Dr. Julie Prutsman, Au.D., FAAA
Julie Prutsman, owner and founder of Sound Relief Hearing Center, is a third-generation audiology professional. Her family entered the field of hearing health care in the 1950s. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Marietta College (1996), her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado (1999), and her doctoral degree in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology (2003). Dr. Prutsman is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology, Colorado Academy of Audiology, and American Tinnitus Association.
Julie grew up in Highlands Ranch and graduated from Highlands Ranch High School. Her husband, Patrick, works as the General Manager for Sound Relief, and they have two wonderful children, Ethan and Hanna. In her free time, Julie loves to read, travel, ski, and spend time with family.
Patrick “the other half” is the General Manager and co-founder of the Sound Relief Hearing Center with Dr. Julie. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He spent the previous 16 years selling pipe and fire hydrants.
Patrick, Julie, Ethan, Hanna, their two dogs, and
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Dr. Leah Mitchell, Au.D.
Leah has been licensed and working in Colorado as an audiologist since 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (2001), her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (2003), and her doctoral degree in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology (2007). Prior to joining the Sound Relief team, she worked at an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) office, a private practice, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She enjoys seeing how her patients’ relationships and quality of life can be improved through better hearing and the management of tinnitus.
Dr. Mitchell has lived in Thornton since 2004, after escaping the winters in her home state of Wisconsin. She enjoys spending as much time as possible in the Colorado outdoors with her husband, Tyler, and two energetic daughters, Evelyn and Etta.
Dr. Kaela Fasman, Au.D., CCC-A, CH-TM
Kaela earned a bachelor’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and a clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Fasman is dedicated to providing excellent care and improving the quality of life of her patients and their families. She values her opportunity to help people live healthier and happier lives through improved communication and tinnitus relief. She enjoys educating friends, family, and patients about tinnitus and hearing loss and works at our Golden location.
Kaela and her husband moved to beautiful Denver in 2016. She enjoys hiking, exploring new cities, and baking on the weekends. She and her husband are avid coffee drinkers and can be found in cafes around town.
Dr. Lindsay Collins, Au.D., CCC-A
Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and her doctoral degree in audiology from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She experiences true enjoyment in helping her patients improve their relationships and their quality of life through better hearing and tinnitus management.
A Texas native, Lindsay and her husband, Kyle, moved to Colorado in the summer of 2012 to take advantage of all the state has to offer. Outside of audiology, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking, fishing, camping, and exploring with her husband, their two young sons (Jaxon and Owen), and their two dogs (Luna and ShadowBelle). She also enjoys exercise and is a certified Zumba instructor.
Dr. Collins is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, from which she received her Certificate of Clinical Competence. She also holds a license in audiology from the State of Colorado.
Dr. Jackie Smith, Au.D., FAAA
Jackie prides herself on providing excellent patient care and improving the quality of each patient’s life through better hearing and tinnitus relief. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado and earned her Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Smith has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Dr. Jackie is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and sons, Will and Ryan. As a family, they enjoy playing and watching hockey and golf.
Dr. Abby McMahon, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Abby received her undergraduate degree from University of Kansas and her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Audiology. She is the Past President of the Colorado Academy of Audiology and has been on several other boards related to audiology. She loves working with patients and their families helping them achieve the best quality of life they can through excellent hearing healthcare!
A Fort Collins native, Abby is thrilled to be back in her hometown taking care of people in her community. When she is not at work, she is busy chasing after her two young (and busy) toddler boys, two dogs and hanging out with her family! She loves spending time outdoors hiking, skiing and snowboarding, camping, and gardening.
Dr. Drew Price, Au.D., FAAA
Drew earned her Doctorate in Audiology from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, and completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. As a second generation audiologist, she has grown up seeing firsthand how important hearing wellness is to quality of life.
Drew is also a Pastor’s Kid, so she grew up in Florida, Arkansas, and finally landed in Louisiana, where her family still resides. Drew fell in love with Colorado at a very early age, so she knew this state would eventually become her home. She moved here in 2015 to finish her Doctor of Audiology residency at UC Health and has been here since! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking, traveling and live music.
Dr. Tony Kovacs, Au.D., FAAA
Originally from Chicago, Tony moved to Colorado in 2012 to pursue his Doctorate after many years of touring as the lead vocalist in his punk rock band Shot Baker. He was recently featured in a story by NPR which highlighted his hearing conservation work with musicians. Click here for more information.
Tony earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in ‘Audio Arts and Acoustics’ from Columbia College Chicago (2005), his Bachelor of Science degree in ‘Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences’ from University of Northern Colorado (2014) and his Doctor of Audiology degree from University of Northern Colorado (2018). His experience as a touring musician offers him a unique perspective and approach to the field of audiology. He believes preventive hearing healthcare deserves at least as much attention as rehabilitation.
In addition to playing music and helping folks with their hearing healthcare needs, Tony enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and camping with his wife, Lisa, and their chocolate lab, Bodhi.
Dr. Kenzie Phillips, Au.D., CCC-A
Kenzie is a Colorado native who earned her bachelor’s degree in speech, language and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She then went on to complete her Doctorate in Audiology at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Kenzie has enjoyed practicing audiology in a range of clinical settings. During her audiology residency, she had the opportunity to work at the National Institutes of Health, where she conducted hearing research in patients with complex medical needs and disorders. These experiences developed her passion for hearing and have translated into dedication to improving patients’ quality of life by providing treatment options for both hearing loss and tinnitus.
Outside of audiology, she likes to spend time skiing and fishing in Winter Park, hiking, practicing yoga, and playing with her energetic family dog, Joey.
Dr. Alison LaBrec, Au.D.
Alison LaBrec earned her degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado and received her clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Texas. While completing her graduate degree, Alison was heavily involved in tinnitus research. She valued the opportunity to contribute to research focused on improving the quality of life for individuals with tinnitus.
Alison completed her clinical externship at a private practice in Manhattan. There she enjoyed working with patients of all ages to achieve improved hearing health.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her fiancé, Andrew, and their Australian Shepherd, Louie. After living in New York City, the three of them are excited to be back home enjoying beautiful Colorado together!
Dr. Emily Hahn, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Emily grew up in Ohio. She attended Ohio University where she earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Doctorate of Audiology. There Emily was awarded the Outstanding Clinician in Audiology and Outstanding Graduate Student in Audiology awards. She moved to Arizona in 2018 and has loved it ever since.
Outside of audiology, Emily and her fiancé, Clay, enjoy exploring national parks around the country. So far, she has been to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton. In Arizona, they enjoy exploring new hiking grounds and trying new restaurants and breweries.
Dr. Sarah Pitrone, Au.D.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in audiology and speech-language sciences and her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to joining the Sound Relief team, Dr. Pitrone had an opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings including public schools, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and neurotology. Dr. Pitrone is committed to providing excellent care and finding a personalized treatment solution for each patient.
Raised in Colorado, Sarah and her husband, Sam, moved to Gilbert, Arizona in 2018. In her free time, Sarah enjoys travel, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Megan Read, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Megan, a 6th generation Texan, is a huge San Antonio Spurs fan and the first in her family to move away from the Lone Star state. She earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Abilene Christian University in 2004. She worked in elementary education as both an interpreter in a deaf education classroom and as a speech pathology assistant. Dr. Read then obtained her Doctorate of Audiology degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2010.
Her desire has always been to educate and empower her patients by working together to maximize access to communication. Dr. Read worked in a neurotology practice for nine years before joining the Sound Relief team. During that time, she sought out specialized training in the management of tinnitus and sound sensitivity disorders under Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D. She loves both the art and the science of tinnitus treatment and truly enjoys walking alongside each patient in their unique hearing health journey.
Megan also enjoys exploring her creative side and trying new recipes. You might find her walking the many trails in Highlands Ranch with her husband Tim, their three children, Natalee, Brighton, and Ellie, and their two mischievous Westies, Ollie and Jefferson.
Dr. Samantha Ewing, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Samantha is originally from Minnesota, where she obtained her bachelor of science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and her bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies.
After earning her bachelor’s degrees, Samantha worked within the hearing aid industry. She received her doctorate in Audiology from the University of South Dakota. Samantha and her husband, Jerod, moved to Colorado to complete her audiology residency. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
She has previous experience working with children and adults in private practice, educational, and hospital settings. Samantha is passionate about helping improve hearing, tinnitus, and overall communication in order to positively impact quality of life. Outside of work, she enjoys being with her family, spending time outdoors, watching and playing sports, and reading.
TJ started with Sound Relief in February 2019 and proudly holds the longest title in the company – Executive Director of Business Development and Operations. He graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Psychology. TJ also played in two Frozen Fours and a National Championship for Colorado College hockey.
He brings 20 years of experience in performance management, strategic planning, operational excellence across multiple industries, and we are thankful to have him on our team
Outside of Sound Relief, TJ enjoys spending time with his family and golfing, fly-fishing, biking, and hockey.
Amy is our controller, in charge of accounts payable and receivable. She studied accounting at St. Louis University. She moved to Denver in 1998, and prior to joining our team, she was the controller for a general contractor for over 13 years. An innovative and driven accounting professional, Amy enjoys working for family-owned and operated businesses. She strives to learn new ways of doing things and takes on challenges that are sometimes out of her comfort zone.
Amy lives in Waterloo, IL with her husband, Travis, and their two children, Paige and Cainen. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, and reading.
Cyndi Maris – Patient Care Coordinator
Cyndi is the patient care coordinator for our Mesa location and has been with Sound Relief since January 2014. She moved here from southern California in 1994 with her husband and two sons. She loves spending time with her friends and her family, especially her nine-year-old grandson, and is very excited about her new granddaughter!
“My favorite part of the job is the people – I love our patients!”
Jamee Burke – Patient Care Coordinator
Jamee is the patient care coordinator at our Centennial office. She grew up in Nebraska and attended Brigham Young University, studying psychology. She enjoys working with such a wonderful group of professionals who make such a huge difference in people’s lives. Jamee also loves getting to know so many of our patients.
Jamee is married with three children and spends much of her free time attending her kids’ sporting activities. She also enjoys reading, traveling, spending quality time with her family, and walking her dogs.
Linda Diveley – Patient Care Coordinator
Linda is the patient care coordinator at our Golden office, and she has extensive experience in customer service. Originally from Belleville, Illinois, she moved eight times corporately before settling here in 1999 with her husband and two kids. Linda came for a vacation and fell in love with the mountains! She spends time reading, traveling, and visiting with family and friends. Her three-year-old twin grandchildren are Linda’s focus, and she has another grandbaby due in March!
“Helping people, getting to know them, and building relationships is my favorite thing in life. I love working in this practice, because I honestly know that each and every staff member is genuinely interested and concerned about making a positive impact in our customers’ lives.”
Stephanie handles all of our insurance claims at Sound Relief. She graduated from Lindenwood University in Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and has a strong background with insurance and healthcare administration. Stephanie has experience in the administrative and clinical side of healthcare, in both the hospital and private practice setting. She loves being able to help patients utilize and maximize their healthcare benefits in this ever-changing insurance world.
Stephanie enjoys spending time with her large family – especially her nieces and nephew, traveling, and practicing yoga. She currently lives in the Midwest with her sweet pup Stormi, and they are always on an adventure to find new hiking spots! She travels often to Colorado and plans to someday call the beautiful mountains home!
Kimberly Kent – Patient Care Coordinator
Kimberly has been the Patient Care Coordinator in Highlands Ranch since April 2017. Kimberly grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, go Panthers! She has been a Colorado resident for 20 years and loves the weather here. Kimberly, her husband Jacob, kids; Natalie and Preston and her mom Deb live in Castle Rock. Kimberly enjoys traveling, volunteering at her kid’s school, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Renee Kutac – Patient Care Coordinator
Renee has been the Patient Care Coordinator in our Highlands Ranch office since March, 2018. Renee grew up in Southern California and made the move to beautiful Colorado in 2004.
Renee enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing, baking, crafting, and sharing a great meal with friends. She can always be found cheering on her kids during their weekend activities.
Renee and her two children; Hannah and Harris live in Highlands Ranch and enjoy all aspects of living in a close knit community.
Elizabeth Prutsman – Patient Experience Facilitator
Elizabeth is Patrick’s little sister and has worked with Sound Relief since 2016, and she mainly helps with quality control for the patient experience. Elizabeth graduated with Honors from Old Dominion University with a BA in English Literature, and she has over 20 years of customer care experience.
She is also an enthusiastic volunteer. She started coaching youth basketball in college and still does with her own children’s teams. She advocates for local animal rescues and volunteers to exercise dogs at the SPCA.
Her most important role is Mom to her kids, Wyatt and Leila; and Person to her dog Roosevelt. Her three favorite things are time with her family, walks with Roosevelt, and taking a break with a run; the longer the better.
Kelsey Harvey – Patient Care Coordinator
Kelsey is the patient care coordinator at our Fort Collins office. She grew up in the Chicagoland area before moving to Fort Collins in 2011. She loves spending time with her growing family of 10 siblings and 11 nieces and nephews. She loves working with people and has found a true passion for caring for people and animals alike. Kelsey enjoys volunteering and fostering for local dog shelters and spending time with her Great Dane and rottweiler, Roux, and Hallie. Kelsey tries to be outdoors whenever possible to take advantage of Colorado’s hiking, backpacking, camping, and kayaking.
Courtney Schneider – Patient Care Coordinator
Courtney has been our Patient Care Coordinator for the Cherry Creek, Denver office since March 2019. She is a Colorado native – just down the road in Englewood Colorado.
Compassionate patient care is important to Courtney which is why she fits in so well with us at Sound Relief. “Seeing the profound difference our team makes in our patients’ lives is one of the many ways I know I am in the right place.”
Outside of Sound Relief, you can find Courtney enjoying family time with her husband and daughter, Zoey. She enjoys baking sweet treats for family and friends and visits the Denver Zoo often.
Ryan, our Assistant Marketing Director, believes developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does both professionally and personally. With the addition of Ryan, Sound Relief is even more of a family business. He is the brother of Patrick Prutsman, co-founder of Sound Relief Hearing Center. His hobbies include hiking with friends and family, snowboarding, mountain biking, and he is an avid sports fan. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Ryan graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2016. He moved to Denver in March 2019 and is already a huge Colorado sports fan. His aim is to find the best way to convey Sound Relief’s mission of changing lives one ear at a time.
Layla Fotouhi – Patient Care Coordinator
Layla Fotouhi is the Patient Care Coordinator at our Scottsdale office. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. After moving to Arizona, she can’t get enough of the sun! Her background is in Cosmetology, and she was also a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Fun fact: Layla placed in the Wisconsin State Pageant for National American Miss.
To advance her ability to help people, she is taking classes at Nova Southeastern University to become an Audiology assistant.
“I love seeing patients happy, and making those connections that last!”
Outside of work, Layla loves traveling and her Packers.
Justina Muniz – Patient Care Coordinator
Justina, a Colorado native, joined our team as the Patient Care Coordinator of our Westminster office in April 2019. Justina finds true joy in helping others and is passionate about caring for our patients. She has worked in medical care for over 6 years and continues to find enjoyment and growth in her job.
In her free time, Justina enjoys many things including hiking, traveling, being active, and going to the gym, but mostly she enjoys spending time with her French Bulldog: Roskoe. She loves the outdoors and considers there is no lack of adventures for her and her pup in Colorado.
Meghan Frazier – Patient Care Coordinator
Megan is a Colorado native and Patient Care Coordinator at our Golden location. Having worked in healthcare for nearly 4 years, her diverse experience provides knowledge in the clinical, emergency department, and patient support in a cancer center. Her energy to provide the best experience in patient care drives her enthusiasm to make each patient feel valued and welcome.
Meghan enjoys spending time with her mother and brother. She has a variety of animal “kids” including her horse, Makita, soon to be horse Fancy, and her dog, Hunter. She enjoys riding her horse and spending her time out at the barn.
Brennen Karl – 4th Year Audiology Doctoral Extern
Brennen is our 4th Year Audiology Doctoral Extern. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently finishing his doctoral externship with our office. Brennen’s mother has hearing loss, and he has grown up witnessing the emotional and social struggle his mother has faced.
Brennen was born and raised in Colorado. Outside of audiology, he enjoys spending time with his twin sister, reading, acting on stage and in independent films, and going to concerts (with hearing protection of course!). He also aspires to become a fiction writer in addition to being an audiologist.