Each of the clinics in the Estes Audiology family is focused on comprehensive and individual patient care, whether a hearing aid is the most appropriate solution or a different recommendation is the better option. Our goal is to serve the needs of our patients to their satisfaction and always respect the decisions that each person makes in regard to their hearing care.
MEET OUR FOUNDERS
Soriya Estes, AuD
Soriya Estes, AuD has extensive experience in the field of Audiology and owns several private practice offices in Central Texas. She received her Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University. Dr. Estes has lectured as a guest faculty member for the UT-Austin Moody College of Communication Speech and Hearing Department and also has served on several committees for the American Academy of Audiology. She has spoken at regional and national forums relaying Best Practices for Audiologists in hearing healthcare clinics.
In 2005, Dr. Estes started her first practice in New Braunfels, Texas with the philosophy of providing superior hearing healthcare services for all patients. The philosophy of service to others resonates throughout her character.
Dr. Estes is highly motivated to serve her local communities in Central Texas. Estes Audiology has served as the hearing service affiliate provider for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) since 2009. She also has been called to participate in healthcare efforts in Haiti to support, staff and fund hearing and health centered mission trips annually.
Outside of Audiology, Soriya also serves on the Board of Trustees for 89.5 KMFA – classical public radio and the St. Austin’s Catholic School Board. She is also a Blue Coat for the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year in 2015 from the New Braunfels Chamber. She has lived in Austin for over twenty years and actively attends her daughters school and extracurricular activities as their Uber driver extraordinaire.
- Salus University, Doctorate of Audiology, June 2009
- University of Texas, Master of Arts, Audiology, 1999
- Oklahoma State University, Bachelor of Science, Speech Pathology & Audiology, 1997
Kelli House, M.A.
Kelli House, M.A. has extensive experience in the field of Audiology and joined as a partner of Estes Audiology in 2014. Ms. House has experience in both pediatric and adult diagnostic testing, hearing loss counseling, and hearing aid fittings. Prior to joining Estes Audiology in May of 2008, she served as Director of Audiology and Lead Audiologist at Easter Seals of Central Texas, a non-profit facility. Through this work, she gained knowledge of grant writing, coordination of ancillary rehabilitation support and providing hearing services to low-income and elderly patients. Ms. House also has extensive experience in adult aural rehabilitation and hearing aid services for our military veterans. She previously worked in the Audiology Departments at Brooke Army Medical Center and the Temple Veterans Administration, working directly with active duty soldiers and retired veterans.
Ms. House is very involved in local and regional professional organizations, including the Austin Audiology Society, Scott Haug Foundation and a current Board Member of Texas Academy of Audiology. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and serves as an off-campus clinical supervisor for the University of Texas at Austin Audiology doctoral program as well as a guest lecturer for the program.
Kelli enjoys scuba diving, travel and spending time with her three active sons.
- University of Texas at Austin, Master of Arts, Audiology, 1999
- University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1996
MEET OUR TEAM
Liz Beschoner, AuD
Liz Beschoner, AuD has practiced in the field of Audiology for several years. She joined Estes Audiology in 2014 as Doctor of Audiology at Estes Audiology in Boerne & New Braunfels, Texas. She has served many patients with a variety of needs in private practices around the San Antonio and Boerne areas. Dr. Beschoner is committed to helping those with hearing loss by bringing them excellent care through rehabilitation to improve their quality of life.
Dr. Beschoner enjoys spending time with her family. She resides in Boerne, Texas with her husband and her two children.
- The University of North Texas, Doctorate of Audiology, 2012
- Abilene Christian University, Bachelor of Science, Communication Disorders, 2007
Paige Juarez, AuD
Paige Juarez, AuD has practiced in the field of audiology for several years and joined Estes Audiology in New Braunfels & Dripping Springs in 2014.
Dr. Juarez is currently a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the Texas Academy of Audiology and the Hearing Loss Association of America, and enjoys attending national and state audiology conferences. She has also performed clinical rotations at several different facilities throughout Texas, including ENT Care for Children in Frisco and UT Southwestern in Dallas.
Dr. Juarez enjoys spending time with her husband, Joel, and their baby girl.
- The University of North Texas, Doctorate of Audiology, 2015
- Saint Edward’s University, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, 2009
Rachel Higginbotham, AuD
Rachel Higginbotham, AuD is a Boerne native who joined Estes Audiology in 2016. Dr. Higginbotham loves ears and is passionate about better hearing. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus. Her goal is to improve enjoyment of life by working with patients and loved ones to find hearing solutions. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Higginbotham takes joy in spending time with her family and church community group, reading a good book, and playing board games with friends. She lives in town with her husband, Jeremy, and sons, Jack and Adam.
Gay Wucher, M.A.
Gay Wucher, M.A. has over 30 years experience in the field of audiology and is a native Austinite. She loves hearing stories about old Austin, watching the Dallas Cowboys, and cheering for the University of Texas Longhorns.
Designing hearing solutions for discriminating listeners is a challenge that she appreciates. Whether it’s in-the-ear monitors for musicians, custom ear protection for loud venues, or hearing amplification for people who might need a little boost in understanding conversations, Gay cares deeply about each patient and their specific hearing needs.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing cards, dominos, or any other game that might come her way. She lives in Austin with her wife, Natalie, and their two dogs Cotton and Waffles.
Kathy Sonnamaker, AuD, CCC-A
Kathy Sonnamaker, AuD completed her Master’s degree in 2001 and received her doctorate in audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2005. Dr. Sonnamaker has worked in many clinical settings and found she particularly enjoys working with adult patients in private practice. The most fulfilling part of her job is building personal relationships with her patients. She is licensed with the State Committee of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and has been working in Audiology for over 16 years.
In her free time, Kathy likes exploring the geology and Native American artifacts found in the Hill Country and spending time with her friends, family and pets. She also has a passion for problem solving and discovering “how things work.” She resides in Marble Falls with her wife, tame and feral cats and three Clumber Spaniels.
Jake Keup, AuD
Jacob “Jake” Keup, AuD is an Audiologist from Austin, working in the New Braunfels Estes Audiology location. Jake joined the practice in June 2017 and has a wide-range of experiences throughout his previous clinical rotations in adults and pediatrics in a number of practice and hospital settings. Jake is from Austin, Texas and completed his Doctorate in Audiology and his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
His favorite aspect of Audiology is the ability to work with new patients each day, and have the opportunity to make a difference in their world. Every day is a unique challenge, and a place to learn something new. He loves that he can touch a different patient’s life through better hearing through treatment and counseling.
Jake is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the Texas Academy of Audiology, and the Future Leaders of Audiology.
He is a die-hard Longhorn and lives by the slogan “What starts here, changes the world.” His goal is to make a change in the world through Audiology, making a difference in people’s lives.
- The University of Texas at Austin, Doctorate of Audiology, Fall of 2017
- The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2014
Sonia Cuero, AuD
Sonia Cuero, AuD is a board certified audiologist with over twenty years in the field of Audiology and owner of Audiology of Central Texas in Round Rock. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctorate from the University of Florida. Dr. Cuero was one of the first audiologists in central Texas to obtain her AuD in 2002 and board certification through the American Board of Audiology in 2003.She is a life member of the Texas Academy of Audiology. She specializes in adult hearing aids and aural rehabilitation as well as hearing conservation.
- University of Florida, Doctorate of Audiology, August 2002
- University of Texas, Masters of Arts, Audiology, 1997
- University of Texas, Bachelor of Science,Communications Sciences and Disorders, 1993
Cuero Audiology DBA Audiology of Central Texas opened its doors April 19, 2006 in Austin, TX with the initial focus on hearing conservation and personalized hearing health care. In 2008 Dr. Cuero moved her office to Round Rock, Texas because of all the growth in the area and the proximity to her home in Round Rock. She felt that Round Rock and areas east of Austin such as Elgin, Manor, Hutto and Taylor were under served. She felt that she could spread her expertise throughout Round Rock and surrounding areas. On July 1, 2014, Audiology of Central Texas moved to a new location expanding its services.
Dr. Cuero and her husband Fabian enjoy volunteering for their local community and spending time with their children. They like to travel and experience new cultures.
Roger Johns, AuD., CCC-A
Roger Johns, AuD has been helping people reconnect with their friends and family since he began practicing Audiology in Houston in 1998. As a southeast Texas native, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders (1996) and Master’s Degree in Audiology (1998) from Lamar University in Beaumont. He later completed his Doctorate in Audiology (2012) from A.T. Still University in conjunction with the Arizona School of Health Sciences and has specialized in the diagnosis of hearing loss and treatment with amplification for over two decades. His passion and commitment to preserving people’s ability to communicate has been the driving force behind his mission of service to the community throughout his career. He is currently a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Dr. Johns loves living in San Antonio and firmly believes the San Antonio-Central Texas-Hill Country region is one of the best places to reside anywhere! When he is not in the office, you will likely find him outside playing with one of his dogs in his backyard garden or spending time with his family members in town.
Mendy Engler, AuD
Mendy Engler, AuD, has extensive experience in the field of Audiology working with both adults and children but primarily specializing in pediatric care before joining Estes Audiology in March of 2020. She primarily worked in hospital settings providing an array of diagnostic, hearing aid, bone conduction and cochlear implant services for inpatient, outpatient, multidisciplinary and otolaryngology clinics. She grew up in Dallas, TX, but has lived and worked in San Antonio, Austin, Boston and in the United Kingdom. She also has experience working in school settings having worked for Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf in San Antonio, TX. Her passion is facilitating access to communication for patients and their families to open the door to the best quality of life possible for each person. In her spare time, she spends time with her son and partner, traveling any chance she gets.
- A.T. Still University, Doctor of Audiology, 2011
- University of Texas, Master of Arts, Audiology, 2001
- University of Texas, Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1999
Sara Burge, AuD
Sara Burge, AuD has recently joined the Estes Audiology team as a clinical audiologist for our Seguin office. She specializes in hearing and tinnitus diagnostics as well as adult hearing aid fittings and follow up care. Dr. Burge excels in providing compassionate patient-centered care and is passionate about bringing Audiology out of the clinic and into the community.
Dr. Burge is new to Central Texas and is looking forward to making the area her new home. When not in the clinic, Dr. Burge loves to spend time with her husband, cat and dog.
- Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science – Portland State University 2015
- Doctor of Audiology – University of Washington 2020
Tina Hart, M.A.
Tina Hart, M.A. has practiced in the field of Audiology for over 15 years. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology. She has experience in both adult and pediatric settings. She joined the Austin office of Estes Audiology in 2019.
Bringing sound to people has been a life-long passion for Tina. As a former professional classical musician, Tina performed with numerous orchestras including the Mexico City Orchestra and the Orchestra of Santa Fe. Tina enjoys getting to know her patients so she can discover their unique needs and help them hear life again.
Tina is a huge fan of books, music and traveling with her family. She would like to think of herself as a gardener, but evidence may suggest otherwise.
Cristen Culp, AuD, Clinical Operations Manager
Cristen Culp, AuD has been providing hearing healthcare for over 25 years in the Dallas, Houston and Austin areas working with hard-of-hearing and Deaf patients. In more recent years, she has been overseeing providers as an Audiology staff director. Dr. Culp is a member of the Austin Audiological Society and a Fellow of American Academy of Audiology. She served as the President of the Texas Academy of Audiology in 2014, is a Life Member of the organization and is currently serving as TAA’s Conference Chair.
Dr. Culp is serving her 2nd term on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Speech/Language Pathology & Audiology Advisory Board, to aid TDLR with monitoring and updating Speech & Audiology state rules and regulations. She has guest-lectured on hearing aids and state hearing resources at Baylor University, and at community events with groups such as Sertoma Club Austin and Sun City Georgetown.
Cristen is very active in her home community of Round Rock, TX and serves on the board of the Round Rock High School Volleyball Booster Club. She enjoys trail walking, bike riding and Camp Gladiator for exercise and watching her daughter compete in sand volleyball. She has two daughters and enjoys traveling to ski or enjoy the beach with her husband John and their combined 5 children, and attending Longhorn football and volleyball games to cheer on her alma mater.
- AT Still University of Health Sciences, Doctorate of Audiology, November 2007
- University of Texas at Austin, Master of Arts, Audiology, December 1993
- University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, December 1991
Arianna Garcia, B.S.
Arianna Garcia, B.S. joined Estes Audiology in December 2015 and works a Licensed Audiology Assistant in the Austin office. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and plans to pursue a Doctoral degree in Audiology. Arianna loves going to concerts and watching movies with her boyfriend and sisters, so any suggestions are always welcome.
Alexus Cordova, B.S.
Alexus joined Estes Audiology in September of 2018 and works as an Audiology Assistant in the New Braunfels and Seguin offices. Alexus graduated from Texas Lutheran University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a New Braunfels native and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and two dogs Beau and Bailey.
Caitlin Merrill, B.S.
Caitlin joined Estes Audiology in June 2019 and works as an Audiology Assistant in the Austin and Marble Falls offices. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and plans to pursue a Doctoral degree in Audiology. Caitlin is originally from Manchester, Vermont, however; has relocated to Texas to be closer to family and her boyfriend who is currently in the military. Being fairly new to Texas, Caitlin would love any suggestions for fun activities to do and explore.
Grace Rahtjen, B.S.
Grace is an Audiologist Assistant for the Boerne office. She grew up in Kansas where she received her Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University. Grace has many years of customer service experience and is passionate about audiology and helping those hear life again. Grace recently moved to San Antonio and began working for Estes Audiology. Grace and her husband, Taylor, have two miniature Doberman Pinschers, Sophie and Jack. When she isn’t at work, she loves spending time with her family, outdoors, at the lake, or volunteering for her favorite nonprofit organization, CASA.
Tricia Hastings, Patient Care Coordinator
Tricia Hastings joined Estes Audiology in January 2017 as Patient Care Coordinator for Marble Falls by virtue of Estes Audiology’s acquisition of Lakeview Hearing Center. She is originally from Iowa and moved to the Austin area with her family in 1991. In 2014, Tricia and her husband moved to Marble Falls and enjoy the small town atmosphere. Tricia is a musician who is the worship director for her church and leads a ladies gospel group. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, making cards and watching old movies.
Brianne Gonzalez, Patient Care Coordinator
Brianne Gonzalez joined Estes Audiology in November 2015 as Patient Care Coordinator for New Braunfels. She is originally from Fort Worth and moved to the San Marcos area with her family around 2011. Brianne enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking and being outdoors. Brianne has a wonderful family which includes her husband Marcos, teenage daughter Cassie and her three fur babies Toby, Bella and Apple.
Anabel Mendoza, Patient Care Coordinator
Anabel Mendoza joined Estes Audiology in August 2018 as the Patient Care Coordinator for Austin. She has over ten years of experience as a Medical Administrator Assistant in an Ear, Nose & Throat clinical setting. In addition, Anabel is a Certified Spanish Medical Interpreter from UT Austin, Center for Professional Education.
Anabel lives in Elgin with her husband, son and two daughters. She is an avid Soccer Mom for her son and loves it! Her hobbies also include jogging, playing volleyball and spending quality time with her family.
Misty Kleinschmidt, Patient Care Coordinator
Misty Kleinschmidt joined Estes Audiology in July 2019 as the Patient Care Coordinator for Seguin. Prior to joining Estes Audiology, she worked with Dr. Jennifer Hennessee at Guadalupe Ear Nose & Throat for three years, two of those years she assisted the audiologist on staff with Estes Audiology part-time. Misty loves helping people get the best service when it comes to their hearing healthcare needs.
She is a native of Seguin Texas and has lived there her whole life. She enjoys spending time with her family at their farm riding four wheelers, going on shooting outings, checking hog traps, anything outdoors. She is an animal lover and has a 5-year-old Catahoula/pit mix baby girl named Maggie.
Anne Willkom, Patient Care Coordinator
Anne Willkom joined Estes Audiology, October 2019, as our PCC in our north Austin location. She comes to us with 27 years of experience in the medical field. Anne adds some excitement to our team. She is funny and enjoys life. Anne loves spending time with her better half, family and friends. She has two dogs, Humphrey and Poko. She is proud of her daughter who is currently enrolled at UNT in Denton.
Marisa Betancourt, Patient Care Coordinator
Marisa joined Estes Audiology as the Patient Care Coordinator for San Antonio. Marisa is a native Texan although she spent most of her young life traveling with her parents seeing the world while her dad served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. After his 24 year career, they settled back in San Antonio where Marisa finished school. She has been married for almost 18 years now and has 2 wonderful boys, a 23 year old step son and a 15 year old but, her pride and joy is her 2 year old grandson. Marisa has been in the audiology business for over 15 years now and enjoys working with her patients on a daily basis. During her time off, she enjoys going on long motorcycle rides with her hubby and spending time with the kids.
Tuesday Darling, Patient Care Coordinator
Tuesday Darling joined Estes Audiology in January 2020 as Patient Care Coordinator for Dripping Springs. She has over ten years of experience as a Billing and Office Manager in a Pediatric practice setting. Tuesday lives in the Dripping Springs area with her 2 boys. When she is not at work, she spends her time with her family, volunteering with her church, and hiking through the Texas Hill Country.
Abby McAlpin, Patient Care Coordinator
Abby McAlpin is our Patient Care Coordinator for the Boerne office. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Abby was born and raised in San Antonio, TX by her two loving parents and has a younger sister. Abby is deaf, wears hearing aids in both ears, and reads lips. She is passionate about helping others and has a heart for the deaf community. In her free time she likes to run, cook, spend time with friends and family, and meet new people.
Rayleen Nelson, Executive Assistant
Rayleen Nelson joined Estes Audiology in January 2017 as an Executive Assistant for the Marble Falls location. She graduated with degrees in Accounting and Business. She has over 20 years’ experience as a bookkeeper and administrative assistant, the last four in Audiology. Her heart is in the service industry, hospitality is her middle name.
She places high value on patient’s concerns and quality of life. She believes relationships and communication are of vital importance to living a happy life. She has a curiosity for meeting new people and a passion for listening to stories about their life. She has a contagious sense of humor and a grand imagination, convinced laughter is the best medicine.
She moved to Marble Falls in 2012 to be closer to her family. She cherishes the times when she can bring them together to catch up on life, savor a great meal and retell stories of their golden days. She spends much of her free time researching genealogy and recording family history.
She is married to the kindest hearted man and together they have four beautiful children. She is a lover of nature and animals. She and her husband share a passion for race horses. In the heat of the Texas summer, they can be found at the race tracks in Fredericksburg, Selma and Houston.
Laurie Coggins, Practice Manager
Laurie Coggins joined Estes Audiology in July 2011 and is currently the Office Manager for all Estes Audiology locations. She has extensive experience in customer service, administrative work, and insurance coordination. She lives with her son, Chance, and spoiled dachshund, Diva. Ms. Coggins enjoys the outdoors, traveling, baking and spending time with her family and friends.
Nicole Carifi-Livingston, Insurance Coordinator
Nicole has been in the healthcare industry since 2008 and has served in many roles. Her career began as a Credit Analyst at DaVita Dialysis in Tacoma, WA for several years. Next, she joined a Medical Group specializing in Cardiology as a Patient Service Representative. Finally, her experience brought her to Estes Audiology where she serves as the Insurance Coordinator. Nicole enjoys helping her patients get the most out of their insurance coverage and is here to answer any questions you might have about your insurance benefits.
Nicole is an Air Force spouse married for ten adventurous years.She has two fur babies, a Chihuahua named Pepe and a cat named Kitty. When she is not working,she enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, going on road trips, hiking trails and loves to Netflix and chill.Her goal is to retire with her husband and build their dream home here in Texas. Until then she plans to keep enjoying life while working at Estes Audiology.