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Located in Duluth and Cloquet

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Jonathan P. Gervais
Au.D.

Educational Background:

  • B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Cloud State University—worked as a volunteer paramedic
  • M.A. in Audiology from University of Northern Iowa and completed a 2 year residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals, worked closely with the Cochlear Implant Research team and has publications in a number of joint research studies
  • Au.D. in 2003 from University of Florida
  • Board Certified in Audiology since 2007

Professional Associations:

  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Minnesota Academy of Audiology
  • American Tinnitus Association
  • Tinnitus Practitioners
  • Association Awards: Scholar Award from American Academy of Audiology for outstanding commitment to continuing education.

Personal Background: Dr. Gervais has been serving the Northland as an audiologist nearly twenty years. Dr. Gervais is a co-founder of the Hearing Wellness Center and Tinnitus Treatment Center with his friend and colleague, Dr. Sara Downs. Dr. Gervais heads up the Veteran Services at Hearing Wellness Center. He offers Medical Opinions, Compensation and Pension evaluations, and rehabilitative audiology services. Dr. Gervais is a gifted public speaker who enjoys teaching people about optimal hearing. He is called upon as an expert witness for legal matters that deal with hearing. Dr. Gervais has spent his career building personal relationships with his patients and looks forward to connecting with both previous and new patients. Dr. Gervais is married to his high school sweetheart and they have one daughter. As a family they enjoy kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiing and reading.


Sara K. Downs
Au.D.

Educational Background:

  • B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at University of North Dakota
  • M.S. in Audiology at Idaho State University—was a teaching assistant both years, helped convert curriculum to the digital format and instructed the audiology sections to the sign language interpreter students.
  • Au.D. at Salus University 2005
  • Board Certified in Audiology since 2005
  • Certified in Mind-Body Medicine since 2015

Professional Associations:

  • Minnesota Academy of Audiology—Past Member of the Board of Directors
  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology— served on the Convention/ Continuing Education committee for two years
  • American Tinnitus Association
  • Tinnitus Practitioner’s Association
  • Awards: Scholar Award from American Academy of Audiology for outstanding commitment to continuing education.

Personal Background: Dr. Downs has been serving the Northland as an audiologist for more than a decade. She is a co-founder of the Hearing Wellness Center and director of the Tinnitus Treatment Center with long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Jon Gervais. “Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, I have always wanted to own a business and I couldn’t have asked for a better business partner. Practicing Audiology has allowed me to blend science, health, and the art of healing together. Hearing is an essential part of a person’s health and wellbeing and I love helping people get reconnected through better hearing. I have earned Scholar recognition by the American Academy of Audiology, which recognizes audiologists for outstanding commitment to continuing education. The hearing technology changes at such a rapid pace, tinnitus research is exploding, and hearing science as it relates to cognitive function has become a hot research topic and these create a real need for constant learning. Another great pleasure I have in practice is getting to know my patients personally, many of whom will tell you I love to visit, see pictures of family, laugh and cry right along with them.” Recently Dr. Downs finished her certification in Mind-Body Medicine through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Downs and her husband have two boys who love sports. Life is busy running kids to sports, gardening, and hiking. You’ll find her on a mountain biking trail nearly every day of the week, every season of the year.