Jennifer Grace, Au.D. / Director of Clinical Management and Treatment
Dr. Grace received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University and her Doctoral degree in Audiology 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 Doctorate 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 over 20 years; joining the Institute with a wealth of experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree 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 newborn 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 degree 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, that 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, travelling, trying new restaurants and spending time with her family.
Roxanna Massoodnia, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Roxanna Massoodnia recently received her Doctorate Degree in Audiology from the University of Washington, in Seattle. Previously, she’d graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuropsychology, with a minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She joined the team at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute as a Graduate Student Extern in 2019 and was hired on as a Doctor of Audiology upon graduation.
While attending the University of Washington, Dr. Massoodnia’s clinical and research training affirmed her decision to pursue audiology. Her clinical rotations exposed her to patients with hearing and balance dysfunction, illustrating the negative impacts of these disorders, which impair a patient’s quality of life and functionality, as well as that of their loved ones. Her Capstone research project in the mammalian vestibular system highlighted her enjoyment of connecting the scientific method to clinical practice with evidence-based practice and the use of outcome measures to guide patient care.
Some of her professional areas of interest include vestibular evaluation, balance therapy, hearing habilitation, and neural plasticity resulting from treatment of hearing and balance disorders. In her free time, she enjoys seeking outdoor scenery, art walks, trying new coffee spots and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Massoodnia also loves learning languages and she is proficient in Farsi and Spanish.
Rolane Diya, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Rolane Diya recently graduated from Ball State University in Indiana, where she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Audiology. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She joined the Institute after completing her externship with us.
Dr. Diya completed several clinical off-site rotations ranging from hospitals to a variety of private practices. Her areas of professional interest include vestibular diagnostics and vestibular rehabilitation, with a focus on the geriatric population.
During her time at Ball State, Dr. Diya completed several volunteer experiences with various organizations such as the Indiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program, Community Connect of Delaware County health fair and Head Start. She also participated at the 2018 Indian Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) legislative day where she advocated for the multifaceted roles of speech pathologists and audiologists, who/what ISHA is and what the organization does, and current legislation impacting our profession and our patients/clients/consumers.
Dr. Diya is passionate on increasing awareness of the profession of audiology and their role in the healthcare system through community service within the country as well as through mission trips to developing countries such as the Philippines, where she was born and raised. 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.