Sarah Schraufnagel is a fourth-year graduate student from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She obtained a bachelors degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2015 and a masters degree Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in 2018. She was also awarded a certificate in Disability Policies and Services from the University of Minnesota. Sarah is an active member of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA). She enjoys learning and has attended several conferences every year since beginning her collegiate career. She is looking forward to learning from and working with talented audiologists and friendly patients at Happy Ears Hearing Center.
Her passion for the field began when her younger brother was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of three. Sarah has since worked at a summer camp (Wisconsin Lions Camp) dedicated to providing children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, hearing loss, visual impairments, diabetes and seizure disorders the ability to attend a summer camp with their peers. Because of her familial connection to hearing loss, Sarah knows and understands that hearing loss can affect all aspects of an individual’s life. She enjoys the ability audiology gives her to provide quality, family-centered care to others, similar to the care given to her family by a very talented audiologist at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Sarah grew up experiencing Wisconsin’s cold winters and humid summers. She moved to Peoria with her cat, Nyra, who was not impressed by residing in a vehicle for long periods of time. In her free time, Sarah enjoys video games, building with LEGOs, watching Disney movies, reading, volunteering, and exploring the beautiful landscapes Arizona has to offer.