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Meet Your Hearing Care Professionals


Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Dr. Jason Leyendecker

AuD - Owner

Dr. Jason believes that great service comes with great knowledge. He prides himself with staying up on all of the latest technology and treatments to best serve his patients. He also has a specialty in tinnitus management. He is here to help find solutions to your hearing, tinnitus and sound sensitivity needs.

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

Dr. Jason graduated from A.T. Still University in 2010. He started with Audiology Concepts as a student under Dr. Paula Schwartz in 2008. In 2017, he bought the practice and plans to continue the legacy Dr. Schwartz created. You can expect the best experience with friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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

Professional Experience

  • Doctor of Audiology – A.T. Still University
  • Bachelor of Science – Minnesota State University Moorhead

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Minnesota Sight and Hearing: Board Member
Dr. Rachel Allgor

Dr. Rachel Allgor

AuD

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.

“I believe I’ve been given a unique perspective on audiology because I wear a hearing device every day. 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. 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 joined Audiology Concepts in 2016 as a graduate student. After graduating from A.T. Still University in 2017, she joined the team full time. She received her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and is originally from Hastings, MN.

Outside of the office, you can find Dr. Rachel spending time with her family, on the tennis court, participating in church activities and volunteering at The Zephyr Theatre.

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
Dr. Stacey Dimond

Dr. Stacey Dimond

AuD

Dr. Stacey’s passion for Audiology comes from an ever-present desire to improve people’s quality of life through better hearing and communication skills. She also has a specialty in tinnitus and hyperacusis management. It is her belief that her educational, professional and personal experiences make her an Audiologist who can change your life for the better!

Dr. Stacey has been practicing Audiology since 2009. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She joined Audiology Concepts in 2017 after relocating back to the Twin Cities. Dr. Stacey is excited to provide exceptional hearing services while creating personal relationships with all her patients at Audiology Concepts.

In her free time, Dr. Stacey enjoys gardening and cooking while spending time with her husband, Jesse, and their beautiful daughters.

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 and Language and Hearing Association
Dr. Emily Raway

Dr. Emily Raway

AuD

Dr. Emily believes it’s never too early or too late to treat hearing loss. She works to identify the ear condition in order to make the most positive impact by getting the right fitting for each unique patient and strongly advocates for hearing protection and conservation. She enjoys watching patient’s faces light up after they are fit with new hearing devices and they can hear a loved one’s voice clearly or enjoy a dinner out and not struggle to hear conversations for the first time in a while.

Dr. Emily received her doctorate degree from the Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium and attended the University of Akron for her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science. Before joining Audiology Concepts in 2018, she worked at Toledo ENT, the Cleveland Clinic and the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Emily lives in St. Paul with her husband Kenny and son Patrick. In her free time she enjoys gardening, renovating her home, going to live theater, eating out, cooking, spending time with friends and family, wine tasting and walking the many Minnesota parks.

Professional Experience

  • Doctor of Audiology – Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium
  • Bachelor of Arts – The University of Akron

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota Academy of Audiology
Dr. Samantha Hellmann

Dr. Samantha Hellmann

AuD

Dr. Samantha recognizes that every patient has unique hearing needs and strives to work with individuals to meet their specific needs and goals.

“Growing up with two siblings and a parent with hearing loss has given me the personal experience of seeing how hearing can affect the entire family.”

Samantha grew up on a dairy farm in a small town in central Minnesota. She started her externship under Dr. John Voss in 2018 and graduated with her Doctors degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University – Moorhead. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, cooking, live theater and spending time with family and friends.

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota Academy of Audiology
Dr. John Voss

Dr. John Voss

AuD

Dr. John believes the best patient care comes from a well-trained individual who will listen to the concerns and needs of each person seeking care. He guides his patients through the evaluation and decision process involved with improving their quality of life through better hearing. Better hearing is not “one size fits all,” and he finds it his responsibility to customize technology for each individual and help maintain it for years to come. He feels rewarded to be working with the Audiology Concepts team where people are building each other up with the express desire to help people with hearing loss or tinnitus.

His commitment to helping people hear better started at an early age. While working at a summer camp as a teenager, he experienced firsthand the surprising difficulties faced by people with hearing loss and how they were missing important parts of their lives. Being able to help those with hearing loss is what set him on his path to become an audiologist. Dr. John earned his Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University and is always improving his skills for patient care by staying involved in professional organizations.

During his non-work time, Dr. John enjoys being with his children and grandchildren, traveling, golfing, biking and hiking. He also enjoys his church involvement and other volunteer organizations. His personal dream is to buy a motorcycle and travel a good part of Route 66 before it disappears.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Minnesota Academy of Audiology
Dr. Sarah Kaufman

Dr. Sarah Kaufman

AuD

Dr. Sarah believes in whole person health care and strives to give her patients excellent treatment through current evidence based practices and knowledge of current technology. Coming from a family with loved ones with hearing loss, Dr. Sarah knows the time, compassion and knowledge that each patient deserves to achieve their best quality of life through better hearing.

“My grandparents are the ones who motivated me to become an Audiologist and they continue to motivate me to give the best patient care to everyone.”

Dr. Sarah started with Audiology Concepts as a student, under Dr. Jason. She earned her doctorate degree from A.T. Still University in 2019 and has joined the team full time. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Minnesota.

Outside of Audiology, Dr. Sarah enjoys spending her time up north at the lake, golfing with her husband, traveling and being with friends and family.

Professional Experience
  • Doctor of Audiology – A.T. Still University
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Minnesota
Professional Affiliations
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Minnesota Academy of Audiology
  • American Academy of Audiology
James Johnston

James Johnston

HIS

Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist

James is here to help you with anything from follow up appointments, re-programming and Bluetooth connections to your cell phones and accessories, Lyric fittings, troubleshooting and counseling of new and returning patients.

“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.”

James joined Audiology Concepts in 2009, starting first in administrative and front desk duties. He became a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist in the spring of 2015.

James and his wife, Lauren, have two children. They look forward to the many challenges that are quickly approaching. He’s a proud father, so be prepared to hear the latest story or see a photo, should you inquire.

Kathy Wieser

Kathy Wieser

HIS

Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist

Kathy is a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist and serves as the Clinic Director for the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic. She is available to assist people in finding the right hearing device 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 works in coordinating services, answering questions, follow up care and visits, support and also sees her own patients suffering from misophonia.

Kathy’s background includes a B.A.S in Communicative Disorders from UMD and a teaching degree from Augsburg College. She joined Audiology Concepts in 2006 and loves being a part of a team approach to helping people.

When she is not at the office, Kathy enjoys biking, reading and cooking. Her new favorite hobby is spending time with her twin grandsons. There is always a picture to share!

Karla Beheng

Karla Beheng

HIS – In Training

Hearing Instrument Specialist – In Training

Karla is currently working towards her license to become a Hearing Instrument Specialist. She is here to assist with cleaning and checking hearing devices and making minor repairs on site. She also visits various facilities in the Northern region and provides services to the residents as well as provides training to the facilities’ staff on how to properly maintain and care for the devices. Karla enjoys helping patients hearing again while creating a special bond and helping them in any way she can.

One of Karla’s other passions is riding horses. She also enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking on the shores of Lake Superior. She has two wonderful boys, Ethan and Arren and a dog, Louie, and a cat, Kona, that she loves spending time with outside of work.

 
 
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Meet Your Support Staff


Karri Kiefat

Karri Kiefat

Practice Manager

Karri ensures that the practice is running smoothly and efficiently. She oversees Human Resources, training, accounts receivable/payable, tracking and strategic planning for the office.

“As a hearing aid wearer myself, I understand personally how hearing loss can affect your life and how important hearing instruments are to keeping you connected to family, friends, work and everyday life.”

Karrie received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in Business and her Master of Business Administration from Bethel University in 2009.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son doing many activities related to sports, the outdoors and family.

Eric Stevens

Eric Stevens

Director of Finance

Eric is responsible for the financial stewardship of the practice. That includes managing the practice’s budgets, conducting financial reporting, planning and analysis, as well as providing strategic input on growth plans of the practice.

He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. Eric’s professional background is in sales and management. He previously worked with local hearing aid manufacturer, Starkey Hearing Technologies, for six years.

Outside of the office, he enjoys golfing, going up north in the summer, camping in the boundary waters, spending time with his dog Summit, reading and traveling.

Carly Lehmkuhl

Carly Lehmkuhl

Marketing Manager

Carly manages all of the advertising for the practice along with organizing and planning the marketing events Audiology Concepts attends. She will keep you up to date on Audiology news, information on our staff, and our fun events and give-a-ways by updating our social media platforms (be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!). She also assists with answering phone calls and helping with any questions patients have.

Carly graduated from Minnesota State University – Moorhead with a degree in Mass Communications. She joined Audiology Concepts in 2017 and loves being able to promote a practice whose passion for educating hearing health is held to the upmost priority.

Outside of work, Carly is a frequent concert goer. She also enjoys going to new breweries, reading, watching movies, sand volleyball, hanging out at the lake, and spending time with her family, friends and her cat, Brantley.

Mary Cagle

Mary Cagle

Patient Care Coordinator

Mary helps patients with scheduling appointments, answering phone calls and assisting with any general questions our patients have. She enjoys giving our patients a big welcome with a smile on her face.

Mary has an associate’s degree as an Administrative Office Professional. She is passionate about helping patients and loves getting to know them on a personal level.

In her free time, she likes to entertain the community by performing in musicals in the Community Theater. She can also be found in the middle of her many fabric piles deciding what design her next quilt will be, as well as partaking in various other crafts.

Maija Jaeger

Maija Jaeger

Patient Care Coordinator

Maija is ready to help schedule appointments, answer phone calls and manage paperwork. She is available to answer any questions you may have and lead you in the direction to get the best information in regards to our clinics.

Maija moved back to the Twin Cities after finishing school in Duluth, where her love for American Sign Language and being able to help people communicate grew.

Outside of work, she loves drawing, painting and taking photos as well as hanging out with friends, going on new adventures to new places and going up North and being outside.

Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson

Patient Care Coordinator

Taylor provides our patients with quality care from the first point of contact. She answers the phone, assists patients with any questions they have and schedules appointments accordingly. She creates a welcoming environment by making sure the office has fresh coffee and cookies and is well decorated for every season. Taylor also assists in creating graphics for our social media and company documents, and helps with creative on marketing material.

Taylor enjoys seeing the positive changes in patients as soon as they start treatment. They become more engaged in conversation, often remarking there are many sounds they didn’t even know they were missing, and she finds that the most rewarding part of her job.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys the arts. From crafting and design, to watching films. She loves all things vintage and learning from the past and from others to help inspire her for the future. She’s always looking for ways to be innovative.

Joanna Niemi

Joanna Niemi

Patient Care Coordinator

Joanna is pleased to be your first contact in the front office as well as on the phone. Her goal is to provide our patients with excellent service by welcoming them, handling paperwork, and making and confirming appointments. She keeps the flow of visits as smooth as possible.

Joanna’s background is in Education, so it comes natural for her to help educate patients on the how’s and why’s of hearing treatment. Her favorite part of her job is the friendships she makes with patients.

She enjoys spending as much time outdoors in the summer and looks forward to gardening and landscaping her yard. Reading, needlework and her two grown daughters and a granddaughter keep her busy when she is not in the office.