Dr. Rebecca Jahed, Clinical Audiologist
Dr. Rebecca Jahed has lived many places during her childhood as part of a military family, but eventually settled in the Maryland/DC area in 1983. She attended Penn State University and completed her undergraduate degree in 1987. She worked in the Montgomery County School system with hearing impaired and special needs children before continuing her education. Rebecca then attended the University of Maryland where she received her Master of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Science in 1992. Most recently, she continued her education and received an AuD (Doctorate of Audiology) from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2009. She is a fellow with the American Academy of Audiology and with the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.
Dr. Jahed has worked in several different areas of audiology including private practice, as an educator for a large hearing instrument manufacturer, and as a clinical audiologist working with several Ear, Nose, and Throat medical practices in the Southern Maryland area. This diversity has enhanced her knowledge and skills in many different areas of the audiology profession.
Since she has lived and worked for many years in Calvert County, she is grateful to be able to continue providing services in a private practice setting in Southern Maryland. She has made personal and excellent customer service her mission and will help clients, friends, and family achieve a better quality of life with enhanced hearing ability.
Dr. Jahed loves living in Southern Maryland and enjoys local wines, giving back to the community, and spending time with her family. She has been happily married for 30 years and has three wonderful children.
Dr. Gina Diaz, Clinical Audiologist
Dr. Gina Diaz joined Freedom Hearing Center in 2017, and has gained extensive clinical experience at a wide variety of clinical settings including Boys Town National Research Hospital (Omaha, NE) and Ear Nose and Throat Associates (Baltimore, MD). Audiologic service provision to the general and special needs populations (adult and pediatric) included comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, electrophysiologic assessments, hearing aid fittings and management, cochlear implant mapping, newborn hearing screenings, and vestibular diagnostic testing. Dr. Diaz has also been an active participant of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center where she provided full audiologic assessments for both children and adults with congenital malformations/multiple disabilities.
Dr. Diaz completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Science from West Virginia University in 2009. She continued her studies in audiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her Master of Science degree in 2012 and her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2013. Dr. Diaz has published and conducted research studies in the cochlear implant lab at Boys Town National Research Hospital, the effect of technology and testing environment on speech perception using telehealth with cochlear implant recipients. In addition, she completed a retrospective analysis on speech-perception outcomes for children and adolescents receiving sequential bilateral cochlear implants with at least 4 years between surgeries. Dr. Diaz is a licensed audiologist in the state of Maryland and is a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC).
Dr. Diaz’s goal is to provide expert care and compassion to all patients and their families with the use of state-of-the-art equipment and continuing education. Dr. Diaz is passionate about audiology and the difference better hearing can make in the quality of a person’s life. She strives to provide in-depth evaluations to diagnose and treat hearing loss and balance disorders.
Dr. Diaz has a diverse background and provides expertise in the areas of pediatric and adult behavioral and electro-acoustic diagnostic testing including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE), and Videonystagmography (VNG). She is dedicated to helping families make informed decisions and advocate for their children regarding their hearing health. In addition, she incorporates early detection and management, preservation of hearing, and education for all patients and family members. Lastly, Dr. Diaz is committed to providing the most appropriate hearing aid technology to help people communicate effectively in their everyday activities and listening situations.
Dr. Diaz grew up in Long Island, NY and currently resides in California, MD with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, community service, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Dr. Lisa Behringer, Clinical Audiologist
Dr. Behringer works at the Greenbelt Freedom Hearing Center office, which is located within the office of Dr. Khosrow Seyed Makki, Otolaryngologist. Lisa grew up Lanham, Maryland, and after attending Eleanor Roosevelt High School, she went to the University of Maryland where she received both her Bachelor’s and a Master of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Science. After working several years in the profession of audiology, she returned to school to continue her education so she would be even better equipped to serve her patients. She obtained her AuD (Doctorate of Audiology) from Salus University in 2009 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Behringer has experience in many different areas of audiology, having worked with various hospitals, private audiology and Ears-Nose-Throat physician practices over the course of her career. She became affiliated with Dr. Makki in 2007. She is proud that the Greenbelt office is able to offer high-caliber Otolaryngology and Audiology services. The fitting of hearing aids is her particular specialty, and she enjoys the challenge of keeping up with the latest in hearing aid technology.
Dr. Behringer has lived in Bowie, Maryland, for over 20 years with her husband and two children. She is an active member of her local church, participates weekly in a live trivia team, and is a fan of the Washington Capitals hockey team. She greatly enjoys working with her patients and loves to help people hear and communicate better.
Dr. Becky Guy, Clinical Audiologist
Dr. Becky Guy joined the Freedom Hearing Center team in 2018. Dr. Guy obtained her Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1991 and 1993. She continued her education and obtained her Doctorate in Audiology at the Arizona School of Health in 2010. Dr. Guy comes to Freedom Hearing with over 25 years experience working in a private practice setting where she ensures continuity of care for all of her patients by collaborating with local physicians in order to determine the best course of action for each individual patient.
Although Dr. Guy specializes in working with the pediatric population, she works with patients of all ages. In addition to regular audiological examinations, she has vast experience conducting newborn hearing screenings (Auditory Brainstem Response testing and Otoacoustic Emission testing), Central Auditory Processing testing, and diagnostic vestibular testing. Dr. Guy works diligently to ensure that appropriate referrals are made for follow-up care, and that any patient requiring hearing aids are fit with appropriate technology to provide the most enjoyable listening experience. Dr. Guy believes that every patient should have access to an audiologist who is looking out for their best interest. There are many choices when it comes to hearing healthcare, and patients should research and find a practice that makes the patient’s hearing health a top priority.
Dr. Guy was born in Washington D.C. and has lived in Southern Maryland her entire life. She lives with her husband and three daughters in their St. Mary’s County home. She is a huge Washington Redskin fan and enjoys occasional wine tastings at local vineyards with family and friends.
Dr. Sarah Tellier, Clinical Audiologist
Dr. Sarah Tellier joined the Freedom Hearing Center team in 2021. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University in 2006 and Doctor of Audiology degree from East Tennessee State University in 2011. She also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Throughout her career Dr. Tellier has predominantly worked in large Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) practice settings. She is very excited to utilize and expand on her knowledge and clinical experience in a private practice setting. Her areas of expertise include diagnostic hearing evaluations for adult and pediatric populations; hearing aid fitting, verification, and follow-up; and vestibular assessment.
Dr. Tellier is passionate about improving the quality-of-life of individuals with hearing impairment through the fitting of assistive listening devices. Her goal is to provide evidence-based, compassionate, individualized care to all patients.
Dr. Tellier is new to Southern Maryland. She recently moved to St. Mary’s County from Greenville, SC with her husband, son, and two dogs. She enjoys live music, reading, and exploring and spending time outdoors with her family.
Dr. Rivkah Nakhon, Clinical Audiologist
Dr. Rivkah Nakhon joined the Freedom Hearing Center team in 2022. Dr. Nakhon obtained her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Towson University in 2019. She continued her education and obtained her Doctorate in Audiology at Gallaudet University in 2022. During her time at Gallaudet University, she completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings, including private practice, Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) medical practices, as well as university-based clinics. Additionally, during her graduate school training, Dr. Nakhon participated in and presented ongoing research related to aural rehabilitation and cochlear implant users. Dr. Nakhon completed her final one-year clinical residency at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. During her one-year residency, she gained experience in diagnostic audiological assessments, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) testing, cochlear implants, tinnitus management, vestibular testing, and electrophysiological testing.
Dr. Nakhon’s goal as an audiologist is to create a warm, caring, and supportive environment for patients to feel at ease and receive supreme professional care. Being granted the wondrous opportunity to use medical science to help improve the lives of others by reconnecting them to their loved ones and to the world is priceless. To Dr. Nakhon, there is no greater reward.
Dr. Nakhon’s areas of interest within the field of audiology include pediatric and adult diagnostic audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, tinnitus management, cochlear implants, as well as working with military personnel.
Dr. Nakhon was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, and currently resides with her husband in Silver Spring, MD. In her free time, Dr. Nakhon enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with family, and assisting with her community’s youth group mentorship program.
Dr. Nakhon is licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists. She is also nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) with her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A).
Pamela McIntyre, Director of Operations
Pamela McIntyre joined the Freedom Hearing Center team in 2018. Pamela came to Freedom Hearing with 8 years experience working for private practice audiology clinics. She is passionate about educating the community on hearing loss, tinnitus, balance disorders, and treatment options. There is a long history of hearing loss within her own family, making it her goal to ensure that all patients receive the best possible patient care.
Pamela received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Christopher Newport University in 2000. Although she enjoys the creative aspect of marketing and the satisfaction of helping patients find their way to better hearing, she enjoys working behind the scenes problem solving, planning, and making sure the business operates smoothly and efficiently.
Pamela has been married for more than 25 years and has 2 children. She has lived all over the United States as a US Navy military spouse, although is happy to call Southern Maryland home since 2007. She loves being outdoors, photography, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family.
Amy Hollingsworth, Office Manager
Amy Hollingsworth joined the Freedom Hearing Center team in May of 2018. Although new to audiology, Amy has been in the Medical field for 20 plus years doing everything from patient care to front office and billing.
By being a part of the Freedom Hearing Center team, seeing how the doctors and staff interact and help patients hear, Amy has come to love the field of Audiology. She will never forget her first time talking with a patient after a hearing aid fitting. It is a moving experience and truly tugs on your heart strings when people finally get the help they need. Amy feels blessed to be a part of the Freedom Hearing Center team and looks forward to many more years helping patients in any way she can.
Amy has been married for 24 years to her high school sweetheart and has 4 beautiful girls. She has lived in Southern Maryland all of her life, growing up in Charles County, but moved to Calvert County to raise her children.
Michele Fling, Patient Care Coordinator
Michele Fling joined the Freedom Hearing team in May of 2021. Although new to the hearing healthcare industry, she has worked in customer service for many years and is excited to be a part of the Freedom Hearing team.
Michele resides in Calvert County with her husband and two children. She is an avid animal lover who enjoys traveling, visiting local wineries, and spending quality time with her family.
Shanika Berry, Patient Care Coordinator
Shanika Berry joined the Freedom Hearing team in May of 2022 and comes with 5 years experience providing excellent customer service. Shanika was inspired by her father, whom she lost unexpectedly, to work in a field where she can help others. By working hard to provide the best possible patient care, she will continue his legacy of serving others and lending a helping hand.
Shanika met her best friend and soulmate in 2003, and together they have one daughter. They live in St. Mary’s County and love spending time together as a family and giving back to their community by volunteering for youth organizations and helping others whenever they can.
Lynne Meiners, Patient Care Coordinator
Lynne Meiners joined the Freedom Hearing team in July of 2022 and has been working in the hearing industry since 2016. One of the highlights of working in the hearing industry to date was the experience of watching a newborn hear for the very first time. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to witness the response.
Lynne works hard to provide the best customer service to every patient, especially those with hearing challenges. It is always her goal to greet each patient with a friendly smile and help them throughout their hearing healthcare journey.
Lynne has lived in St. Mary's county since 2014 and loves spending time at the beach/pier and taking boat rides on the Patuxent River! In addition to being on/near the water, Lynne finds volunteering her time with the Patuxent Knolls Civic Association to be a blast! Not only is it fun, it enables her to meet a lot of nice people in the neighborhood.
Chris Stewart, Front Desk Administrative Assitant
Chris Stewart joined the Freedom Hearing team in November 2022 and is just beginning his journey in the Hearing Industry. He is a graduate of thee Winston-Salem State University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music Business with a Voice Concentration, and a minor in Business Administration.
Since the age of three, music has been a essential part of his life and he enjoys sharing his gifts and talents with others in his spare time. Although new to the world of audiology, he enjoys helping people and makes a daily effort to be a positive impact with everyone he encounters. He is very excited to be a part of the Freedom Hearing family and hopes to continue making the world a better place one smile at a time.