Meet The Staff and Audiologists

What Sets Us Apart!

Audiologists and Staff

Sonya Pysh - Office Manager

Sonya Pysh is our Office Manager and Surgery Coordinator.  She is a University of Georgia graduate and has worked in various areas of the medical field for several years.  She currently lives in Johns Creek and loves spending time in Atlanta.  Sonya enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally, fitness classes, live music and spending time with friends and family.  

Hiral Patel, PA-C

Hiral Patal, PA-C Hiral Patel is a highly trained, board-certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) since 2005. She has Bachelors’ degrees in Health Science and Chemistry from the University of Miami as well as Physician Assistant Studies from Long Island University. Hiral has 14 years of experience in the Ear Nose & Throat field. She is a member of both the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the publication known as Best of Forsyth elected her as one of the top midlevel providers in 2019. Her passion is to continue providing her patients of all ages the care and comfort of meaningful medicine and is driven by the bond she builds with her patients and the enjoyment she holds in keeping them healthy and well. In her spare time Hiral enjoys spending her time with her husband and two kids, playing soccer, traveling, cooking, and reading.

Alicia Bernstein, M.S., CCC-A

Alicia Bernstein AudiologistAlicia Bernstein received a Master of Science in Audiology in 1998 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Upon obtaining her Master of Science degree, she completed her clinical fellowship year. Her fellowship year was split between a hospital and private Otology practice in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Bernstein has gained a variety of experiences and extensive knowledge in a board scope of audiology services. She is skilled in the diagnosis and management of hearing loss and balance disorders in both adults and children. Additionally, Ms. Bernstein is experienced in testing for auditory processing disorders and Universal Hearing screenings.

Ms. Bernstein is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia and is certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).


Dana Heath, M.S., FAAA

Dana Heath, M.S., FAAADana Heath is a clinical Audiologist licensed in the State of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Speech and Hearing Science and her Master of Science at the University of Mississippi in Communicative Disorders-Audiology in 1993. She earned her certificate of clinical competence (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in 1993. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology.  Her clinical experience is broad as she has worked in a large hospital setting and has been part of a multidisciplinary team in a Neuro-otology practice for the past 20 years. Her clinical experiences include central auditory processing disorder testing, infant and neuro-diagnostic ABR, VNG, c-VEMP, o-VEMP, electrocochleography, tinnitus counseling and hearing aid fittings.

Dana attends educational seminars to maintain her licensure and expertise in Audiology and keeps current with the latest advancements in hearing aid technology. She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve the very best possible hearing outcome from amplification.

Lauri Kapusta, M.A., CCC-A

Lauri Kapusta has a B.A. in Communication Disorders and an M.A. in Audiology, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been practicing Audiology in an ENT setting for more than 25 years, and is especially interested in Diagnostic Testing and Hearing Aid Dispensing.

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology, a member of American Speech and Hearing Association, and Georgia Academy of Audiology. She holds a dual Audiologist License for Georgia and Pennsylvania.

She enjoys pursuing continuing education in Audiology to keep abreast of new technology and improvements in Hearing Amplification to improve the communication needs of her patients. She is married with three grown children and enjoys reading, travel, and power walking!

Kay Martin

Kay Martin Kay Martin is our lead Medical Assistant.  She has worked in the ENT field for over 20 years and with Dr. Yanta personally for over 15 years. She currently lives in Cumming with her husband and two Yorkies, Diesel and Turbo. Kay loves the outdoors and spending time with family.  She has two beautiful daughters, one is married with two children and the other is at university studying Elementary Education.






Shannon Coats

Shannon CoatsShannon Coats joined our practice as a Front Desk staff member in 2020.  She is a University of Alabama graduate in the field of Healthcare and Business Administration. She has over 26 years of service and leadership in the Finance and Social Services sectors. Shannon lives in the Hickory Flat area where she enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks with the dog and supporting her community.