Meet Our Team
Daniel H. Coelho, M.D.
Co-Director and Medical Director
Dr. Coelho graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and received his medical degree with distinction from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Following his residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Yale University, he completed a two-year accredited fellowship in Otology & Neurotology at New York University. Dr. Coelho currently holds the title of Assistant Professor.
Dr. Coelho's has extensive experience with cochlear implants, having performed several hundred in the last few years alone. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers on cochlear implants and skull base surgery. His current research interests focus on cochlear implantation, stereotactic radiosurgery, geriatric otology, and medical ethics. His other clinical interest include tumors of the skull base (acoustic neuromas, glomus tumors), surgery of the facial nerve, surgery of the middle ear and mastoid, otosclerosis, and cholesteatoma.
Christine Gilmore Eubanks, Ph.D.
Dr. Eubanks is co-chair of the Hearing Workgroup of the Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) program’s Advisory Committee. She has authored over 15 publications, and was Editor of the Journal of Educational Audiology from 1999-2001. She is the co-creator of the Profiles of Hearing Aid Performance and Benefit, and the Connected Speech Test. The articles on the development of the CST won the Editor's award from the American Auditory Society in 1989. She has taught at the graduate level, and tested the hearing of newborns through elderly listeners. She is also the mother of a teenager, and thus has a keen interest in classroom acoustics and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.
Co-Director and Director of the VCU Hearing Center
Dr. Eubanks came to Virginia in 2008 from John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, where she was Director of Audiology and developer of the Baby Sound Check model hearing screening program. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Memphis, M.S. from Columbia University, and her B.S. from Boston University. She has clinical certification from the American Speech and Hearing Association, and is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids in Virginia.
Sean Kastetter, MA
Senior Cochlear Implant Audiologist
Sean Kastetter is originally from southeast Florida. He completed his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders and his M.A. at the University of Northern Colorado. He came to the VCU Health System Medical Center, Division of Audiology in 1994 to institute the first universal newborn hearing screening program in Virginia. He also helped with legislation to mandate universal newborn hearing screening within the state.
Mr. Kastetter’s initial exposure to cochlear implants was at the Colorado Ear Clinic in 1988. He has worked with adult and pediatric cochlear implant patients as a full time member of the VCU Cochlear Implant Team since 1995. He participates in research and serves in an advisory capacity for Advanced Bionics Corporation, Cochlear Corporation, and Med-El Corporation.
Jennifer White, MS, CCC-A
Cochlear Implant Audiologist
Jennifer graduated from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received her Master of Science from East Carolina University. Jennifer holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, is licensed to practice Audiology by the state of Virginia, and is a licensed hearing aid specialist. Jennifer's specialties include cochlear implants, pediatric testing and amplification and she is a member of the Center for Cleft and Craniofacial Care. She has worked at VCU Health System since 1998.
Alison R. King, MSP, CCC-SLP, Cert. AVT
Alison King graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology by the state of Virginia, and holds educational endorsements from the Virginia Department of Education in Speech Pathology as well as Hearing-Impairment.
Alison is also a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. She has been providing services to children in the Richmond area since 1999. Her primary area of interest is in partnering with parents and school divisions to help children with hearing loss acquire spoken language.
Meredith Heiner, Au.D.
Meredith Heiner graduated from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, and is licensed to practice Audiology by the state of Virginia. Dr. Heiner's areas of interest include newborn hearing screening, pediatric neurophysiology, cochlear implants, pediatric and adult hearing aids. She has been with VCU Health System since 2011.
Rajanya Petersson, MD
Dr. Petersson received her medical degree from the Albany Medical College. Following her residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at The Mayo Clinic, she completed an accredited fellowship at The University of Minnesota. Dr. Petersson currently holds the title of Assistant Professor.
Dr. Petersson's interests are in pediatric otolaryngology and cochlear implantation, pediatric facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, cleft lip and palate, airway management, head and neck tumors/malformations.