Master of Science Degree in Audiology
Born and raised in Western New York, Dan Hewson comes to our practice with over 19 years of experience in the field. With a master’s degree in audiology from SUNY Fredonia, Mr. Hewson has extensive experience working in several of the largest Otolaryngology practices in the country, and also as a Regional Manager with Siemens Medical Audiology Division. Father, husband and full time employee with us, Dan is currently a student working to earn his doctorate in audiology; it should be completed by 2018.
Dan was naturally attracted to the field of audiology because he grew up with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. He has followed hearing aid development, research and rehabilitation. If you want to know what hearing impairment is really about and how hearing devices can change your life, Dan Hewson is the one to ask. He’s been wearing hearing aids since childhood (38 years) and has an intimate understanding of the hearing impaired. His personal hearing device story is fascinating and illuminating for anyone, but especially for those who may be hesitant about the hearing rehabilitation process.
Off the clock, Dan is absolutely content spending time with his 3 children and wife, Cynthia. He can be found playing softball, golf, tennis, attending church and seriously soaking in his hot tub and pool. Over the years, he has come to love Arizona and the life he’s built here. He especially loves meeting new people with hearing impairment, hearing their story and struggles and sharing his story. He wants as many people as possible to experience the myriad benefits of hearing better, just as he has.
Dr. Jessie Penkoff
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Jessie Penkoff is a born and raised Arizonian who spent the last seven years working on her undergraduate and graduate doctoral degree in Audiology (Au.D) at the University of Arizona. Throughout her graduate career, Jessie had the opportunity to complete clinical rotations in a variety of environments including: Banner-University Medical Center, Children’s Clinics in Southern Arizona, Tucson Medical Center, and the University of Arizona Hearing Clinic. Jessie enjoys taking care of her patients from both a medical and rehabilitation standpoint and strives to provide the best care possible for every individual she meets. Jessie is also deeply routed in the Tucson community and works closely with various organizations that support and provide resources to individual’s with hearing loss. Her clinical specialties include vestibular testing and rehabilitation, ototoxic monitoring, and cochlear implant candidacy testing and programming.
When she is not working with patients, Jessie spends most of her free time in the gym lifting weights. Although she is not actively pursuing bodybuilding at this time, she maintains a healthy lifestyle and loves to help others on their fitness journey. She also spends a lot of time outdoors with her dog, Gemma, who loves to swim and play fetch for hours at a time. Jessie is very passionate about the field of Audiology and looks forward to helping the Ascent Audiology and Hearing team change the lives of their patients.