Dr. Christian was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs by 2 wonderful parents that have been deaf their whole lives. He and his two older siblings, both hearing, became fluent in sign language in order to communicate with their parents and friends. Mark graduated from East Leyden High School in 1995 and headed to University of Illinois in Champaign not exactly sure what he wanted to study. After taking a class in hearing science to learn more about his parent’s hearing loss he realized that he had an opportunity to help those with hearing loss and offer a perspective that not many others have. Mark immediately enrolled in the speech and hearing program and completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Champaign. After vowing to never go back to school; Mark continued on and completed his Doctorate in Audiology in 2007.