HEARING CARE PROFESSIONALS

At Audiology Concepts, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Because Hearing Care is Health Care.

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Meet Your Hearing Care Professionals

Paula L. Schwartz
Au.D – Founder

Paula L. Schwartz, Au.D and Founder of Audiology Concepts

I believe that the education of the hearing impaired person is paramount to their success in living with hearing loss. I spend a great deal of time in and out of the office educating the public and primary care physicians on the importance of hearing, the identification of hearing loss and the ramifications of untreated hearing loss on the overall health of their patients.

“If an individual receives a thorough, accurate audiological evaluation but is not  given the appropriate options in relationship to their loss, cosmetic preferences, lifestyle and budget to address that loss, we as audiologists have failed.

My goal and expertise is to work with my patients to help them understand the variety of options available to them, and help them arrive at a decision that is best for them, not necessarily the decision that is best for me. That involves carrying a full line of hearing instrument products. There is no one product line that is appropriate for everyone”.

The newest in hearing aid technology/cutting edge technology is my specialty. I work with all technologies. Audiology Concepts, Inc. has the most recent diagnostic equipment and hearing instrument technology on the market today.

My relationship to the primary care physician is also a critical factor in the holistic treatment of my patient’s hearing loss. The three way relationship between the patient, Dr. and audiologist ensures that the patient’s hearing loss is managed medically in addition to the rehabilitation.

My goal is to get the primary care physician to include hearing screenings/evaluations as part of the general physical. After the patient referred to my practice is tested, the physician is informed through reports as to the results of their patient’s audiological evaluation and amplification choices made.

Dr. Schwartz’s Credentials 
Dr. Paula Schwartz is a licensed audiologist by the state of Minnesota, with over 28 years of experience in serving the hearing needs of the greater Minneapolis area. Her diverse background as a manager for a major manufacturer and a clinical audiologist in private practice give her a comprehensive understanding of the needs of the hearing impaired. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the latest technological advancements in hearing assessment and rehabilitation, and is committed to helping people hear by educating them on available solutions to their hearing needs. Dr. Schwartz’s interest in tinnitus was the basis of the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic. Trained by Pawel Jastreboff, Dr. Schwartz provides TRT treatment to patients suffering from tinnitus and/or hyperacusis in addition to other sound therapies.

Professional Experience

  • State Licensed Audiologist
  • Doctor of Audiology – Arizona School of Health Sciences
  • Master of Science – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Bachelor of Science – California State University Long Beach

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Board member earVenture

Professional Recognitions  

  • Distinguished Fellow: National Academies of Practice in Audiology

Jason Leyendecker
Au.D

Jason Leyendecker, Au.D

Dr. Jason Leyendecker graduated from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona in 2010 and is now the owner of Audiology Concepts.  He has been with Audiology Concepts since 2008 when he was a student.  Dr. Jason has always believed that great service comes with great knowledge.  He prides himself with staying up on all the latest technologies and treatments to best serve his patients.  Dr. Jason has recently purchased Audiology Concepts and plans to continue the legacy that Dr. Schwartz has created.  You can expect the best experience with friendly and knowledgeable staff.

“There is not one perfect technology for everyone.  It is our job to find the best technology compliment your lifestyle and your hearing profile.  Through our process, I am confident we can come to that solution.”

Dr. Jason has a specialty in tinnitus management and Adjunct Assistant Professor with A.T. Still University where he teaches Tinnitus and sensitivity to sound management. This requires Dr. Jason to stay up on the latest treatments and management solutions for hearing, tinnitus and sound sensitivity.

When not in the office you can find Dr. Jason outdoors spending time with his family and friends!

Professional Experience

  • Doctor of Audiology- A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science- Minnesota State University Moorhead

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Board Member- Minnesota Sight and Hearing Association

Stacey Dimond
Au.D

Stacey Dimond, Au.D

Dr. Stacey Dimond has recently relocated to the Twin Cities and is excited to become a part of the Audiology Concepts family. Dr. Stacey has been practicing Audiology since 2009.  Her education background includes undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Stacey’s passion for audiology comes from an ever-present desire to improve people’s lives through better hearing and communication skills.  It is Stacey’s belief that her educational, professional and personal experiences make her an audiologist who changes people’s lives for the better.  In her free time Stacey enjoys gardening, and cooking while spending time with her husband, Jesse and their beautiful daughter, Lainey.  Dr. Stacey looks forward to providing exceptional hearing services and creating personal relationships with all her patients at Audiology Concepts

Professional Experience

  • Doctor of Audiology – University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in consortium with Madison
  • Bachelor of Science – University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Professional Affiliations

  • American Speech Language and Hearing Association

Rachel Allgor
Au.D.

Rachel Allgor, Au.D.

Dr. Rachel Allgor is a 2017 graduate from A. T. Still University in Mesa, AZ, but she is no stranger to Minnesota. Dr. Rachel grew up in Hastings, MN and completed her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, following the same education path as Dr. Jason.  Beginning in the spring of 2016, she worked in both the Edina and Burnsville locations as a graduate student and is excited to be able to continue on with Audiology Concepts as it grows.

“I believe I’ve been given a unique perspective on audiology because I wear a hearing device every day too.  Between my history of growing up going to audiologists and my education, I believe I’ve been able to observe and learn what a great audiologist should be like and I strive towards that daily.  My goal is to help patients in the way they need it, a tailor fit for each individual.”

Dr. Rachel is dedicated to giving her patients excellent service by staying current in evidence-based best practices of diagnostics, amplification fitting, tinnitus/hyperacusis/misophonia treatment, and hearing protection.  When she’s not in the office you can find her with family, on the tennis courts, or participating in church activities.

Professional Experience

  • Doctor of Audiology – A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Minnesota State University Moorhead

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Minnesota Academy of Audiology

James Johnston
Hearing Instrument Specialist

James Johnston, Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist

“Working for a private practice of this caliber has required me to continue my education and make sure my patients are getting the best professional hearing health care. My goal is to ensure your first visit is handled with the same care and enthusiasm as any of your following visits.  I pride myself with going the extra mile. I want you to know that you and your ears are valued and not just a number in our database. Staying up-to-date with new technologies and the ever changing medical field is something my co-workers and I take very seriously. I want you to hear all the sounds this world has to offer, and make sure your expectations are not only met but exceeded.”

My wife Lauren and I have two children, and we look forward to the many challenges that are quickly coming. I’m a proud father so be prepared to hear the latest, or see a photo should you inquire.

Kathy Wieser
Hearing Instrument Specialist

Kathy Wieser, Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist

Kathy is a licensed hearing instrument specialist and serves as Clinic Director for the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic. She has been with Audiology Concepts for over 10 years. She loves being part of a team approach to helping people.

Her background includes a B.A.S. in Communicative Disorders from UMD, a teaching degree from Augsburg College, and a Minnesota Hearing Instrument Dispenser License. She enjoys getting to know people of all ages and helping where she can.

Kathy is available to assist people in finding the right hearing devices for them. She also does hearing device clean and checks, assesses repair needs, and helps with counseling, programming and ear care.  In the Tinnitus Clinic, she helps coordinate services, provides some of the follow-up visits, and is always willing to take a phone call.

When she is not in the office she enjoys biking, reading and cooking. Her new favorite hobby is time with her twin grandsons- there is always a picture to share.