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.

Dr. Perrine Pham, Executive Director, 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.”

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.