Dr. Donald Guillén is a Clinical Audiologist at Hearing Assessment Center, LLC., a private practice located near Baltimore, MD. He received a Bachelor’s degree in both Communication Disorders and Spanish Literature from Loyola University Maryland. He completed his doctoral training (Au.D.) in Audiology at Towson University. Donald has always had an interest in serving and assisting international populations, as his parents were refugees from Central America (El Salvador/Nicaragua) in the early 1980’s and he understands firsthand the many challenges faced by this population.
During his undergraduate studies, Donald served as co-president of the Association of Latin American and Spanish Students (ALAS). While with the Association, he was actively involved in promoting events and seminars on campus on issues relating to immigration, gang violence, poverty, socioeconomic status, affirmative action, and more. He also served as a Loyola University Ambassador and document translator for the Casa Baltimore Limay Project, a friendship-city project connecting the peoples of San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, and the Baltimore, MD, region.
In his current role, he has the privilege of assisting the international community through his work with the St. Clare Medical Outreach program, a Baltimore based Catholic Charities program, which looks to lessen healthcare disparity between immigrants/refugees and the general population. Specifically, he is able to provide diagnostic audiological services and treatment to Spanish speaking individuals with significant hearing and balance deficits. He is also an official provider for the Starkey HearNow Program, a foundation dedicated to providing comprehensive audiological treatment to low-income and special needs individuals.
One of his lifetime goals is to return with his wife Sarah to his father’s native country of Nicaragua to establish a universal newborn hearing screening program. He owes his career to an experience he had as a child when he traveled to Nicaragua, having noticed that many deaf individuals who could not afford hearing treatment had become mute or severely speech impaired. This experience stuck with him and is what encouraged him to seek his training in audiology.
Donald enjoys traveling internationally with his wife and learning about various cultures, a passion they hope to pass along to their daughter. He is excited to serve as a PAIRWN advisory board member and hopes to bring healthcare related experience and knowledge to better assist immigrant and refugee women in transitioning to their lives in Pennsylvania.