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.



Dr. Amanda Gerst, CCC-A

“I feel that how we communicate is one of the most important aspects of our lives. It connects to us the world around us.” 



Dr. Amanda Gerst received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois. Dr. Gerst worked alongside Dr. Dennis Porto in West Des Moines. Amanda serves the Urbandale and Adel Woodard Hearing locations.


Specialties & Affiliations

Dr. Gerst is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA), and the Iowa Hearing Association (IHA). She specializes in the prescription and fitting of hearing aids.


More About Dr. Gerst

Dr. Gerst is a native Iowan and a Hawkeye fan.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, daughters, Hadley and Evelyn, and the family pets.  When she is not in the office you will find her horseback riding, fishing, reading and spending time with family and friends. 

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.

Dr. Ty Tanker, CCC-A

I’m returning people to a world they thought they had lost, helping people be present in the events they were simply watching.


Dr. Ty Tanker completed his Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College.

Ty is an audiologist with hearing loss of his own, being born deaf in his left ear. He understands the value of an experienced, personable clinician is invaluable to a patient’s success. He has a proven track record of empathic and informative care.

Specialties & Affiliations

Dr. Tanker is a member of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence. He specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations, the prescription and fitting of hearing aids, and tinnitus management.

More about Dr. Tanker 

Dr. Tanker is a native Illinoisan but loves the Hawkeyes. He enjoys spending time with his wife, and his pets. When he is not in the office you will find him making music, riding his bike, and spending time with family and friends.