- Dr. Herzog and Dr. Gantz trained together in Zurich, Switzerland. They are actually very good friends and had spent the weekend prior to our appointment together. Pretty Cool!
- While receiving services at the University of Iowa, Valerie was on staff with Dr. Gantz, and was Sammie’s audiologist there. Weeks after our family moved to St. Louis, Valerie also moved to St. Louis after taking a job at the Moog Center for Deaf Education, where Sammie was already enrolled as a student. Total coincidence. Awesome surprise! In fact, they did not even miss one single appointment together. Seriously!
- Sammie was mainstreamed after graduating from the preschool program at the Moog Center for Deaf Education. Dr. Gantz (Samantha’s first surgeon in Iowa) implanted the first graduate of the Moog Center for Deaf Education (in St. Louis.) The first graduate of the Moog Center for Deaf Education (the one implanted by Dr. Gantz) was...Dr. Herzog’s son!! SERIOUSLY!
Valerie and Sammie at the Moog Center for Deaf Education ~ Spring 2004