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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 (Go Catamounts!), my Master of Science degree in Audiology from University of South Florida (Go Bulls!), 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 that has never wavered. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than helping people hear better! I am married (Dan) and have one daughter (Rachel), who is also a Doctor of Audiology with Gardner Audiology! 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 enjoy spending time at our property in Tennessee. I also love to cook!

Angela Schenk

Angela Schenk Au.D., Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Angela Schenk is originally from Greenwood, IN and attended Purdue University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Disorders. She received her Master’s Degree in Audiology from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She moved to Florida following graduate school in search of warmer climates. She worked for a large Ear, Nose and Throat practice in Tallahassee for seven years. During that time, she married and earned her Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree from A.T. Still University. She and her husband set out for adventure and moved to Reno, NV. In that time, she worked for a small private practice. Dr. Schenk and her husband welcomed two children while in Reno. Both children, Alex and Nick wear hearing aids. Deciding the cold mountains were too much, Dr. Schenk and her family moved back to Florida in July 2012. Dr. Schenk is a Florida licensed Audiologist, a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the Florida Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is Board Certified in Audiology with the American Board of Audiology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and travelling.

Rachel Conter

Rachel Conter Au.D., Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Rachel Conter was born in Brooksville, FL and is a graduate of University of South Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders and went on to complete her Doctor of Audiology, graduating in 2017. As part of her education, Dr. Conter completed her research project examining the relationship between hearing and cognition in older adults, an aspect of audiology she is very passionate about. Dr. Conter is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A). Dr. Conter currently resides in Dunedin, FL with her husband and two dogs. When not at work, she enjoys boating and exploring Dunedin.

Lauren Benoit, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Benoit is a Florida licensed Audiologist, a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA), a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association with whom she holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A), and is Board Certified with the American Board of Audiology.

Dr. Lauren Benoit was born and raised in Connecticut where she earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Benoit first found her way to Florida when she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. After heading back home for Graduate school, she had once again found herself in Florida where she completed her final externship year here at Gardner Audiology. Following graduation, Dr. Benoit remained on the Gardner team where she strives to improve quality of life through hearing health with primary interests in hearing aids and balance testing. In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling with her cat (who is Deaf), playing games, and lounging by the pool.

Camilla Czulada, B.A, Doctoral Extern

Hello! My name is Camilla Czulada and I am a fourth-year audiology extern from the University of South Florida (USF). I was born and raised in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. In 2016, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. Shortly after graduation, I relocated to sunny, Tampa to pursue a doctorate in Audiology. While at USF, I completed a doctoral research project studying the value of reusable learning objects for caregivers of hearing aid users. After gaining clinical experience at the University of South Florida and various sites in the greater Tampa area I developed a specific interest in diagnostics and hearing aids for all ages. I am excited to have the opportunity to get to know the patients of Gardner Audiology and I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated group of professionals! In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, spending time outdoors, and trying new restaurants in Tampa with my boyfriend.

Megan Labbe, B.S., Doctoral Extern

Hello! I am Megan Labbe, a fourth-year audiology extern from Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida (UCF), Go Knights! I am eager to be back in the sunshine state, as I grew up in the Tampa Bay area and resided in Orlando for several years while attending school. Salus University offers expansive hands-on clinical experiences for their audiology students and I was proud to be a part of that. After gaining experience within several diverse settings through my rotations, I have developed a specific love for hearing aids and educating patients about them. I am excited to be apart of the Gardner Audiology family and cannot wait to work alongside a passionate team of professionals, to provide pristine hearing healthcare! While not at work I enjoy running, going to the gym, spending time with family, my fiancé Ron, and my 2 pups Khloe and Kali.

Ashley Brown, B.S. Doctoral Extern

My name is Ashley Brown, and I am a fourth year audiology extern from East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Although I was raised in the Appalachian region of Tennessee, I have vacationed in Florida since I was a small child. Throughout these many visits, I grew an ever-lasting fondness of this beautiful state. Thus when I had the opportunity to choose any location within the United States for my externship, Florida was my top choice. For the past three years, as part of the doctorate program at ETSU, I have been submersed into a variety of clinic opportunities including: hearing aids, aural rehabilitation, cochlear implants, electrophysiologic testing, and vestibular testing while simultaneously completing an additional practicum through Vanderbilt University which focused on an interprofessional approach to healthcare specifically with pediatrics. I also had the opportunity to complete two research projects with one examining NICU follow-up rates in a multidisciplinary clinic and another examining the effectiveness of universal newborn hearing screening protocols. With all of these experiences combined, it may seem that my interests lie with pediatric population. However, it was through each of these experiences, I found that my strongest passion lies within the adult population traveling along with them in their journey within hearing healthcare. I could not be more excited to be a part of Gardner Audiology’s team this year to invest myself in patient-centered care and learn the intricacies of audiology private practice. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, exploring the gulf coast of Florida, and spending time with my furry companions.

Blair Driscoll

Blair Driscoll, Practice Administrator

Hello! My name is Blair, and I’m the Practice Administrator for Gardner Audiology. I’ve worked in medical administration since 2005, with a focus on hearing care since 2011. I have a Bachelors degree in psychology and love how our brains work! I’m proud to be part of a team where compassion, ethics, and customer service are most important. In my free time, my husband and I love trying new restaurants and traveling. We’re huge hockey fans (Go Lightning!) and attend almost all home games. I have a passion for fashion and design.

Denise Irvine

Chrissy Bell, Finance Manager

I’m a Floridian, born and raised in Tampa. I am a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. I work in the Tampa/Citrus Park office of Gardner Audiology. I have an amazing husband and 2 boys. The boys keep me busy with high school sports, karate and boy scouts. For fun, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, watching movies, kayaking, any outdoor activity and running. I’ve run 8 incredible marathons including New York City and Chicago.

Chelsea Devlin

Chelsea Devlin, Audiology Assistant

Hello, my name is Chelsea, I’m am a born and raised Tampa native. I studied health sciences with a focus in biological sciences at the University of South Florida, which led me down the path to become an Audiology Assistant. I am thrilled to be part of the Gardner team and to have the opportunity to work with so many passionate, knowledgeable staff members and wonderful patients! When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, as well as exploring all the wonderful activities and events Tampa and the surrounding areas have to offer.

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.

Wendylynn Capote

Wendylynn Capote, Audiology Assistant

Hi, my name is Wendylynn Capote. I am an Audiology Assistant here at Gardner Audiology. I am originally from Miami, Florida; I moved to North Carolina to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am currently working towards my goal to go back to school to become an Audiologist. After graduating from UNCG my boyfriend and I moved back to our home state Florida. On my free time I like to spend time with my family, my dogs Lou and Dozer and explore all the beautiful destinations Florida has to offer.

Jennifer McCreary

Jennifer McCreary, Audiology Assistant

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!

Leslie Howard

Crystal Taylor, Audiology Assistant

Hi there! I’m Crystal, an Audiology Assistant in the Crystal River location. I truly enjoy the day to day interaction with our patients, and love seeing them leave our office with a big smile on their face! It is my passion to help others. In my spare time I enjoy trying new restaurants with my husband, playing with my two dogs, watching football and cooking fabulous meals! I’m so happy to have become a part of Team Gardner and look forward to the wonderful things to come!

Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard, Patient Care Coordinator Team Lead

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!!

Renee Steiger

Renee’ Steiger, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi my name is Renee’ Steiger. I am originally from Long Island, NY. I relocated to Florida with my husband more than 30 years ago and now call Florida home. I have worked the last four years at HearMore Solutions, for Leslie Bush, as her Office Manager / Patient Care Coordinator. I am excited to be joining the Gardner Audiology Team as the Patient Care Coordinator for the Spring Hill location. I love working hand in hand with patients and helping them get the most out of hearing better. I have a wonderful daughter and son in law who have blessed my husband and me with 3 beautiful grandchildren; life just keeps getting better! During my off time, I love being with family. Sun, sand, and ocean….that’s my happy place!

Chantay Altman

Chantay Altman – Patient Care Coordinator/Insurance Specialist

Hi! I’m Chantay, the Patient Care Coordinator in the Zephyrhills location. I also check the insurance benefits of patients in all our locations. I grew up in Upstate New York near the Finger Lakes Region, but have been a “southerner” for the past 10 years and counting. I enjoy home decorating projects and trying new recipes. When I am not working, I like to spend time traveling to different beaches all around Florida, and spending time with my son. I enjoy listening to people’s stories and learning new things, which fits nicely with my active pursuit in a Psychology degree at Polk State College. I am fairly new to Gardner Audiology but it seems like I have been a part of this work family for much longer, and the patients surely have welcomed me with open arms. In the future I hope to never move again, own a Tacoma, and visit every beach there is in Florida before I retire.

Sherry Kyte

Sherry Kyte, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi, my name is Sherry . I was raised in Pinellas County, but I have lived in Citrus County for 30 years. I married my high school sweetheart in 1970 and together we have 3 children; 2 daughters and 1 son, along with 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. My passions in life, other than my family are gardening, antiques, and woodworking. I’ve worked several jobs in my life, but the last 6 years have been with Hear More Solutions. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, and working with Gardner Audiology!

Sherry Kyte

Rhonda Del Valle, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi, my name is Rhonda Del Valle and I’m the Patient Care Coordinator at Gardner Audiology in the Crystal River Location. Our family relocated to from California to Florida several years ago and we love the life Florida has to offer. In my spare time I enjoy taking trips with my husband and two sons. Our favorite outings are weekend trips to the beach and spending time at the family ranch the grooming horses.