Area Of Interest
Dr. Willis is a board-certified audiologist and has had special training in the assessment and treatment of tinnitus (ringing), as well as the assessment of vestibular (dizziness) disorders. Her other clinical interests include aural rehabilitation, hearing healthcare advocacy, education of better communication techniques and digital amplification. She strongly believes in a patient-centered approach, including a rigorous process of professional diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. In addition to her board certification with the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, she holds certifications in tinnitus and hyperacusis from the University of Iowa and in vestibular and equilibrium from the American Institute of Balance.
Education and Training
- University of Kansas, Doctorate With Emphasis in Gerontology and Neurology
- California State University, Master's Degree
- Audiology Associates Hearing Center
- House Research Institute
- Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Marie Willis, AuD, originally grew up in California and came to Kansas City in 2005 to obtain her doctorate at KU. While attending KU, she was a graduate teaching assistant and taught the course on audiologic assessment and rehabilitation throughout her entire time at the university. She was also extended the honor of assisting with the Audiology Clinic at Schiefelbusch for a semester's term. The final years of her educational career were spent examining ways to increase response amplitude in cases of sensorineural hearing loss via electrophysiologic measures in hopes of having a better means of accurately diagnosing hearing loss. She completed her doctoral degree in 2010.
When not at work, Dr. Willis and her husband like to spend time with their “furry” children. She enjoys learning new languages, traveling, playing piano and watching movies.
- American Academy of Audiology
- Kansas Board of Hearing Aid Examiners
- Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association