Brittany Gates, Au.D, a Naples Florida native, joined Decibels Audiology and Hearing Center in the Summer of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University in 2013. Brittany received her Doctorate in Audiology from Northeastern University in May of 2017. She is passionate about hearing health and enjoys forming relationships with patients to ensure that each of their own unique hearing needs are addressed. She is thoroughly enjoying being back in her native hometown after several hard winters in Boston and will be spending the majority of her free time out in the warm sunshine.
Dr. Sarah Thomas, Au.D., originally from Ohio, joined Decibels Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in the Fall of 2015. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences from Ohio University in 2009 and earned her Doctorate in Audiology from The Ohio State University in 2013. Dr. Thomas completed her externship and continued on as a Doctor of Audiology at Charleston Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates in Charleston, South Carolina. Throughout her experience as an Audiologist, Dr. Thomas has enjoyed working with patients to support their hearing in a variety of challenging environments in order to care for their overall health and wellness. She and her dog, Khloe (a cockapoo), are adjusting to life in Southwest Florida quite nicely; they both enjoy afternoons at the beach and watching Ohio State Football games.
Adriana Villalobos, M.A. CCC-A, has been an Audiologist in Naples since 1999. Adriana is a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas and winner of the Sertoma Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Throughout her more than 25 years of experience as an Audiologist, Adriana has worked in an array of environments, including completing her clinical fellowship at Houston Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Houston, Texas. Adriana's specialties include fitting and dispensing services, as well as Assistive Listening Device technology. These specialties allow her to create individualized solutions for her patients in order to meet their unique hearing needs. Adriana thoroughly enjoys being an integral part of the Decibels Audiology family, where she has the opportunity to continue pursuing her passion of helping support her patients' hearing health. Aside from her work as an Audiologist, Adriana and her husband are involved in community arts in the Southwest Florida region. They also have two children, and their adventurous family loves to travel together at any opportunity! Adriana can speak 3 languages (English, Spanish and German) - making her the smartest Decibel ever 🙂
Andy Schaps, Audiology Assistant at Decibels Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, is a 2012 graduate of the Nova Southeastern University Audiology Assistant Program. This program is nationally recognized as the best Audiology Assistant training program in the country. He completed his fellowship at Decibels Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in 2013 and has since become the MOST REQUESTED member of our Audiology team! Not only is he popular with patients, the staff love him as well! Andy has been awarded the Decibels Audiology Employee of the Month Award every month since he created the award in February of 2012. The rest of us don’t stand a chance. A local, Andy grew up in Naples and graduated from Barron Collier High School. Before joining Decibels Audiology, Andy served as a manager at an upscale hotel for eleven years. In his free time, Andy values spending time with his wife and two children, and he enjoys the warm weather and outdoor activities that life in Southwest Florida offers.
Michael Ellis, Audiology Assistant, relocated to Naples in 2014 from the Chicago area. After graduating from Illinois State University in 2001, Michael managed his family's hardware store, Ellis Ace Hardware, in Seneca, Illinois. During his time at Ellis Ace Hardware, he enjoyed finding new products, and delivering exceptional customer service to the many people who frequented the store. His business and customer service expertise lead him to be awarded the first ever 40 under 40 Award in Starved Rock Country. He founded and ran several local business organizations and participated in efforts to boost local tourism and revenue. Michael loves working at Decibels Audiology and Hearing Aid Center because of its amazing culture of service and teamwork. He loves the patients and getting to know about their lives and interests. Michael remains very close with his family, and he flies home to Chicago whenever possible to attend his nieces' games or concerts. He also has a puggle named Buddy, who he takes to the dog beach often. Michael competes with April for the Best Laugh Award at Decibels Audiology -- his laughter, smile, and boisterous nature is infectious and a delight to all who know him!
Katelynn Bersch moved to Naples, FL in 2014. Katelynn is originally from a big energetic family in New Jersey. She graduated from Old Bridge High School in 2010 and started taking any and every class at Middlesex Community College. Before coming to Decibels, Katelynn worked many hours in the service industry in both Naples and New Jersey. Katelynn enjoys days off at the beach with her puppy Opie, fiancé Sean and their baby daughter Ayla.
Rachel Edwards is a 4th year Doctor of Audiology Extern from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She joined Decibels in June of 2019. Rachel is a Tennessee native and received her Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee in 2016 (Go Vols!). She has spent the last 3 years in Boston, loving city living, but is excited to escape the frigid winters. Rachel is passionate about forming positive relationships with patients and improving their overall quality of life through hearing health care.
Michael McKenna is a 4th year Doctor of Audiology Extern from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He joined Decibels in August of 2019. Mike grew up on Long Island, NY and received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2015. Mike enjoyed his time up north, but is excited to experience warm weather and golf year-round down here in Southwest Florida! Mike's areas of expertise are in diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, including counseling and aural rehabilitation, as well as the selection and fitting of amplification for treating hearing loss and tinnitus. He takes great pride in educating patients about hearing loss and loves helping to improve lives through better hearing and communication