Meet Your Hearing Care Professionals


Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Audiologist - 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. Stacey Dimond

Dr. Stacey Dimond

Audiologist, Lead Provider

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. Jay Hapka

Dr. Jay Hapka

Audiologist

Dr. Jay’s top priority is to understand each patients’ motivations and goals through relaxed conversation. With many reasons to decide to take action on your hearing health, he wants to know what yours are. The questions and answers exchanged on the way to finding these reasons are important. They help Dr. Jay explain the patient’s hearing ability in a way that has meaning, as well as finding the best solution.

He has always loved working with technology but knew he wanted to make a difference by working with people. With Audiology at the intersection of healthcare and technology, Dr. Jay develops personal connections with his patients while using technology to empower them to change their lives.

Dr. Jay is excited to be back in his home state of Minnesota after being in Arizona, where he earned his doctorate degree from Arizona State University. There he was also a part of hearing health missions to Mexico and Africa. He received his bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Science with minors in Neuroscience and Spanish from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Outside of work, Dr. Jay loves to cook. His specialties are traditional sourdough bread and French Onion soup. (He’s happy to share and exchange recipes!) In the summer, he can usually be found around a barbeque pit. Now that he is back in MN, he looks to spend time fishing and snowmobiling.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Dr. Sarah Kaufman

Dr. Sarah Kaufman

Audiologist

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

Dr. Jeff King

Dr. Jeff King

Audiologist

Jeffrey earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Disorders from St. Cloud State University before pursuing his Doctorate of Audiology
from Central Michigan University. Jeffrey enjoys spending time with friends and family, hunting, fishing, and golf. Why Audiology: Jeffrey always knew
that he wanted to help others in life. He was unsure how he would do this until he took his first communication disorders course during undergraduate studies. After initially pursuing speech language pathology, Jeffrey discovered that his true passion was audiology. His goal is to improve the quality of life of patients and their family members by providing excellent hearing healthcare.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Disorders from St. Cloud State University, Doctorate of Audiology from Central Michigan University.

Hobbies and Interests: Spending time with friends and family, hunting, fishing, and golf. Why Audiology: Jeff always knew that he wanted to help
others in life. He was unsure how he would do this until he took his first communication disorders course during undergraduate studies. After initially pursuing speech language pathology, Jeff discovered that his true passion was audiology. Jeff’s goal is to improve the quality of life of patients and their family members by providing excellent hearing healthcare.

Dr. Alana Kennedy

Dr. Alana Kennedy

Audiologist

Dr. Kennedy has a passion for helping patients with all of their hearing healthcare needs. She understands the importance of providing individualized care for each person’s unique hearing requirements and strives to ensure each patient feels informed and supported throughout their journey to better hearing.

Dr. Kennedy received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Minot State University and earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Missouri State University in 2017.  Following graduation, she practiced audiology in Texas for five years before relocating to Minnesota and joining Audiology Concepts in 2022.

Originally from Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Kennedy now enjoys living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes with her husband and their cat. Outside of the office, Dr. Kennedy enjoys attending concerts and theater performances, visiting local restaurants, playing disc golf, and reading a book on her patio.

Dr. Jennifer Boblett

Dr. Jennifer Boblett

Audiologist

Dr. Boblett prioritizes patient-centered care by helping people based on their individual hearing needs. During her graduate schooling, Dr. Boblett worked as an audiology assistant and completed clinical practicum placements at a variety of clinics and settings, which has allowed her to stay current on evidence-based best practices in diagnostics and amplification.

In 2017, she earned her Bachelors of Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She then completed her Masters of Liberal Arts in 2020 and her Doctorate in Audiology in 2021 at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Boblett is from Rush City and is excited to serve the community she grew up in. She provides hearing healthcare needs to patients of all ages and loves to see the positive impact that better hearing can bring to individuals and their families, including her own family!

Outside of work you can find her spending time with her husband, Trevor, and their mini goldendoodle, Sadie. They enjoy weekends at the lake year-round, playing cards, hiking the north shore and finding local ice cream shops to try.

Dr. Pamela Reynolds-Klocke

Dr. Pamela Reynolds-Klocke

Audiologist

Education

Pam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995, a Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Utah in 2001, and a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University in 2015.

Hobbies and Interests

Pam is married with two children, Avery and Kyle. She enjoys going to sporting events with her husband, Chris, and roots for all the great Minnesota teams. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and she also loves going to the beach, reading, paper crafts, and her two cats, Clancy and Bunny.

Why Audiology

Pam was diagnosed with severe hearing loss in the left ear at age 3. Over the years she has experienced many of the same hearing challenges as her patients, such as difficulty hearing in noisy places and in groups, and these experiences brought her to the field of Audiology in 1997. She strives to educate her patients about hearing loss and to help them hear their best using improved communication strategies, assistive listening devices, hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Dr. Angie Mucci

Dr. Angie Mucci

Audiologist
Karla Beheng

Karla Beheng

Hearing Instrument Specialist
Hearing Instrument Specialist

Karla is 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.

Jessica Nemitz

Jessica Nemitz

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Jessie completed her undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State University, where she received a Bachelor in Elective Studies. Since graduating Jessie gravitated towards the field of Audiology. She enjoys the fast pace and ever-changing advancements in hearing aid technology. Most of all Jessie appreciates the impact that quality hearing care can provide for our patients and their loved ones.

In her free time, Jessie loves to spend time outside on her patio with her two golden doodle pups Wilbur and Orville!

Meet Your Hearing Care Support Team


Abby Husfeldt

Abby Husfeldt

Audiology Technician
Garrett Burns

Garrett Burns

Audiology Technician

Meet Your Administrative Support Team


Karri Kiefat

Karri Kiefat

Director of Operations

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.”

Karri 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.

Chelsea Geisthardt

Chelsea Geisthardt

Lead Insurance and Billing Specialist

Chelsea serves as the “middle-man” between the patient and the insurance companies. She verifies and checks benefits prior to appointments which allows the patient to have the information at their first appointment. She also assists in billing insurance companies for all claims.

With a background in health care, Chelsea has always enjoyed helping others. She likes the challenge of working with insurance and making the pieces come together in order to help the patient. After receiving her Audiology Technician Certificate in 2019, she is now pursuing a degree in Health Information Technology from the U.S. Career Institute in Colorado.

Outside of work, Chelsea loves spending time with her daughter, Bailea, and their pets, family and friends. Most of her time is spent at gymnastic meets and church. She enjoys being outside, going fishing, watching movies, reading and playing games.

Maija Jaeger

Maija Jaeger

Practice Administrator

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.

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.

Lori Lindstrom

Lori Lindstrom

Patient Care Coordinator

Lori is a Patient Care Coordinator in our Cambridge clinic location.  She enjoys helping people and finding solutions to questions or problems in order to make each patient’s experience as easy as possible.  She does this by managing the schedule to make sure each patient has appropriate access to care from our Audiology team, and is always happy to perform routine maintenance and cleanings for patients who need their devices looked at.

Lori has worked in the field for the past 24 years; her favorite part of her job is making people smile.

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 grandsons and family on the lake.

Karly Blomquist

Karly Blomquist

Insurance Verification Specialist

Bio coming soon.

Ellie-Sue Gustafson

Ellie-Sue Gustafson

Patient Care Coordinator
Sarah Houfer

Sarah Houfer

Patient Care Coordinator
Julie Scovel

Julie Scovel

Patient Care Coordinator
Kristin Kroll

Kristin Kroll

Patient Care Coordinator