Ms. Taft is double board certified in speech-language pathology and audiology, graduating from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, respectively. For 20+ years, she has owned and operated Professional Speech and Hearing Specialists, working both professions as part of the Ocala Ear, Nose, and Throat team. In July 2016, she retired from her practice as a voice pathologist to focus her efforts solely in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss with an emphasis on audiologic rehabilitation. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and she is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Florida Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.
Aside from her professional commitments, Pat enjoys her family, cycling and playing tennis with her husband, doing CrossFit, and being active in her community. She was the first woman inducted into the Metropolitan Rotary Club of Ocala, and she served for many years as the chair of the Golden Apple Award program through the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, elevating it to a prestigious event.
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. McCallum graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and went on to earn a Doctorate of Audiology from the University of South Florida. She joined Professional Speech and Hearing Specialists in August of 2010. She specializes in hearing diagnostic testing, hearing aid programming, tinnitus masking device programming, and aural rehabilitation. Dr. McCallum is licensed to practice in the state of Florida and is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Associations. Her passion for audiology stems from wanting to improve the quality of life of others by breaking down communication barriers.
Dr. McCallum was raised here in the Ocala area and is blessed to have lots of family nearby. In her free-time she enjoys spending time with family, boating, exploring Florida, UF football & gymnastics, and science-fiction movies.
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Rosier graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications sciences and disorders from the University of Florida, and upon completion, stayed at the University of Florida to complete her Doctorate in Audiology. She is currently a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology and on the board for the Hearing Loss Association. Dr. Rosier’s areas of expertise include diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and aural rehabilitation.
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Emily Gaines attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders and a Doctorate degree in Audiology. She is Board Certified in Audiology, and is a member of both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders, as well as hearing aid fittings and tinnitus management.
Dr. Gaines’s personal experiences as a child with a cleft-lip and palate led her to the helping profession of audiology. She knows first-hand how healthcare can shape the quality of one’s life. She loves being an audiologist because it is the perfect combination of science and rehabilitation, and it is a special thing to be a part of a patient’s journey to better communication.
Certified Audiology Assistant
Caron received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Central Florida. After joining Professional Speech and Hearing Specialists in 2012, she earned her Audiology Assistant Certification through NOVA Southeastern University. As our certified Audiology Assistant and Patient Care Coordinator, Caron is available to assist patient walk-ins and troubleshooting and diagnosing hearing device issues. She routinely performs hearing aid inspections and routine cleanings as well as reviewing hearing aid care and cleaning procedures with our patients.
Jane received her Associate's Degree in Secretarial Science in 1977. She first began working in the field of Audiology in 1993 in South Carolina. She has been with Professional Speech and Hearing Specialists for 20+ years. She provides administrative support, handles all insurance filing, communications and billing. She is pleased to take all calls and schedule appointments.
Nicole has been with Professional Speech and Hearing since 2012. She is responsible for all scheduling appointments and patient communications as well as providing administrative support. If Nicole doesn’t know the answer to a question, she knows how to find the answer!
The best part of our career is having our patients come back with their success stories and what hearing better means to them. We are honored by the confidence our patients have shown in trusting us with their hearing needs.
“I was one of those individuals that firmly believed I would never wear a hearing aid. It was hard for me to admit my (obvious) hearing loss and the impact of it. In a professional and caring manner, Ms. Taft persuaded me to try a hearing aid. I have been very surprised that it has been such a great benefit. I am very thankful for her care, concern and assistance.”
~ Jack Theus
"I used to think that I was a happy deaf person. I lost my hearing over a long period of time, and didn’t notice that the only people suffering were my family members. I had the volume on the TV so high they could not enjoy watching it with me. Conversations with me asking, “What did you say?” were the norm. My wife finally convinced me to have my hearing checked. Ms. Taft tested my hearing and helped me select the best solution for my particular hearing needs. Her professional treatment and knowledge of hearing loss solutions gave me the confidence to give hearing aids a chance. Since being fitted and having my hearing aids programmed to my specific loss, I am amazed at what I have been missing. I am now a much happier hearing person. Now my wife asks me to turn up the TV. Ms. Taft also assisted me with my TV, home telephone, cellphone, and remote adjustment of my hearing aids for different hearing situations (like the movie theatre and restaurants.) The commitment of Ms. Taft and her office staff to my hearing needs has truly improved my life. Thank all of you.”
~ Richard & Terry Gilbert