Meet Our Staff

kopke_headshot-croppedDr. Richard “Rick” Kopke , joined the staff of the Hough Ear Institute and its affiliate, Otologic Medical Clinic, in 2004, having retired after 22 years in the U.S. Army. During that time he built an international reputation as an expert in the field of inner ear medicine. He was the recipient of the prestigious Edmond Prince Fowler Award for excellence in research for the most significant contribution to otology by the Triological Society. He also received the Legion of Merit, one of our country’s highest awards. Dr. Kopke is board certified in Otolaryngology. He has subspecialty board certification in Neurotology since 2004. He enjoys seeing patients of all ages and stages, pediatric to senior citizens performing all types of otologic and neurotologic surgery especially cochlear implants. He particularly enjoys cochlear implantation and serves as the medical director of the Hough Ear Hearing and Speech Center and CEO of Hough Ear Institute.

Dr. Kopke is a charter member of the Christian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and a member of the Oklahoma Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Otological Society, the American Neurotological Society, the Triological Society, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Kopke and his wife moved to Oklahoma City to join Dr. Jack Hough at his invitation in 2004. They have three grown married children serving in different missionary efforts at home and

Dr. Kopke is involved in overseas medical training, education, and outreach for Hough Ear Institute. He has traveled to Russia, Vietnam, Laos, Lebanon, and Jordan and hosts several otologic surgeons from those and other countries in southeast Asia and the Middle East during annual 8-12 week fellowships at Hough Ear Institute.

mcgee_headshotDr. Michael McGee graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX magna cum laude while also participating as an all conference basketball player. He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and his specialist degree at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. His board certifications are in Otolaryngology head and neck surgeryand Neurotology.

He specializes in all aspects of the ear, hearing and disease of the cochlea, tympanic membrane, ossicular chain, cochlear implants and base of skull tumors. He also has concentrations in vertigo and balance disorders.
Dr. McGee, along with several colleagues at Hough Ear Hearing and Speech Center, is involved with overseas medical training and missionary medicine.

dyer_headshotDr. Kent Dyer graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1980. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University and his Otolaryngology residency training at Duke University. He completed his fellowship training in Neurotology at the Hough Ear Institute in 1992 and is board certified in both Otolaryngology and Neurotology.

Dr. Dyer’s specialties of interest include management of chronic ear disease, implantable hearing devices including cochlear implants, surgery of skull base tumors, and balance disorders.

Dr. Dyer was involved in the development and testing of the Maxum System™, a partially implantable middle ear hearing device which is FDA approved for the treatment of sensorineural hearing loss. He was admitted to the Triologic Society of the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 2004 in recognition of research performed to establish MRI compatibility of the SOUNDTEC™ implantable middle ear hearing device. He has been Board Certified in Neurotology since 2011.

He has been involved in overseas medical missions since 1993 and presently is Co-Director of the International Otology Fellowship Program at Hough Ear Institute. He has lectured extensively in both Vietnam and Jordan on neurotologic surgery since the 1990s. He has also hosted otologic surgeons from both countries during regular 8-12 week mini-fellowships in Oklahoma City since 1998. In 2008 he organized the first international temporal bone workshop in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Dr. Dyer has participated in numerous short-term medical mission trips to Mexico, Uganda, Kenya, Moldova, and the Ukraine since beginning his association with Hough Ear Institute in 1994.

miller2Dr. Kela Miller has been with the Hough Ear Hearing and Speech Center since 2006. She earned her doctorate of audiology at the OU health sciences center. Dr. Miller received a cochlear implant at the age of 20. After seeing the tremendous benefit and change in her life, it became her passion to help others improve their ability to hear and converse with family and friends. Dr. Miller completed a research project on verification of FM systems with hearing aids and published a journal article in the Journal of Education Audiology.

She loves spending time with family, especially exploring new things to do in OKC, eating Mexican food and watching movies.

over2Dr. Sandra Over holds a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University (PCO College of Optometry School of Audiology), a Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Oklahoma State University.

She has always had a passion for helping others which led her to the field of Communication Disorders at OSU. She credits her undergraduate Audiology professor for igniting her passion for Audiology.

Dr. Over has provided audiology services for 32 years and is especially proud of having assisting in training Audiology students in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Audiology Program. She was also honored to represent the profession of Audiology from the state of Oklahoma as part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Audiology Advisory Board.

Dr. Over is known for her quiet nature, being a good listener, and for stealing ink pens in the office (so the rumor goes….). In her professional work, Dr. Over is most passionate about using new hearing technology to remove the isolation that hearing loss creates and restoring a patient’s ability to interact with family and friends at home and in social settings.

She finds it hard to resist chocolate of any kind and all things Christmas. She loves pasta and seafood, and pizza. Her all-time favorite movies are The Sound of Music, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Gone With The Wind. Dr. Over is a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Edmond where she is active in Altar Guild and Women’s Bible Study. She is a surrogate mom to Rufus, the church’s Comfort Dog who loves sleep overs at her house.

She loves leisurely weekends visiting family and friends, taking long walks and curling up with a good book.

She would like to be remembered as a person who lived out her faith and abided by Jesus’ words in his parable in Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.”

Dr. Perrine Pham has been in the field of Audiology for the past 3 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Northern Illinois University in 2009, followed by her Doctorate of Audiology degree in 2013.

Her previous experiences include working as a clinical trainer for a hearing aid manufacture and serving as a clinical audiologist in an Ear-Nose-Throat private practice setting with an emphasis on diagnostic hearing evaluations from pediatrics to adults, newborn hearing screenings, and adult hearing aid evaluations and dispensing.

During her years in graduate school, Perrine had the opportunity to provide hearing health care and services to drug rehabilitation centers, special education schools, and residential living centers in Hong Kong, China. “It was such a humbling experience to have the opportunity to provide these services and educate families, health care professionals, physicians, and patients about the importance of hearing health care and how to improve their quality of life.”

arrington1Amy Arrington has worked at the Hough Ear Hearing and Speech Center for over 10 years.
Amy attended the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and earned her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She became interested in speech language pathology when her mother-in-law encouraged her to visit a speech language pathologist at the school where she taught. Amy learned that there was a shortage and a need for SLPs, so she decided to study that in school and found out that she enjoyed helping others communicate. She has practiced as a SLP for 23 years. Amy became a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist in 2015, after three rigorous years of study.

Amy is a very caring person who works well with her patients. She has a passion for seeing children succeed with their hearing devices and to become successful in school and all aspects of their lives.

Amy loves to read and listen to audiobooks, her favorite series is Outlander. She quilts, gardens and volunteers at her church with the youth and college students. She was previously involved in Scouts and had the honor to support both of her boys while they earned their Eagle Scout Awards. Amy loves to spend time with her husband and two grown children.

burkett2Cathy Burkett has been a speech-language pathologist for over three decades. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas/Callier Center, which is ranked one of the top 10 programs in the country in the fields of communication disorders and audiology. Over the years, Cathy has had the privilege of working with many individuals and families who experience communication difficulties. Her specific areas of expertise include hearing loss and early intervention. Cathy received her certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in 2015. She has also had the opportunity to present at a variety of local and state conferences, help develop programs for families of young children, and serve on project steering teams.

For fun, Cathy enjoys traveling, volunteering at her church, gardening, and going on mission trips. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for almost 30 years and they love to watch baseball, hike, and search for the next best place to eat out together.

Gloria Evans lived and worked with hearing loss for over thirty years, but the time came when hearing aids were no longer helpful. She was implanted by Dr. Kopke and began her mission as hearing advocate to educate others, and to ease the anxiety for anyone whose life is touched by hearing loss.

She is equipped to give hope, to share coping techniques and survival tips, teach self-advocacy, raise awareness of the dangers of isolation and withdrawal, and how to manage in different environments. She explains details of the cochlear implant and the process in simple terms, and has published a booklet of tips for the recipient.

Gloria enjoys speaking on the physical, social and psychological consequences of unmanaged loss and their impact on the quality of life. Because information of the cochlear implant was limited to her, raising public awareness of its benefit is her mission. Hearing bimodal identifies her with both the cochlear recipient and the person who wears hearing aids.

Her spare time is spent studying the Bible with her husband and writing short stories inspired by simple every day things. Beyond volunteering, she can be found in a sewing studio with several embroidery/sewing machines or curled on a couch crocheting gifts. She would like to be remembered as a person with a smile, appreciation for laughter and mischief.

If you are looking for hearing aids in Oklahoma City, come see us at Hough Ear Hearing and Speech Center.