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Gardner Staff

Dan Gardner

Dan Gardner M.S., Master Audiologist, CEO Gardner Audiology

I was raised in Florida with 4 brothers and one sister. I was introduced to Audiology while serving in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict. After discharge from the Navy I returned to the University of South Florida where I earned my audiology masters degree in 1975. Since then I’ve served in a variety of environments including nonprofit clinics, manufacturing, hospitals, doctors’ offices and private practice. I returned to the Tampa Bay area in 1982 and started Gardner Audiology. My passion for audiology comes from the great pleasure I receive from helping people hear. Our employees and patients are my extended family. I also enjoy kayaking, airplanes, bicycling, photography, and exotic birds. My wife Jacki and I have one daughter and 3 grandchildren.

Joanne Conter

Joanne Conter Au.D., Doctor of Audiology

I am originally from the Cleveland area of Ohio, but I grew up in Clearwater, FL. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Western Carolina University, my Master of Science degree in Audiology from University of South Florida, and my Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University. I began working with Dan Gardner in 1985. I developed a passion for Audiology my junior year of college and has never wavered. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than helping people hear better! I am married (Dan) and have one daughter (Rachel), who is graduating from the Doctor of Audiology program at USF in 2017. I am an animal lover and have a dog, a cat, two parrots, and a horse. I enjoy cycling, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. I also love to cook!

Angela Schenk

Bart (James) Baker Au.D., Doctor of Audiology

I am originally from Lexington, Missouri and have been a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida since age 3. I currently hold the Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida. I previously earned my Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of South Florida. My hobbies include fishing and working in the yard. I’m married with an eighteen year old daughter. Prior to my career in audiology I served as an electronics technician the U.S Coast Guard, stationed in Mayport, FL. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida I worked with developmentally disabled adults at the residential facility and sheltered workshop at Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC) in St. Petersburg, and then as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor for the Florida Department of Labor. Following completion of my Master’s degree, I worked with Jay Farrior M.D. at the Farrior Ear Clinic in Tampa for 23 years until I joined joined Gardner Audiology. I am a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology, and the Florida Academy of Audiology.

Angela Schenk

Angela Schenk Au.D., Doctor of Audiology

I am originally from Greenwood, IN. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in Communication Disorders I started migrating south. I received my Masters degree from the University of Tennessee (Go VOLS) and then moved to Florida where I worked for seven years. During that time I completed my AuD degree from A.T. Still University. My husband and I then moved out west to Nevada for six years. We made our way back to Florida July of 2012. I have my Florida Audiology license, am a member of FLAA (Florida Academy of Audiology) and have maintained my membership with ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). I have been married to my wonderful husband Steve for 11 years and we have two boys, Alex and Nick (all three whom are hearing impaired). In my spare time, I am a voracious reader, love spending time with family and friends and love to cook.

Jennifer McCreary

Jennifer McCreary, Chief Financial Officer

Hi, my name is Jennifer McCreary. I have been the Office Manager at Gardner Audiology since 2005. I also handle all of the insurance billing.The staff & the patients are all like family. We are always sharing smiles, laughs and hugs, while helping our patients hear better. I am married and have been blessed with 4 wonderful children, ranging from college to elementary age. As you can imagine, I stay very busy! They are all active in many sports. When I am not working or taking kids to practice or games, I enjoy travelling with my family. Whether it is to 1 of Florida’s many beautiful beaches or crystal clear cold springs or to the mountains in North Carolina, Virgina, Tennesee or Colorado. I also enjoy theme parks as I am a roller coast/thrill ride junkie!

Diana DeSimone

Diana DeSimone, Audiology Assistant

Hi. I am Diana and I am an Audiologist Assistant at Gardner Audiology. I have been here since 2006 and I love the friendships I have made and enjoy working with our patients and helping them. I am married and have 2 awesome boys who keep me very busy with sports and other kid activities. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and my favorite thing to do is couponing.

Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi. My name is Leslie and I am the Patient Care Coordinator at Gardner Audiology. I am “the face” behind the voice you hear on your phone reminding you of your appointments and usually the first one you see when you come into our office. I have been here since 2011. Through these past years, I have learned many new things and met lots of incredible people!! I am the proud Mother of an amazing son and daughter, a dog and 2 fish. The thing that I love to do the most in my free time is cooking!! I love to bake different delicious creations to share with my friends, our patients, their families and anyone who comes in that wants to try a treat! I have worked in healthcare all of my life and am thankful for where I am today!!

Denise Irvine

Denise Irvin, Audiology Assistant

I was born and raised in Tampa, FL. I have 3 grown children and 3 grandbabies, whom I love to spend as much time with as I can, in my spare time I like reading, watching movies, and gardening. I have been with Gardner Audiology since 2007.

Vanessa Verdo

Vanessa Verdo, Audiology Assistant

Hi, my name is Vanessa Verdo. I am the newest member of the Gardner Audiology team and have recently obtained my license as an Audiology Assistant. I am currently enrolled in classes directed towards healthcare to help me better understand the needs of our patients. I enjoy working directly with our audiologists and patients and appreciate being able to help them with hearing better. I am originally from California but have spent most of my life here in Florida. I am the proud mother to a beautiful 3 year old boy who keeps me on my toes , physically and mentally (he is so smart) and wouldn’t have it any other way! I love the water and Citrus County definitely has plenty of it! I enjoy spending my off time with my son enjoying the water, in it and near it. My hobbies include painting, crafting, couponing, and spending time outdoors with my family.

Blair Driscoll

Blair Driscoll, Practice Administrator

Hi! My name is Blair and I’m the Practice Administrator at Gardner Audiology. I’m new to the Gardner staff, but had been the Practice Administrator at Alvarez Audiology & Hearing since 2011. I’ve worked in medical administration since 2005. I love working for a team who dedicates their time to helping others, and all of us share a true passion for providing our patients the best possible care. I have seen how better hearing changes a person’s quality of life, and I’m proud to be part of that! I am a born & raised Floridian; I grew up in Cape Coral. In my free time, my husband and I love trying new restaurants and exploring new places! We have Lightning season tickets and are huge hockey fans (Go Bolts!) I also maintain my own lifestyle & fashion blog.

Zahira Ramos

Zahira Ramos, Front Office Receptionist

Hi, my name is Zahira Ramos. I am one of the newest members of the Gardner Audiology Team. I am born and raised in Puerto Rico; I moved to the United States in 2012. Served 8 years in the Unites States Army. Also, I am a proud mother of a little boy on the Autism Spectrum. We have 3 cats and 1 dog. I enjoy anything that I can do with my son. We love to go fishing, go to theme parks or also stay home as a family. I am looking forward to many great memories with the team and also with our patients. I will be the first friendly face you see in our Citrus Park location!

Roberta Varney

Roberta Varney, Front Office Receptionist

Hi! My name is Roberta and I am the Receptionist at the Zephyrhills office. I have always been a ‘people person’. So in addition to my other responsibilities, I truly enjoy greeting patients and answering the phone. I started to work with Team Gardner in March of 2017, and feel like my co-workers are my extended family. I am a transplant from the Gettysburg, PA area, married, and have two grown children. I spent most of my spare time sewing/embroidering, reading, and going on day trips to local places of interest.

Carolyn Rosemurgy

Carolyn Rosemurgy, 4th Year Audiology Extern

Hi! My name is Carolyn Rosemurgy and I am a fourth year audiology extern from Nova Southeastern University. I was first introduced to audiology while earning my bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at the Florida State University. After college, I moved to south Florida to attend graduate school and earn a doctorate degree in audiology. While there, I gained experience working in a wide variety of internship placements that exposed me to a broad range of patient care. I love being able to use hearing technology to enrich patient’s communication and quality of life. Gardner Audiology has given me the opportunity to work with great people who are also passionate about audiology and patient care. When I am not working I enjoy trying new restaurants, going to the beach, taking my dog for a run and exploring the Tampa area.