Dr. Ortiz-Hawkins received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wayne State University and her Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from University of South Florida. She completed her residency at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and The House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Ortiz-Hawkins worked at the prestigious Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) for over a decade. During her time there, she single-handedly developed programs for newborn hearing screening and ototoxic monitoring for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, infectious diseases, and pulmonary disorders. Dr. Ortiz-Hawkins was bestowed the honor of being named an Associate Master Clinician by WRNMMC for her work in ototoxicity. She has sat on multi-disciplinary teams for hematology and oncology, and national tinnitus working groups. She currently sits on the International Ototoxicity Monitoring Group.
Dr. Ortiz-Hawkins’s vision is to impact the lives of patients, her community, and the advancement of audiology by providing a holistic approach to hearing healthcare. It is with this vision that she has, in partnership with Dr. Lovitt, founded the Capital Institute of Hearing & Balance where their combined expertise and innovation are accessible to those in the metro Washington DC area and beyond.
When asked what makes Capital Institute of Hearing & Balance different, Dr. Ortiz-Hawkins explains: