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Dr. Karen Rizzo
Dr. Karen Rizzo is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, and completed her Residency in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In addition, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Villanova University where she played basketball as the first female scholarship athlete. She was inducted into the Villanova University Basketball Hall of Fame and Philadelphia Big Five Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Northeast Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Since becoming a physician, Dr. Rizzo has been active in several medical organizations and has made humanitarian trips to Vietnam, South Africa, and Egypt. She is a current member of the Speech, Language and Hearing Board of Directors and a Past President of the state chapter of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (2001-2003). She holds memberships in the Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and was President of Lancaster City & County Medical Society from 2008 to 2010.
In 2012, Dr. Rizzo was elected by her peers in the Pennsylvania Medical Society to serve as Vice President of the organization. She is currently President-Elect and will assume the office of President in October of 2014. A 27-year member of PAMED, she served on its board of trustees from 2003 to 2011 as a Surgical Specialty Trustee. She was Vice Chair of the board from 2009 to 2011. Currently, Dr. Rizzo is a member of PAMED’s Political Advocacy Counsel, Task Force of State of Medicine, and Task Force to Improve Governance Processes and Structures. She also has aided several other counsels in the past and served as the Chair of the Specialty Leadership Cabinet from 2009 to 2011.
She and her husband Jay, a general dentist, reside in Lancaster. They have two daughters, Nicole and Marci.
Kristen Taormina, MSPAS, PA-C
Kristen Taormina, MSPAS, PA-C joined our practice in October of 2014. She graduated from DeSales University in Lehigh Valley, PA with her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. She also received her bachelor’s degree in medical studies at DeSales. She is a nationally board certified Physician Assistant and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. Kristen is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. She has experience with patients of all ages and demographics and is trained to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic medical conditions. Throughout college and graduate school, she was very involved with the Allentown Free Clinic, a student-run clinic that benefits the homeless and underprivileged population, and she is eager to get back into volunteering in our area. She is originally from Lancaster County and graduated from Manheim Township High School, where she played soccer and ran track. She currently resides in Denver with her fiancé, Joe, and their Siberian husky, Rocky.
Marjorie R. Kessler, Au.D., FAAA, CCC-A
Marjorie R. Kessler, Au.D. has been helping people hear better for 15 years. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Audiology from Bloomsburg University and a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the School of Audiology of Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Science (now called Salus University). Prior to becoming a clinical audiologist, Dr. Kessler had an eight-year human services career, utilizing her training from Messiah College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She enjoys providing thorough diagnostic testing and working with advanced technologies to improve patient outcomes. Her interests and expertise include customizing and optimizing hearing aid fittings to improve hearing for patients with tinnitus, single-sided deafness and conductive hearing loss. She especially enjoys helping musicians, service veterans and others with a history of noise exposure to improve and protect their hearing. Formerly a pediatric audiologist, Dr. Kessler, Au.D. enjoys working with patients of all ages and especially enjoys working with children. An audiophile at heart, she sings regularly with bands and choirs through her church and lives in the Lancaster area with her husband and three of their four children.