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Darla McDonald will be serving as our doctoral extern for the 2024-2025 academic year. She is a fourth-year Doctor of Audiology student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Darla graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and from North Carolina State University with a Master of Education in Science Education.

Darla worked for 15 years as a high school science teacher and school administrator before embarking on a career in audiology. Darla enjoys working with older adults to improve their ability to communicate with family and friends. Additionally, she has a passion for helping patients with chronic dizziness and vestibular dysfunction. Outside of audiology, she enjoys running, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.