Hill Country Audiology Service was started in May 1993 by Dr. Kenneth Aspinall. When Dr. Aspinall retired from the US Army Medical Department as a Colonel in 1993, he was living and working in Maryland as the Chief of the Army Bioacoustics Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He moved back to Texas and the Hill Country because of familiarity of the region acquired during a previous 7-year assignment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He moved first to Fredericksburg and later to Kerrville with the original intent of opening a bed and breakfast with his wife Darlene. Dr. Aspinall agreed to provide part-time audiology services to otolaryngologists Dr. Michael Walker in Fredericksburg and later to Dr. Thomas Nau in Kerrville while simultaneously opening his own office (Hill Country Audiology Service) part-time in a space leased from Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg and later in an office at the Winwood Shopping Center, located at 735 Hill Country Drive in Kerrville.
As the practice grew, Dr. Aspinall was full time in his own independent practice and moved the office to a slightly larger space at “Five Points” (236 Junction Highway), sharing a building with local optometrist Dr. Tobin Tilley. In the late 1990’s, Dr. Aspinall received help from audiologist and Kerrville native Dr. Susan Donald (Webb), daughter Dr. Clarence Donald, a local (now retired) pediatrician, and Mrs. Jeannie Donald. In March 2000, Dr. Jeffrey Sirianni, who had been practicing in Kerrville since April 1995 as the staff audiologist for Dr. R. Gordon Delaney, approached Dr. Aspinall seeking to join his practice upon Dr. Delaney’s retirement. With Dr. Sirianni’s arrival, the office on Junction Highway quickly grew too small for two audiologists and in December 2000, Hill Country Audiology Service moved to The Commission Center at 815 Jefferson Street across from the First Presbyterian Church.
In order to better address family matters, Dr. Aspinall sold the practice to Dr. Sirianni in October 2001, but stayed on in a part-time role, eventually retiring from Hill Country Audiology Service in 2006. Dr. Sirianni and the practice received short-term support from other audiologists including his classmate from the University of Texas Dr. Nancy Innes and his former student Mrs. Amy Schmidt Lindsay (a native of Fredericksburg). Seeking a more permanent colleague, Hill Country Audiology Service brought on Dr. Reginald Holland, who brought with him experience from military, otolaryngology, and industry settings.
During the five years from 2005-2010, Hill Country Audiology Service experienced tremendous growth while Drs. Sirianni and Holland were in practice together. The practice eventually needed a larger space and so in December 2009, Hill Country Audiology Service moved to a brand new office at 703 Hill Country Drive, sharing the building with Dr. Richard Johnson.
Along with Drs. Charles Ballay, Amand Mehendale, and Michael Schlabach, Drs. Sirianni and Holland were practitioners in the Hill Country Dizziness and Balance Center, a collaboration of local doctors seeking to better assess and treat those persons with dizziness and balance disorders. While short-lived, Hill Country Dizziness and Balance Center assessed and successfully treated many local patients.
With his family remaining in San Antonio, Dr. Holland was given the opportunity in 2010 to return to serving the military as an audiologist with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in San Antonio. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Sirianni fulfilled all of the clinical responsibilities of the office, which at times proved challenging. With the support of Vicky Khamsiry (Receptionist) and Mary Alvarez (Office Manager), Hill Country Audiology Service continued to grow and flourish.
In 2012, Dr. Eric Hicks joined the practice first as an extern and then as a staff audiologist. A native of Medina, Dr. Hicks worked in the office during the summer of 2009 supporting Drs. Sirianni and Holland prior to beginning his graduate program at the University of North Texas.
At the present time, Dr. Hicks provides the majority of clinical services at the office while Dr. Sirianni splits his time between clinical and administrative responsibilities. Vicky Khamsiry continues to provide receptionist and administrative support.