Meet the Staff
Leslie Osborne Gant, Au.D., President
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Gant has been an audiologist since 1984. She received a BS in Communicative Disorders from East Tennessee State University and a MA in Audiology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. She later received a doctorate in audiology (Au. D.) from Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the doctorate program she began to notice things coming together to enhance the future of her private practice. Her first class was a business class where she and fellow students had to write a business plan. They used Dr. Gant’s soon to be private practice as the template. She was able to take that well written plan to the bank for financing. Later during a course in hearing conservation, three local companies called wanting annual evaluations for their employees. During a course in Ototoxicity, a local physician contacted Dr. Gant to follow his patients hearing during their chemotherapy treatment. It became apparent that a private practice in audiology could become successful in the area.
Dr. Gant has worked in several ear, nose and throat practices in Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. She enjoys working with children and adults. Her interests are in diagnostics and amplification.
Dr. Gant lives in the Bethel area with her husband, Scott. They have two children and recently welcomed their first granddaughter. They enjoy traveling and spending time on their pontoon at Lake Chatuge.
Teresa H. Alexander, Office Manager
Teresa H. Alexander joined Mountain Audiology in September, 2009, as the office manager. She handles day to day business aspects as well as insurance filing and billing. Teresa’s knowledge of insurance contracts, coding and reimbursement has been a great asset to the practice.
Teresa is a native of Haywood County. She graduated from Pisgah High School in Canton, NC.
Teresa attended King’s College in Charlotte, NC. She received a certificate in Medical Office Assisting. She has 26 years of experience in various medical offices in the area. She and Dr. Gant worked together at an otolaryngology practice in the area for four years. Prior to returning to the medical office, Teresa was also able to work from home performing medical transcription for several physicians when her children were young.
Teresa is married to Shawn and has three children, two daughters and a son. They have recently welcomed their first grandson. They enjoy spending time at Lake Chatuge.
Erika Leigh Hendrickson, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Hendrickson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication disorders and sciences in 2008 from Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh NY. While attending college, she volunteered as a peer mentor for several local elementary schools and was involved in campus activities. Dr. Hendrickson received her Doctorate in Audiology from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fl in 2013. She graduated Cum Laude and received the Chancellor’s Award for her class.
Erika as participated in several mission trips including a nine day trip to Guatemala in which she fit nearly 100 children with hearing aids. After graduating, Dr. Hendrickson worked for an ENT and a private practice in New Jersey. She was responsible for a large variety of diagnostic testing and fitting hearing aids. In 2015, she lived in Nicaragua for one month providing education about audiologic testing and different pathologies associated with hearing loss. Dr. Hendrickson enjoys volunteering and lending her services to the community whenever possible.
Erika enjoys hiking, exploring new cities and sampling the fantastic BBQ of the south.
Tabbitha J. Ross, Audiology Assistant
Tabbitha Ross was welcomed into the Mountain Audiology family in March 2016. Tabbitha began her healthcare career several years ago as a certified nurse’s assistant (CNA) working with elderly patients and in hospice care. She provided 12 years of service and uses that experience in her current position. Tabbitha is the audiology assistant for Dr. Gant and Dr. Hendrickson, allowing patients to be seen at their earliest convenience and with ease. She recently received her audiology assistant certificate in amplification and diagnostics from Nova Southeastern University.
Tabbitha is currently enrolled at Haywood Community College working towards an associate’s degree. She is also an apprentice working toward her North Carolina dispensing license.
Tabbitha is married to Phillip Ross, a native Haywood County dairy farmer in Jonathan Creek. When Tabbitha isn’t studying, working on the farm or programming hearing aids, she enjoys horseback riding and relaxing on their pontoon boat with her family.