Meet Our Team
Dr. Kathleen Coates
Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA Clinical Audiologist/Owner
Dr. Tessa Merrill
Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA Clinical Audiologist
Physician & Community Outreach Coordinator
Hearing Aid Technician/Insurance and Billing
Cathy received her Associates in Applied Science Degree in May 2006 with a major in Business Administration at Guilford Technical Community College. She then went on to receive her certificate of Medical Office Administration Specialist from Johnston Community College in 2019. Cathy is a great resource for patient questions, from Bluetooth technology to insurance verification for hearing aid benefits. She truly does it all and is a great asset to Coates Hearing Clinic.
In her free time, Cathy enjoys hanging out with her family and bowling. She is also a social coordinator for her neighborhood.
Administrative Assistant/Patient Relations
Carol retired from being a data entry clerk for 40 years for a company in Raleigh. Her favorite part of her position here is being able to talk and visit with patients when they come in and spend time with her fellow co-workers. Carol has known the Coates family for almost 40 years. She knows so many people that come in since has lived in Johnston County her whole life.
Carol spends her free time with her grandchildren and cooks Sunday lunch mostly every week for her family.
Patient Care Coordinator
Kelsey is the voice you will most likely hear when you call the clinic. She assists with scheduling and answering questions. Kelsey is from California but has enjoyed making North Carolina her home. She was a teacher’s assistant previously in a Clayton elementary school. She loved working with children but wanted to work in the healthcare field.
Kelsey enjoys getting to know new patients then seeing them leave here hearing much better. We truly are a family business, as Kelsey is Dr. Coates’ sister-in-law.
Kelsey spends her free time with her family and walking her two dogs. She just moved into a new home.