Our Professional Staff
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. McIlwain was awarded her Doctor of Audiology Degree at the University of Washington, and completed her residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. She completed her undergraduate degree at Texas State University in Communication Disorders. Her prior experience involved working with pediatric and adult patients in a private practice. Dr. McIlwain is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds the Certificate in Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. McIlwain is originally from Colombia, and is fluent in English and Spanish. She is passionate about improving the quality of life of patients with hearing and balance dysfunction. In her free time, Dr. McIlwain, her husband, and their dog George enjoy hiking, camping, and embracing life’s new challenges and adventures. Lately, she had been enjoying spending time with her newborn, Ethan.
Valerie was Raised in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Fairbanks when she was 9-years old. She joined FHBC in 2018 and has been our trusty Audiology Technician ever since! You will find Valerie providing exceptional care and counseling; keeping detailed inventory of supplies, retail orders and repairs; and she is often the friendly telephone voice helping patients with appointments and other hearing health – related issues. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family and baking lots of delicious goodies. You will never see her without a huge smile on her face and a willingness to provide exceptional customer service.