Doctor of audiology (AuD) students Phillip Inouye ’19 and Esther Pugh ’19 were the recipients of the A. Stephenson/Parker Diversity in Audiology Endowed Scholarship.

Inouye is from Puyallup, Washington. He earned a bachelor of science in chemistry and a bachelor of science in health sciences from Whitworth University. Inouye has extensive experience with pediatric and geriatric populations through his work at the YMCA and Rockwood Retirement Communities. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors by hiking with friends, skiing or rock climbing.

Pugh is originally from the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. She attended California State University, Northridge where she majored in communication disorders with an emphasis in audiology. Prior to her acceptance into the AuD program at Pacific she worked for several years as an audiology assistant and then as a hearing aid dispenser. She loves to travel and experiment with photography.

What led you to pursue a career in audiology?

Inouye: “I’ve always enjoyed the health care field, particularly improving the quality of life for patients. Audiology allows me to do this on a daily basis.”

Pugh: “Being able to work with people to find treatments and options that can improve their daily quality of life is very rewarding.”

What does it mean to you to know that there are individuals who support you as you pursue your AuD degree?

Inouye: “I find it very comforting and motivating that others believe in my abilities and potential.”

Pugh: “My husband and classmates have been my biggest support team. They’ve sacrificed so much of their own time to encourage and motivate me […]. They’re my greatest cheerleaders and I am so blessed to have them in my corner.”

What three attributes do you hope your peers use to describe you?

Inouye: “Flexible, industrious and whimsical.”

Pugh: “Quiet, hardworking and hungry.”

What do you like about being in San Francisco?

Inouye: “It is a vibrant city with something for everyone.”

Pugh: “I love being able to explore how every neighborhood has its own distinct character and personality. There are so many beautiful little gems tucked away in the Bay!”


By Anne Marie H. Bergthold
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