The Doctors of Audiology at Florida E.N.T. & Allergy specialize in the prevention, identification, and management of hearing loss. They work in conjunction with the ENT physicians to discuss with you the potential causes and the treatment options for your hearing loss.

The importance of having a Physician – Audiologist partnership is that it allows you to have the utmost comfort and confidence that we have your best interests at heart and the knowledge to address your concerns. We communicate with each other to ensure that you are constantly receiving the best treatment for your hearing needs.

Click on a name below for our audiologists bios.

Karen Altschuld, Au.D

Dr. Altschuld received her bachelors degree at The Ohio State University before going on to receive her masters from the University of Cincinnati. She received her Doctor of Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and is board certified by the American Board of Audiology. Dr. Altschuld is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA) and has a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is also a member of the Florida Academy of Audiology and specializes in comprehensive audiological evaluations, hearing aid fittings and follow-ups, patient-centered care and mentoring Audiology graduate students. Dr. Altschuld relocated to Florida from Columbus, Ohio where she spent 24 years working in an ENT practice. She is married to her husband, Steve, and has two grown children. All four Altschuld’s bleed scarlet and gray as huge OSU Buckeye fans. In her free time, Dr. Altschuld enjoys traveling, playing pickleball and spending time with family and friends.


Kili Casale, Au.D.

Dr. Casale received a Bachelors of Science in Communication and Science Disorders from Florida State University, before going on to receive her Doctor of Audiology degree from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her clinical externship at HearUSA in Tampa and internships at ENT Associates of Florida, Greater Miami ENT and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. She specializes in comprehensive audiological evaluations, amplification and vestibular evaluations. Dr. Casale is certified by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. Casale is a Florida native who enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, cooking and baking.


Samantha Comisky Au.D., CCC-A


Dr. Comisky completed her undergraduate degree at Illinois State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Audiology at Northern Illinois University and completed her residency/externship at Southern Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. Dr. Comisky received her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American SpeechLanguage and Hearing Association and is board-certified by the Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She specializes in diagnostic testing, hearing aid fittings, and hearing aid follow up care. Dr. Comisky was raised in Illinois and now lives in the Tampa Bay area. When not treating patients, she enjoys exploring the area, reading, and spending time with her husband and dog.


Danielle M. Dischner, Au.D., CCC-A

Danielle DischnerDr. Dischner received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University with magna cum laude honors. She went on to earn her graduate degree at the University of South Florida as a Doctor of Audiology, with an externship at the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center. Dr. Dischner specializes in pediatric diagnostics and treatment, and electrophysiology. In addition to helping patients, she enjoys spending time with family, visiting the zoo, the aquarium and Walt Disney World®. Dr. Dischner is looking forward to caring for residents of the Tampa Bay area.


Sophia H. Escobar, Au.D., CCC-A

Sophia H. Escobar Au.D., CCC-ADr. Escobar holds a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of South Florida. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. In 2012, she was awarded Best of 2012 Hearing Healthcare Professionals. Dr. Escobar’s special interests include vestibular testing and treatment, hearing aid prescription and follow up, and community outreach. Dr. Escobar enjoys and has experience working with all age groups. She married her wonderful husband, Nelson, in 2009. They have two children who are the light of their lives. When she’s not caring for her patients, Dr. Escobar enjoys family time, exercise and the beach.


Derek Gavin, Au.D.

Sophia H. Escobar Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Gavin is a native Floridian who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He furthered his education at the University of South Florida, earning a doctorate in audiology, and completed his residency at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Dr. Gavin is a proud member of the American Academy of Audiology. He specializes in comprehensive audiological evaluations, hearing aids, and vestibular evaluations. Aside from meeting and treating patients, Dr. Gavin enjoys spending time outdoors, including biking with his wife and sons!


Bruce P. Gosche, AU.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

Bruce P. GoscheDr. Gosche received a Master’s degree from the University of South Florida before going on to receive his Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences. He holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He believes in an individualized and patient-centered approach to helping others with their communication needs. When not in clinic, Dr. Gosche enjoys kayaking and traveling with his wife of over thirty years and spending time with his two sons. He is an avid Florida Gator fan and a lover of all dogs, especially Beagles.


Heather A. Hall, Au.D., CCC-A, CH-AP

Heather A. Hall Au.D., CCC-A, CH-APDr. Hall received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Akron through a joint program with Kent State University and The Cleveland Clinic known as the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Liberty State College in West Virginia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies focusing on speech language pathology and audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Hall is a Certificate Holder – Audiology Preceptor. Her special interests include mentoring Audiology Doctoral students, diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, follow up hearing aid care and vestibular testing. Dr. Hall is happily married and has a son and daughter who she calls her “pride and joy”. During her free time, she enjoys spending time doing local family friendly activities, camping and traveling.


Stephanie Hill, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Hill completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and her doctorate degree at the University of South Florida. She went on to complete her residency and externship at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. Dr. Hill received the American Speech Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence. She specializes in diagnostics, cochlear implants, and hearing aids. When she is not caring for her patients, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling with her husband, and taking her dog on walks.


Elizabeth Napolitano, Au.D.

Dr. Napolitano completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. She continued her education and earned her doctorate degree at Salus University with Magna Cum Laude honors and completed her residency at Cooper University Medical Center. She is also a member of the Florida Academy of Audiology and her specialties include cochlear implants, hearing aids, and vestibular disorders. When Dr. Napolitano isn’t caring for patients she enjoys spending quality time with her family, cuddling with her cat Petunia, crocheting, and being active.


Kayla J. Peace, Au.D., F-AAA

Dr. Peace holds a Doctor of Audiology degree from Ball State University in Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Science dual degree in Deaf Education(P-12)/Middle Grade English (5-9) from Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her clinical residency serving the pediatric population at Children’s E.N.T. Specialists in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Peace is licensed by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA). Dr. Peace’s audiology interests include pediatric and adult comprehensive audiological evaluations, advanced amplification technology for pediatrics and adults (hearing aids), and electrophysiology. In her personal time, Dr. Peace enjoys going to church, going to Disney, being outdoors, golfing, having fun with her two Dalmatians (Millie and Rosko), and spending time with her family and friends.


Gia Santivasi, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Santivasi completed her undergraduate degree at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a major in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Deaf Studies. Dr. Santivasi went on to earn her graduate degree at Ohio State University and completed her externship at New York Hearing Doctors in New York City. Dr. Santivasi received the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech- Language and Hearing Association. She specializes in comprehensive audiological evaluation, hearing aid fittings, and follow up hearing aid care. She grew up outside of Philadelphia and is new to the Tampa Bay area. When she is not treating her patients, Dr. Santivasi enjoys reading, relaxing at the beach and spending time outdoors with her dog.