The traditions surrounding Thanksgiving are significantly different today than they were when members of the early American colonies celebrated bringing in the harvest. Spending time with family and close friends in order to kick off the holiday season is the focus of most Thanksgiving celebrations, but traditions vary from one family to another.

When snowfall cooperates, some families take advantage of the long weekend for an early trip to the ski slopes. Helping the less fortunate by serving in a soup kitchen or giving back to the community in other ways is the focus of others. Preparation and anticipation for the Black Friday madness is how some shoppers spend their Thanksgiving.

Although Louisiana doesn’t always “have a dog in the hunt,” the NFL games on Thanksgiving Day are just the beginning of a weekend filled with college football’s biggest and oldest rivalries, such as the Tigers and Razorbacks. However, most of us take the opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy feasting and family time.

At some point during our busy Thursday, or the weekend that follows, many of us take the time to reflect on what has happened throughout the year and count the blessings for which we are grateful.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the coming season, the staff at Acadian Hearing has taken the time to review our personal and professional highlights for the year, as well as extend a personal note of thanks to and for our patients.

Chloe

“My personal highlight of the year is buying my first house.” Learning more about hearing and how vital it is to our daily lives is the professional highlight of Chloe’s year, learning the ropes as she joined the Acadian Hearing family in 2021.

When it comes to working with those who come to Acadian Hearing for hearing care, she says, “I am thankful to our patients for the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and bring a smile to their faces.”

Jennifer Seago

Things returning to a degree of normal so that she is able to travel again is among the personal highlights of Jennifer’s year, while the professional highlight of her year as a patient coordinator for Acadian Hearing has been ensuring that each patient has a personal experience at our clinic.

In regard to those things which she appreciates from patients, she says, “I am very grateful for their kindness and graciousness.”

Jessica Pittman, H.I.S.

Things returning to mostly normal is also Jessica’s personal highlight, noting, “It sounds small, but after the crazy couple of years we’ve had, it is nice to have some normalcy for my family.”

Increasing her knowledge about hearing tests and new hearing aid technologies at the Louisiana Academy of Audiology (LAA) conference, which she attended with our audiologists this year, was her professional highlight.

When it comes to gratitude for our Acadian Hearing patients, she says, “I’m grateful to all of our patients for choosing us! I’m grateful for all their stories and words of wisdom. I love when patients share their lives with us!”

Dr. Juliana Marcantel, Au.D.

Dr. Marcantel’s parents moved into the same neighborhood where she lives this year, and she says, “I love having them just a short walk away!” Her professional highlight of the year is watching Acadian Hearing’s south location begin to thrive.

She points out that things have been rough for Southwest Louisiana and our patients throughout the last year, but our patients have continued to support us. “I am thankful for our patients continuing to support our practice through a pandemic, multiple hurricanes, an ice storm, and flooding.”

Dr. Bridget Garrido, Au.D.

Dr. Garrido had to overcome extensive physical challenges this year, relearning how to walk. Having fully regained her mobility during the year, she is grateful to have the challenging experience behind her.

She describes being able to pull off an in-person conference as president of the Louisiana Academy of Audiologists as her professional highlight of her year, adding that “the community of in-person learning and networking is essential for the professional growth of audiologists in the state of Louisiana.”

She also recognizes the struggles Southwest Louisiana residents have endured and expresses her gratitude saying, “I am grateful that the patients of Acadian Hearing and Speech Services have weathered the obstacles of COVID, hurricanes, and floods to continue to entrust us with their hearing and balance healthcare needs.”

Gay Lynne Sorrells

“The personal highlight of the year would be adopting two of my granddaughters and beginning a journey that only Jesus will be able to guide us through.” She points out that her capacity to continue to learn and adapt in changing times is the professional highlight of her year.

She recognizes that our patients are the ones who make Acadian Hearing what, who, and what we are. Gay notes that the fact that they choose us for their hearing care makes it “a privilege to assist them and be a part of the solution to problems they are experiencing.

Dr. Heidi Sorrells, Au.D.

Dr. Sorrells is still anticipating the highlight of her year as she awaits the opportunity to reunite with her sister and family who are returning from Singapore for Christmas. “I haven’t seen them in nearly 3 years due to COVID travel restrictions.”

She also lists being able to “be around other hearing care professionals” at the LAA conference, which was canceled in 2020 and had to be rescheduled due to damage from Hurricane Ida this year.

“I have promised myself that I will not take face-to-face appointments for granted again!” She also recounts the struggle our Southwest Louisiana patients have gone through and is grateful that they have stuck with us, expressing her thanks by saying, “So many of our patients have been through so much this past year and a half with COVID, two hurricanes, a flood, an ice storm, and recent tornadoes. I have seen the resiliency and strength of our community and our patients.”

We’re Thankful For You

As we reflect on the highs and lows we and our patients have faced in 2020 and so far in 2021, each of the members that make up the Acadian Hearing team look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with their families and enjoying their own unique traditions.

However, as a team, we’re grateful for the incredible opportunity we have to be involved in improving the lives of the patients we serve and the incredible impact they have on our own lives as well.

 

From our family to your family, we hope each of you has a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Dr. Heidi J Sorrells - Audiologist

Dr. Heidi J. Sorrells obtained her doctorate degree from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. She is a certified audiologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and she holds a Louisiana and a Texas audiology license. Dr. Sorrells enjoys all aspects of working in a private practice audiology clinic but especially loves the challenges of vestibular (balance) assessment and rehabilitation.