Jake Nuffer, AU.D
DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY
Dr. Nuffer has been a part of Hoglund Family Hearing since September 2019. He became interested in the field of audiology after accompanying his grandparents as they sought hearing help from an audiologist in Kansas. Dr. Nuffer was so inspired that he opted to shadow his grandparents’ audiologist and continued on to purse a lifelong career helping others to communicate with their family, friends and loved ones. When Dr. Nuffer sees a patient, he brings the excellent care, respect, and attention to detail that he witnessed when he shadowed his grandparent’s audiologist. He has had the unique experience of serving his grandfather as a patient, and this forever changed his perspective on excellence in hearing healthcare and the overall patient experience at a hearing healthcare clinic. When you visit Dr. Nuffer for your hearing needs, you will be treated like family.
Yoelkis Valdes, HAS
Hearing Aid Specialist
Yoelkis Valdes is a Florida licensed hearing aid specialist.
Yoelkis was born and raised in the beautiful Caribean island of Cuba, where she graduated as a Licensed Nurse just before coming to the USA in 1995. After learning a new language in 1999 she became a Hearing Instrument Specialist and worked for a while, but stayed home raising her kids for many years. Yoelkis has improved her knowledge and skills working with ENT Doctors and Audiologists over the years and enjoys helping the hearing impaired Patients to improve their quality of life.
She loves spending time with family, outdoor activities and traveling.
Meet Patrick Rahilly from our Metropolis location. He is a native of NJ who moved to Cape Coral in 1991. When he isn’t at work he likes riding his Harley, ballroom dancing, playing tennis and walking on the beach. He has 7 grandchildren who he loves to spoil! Patrick got into the hearing aid business after being inspired by a friend. He enjoys helping people improve their quality of life by hearing better with their aids.
Ben J. Brody
Since 2002, Ben has been a Florida Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist and, since 2004, has been Nationally Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences. From 2019-2021 he served as President of the Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals and has been a member of their board for over 8 years.
Ben hopes to continue to improve the professional services the industry provides through education and active participation in the International Hearing Society initiatives. Helping the hearing-impaired community of Southwest Florida to improve their quality of life is what Ben continues to do every day.
Chris Ela is a native of New Hampshire. He has lived in Cape Coral since 2007, where he lives with his wife and beautiful daughter, Kadence. Chris enjoys golfing, boating and fishing. He has a deep compassion for patients suffering with Tinnitus and loves to help people live a more fulfilling life.
Maddy Thomas was born in New Orleans, LA and moved to Florida in 2006. She likes being able to assist both patients and coworkers, as we work together as a team to treat hearing loss.
Maddy enjoys reading a good book, spending time on the beach (basically anything outside), and travelling (she has been to 17 different countries and enjoys learning about different people and cultures).
Director Of Public Relations And Educational Outreach
Tina Gleason hails from Central Illinois, where she also worked in the hearing industry before relocating to Florida in 2013. Tina will be found all over the SWFL region working at health fairs, seminars, lectures and other events. She is passionate about educating the community about the help that is available for those with hearing loss.
In her spare time Tina performs with acapella vocal groups Toast of Tampa Chorus and Coastal Voices Chorus. She also enjoys beach time, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Patient Care Coordinator
Michelle graduated from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science. She slowly made her way south through Florida, enjoying it’s beauty in Clearwater, Lake Okeechobee and Sarasota. She was drawn back to her home town of Ft. Myers. Michelle enjoys any day on a golf course no matter what her score is, and any day fishing, boating or beaching it on our beautiful waters here. Being positive and kind to others is a core belief of Michelle’s.