The American Health Council has cordially appointed Dr. Annette Marie Garced-Santiago, Au.D., F-AAA to its prestigious Audiology Board. Dr. Garced-Santiago has worked in the healthcare industry for 14 years, and currently provides comprehensive audiological and balance evaluations for all populations at the Florida Hospital. Founded in 1941, the prestigious hospital provides state of the art healthcare to local communities of Florida and prides itself on delivering high quality and compassionate care to its patients.
Dr. Garced-Santiago began her studies at the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and with a Doctorate Degree in Audiology. Dr. Garced-Santiago then went on to undertake her clinical training in the High-Risk Clinic at the University Pediatric Hospital of Puerto Rico, San Gabriel School for the deaf, the Ronald McDonalds Children’s Foundation, otolaryngology clinics, FILIUS Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, among other clinical settings.
Dr. Garced-Santiago’s interesting choice of a career in Audiology was inspired by her own experiences suffering from otitis media and her early admiration for the film ‘The Miracle Worker’, a biography based on Helen Keller who contracted a virulent childhood disease at 18 months old which left her with complete loss of sight and hearing. Pursuing a career as an Audiologist to help others to communicate through the innovative use of technology – another of her passions – has driven Dr. Garced-Santiago to become the successful health professional that she is today.
The acclaimed doctor attributes her lifelong desire to help those with disabilities to her mother, Rosa Ivette Santiago, who worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration in Puerto Rico for more than 30 years. This interest was further reaffirmed by her mentor, Dr. Camille Villafane, who helped her to discover a passion for the art of effective communication and teaching this to others.
Throughout her career, Dr. Garced-Santiago has spent time practicing as a Bilingual Audiologist and broadening her clinical skills working with children and adults that need compressive audiological evaluations as well as hearing aid fittings, aural rehabilitation, balance assessments and auditory processing evaluations.
Keen to drive forward the pace of innovation in the sector, Dr. Gaced-Santiago feels passionate about helping patients with hearing disorders and their families to communicate more effectively with each other and in turn improve the quality of their lives. She is also currently working on a new initiative to create a Cochlear Implant program for adults and Hispanic families and collaborates with the Auditory Processing Program at the Florida Hospital for Children, Pediatric Rehabilitation.
To broaden her knowledge even further, Dr. Garced-Santiago is a fellow member of The American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Garced-Santiago is proud of her many personal achievements, which include playing an active role in initiatives such as ‘Rock to Relate’ that provided support for teens diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome by exploring music and dance as a complement for therapy. In addition, she collaborated with a Psycho-educational and Vocational Initiative that explored the benefits of agrotherapy for young adults diagnosed with autism. She has also been a research assistant for various projects including ‘TICA: Information technologies and communication for learning (FIPI)’; among others. Additionally, she collaborated with the graphic design and translation of the booklet entitled ‘Do the rules change…when you hire a person who is blind or visually impaired?’ written by Karen Wolffe of the American Foundation for the Blind.
Dr. Garced-Santiago was officially recognized for her achievements when she was presented by the Major of Carolina with the Citizenship Medal, for her active participation in both academic and extracurricular activities. She is also the recipient of Puerto Rico Real Women Dove award due to her positive impact on the quality of life for women across Puerto Rico.
She attributes her success to the support she has received from her parents and her husband throughout her career. Looking to the future, Dr. Garced-Santiago hopes to continue using her knowledge and clinical expertise to help improve the lives of both adults and children with hearing loss and communication difficulties.
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Annette Marie Garced-Santiago
Audiologist at Florida Hospital, East Orlando
- Florida Hospital East Orlando has provided state of the art health care to the community.
- Florida Hospital is dedicated to providing quality care and compassionate service to the patients served.
- Florida Hospital is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health care providers with 22 campuses serving communities throughout Florida.