At Pacific Hearing Service, we strive to improve the lives of our patients. Our mission is to provide thoughtful, comprehensive, personal care to ensure that everyone we touch experiences a greater quality of life. We do this by embracing state of the art technology and focusing on continuous learning. This ensures that our patients receive the best care and can make informed choices that will improve their lives. We are committed to expanding the world of our patients by enhancing their connections with their friends, colleagues, and loved ones.
We can understand your hearing loss better than anyone, and we want to care for you every step of the way.
Your hearing matters to us, and we promise to go above and beyond what it takes to give you the care you deserve.
Making a Difference
Treating your hearing loss will bring a sense of wholeness, changing your life and reinvigorating your purpose.
We use the best technology to achieve accurate results every time.
Our Core Values
Your care is of utmost importance. We provide the best technology and care available to give you an experience that goes above and beyond what you expect of an audiology practice. We are more than great hearing. We are giving you an opportunity to take control of your life again.
- Honor the importance of everyone
- Communicate effectively
- Make a difference
- Learn through curiosity
- Thrive creatively
- Create a welcoming environment
- Be genuine
- Choose compassion
- Be respectful
- Do it right
Our Doctors of Audiology
Jane H. Baxter, Au.D.
Co-owner and Clinical Audiologist
Menlo Park Office
Dr. Baxter became a partner at Pacific Hearing Service in 1986 and both manages and provides audiology services at the Menlo Park office. She completed her clinical doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) at Salus University, received her graduate training at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and certified by the American Board of Audiology. After working as a teacher of hearing impaired children, she changed her focus to audiology services and worked as a research audiologist at the VA Medical Center in Martinez, CA. Prior to joining Pacific Hearing Service Dr. Baxter worked at Stanford Medical Center performing clinical audiology and research.
She has made important contributions to the field of audiology through publications and presentations at professional meetings including authoring a chapter for a textbook about establishing a private audiology practice. She was one of the founders of the California Academy of Audiology and served as its treasurer. Dr. Baxter has also been a consultant for multiple startups and major hearing aid manufacturers including Widex, Starkey, ReSound, Phonak, Oticon, Sonic Innovations, Sound ID and EarLens.
Dr. Baxter is part of a long line of professionals dedicated to the needs of those with hearing impairment. Her grandfather, Frank Baxter, M.D., was the first Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat physician in the East Bay. Many people in the community remember her father, William Baxter, M.D., who retired from his Ear, Nose and Throat practice in Los Altos in 1998. Her daughter, Dr. Ariel Baxterbeck, joined the audiology profession in 2013.
In her hours away from the office, she enjoys hiking, reading, and going to the theatre.
Deborah Clark, Au.D.
Co-Owner and Clinical Audiologist
Los Altos office
Dr. Deborah Clark has been with Pacific Hearing Service since 1998. In January, 2008 she became co-owner working first in the Menlo Park office and now managing the Los Altos office. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Board of Audiology. She was on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association from 2010 – 2013 and service as Vice President.
Dr. Clark graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Master’s degree in Audiology and completed her clinical doctorate degree (Au.D.) in Audiology at Salus University
Prior to joining Pacific Hearing Service, Dr. Clark worked at the renowned Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center in Nashville, Tennessee and the Vanderbilt University Otolaryngology Department. In addition to her clinical responsibilities in Nashville, she was involved with hearing related research and the training of audiology students, medical students and otolaryngology residents.
When she left Nashville, Dr. Clark worked at the Virginia Mason Medical Center Otolaryngology Department and the University of Washington Speech and Hearing Clinic in Seattle, Washington. There, she divided her time between clinical audiology and teaching and supervising audiology graduate students. It was in those settings that she developed an interest in a more global approach to hearing rehabilitation including speech reading, teaching and counseling.
In addition to over 30 years of experience in hearing aid technology and diagnostic evaluation, Dr. Clark is particularly interested in answering the question “Why do some people purchase hearing aids but don’t wear them?” This has led her to make the identification of adaptive and communication strategies a primary goal for her in the fitting process. To further those goals, she began our “What to Expect from Amplification” classes and co-wrote a textbook chapter with Jane Baxter on establishing a private audiology practice.
Away from the office, she enjoys yoga and ballroom dancing.
Rachel Appleton, Au.D.
Menlo Park office
Dr. Appleton was born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, and joined Pacific Hearing Service in 2017 after completing her Doctor of Audiology degree at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, Rachel completed degrees in history and communication sciences and disorders at the College of Wooster in northeastern Ohio, while also competing in swimming and tennis.
At Wooster, she discovered the field of audiology and fell in love with helping others hear their best and get the most out of life. She is especially interested in treating central auditory processing disorders and decreasing listening effort for individuals with hearing loss.
While at Northwestern, Rachel served as the Humanitarian Chair on the National Student Academy of Audiology Board of Directors. She combined her passions for hearing healthcare and service when she traveled to Peru to educate local people about hearing healthcare. After joining Pacific Hearing Service, Rachel quickly got involved in our humanitarian work by providing audiology services on trips to Guatemala. She also is an active member of the Entheos Student Initiative Committee which supports and encourages audiology students to give-back globally. She has been an integral part of trips with students from Northwestern University and with University of the Pacific.
Since arriving to California, Rachel has taken up hiking, rock climbing, and skiing. She also schedules frequent weekend trips to see as much of California as possible.
Rachel Otto, Au.D.
Los Altos office
Originally from Michigan, Dr. Otto joined Pacific Hearing Service after completing her clinical externship year at the University of Chicago Hospital. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science degree at DePaul University in Chicago and her doctorate degree from Northwestern University.
Between her undergraduate and doctoral studies, Rachel spent six years working in the field of finance. She decided to transition from business to audiology after several meaningful volunteer experiences during which she felt drawn toward a career path working directly with people. Her doctoral research project focused on maximizing the perception and enjoyment of music for hearing aid users.
Dr. Otto’s primary goal is to address the communication needs specific to each patient. She enjoys collaborating with patients to utilize available resources and technology to allow them to fully connect with other individuals. She is also passionate about hearing conservation education as well as interacting with members of the community.
Rachel was awarded the grand prize in the Academy of Doctors of Audiology Student Business Plan Competition in November 2014. Before joining PHS, Dr. Otto participated in a hearing humanitarian trip throughout Jordan in September 2015. She has since participated in five hearing humanitarian trips in Guatemala and one in Ecuador. She also is a member of the Entheos Student Initiative Committee which supports and encourages audiology students to give-back globally.
Ariel Fruendt, Au.D.
Menlo Park office
Dr. Fruendt – rhymes with fluent – joined our Menlo Park audiologist team in late July 2019. She received her B.A. and Au.D. degrees from Northwestern University, where she played outside hitter for the intercollegiate volleyball team. She completed her clinical externship year at UCSF Medical Center.
After graduation, she worked in a private practice in Marin before moving to Chicago where she became a clinical faculty member at Northwestern University.
Over the years Ariel has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus management, aural rehabilitation, and hearing conservation. She has mentored clinical doctoral students and taught courses on ethics in audiology and hearing aid technology.
This is a homecoming for Ariel since she grew up in Menlo Park and is Dr. Jane Baxter’s daughter. Of course, Jane is thrilled to have Ariel and her husband Nick back in the Bay Area.
In her free time, Ariel likes to get outside to enjoy the warm California weather as much as possible by hiking, biking, walking, running, and playing tennis.
Rebecca (Becky) Dolan Au.D.
Los Altos office
Rebecca Dolan was born and raised in San Jose. She joined Pacific Hearing Service in January 2017. Dr. Dolan received her doctorate from the University of Florida in December of 2003. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association.
Dr. Dolan’s educational preparation began at California State University, Chico, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. There, she was one of the founders of the campus “Talking Hands” sign language group. She earned her Master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, where she received an Outstanding Thesis award. Dr. Dolan took a year off from school after graduation to work at an ENT clinic in Las Vegas and then moved to Boston for four years. While in Boston she worked toward her doctorate degree while working full time for a hearing aid manufacturing company as a field representative. This experience provided her with inside knowledge as to how hearing aids are made and the research that is conducted for advances in hearing aid technology. After that, she worked at an audiology clinic in San Mateo for 12 years.
Currently, Dr. Dolan specializes in adult diagnostic testing and amplification. As Dr. Dolan is a hearing aid wearer herself, she is passionate about hearing aids and aural rehabilitation. She enjoys helping her patients to hear better, understand their hearing loss and know how to best communicate with those around them.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and husband. She is a former race car driver and a published poet. She enjoys doing arts and crafts with her kids, bike riding and camping in the mountains.
Margaret (Peg) Lisi, Au.D.
Menlo Park office
Dr. Lisi joined Pacific Hearing Service in January 2007. She obtained her master’s degree from San Francisco State University where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for Academic Excellence. She earned her clinical doctorate degree in audiology from the University of Florida in 2008. She is certified by the American Board of Audiology.
Dr. Lisi is passionate about counseling patients and leads the “5 Keys to Communication Success” in the Menlo Park office. Additionally, Peg has over 20 years of experience on stage as an opera and classical singer and is currently a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Because of her musical background as well as her research in music-related hearing loss and its secondary effects, she brings a unique perspective to fitting hearing aids on musicians and music lovers alike.
When not providing audiology services or singing, you’ll find Dr. Lisi either in the yoga studio, hiking or biking, attending a play, or simply enjoying the culinary wonders of the Bay Area.
Brook Raguskus, Au.D.
Los Altos office
Dr. Brook Raguskus has been with Pacific Hearing Service since 1997. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s degree in Audiology and completed her clinical doctorate degree (Au.D.) in Audiology at Salus University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Board of Audiology.
Dr. Raguskus is focused on helping people find the most effective and customized solution to their hearing concerns and was inspired to enter the field after learning about revolutionary hearing device technology. While at Pacific Hearing Service she has participated in beta testing of hearing instruments, signal processing strategies, and listening enhancement exercises with innovators in the field of audiology.
Dr. Raguskus has a particular interest in the area of tinnitus management. She recognizes the significant impact that tinnitus can have in people’s lives and is excited about the technology and strategies available to help people manage their tinnitus.
She loves teaching and is passionate about increasing public awareness of hearing health care. She has trained school nurses in hearing screening techniques, been a guest lecturer in a physics of sound class for teachers, and hosted field trips for high school students. She is proud to have received a Bay Area Schools for Excellence in Education Community Partners Award from Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto.
When she is not providing audiology services, she loves playing volleyball, hiking, hosting game nights, and spending time with family and friends.