Jack Shohet, MD

Dr. Jack Shohet received his bachelor’s and medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his internship and residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was subsequently awarded a fellowship in otology/neurotology at the Ear Foundation in Nashville.

Board certified in both otolaryngology and neurotology, Dr. Shohet collaborated for several years with the internationally renowned neurotologists, Dr. William F. House and Dr. Michael E. Glascock, III. Dr. Shohet implanted the first implantable middle ear hearing device in Orange County, California and continues to offer new treatments for hearing disorders and related problems. He is actively involved in clinical trials.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Shohet is engaged in medical research and is a Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he previously served as Chief of the Division of Neurotology and Residency Program Director. Dr. Shohet is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, Orange County Medical Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Neurotology Society, and is currently President of the Orange County Society of Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Shohet lectures frequently to professional and community groups throughout Southern California, and has been named to Best Doctors in America from 2005-present. He previously served as Chairman of the Otolarynogology Department at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and is currently a board member and co-founder of HearAid Foundation.

Carolyn Nagel Lyn, PA

Carolyn Nagel Lyn serves as Dr. Shohet’s Physician Assistant.  She has been practicing as a physician assistant since 2006.  She is nationally board certified and fully licensed by the state of California to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications. In addition, she has advanced training by Dr. Shohet to specifically treat conditions related to the ear.

Carolyn received her medical training at Loma Linda University and graduated in 2006 with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She also completed a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Virginia Tech University in 2003.  She earned her Bachelor of Science with honors at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2001, majoring in Physiological Sciences.

Physician Assistant Lyn also has extensive experience in the field of research. While working at Shohet Ear Associates she conducted research on surfer’s ear.  Her research entitled “Ear Canal Exostoses: The relationship between surfing footedness and asymmetric growth severity” was presented as a poster at the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting in 2008 .  In May of 2006, while at Loma Linda University, Carolyn also completed research entitled, “What Are Adult’s Attitudes, Intentions, and Behaviors Regarding Skin Cancer? A Survey Among Southern Californians.”

Carolyn has a diverse background and experience in many different aspects of patient care.  In addition to specialty care of the ear, she has in-depth experience in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and urgent care.   Prior to her medical training, Carolyn worked in corporate health and cardiac rehabilitation.

Cheryl Tanita, Au.D., CCC-A

Cheryl Tanita serves as Chief of the Audiology Division and has been a practicing audiologist since 1993. She is fully certified and licensed by the state of California, and a member of American Academy of Audiology and American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition, she has completed advanced training in specialized diagnostic techniques such as Electrocochleography (EcoG), Steady State ABR (ASSR), Vestibular Autorotation Testing (VAT), Videoelectronystagmography (VNG) as well as cochlear implant and implantable hearing device evaluation and rehabilitation.

Cheryl is also very active in research. She served as Principal Investigator in the six-year Clinical Trial on Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment completed in 2013, Sub-Investigator in the SoundBite Hearing System clinical study that concluded 2013, and continues as Clinical Coordinator for the Esteem Totally Implantable Hearing System Extended Follow-up of PMA Study. In addition to her patient care and research activities, she has served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit HearAid Foundation in Newport Beach since 2010.

Cheryl has a diverse background and experience in many different aspects of Audiology. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida, her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Arizona State University, and master’s degree in Audiology from Syracuse University. Prior to graduation, she completed her externship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, where she put her education to work by evaluating hearing disorders, and providing rehabilitative services such as hearing aid dispensing, cochlear implant and aural rehabilitation. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and joined Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a full diagnostic and trauma center in the heart of Chicago. Certified in Audiology, Cheryl collaborated with others to set up Illinois’ first early intervention and detection program for hearing loss in infants.

After seven years with Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Cheryl shifted her focus. She joined Siemens Corporation, where she was actively involved in research and development that included both international and domestic relations. She was also a National Account Representative for the continental United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Gina Patzkowski, Au.D., CCC-A

Gina joined Shohet Ear Associates after earning her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Arizona.  She is fully certified and licensed by the state of California and also earned the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) for academic performance and clinical experience.

As a Clinical Audiologist, Gina conducts comprehensive audiologic evaluations for adult and pediatric patients and has received advanced training in vestibular assessment and electrophysiological testing including ABR, ECochG, and VEMP.  She provides hearing aid and assistive listening device consultation, selection, fittings and follow up to ensure patient satisfaction.  She also conducts patient candidacy evaluations, mapping and follow up for cochlear implants and consultation, selection, fitting and programming for implantable hearing devices.  In addition, Gina provides counseling to Shohet Ear Associates patients to help improve communication.

Gina received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology.  She completed her doctoral externship at OC Physicians’ Hearing Services, and in February of 2015, she was the first author on a paper published in BMC Geriatrics Journal “The impact of cochlear implantation on cognition in older adults: a systematic review of clinical evidence.”  Gina is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Jacqueline Bibee, Au.D., CCC-A

Jackie joined Shohet Ear Associates after earning her Doctor of Audiology
degree from the University of Washington. She is fully certified and licensed in
California as a Clinical Audiologist and also earned the ASHA Certificate of
Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) for academic performance and
clinical experience.
Jackie conducts adult and pediatric diagnostic and rehabilitative services. She
has received advanced diagnostic training in auditory evoked potential
diagnostics such as Videonystagmography (VNG), cervical and ocular
vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP, oVEMP), and Auditory
brainstem response (ABR). She fits daily-wear and extended-wear hearing
aids, assistive listening devices, and specialty hearing devices including
EarLens, Maxum, Baha, and cochlear implants. In addition, she conducts
tinnitus and hyperacusis evaluations, counseling, and treatment programs.
Jackie received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of
Washington with a double major in Speech & Hearing Sciences and Public
Health. She completed her doctoral externship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Jackie has published research on spatial hearing in the Journal of Acoustical
Society of America.

Deanna Gende, Au.D., CCC-A

Deanna joined Shohet Ear Associates after earning her Doctor of Audiology degree from Idaho State University. She is fully certified and licensed by the state of California and also earned the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) for academic performance and clinical experience.

Deanna conducts diagnostic audiometric testing and also performs auditory evoked potentials testing including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR), Electrocochleography (ECochG), Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP), and Videonystagmography (VNG). She also provides hearing aid consultations, selection, fittings and programming, and provides ongoing hearing aid maintenance for adults and children. Deanna has experience with candidacy evaluations, fittings, and follow-ups for implantable devices such as Maxum, Esteem, Baha, and Cochlear Implants.

Deanna received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University and completed her doctoral externship at Shohet Ear Associates.

Teresa Brown, Office Manager

Teri joined Shohet Ear Associates in 2014 as Office Manager working primarily in the Newport Beach office. She leads the team in managing day-to-day operations including scheduling, billing, accounting, office systems, policies and procedures. Teri has been in the medical field for over 10 years and enjoys helping patients get the care they need by assisting them through the administrative process and answering any questions they may have about medical coverage, treatment and care.

Chelsea Stassi, Patient Care Coordinator

Chelsea joined Shohet Ear Associates in 2011 as Patient Care Coordinator and Office Supervisor. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Seal Beach office including scheduling, new patient orientation, and responding to patient inquires or questions.  As Patient Care Coordinator, she also is responsible for guiding patients through the medical and surgical process associated with their treatment and care.  As a former patient herself, she is familiar with the process and enjoys counseling patients on ear related surgeries, procedures and what to expect to ensure that they have the best possible experience and outcome.

Meredith Leet, Patient Care Coordinator

Meredith has been in the medical field for over 20 years and joined Shohet Ear Associates as Patient Care Coordinator in 2016. She is responsible for coordinating patient surgeries with the surgery center, hospitals and other physician offices and handles all scheduling and communication with the patient, medical team and surgical facility. Meredith plays an instrumental role in guiding patients through the surgical process and answering any questions that may arise. Meredith also manages inquiries from outside vendors interested in sharing new products and procedures that may benefit our patients or medical practice.

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