“Our first year in practice (1979), located alone in the Totem Lake North Building, posed a burning uncertainty. That uncertainty questioned my sanity for being one of the few Audiologists in the State of Washington stubborn enough to embark on an adventure into the world of free enterprise, in a field with no financial track record, in a profession unknown to the public.”
These words, written in 1990 by Thomas Norwood, the founder of Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic, highlight the risk and uncertainty in starting an audiology practice during a time when there was no precedent for success. Dr. Norwood started the clinic with the help of his mother and has since worked with his sister, wife, father-in-law, daughter, and son. Soon after founding the clinic, he partnered with audiologist Dr. Terence Limb. In 2002, speech-language pathologist Maryam Sadrzadeh joined the ownership team to lead the speech program. Forty years later, they now have a team of 27 working alongside them. What started out as a small clinic in one location in Kirkland has now grown into three locations across the Eastside. Four audiologists and one audiology technician form the hearing team, while a growing team of six make up the speech team – a team that was non-existent in 1979.
We would not have survived these 40 years without our dedicated ESHC team, but also not without our patients. We want to thank our loyal and supportive patients for choosing ESHC! This summer, we plan to host patient parties at each of our clinic locations to share our 40th-anniversary celebration with the ones who made it possible. Event dates and details to be announced!