Dr. Patti Thigpen
Owner/Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Patti Thigpen, owner, has been involved in hearing health care in the fields of speech and hearing sciences since 1980. Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree locally from MTSU and a master’s degree from The University of Tennessee, Patti then obtained her doctorate (Au.D.) from Salus University in Pennsylvania. Her experience includes positions as director of audiology programs, consultant for school-based hearing-impairment programs, director of newborn hearing screening, and industrial consultant for noise-management programs. She has provided clinical supervision of audiology college students and was employed as a speech therapist for seven years in the public school system. She worked within medical ENT practices for 17 years developing their audiology departments for growth and provided services, and she continues to serve newborn through adult populations. Doctor Thigpen began private practice in 2008 and has carefully added another audiologist to her staff to ensure quality patient care. She currently is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, The American Academy of Audiology, Better Business Bureau, and the New Vision Baptist Church, where she enjoys serving in various capacities.
Dr. Sue Vavrock
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Sue Vavrock, doctor of audiology, joined Thigpen Hearing Center, PLLC in 2014 and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Originally from Alabama, Dr. Vavrock has been working in the field of audiology since 1999. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in communication disorders from Auburn University and her doctorate (Au.D.) in 2008 from A.T. Still University. She joins our team having worked in medical ENT practices for 15 years, and she has served as director of an audiology program, a consultant for school-based hearing-impairment programs, and in a newborn hearing-screening program. A current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology, Dr. Vavrock and her husband have two children and are members of New Vision Baptist Church. She shares our vision of what quality patient care looks like, and we just can’t wait for you to meet her!
Kathi Hamby, audiology assistant, was born and raised right here in Murfreesboro, TN. Kathi is essential to the providers, assisting them and our patients. Her professionalism, expertise and compassion is noticed by all whom she serves. Happily married to John for 31 years, she also has two grown children, Stephen and Kelly, and three “boys” – her adorable bichons. She is a member of Belle Aire Baptist Church and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking, and an occasional weekend bike ride with her husband.