Brooke Pearce, Au.D., FAAA / Director of Audiology
Dr. Pearce is a graduate of Arizona State University (ASU) and A.T. Still University School of Audiology. She also received specialized training at the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Barrow Neurological Institute and the Veterans Administration (VA).
Dr. Pearce has been practicing since 2007 in Orange County, California where she was appointed Director of Audiology at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute, one of the premier balance institutes in the United States. Specializing in the care of dizzy and imbalanced patients, Dr. Pearce’s interests also include vestibular physiology, vestibular rehabilitative advances, and furthering vestibular procurement. Dr. Pearce is also a clinical preceptor of audiology for numerous distinguished universities throughout the country and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology holding board certification. Dr. Pearce plays an active role in patient and physician education.
You can usually find her around Orange County practicing yoga and Pilates, behind a camera lens, and exploring all of the brilliance Southern California has to offer.
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.
Today, Dr. Grace manages the Institute’s various clinical treatment programs. Dr. Grace is a member of the American Academy of Audiology. Additionally, she enjoys a wide range of interests including vestibular research, hearing aid technology, and pediatrics.
Dr. Grace was drawn to a career in audiology by her drive for scientific knowledge and deep desire to help people. Today, she incorporates both with the latest technologies to diagnose, treat and care for patients.
Valerie Guzzo, Au.D. / Director of Pediatrics
Dr. Guzzo received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Northwestern University in 2012. Born and raised in Chicago, she relocated to Newport Beach, California to join the team at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute in 2013.
Dr. Guzzo’s audiological interests include treatment of hearing loss, as well as vestibular disorders – with a specialty for the pediatric population, for which she has been appointed Director of Pediatric Audiology at the Institute.
She also enjoys clinical research, and has participated in presenting the Institute’s research at the American Academy of Audiology’s annual conference. Dr. Guzzo is board certified in audiology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Dr. Guzzo’s personal interests include rooting for Chicago sports teams, playing poker, going to concerts and music festivals, and traveling.
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.
Jennifer Gonzalez, Au.D., Ph.D. / Associate Director of Clinical Research
Dr. Jennifer Gonzalez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach and her Au.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Gonzalez completed her clinical fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Originally from Southern California, Dr. Gonzalez returned to the area to join Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute as Associate Director of Clinical Audiology in 2016. A strong advocate for clinically relevant research, her interests focus on vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation, central auditory processing, auditory evoked potentials, central auditory plasticity as a result of amplification, and the brain’s involvement in tinnitus.
She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Auditory Society, the American Balance Society, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, through which she holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A). She has also received numerous awards for her research.
Kathleen Jastromb, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Jastromb received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Ohio University and her Doctorate of Audiology from the Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium (NOAC), which confers a collaborative professional doctorate through the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Kent State University, and The University of Akron.
She completed externships at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as the Cleveland Veterans Hospital. Dr. Jastromb served her final externship at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute in 2014, and joined as a member of the clinical audiology staff thereafter. Dr. Jastromb holds particular interest in vestibular rehabilitation therapy and vestibular migraine and enjoys working with the pediatric population.
Chelsea Nava, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Nava received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University, and her Doctorate of Audiology degree from Nova Southeastern University. She joined Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute in 2013.
Dr. Nava’s interests include diagnostic vestibular and balance testing, electrophysiology, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. She is currently a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology.
Tin Truong, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Truong received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences at University of Maryland and his Doctorate of Audiology from Towson University. He completed his final externship at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute and joined as a member of the clinical audiology staff thereafter.
Professionally, he enjoys a wide range of interests including vestibular research, hearing aid technology and auditory processing.
He was first introduced to the field of audiology when he traveled to his native country of Vietnam. While there, he noticed many deaf individuals who could not afford hearing treatment became mute, severely speech impaired, or chronically dizzy without any available treatment. This event sparked his passion for audiology, as well as his life goal of greatly expanding the presence of audiology to developing countries.
Hannah Williams, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Williams received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2012 from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. She continued at Bloomsburg, obtaining her clinical Doctorate of Audiology degree and acquiring a strong interest in diagnostic vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. Dr. Williams joined the clinical team at Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute in 2016.
Dr. Williams’ passion for hearing and balance grew out of a lasting childhood experience. A temporary hearing issue proved to her why audiological testing is critical to diagnosis and successful treatment. Later, after watching audiologists diagnose and treat loved ones struggling with imbalance and vertigo, she was hooked.
Kelley Trapp, Au.D., FAAA / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Trapp received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Amherst College and her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Washington. Originally from California, she is happy to be back in her home state and the sunshine.
Dr. Trapp was drawn to audiology because of its blend of science, technology and ability to counsel. She is particularly drawn to the geriatric population and is passionate about improving their quality of life in terms of better communicating and participating fully in daily activities.
Her professional areas of interest include vestibular diagnostics, rehabilitation to improve dizziness and hearing aid fittings. She is a Fellow through AAA (FAAA) and is a member of ASHA (C-AAA).
In her free time, Dr. Trapp enjoys visiting cool new coffee shops, cooking and hiking and is fluent in Spanish.
Amber Kasten, Au.D., FAAA / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Kasten recently joined the Institute after completing her externship at a VA hospital in Tampa. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing from the University of Kansas and her Doctorate of Audiology from Northwestern University in Illinois.
Since she suffered from chronic ear infections and subsequent hearing loss as a child, Dr. Kasten had a lot of interaction with audiologists, which inspired her career choice. She began gearing herself towards a medical career in high school.
Dr. Kasten is a Fellow through AAA. Her professional strengths include diagnostics and amplification, tinnitus evaluation and treatment, as well as vestibular evaluations, to name a few.
She is active in philanthropy and served as a mentor for Million Women Mentors, working with 5th grade girls interested in STEM careers. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking with her dog, biking with her husband and redecorating her home.
Adam Waters, Au.D. / Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Waters received his Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Songwriting from Middle Tennessee State University and his Doctorate of Audiology from Louisiana State University. His audiology externship was with the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Dr. Waters is a licensed audiologist in California and Louisiana. His research interests include: multisensory integration, vestibular rehabilitation, vestibular contributions to cognition and auditory processing disorders.
Dr. Waters is a native of Louisiana and has been active in community volunteerism, passionate about helping veterans. Recently he volunteered at the Golden Age Games, assisting veterans in the air rifle competition.
When not at work, Dr. Waters enjoys attending music festivals, writing and recording music, traveling and watching college football.