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Our Professional Staff

We pride ourselves in providing the best individualized care and attention to detail. Everyone’s hearing is different in its own way. That is the why we commit to treating each patient with a customizable program to best fit their needs and lifestyle. Helping integrate speech comprehension back into your lifestyle is what we do best. Get to know the people behind the practice

Craig A. Schlumbohm, A.S., B.S

Craig A. Schlumbohm, A.S., B.S
Hearing Instrument Specialist

Office Location: Rutherfordton

Craig has been involved in healthcare for more than 40 years. First, during his eight years as an active duty Navy Corpsman, he learned the fundamentals of patient care, acquired his education, and served in various capacities at the naval hospitals in Portsmouth Virginia and Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. Craig studied at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Tidewater, VA, George Washington University and Southern Illinois University. Upon leaving the Navy, he continued his education and passion for patient care while working as a Radiology Technologist and Chief MRI Technologist in Jacksonville, FL. Craig’s passion for knowledge and his compassion for all people led him to serve in various capacities in medical and civic settings. Now, for the past 11 years, Craig has served Burke, Rutherford, and McDowell counties as a highly skilled Hearing Instrument Specialist. It is his greatest pleasure to apply his extensive skills and knowledge to the assessment, consultation, treatment and care of people with hearing loss. Craig serves his specialty as the current Vice President of the North Carolina Association of Hearing Care Professionals and previously served two years as the Secretary of that organization. Craig and his wife, Jeanne love spending time with friends at various local music venues and local vineyards where they enjoy the full experience of the excellent wines produced here in their beloved foothills of North Carolina. They live in the middle of twelve acres set between Valdese and Morganton where they enjoy entertaining friends, family, and the loving, exasperation of three springer spaniels.
Michael Dellinger, HIS

Michael Dellinger, HIS
Hearing Instrument Specialist

Office Location: Morganton & Boone

Michael Dellinger is a NC licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist and works with his patients to help them hear and understand better in their social environments. Michael experiences hearing loss himself and he understands the struggles patients are going through on a day-to-day basis. He strives very hard to provide the best quality hearing care for each and every patient. Michael has been in business since 1986. He started and managed his own business and after selling business equipment for 21 years, he transitioned into the hearing instrument business in 2007.

Michael lives in the beautiful mountains of Boone, NC with his wife, Joan. He always puts family first and enjoys spending time with his two children and son-in-law, Michelle, Devan and Clark. However, Michael especially loves spending time with his one-year-old grandson, Jameson. His role as “Papaw” is his favorite of all. In his spare time, he enjoys working on cars, especially his 1970 hot red Chevrolet truck. He and Joan spend many weekends traveling to car shows. Michael also loves riding his motorcycle on beautiful, sunny days.

Michael is passionate about helping others. He enjoys seeing others’ delight and happiness through hearing clearly after experiencing and suffering from hearing loss. Michael works hard to ensure his clients are able to live day to day comfortably. He looks forward to working with current and future patients at Mountain Ear Hearing Center to help provide the best hearing care possible.

Dr. Leslie Gant

Dr. Leslie Gant
Doctor of Audiology

Office Location: Waynesville

Dr. Gant has provided hearing services to people in western North Carolina for over thirty years. She has extensive knowledge in audiologic evaluation for persons of all ages, tinnitus evaluation and treatment, industrial audiology, and hearing aid evaluation, fitting and service.

Dr. Gant received a Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Dr. Gant loves taking care of patients. She enjoys using her experience and training to help people better enjoy communication with family and friends.

Dr. Gant has been married to her husband, Scott for over 32 years. They enjoy spending time as a family on Lake Chatuge. The have two adult children, a son and a daughter, and two beautiful granddaughters.

Rick Moore, HIS

Rick Moore, HIS
Hearing Instrument Specialist

Office Location: Black Mountain

Richard Moore was born on August 24th, 1951. He graduated from East Rutherford High School carrying onto further his education at the Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC. After graduating with an Associate's of Arts Degree he went onto seeking his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Upon completion of his Bachelor's Degree, he went onto complete his Masters of Fine Arts Communication at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC. He is a past President of the Marion Rotary Club and Rotarian Emeritus.

A North Carolina Native Richard has been a hearing instrument specialist for seventeen years. He enjoys his career because he can see the difference that better hearing has on the lives of his patients. He became interested in audiology back in the late 1990's when he saw his mother struggle with hearing loss. His mother wore old analog hearing aids. Every time he would hug her, her aid would start feeding back and screaming. Thank goodness the aids we use do not do that anymore. His mother is now gone, but he tells his patients that he would love to hear that feedback squeal just one more time.

Richard is a father of two children. Son, Christopher who is 27, lives in New York City pursuing a career in computer code writing. His daughter Charlotte who is sixteen attends early college. She is deciding between a career as a lawyer or a veterinarian.

Pete Cleppe, BC-HIS

Pete Cleppe, BC-HIS
BC-HIS

Office Location: Franklin & Highlands

Born & Raised in South Florida, Pete Cleppe’s father suffered with Hearing Impairment. In 1965 hearing loss information was very limited and the signs of hearing loss went unnoticed and untreated. “We just thought Dad was a little crazy and would laugh when Dad would give a completely different answer to a question we never asked.”

 Pete’s father was later diagnosed with hearing loss, and this was the motivator & passion for Pete dedicate his career to Help the hearing impaired. Since starting his career after graduation in 1995, Pete has wanted to be the very BEST in his field in helping people who suffer from hearing loss.

Pete uses the latest technology of video otoscopy and be able to insert a camera into the patient’s ear canal and get a clear view of the patient’s eardrum. Pete excels in removing wax. Wax being the #1 enemy of a hearing aid. Many local Doctors will refer their patients to Pete’s office to have wax removed.

Whatever the cause of your loss, Pete will be able to help you find a solution to better hearing. It is Pete’s goal is to be the BEST in his field and help more of those struggling with hearing loss.

 

Samantha Lackey, HIS

Samantha Lackey, HIS
Hearing Instrument Specialist

Office Location: Conover

Samantha Lackey is the oldest of three siblings and was born into a loving Christian family. Samantha’s father passed away when he was 50 years young of lung cancer. 16 years following her father’s death, Samantha’s “other father” came into her life. She graduated from high school in 1983 and was married at the age of 18. After marriage she continued onto college and graduated with a Surgical Technologist degree which led her to work in the operating room for 32 years.

Samantha is married to the same great man of 35 years with their son, Bryan, his wife Brittany, and their daughter, Lindsay. When Samantha’s children were younger, she was very involved with their sports teams, coaching softball and basketball and was also involved with the Girl Scout troops for many years. Samantha was actively involved in the Iredell County Girl Scout Council and the Sharron Youth Athletic program. She is currently a member of the Broad Street Church of Christ and enjoys the outdoors, hiking, fishing, and working with stained glass art.

While working in the operating room, Samantha was also in charge of ordering supplies for seven different surgical departments along with scrubbing in and assisting the surgeon during surgery. In 2008, Samantha lost hearing in her right ear and she has worn hearing aids ever since. She first was introduced to the Mountain Ear Associates practice in Conover as a patient when she need help with her hearing loss and the rest is history. She started working part time to help with the front desk as a patient care coordinator and then worked to transition as a Provider. Samantha loves to help people, and this is why she has taken this path to help people live their lives in better hearing.

Sheri Andrews

Sheri Andrews
Patient Care Coordinator

Office Location: Highlands & Franklin

Sheri Andrews joined the practice as a Patient Care Coordinator in October of 2017. In addition to scheduling appointments, she is committed to providing attentive care to each patient, ensuring that each one feels valued. Sheri is a graduate of St. Petersburg College where she received her Associate of Arts Degree and received a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate from Sanford Brown College. Sheri feels very blessed for having the opportunity to work in such a rewarding environment as she loves to see the smiles on her patients faces after wearing hearing aids for the first time.

Sheri resides in the area with her boyfriend and three dogs. She enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, white water rafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jeanne Schlumbohm

Jeanne Schlumbohm
Patient Care Coordinator

Office Location: Rutherfordton & Black Mountain

Jeanne has extensive experience in customer care, having worked in the insurance industry for many years prior to hearing care. She has been involved in hearing care for over ten years, first as a business owner and later as a Patient Care Coordinator for Mountain Ear Hearing. Patient care is her top priority, making sure the patient’s hearing needs are taken care of in the best way possible. Jeanne finds that helping people with hearing loss is especially rewarding, because she has a hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids for many years.

Also, her motivation to help those affected from hearing loss has a more personal dynamic: Her father had a profound hearing loss that went untreated and saw the debilitating and isolating effects it had on him and the family. Something that could so easily have been prevented with the proper hearing care. She wants to do her best to make sure this never happens to anyone else.

Jeanne enjoys spending time with her family and granddaughter. In her spare time, she is an artist involved in the local art community.