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Dr. Ana Anzola, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA


For more than 20 years, Dr. Ana Anzola has been helping the communities of Northern Virginia and Maryland with their hearing health care.

As everyone's hearing issues, experiences and needs are different, the practice of audiology is a mix of art and science in an effort to find the best solution for each individual. What sets Dr. Anzola apart is the personal attention she gives to each patient to find the absolute best solution, and to make sure the technology is working for you. She truly believes that her job isn't finished until you are completely satisfied with your results.

Dr. Anzola received her Doctorate degree in Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) since 1995, board-certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dr. Julie Boiano Ambrose, CCC-A


Dr. Julie Boiano Ambrose enjoys working with patients across all age groups, including pediatrics and adults. As a hearing health care specialist, she makes an active effort to understand each person's listening needs and works with each patient to develop a tailored solution. Dr. Boiano Ambrose believes that knowledge is the key to success, and strives to educate and counsel her patients about hearing loss, amplification options, and overall realistic goals/expectations. Her favorite part of being an audiologist is developing ongoing professional relationships with patients and seeing the quality of life changes that result from successful hearing aid fittings.

Dr. Boiano Ambrose earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University, and her Doctorate of Audiology from Towson University. She is a Virginia state licensed audiologist and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dr. Linda Himler, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA


Dr. Linda Himler has practiced audiology and hearing aid dispensing since 1986. She has a broad background of experience and truly enjoys working with all age groups. Bringing people back into the conversations that are important in their lives, and in connection with friends and family is what gives her joy and meaning in her career. She enjoys working in her home community in Loudoun County and looks forward to improving the quality of life of her patients and their families through better hearing.

Dr. Himler is certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is Board Certified as a Fellow in Audiology through the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA). A graduate of Boston University in 1984, she received her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986, ultimately receiving her Doctor of Audiology from Salus University in Philadelphia in 2009. Dr. Himler has had the fortune to work in a variety of work environments including hospital audiology, private practice, a non-profit allied health center and in ENT audiology for 20 years.

Dr. Wendy Thorne, CCC-A, FAAA


Dr. Thorne first became interested in audiology at a young age when her aunt suffered a sudden hearing loss overnight. After listening to her aunt talk about the experience and how her audiologist gave her back the gift of communication and hearing, Dr. Thorne knew it was what she wanted to do for others. She loves working with individuals of all ages from pediatrics to adults, and enjoys meeting new patients and working with them through the process of hearing treatment toward a life of best hearing. Dr. Thorne will do whatever she can to make each one of her patients happy with their hearing health care.

Dr. Thorne is a Virginia state licensed audiologist and is certified by the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) and her doctorate degree from West Virginia University. While at West Virginia University, Dr. Thorne wrote her thesis examining the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on hearing health.

Dr. Travis Stehouwer, CCC-A


Dr. Stehouwer enjoys working with patients to provide the best solutions for their hearing needs. He has experience with most manufacturers’ hearing aids and accessories, as well as other assistive listening devices, and is adept at matching the most suitable solution for each patient’s particular type and degree of hearing impairment, as well as their activities, lifestyle and budget.

Dr. Stehouwer always likes to ensure that his patients receive the best care and hearing outcomes by following best practices, making careful measurements and diagnoses, and being as thorough as possible with each and every patient.

Dr. Stehouwer received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and earned his Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) from Western Michigan University. He completed his doctoral externship at the San Diego Veterans Affairs Clinic. Dr. Stehouwer is licensed to practice Audiology in Virgnia and Maryland. He is certified by ASHA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Brandy Charles, CCC-A, FAAA


Providing hearing healthcare and hearing aid services for over 10 years to both the adult and pediatric populations has allowed Dr. Charles to obtain experience in multiple areas of audiology. She has worked as an audiologist in both private practice and in conjunction with Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians, as well as serving in the academic arena where she taught Aural Rehabilitation and supervised graduate level students at Loyola University Maryland.

Dr. Charles is dedicated to helping patients communicate more effectively, whether providing the most appropriate hearing aid technology or using effective counseling strategies to ensure patients are optimizing their environment for better hearing.  She enjoys meeting each patient and working together to achieve their personal goals.

Dr. Charles received her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD), Master of Arts (MA), and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a licensed audiologist in the state of Maryland.  Dr. Charles currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA).

Christine Galeng,
Hearing Instrument Specialist, HIS (Limited License)


Christine conducts diagnostic testing and helps patients with their hearing solutions. She has been working with Ascent Audiology & Hearing since 2010, the same year she completed her Audiology Assistant training course. Before that, Christine worked at Sibley Hospital for 4 years, performing hearing screenings on newborns. She is passionate about helping people improve their hearing and provides support wherever she can.

Mariam Abraham,
Hearing Instrument Specialist, HIS (Limited License)


Mariam has worked in the hearing health field since 2012. As a Patient Care Coordinator in the McLean office she answers any questions that patients have and ensures that they receive the care they need with a smile. Mariam has travelled extensively and lived in several countries. She speaks four languages: English, Amharic, Tigirina and Norwegian. “I’m looking forward to meeting you!” -Mariam

Hilary Emden, B.A.
Audiology Extern, Doctoral Student


Hilary Emden, B.A. is a graduate student from the University at Buffalo in New York and will be graduating in May 2018 with her Doctor of Audiology degree. Hilary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University at Buffalo and is continuing her graduate studies within their Communication Disorders & Sciences department. Hilary enjoys working with patients of all ages and helping those with hearing loss obtain a better quality of life. She has special interests in diagnostics, hearing aid technology and tinnitus management.

Catherine Marshall,
Patient Care Coordinator

Catherine Marshall

Catherine is the Patient Care Coordinator in the Rockville office. She has been in the medical field since 2006 and has extensive healthcare administrative knowledge and customer service expertise. Her #1 priority is to give personal attention and genuine concern for each patient. Catherine enjoys meeting new people and creating new, lasting relationships. "With a smile, I am looking forward to assisting you with all your hearing needs."

Anisa Swann,
Patient Care Coordinator


Anisa is a recent graduate from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is taking time off from school to get more experience in the field of Audiology prior to entering graduate school for Audiology. "I am excited to learn about the best practices for patient care while working at Ascent Audiology and Hearing."

Brittany McCarty,
Patient Care Coordinator


Brittany has worked in customer service for 10 years and in the medical field for 5 years. As a Patient Care Coordinator she enjoys answering questions from patients, providing reassurance, and helping patients manage their hearing loss. Brittany understands that patients expect quality care and strives to provide a first class experience with each and every patient. “I love helping people and making them feel comfortable.”

Cenisa Swann,
Patient Care Coordinator

Jeanette Rogers,
Health and Wellness Director

Jeanette Rogers

Jeanette has worked in the health care field since 1998. As our Business Development Coordinator she works with our health care partners to bring the best solutions for your hearing, and to ensure that patients get the coordinated care they need. As an Audiology Assistant, she is committed to helping our Audiologists provide excellent customer service with a smile, every time. Whether helping you over the phone or in the office, she strives to make every interaction as helpful and pleasant as possible. From scheduling appointments to answering insurance questions, Jeanette is there for you every step of the way. "I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your hearing health care goals."

Nicole Griffin, MS, CCC-A
Health and Wellness Coordinator


Nicole joined the Ascent team in 2013 as a Clinical Audiologist in our McLean office. Currently, as Ascent’s Corporate Wellness Liaison, she strives to educate our corporate partners about the effects of hearing loss in the workplace. 

Nicole graduated from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1993. She then went on to complete her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1998. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

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Dr Anzola is outstanding. Dr Anzola has provided me with hearing aids that have improved my hearing dramatically. She does an outstanding job of adjusting them each time I see her. Her staff will always fit me in if I need some help. My hearing aids have made such an improvement in the quality of my life. I am most grateful to Dr Anzola.

- Linda B., Annandale, VA

Great Service with Outstanding Results. Lost my previous hearing aids so went to Dr Ana Anzola for help in getting new ones. Thanks to her I have new hearing aids which are extraordinarily better than anything I had before. She takes time to analyze your hearing loss and then creates the best solution tailored to your needs. I woukld recommend her to anyone who suffers from hearing loss problems.

- Thomas A., Mc Lean, VA

A five-star experience! I am a first-time hearing-aid user. I did not know what to expect but Dr. Anzola immediately put me at ease, explained the process and educated me on available options. I have been impressed with the follow-up services. The doctors and staff are friendly, efficient and professional. I have recommended Ascent to others.

- Kathleen S., Herndon, VA

A+++++ (that's 5) for service, professionalism, expertise, etc. I went to the office not really knowing what to expect. Marci Smith was the Audiologist and she is very personable and professional. I am almost please enough to travel to Rockville, her normal office. Everything about the people and office are really the best.

- Richard L., Falls Church, VA

All 5 stars! I purchased my Starkey hearing aids in Naples Florida where we spend part of the year. Audiology Associates located in Naples found Ascent in a directory. With the office close to where we live, I have come in twice to purchase supplies. Service was professional, courteous, and prompt. I will be back for continued purchases as well as service on my hearing aids if necessary.

- Richard S., Oakton, VA

Service is very good and quick. After service my hearing aid is in good condition. I satisfy. Thanks.

- Thuy D., Rockville, MD

Excelent practice. Dr Anzola is an excellent professional. I'm very happy with her professional practice and office. Before I went there, I visited many doctors and they never solved my problem. With Dr. Anzola my experience has been very good.

- Ana B., Bethesda, MD

Excellent! Highly recommend. I accompanied my mother for her initial exam and again when she received the hearing aids. I was very impressed with the amount of time spent and the attention to detail. My mother is not an easy customer and for her to be impressed also says volumes. Dr. Anzola listened well and carefully and responded to all questions and concerns. I was invited to sit in as the aids were prepared and how to use and care for them was explained. She took A LOT of time going over everything, answering questions, and explaining everything in detail. We never felt hurried or rushed. Our appointment was on a Friday late afternoon. What totally amazed us was on Saturday morning my mother got a call from Dr. Anzola. She wanted to see how my mother did after the appointment and in the morning. She asked my mother if she had any questions or concerns. A follow up from the doctor WITHOUT a call from us, was a pleasant surprise. I would highly recommend her.

- Dale L., Alexandria, VA

Dr. Anzola is very attentive, listens very carefully to what ou have to say, will answer all guestions and will change whatever that can be changed to accommidate your wishes. If you have a problem Dr. Anzola will squeeze you in as soon as possible.

- Mary M., Falls Church, VA

Overall - Excellent. Office is officially run and staff (Christine) always accommodating. Appointments are timely, so next to no waiting time. Very friendly but efficient and professional environment. Small waiting room but comfortable setting. Earing devices and testing process seem to meet excellent standards...Doctor Anzola appears very technically knowledgeable and competent.

- Linda G., Fairfax, VA

I Can Hear!!! Dr. Anzola and her staff have been unbelievably fabulous with me. They worked with me to make sure that I got the help I needed and got the comfort that I wanted. They've been there every time I've needed advice or help. And yes, I've already been recommending them to friends. Think you can't hear? Go get help - After 10 years, I'm hearing the birds again... I had no idea how much I'd lost and I'm so happy to have it back again!

- Sheldon C., Arlington, VA

They have gone out of their way to help me hear better. Many times I have called or gone to their office to correct a problem or answer a question.

– Lynda R., McLean, VA

Excellent service! Dr. Anzola is totally professional, helpful and experienced - it is a pleasure to use her services.

- Jane F., Mclean, VA

Dr. Anzola taught me how to use my hearing aid. Improving your hearing is more than purchasing an aid. I am very pleased with my choice to get assistance from Ascent Audiology for my hearing needs. Dr. Anzola is a teacher as well as a doctor. I highly recommend her practice.

- Carol B., Falls Church, VA

Great service, good listeners! My hearing aids are very comfortable. I've been wearing them now since Jan. 2013. Dr. Anzola is responsive to my questions and gives great customer service! Christina is so helpful and her calls to remind me of my next appointment are much appreciated. Thank you Dr. Anzola and staff.

- Craig R., Arlington, VA

Caring, professional audiologist Dr. Anzula guided me through the difficult transition of adjusting to wearing hearing aids. She made sure I had devices to fit mt needs and took the time and care to make sure I was satisfied.

- Rhett D., Mc Lean, VA

Outstanding in all areas. Dr. Anzola and her staff are well-trained professionals who are dedicated to providing a high level of service to their patients.She is not satisfied until her patient is completely satisfied.I am very pleased with the product and my relationship with Dr. Anzola and her staff

- David S., Fairfax, VA

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