Meet Our Hearing Team

Des Moines & Central Iowa Audiologists and Specialists

Woodard Hearing Centers only employs experienced hearing health professionals to work with our patients. We believe highly trained professionals and the level of expertise they can provide to you is an integral part of the path to better hearing. Our Audiologists and Hearing Specialists aren’t just there to tell you what your hearing problem is; they will work with you so you can fully understand what your hearing loss entails and how you can get back to living your life. We are on your hearing journey each step of the way and believe you deserve the best.


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Dr. Valerie Christianson, CCC-A

I am dedicated to improving your quality of life through better hearing.



Dr. Valerie Christianson received her Doctorate of Audiology from Washington University in
St. Louis, School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the
University of Iowa.

Dr. Christianson has practiced in all aspects of audiology including hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings and services, cochlear implant and Baha evaluations and fittings, and vestibular testing and treatment in her 15 years as an audiologist.



Dr. Christianson is a member of the Iowa Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ISHA)


More About Dr. Christianson

Dr. Christianson grew up on a farm in the southwest corner of Iowa. She
moved to central Iowa 13 years ago to be close to family. When she is not helping people hearing
better, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Ayla, and their two dogs, Teddy and Greta, and two cats, Apricot and Rogue.

Kalyn Town, HIS

It is my passion to connect loved ones back with their friends, family, and community with the technology of hearing aids.



Kalyn completed her bachelors in Science from Cleveland State University and received HIS license for the state of Iowa in 2019

Ms. Town worked for a local Des Moines company for three years establishing hearing care in the metro area and is very excited to join the Woodard team to work with more individuals in need. Kalyn specializes in hearing evaluations and the fitting of hearing aids.


More About Kalyn Town

Kalyn is a Michigan native but loves calling Iowa home. She has lived in Iowa since 2016 with her partner and their dog Jax. They enjoy remodeling projects, hiking, and being on the water.

Dr. Kate Bergin, CCC-A

I want to help you stay connected to your family and friends through better hearing.



Dr. Kate Bergin received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa. She serves the Urbandale location of Woodard Hearing Centers and specializes in hearing evaluations, providing hearing aid services, and tinnitus management.

Specialties & Affiliations

Dr. Bergin is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Iowa Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ISHA), and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

She is  from Ames and often goes back to visit her parents and sister who still live there. When she’s not in the office she enjoys reading, hiking, playing board games, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also the proud cat mom of two adorable cats Glenn and Shepard.