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About Us

Our Professional Staff

CHS is proud of our outstanding audiologists and the important role they play in enhancing quality of life for our clients.

Director of Audiology

Rex Banks, Au.D., Reg. CASLPO, Doctor of Audiology
Rex has been an audiologist since 1989 and is the Director of Audiology at CHS. He is an advocate and leader in the hearing healthcare sector as well as a practitioner who strives to support his patients reach positive outcomes throughout the hearing rehabilitative process. Rex received his B.A. in Communication Disorders from The University of Mississippi; M.A. in Audiology from The University of Tennessee and Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. His personal interests include travel, music, art and world affairs. 

Rex’s full bio is here.

HAMILTON
OTTAWA
PEEL
SARNIA
SCARBOROUGH
SUDBURY
TORONTO
WINDSOR

HAMILTON

Mira Gojmerac, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CALSPO
Since 2011, Mira has enjoyed helping people communicate better with family and friends. She is excited about what continued advancements to Bluetooth and related technologies will mean for future generations of hearing aid users. Mira received a B.A. in Honours Psychology from McMaster University and her Masters of Clinical Science- Audiology from the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of CASLPO. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and travelling. Mira is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
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OTTAWA

Michelle Zou, M.Sc., Aud (C)., Reg. CASLPO
A maritimer from Halifax, Michelle achieved her Masters in Audiology from Dalhousie University in 2016. Her interest in Audiology stems from her Undergraduate BSc degree in Neuroscience, and lifelong involvement in music (playing the violin). Michelle enjoys connecting with patients, and promoting hearing health. Other interests Michelle has include travelling, swimming and nature hikes with friends and family. Michelle is certified with Speech and Audiology Canada as well as CASLPO. 

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PEEL

Angela Jean, M.Sc.  Reg. CASLPO
For more than 23 years, Angela has been dedicated to her clients, ensuring they leave her office with a smile on their face, feeling satisfied that their quality of life has somehow improved. A qualified hearing aid dispenser, Angela enjoys seeing the continued advances in Bluetooth technology for hearing aids. Angela graduated with distinction from the University of Southampton with a Master of Science degree in Audiology. Angela is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
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SARNIA

Lauren Steckle, Reg. CASLPO
Lauren has been an audiologist since 2016, and recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Master of Clinical Science in Audiology. She enjoys learning about the continual technological advances in the field of audiology and being able to share those advancements with her clients. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing music, dancing, and skiing. She is a member of CASLPO. Lauren is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

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SCARBOROUGH

Robert Loomis, Au.D., Reg. CASLPO
Since 1979, Robert has been helping clients restore connections with their friends, family and community through better communication. He finds the fast and furious advances in technology exciting – from signal digitization to Bluetooth connectivity, from advanced directional microphone technology to noise reduction algorithms. He enjoys educating clients about new technology and innovations that are designed to help them communicate more effectively. He has a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Rochester, a M.Sc. in Speech and Hearing and a B.Sc. in Data Processing/Systems from Washington University, and an Au.D. in Audiology from Salus University. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society and CASLPO. Robert is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
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TORONTO

Maha Atrach, Au.D., Reg. CASLPO
Since 1999, Maha has been helping patients communicate better and achieve a more fulfilling work and home life through the use of aural rehabilitation, tinnitus retraining therapy, amplification and assistive listening devices. Working mainly with the adult and geriatric population, Maha looks forward to more seamless integration of the hearing aid with other everyday devices into an ever-expanding digital world. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, her Master of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario, and her Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. She is a member of CASLPO, OSLA, and CAA. Maha is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling.

Tommy Choo, M. Sc. (Applied), Reg. CASLPO
Since 1995, Tommy has been providing individualized solutions for people with hearing loss, particularly those who are sensitive to noise. He has a B. Sc. from Concordia University and a Master of Science (Applied) from McGill University. Tommy is is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). He is an avid reader, investor, board game enthusiast and loves to barbecue.

Sharon Fineberg, M.A., Reg. CASLPO
Sharon has been working with CHS since 1983, providing information and solutions for her clients. During her career, Sharon has loved seeing the evolution of wireless technology and the way it connects people, as well as the vastly improved capabilities of hearing aids themselves. She is able to communicate in American Sign Language which allows her to serve clients who use ASL. She received her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland and her M.A. in Audiology from the State University of New York. Sharon was given a Commendation after her internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is a member of CASLPO. Sharon is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports and movies or reading a good book.

Jamie Grew, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Jamie has developed expertise in pediatrics, aural rehabilitation and amplification since becoming an audiologist in 2001. He finds it gratifying to be able to assist his patients overcome invisible obstacles in daily communication, particularly children who have permanent hearing loss. Jamie has a B.A. (Hons.) in Humanities and Political Science from York University and a Master of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario. Jamie is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).

Maria Michaelides, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Maria became an Audiologist in 2000 and is committed to helping people with hearing loss improve their quality of life, build confidence and effectively manage stress. She has taken professional development courses in Life Coaching, Auditory Skills Development, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. In addition to aural rehabilitation, she has expertise in workplace assessment and accommodation. Maria has a B.A. (Hons.) in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University and a Master of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario. She is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Maria is an avid gardener and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

Dany Pineault, Au.D., Reg. CASLPO
An Audiologist since 1995, Dany is committed in helping patients overcome communication difficulties associated with hearing loss through counseling, education and technology (hearing aids). Dany has also developed expertise in helping patients manage persistent tinnitus and increased sound sensitivity conditions such as hyperacusis. He is certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy (CHT). He also has additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Dany has a Doctorate degree in Audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences; Master degree in Audiology from Université de Montréal and Bachelor degree in Hearing and Communication Sciences from Université de Montréal. His interests include cooking, reading, family, friends and continuous learning.

Isabelle-Anne Pleau, M.Sc.S. Reg. CASLPO
Taking time to get to know her patients has been central to Isabelle-Anne’s practice since she became an audiologist in 2009. This gives her insight into their individual situations so she can offer the best solutions to help manage each person’s hearing loss. Interacting with people and making a difference in their daily lives are the most enjoyable parts of her work. Isabelle-Anne has a Masters in Audiology from the University of Ottawa and is a member of CASLPO. She is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), In her spare time she loves to bake.

Almut S. Vogel, M.Sc., SLP (C), Reg. CASLPO

A speech-language pathologist since 1997, Almut is committed to working with deaf and hard of hearing babies and preschoolers to provide a solid language foundation for academic and social success.  In her work with Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing adults, Almut is dedicated to helping her clients develop the language and communication skills they need for success at school and at work.  Almut earned a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Toronto and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of CASLPO, SAC, and OSLA. Outside of work, Almut loves to travel and spend time with friends and family.  

Jane Yuen, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
An audiologist since 1997, Jane has developed expertise in comprehensive hearing assessments, rehabilitation and counselling. Compassionate and professional, she takes pride in offering support and hearing health care recommendations to her patients. She provides advice and education on an array of hearing aid technologies and is excited by such advances as binaural coordination and personal FM systems. Jane has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of CASLPO and an international member of ASHA. Jane is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Outside of work, she loves nature, learning and travelling.
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WINDSOR

Shelly Simmerson, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Since starting with CHS Windsor in June 2014, Shelly has focused on working with adults, particularly those who wear hearing aids. She takes great satisfaction in helping patients communicate with their loved ones and educating them on the use of hearing aid technology, such as Bluetooth devices for cell phones, to enhance communication. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys exercising, travelling, painting and vacations with her family. She has a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Windsor and a Master of Science in Audiology from Dalhousie University and is a member of CASLPO and CASLPA.Shelly is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).

Lisa Sylvester, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
For Lisa, patience and friendliness are the keys to developing a rapport with her patients so she can determine the best ways to meet their needs. An audiologist since 2001, Lisa is knowledgeable about advances in Bluetooth technology that connect hearing aid wearers to a variety of audio sources and she offers her expertise to clients in both English and French. She combines a love of travel and volunteering by going to the Dominican Republic with Friends for Life International to fit donated hearing aids for people in need. Lisa has a B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from McMaster University and a Master of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario.Lisa os also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
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Glossary of Terms:

ASHA - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

CASLPO - College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario

SAC - Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

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