Meet Our Staff
Our Mesa and Scottsdale audiology and hearing services are second to none because of our staff. Meet our audiologists and supporting staff who make up our hearing healthcare family!
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 outdoors.
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. Our second little guy, Braxton, was born in September of 2019. In my spare time, I love spending time with my boys, going for walks, watching documentaries, and reading whenever I get a chance.
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. We 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!
Amanda Blackburn, Au.D., F-AAA- Doctor of Audiology
I have been with Advanced Hearing Group since June of 2019. I am an Arizona native and am excited to be serving the patients of my home state. I completed my undergraduate education with a focus in Public Health from Northern Arizona University in 2014, and my Doctorate in Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) from A.T. Still University in 2019. I have a passion for providing holistic care and strive to give my patients excellent treatment through current evidence-based practices and knowledge of current technology. I hope to empower patients to achieve better health and connect them with the world around them. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with family, and relaxing with my French Bulldogs.
Jessie Penkoff, Au.D. – Doctor of Audiology, CCC-A
I am originally from Mesa, Arizona but resided in Tucson, Arizona for the past seven years. I graduated with my B.S in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2015 with my Doctorate in Clinical Audiology in 2019, both from the University of Arizona. I am also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Although I loved living in Tucson and miss my friends dearly, I am happy to be home! Patient care means everything to me as my mother had sudden onset single sided hearing loss. I take pride in knowing that I was able to fit her with hearing aids, and I look forward to bringing that same amount of joy to the many individuals who walk through the door here at Advanced Hearing Group. When I am not working with patients, I love spending time with my dog Gemma in the great outdoors, or in the gym lifting weights.
Mauricio Plata, Patient Care Coordinator in Scottsdale
I have been a Patient Care Coordinator at the Scottsdale offices since 2016 and now manage the office. 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. In 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.
PATIENT CARE COORDINATORS:
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.
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!!