ABOUT US

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.

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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.

OUR STORY

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.

INSTITUTE FOUNDER

dr-mangoHoward 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

image of clinical staff at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute


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.

CLINICAL STAFF

Jennifer Grace, Au.D. / Clinical Director

jennifer-graceDr. 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

photo of Dr. PilgrimDr. 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.

Rolane Guicochea, Au.D. / Clinical Vestibular Lead

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Dr. Guicochea 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. Guicochea 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. Guicochea 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. Guicochea enjoys traveling and exploring new destinations, photography and meeting people.

Kendall Caminiti, Au.D. / Clinical Amplification Lead

image of doctor Kendall CaminitiDr. 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 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.

Brandy Davenport, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology

photo of Dr. DavenportDr. 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

photo of Jennifer HoytDr. 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

photo of Katie Slezewick​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

image of doctor Megan NashDr. 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

image of doctor Adam AlamilloDr. 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.

Christine Nguyen, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology

image of clinical extern Christine NguyenDr. 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

image of doctor Monica MuncyDr. 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.

STUDENT EXTERNS

Isaac Cooley / Pacific University

image of clinical extern Isaac CooleyIsaac 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.

Bianca Liquori / Salus University

image of clinical extern Bianca LiquoriBianca Liquori is currently finishing her Doctor of Audiology degree at Salus University.

She enjoys traveling, especially to places like Cuba, West Africa, and China. Her most prized possession is her DSLR camera and she currently has a collection of vintage film cameras including Polaroid and Fujifilm cameras.

She enjoys the sun and beach and recently started getting into cooking including experiments with her new air fryer. She also loves a good, interesting book and her guilty pleasure/addiction is watching TikTok videos.

CLINICAL AIDES

Mackenzie Hichman

image of audiology aide Mackenzie HichmanMackenzie Hichman received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach and  currently serves as an Audiology Aide at Newport Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute.  She plans to pursue her Doctor of Audiology degree in the near future.

She enjoys going to the beach, playing tennis, running, trying new coffee/boba cafes and raising money for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, something she has done for a few years with her sorority Delta Zeta.  An interesting fact is that she was a dancer for eight years before “retiring” after high school.

SUPPORT STAFF

Kristine Baucom

Kristine BaucomOur 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.

Allyson Bueno

image of clinical administration Allyson BuenoOur 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.

If you have a question specific to billing or bill practices, please ask for our billing department.

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