Our Hearing Professionals
Dr. Pat Ingalls did her Bachelors work at Washington State University, obtained her Masters Degree in Audiology from the University of New Mexico and earned her Au.D. from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
She grew up in Montana, returning to the state to work as the Butte Easter Seal Center Coordinator and Audiologist. After eight years at Easter Seal she opened the Highland Hearing Center PLLC in 1985. She has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Montana teaching advanced hearing aids, has served on the Montana Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers, the Helena Cleft Palate team, and the Montana Telecommunications Access Program Board.
She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, the American Tinnitus Association and the Montana Speech, Language and Hearing Association. She was president of the Montana Association in 1986, and has been named to Who’s Who Among Human Service Professionals. She’s normally at the Butte office, but occasionally works at the Helena office.
In her spare time she enjoys visiting her family’s ranch near Canyon Ferry, spending time with her family there including her young niece and nephew. You’ll occasionally find her helping to herd sheep or trail cattle in the Little Belt mountains.
Hearing Aid Dispenser
Cindy Burk is a Helena native, and has been working with hearing aids since 1985. In 1993 Pat opened the Helena office and convinced Cindy to join her. She wears many hats – dispensing and fitting hearing aids as well as acting as the office manager and bookkeeper. She loves meeting everyone who comes in, teasing and joking with them as she improves their hearing. She and her husband Dan have two children and seven amazing grandchildren. She is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys riding quads, snowmobiles, and generally getting out in nature.
Hearing Aid Dispenser
Kathy Walter is a long-time Montana resident who has her Master’s degree in Theology from the Aquina Institute. She started at Highland Hearing as a computer technician, but soon became our Patient Care Coordinator as well. After a few years she asked if she could train to become a Hearing Aid Dispenser, a license she earned in 2004. She enjoys working with people. She feels it is so rewarding when a person who has suffered from hearing loss can hear their grandchild, or a bird singing or leaves rustling in the fall. She and her husband Paul have three grown children, and are expecting their first grandson soon.