our team

PAULA RIVERSRK Audiology Owner Paula Rivers

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(512) 704-7447



Paula Rivers is co-founder of RK Audiology. She grew up in Mineral Wells, TX, shooting guns, riding motorcycles, operating heavy equipment and listening to loud music. This early noise exposure was all without protecting her ears, giving an extra appreciation for the importance of wearing hearing protection.

Paula received her Bachelor of Science in Communication and Human Relations, with a minor in Radio/Television/Film from Texas Christian University and graduated cum laude. Paula earned a second Bachelor of Science degree, this time in speech-language pathology from Texas Woman’s University and her Masters of Science in Audiology from the University of North Texas.

Paula has a fascination for the anatomy and physiology of the ear and is an early adopter of the latest technology. She specializes in customized hearing technology fittings including made for iPhone options. She works with musicians and recreational sports enthusiasts to find the best solutions for custom in -ear monitors and hearing protection.

When not at RK, Paula may be found playing her ukulele or guitar, riding her bike and finding the sunshine.


JANET KRUEGERRK Audiology Owner Janet Krueger

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Native Texan and co-founder of RK Audiology in Austin, Texas, Janet is an audiologist with over 25 years of experience in the profession. Her role with RK includes marketing, front office, admin, HR, bookkeeping and a few other hats, depending on the day.

Janet received her Bachelor of Science from Baylor University and a Masters of Arts in Audiology from The University of Texas, Austin.

She loves living in Austin — a beautiful, eclectic, music-loving city with a small town community heart and soul and has a passion for supporting the local community.

Janet has worked with hearing instrument manufacturers in training, business development, research, and software evaluation roles.

She is active in numerous professional organizations including the Austin Audiology Society (AAS), the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA). She is a member of the Board of Directors for AIBA and TAA and serves as the Director of Website Management for TAA. She is an alumni of the Experience Austin, Leadership Austin Program, Spring 2011.





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Emily Domingue is a new service provider with RK Audiology.

Emily is brand new to Austin and is already in love with everything the city has to offer! She is currently enrolled at the University of South Alabama and will be completing her fourth year in the Doctor of Audiology program with RK Audiology.

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi. Her professional development interests include hearing conservation, in-ear monitoring solutions, counseling and hearing aid technology. Emily is excited to be immersed in the Austin culture and continue to learn and grow as a future audiologist.

Emily enjoys exploring with her husband, finding unique restaurants, and taking their dog Riley to their new favorite place Zilker Park!




VENESSA RECTORRK Audiology Office Manager Venessa Rector

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Venessa Rector is the Office Manager at RK. She is the voice when you call and the person who greets you when you arrive, in addition to keeping RK running smoothly!

Venessa has a background and special interest in marketing. In addition, she has certification in Occupational Hearing Conservation through CAOHC.

When not at RK, Venessa enjoys date nights with her husband, listening to local music around town, and relaxing at nearby lakes with the family.



AMANDA ZAPPLERRK Audiology staff Amanda Zappler, AuD

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Dr. Zappler is a consultant with RK Audiology, specializing in education and research.

She has lived in Austin for 30 years and is firmly entrenched in Austin culture.  She is a professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders with a specialty in Audiology at the University of Texas in Austin. Amanda received a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Audiology from UT Austin and her Doctor of Audiology from A.T Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Amanda became an audiologist after an 8-year career as a kindergarten teacher. She developed a passion for helping people with hearing loss as a result of her youngest child being identified as hearing impaired at an early age.

Amanda has had a 20-year career as an audiologist and has a rich experience base to draw from including hearing aid manufacturing, private practice, VA hospital service, and academia.

Amanda is an avid music lover with many professional musicians in her family.  She works with HAAM and MusiCares providing accessible audiology services to local musicians. She loves animals and enjoys spending time with her dog, Dexter, exploring the many trails and parks around central Texas.

She is also a professional artist and can be found at the local Farmer’s Markets every Saturday with her business, Arte Para la Vida.




LESLIE SONNENKLARRK Audiology staff Leslie Sonnenklar, HIS


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Leslie Sonnenklar is a consultant with RK Audiology, available by appointment.

Leslie is not a native Texan but says,”I got here as fast as I could” from frozen winters in Minnesota where she was raised…just a short trip down US IH 35 from Rochester to Corpus Christi, TX (by way of a short side bar south on 37) in 1992. Since then, it’s been warm and warmer, the perfect environment to grow herself and her two children!

She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, with a BA in Humanities. Leslie has proven to be like most folks with that degree, “a dilettante, a dualist and a dabbler,” to quote a favorite professor. After eschewing an invitation from U of M Law School she had several successful careers in fashion – buyer, manager and owner of boutiques, several years in New York as jewelry designer. Back at home, a licensed insurance broker and early into the cellular market when phones were “bricks” or carried around in a big bag! Moving to Texas, she found her true, most perfect calling though the back door as a business manager in the hearing aid industry. Leslie found the clinic to be better than the office and immediately apprenticed to become a hearing instrument specialist.

Leslie moved to Austin in 2000 to work for with a hearing aid manufacturer, problem solving with patients from the private sector who were not satisfied with their fittings. A great, challenging job! But private practice called her back to immediate patient care and she found her greatest satisfaction growing a small practice into one that now has three local offices as part of a large family practice based in Fort Worth. That practice, all of it, was sold to a corporate entity in 2012 and Leslie retired in August 2015. But retirement is not in her make-up, so she now enjoys her consultant role with RK Audiology.

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