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Gardner Staff

Blair Driscoll

Blair Driscoll, Practice Administrator

Hello! My name is Blair, and I’m the Practice Administrator for Gardner Audiology. I’ve worked in medical administration since 2005, with a focus on hearing care since 2011. I have a B.S. degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and am an AAPC certified professional biller. I’m a native of Florida, originally from Cape Coral, but now enjoy calling Tampa home! Team Gardner is made up of passionate, intelligent, driven people. I feel fortunate to come to work every day and be part of this team. We love helping our patients improve their lives through better hearing, and we work together to achieve great things! In my spare time, my husband and I love traveling, trying new restaurants, and all things sports. I have a passion for fashion and design.

Denise Irvine

Chrissy Bell, Finance Manager

I’m a Floridian, born and raised in Tampa. I am a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. I work in the Tampa/Citrus Park office of Gardner Audiology. I love computers, numbers and spreadsheets. I have an amazing husband, two adult sons, a stepson and three grandsons. For fun, I enjoy traveling with my family and friends, reading, boating, kayaking, running and any outdoor activity. I’ve run 8 incredible marathons including New York City and Chicago.

Sherry Kyte

Chrissy Lucas, Northern Offices Regional Manager

Hi, my name is Chrissy Lucas, you will see me in the Crystal River location! I was born and raised in Pinellas County but moved to Citrus County in 2008 and have loved it here ever since! I’m a mother of two beautiful girls, but have three bonus children as well. The ages range from 4 to 19 years old and I am proud of all of my children. I am currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program in Healthcare Management. I love working with patients and helping them with their hearing needs. In my free time, I like to spend time with my friends and family; we are either fishing, boating or traveling around Florida to make memories!

Chelsea Devlin

Chelsea Devlin, Southern Offices Regional Manager, Audiology Assistant

Hi, I’m Chelsea! I’m am the Audiology Assistant in our Citrus Park and New Port Richey offices, and the Southern Regional Manager. I received my B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida, and I have been with Gardner since 2019. I am proud to be part of a team of passionate and knowledgeable professionals. Patient care is the heart and soul of our practice, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to cultivate meaningful partnerships with our patients! When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and in the garden.

Wendylynn Capote

Wendylynn Quintana, Hearing Instrument Specialist, Central Offices Regional Manager, Audiology Assistant

Hi, my name is Wendylynn Quintana. I am a Hearing Instrument Specialist, Audiology Assistant, and Central regional manager here at Gardner Audiology. I am originally from Miami, Florida; I moved to North Carolina to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduating from UNCG my husband and I moved back to our home state Florida. On my free time I like to spend time with my family, my dog Lou, boating and exploring all the beautiful destinations Florida has to offer.

Wendylynn Capote

Megan Coover, Audiology Assistant

Hello! My name is Megan Coover, and I am an Audiology Assistant here in the Crystal River location. I was born and raised in Florida and had been living in Citrus County for most of my life. I enjoy all things to do with being outside and honestly just getting to enjoy life every day. I hope within the next couple of years to continue my education in the medical field while minoring in American Sign Language.

Ariana Squires

Ariana Squires, Audiology Assistant

Hi! My name is Ariana Squires and I’m an Audiology Assistant at Gardner Audiology in the Palm Harbor and Pasadena offices. I’m originally from Chicago, but recently moved to Florida to escape the cold weather! I enjoy hiking, learning new languages, and practicing yoga in my free time. I gained a passion for sign language early in life, and I love learning new ways to communicate with people. I’m very excited to be part of such an amazing team of compassionate and hardworking people who share the same mission of making hearing and communication more accessible! I look forward to working with you!

Hailey Roy

Hailey Roy, Audiology Assistant

Hi, my name is Hailey, I am an Audiology Assistant at Gardner Audiology in our northern locations! I was born in Miami but shortly after my family and I moved to Dunnellon. I enjoy weightlifting and relaxing on the beach; the water has always been my second home! My passion has always been to be a part of the medical field, having found so much joy in helping others. What I love about Audiology is the opportunity to help so many that aren’t able to hear the beautiful world that is around us. I am directly affected by the extent hearing loss can cause as my grandma suffers severely from hearing loss, and this job gives me an opportunity to really understand what comes with hearing loss and how each hearing aid is designed for that particular patient. My plan is to eventually become a hearing instrument specialist. I look forward to meeting you!

Anni Hester

Anni Hester, Audiology Assistant

Hello, my name is Anni, and I recently joined the Gardner family and work at the Zephyrhills location! I’ve lived in Lakeland for almost 30 years. My husband and I have a 6-acre farm which includes cows, goats, pigs, chickens and turkeys! When we’re not busy on the farm, we’re enjoying ourselves in the back yard with our 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I decided to make a complete career transition in my role here; previously, I worked in a call center where you were hurried to the next customer. I wanted to work somewhere where I could form relationships with the people I was caring for, and this is just the place for that! I’m very excited to continue my journey here at Gardner Audiology.

Emily Lucas

Emily Lucas, Audiology Assistant

Hello, my name is Emily, I’m an Audiology Assistant in our northern locations. I was born and raised in Florida; though I’ve traveled to many other states, the sunshine state will always be home! I enjoy any activity that involves water and being outside. In my free time I love reading, going to the gym and yoga. I enjoy keeping my mind and body healthy! I recently joined Gardner Audiology, and what I look forward to most is helping our patients. I look forward to meeting you!

Aaron Richter

Aaron Richter, Audiology Assistant

Hi, my name is Aaron, I’m from Houston TX but I’ve lived in Florida for the past 19 years. I’m grateful to be a part of the Gardner Audiology team in Inverness as an Audiology Assistant. I’ve been in the health care industry for 5 years. In my free time I enjoy hiking, swimming, and playing video games. I’m very tech savvy and would be happy to help you with your hearing devices.

Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard, Patient Care Coordinator Team Lead

Hi. My name is Leslie and I am the Patient Care Coordinator at Gardner Audiology. I am “the face” behind the voice you hear on your phone reminding you of your appointments and usually the first one you see when you come into our office. I have been here since 2011. Through these past years, I have learned many new things and met lots of incredible people!! I am the proud Mother of an amazing son and daughter, a dog and 2 fish. The thing that I love to do the most in my free time is cooking!! I love to bake different delicious creations to share with my friends, our patients, their families and anyone who comes in that wants to try a treat! I have worked in healthcare all of my life and am thankful for where I am today!!

Renee Steiger

Renee’ Steiger, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi my name is Renee’ Steiger. I am originally from Long Island, NY. I relocated to Florida with my husband of 41 years more than 30 years ago and now call Florida home. I began working in the Spring Hill office as a Patient Care Coordinator in 2015 and joined the Gardner Audiology team in March 2019 continuing on as the PCC in the Spring Hill office. I love working hand in hand with patients and helping them get the most out of hearing better. I have a wonderful daughter and son in law who have blessed my husband and me with 3 beautiful grandchildren; life just keeps getting better! During my off time, I love being with family. Sun, sand, and ocean….that’s my happy place! My favorite sound to “HEAR” is the sound of the waves crashing at the shore!

Sherry Kyte

Sherry Kyte, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi, my name is Sherry . I was raised in Pinellas County, but I have lived in Citrus County for 30 years. I married my high school sweetheart in 1970 and together we have 3 children; 2 daughters and 1 son, along with 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. My passions in life, other than my family are gardening, antiques, and woodworking. I’ve worked several jobs in my life, but the last 6 years have been with Hear More Solutions. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, and working with Gardner Audiology!

Carmen Ortiz

Carmen Ortiz, Patient Care Coordinator

Hi, I’m Carmen Ortiz and I’m originally from Bronx, New York, but raised in Miami, Florida. I have 3 beautiful girls, 2 teenagers and a toddler whom keep me busy, and I’ve been married for 14 years. With over 10 years of customer care experience, I am excited to be joining our Crystal River location. My family and I love doing anything on the water and traveling to new destinations every year. My hobbies include crafts, gardening, and going on daily nature walks or runs.

Kendra Rios

Kendra Rios, Patient Care Coordinator

Hello My name is Kendra, you will see me in the Zephyrhills office . I’m originally from Puerto Rico but I’ve lived in Tampa for about 7 years, and in those 7 years I have been working Customer Service. I joined the Gardner Audiology team in order to help serve and built relationships with the people in my community. In my free time, I like to spend time with my 3-year-old son and explore new adventures within the Tampa Bay Area.

Kendra Rios

Cece Patel, Patient Care Coordinator

Hello, my name is Chandni, but I go by Cece. I recently joined the Gardner Team and work in the Citrus Park location. I was born and raised in Orlando, and moved to Tampa earlier this year. I am an extreme Netflixer and love to discover new shows and books. One of my favorite places on Earth is Universal Studios and I will always go if given the chance. I have worked in the Healthcare field for about 5 years and am looking forward to continuing that here at Gardner!

Kathy Ellison

Kathy Ellison, Insurance Coordinator

I was raised in the Tampa Bay area with 5 of the best brothers a girl could ask for. For over 30 years I have worked in manufacturing environments in Administration and Human Resources Management. I have two amazing daughters and 3 beautiful grandchildren, whom I spend a lot of time with. I am a volunteer with Pasco County Schools, my granddaughters Girl Scout Troup and an active member of The Trinity Womans League. I love spending time with family and friends, when I have spare time I enjoy working in my yard and painting ceramics (mainly Christmas trees and ornaments).