Who I Am
Director of Audiology
I often get asked how I ended up becoming an audiologist. The truth is, it wasn’t my first career choice. In kindergarten, my teacher asked the class what we wanted to be when we grew up. Confidently, I stood up and told the class I wanted to be a pilot. As I sat down, proud of my distinguished future profession, my best friend whispered in my ear, “Pilots can’t talk funny. If they talk funny, no one will understand them.” As a kid who stuttered, this hurt my feelings badly. Needless to say, I never became a professional pilot. However, it wasn't because of my stuttering, which was corrected by a speech pathologist, and ultimately led to me becoming an audiologist.
After graduating college with a bachelor’s degree, I owned and operated a successful wholesale flower business in St. Pete, FL. Eight years into that career, I decided to go back to school and become a speech-language pathologist, so I could help kids stop stuttering. During completion of the 28 post-bachelor’s required courses, I was forced to take intro to audiology. I saved it for last, and it changed my future.
I was required to shadow three different audiologists, and two of the experiences gave me goosebumps as I witnessed patients receiving hearing aids and hearing their spouses clearly for the first time in ages. I still get goosebumps a couple of times a year. I know everyone has an opinion of the “perfect” career, but for me, this was it. I am proud of and appreciate what I get to do every day. As an audiologist, I help people hear the world and connect with people. What a job!
Away From the Office
In 21 years of practice, I’ve never felt like what I do is "work". Audiology is the perfect fit for me and it also introduced to me the love of my life, Christiane. She is also an audiologist who is currently at home full time with our three children, Gabriella, Julianna, and Cecilia. Our children are our life, and they keep us on our toes endlessly.
We do manage to travel quite a bit, whether it is across the state to see my parents, or thousands of miles south to Brazil to visit Christiane’s family. We also love biking, doing almost anything outdoors, volunteering with the Caravan of Love visiting nursing homes or feeding those in need. Audiology is a constantly evolving and exciting field. At Al Turri, AuD, we truly believe we have an obligation to provide our patients with the safest and most advanced treatment options available. This is not something that is learned once, but an ongoing learning process with continuing education and a lifelong pursuit to be the best at what we do. These aspirations help us to give our patients individualized treatment geared toward the most healthy and efficient path towards improved hearing.
To provide the highest quality, compassionate care available to all my patients. I believe that the best care includes a personal touch you won’t find anywhere else.
“I treat every patient like family, and if I wouldn’t do it for my mom or dad, then I don’t do it for a patient. Hearing, like life itself, is a precious gift – it deserves special care, so my goal is to deliver special care.” – Dr. Turri
- Doctor of Audiology – AuD
- Member – Florida Academy of Audiology
- Advisory Board Member – American Brain Counsel
- Member – Excellence In Audiology
- Certified Dementia Practitioner – National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
- CogniHear Certified
- Member – ADA Academy of Doctors of Audiology
- Founder of the local Hearing The Call non-profit chapter - Every patient that chooses us for their care indirectly contributes since every purchase supports this non-profit.
Schedule Your Hearing Assessment Today
- A Conversation Focused on Your Goals
- Hearing Test
- Real World Speech in Noise Testing
- Memory and Brain Health Screening
- Detailed Treatment Plan
During your assessment, I will take the time to answer any questions you have about my office, hearing treatments, flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know. I look forward to helping you enjoy the sounds of life again!