You’ve come to the right place. We understand what you’re going through.
And we’re here to help.
Discover how we provide lasting solutions and patient-focused care.
Our Doctors of Audiology solely direct leading medical technology, a comprehensive diagnostic approach, and customized Advanced Vestibular Treatment™ – to deliver balance and hearing solutions designed just for you.
Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute is one of the country’s leading practices for the research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with vestibular dysfunction – the primary cause of dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. We also offer a full spectrum of solutions to enhance your hearing health, including adult and pediatric hearing loss evaluation, advanced hearing devices and tinnitus treatment. We are proud to have served our patients and their families since 1977.
Our Doctors of Audiology are highly-skilled specialists using evidence-based approaches and the most advanced medical technology to clearly assess your needs, and customize your care. Their expertise centers on a passion for accurate vestibular diagnosis and full rehabilitation.
Restoring your wellness is our priority.
Our mission is transparent: To help our patients permanently resolve their hearing, dizziness or balance disorder. And our goal is focused: to restore our patients to the activity level they had prior to the onset of their illness, trouble or trauma.
We hope your first visit to us serves as the final destination to restoring your balance and hearing wellness.
Self-referrals are welcome, as well as referrals from your family physician or specialist. We’re here to help you.
FINDING & PROVIDING SOLUTIONS
We know what you’re going through. It’s likely you’ve seen multiple specialists with no real answers, and little lasting relief for your dizziness, hearing loss or tinnitus management. We know it can be a lengthy, and frankly, unproductive process. Our Institute has the diagnostic technology and expertise to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong. Our doctors then use proven protocols and a thorough, precise approach that provides solutions using treatment or devices.
Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute is considered one of the most comprehensive practices in the U.S. for the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. The Institute specializes in a broad spectrum of vestibular dysfunction, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), migraine-associated vertigo, neuritis, vestibulopathy and motion sensitivity. To date, more than 90% of all Institute patients have demonstrated measurable, clinical improvement following personalized dizziness therapy. We are fully-equipped to test, accurately diagnose, and treat balance disorders involving all six vestibular canals. We eliminate frustrating and time-consuming travel by providing both diagnosis and treatment at our convenient location.
Besides being home to one of the country’s most inclusive balance facilities, we have one of the largest audiological practices in the U.S., specializing in hearing loss, education and prevention. We utilize the most sophisticated diagnostic technology available within examination rooms and specialty areas to accurately diagnose and treat your needs.
We welcome self-referrals as well as referrals from your family physician or specialist.
Howard T. Mango, Au.D., Ph.D. / Executive Director
Dr. Mango 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.
Dr. Mango has more than 40 years of experience with dizziness and balance disorders, vestibular rehabilitation and general audiological care. Dr. Mango began his private practice in Newport Beach in 1977.
He is a Board-Certified Audiologist with the American Board of Audiology. Additionally, Dr. Mango is a fellow with both the American Academy of Doctors of Audiology and the California Academy of Audiology. He is also certified with the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Mango is recognized for his leadership in the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. He has presented numerous programs across the country in the area of vestibular dysfunction, as well as hearing loss and extended-wear hearing devices.
Dr. Mango is committed to restoring balance back into his patients’ lives with rapid and lasting relief.
MEET OUR TEAM
We strive to offer patient-friendly care that takes your needs into consideration at every step. Our care team is comprised of support and clinical staff that specialize in inner ear disorders, continuing research and upholding the highest standards of patient service.
Jennifer Eichert, Au.D. / Clinical Director
Dr. Eichert 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. Eichert 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.
Kendall Caminiti, Au.D. / Clinical Amplification Lead
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.
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.
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.
Christine Nguyen, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Nguyen received her Bachelor of Arts in speech, language and hearing sciences from California State University, Los Angeles, and her Doctor of Audiology degree from San Diego State University / University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. Dr. Nguyen currently serves as a clinical audiologist at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute.
She was drawn to a career in audiology by her desire to use advanced medical technology to improve patients’ quality of life. Her professional interests include vestibular diagnostics and treatment, as well as hearing aid fitting.
Her personal interests include journaling, surfing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Monica Muncy, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Muncy received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Idaho State University and a Doctor of Audiology degree from Utah State University. She joined Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute in 2021 as a clinical audiologist.
A strong advocate for patient-centered care and restoring patients’ quality of life, Dr. Muncy’s professional interests focus on vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation. During her graduate school career, she was able to travel to El Salvador and the Dominican Republic on humanitarian missions to provide hearing healthcare to under-served populations. These missions are part of what drives Dr. Muncy to focus on using evidence-based practice to advocate for each individual patient.
Her personal interests include crocheting, watching St. Louis Blues hockey, and walking her dog along the beach.
Isaac Cooley, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Isaac Cooley received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California Baptist University and is currently finishing his Doctor of Audiology degree at Pacific University.
During his free time, he likes to backpack and camp. He enjoys solo trips but tends to have more fun when bringing along friends. If he doesn’t have time for backpacking, he will often pack a lunch, grab a coffee, and spend some time at the beach. He also enjoys surfing and spending time with family and friends.
Lastly, he likes to travel as much as possible and in the future hopes to make his way out to New Zealand, Austria, or Iceland.
Johnathon O’Neal, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. O’Neal received his Bachelor of Science in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland and a Doctor of Audiology degree from Gallaudet University. Dr. O’Neal was drawn to a career in audiology by his passion for American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf culture, and working with various musicians with hearing loss. His professional interests include vestibular diagnostics and treatment, hearing aid fitting, research, and student mentorship. Dr. O’Neal hopes to better advocate for the need of audiologic services for underserved populations of patients across the lifespan.
His personal interests include singing, dancing, horror movies, going on scenic hikes, and eating sushi.
Luz Orellana, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Luz Orellana received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Luz is a native Spanish speaker and enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds.
During her free time, Luz enjoys outdoor activities such as paddle boarding or hiking. She also enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends. Luz welcomes any book or hike recommendations!
Damara Marshall, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Marshall received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as her Doctor of Audiology degrees from Idaho State University. Go Bengals!
Her professional interests include vestibular diagnostics and treatment, tinnitus management and counselling, and the prevention of hearing loss while holding a special passion for working with the elderly. Dr. Marshall enjoys educating families and friends and individuals with hearings loss understand how they can make the appropriate accommodations and utilize suitable communication strategies to foster effective communication which results in an increased quality of life.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her pets (she has a yorkie, two beaded dragons and a leopard gecko), trying new foods, and creating memories with her friends and family.
Julie Jimenez / Salus University
Julie Jimenez received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University, and is currently finishing her Doctor of Audiology degree at Salus University.
Her current interests in audiology include: vestibular and neurodiagnostics, hearing aids, as well as vestibular rehabilitation. Her goal is to provide the best patient-centered care to her patients in need of hearing and balance services and is ecstatic to have the opportunity to complete her training here at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute.
In her free time, Julie is always up for trying new restaurants, cafés, and coffee/bubble tea shops. Additionally, she also enjoys shopping, as well as crocheting. She is currently in the process of finishing up baby blankets for her niece and nephew and is also working on a temperature blanket during her time in California!
Julia Ballain / Ball State University
Julia Ballain received her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Audiology from Ball State University and is currently finishing her Doctor of Audiology degree at Ball State University. Her primary clinical interests include diagnosis and rehabilitation of balance disorders throughout the lifespan.
During her free time, she likes to powerlift and participates in meets. She enjoys taking her dog, Lucy, everywhere including the gym. When Julia is not powerlifting, she is often found reading or hanging out with friends by the beach. She also enjoys talking on the phone with friends and family.
Luis Gonzalez-Aguilar / Pacific University
Luis Gonzalez-Aguilar received his Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from University of Nevada, Reno and is currently completing his Doctor of Audiology degree from Pacific University.
Luis’ previous clinical experiences include rotations at Pacific University’s Ear Clinic, LeMay Hearing and Balance, Orange County Physicians’ Hearing Services, and Nevada ENT. His current clinical interests include adult diagnostic hearing assessments, amplification, and vestibular function testing.
During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as checking out new restaurants, taking road trips, and visiting Lake Tahoe in all its seasons.
Sandra Rodriguez received her associate degree as a Medical Assistant at Cerritos College and is currently an Audiology Aide at Newport Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute.
She is passionate about working closely with her patients and being an integral part of their clinical team. During her time with the Institute, she has grown a distinct interest in the science of cochlear implants among children with profound hearing loss in both ears.
She enjoys taking walks on the beach, reading, and going to movies where her friends describe her as easy going, dedicated and a good listener. In the future, she plans to travel to New York, France, and Hawaii with her two girls.
Our Patient Services staff schedules your initial office appointment, as well as follow-ups to attend to your needs after your visit, including arranging additional clinical care. If you have a question about your upcoming or recent visit to our locations, or need assistance with new-patient paperwork, please contact our Patient Services team.
Our Clinical Administration team is responsible for our reception and the office experience during your visit. Our wonderful staff can assist you in scheduling follow-up visits as needed at the conclusion of your doctor’s visit. If you have any questions or helpful comments during your visit, please let us know.
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We are located in an easy-to-access location in Orange County, California.
500 Old Newport Blvd, Suite 101
Newport Beach, CA 92663