Our Balance Point team includes vestibular audiologists, a board-certified neurologist, and physician assistant. We use our expertise and experience in the field to evaluate and diagnose many common disorders of the vestibular system. Dizziness and imbalance are often multifactorial in nature; therefore, we work closely with each other — as well as additional specialists — to provide our patients with the best possible care.
Benjamin J. Copeland
As Balance Point's medical director, Dr. Copeland consults with the clinic's staff for each patient's plan of care. Dr. Copeland holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience as well a medical degree and training in Otology/Neuroethology and Otolaryngology or head and neck surgery. He has published significant research on ear and neck conditions and treatments and has won numerous awards.
Sarah A. Polacek
Sarah joined Otolaryngology Associates in 2014. As a physician assistant, she works closely with Dr. Copeland to provide diagnosis, treatment, and postoperative care related to the ear and other non-surgical ENT complaints including dizziness and vertigo. Sarah completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Butler University in Indianapolis. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in both health sciences and science, technology, and society with honors as well as a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Sarah is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Dr. Gier obtained her degree in clinical audiology (Au.D.) from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She completed her clinical externship at Sound Health Services in St. Louis, MO. Breanne began working at Balance Point as a vestibular audiologist in June 2016. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Dr. Merrick joined the Balance Point team as a vestibular audiologist in March 2014. She holds a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. Lindsay has previously trained and worked professionally as an audiologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She is a current member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Dr. Studebaker received her Bachelors of Art degree from Indiana University and Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from Ball State University. She joined the Balance Point team in the fall of 2016. Mallory belongs to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Mueller joined the Balance Point team as a vestibular audiologist in April 2018. She holds a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Samantha previously worked professionally as an audiologist at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center/Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. She is a current member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).