Jennifer Grace, Au.D. / Clinical Director
Dr. Grace received her Bachelor of Science in speech, language, and hearing sciences from San Diego State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree at Northwestern University. She joined our Institute initially as a fellow in 2011 and joined our clinical staff after completing her doctoral studies and now manages the Institute’s various clinical treatment programs.
Dr. Grace was drawn to a career in audiology by her drive for scientific knowledge and deep desire to help people. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and ASHA and is passionate about implementing cutting edge technology to diagnose, treat and care for patients.
Her personal interests include anything that gets her outside, including camping, hiking, snowboarding and playing beach volleyball. She loves to travel to new destinations, as well as to her favorite standbys – the mountains for snowboarding and the lake to enjoy time with family.
Stacie Pilgrim, Au.D. / Director of Clinical Research
Dr. Pilgrim received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Audiology degrees from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Pilgrim moved to California to complete her doctoral residency in 2008 and has remained an integral part of the team at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute ever since. Dr. Pilgrim has served as the Director of Clinical Research for the Institute since 2013.
Dr. Pilgrim holds particular interest in the areas of vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation of the dizzy patient. She is currently conducting research on vestibular treatment and rehabilitation of those suffering from dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, and migraines.
Dr. Pilgrim also enjoys presenting at annual conferences across the country on topics related to vestibular pathology and treatment. While not focusing on audiology, Dr. Pilgrim loves shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Harlan Carroll / Audiologist
Harlan Carroll has been an audiologist for more than 20 years; joining the Institute with a wealth of experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University, while receiving a full football scholarship. Carroll achieved his Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado and has conducted several research studies in the field of audiology.
Carroll enjoys sports, working out, learning to cook, exploring other countries with his favorite travel companion (his wife) and volunteering his time and service to those less fortunate through his church. Most recently, he went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to assist with a school and counsel abused men and women.
He and his wife are enjoying life with their daughter. If you see him around the Institute, be sure to ask him about his fun socks; each one has its own unique story.
Lydia Riehl, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Riehl received her Bachelor of Arts from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and her Doctor of Audiology degree from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her externship was completed at Columbia University Medical Center, where she was extensively involved with many aspects of audiology, treating patients of all ages, from newborn to geriatric.
Dr. Riehl’s areas of professional interest include hearing aid fitting and programming, aural rehabilitation, assistive listening devices, and tinnitus evaluation. She was inspired to become an audiologist after witnessing a close family member struggle with severe hearing loss, and then seeing how treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus changed his life. She is also very interested in cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing devices, which stem from her externship experience in New York.
She’s been actively involved in community philanthropy raising money for those affected by hearing loss and she also taught English and math to children in Ethiopia during her undergraduate career. In her leisure time, Dr. Riehl enjoys hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants and spending time with her family.
Rolane Diya, Au.D. / Clinical Vestibular Lead
Dr. Diya received her Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology and audiology from Andrews University and her Doctor of Audiology degree at Ball State University. She joined Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute as an extern in 2018 and was hired as a doctor of audiology upon completion of her doctoral studies. She currently serves as Clinical Vestibular Lead and is heavily engaged in development of the Institute’s patent-pending virtual reality goggles used in home-based vestibular treatment.
Dr. Diya is passionate about increasing awareness of the profession of audiology and its role in the healthcare system through community service within the country, as well as developing countries, such as the Philippines where she was born and raised. Her strong professional interests include vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation with a focus on the geriatric population.
Dr. Diya is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has served as a volunteer with various organizations, such as the Indiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program and Community Connect of Delaware County health fair. She has also participated in the Indian Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) legislative day, where she advocated for the multifaceted roles of speech pathologists and audiologists.
In her free time, Dr. Diya enjoys traveling and exploring new destinations, photography and meeting people.
Nisreen Alkhayer, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Nisreen Alkhayer received her Master of Arts degree in speech language pathology from a joint program between Damascus University and University of Jordan. Subsequently, she received a Doctor of Audiology degree from Illinois State University (ISU).
During her extensive study at ISU, Dr. Alkhayer was a volunteer providing hearing screenings for Special Olympics athletes. Dr. Alkhayer moved to California for an externship where she received extensive training in hearing loss evaluation and hearing aid fitting, as well as balance assessment and treatment. As a Middle Eastern Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Alkhayer is fluent in Arabic.
Dr. Alkhayer thinks it is vital to hear and enjoy the sounds and voices around you, and she loves helping patients improve their quality of life through better hearing. Outside of caring for her patients, Dr. Alkhayer enjoys hiking, cooking, belly dancing and relaxing with family.
Brandy Davenport, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Davenport received her Doctor of Audiology degree from East Tennessee State University where she also completed her Bachelor of Science in human services. Bringing a wide variety of experience in diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders, she came to the Institute from northeast Tennessee in 2019.
Dr. Davenport’s professional interests include diagnosing hearing loss and working with hearing aids, as well as aural rehabilitation and pediatric audiology. She is passionate about working with underserved populations and frequently donates her time and expertise to those in need.
In her free time, Dr. Davenport enjoys cooking, seeing live music and traveling.
Jennifer Hoyt, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Hoyt received her Bachelor of Science in speech and hearing sciences with a concentration in audiology from the University of Illinois and her Doctor of Audiology degree at Indiana University. She joined the team at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute as a graduate student extern in 2019 and was hired as a Doctor of Audiology upon graduation.
Dr. Hoyt had several clinical off-site rotations ranging from hospitals to private practices, while attending Indiana University. She also completed several volunteer experiences, including Indiana University Physical Plant: Employee Hearing Conversation Program, RedBird Community Service Mission, Indiana University Science Fest, and Indiana Special Olympics: Healthy Hearing. Her areas of professional interest include vestibular diagnostics and vestibular rehabilitation.
Her personal interests include running, hiking, going to the beach, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.
Katherine Slezewick, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Slezewick received her Bachelor of Science in audiology from Ball State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree at Indiana University. She was a graduate student extern at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute, and subsequently joined the clinical staff as a Doctor of Audiology after completing her doctoral studies.
Dr. Slezewick was drawn to a career in audiology because of her personal experiences with the field. She is passionate about helping others. One of her professional goals is to obtain a certificate in animal audiology.
Her personal interests include outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and skiing. She loves to travel and explore new areas, as well as create art projects, read, and spend time with her cats.
Megan Nash, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Nash received her Bachelor of Arts in communicative disorders and sciences from San Jose State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from San Diego State University / University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. She currently serves as a clinical audiologist at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute.
Her professional interests focus on diagnosing hearing and balance disorders, aural rehabilitation, and helping patients improve quality of life through better hearing and balance. She has a special interest in working with the pediatric population, assessing hearing loss and auditory processing. In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Her personal interests include camping and hiking, knitting, watching football, cooking and baking.
Adam Alamillo, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Alamillo received his Bachelor of Science in speech and hearing sciences, as well as his Doctor of Audiology degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Alamillo now serves as a clinical audiologist at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute.
A strong advocate for cultural competence, interprofessional collaboration and patient-centered care; his professional interests include vestibular diagnostics, vestibular rehabilitation and aural rehabilitation through amplification. He was recently honored with the McKinney award by the Indiana Lion’s Club for his contributions to the community during his time in graduate school.
His personal interests include exploring new restaurants, enjoying the local beaches, learning new languages, and taking any opportunity to safely travel abroad, in particular Western Europe where he spent a sizable amount of time studying and working in France.
Kendall Caminiti, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Caminiti received her Bachelor of Science in communication science and disorders and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of Texas at Austin. Subsequently, she received her Doctor of Audiology degree from San Diego State University / University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program.
Dr. Caminiti was drawn to a career in audiology by her passion for American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf culture. One of Dr. Caminiti’s goals is to obtain her ASL interpreting license to help merge the Deaf and hearing cultures. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is passionate about implementing cutting-edge technology to diagnose, treat and care for patients of all ages who have difficulties with both hearing and dizziness.
Her personal interests include anything that gets her outside, such as hiking, camping, snowboarding, skiing, playing beach flag football, beach volleyball, and pretty much any other sport! She also loves animals, traveling to new destinations, and hanging out with her family and friends.