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 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!
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 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, 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, 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, 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 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, 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.
Janet Howell, Patient Care Coordinator
Hi! I’m Janet, Patient Care Coordinator for Gardner Audiology. I am new to Gardner but I joined the Alvarez Audiology & Hearing team in October 2015 after I was referred to apply by a patient! I am the friendly voice you’ll hear when you call our Citrus Park location, and the first face you’ll see when you come in! I enjoy getting to know each patient and making them smile. I moved to Tampa in 1981 with my husband. I have been married over 35 years! I was raised in Tennessee. I had a career of over 30 years working with clients and volunteers to provide top notch service, and spent the last 7 years working in the insurance field. I have a Bachelor of Business degree with a minor in Interior Design. I have 2 grown children, 2 amazing granddaughters, and a yorkie. In my free time I enjoy scrapbooking, the beach, and traveling.
Blair Driscoll, Southern Administrative Manager
Hi! My name is Blair and I’m the Southern Administrative Manager & Audiology Assistant 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.