Dr. Stella Fulman
Dr. Stella Fulman, AU.D., CCC-A received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Audiology from Brooklyn College in 2004 and her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in 2008. Dr. Fulman’s audiology career started working as a research assistant on a one million dollar grant FDA study. Post residency Dr. Fulman has worked at Hear USA on Staten Island. It is in this center that Dr. Fulman became well acquainted with the Staten Island Community. She became involved in the many community based programs and was an advocate for “healthy hearing”. Reaching out to various religious centers, schools, clinics and local libraries she met a lot of people and played a role in improving their quality of life through the use of most advanced amplification technology. Dr. Fulman then had a great opportunity to join one of the biggest Otolaryngology groups in NY State, ENT and Allergy, and was working alongside some of the most distinguished ENTs in the field. Being a part of such a large practice gave Dr. Fulman a chance to implement her philosophy- collaborating with physicians, therapists and other professionals all for the purpose of great patient care. It is only through this collaborative approach that patients can receive maximum benefit to their hearing health. Dr. Fulman’s diagnostic experience, knowledge and skill in fitting the latest hearing aid technology on even the most challenging patients, and a refreshing outlook of collaborative patient care, make her the audiologist that she is today. In 2012, together with Dr. Zhanneta Shapiro, Dr. Fulman founded Audiology Island – a unique clinic with a commitment to making quality hearing care on Staten Island, a medical necessity. Dr. Fulman continues to devote her time and efforts into patient advocacy, education regarding hearing services, utilization of amplification and other hearing products with all her patients -simply to improve their quality of life.
Dr. Zhanneta Shapiro
Dr. Shapiro worked for 14 months at Hear USA conducting hearing aid evaluation, diagnosing hearing loss and dispensing of amplification for children and adults. She has utilized all the latest technology on everyday bases, to fit hearing aids in an objective manner for optimal communication potential. She started a group aural rehabilitation program at that center, providing support for those with hearing loss and their families. For the past 5 years, Dr. Zhanneta Shapiro has been a part of the NYU Langone Medical Center, where she was originally brought on for the purpose of the expansion of pediatric amplification services. Dr. Shapiro brought not only her expertise but a philosophy- counseling, and education about hearing health. Through a family centered approach and supportive counseling, Dr. Shapiro and her colleagues watched the center grow as she continuously helped the children reach their full communicative potential through a successful amplification process. Currently, Dr. Shapiro is an adjunct Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center on the Brooklyn College campus, supervising the audiology clinic and providing guidance to doctoral level audiology students. In mid-2012, Dr. Shapiro joined forces with Dr. Stella Fulman, a long time friend, and the two audiologists founded Audiology Island. By bringing all the diagnostic experience from a top hospital in NY and a strong belief in the importance of patient education Dr. Shapiro can now devote more time and attention to her patients’ needs. She continues to play an important role in the life of her already established patients and is proud to bring the same gold standard of care to the wonderful borough of Staten Island.
Matthew Beshai is the office manager at Audiology Island. He joined the company in October of 2016. Matthew graduated with a bachelors degree in economics from the College of Staten Island in 2011 and also completed his Masters Degree in Geographic Information Systems from Hunter College in 2015. He has done freelance work for numerous NYC organizations and campaigns such as the NYC department of housing and urban development and vision zero. He has over 5 years of experience dealing with insurance companies and is dedicated to providing an excellent customer service experience for all patients at Audiology Island.
Theresa Vitale is a Doctoral Resident currently enrolled at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. She is a graduate from St. John’s University with a major of study in Communication Sciences. Her passion is driven toward raising hearing health awareness in the community, and for the prevention of hearing loss across all ages. She enjoys participating in the community outreach programs that Audiology Island provides for local residents. Theresa is currently conducting research on optimizing the counseling process to educate patients, particularly 55 and over, about the connection between their hearing, quality of life and overall health. She is also passionate about working with younger professionals to educate them about the impact they can make in their future careers and has served as an adjunct professor for the Speech and Hearing Sciences at Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to serve the patients of Audiology Island and to apply her knowledge of upcoming trends and technology. Audiology Island’s commitment to lifelong learning helps to ensure each patient receives the benefits of the fast-paced advancements being made every day in the field of audiology.
Suzette Sidoti is our newest addition to the Audiology Island team and serves as our “bright smiled” Patient Care Coordinator. Suzette’s warm welcome into our office will make you feel instantly at home among treasured friends. Her enthusiasm for providing superior customer service is matched by her extensive experience working in medical offices of diverse specialties. She ensures the provision of support services and works diligently to accommodate for any needs and concerns of our patients. Her top priority is assuring patient comfort and satisfaction with their experience here at Audiology Island.
Daniella Plaksiy is one serves as Patient Care Coordinator. She is enthusiastic about bringing great service, warmth, and care to the patients at Audiology Island. She is an essential part of their process of learning about the best ways to improve their quality of life with hearing aids. Her passion for helping patients is supported by her seven years of experience working in customer service. She graduated from the CUNY Macaulay Honors College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and from CUNY Hunter College with a Master’s degree in Psychology. She is dedicated and passionate about service to the community and the patients we serve.
Kaitlyn Bostic is one of our serves as a Patient Care Coordinator. Caitlin is poised and ready to help our patients navigate this new journey toward better hearing health and wellness. She is both efficient and accommodating when scheduling patient visits and does her very best to make sure even the most complex needs of our patients are met. Whenever someone has questions she is there to reassure and support all of our patients and their families. With many years of experience working in related medical fields, Kaitlyn is excited to continue her service to the community here at Audiology Island.