Our Team

We believe everyone who walks through our door deserves the best care. 

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Our Team

We believe everyone who walks through our door deserves the best care.

We apply our hearing and balance/dizziness expertise to each patient’s unique circumstances to find the best solution for their lifestyle.

Meredith Wilken Audiologist & Founder of Colorado Ear Care

Meredith Wilken, AuD

Founder and Audiologist

My goal is to build a practice that patients want to be at, people want to work in, and physicians want to partner with.

I always knew that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives through a career in healthcare, but was certain I wanted to forge my path in audiology after discovering the Helen Keller quote, “Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.”

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Having a genetic history of deafness and hearing loss in my father’s family, I have witnessed first-hand how hearing difficulties can impact families. I knew that helping people improve their hearing would be a fulfilling profession to devote myself to.

I grew up in a Georgia-based family dental business, and, starting at age 10, learned a strong work ethic, an appreciation for a family business, the importance of patient relationships, and the nuances of what it takes to make a healthcare practice run successfully.

My education and certification background includes a B.S.Ed. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from University of Georgia, an M.Ed. in Audiology, University of Georgia, and an Au.D. from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. I am also a Fellow with American Academy of Audiology.

With over 20 years experience in the field, I’m proud to say that Colorado Ear Care is the culmination of everything I’ve learned throughout my career, one focused on providing exceptional patient care and creating efficient business operations.

For over a decade of my career in audiology, I provided direct care to patients before moving into a practice management role. I excel at organization, process optimization, and my years of experience as a clinician have helped me to help make the practices I’ve worked with leaders in their field. Before founding Colorado Ear Care, I managed the business operations for one of the country’s largest private practice audiology clinics, composed of 21 clinics across 3 states.

Beyond professional opportunities, audiology has connected me with so many wonderful people. My greatest professional experience was traveling to Haiti for a week in 2016 to fit local adults, the elderly, and children with hearing aids, many of whom had never experienced sounds before. We partner with a local organization that helps seniors at or below the poverty level by donating our time, services, and hearing aids to help them improve their hearing, and we’ve hosted events coinciding with National Make a Difference Day where we fit over 100 seniors in a day with complimentary hearing aids and services.

In my spare time, I am an avid University of Georgia football fan and season ticket holder. Even our dogs, Herschel and Munson, are named for UGA greats. I love live music, and have eclectic taste, including Widespread Panic, Tupac, The Allman Brothers, Sturgill Simpson and beyond. (And I always wear hearing protection!) There are 5 children in our family, including two sets of boy-girl twins. I’m still a Georgia girl at heart, and frequently use, “Y’all.”

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Colorado Ear Care. We’re honored that you’d choose our practice for your hearing health needs.

Matt Wilken Audiologist & Founder of Colorado Ear Care

Matt Wilken, AuD

Founder and Audiologist

I was exposed to the life-changing impacts of hearing care at an early age by my father. He was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of forty and began wearing hearing aids. He soon became licensed as a hearing instrument specialist and who devoted his career to helping the members of our community hear their very best.

I learned the importance of patient care and craft of hearing aid fitting under his guidance, and was inspired to carve my own path in the profession.

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After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master of Arts in Audiology 1998 and a Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2004, my brother Jeff and I went to work with our father, where we proudly grew our local, family-owned practice into an industry leader with multiple locations across several states before being purchased in 2016.

With over twenty years of patient and industry experiences under my belt, my wife Meredith and I decided to start an all-new family-owned practice, one that goes above and beyond the average hearing care experience. Locally owned. Fully committed to our community. Focused on the entire ear by providing the most thorough testing and services available, with recommendations that are easy to understand and options that make you feel comfortable and confident about the quality of your care.

When I’m not working on the vision and direction of Colorado Ear Care’s marketing, financial, and operational strategies, most of my time is spent raising our five children and some of my favorite hobbies include golfing and skiing.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Colorado Ear Care. The entire team and I look forward to serving all your ear- and hearing-related needs.

Cory Tickle Audiologist at Colorado Ear Care

Cory Tickle, AuD

Manager of Clinical Operations

Helping you hear, feel, and live your best is my mission. I am a proud alum of the University of Tennessee, where I earned my Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Audiology degrees, before completing my 4th-year externship at Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Nashville, TN. . For the last 9 years, I’ve worked in private practice audiology with an emphasis on providing all of my patients the best hearing aid fitting experience possible.

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I’ve strived to become an expert on the device offerings of over 7 hearing aid manufacturers and fitting platforms, as well as numerous verification techniques in an effort to best understand and apply the right technology solution for every individual’s unique needs. I’m proud to say that my dedication to understanding these nuances has led to not only effective outcomes for my patients’ hearing health, but also a high rate of satisfaction for the care I provide. This motivates me to continue to stay on top of the evolution of testing, technology, and care, so that I may always serve my patients in the manner they deserve.

Beyond device fittings related to hearing loss, I provide services to our community that can improve deficiencies within the auditory system. These services include identification and treatment for dizziness, balance, and tinnitus. I have completed specialized instruction from the American Institute of Balance, and I am trained on equipment that is available in the state of Colorado exclusively at Colorado Ear Care, further extending our ability to provide you the best, most specialized care around. Thank you for entrusting me with your hearing health needs.

Outside of the clinic, I reside in Lakewood with my wife, Laura, our daughter Harper, and our two dogs, Bettie and Clyde. We enjoy traveling together as well as participating in outdoor activities as much as possible. My dogs and I are avid trail runners and I enjoy playing and watching sports of all kinds, and I am a huge fan of University of Tennessee sports. Go Vols!

Brianna Milke, Audiologist at Colorado Ear Care

Brianna Smyth, AuD

Audiologist

I have always had this quote in the forefront of my mind: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” My goal as your audiologist is to create a safe environment where all of your questions and needs are being addressed. I love to educate my patients on the ear’s role in quality of life. To me, it’s essential that everyone is an active participant in their hearing and balance healthcare.

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I was born and raised in the South Jersey area, but have lived in many places on my journey to becoming an audiologist. I went to Baltimore, Maryland to earn my B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Loyola University. Next, I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to complete my doctorate of audiology at Nova Southeastern University. My fourth year externship was completed at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Medical Center. My choice to serve Veterans for my final year of school was heavily inspired by each of my grandfathers, both Marines, who lived with hearing loss. While there, I had the unique opportunity to have exposure to all areas of specialty within audiology, including hearing aids, vestibular evaluation, tinnitus management, auditory processing evaluations, and cochlear implants. 

My most recent experience was within a busy ENT practice in Dayton, Ohio, where I provided hearing and balance services to my patients. 

I could not be more ecstatic to be a part of the Colorado Ear Care team! I am well versed in the many hearing aid manufacturers. My recommendations are tailored to each individual and their unique needs. I enjoy troubleshooting hearing aids and helping my patients find the best solutions. 

The area of audiology that I am most passionate about, and specialize in, is fall risk management and balance assessment. My passion for this area blossomed early on in graduate school, which allowed me a unique opportunity to have balance testing and treatment woven into all of my clinical experiences. I look forward to providing specialized balance care for every patient I meet at Colorado Ear Care.

I currently reside in Lowry Fields with my fiancé, Kevin. We are avid gym-goers and enjoy both hiking and skiing. I have seen many breathtaking views hiking Colorado and I look forward to exploring even more in our beautiful new home. Kevin and I love traveling to new cities whenever we can. I also love books and true crime documentaries/podcasts so send me your recommendations!

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Jacki Reider, AuD

Audiologist

I love our community! Having worked in Greeley as an audiologist for 21 years, I’ve been able to provide the highest level of patient care. I believe in treating my patients like family. Whether it’s time for better hearing or you need help navigating dizziness, I’m here to serve you.

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During my 21 years an audiologist, I’ve spent 11 years in ENT practices and 10 years of those with Hearing Rehab Center. I regularly perform comprehensive hearing and balance examinations as well as a variety of vestibular tests.

I love to meet with patients who want to achieve better hearing and to give them the tools and confidence they need to be successful with hearing aids.

I became a Doctor of Audiology at University of Florida and received my Master’s of Arts in Audiology and Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado.

My husband Steve and I have 3 children. Nick (28) is married to Haley with son Rhett (almost 2) and a baby on the way. Megan (21) and Graci (16). Nick and Megan both proudly serve in the military. Graci is a sophomore at Eaton High School. She plays volleyball and golf.

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Liz Pancoast, AuD

Audiologist

I am thrilled to be part of the Colorado Ear Care team, and I look forward to being an advocate and a partner in all my patient’s hearing and balance-related journeys.

In my role as an Audiologist, I strive to connect with each of my patients and provide quality care and expertise for their hearing and balance healthcare needs, and use best practice to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone in my care.

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I provide comprehensive hearing and balance evaluations, hearing aid consultations, fittings, and follow-up care. I also provide tinnitus evaluation, counseling, and treatment. 

After receiving both my undergraduate degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Doctorate of Audiology degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, I completed my clinical externship at Denver Health Hospital, where I worked with patients of all ages. 

During my externship I performed comprehensive audiological and vestibular evaluations, as well as newborn hearing screenings, and intraoperative monitoring. 

Before joining the Colorado Ear Care team, I worked for a private audiology practice in Lakewood, where I provided audiological services, including diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, follow-up care, aural rehabilitation, tinnitus management, and earwax removal in both clinical and mobile settings.

I currently live in Lafayette with my boyfriend, our dog, Red, and our cat, Gatsby. When we aren’t out hiking, skiing, or paddleboarding, we like to stay in and play video games together. I enjoy attending concerts and discovering new bands throughout Colorado. You can also frequently find me reading or listening to audiobooks.

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Laurel Smith

AuD Student

I am so excited for all the experiences I will be able to have at Colorado Ear Care, which will include providing comprehensive hearing evaluations, assistance with diagnostic vestibular evaluations and/or treatment, hearing aid fittings and appointments, and administrative tasks. My goal is to be a helping hand to anyone that needs it.

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Although I was fortunate enough to gain hands-on experience in audiology at an undergraduate level, the majority of my experience has been obtained through my time at the University of Cincinnati. I have had six clinical placements during my 3 years of schooling prior to this externship year. This included two private practice placements, two hospital/ENT settings, and one semester at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

I completed my undergraduate education at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio where I majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am currently in my 4th year of the doctorate of audiology graduate program at the University of Cincinnati. I will be completing my year-long residency at Colorado Ear Care and will graduate with a doctorate in audiology in the Spring of 2023!

One of my most memorable experiences in audiology to-date was testing the hearing of puppies during my time at UC. Yes, you read that right — litters and litters of puppies! I will also be traveling to South Africa this December to test the hearing abilities of elephants! These are just some fun experiences I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of through UC. Long-term, however, I am particularly interested in vestibular testing and treatment, as well as electrophysiological testing, the latter of which is a test used to evaluate your heart’s electrical system, as well as a method to check for abnormal heart rhythms.

I am from North Canton, Ohio and can’t wait to start exploring all that Colorado has to offer! My family and I enjoy days at the lake, skiing, playing card games, and many other activities. I play the guitar, love a good book, enjoy being outdoors, and love caring for my two dogs! I look forward to meeting and working with you all, and appreciate the opportunity to participate in your care.

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Danielle Stouder

Executive Assistant

I’m excited to be a part of the Colorado Ear Care team, where I’ll be focusing on logistics and efficiency — my goal is to support everyone in achieving a higher quality of care for our patients and greater business success for the practice.

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I attended Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where my studies on child development, speech, and language led me to earn a dual degree in Psychology and Communication Disorders. 

After completing my degrees, I spent much of the last decade living in New York and Switzerland, during which time I was able to visit over 17 countries, learning about their cultures and customs, before moving back to the U.S., deciding to make Colorado my home. My love of the mountains and great outdoors made it an easy decision for me to make. 

In my free time, I’ll be exploring the beautiful outdoors of Colorado with my husband and my ever-loving, and enthusiastic Goldendoodle. We love to hike, bike, ski, scuba dive, and experience new restaurants and cuisine whenever we get the opportunity.

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Kristie Oehrlein

Patient Care Coordinator

I’m delighted to be able to help the patients of Colorado Ear Care have a great experience in our practice. 

In my role, I’ll be greeting patients, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, supporting providers, and doing all I can to provide you and your loved ones world-class customer service!

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My education and professional experience is diverse. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earned my Associate in Science degree from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology as a Certified Vet Tech, and earned my Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Phoenix. 

I’m proud to say that I’ve been married for 33 years, and have two children, and one grandchild (so far!) 

I have a love for animals that goes beyond my education. We have two rescue dogs, and I’ve been lucky enough to spend much of my life with horses. I’m also an avid bird watcher.

 When not enjoying my family, our animals, or the great outdoors, I spend time watching my favorite sports, hockey and football.