Meet Our Staff
Who We Are
Developing a Long-Term Partnership
When you find a hearing professional who takes the time to listen to you, who has the expertise to match you with the right technology, and the ability to fine tune it to your individual needs, that’s someone worth hanging on to. The West Newton Hearing Center offers that, and more. Including ongoing counseling, periodic adjustments, and regular hearing aid cleanings. All of which are vital to your continued satisfaction with your investment in better hearing. We’re here to support your every need.
Years in the Business
We are proud to have served the residents of the West Newton area for so long. Nothing like being part of a community, is there?
We’ve seen a lot of ears over the years. And a lot of smiles. Dedication to our patients, and a commitment to be here for the long-haul are keys to our success. And yours.
Expert Staff Members
We provide a plan that is custom tailored to meet your individual needs and expectations. You are the piano. We are the piano tuners. Sort of.
Your Goals Are Our Goals
We promise to work closely with you to discover where you are having the most difficulty communicating. Then, we will collaborate with you to determine the best solution to increase your ability to hear and understand in the situations you describe. Your satisfaction is our ultimate goal.
If the solution includes hearing aids, then we are committed to recommending the technology that:
- Works best for your level of hearing loss
- Complements your lifestyle and
- Fits within your budget
Who We Are
We aim to provide our patients with the best possible hearing care we can. We provide a comprehensive array of services related to evaluation, rehabilitation, and prevention of hearing impairment in order to make that happen.
M.A., Syracuse University; B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, University of ColoradoRhonda Natanblut Ruby, M.S.
More About Rhonda Ruby
When she and Debbie Guthermann, her late friend and business partner, opened their practice in 1984, their aim was to deliver a vastly superior level of care and patient sensitivity. And to offer patients easier access to cutting edge technology, custom-suited to their hearing needs.
Today, Rhonda continues to actively manage the practice, leaving Kevin and Melissa free to focus on the patients who have come to depend on us. And to keep abreast of all the latest technology that will help their patients most.
Au.D., Arizona School of Health Sciences; M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., University of WisconsinMelissa Mahaffey
More About Melissa Mahaffey
After 12 years working for a hearing aid manufacturer as a trainer and account manager, Melissa is thrilled to be back in private practice in a setting similar to where she started her career back in Minnesota in 1996. Getting to know her patients and their families is one of her favorite things about working as a dispensing audiologist at West Newton Hearing Center.
Melissa always strives to exceed her patients’ expectations and works with each person to find the right hearing solution for them. She lives in Westwood with her husband, who is not only an audiologist himself, but a hearing aid user as well, and their two children – Kieran and Kiley.
B.A., Drew University, M.A. in Audiology, University of Connecticut, 1987Kevin Mahaffey
More About Kevin Mahaffey
Kevin became interested in working to improve hearing through contact with students at the American School for the Deaf – he grew up in Connecticut just down the street from ASD. A hearing aid user himself, Kevin is invested in finding the best solutions technology can offer by listening to patients’ needs. In his words, “Fitting hearing aids well is part science, part art, and there is no substitute for experience!”
Kevin began his career working clinically at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MA. He later transitioned to the training side of the hearing industry and became the National Sales Manager of Phonak.
Kevin has presented on the topics of hearing aid technology and verification techniques at a number of state and national meetings. He has been published twice in The Hearing Aid Journal focusing on programmable hearing aid technology.
M.Ed., Auditory Training SpecialistGeoff Plant
More About Geoff Plant
Geoff is an Aural Rehabilitation Specialist who received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his “services to the hearing impaired community” in 1992. His career has been devoted to developing techniques to maximize patients’ ability to function with their hearing aids. He’s also the founder of the non-profit “Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation,” dedicated to providing and promoting communication skills for those with hearing loss.
A Fixture in the Community
West Newton Hearing Center is now more than 30 years old and thriving. The practice has grown, with long-standing clients continually referring friends and family to us. And new partners have been added—Kevin and Melissa Mahaffey, a highly qualified husband-and-wife team, both of whom embrace the West Newton Hearing Center’s ethos of kindness and professionalism.
Angela Gibney our Practice Manager and our Client Coordinator Sandy Cavanaugh as well as our Audiology Assistant Sarina DaSilva, are always available to schedule appointments and follow-ups, handle logistics, and ensure that your experience with the West Newton Hearing Center is the very best!
From left to right: Sandy Cavanaugh – Client Coordinator, Sarina DaSilva – Audiology Assistant, Angela Gibney – Practice Manager
Constantly Pursuing Perfection
To make sure we stay on top of both the latest advances in technology and the current research related to hearing we attend many conferences, seminars, and conventions every year. Extensive continuing education and training ensure that our staff can provide our patients and the community with the latest in hearing health care.