26-26 75th Street, East Elmhurst, NY 11370

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Our Hearing Professionals

John Ioannou, Audiology Director

John Ioannou, is the Audiology Director of the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center and has provided unsurpassed hearing health care services across the New York City area for over 12 years. He has practiced in a number of clinical settings serving various populations including both pediatrics and adults. His varied career has included working as a clinical director and supervisor to staff audiologists. Throughout his career he has overseen the professional development of numerous clinical fellows of audiology.

  • Board Certified in Audiology.
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • NYS Licensed Audiologist
  • NYS Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • Master’s Degree in Audiology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 2001

Joanne Tzortzatos, Senior Audiologist

Dr. Tzortzatos has provided 13 years of extensive clinical audiology services ranging from children and youth to adults. She has a broad knowledge of hearing aids and the most recent technology associated with them. Dr. Tzortzatos has proven herself to be a caring professional helping individuals of all ages to hear better. Her knowledge and experience has helped children with hearing loss, and their families, reach their personal and developmental goals. Dr. Tzortzatos provides lectures and workshops for the community in an effort to promote hearing conservation, hearing loss awareness, and options for better hearing.

  • NYS Licensed Audiologist
  • NYS Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • Member of American Speech and Hearing Association
  • Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from Still University, Arizona School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Masters of Science in Audiology from Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and Disorders, Queens College, CUNY

Luciana Parisi-Sankovich, Educational Audiologist

Luciana Parisi-Sankovich Audiologist has worked in clinical audiology, educational audiology, industrial audiology and Early Intervention. Currently a senior educational audiologist at the Lexington School for the Deaf, New York City.

  • Member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • NYS Licensed Audiologist
  • NYS Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • 2001 Clinical Completion for Audiology
  • 2000 Master's of Arts - Audiology - Saint John's University University
  • 1997 Bachelor's of Arts-Biology - Saint John's University

Fernando Chavez, Chief Technical Engineer

Fernando Chavez, has worked at the Lexington Center since 1986. As chief technical engineer he is responsible for all educational and clinical technology such as FM equipment, hearing aids and audio listening devices such as alarm systems, loop systems, infrared systems, etc. He provides technical support to the audiology clinic staff and the many audiology patients served.

  • B.S. Technology. NY Institute of Technology
Stephen Rothstein

Dr. Stephen Rothstein, Medical Director

Dr. Stephen Rothstein is a board certified Otolaryngologist in the Otolaryngology department at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a general otolaryngologist with 25 years experience.

Hospital Affiliation

NYU Langone

Medical Specialties

Otolaryngology, ENT

Medical Expertise

General ENT, Voice Disorders, Laryngology, Laser Surgery, Swallowing Disorders

Board Certification

1988 — Ab Otolaryngology - Otolaryngology


  • 1982 — Chicago Medical School, Medical Education
  • 1982-1984 — NYU Medical Center, Internship
  • 1984-1987 — NYU Medical Center, Residency Training
  • 1987-1988 — NYU Medical Center (Head & Neck Surgery), Clinical Fellowships

Research Interests

Vocal physiology and disorders, Swallowing Disorders.

Avigayil David M.S. CCC-SLP

Avigayil David M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Avigayil David has over a decade of experience working with children and their families to address communication skills development. She is an ASHA-certified speech-language therapist who specializes in providing evaluations and therapy through the New York State Early Intervention Program. Avigayil works with newborns, toddlers, preschoolers and their families to facilitate normal listening, speech and language skills. She has experience assisting families dealing with a wide range of developmental disabilities including hearing loss, prematurity, Autism /PDD, Down syndrome, Charge syndrome, cerebral palsy, a wide range of feeding issues including tube-fed children and trach-dependent children, articulation/phonology issues, apraxia of speech, and language delays. Avigayil works closely with Audiologists and other therapists to help her kids achieve their communication goals.

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • NYS Licensed Speech-Language pathologist
  • Master of Science in Communication Science-Hunter College CUNY 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Science – Touro College 2001
Paulina Delpozo, Program Coordinator

Paulina Delpozo, Program Coordinator

Ana Rodriguez, Office Coordinator

Ana Rodriguez, Office Coordinator