Brian Vesely is one of the founding fathers of Sound Advice Hearing Doctors, and the Co-CEO. Dr. Vesely received his degree from Missouri State University and completed his 4th year residency at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Currently, Dr. Vesely enjoys working with a variety of patients whether its cochlear implants, hearing aids, or returning veterans. Dr. Vesely is well-known and respected in the audiology community. In 2008, Dr. Vesely won the American Academy of Audiology’s Presidential Award for his significant contributions to the profession. To date, he is the youngest recipient to ever win this award. More recently, in 2012 Governor Jay Nixon appointed Dr. Vesely to serve on the Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists.
“My favorite aspect of Sound Advice Hearing Doctors is two part. First, I love when patients share their success stories with us. Second, I love working with the team we have in place exploring methods of how we can be even better.”
Dr. Vesely grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Searcy, Arkansas where he attended college. During his tenure at Harding University Brian took time to study abroad in Athens, Greece. Eventually, he moved to the Ozarks where he decided to stay. Brian’s beautiful wife Ashley used to work with him at the Springfield location, but has since retired to take care of their children, Kori, Finley & Grant.
Brian is very active with his church family, and when he is not working or spending time with family you can usually find him in the woods hunting or on the lake fishing.
Dr. Lindsay Hobbs received her doctorate from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and finished her 4th year internship at Bay Audiology in Havelock North, New Zealand. She is originally from Texas but graduated high school in Ozark , Missouri. Dr. Hobbs received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. After her undergraduate degree she worked as an Audiology Assistant for three years at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene, Texas, where she fell in love with Audiology. Dr. Hobbs has experience in vestibular diagnostic testing and rehabilitation, electrophysiology, and amplification. She is very passionate about her patients and believes that the greatest reward in her field is being able to help those in her community.
Lindsay is very excited to be back in the Ozarks and closer to her family. She loves college football (Go Red Raiders!), and her little “diva dog” Maggie! Lindsay also enjoys traveling, yoga, and hiking.
I completed my doctorate of audiology degree at Missouri State University and recently moved back to the Springﬁeld area with my family. I pride myself in going above and beyond for patient care. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar, attending James River Church and spending time with my wife and 4 children.
Dr. Britton’s educational preparation began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University, a Masters in Business Administration from Capella University, and a Doctorate degree in Health Sciences from A.T. Still University. This combination of training in health sciences and business administration serves the organization well as they build an evidence-based system of care that puts the patient first. Dr. Britton, being hearing impaired himself, understands the difficulty hearing loss brings to individuals and families. He truly believes his work as a leader and administrator in hearing healthcare strengthens families, empowers individuals with hearing loss, and makes life so much more fun and fulfilling.
Chase was born in St. Louis, Missouri on the “hottest” day in February! His family moved to Sullivan, Missouri where he graduated from high school and met his sweetheart of 37 years. Chase and Judy managed to raise five children, who so far, have given them nine grandchildren with more to come! He loves “Hot Rods”, water sports, basketball, and spending the majority of his free time having fun with his family, especially his grandchildren. Chase is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Kevin Tripp was born in Searcy, and grew up in Griffithville, AR. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Communication Disorders from Harding University in 2005, he entered the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his doctorate from UAMS in 2009. He worked at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center in Little Rock for nearly 3 years before joining Sound Advice in the Spring of 2011. Dr. Tripp has also served as an adjunct professor in the Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Harding University since 2008. His primary professional interests are aural rehabilitation, counseling and hearing aid fittings. He strongly believes that getting the best possible result requires spending time discussing a patient's specific problems and goals to develop an individualized treatment plan.
Dr. Tripp and his wife, Tianna, live in Searcy. They have one daughter, Katie. His favorite time of year is the fall, when you are most likely to find him in a deer stand.
"I'm blessed to be working in a field that I enjoy so much. I'm very passionate about what I do for a living. Helping people with their hearing means they can enjoy living life more. Hearing our family, sounds in nature, enjoying ourselves out in groups, these are things that are important. Too many people just put up with it. You don't have to feel isolated or give up activities that you love. Better hearing is possible for most of the people that we work with, and it can make a big difference in a person's life."
Dr. Rachel Horne received her Doctorate in Audiology from Missouri State University and finished her 4th year residency at Northwest Arkansas ENT, in Bentonville. She has over ten (10) years of clinical and patient experience. Dr. Horne is originally from Hot Springs and received her Bachelors of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Ouachita Baptist University. Dr. Horne has a broad scope of experience including Vestibular, Cochlear Implants, and Electrophysiology, but her passion is Hearing Aids. She has seen firsthand the results and understands the ability of hearing aids changing people’s lives in effective and positive ways. Dr. Horne is extremely knowledgeable in the newest technology; allowing her to effectively provide for each patient’s specific needs. The desire to help others is what drives her work ethic, and business. Since Dr. Horne both lives and practices in Russellville, she’s very excited to be serving her community and the residents of the River Valley.
Rachel has a love for family, serving her church, great food, shopping, and sports, primarily soccer; which she played for 15 years. Dr. Horne enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, despite the fact he is an Auburn fan and alumni and daughter, Reese. During football season you will always find her and her family at a live game or in front of a TV watching the Razorbacks and/or Auburn Tigers. Together they have two loveable rescue dogs, Birdie and Sophie, who keep them active and outdoors. Rachel comes from a strong Christian home and loving family.
Dr. Beth Gidman is an audiologist with Sound Advice Hearing Doctors in Bolivar. Dr. Gidman received her doctorate degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and completed her 4th year residency at Bond Clinic in Rolla, MO. She received her master's degree in special education from The University of Missouri in Columbia, MO and her bachelor's degree in middle school education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.
With a background in education, Dr. Gidman is passionate about empowering patients with strategies for their specific hearing needs, educating patients regarding their individual communication difficulties, and providing high-quality, evidence-based care.
Originally from Oxford, Arkansas, Dr Gidman loves attending musical theatre, singing karaoke and traveling to places she's never been.
Dr. Essner received his B.S. Degree in Communication Disorders from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and was awarded his Clinical Doctorate (AuD) in Audiology from Ball State University. Dr. Essner has been recognized as a “Fellow” by the Academy of Audiology and has earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Dr. Essner was born and raised in the Southeast Missouri area and was excited to have the opportunity to return to his hometown to practice audiology.
Dr. Brown has over thirty five years of experience, having provided audiology services to the Cape Girardeau area since 1983. He received a B.S. degree in Communication Disorders and a M.S. degree in Audiology from the University of North Texas, and then went on the obtain the Clinical Doctorate (AuD) in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences, a branch of the Kirksville School of Medicine. Dr. Brown has been recognized as a “Fellow” in the American Academy of Audiology and earned the Certificate of Clinical competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. He served on the Advisory Commission for the Missouri Board of Healing Arts (State Licensing Board) from January 1995 until December 2000.
He was a founding member of the Missouri Academy of Audiology and served as President as well as other leadership roles in that organization during the past 30 years. In 2013, Dr. Brown was selected by the American Academy of Audiology to serve as one of twelve audiologists to visit and collaborate with audiologists in Cuba.
Dr. Willen has thirty-five years of experience in the evaluation and rehabilitation of hearing in both children and adults. She received her B.A. Degree in Deaf Education and a M.A. Degree in Audiology from Ball State University in Indiana. She was awarded the Clinical Doctorate (AuD) in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences, a branch of the Kirksville School of Medicine.
Dr. Willen has been recognized as a “Fellow” by the Academy of Audiology and has earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech and Hearing Association. Cathy served on the board of the Missouri Academy of Audiology for three years and was President of the Academy in 2010.
Dr. Lindsey Sloan is a native of Willard, MO, just north of Springfield, and first moved to Arkansas to begin her undergraduate studies. She graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. From there, she moved to Little Rock to begin her doctoral studies. Lindsey received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). After spending many years in the Natural State, it is safe to say that Arkansas has staked its claim!
Lindsey enjoys quality time with her family and friends, traveling, singing, a good cup of coffee (that's a little bit of coffee with a whole lot of creamer and sugar), trying new restaurants, and is actively involved with her church. She loves working in a profession that directly affects a person's quality of life, and enjoys the relationships she is able to form with her patients.
Originally from Utah, Dr. David Anthony received his BS in Communicative Disorders from Utah State University, before continuing on at USU for his Doctorate of Audiology. His primary area of research was the identification and prevention of occupational and recreational noise-induced hearing loss. Dr. Anthony received his Au.D. from Utah State University, and finished his 4th year residency at Main Line Audiology in Philadelphia, PA.
Following his residency, he lived and worked in Philadelphia for several years, where he met and married his wife Brittany, before joining Sound Advice Hearing Doctors in Joplin in 2010. Currently, Dr. Anthony enjoys working with a wide variety of patients from pediatric to geriatric and everyone in between, and is ready to work with the latest hearing aid technology to provide for each patient’s specific needs.
Dr. Anthony loves spending time at home with his wife and three kids; enjoys spending time outdoors, misses the phrase “Stockton to Malone,” and is always looking to add to his PEZ collection of almost 1000 different dispensers.
Dr. James Rippy received a Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida and is currently practicing Audiology at Sound Advice Hearing Doctors in Little Rock and Jacksonville.Previously,he was the director of Audiology at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center(a 17-ENT physician practice). Dr. Rippy has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for the hearing-impaired in central Arkansas for over 38 years.
As an advocate for consumer rights and protection,he was appointed by Governor Bill Clinton to the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology where he served for 6 years, helping to write the hearing aid dispensing law for the state of Arkansas. Dr.Rippy served several terms as treasurer on the national board of the Academy for Dispensing Audiologists. In addition, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association honored Dr. Rippy with the Frank R. Kleffler Clinical Career Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to clinical science.
He is currently a member of the American Academy of Audiology’s Private Practice Committee.His professional interests are focused on clinical research including projects on many pre-FDA released hearing devices from manufacturers including Starkey, ReSound, Widex and Unitron.
Dr. Gina Ashabranner received a Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida and is currently practicing Audiology at Sound Advice Hearing Doctors in Little Rock and Jacksonville. Previously, she has practiced in a variety of settings including: ENT offices, private practice, as well as audiology sales & technical support for the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world. Dr. Ashabranner has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for the hearing-impaired in central Arkansas for the past 20 years.
In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals, cooking, reading, being outdoors,spending time with friends and family, and her furbabies: Dude and Yadi Louise.