Our Hearing Health Professionals
Dr. Julie Prutsman, Au.D.
Julie Prutsman, owner and founder of Sound Relief Hearing Center, is a third-generation hearing health professional. Her family entered the field of hearing health care in the 1950s. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Marietta College (1996), her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado (1999), and her doctoral degree in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology (2003). Dr. Julie is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology, International Hearing Society, and American Tinnitus Association.
Julie grew up in Highlands Ranch and graduated from Highlands Ranch High School. Her husband, Patrick, is the business manager for Sound Relief Hearing Center, and they have two wonderful children, Ethan and Hanna. In her free time, Julie loves to read, travel, ski, and spend time with family.
Dr. Thea Wickey, Au.D.
Thea is very passionate about audiology and helping patients achieve a better quality of life. Experiencing the challenges of severe hearing loss firsthand alongside her beloved grandfather, Dr. Thea was drawn to this field at a very young age. Dr. Thea received her bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech-language sciences from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007 and her doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011.
Outside of audiology, Dr. Thea enjoys spending time with her husband (Kyle), their two young children (Haakon and Annika), and their golden retriever (Rio). She also enjoys exercise, traveling, and cooking.
Dr. Kaela Fasman, Au.D.
Kaela earned a bachelor’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and a clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Kaela is passionate about providing excellent care and improving the quality of life of her patients and their families. She values her opportunity to help people live healthier and happier lives through improved communication and tinnitus relief. She enjoys educating friends, family, and patients about tinnitus and hearing loss.
Kaela and her husband moved to beautiful Denver in 2016. She enjoys hiking, exploring new cities, and baking on the weekends. She and her husband are avid coffee drinkers and can be found in cafes around town.
Dr. Leah Mitchell, Au.D.
Leah Mitchell has been licensed and working in Colorado as an audiologist since 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (2001), her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (2003), and her doctoral degree in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology (2007). Prior to joining the Sound Relief team, she worked at an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) office, a private practice, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She enjoys seeing how her patients’ relationships and quality of life can be improved through better hearing and the management of tinnitus.
Dr. Leah has lived in Thornton since 2004, after escaping the winters in her home state of Wisconsin. She enjoys spending as much time as possible in the Colorado outdoors with her husband, Tyler, and two energetic daughters, Evelyn and Etta.
Dr. Lindsay Collins, Au.D.
Lindsay Collins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, in 2008 and her doctoral degree in audiology from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, in 2013. She experiences true enjoyment in helping her patients improve their relationships and their quality of life through better hearing and tinnitus management.
A Texas native, Dr. Lindsay and her husband, Kyle, moved to Colorado in the summer of 2012 to take advantage of all the state has to offer. Outside of audiology, Dr. Lindsay likes to spend time outdoors hiking, fishing, camping, and exploring with her husband, their son (Jaxon), and their dog (Weezer). She also enjoys exercise and is a certified Zumba instructor.
Dr. Lindsay is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, from which she received her Certificate of Clinical Competence. She also holds a license in audiology from the State of Colorado.
Dr. Christine Russell, Au.D.
Christine Russell has been serving northern Colorado’s audiology needs since 2009. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder and went on to complete her Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Russell has experience working in clinical settings, private practice, educational audiology, and most recently as an account manager for a large hearing aid manufacturer. She has addressed the hearing health needs of people of all ages, and she brings her broad range of experience and knowledge in fitting hearing aids, aural rehabilitation, and tinnitus treatment back to the clinic. Her desire is to deliver exceptional hearing healthcare with a personal touch.
Dr. Russell lives in Windsor with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Beki Kellogg, Au.D.
Beki received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of North Texas, and she has been awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has always found it rewarding to improve people’s quality of life through better hearing, and she is enjoying an entirely new satisfaction in helping people find relief from their tinnitus and being a part of the Sound Relief team!
Beki grew up in Texas and moved to Colorado. She is enjoying the scenic mountain views and hiking trails, and she is adapting to the colder weather. She enjoys playing tennis, watching college sports, traveling, and jogging. In addition, she is recently married and, together, she and her husband are enjoying cheering for the Broncos and attending sporting events.
Dr. Jackie Smith, Au.D.
Jackie prides herself on providing excellent patient care and improving the quality of each patient’s life through better hearing and tinnitus relief. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado and earned her Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Smith has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Dr. Jackie is a Colorado native and an avid hockey fan. She enjoys being a new mom to her son Will along with her husband Billy and beagle Madison.
Faith is our audiology assistant, and she works closely with Dr. Julie and her patients. Her background has mostly been in healthcare administration, ranging from urogynecology to dental and now audiology. Faith’s goal is to connect and build relationships with our patients and their families. She is a Colorado native who loves the sunshine here in our beautiful state, especially in the summer. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her kids, photography, gardening, refinishing old furniture (anything where she can be creative), hiking, and cooking.
“I love being a part of this practice, because I know firsthand that the group of professionals that I work with are making an honest, impactful, and magical difference in people’s lives. They are dedicated, caring people who truly love what they do. You could not find a better place to come to for your hearing loss and tinnitus needs.”
Patrick is the General Manger and co-founder of the Sound Relief Hearing Center with Dr. Julie. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He spent the last 16 years with Ferguson Enterprises serving in different capacities, from sales to general manager. Patrick’s focus is service and business development, and he excels in building strong personal relationships. He is excited to develop these relationships in our community.
Patrick lives in Highlands Ranch with his wife, Dr. Julie, and their two adorable children. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and family time in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.
Amy is our controller, in charge of accounts payable and receivable. She studied accounting at St. Louis University. She moved to Denver in 1998, and prior to joining our team, she was the controller for a general contractor for over 13 years. An innovative and driven accounting professional, Amy enjoys working for family-owned and -operated businesses. She strives to learn new ways of doing things and takes on challenges that are sometimes out of her comfort zone.
Amy lives in Castle Rock with her husband, Travis, and their two children, Paige and Cainen. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, and reading.
Cyndi has been the patient care coordinator for our Highlands Ranch office since January 2014. She moved here from southern California in 1994 with her husband and two sons. She loves spending time with her friends and her family, especially her nine-year-old grandson, and is very excited about her new granddaughter!
“My favorite part of the job is the people – I love our patients!”
Jamee is the patient care coordinator at our Centennial office. She grew up in Nebraska and attended Brigham Young University, studying psychology. She enjoys working with such a wonderful group of professionals who make such a huge difference in people’s lives. Jamee also loves getting to know so many of our patients.
Jamee is married with three children and spends much of her free time attending her kids’ sporting activities. She also enjoys reading, traveling, spending quality time with her family, and walking her dogs.
Linda is the patient care coordinator at our Golden office, and she has extensive experience in customer service. Originally from Belleville, Illinois, she moved eight times corporately before settling here in 1999 with her husband and two kids. Linda came for a vacation and fell in love with the mountains! She spends time reading, traveling, and visiting with family and friends. Her three-year-old twin grandchildren are Linda’s focus, and she has another grandbaby due in March!
“Helping people, getting to know them, and building relationships is my favorite thing in life. I love working in this practice, because I honestly know that each and every staff member is genuinely interested and concerned about making a positive impact in our customers’ lives.”
Jerry Brungardt, BC-HIS
Jerry understands the challenges that his patients experience, because he has been wearing hearing devices for more than a decade to correct his own high-frequency hearing loss. He also uses Sound Therapy to relieve the effects of his tinnitus. As a National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist and former president of the Colorado Hearing Society, Jerry is dedicated to his goal of helping people who experience what he and tens of millions of other Americans do: hearing loss.
Jerry married his high school sweetheart; they have two sons and four grandsons. He and his family moved from northeast Kansas to the front range in the mid-1990s, fulfilling life-long dreams for him and his wife. He has been a genealogist all of his adult life, and his wife has been an amateur photographer just as long; their passions complement each other. Jerry feels that family and helping people are his highest callings in life.