Meet the Team

Choosing your hearing healthcare provider is a critical component to proper diagnosis and management of hearing loss. Sometimes it can be confusing when deciding who to trust with your first appointment to have your or a loved one’s hearing tested. We believe that knowledge is power, and with so many hearing healthcare options, it’s important to understand the differences so you can make an educated decision that is right for you.

Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center was established in 2003 by Dr. Gina Geissler. Her first office was next door to her father, Dr. Evan Geissler, and his family practice office. Over the years, Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center, has seen tremendous growth. In 2008, the practice expanded and two more offices were opened to better service our patients.

Dr. Gina Geissler, Au.D., and Dr. Brian Waldman, Au.D., look forward to helping you on your journey to better hearing!

"Dr. Gina and Dr. Brian take interest in their patients. They try to fit care around patients' lives. In this busy world it is such a help to have such care and caring people to help me."

Marjorie E.

"I have been coming to Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center for 12 years. The hearing aids get better all the time and the staff is so accommodating."

Mark M.

"I was referred to Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center by my personal physician. I have received the very best treatment and care from Dr. Brian. Also, the office staff has been very helpful and cordial in dealing with me and my issues that have arisen. I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone needed treatment for hearing issues."

Randy F.

"I was referred to Dr. Geissler by my doctor. Since, I have received very good service. I always get reminder calls about appointments. It is a nice place to visit. "

Harry A.

"Have great people working here and very nice to deal with. I never have to wait long to see someone. They also took care of my wife who had a plugged-up ear."

Henry M.

Gina E. Geissler, Au.D., FAAA

Dr. Gina Geissler is a board certified Doctor of Audiology specializing in amplification for hearing loss in the adult and pediatric populations. She evaluates and treats people with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vertigo (dizziness). She also evaluates and treats those with hearing loss related to illness, ageing, noise-exposure, chemotherapy and diabetes.

Dr. Geissler received her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Her clinical Internship included training at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Tucson, AZ and overseas in Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Her residency training was completed at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

At least once a year, Dr. Geissler participates in a medical mission trip to Guatemala, Africa, or the Dominican Republic. She volunteers her time and services as part of a medical team. Throughout the year, Dr. Geissler collects donations of used and broken hearing aids which are refurbished and provided to children she treats on these trips. Donations are accepted at each office.

Brian L. Waldman, Au.D., FAAA

Dr. Brian Waldman is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, and is a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist. Dr. Waldman enjoys all aspects of audiology, but has a special interest in fitting adults with hearing aids and aural rehabilitation.

Dr. Waldman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. While at the University of Iowa, he also obtained a Certificate in Aging Studies. Dr. Waldman earned his Doctorate of Audiology degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He has conducted research on the impact of concussions in athletes Dr. Waldman completed his residency at Mercy Clinic Audiology – Surgery Center in Springfield, MO. He is excited to be back in the Chicago area. Dr. Waldman is a sports enthusiast who enjoys talking about Chicago teams.

Doctor Memberships & Associations

David Tolliver

David’s 20-year Naval career took him all around the world, but he is happy to call Munster his final duty station. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (University of Maryland) and a Master’s Degree in Human Relations (University of Oklahoma).

David's role as Executive Director started in 2014 and he has truly learned to wear a lot of hats in the day to day operations. His favorite moments at work is hearing his kids coming down the hallway to visit him.

In his spare time David enjoys running and bike riding; however, he is most happy when spending time with his wife and children.

 

Kathy Bechely

Kathy joined Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center in 2015 and she is the office manager at the Munster office. She conducts Hearing Aid Care & Maintenance classes, assisting our new patients with their personal hearing care journey.

Kathy received her B.S. from Northeastern Illinois University in Education. Upon graduation, she joined Union Special Corporation, the U.S. manufacturer of industrial sewing machines. She held positions in Quality Control and International Customer Service responsible for export of machines, motors and spare parts to markets in Europe, Africa, Middle East, South America, Hong Kong and Mexico. Kathy made a career change in 1992 joining American Maize in Hammond (Cargill) as the Export Sales Representative coordinating export of specialty ingredients to global markets. In 2000 she advanced her career, moving to Corn Products International (Ingredion) to develop new markets for the portfolio of sweeteners and starch produced from raw corn and tapioca to markets in EMEA, Asia Pacific, Central and South America.

Kathy and her husband, Marty, have a huge extended family with 23 nieces and nephews and 17 great nieces and nephews living across the US in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Texas, Colorado, Chicago, Elgin, Iroquois and a niece in Singapore. Kathy enjoys creating her favorite restaurant dish Bolognese as she experienced in Bologna. She also likes camping, with her favorite destination being Glacier National Park, Montana.

She can be contacted at munsteroffice@geisslerhearing.com.

 

Linda Newell

Linda is a retired school teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and her master’s degree from Purdue University. She taught school for 33 years in both the public and parochial school systems, namely at Caroline Sibley and Wilson School in Calumet City, Illinois and at St. Florian in Chicago.

Linda lives in St. John, Indiana. She has 2 daughters -- Amber who lives in Lowell, and Alyssa who lives in St. John. She has five grandchildren. She also has two cats and three “grand dogs”.

Linda enjoys watching sports on TV. She is a avid reader, primarily historical fiction.

 

Francesca Bonarigo

Francesca graduated from Illinois State University in 2015. While in school and after graduation, Francesca worked in the jewelry industry for five years before joining the office at Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center in December of 2018.

Francesca grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and moved to Northwest Indiana with her husband a few years ago. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing board games, especially Yahtzee. Francesca likes to read, watch scary movies, and is crafty; she even started her own small business called Three Bee Creations. She makes custom designs on t-shirts, party favors, photo cubes, and much more.

Francesca loves dogs, especially her two Labradors Shelby and Cooper. When she isn’t crafting or playing with her dogs, she likes to go for bike rides with her husband on his Harley motorcycle.

 

 

Sarah Lahn

Sarah has been with Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center since ­­­­November, 2018. Previously, she was the lead customer service agent at a jewelry store. Sarah grew up in Flossmoor, Illinois with two sisters and two dogs. She went to Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, and finished her degree at University of Illinois in Springfield, majoring in Liberal Arts with a minor in Criminal Justice.

In August, 2017, Sarah was married to her husband, Adam, and they made the move to Munster. Together, they adopted a calico kitten, named Belle, after Sarah’s favorite Disney movie. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and walking on nearby paths. Her favorite type of food to cook is Asian—she loves to balance spices with savory sauces. If she’s not in our office, you may find her testing new recipes in her kitchen!

 

Kelly Medina

Kelly joined Dr. Geissler's Hearing in the fall of 2015. She is the Audiologist Assistant at the Hammond office. She helps the doctors preform cerumen removal and all other hearing aid duties with maintaining hearing aids and keeping them in their best working order.

Kelly graduated with an Associate's degree in Applied Science from South Suburban College in May of 2012. She then took some time off before joining our office to raise her now 6-year-old son Mikey with her husband Michael.

When she is not working, Kelly loves spending time with her family, her dog Monster, and close friends. Her favorite things to do are going to the movies, spending time at the beach (preferably in the Florida Gulf), and bingeing on her favorite TV shows, some of which include the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Law and Order SVU.

 

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