Our Hearing Professionals
Steven J. McDermott
Au.D., ABA, F-AAA/CCC-A
Dr. Joe McDermott, AuD, F-AAA, completed his Bachelors and Master’s degrees at the University of Wyoming and received his Doctorate of Audiology degree through Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology in September of 2004. Currently, he serves as the director of audiology for Colorado West Otolaryngologists, P.C. Dr. McDermott holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA), Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA) and the Colorado Academy of Audiology (CAA). He is state and nationally certified to practice audiology and dispense hearing aids in the state of Colorado. Dr. McDermott provides expertise in the areas of pediatric, infant, and adult behavioral and electro-acoustic diagnostic testing including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, Electroneuronography (Enog), Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) and Videonystagmography (ENG/VNG). He provides in-depth evaluations for diagnosing and treating hearing loss as well as balance disorders. Dr. McDermott counsels and fits hearing aids and amplification devices, including assistive listening devices for all ages. In addition, new assessments and fittings for implantable nontraditional amplification have been added to our services. Dr. McDermott also counsels patients regarding hearing conservation through the use of hearing protection devices.
M.S., CCC-A, F-AAA
Jo-an Mealler, M.S. CCC-A, F-AAA, has been a practicing Audiologist for over 3 decades, with 25 of those years in Grand Junction. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Audiology from Colorado State University and has completed extensive post graduate work from the University of Iowa. Jo-an is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, is board-certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is state and nationally certified to practice audiology and dispense hearing aids. Jo-an specializes in Hearing Rehabilitation, including fitting advanced digital hearing technology and assistive listening devices and has an extensive background in Hearing Conservation and counseling patients regarding noise exposure and the use of hearing protection devices. She also has expertise in infant, child and adult diagnostic testing, as-well-as providing in-depth evaluation and management of disorders of hearing and tinnitus.
Born and raised in Colorado, Chelsie Hensley, AuD, received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2017, after completing an externship in Florida where she enhanced her diagnostic skills in hearing and balance. She is a professional member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is state and nationally certified to practice audiology and dispense hearing aids. Chelsie performs hearing tests, balance tests, and advanced electrophysiological testing on patients of all ages. She is passionate about providing patients with implantable and non-implantable hearing technology. Chelsie believes in working closely with patients to understand their unique communication demands to find solutions that fit their lifestyles.
Kellan Williams, BC-HIS, joined Colorado West Audiologists in 2011 as a hearing instrument trainee and earned her board certification in hearing instrument sciences in 2012. Kellan is originally from Illinois, but moved to Grand Junction in the early 1990s and truly enjoys all the activities the area has to offer. Specializing in the evaluation, selection and fitting of hearing instruments, Kellan’s considerable knowledge and expertise serve our patients well. Because she enjoys being able to help patients with their hearing needs and takes the everyday challenges of helping people hear better seriously, she is a perfect fit for our family.
Hearing Instrument Apprentice
Courtney Loptien joined Colorado West Audiologists in 2016 as a Hearing Instrument Apprentice. Originally from the Front Range in Colorado, Courtney moved to the Western Slope to pursue a career in hearing instrument sciences and is currently studying to become a BC-HIS. She attended University of Colorado Boulder from 2010-2014 and Colorado Christian University from 2015 to present studying Psychology. She currently holds honors at Colorado Christian University in the Alpha Sigma Lambda-Sigma Nu Chapter. Courtney enjoys everything Grand Junction has to offer and looks forward to spending her time exploring her new home.