Hello! I am Dr. Kendra Neugebauer an audiologist with Avera Medical Group Ear, Nose & Throat Yankton. I was born in a small town outside of Yankton, S.D., and I enjoy giving back to the community that raised me through the variety of services we are able to provide at our office in Yankton as well as our Outreach clinics in Wagner and Parkston. I also love the ability to serve patients of all ages. We are one of the most comprehensive ear, nose and throat (ENT) clinics in the region with our abilities to conduct hearing and vestibular evaluations, annual industrial hearing conservation programs, as well as the selection, fitting, and dispensing of hearing aids. Each day brings new adventures and experiences to help improve our patient’s overall communication abilities. I believe that in order to make a positive impact for our patients, we need to act as a team and take responsibility for our role in the patient’s success. Ultimately, treatment needs to be centered on the wants and needs of the patient and I am committed to working my hardest to improve their communication abilities and quality of life.
I am very involved in the medical community taking part in many programs and serving on boards. I am currently certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I will be serving as the South Dakota representative for the ASHA Audiology Advisory Council for 2014 – 2016. I am also a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. During my doctorate program at the University of South Dakota, Vermilion, I was privileged to be a member of the LEND program, a one year training program focusing on developing skills, while working as part of an interdisciplinary team while providing health and related services to children with neuro-developmental and related disabilities and their families. Working in various clinical settings including ENT offices, Iowa education agencies, the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River reservations and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Sioux Falls has added greatly to my experience as a health care provider. I volunteer for the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program, supervising doctoral students as they perform hearing screenings for Special Olympics athletes.
I grew up in South Dakota and earned both my Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders as well as my doctorate in Audiology from The University of South Dakota. When I’m not working, I love to be outdoors spending time with family and friends. Whether it is playing softball, basketball or golfing, I just love to stay active.