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Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031
Utah: 435-688-8991 Nevada: 702-896-0031

Our Doctors of Audiology

Dr. Richard Luekenga Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

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Dr. Luekenga opened Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2005. Since that time he has been dedicated to creating state-of-the-art facilities filled with the latest technology along with the most qualified and caring hearing healthcare team.

He received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His doctorate is supported by his B.A. at Utah State University, clinical fellowship at Bountiful Hearing Center and further clinical experience at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, IHC Hearing and Balance Center, The Kosair Children’s Hospital, Heuser Hearing Institute (Deaf Oral School), and Avada Hearing and Balance Center, to name a few.

With this long list of experience, it is clear that Dr. Luekenga is very passionate about good hearing and is well-versed in the advances of hearing aid technology. He is equally as passionate about helping patients that feel off-balance, dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady, and understands the need these patients have to get back on their feet! Additionally, he provides counseling and therapy for patients who experience tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in their ears).


Dr. Ryan Whitaker, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

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Dr. Whitaker joined Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2009. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in 2005 with his Bachelors of Science in Audiology and Speech Pathology. He then received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Arizona where he minored in Cognitive Neuroscience (the study of how people perceive sound).

While at the University of Arizona, he specialized in evoked potentials, specifically researching Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials and the Acoustic Change Complex. He gained clinical experience at Tucson Ear, Nose, and Throat; St. Joseph’s Hospital Balance Center; Arizona Hearing Specialists; and the Center for Hearing Impaired Children.

Dr. Whitaker was raised in Orem, Utah with three older sisters and a younger brother (who is also an audiologist). His grandfather was a cartoonist for the Walt Disney Studios where he drew Donald Duck and many characters in Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland before starting the BYU Motion Picture Studio. Dr. Whitaker is married and has three sons. He is passionate about college football and also enjoys hiking in Southern Utah, reading, and traveling. He has traveled extensively through South Asia including Thailand, India, Nepal, and a church mission to the Philippines.


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Dr. Rachael Gehmlich, Au.D, F-AAA

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Dr. Rachael Gehmlich is the newest audiologist at Hearing and Balance Doctors. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University, and recently graduated with her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Utah in May 2019. Her graduate education includes clinical training at Utah Ear Institute, Rocky Mountain Hearing and Balance, Intermountain Medical Center, University of Utah Speech Language Hearing Clinic, and Granite School District. Dr. Gehmlich enjoys working with patients of all ages, but especially enjoys the geriatric population. Becoming friends with her patients has been one of the highlights of her career thus far. She is passionate about evaluating patients who are feeling dizzy or imbalanced and providing treatment plans for faster recovery.

Dr. Gehmlich and her husband have been living in St. George for one year, and they both love the warm weather and beautiful scenery. They are expecting their first baby (a boy!) in December 2019. Rachael enjoys talking on the phone with friends, admiring sports cars, watching NBA games with her husband, eating German food with her family, and cuddling with her kitty.