Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. At Veteran-Owned Carolina Health and Hearing, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Relationships based on unsurpassed personal service that begins the first time you walk through our doors and continues long after your initial appointment.

Audiology and Hearing Aids

Michele Schultz, Au.D.

Michele Schultz, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Owner

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Dr. Michele Schultz has been assisting hearing impaired patients of all ages for more than twenty years in multiple locations around the country as a result of her husband’s military service. This has given her a unique perspective into many aspects of business management, patient care, and leadership.

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Dr. Schultz holds a Doctor of Audiology Degree from A. T. Still University, licensed in South Carolina and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a member of ASHA.

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Danielle Harper, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Danielle Harper received her doctorate in Audiology in 2010 from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is a licensed Audiologist in the state of South Carolina and carries the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a member of ASHA.

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Dr. Harper worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs as an Audiologist/Supervisory Audiologist from 2010-2016 in Florida and at Professional Hearing Aid Associates from 2016 to January 2019. Dr. Harper has a passion for helping others hear and truly loves working with hearing aids.

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Elizabeth Leadbitter, Ph.D.
Audiologist

Dr. Elizabeth Leadbitter, Ph.D., began practicing Audiology in 1978 and received her doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 1990. She retired from the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia in 2010 after 30+ years of service.

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Dr. Leadbitter has continued to serve our nation’s heroes as a Compensation and Pension Audiologist for the VA Regional Office since her retirement. She has been associated with Carolina Health and Hearing since it opened in March 2018.

Lisa Pool, Au.D.

Lisa Pool, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lisa Pool is originally from Greenville, SC. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from UNC Greensboro in 1992. She earned her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee in 1995 and a clinical Doctorate in Audiology in 2016 from the University of Florida.

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Helping people with hearing loss and their families communicate more easily and effectively is her goal. A resident of Fort Mill since 2006, Lisa is married to Thomas Pool. They have two children, a girl and a boy, in high school.

Psychology

Karin Tonkin, Ph.D.

Karin Tonkin, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Dr. Karin Tonkin is a licensed psychologist with over 8 years experience providing individual, group, and family therapy. Dr. Tonkin’s specialization is working with individuals who struggle with body image, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.

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Given that eating difficulties do not exist in isolation, Dr. Tonkin also has interest in the areas of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Dr. Tonkin believes that the therapeutic alliance, the relationship between client and therapist, is the foundation to change. When a strong, collaborative, and supportive therapeutic relationship is established individuals feel safe and comfortable to discuss difficult issues and challenge themselves to make changes.

Dr. Tonkin believes that the goal of therapy is to empower individuals to reach their desired goals by identifying negative emotional states that contribute to the reliance on unhealthy behaviors to cope and reflect on internal and external issues that negatively impact their quality of life. Dr. Tonkin assists individuals in replacing unhealthy coping strategies with healthy behaviors and attitudes.

Speech Pathology

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Ms. Joy Kinney, MSR
Speech-Language Pathologist

Ms. Joy Kinney is a Speech-Language Pathologist treating adults with communication and swallowing impairments. A 2005 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Joy had a successful career working in and managing skilled nursing facilities and outpatient therapy clinics.

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She now works with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties in the acute care setting and in the home health setting, where she treats dysphagia, stroke, voice, and other neurological communication disorders. She is certified in VitalStim® therapy and frequently serves as a clinical instructor for speech-language pathology students at the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University.

Joy, her husband Tim, and their dog Snickers live in Lexington and enjoy Clemson football all year long.

Office Management

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Rob Schultz
Owner

Mr. Rob Schultz is a retired Army Officer with over 20 years of leadership and managerial experience. Originally from Long Island, NY he has served in defense of our Nation around the world. Mr. Schultz holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University and is a recipient of our Nations third highest award for gallantry in combat, The Silver Star.

Ms. Shivani Patel

Ms. Shivani Patel
Office Manager

Ms. Shivani Patel, originally from Chicago, Illinois, is a 2017 graduate from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She has years of experience working with patients as a medical assistant at an ENT office to an office manager. A resident of Irmo, SC for the past 8 years, she enjoys meeting and working with new people, cooking, and traveling.

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