Meet Our Staff
Adam DiPuccio,CEO and Founder,Clinical Audiologist,C.C.C.-A., F.A.A.A.
I founded Advanced Hearing Group in 2004. I am originally from Cincinnati, OH and have lived in Arizona since 2001. I received my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Cincinnati in 1999 and my Masters of Audiology from The University of Cincinnati in 2001. I spent a combined two years (pre/postgraduate) with the Veterans Administration Hospital before going into private practice. I am a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a board member of Marcon Hearing Instruments, and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. My wife and I have four children. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, being outdoors, coaching football, and going to sporting events.
Gary Johnson, II, Au.D.- Doctor of Audiology
I’ve been with Advanced Hearing Group since 2007. I am originally from Connecticut and have lived in Arizona since 2007. I received my B.A. in Communication Sciences & Psychology and my Doctorate in Clinical Audiology from The University of Connecticut. During my doctorate program, I took part in two externships-the first in Honolulu and the second in Scottsdale / Mesa. I was employed by Advanced Hearing Group for three years prior to acquiring the two Scottsdale offices in 2011. Currently, I reside in Mesa with my beautiful wife Vikki and our two amazing children Axel and Dylan. In our free time, we love to enjoy local sporting events and spend time out doors.
Cassandra Schmidt, Au.D.- Doctor of Audiology
I’ve been with Advanced Hearing Group since early 2011. I am originally from Illinois and have lived in Arizona since 2010. I completed my B.S. in Education with a focus in Special Education (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) from Illinois State University and my Doctorate in Clinical Audiology from Illinois State University. My loving husband Ken and I were married in 2010, and have three kids and one on the way. Ken is a physician specializing in Orthopedic Surgery. If I’m not working, I’m watching my beloved Chicago Cubs!
Christina Gabler, Au.D.- Doctor of Audiology
Originally from northern California, I moved to Arizona over 15 years ago. I love the versatility Arizona provides; from the high desert with snow, to low desert with breathtaking sunsets. I have met so many great people and cultivated some amazing friendships here in the Grand Canyon State. My path to Audiology began in childhood from my hearing-impaired grandmother. My grandmother had a cochlear implant that helped her hear after decades of profound hearing loss. Witnessing the joy that device brought her life was all I needed to be inspired to help others improve their quality of life through better hearing. I attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelors Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a Minor in Deaf Studies. After a couple years as a Speech Pathologist at a local school for special needs children, I decided to return to education for my doctorate in Audiology at A.T. Still University.
Kelly M. Lewis, Au.D.- Doctor of Audiology
I’ve been an audiologist with Advanced Hearing Group since May 2015. I grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri area and moved to Springfield, Missouri for college. I graduated with my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2011 and with my Doctorate of Audiology in 2015, both from Missouri State University. I completed my residency at an E.N.T. clinic in Tucson, Arizona before moving to the Phoenix area. My husband and I had our first child, our sweet little boy named Madix, in August 2017. My husband has a degree in Computer Programming, but is currently a stay at home dad, which he loves! I look forward to visits back to Missouri to see my family and still root for the St. Louis Cardinals! I love living in the desert and look forward to many adventures to come!
Briana Thornton, Au.D.- Doctor of Audiology
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science and Disorders from Northern Arizona University and completed my Doctorate of Audiology at A.T. Still University. I remain close to my alma mater as an adjunct faculty and am also a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. When it comes to audiology, I have a special interest in adult and pediatric diagnostics and rehabilitation through the use of prescribed hearing devices carefully selected based on individual necessity. By working closely with my patients, I enjoy creating a plan to improve hearing that fits an individual lifestyle. My interest in pediatric audiology comes from a background in working with children. Previously, I worked at Mesa Public Schools as the district audiologist. Now I call Advanced Hearing Group in Mesa home.
When not in the Mesa office, I enjoy spending time at home with my husband and my two amazing children – also my greatest accomplishment. Whether making crafts or just being outdoors, time with my family is always well spent. Are you in need of a caring, energetic audiologist who will work with you, consider your individual needs and put you first? Come on into the Mesa location!
Jude Stapleton, Office Manager in Scottsdale
I have been with Advanced Hearing group since 2010 and am currently the Office Manager for the Scottsdale locations. I am a native of Colorado, but have lived in Arizona for the past 25 years. I am the mother of three daughters, one son, and six grandkids. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my cat. I also enjoy road trips in my free time.
PATIENT CARE COORDINATORS:
Dey Contreras, Patient Care Coordinator in Mesa
I’ve been with Advanced Hearing Group since 2015 and became the Lead Patient Care Coordinator. I am originally from Anaheim, California and have lived in Arizona for 16 years. I am nowhere near getting used to the heat! I am fluent in Spanish as it is my first language. I graduated in 2011 from Red Mountain High School followed by college at Chandler-Gilbert Community studying Nursing. I have a passion for helping others in any way I can.
Before Advanced Hearing Group I worked for a medical billing company. I truly enjoy the work I do here, being able to translate during hearing tests to being there when the patient is fit with their hearing aid. When not at work I spend my time with my son Sabastian. We enjoy trips to the park with our three dogs! We also tend to our pet chickens and rooster. We travel often, mostly to the beach in California or Mexico. I like a good movie or TV series as well as a hiking, as long as it’s accompanied by an amazing view at the end!
Mauricio Plata, Patient Care Coordinator in Scottsdale
I have been a Patient Care Coordinator at the Scottsdale offices since 2016. I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I was born in Hidalgo, Mexico, but I have lived in Arizona for most of my life. On my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my girlfriend and my family. I’m really passionate about exploring new places and being adventurous.
Jaci Gillispie, Patient Care Coordinator in Mesa
I am an Arizona native, and I’ve been with Advanced Hearing Group since 2016. I began working for Advanced Hearing Group after moving from my small hometown in Southern Arizona where I worked for a shipping company for over two years. It’s safe to say that while I didn’t have a background working in the medical field when I joined Advanced Hearing Group, I did have a strong customer service background. That background prepared me to learn that I thoroughly enjoy working with patients and helping them with all of their needs. I am now am pursuing my education in healthcare. I recently married my high school sweetheart in early 2017 and my husband and I hope to one day own our own funeral home as my husband is studying mortuary science. In my spare time, I love to go shopping, bake delicious goodies, go camping, and spend time with family and friends.
Madison Armstrong, Patient Care Coordinator in Mesa
I recently received my B.A. in Psychology from ASU. I will be returning next fall for my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my dog and competing in collegiate ballroom competitions.
Molly Lue Prockish, Lead Billing Specialist
I have been the lead billing specialist for Advanced Hearing Group since 2010. I have been doing medical billing since 1995 . I am originally from Kansas and have lived in Arizona for over 30 years. My husband and I have one son who is currently in college. We also have a little dog that we truly love, Cosmo. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, and truly love fast muscle cars.
Vikki Johnson, Physician Liaison
I have worked for Advanced Hearing since 2011; however, I have recently taken a much more active role as the Physician Liaison for the three offices. I am an Arizona native and a true desert rat! I received my BS in English Linguistics from ASU. In my free time, I like to chauffeur my kids to their extracurricular activities, read, hike, and enjoy sports.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER:
Rebeca DiPuccio, Human Resource Manager
I’ve been the Human Resource Manager with Advanced Hearing Group since 2006. I am originally from Oklahoma (Go Sooners!) and have lived in Arizona since 1999. I have my B.S degree in business management. My husband and I have four children, two sons and two daughters. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, traveling, and photography. Did I mention I love the fine arts?
We want to thank Dr. Johnson and the staff at the South Scottsdale office, for their prompt service, when I had a problem, with one of my hearing aids. They saw me within an hour of my call to their office and resolved the problem, in a few minutes. We appreciate a business that is so helpful and caring.
As a person who was just diagnosed with tinnitus and some hearing loss, I decided to see Dr. Gary Johnson and discuss if hearing aids would be beneficial to me. Dr. Johnson gave me a thorough examination and evaluation and recommended hearing aids for me to help with the hearing loss and help quiet the tinnitus. I have been wearing my new hearing aids for about 2 months now and I am so happy with them. Dr. Johnson did a wonderful job evaluating what would work for me. He is very pleasant, listens to the needs of the patient, answers all questions and makes you feel very comfortable. I have been helped with the hearing aids for both my tinnitus and hearing loss. Don’t hesitate to go see Dr. Johnson if you are in need of someone who can help with your tinnitus and hearing problems. He is the best in the business.
I had a hearing aid quit on me. I went into the Mesa location and was greeted by a pleasant young lady and was promptly helped to get my hearing aid working again. And there was no charge !!Great service and pleasant staff. What a great experience !!