresia and lived in an orphanage in China until the age of 7 when she was adopted by the Sabal family from Virginia. Sarah now has two reconstructed ears and wears two bone conduction auditory processors. She is a talented artist, scholar, and athlete. Her mom, Angela, is the founder and admin of several Facebook support groups (BAHA World Hearing, BAHA “Kids Club” World Hearing, Bilateral Conductive Hearing Loss, BAHA Attract/ Magnetic Coupling World Hearing Support Group, BAHA/BAHS Baby Talk Board).
Amy Ayer, Parent Advocacy (Ages 0-5)
Amy’s son, James, was born with Microtia & Atresia and Hemifacial Microsomia. He has been through the ear reconstruction process along with a macrostomia/lateral cleft surgery. As an Nurse Practitioner, Amy can appreciate both the medical and parenting aspect of a young child with special needs. This Tennessee sweetheart is the mother of 3 boys and has sat on many Earicles patient panels. Amy is excited to share her insight with conference attendees!
The Patriot Group/The Force Law Firm, P.C.| Lindenhurst, New York
PIER Patient Insurance Advocates
Thomas is a state and federally licensed attorney in New Jersey and New York, with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. He is the president and founder of The Patriot Group, a full- service healthcare physician advocacy and revenue recovery company providing billing, appeals, collections and follow-up services for hospitals and physicians. He is also the Senior Partner and founder of The Force Law Firm, P.C., a nationally renowned healthcare boutique law firm. Michele has over 30 years experience as a Senior Executive in Operations, Sales and Customer Service for a West-Coast 3,000+ person technology company focused on the insurance industry. She has worked with some of the largest insurance organizations in the country and has developed extensive experience in technology infrastructure.