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2022 DrGyl RETREAT

DrGyl Retreat at
Dollywood DreamMore Resort 
Meeting begins February 16, 2022 at 7:00pm and ends February 18, 2022 at 5:00pm
This conference brings together a powerhouse of professionals to address issues that affect women in their business and personal lives.

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1.2 CEUs

This program is pending approval for 1.2 AAA CEUs

Audiology Academy is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.2 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.


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I have planned a MEETING that’s NOT A MEETING. I have enlisted great keynote speakers and colleagues to inspire and enlighten you. Come to one of the workshops to learn Skills that you can take home and use NOW

This isn’t a “sit and listen” meeting. You will have the opportunity to discuss topics with your colleagues to come up with creative ways to apply the topics discussed.

It’s a series of workshops that give you valuable skills to help you grow personally and professionally held in the beautiful oasis of the Great Smokey Mountains.

We will have amazing speakers who are ready to help you get a head start to not only rise but to thrive in your business and life.
"The work put into this was incredible and life changing for so many of the women who participated. Gyl has a way of structuring and designing programs to help make women more positive, productive and WEALTHY! Dear friend, mentor and fabulous woman."

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"Far exceeded my expectations!!"
"This meeting Rocked!"
"You women are leaders, inspirational, and I enjoyed every part of this seminar. "

"Practical information that I can take home and put to use right away! "

"You ladies were awesome. This was so amazing."
"Best meeting ever!"
Chrys Peterson
Keynote speaker 
 "Keynote and Welcome"
Face of WTOL news in Toledo, Six time Emmy winner and Multiple Edward R Murrow award winner. In 2014, Chrys left television news to launch her company, Chrys Peterson Consulting. Drawing on her master’s degree in organizational leadership and 32 years of news and community leadership experience, she facilitates employee training programs at ProMedica Health System and other area companies and nonprofit organizations. An engaging facilitator, Chrys is certified to teach a variety of programs that help individuals develop and thrive, and that help businesses achieve success through leadership, communication, teamwork, employee engagement, and ambassadorship.
Angela Alexander, AuD
Keynote speaker 
 "Changing Ears/Changing Lives"
Dr. Alexander graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 with her AuD. Angela‘s passion is in the treatment of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). Angela was privileged to have been mentored by Jack Katz, a world leading expert on APD and she worked with Dr. Katz for seven years between 2004 to 2012, building her knowledge and expertise. Following this, Angela worked as an Audiologist in New Zealand. In 2015, she opened her clinic Hear Better Audiology in Taupo, New Zealand, serving all populations. Angela has become one of the foremost authorities on APD and recently was featured in a TedX talk.
Mary Ann Gawelek, PhD
Keynote speaker 
 "Owning your Potential"
Currently President of Lourdes University, Dr. Gawelek has a long and respected history as an educational leader and visionary and during her tenure as President, she has made a tremendous impact on the institution. Under her leadership, the university has achieved its 10 year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, gained approval to offer online degree programs and established several new academic programs. Dr. Gawalek will be sharing her vision on how to own your potential.
Gyl Kasewurm, AuD
WOW Admin | speaker 
  "Deep Diving Into Your Numbers"
Dr. Gyl has owned and operated Professional Hearing Services (PHS) in St. Joseph, Michigan for over 30 years. Her single office practice generates 10 times the annual revenue of an average practice. Her motto then and now continues to be, "Work hard, offer the very best to patients, and do whatever it takes to help them hear better."  Dr. Gyl has a passion for helping other women reach for the stars. She loves numbers and will show you how to let numbers, instead of emotions, drive your business.
Shanna Dewsnup, AuD
Keynote speaker 
 "Branding that creates an emotional and unforgettable patient experience"
Owner and Audiologist at Happy Ears Hearing Center in Arizona, Dr. Dewsnup is the mother of a deaf-blind young adult who inspired her to go into the field of audiology. As a single mother of two young boys, she went back to school to become an Audiologist so she could help her son and others who live with a hearing loss diagnosis. Dr. Dewsnup has spoken extensively about hearing loss at various meetings and has been the keynote speaker for multiple conferences.
AU Bankaitis, PhD
Dr. AU Bankaitis Smith is the leading expert on infection control in the hearing industry. She earned her PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 where her research publications on HIV and the auditory system led to a niche expertise in infection control. Since joining Oaktree products as vice president in 2004, she is a recognized resource to the hearing industry. Her extensive clinical and business experiences allow her to provide straightforward, practical solutions to providers and business owners. Dr Bankaitis is a DrGyl admin.
Nichole Kingham, AuD
 "Assistants - The Key to Making Your Life Easier"
Dr. Kingham currently works with practice development groups to help implement an Audiology Assistant or technician into private practice Audiology and medical ear, nose, and throat clinics. She is the Chief Education Officer of Audiology Academy which provides online business training to Audiologists and hearing care professionals. She obtained her AuD from A. T. Still University. Nichole also received the Future Leader in Audiology award in 2012 and was recently appointed to the AAA Board of Directors. She is a DrGyl admin.
Whitney Swanders, AuD
 "Enneagram - A Tool for Becoming a Better Boss"
Dr. Swanders attended the University of Northern Colorado with hopes of helping people, but without knowing how she hoped to do that. Within a very short time, she learned about the professions of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, earing degrees in both and then went on to obtain her doctorate in Audiology. Whitney has grown her very successful private practice to six locations and is excited to share her expertise in how to use enneagrams to manage your team.
Randa Mansour - Shousher, AuD
 "Creating Networking Strategy that will Help You Continue to Live Your Best Life"
Dr. Mansour-Shousher holds a Master of Science from the University of Michigan and she earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University. Randa is the former owner of Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic, a private practice in Toledo, Ohio. She is a board member of ANERA (2009-2015), CAAP (2010-present), Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation (2016-present), and the Toledo Hospital Foundation (2011-2015). Randa was awarded the Distinguished Jefferson Award 2019 for her longstanding and continuous dedication to giving back. Dr Shousher recently sold her practice and will share her experiences in that journey.
Rita Mansour 
 "Getting Financially Fit"
Named by Barron’s Investment News Magazine as one of the Top 100 Female Advisors in the United States, Rita advises clients in the U.S. and around the world. Fluent in three languages, her correspondent relationships allow her access to global markets and a vast client list including professionals, business owners, retirees, foundations, endowments and institutions involved in various areas of commerce. Rita’s combination of worldwide clientele, keen sense of entrepreneurship, and attention to detail provide her clients with a unique perspective.
Libby Mehle, AuD
  "Learning How to Use Canva for Your Graphics"
Dr. Mehle was born and raised in Rock Springs, WY and obtained her doctorate at Idaho State University in 2016. "I have a passion for reconnecting patients back with their families and helping them through their journey to better hearing."  Dr. Mehle has designed many of her own brochures and materials for patients and will share her expertise using Canva to make it easy to go home and design your own resources.
Dusty Jessen, AuD
  "The Five Keys to Better Communication"
Dr. Jessen has been practicing Audiology for 20 years. She is the owner of Columbine Hearing Care in Littleton, Colorado and the creator of the 5 Keys Communication Auditory Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Jessen has published many articles on the topic of Auditory Rehabilitation and often speaks at state and national conferences about the importance of keeping patient education and counseling at the forefront of our hearing loss treatment plans. 
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February 16 -18, 2022 

Kick off to the meeting begins at 7 pm on Wednesday February 16th and ends at 5 pm on February the 18th.

Enjoy the Following Discussions:

  • ​​Keynote and Welcome
  • ​Changing Ears/Changing Lives
  • ​​Deep Diving into your Numbers
  • ​​How to Value your Practice and Plan an Exit Strategy
  • ​​Networking Round Tables to Discuss the Topics
  • ​​Enneagram - A Tool for Becoming a Better Boss
  • ​​Assistants – The Key to Making Your Life Easier
  • ​Owning Your Potential
  • Learning How to Use Canva for Your Graphics 
  • ​The Five Keys to Better Communication 
  • The Most Common Problems We Face and Possible Solutions
  • ​The Secret Sauce for Making 2022 The Best Year Ever

Arrive in time for the Welcome Reception and Special Team Event starts at 7 pm Wednesday February 16th. 


Take care of YOU at this award winning destination in DOLLYWOOD


Listed below are airports that are close to Dollywood:

Knoxville McGhee Tyson

Asheville Regional

From Knoxville Airport Uber is $36-48 each way. No shuttle available.

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