Meet the Team

Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. At Hearing HealthCare Centers, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Relationships based on unsurpassed personal service that begins the first time you walk through our doors and continues long after your initial appointment.

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Our Providers

Dr Whitney Swander

Dr Whitney Swander

AU.D., CCC-A, F-AAA, Owner

Dr. Whitney Swander attended the University of Northern Colorado. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 1998. Whitney went on to immediately earn her Master’s degree in Audiology in 2000.

Dr Annie Swanberg

Dr Annie Swanberg

Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Annie Swanberg joined the Hearing HealthCare Centers team in 2016, after earning her doctorate in audiology from the University of Colorado. She did her fourth-year externship at Denver Health, which provided a wide range of experiences and challenges in clinical audiology.

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Before going back to grad school she was employed in the hearing aid industry, so while she may be a newer audiologist, she’s been working with hearing aids since 2006 .

Annie grew up in the Midwest but was always a mountain girl at heart. Weekends find her scrambling up and down mountains, competing in trail running races (favorite distance: 50K), or just playing her guitar around a campfire. She brings the same energy to work… along with the occasional scraped knees and elbows!

Dr. Kacy Hooten

Dr. Kacy Hooten

Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

Dr. Kacy Hooten joined the Hearing HealthCare Centers team in Summer 2018, after completing her Doctorate of Audiology at Wayne University in Detroit Michigan. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University.

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Her clinical education at Henry Ford Hospital, Ann Arbor VA and various private practice settings provided her with extensive knowledge on diagnostic testing, the latest hearing instrument technology and genuine, quality patient care. Kacy has great enthusiasm educating her patients about their hearing loss and how to improve communication with their friends and loved ones.

Kacy is a native Michigander, she grew up in a small town near Grand Rapids. While she misses Pure Michigan and the Great Lakes, she is happy to call Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountains her new home! On the weekends, catch her on the golf course, hiking colorful Colorado or cooking (and eating!) good food with good company. She is also a dedicated Cheesehead, so her Autumn Sunday’s are spent cheering on the Green Bay Packers!

Dr Kimberly Hart

Dr Kimberly Hart

Au.D, CCC-A

Dr. Kimberly Hart joined our team in 2017. Although she is new to our team she is not new to audiology. She is a Colorado native and worked in a variety of settings. She has worked in the public schools, ENT clinics, private practice, and spent the last 13 years using her talents on our nation’s heroes at the veterans administration.

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As a result, she is very veteran and law enforcement conscientious and loves helping those heroes that serve our nation and community. She understands the needs of this unique population and everyone that can benefit from better hearing.

These settings have given her a wide variety of expertise. She has experience in tinnitus management, hearing conservation, balance therapy, the full gamut of audiological testing and aural rehabilitation.

When she is not at work she can be found hiking in our mountains, enjoying the outdoors with her family, and volunteering to help those in need.

Dr. Chelsea Bega

Dr. Chelsea Bega

Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

Dr. Chelsea Bega joined the Hearing HealthCare Centers staff in Spring of 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Oregon, then went on to receive her Doctor of Audiology degree at Arizona State University’s Speech & Hearing program.

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Chelsea has had the privilege to practice Audiology in many diverse settings, including public schools, private practices, ENT clinics, and clinical research positions. Chelsea fell in love with the field at the young age of 13, after her brother was diagnosed with a hearing loss. She has since then made it her life goal to help people reconnect with their loved ones and the world around them through better hearing.

Chelsea was born and raised on the beautiful island of O’ahu, Hawai’I, where she spent most of her free time exploring the ocean. Since moving to Colorado, Chelsea enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and volunteering her time with furry friends at the local animal shelters. She has recently taken up fishing and is always eager to learn fishing pointers and tips from the Colorado pros!

Kate Wipfler

Kate Wipfler

Audiology Assistant

Kate joined Hearing Healthcare Centers in 2017 as an audiology assistant. Born in Illinois, Kate graduated from Regis University in 2016 with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish.

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Kate has enjoyed working in research and clinical settings for the past 5 years and is excited to join Hearing Healthcare Centers to continue her passion for serving others in a holistic manner. Outside of work, Kate enjoys cycling, backcountry camping, reading, crafting, and photography.

Erin Simon

Erin Simon

Audiology Assistant

Erin joined the Hearing Healthcare Centers staff in May of 2017, shortly after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Erin’s long-term goal is to become an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist, but she is currently interested in gaining experience in the field first. Erin enjoys getting to know her patients and feels privileged to play such an essential role in people’s everyday lives.

Erin has a strong passion for traveling and helping others. In 2012, at just 17 years old, Erin participated in a program called Walking Tree Travel. She and 20 other high school students from around world traveled to Costa Rica to volunteer for a village for 2 weeks. In 2014 and 2015, Erin participated in the Alternative Spring Break Program at her University. The first trip involved traveling to California and helping women and children who were victims of domestic violence. The second trip involved traveling to Utah to volunteer at an animal shelter. Erin is so grateful that she was able to participate in these experiences because they have helped shape her into the person that she is today.

Some of Erin’s previous job experience includes working as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) in a nursing home and being a hip-hop dance instructor for children. Erin is a born and raised Coloradan and in her free time she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Erin is currently working towards obtaining her Board Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (BC-HIS).

Management Team

Therese Montecalvo

Therese Montecalvo

Director of Operations

Therese Montecalvo joined the Hearing HealthCare Centers staff in 2015! She came from Ohio where she worked as a human resource and payroll specialist. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Communication Studies and a minor in Marketing/Management.

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In her spare time, Therese enjoys hiking 14ers, trail running, and spending time with her friends and family. She loves all that Colorado has to offer and its many outdoor activities.

Kellie Mendelow

Kellie Mendelow

Marketing and Outreach Manager

Kellie Mendelow joined Hearing HealthCare Centers in 2016. Kellie has both a BS in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an Associate Degree in Business and Management. She has experience at all levels of management and many years experience in various business settings, including Senior Level management as CEO.

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When not at work Kellie enjoys spending time with her three children, hiking, biking, all things outdoors, as well as time near the ocean scuba diving and hearing live music.

Cheryl Barber

Cheryl Barber

Insurance Specialist

Cheryl Barber joined Hearing HealthCare Centers staff as the Credentialing and Insurance Specialist in April of 2017. She currently holds two Associates degree and is finishing her 4-year degree in Business.

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She has been in the medical & dental field for over eight years in various capacities.Before her career change into the medical industry, she worked as a Chef for over 20 years.

Since her transition into the medical field, she has had a desire to help patients with issues regarding their insurance benefits and claims.

Cheryl moved to Colorado 12 years ago and is happily married. She has three adult children, two granddaughters and is a foster parent. She enjoys spending her free time bicycling, experiencing Colorado festivals and mountains, running in various 10k’s, half marathons and she is an enthusiastic Disney fan.

Patient Care Coordinators

Amanda Mercado

Amanda Mercado

Patient Care Coordinator

Amanda Mercado joined the Hearing Healthcare Centers staff as the Wheat Ridge Patient Care Coordinator in 2017 from California where she worked as a Personal Caregiver.

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She graduated with honors from The Art Institute Inland Empire with her Bachelor’s degree in Culinary / Hospitality Management, and her Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. Amanda loves to help others and prides herself on her customer service skills.

Since moving to Colorado, Amanda enjoys going fishing, camping, and taking long walks to see all the beautiful sights. She also really loves to cook, watch movies, and spend time with her loved ones and friends.

Thom Wright

Thom Wright

Patient Care Coordinator

Thom Wright joined the Hearing HealthCare staff as a Patient Care Coordinator in June of 2016.  Before joining the Hearing HealthCare team,  Thom worked for 40 years as an Emergency Services Dispatcher.

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The last 18 years of that at the Fort Collins 9-1-1 Center as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher.

Thom retired in 2015 but after such a long career in public service, he found himself wanting to give back to the community. When a position became available at Hearing HealthCare Centers, Thom jumped at the chance! It was a perfect fit!

When not working, Thom enjoys trips to the mountains with his trailer and fur friend Jordan, a 12-year-old Weimaraner. Jordan is the 4th rescue dog that has joined Thom’s family, having had a previous Weimaraner as well as a pair of Miniature Pinschers. Thom also enjoys working in his yard, long walks, and quiet times listening to music.

Kathi Kittridge

Kathi Kittridge

Patient Care Coordinator

Kathi is the first smiling face you will see as you enter our Colorado Springs office of Hearing HealthCare Centers. After originally starting out as one of Dr. Durbin’s patients in 2013, Kathi became the Patient Care Coordinator for the office in 2014.

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She not only helps with phone calls, scheduling appointments and other tasks around the office but she is also able to help with some problems that may arise related to hearing aids as she wears two herself!

Kathi is originally from Maine and moved to Colorado in 1992 with her husband and three children to be closer to family. She spent 30 years working in manufacturing before changing careers in 2001 and becoming a receptionist for a local physician’s office. Kathi has always enjoyed helping others and knew this would be a perfect fit for her. She has been in the medical field ever since!

In her spare time, you can find Kathi spending time with her grandchildren, playing with and walking her two dogs, or designing and remodeling rooms in her home.

Pam Pearce

Pam Pearce

Patient Care Coordinator

Pam joined the Hearing HealthCare Centers team as the Patient Care Coordinator in the Englewood location. She is not new to the area as she was born and raised in SE Denver. After she graduated from high school, she went to school to be a certified dental assistant.

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She worked in the dental field for several years. While there she learned how nice it is to get to know and help the patients that come to your office.

After she married, she moved to Englewood where her and her husband raised their two children. She did everything from babysitting, to cleaning houses so she could spend as much time with her children as possible.

In her free time, she really enjoys sitting in the back yard by her pond or taking long walks in the neighborhood. She is also an avid gardener and loves to read. She especially loves sewing for her 3 granddaughters.

Erica Prodanovic

Erica Prodanovic

Patient Care Coordinator

Erica joined the Hearing HealthCare Centers staff in 2018 for the Broomfield office. Before joining the Hearing HealthCare Centers team, Erica worked as a Patient Care Coordinator for hearing aid facilities in Durango, CO, and Arvada, CO for a little over three years.

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She has extensive knowledge about hearing aids and is happy to help patients with their hearing aids whenever they stop by the Broomfield office. Erica is passionate about helping her patients and providing excellent customer service.

In her spare time, Erica enjoys weight lifting, taking her two dogs on walks, reading, and going to the movies. Now that she is getting settled in to Colorado, Erica is looking forward to start camping, hiking, and fishing as well.

Joanna Huhman

Joanna Huhman

Patient Care Coordinator

Joanna joined the HHCC team as a Patient Care Coordinator in February of 2017, after a long career as an Executive Administrative Assistant for a publishing company. She also has previous experience in the medical field and retains her Cosmetology license.

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Joanna was born in Ohio but spent her whole life in Colorado. She enjoys gardening and painting, drawing inspiration from the Colorado Rockies.

She and her husband enjoy swing dancing and running around with their 15-year-old grandson to keep themselves feeling young.

Hannah Paige

Hannah Paige

Patient Care Coordinator

Hannah Paige joined the Hearing HealthCare Centers staff as the Patient Care Coordinator for the Boulder office in February of 2018. She currently holds an Associates Degree and is finishing her 4-year degree in Health Care Management with a minor in Integrated HealthCare.

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Before joining Hearing HealthCare Centers she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in home healthcare and Hospice for over 8 years. She is passionate about taking care of people and is excited to continue to be able to do this through our company.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys crafting, reading, traveling, and going on adventures with her husband and new little puppy.

 

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