Our Hearing Specialists

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Jaclyn Kowalonek, Au.D., F-AAA, CCC-A

Doctor of Audiology

Jaclyn Kowalonek moved to South Florida from northeast Pennsylvania in 2016 to complete her fourth year AuD externship at South Florida ENT Associates in Weston. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Communication Studies. Dr. Kowalonek received her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. In addition to being licensed by the state of Florida in Audiology, Dr. Kowalonek holds professional memberships with the following associations:

  • American Academy of Audiology
  • The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals.

Dr. Kowalonek enjoys many aspects of clinical audiology, including audiologic and vestibular diagnostic testing, aural rehabilitation, and tinnitus management. She enjoys the personal relationships she forms with her patients while they go through the journey of improving their hearing health. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys relaxing on the sunny beaches of South Florida, attending yoga classes, playing and watching sports, riding her bike, and spending time with her dog Jack.


James Bernath HAS, BC-HIS

Hearing Aid Specialist, Board Certified – Hearing Instrument Specialist

James Bernath was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and has been a resident of south Florida since 1994.
James is a Nationally Board Certified Hearing Instruments Specialist who graduated from both Sheridan and Spokane Falls Community Colleges specializing in Hearing Instrument Sciences. James was exposed at an early age to the needs of the hearing impaired at his family’s Hearing Aid Practice. Both he and his sister went on to become second generation Hearing Instrument Practitioners who develop successful careers assisting the hearing impaired by focusing on patient care and advocacy.

Since 1999 James has been actively providing diagnostic services and dispensing hearing aids with Dr. Daniel Morse and later as member of South Florida ENT’s Allied Professionals in the Pembroke Pines location. In addition to his 32 + years of experience, James is a Hearing Aid user himself. He is able to share his expertise as a professional, and as a Hearing Aid user. The two combined give James an added advantage over most.

James continues to demonstrate his expertise in fitting state of the art Digital Hearing Aids and Assistive Listening Devices. Continuing education allows him to stay current with the latest hearing aid technologies; which in turn is passed along to our valued patients.

In addition to serving as the past President of the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario, James currently holds memberships with the following professional associations:

  • Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals
  • National Board for Certifications in Hearing Instrument Sciences
  • International Hearing Society


Christy Penhalow, HAS

Hearing Aid Specialist

A resident of South Florida, Christy joined South Florida ENT as an Audiologist Assistant in 2012. Her experiences working with the hearing impaired compelled her to complete her training as a Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist in order to better serve her patients. In addition to being licensed in the state of Florida, Christy holds membership with the following associations:

  • Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals
  • International Hearing Society

Providing compassionate care with integrity is the goal which drives Christy to provide the best service to her patients. Listening with sincerity, product knowledge, and a gentle manor are her keys to guide the patient through the process resulting a successful hearing aid fitting.

Ongoing continuing education allows Christy the ability to best meet the needs of her patients by keeping her updated on the latest hearing aid technologies and accessories. Quality compassionate care to the hearing impaired and the commitment to providing the best possible patient care is her intent.

Christy moved to South Florida in 2005 from Dallas, Texas. She is married to her best friend Darrin, proud mom of son Daniel and has two dogs named Tater and Skrappy. In her free time Christy enjoys the wonderful life that south Florida has to offer. She and her husband Darrin are active divers who explore many of the fine reefs in our area.


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