Doctors of Audiology
FOUNDER and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Howard T. Mango, Au.D., Ph.D., received his Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California. He also completed post graduate work at the University of Virginia and the University of Arizona. Subsequently, he taught at the University of Virginia Medical School.
Board-certified in Audiology, Dr. Mango began private practice in Newport Beach in 1977. Offering new and innovative diagnostic and treatment techniques, he soon built one of the largest and most comprehensive audiological facilities in the country. Dr. Mango has been a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of vertigo, dizziness and unsteadiness, as well as innovative vestibular rehabilitation techniques for treating benign positional vertigo, migraine and motion sensitivity. He has presented numerous programs across the country in the areas of dizziness and balance disorders, as well as hearing loss and extended-wear hearing devices.
DIRECTOR OF AUDIOLOGY
Dr. Brooke Pearce received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University, and her Doctoral degree in audiology from A.T. Still University. Originally from Arizona, Dr. Pearce was appointed to Director of Audiology at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance and Ear Institute in 2008. She is currently assisting with vestibular and auditory research studies at the clinic and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Audiology and the California Academy of Audiology. Dr. Pearce holds special interest in neurodiagnostics, vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, and electrophysiology.
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL RESEARCH
Dr. Cara Makuta received her Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology with a concentration in special education from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania in 2004. She continued on to pursue a clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Bloomsburg University. She is currently working extensively on a vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) research study. She is a member of several professional organizations including: the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board of California, the California Academy of Audiology, and the American Academy of Audiology. Originally from Pennsylvania, she relocated to Newport Beach as a fourth-year resident doctoral student. She officially joined Dr. Mango's team in 2007 and continues to pursue her passion in vestibular diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Stacie Van Bodegon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2005 from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania. She continued at Bloomsburg's Clinical Doctoral program in Audiology for her Au.D. She is currently conducting research on Subjective Visual Verticality and Horizontality. Stacie Van Bodegon, a New Jersey native, moved to Newport Beach to complete her doctoral residency at Newport-Mesa Audiology, Balance and Ear Institute in 2008 and is now a member of the clinical audiology staff. She holds particular interest in vestibular and audiological diagnostic testing, vestibular therapy and aural rehabilitation.