Highly Qualified Audiologists and Care Team

American Hearing and Balance is home to a group of highly talented doctors and supplement care staff. Each team member lives our core values and is passionate about providing exceptional patient care. Come meet our highly qualified providers at one of our locations in Los Angeles - Westchester, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Westwood or Long Beach.
Keith Michaels, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Instrument Specialist
Keith Michaels, Au.D. is from a family of hearing care professionals. The Michaels family has six family members working in their eight different locations across the Los Angeles area. Dr. Michaels received his master’s degree from CSULA, where renowned audiologists Dr. Miles Peterson and Dr. Peter Ivory guided him through his graduate work. He then went on to acquire his doctorate at the Florida University Premiere Program for Audiology. Dr. Michaels has helped fit thousands of people with hearing aids in the last several years and loves to work with people who have problems with their balance and/or vertigo.
Matt Michaels, M.S., CCC‑A
Audiologist, Hearing Instrument Specialist
Matt Michaels, M.S., CCC-A, is an Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Specialist. Mr. Michaels graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1995 with a master’s degree in Communication Disorders/Audiology. He has trained at the House Ear Clinic, CARE Center for Children and at the VA Hospital. He has been an advanced technology consultant for a leading manufacturer and has trained other professionals. He is known as a warm and caring hearing healthcare provider as well as a knowledgeable and skilled professional.
Ryan Kalberer, HIS
Hearing Instrument Specialist
Ryan Kalberer is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. He comes from a long line of hearing health professionals, and from an early age knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and help the world hear and communicate more efficiently. Ryan completed most of his studies in Northern California. He has since relocated to help meet the needs of the great people of Los Angeles is now living his dream of helping people correct their hearing issues.
Elizabeth Hernandez, B.A., HIS
Hearing Instrument Specialist
Elizabeth Hernandez, B.A., HIS is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from California State University, Los Angeles. Elizabeth strives to provide an exceptional, tailored service to each and every one of her patients, from every cultural background to every hearing profile. Through her apprenticeships under several doctors she has developed a passion for guiding patients through the sometimes difficult but necessary hearing care journey.
Ghalia Mohder, Au.D., CCC‑A
Audiologist, Hearing Instrument Specialist
Ghalia Mohder, Au.D, CCC-A is a licensed clinical and dispensing audiologist. She attended the University of California, San Diego where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Doctorate of Audiology. Dr. Mohder joined the American Hearing and Balance team as a clinical fellow in 2009 and then went on to practice in Texas and Oklahoma as a managing audiologist with one of the most prestigious clinics, before returning to Southern California. She is certified through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has extensive experience in various areas of audiology including comprehensive hearing assessments, balance testing, and working with the latest amplification technology. Dr. Mohder’s clinical skills and passion for helping others allows her to deliver exceptional care to her patients, especially those who enjoy the convenience of in-home services.
Hermes Pineda, HIS
Hearing Instrument Specialist
Hermes Pineda is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. A longtime family employee, Hermes initially worked with the company while in college and quickly realized he wanted to pursue a career in the field of audiology after helping patients with their hearing aids. The skills and knowledge he has developed over the years has made him a natural when it comes to helping those with special hearing needs. Hermes is happy to help in both English and Spanish.
Marie Hepola, M.S., CCC‑A
Dispensing Audiologist
Marie Hepola has been a licensed Dispensing Audiologist in the state of California for 35 years. She brings a vast amount of industry experience to American Hearing and Balance from clinical diagnostics to hearing aid fittings. Marie also worked in the hearing aid manufacturing industry for many years. She is highly experienced in hearing aid technologies having clinically dispensed hearing aids and held leadership positions with major global hearing aid manufacturers. Marie would enjoy meeting you to discuss your personal hearing needs and how technology can best improve your quality of life.

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