Dr. Kathleen Coates, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Coates was first introduced to the field of audiology when she noticed ringing in her left ear. After many tests and an MRI scan, they found left-sided hearing loss of an unknown cause. She started researching hearing loss and tinnitus and was drawn to the field.
Dr. Coates completed 4 years of undergraduate studies with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and a minor in aging studies from The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!). She went on to graduate school for 4 additional years to receive a Doctor of Audiology degree at the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, which consisted of Kent State University, the University of Akron, and Cleveland Clinic. She finished her clinical externship at at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem.
Prior to moving to Smithfield, Dr. Coates worked alongside a world-renowned neurologist
surgeon in Raleigh. She gained years of experience in all aspects of audiology, such as cochlear implants, osseointegrated hearing implants, hearing aids, balance assessment, tinnitus treatment, and facial nerve monitoring during hearing nerve tumor removal
surgery in the operating room.
Dr. Coates grew up visiting family members in North Carolina on the beautiful coast for summer vacations. She fell in love with the mountains and beaches but mostly the people. She quickly learned what southern hospitality was and imagined that she belonged here. She also quickly fell in love with a southern gentleman and married him. Her husband, Jordan Coates, grew up in Smithfield. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, she quickly fell in love with the small town feel of Smithfield in Johnston County. She is motivated and passionate about providing exceptional care for her community.
Dr. Coates started the Smithfield Running Club. She also enjoys hiking, riding bikes, visiting with friends, supporting local downtown Smithfield stores and restaurants, attending local events and taking care of her two cats. She and her husband also spend time renovating their old “fixer-upper” house.