Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center is growing! To accommodate tremendous growth in our county and continue to serve our patients in a timely manner, we have four new additions to our clinical staff! We are thrilled to welcome each of these experienced and specialized professionals to our team. We know they will accomplish great things and make a difference for our patients and community!
Tracy Farrar, M.S., CCC-SLP
Tracy graduated with a Master’s of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, Florida and has over 15 years of pediatric experience. She has worked mainly in the private practice settings. Tracy completed Level 2 Bridging Training though the PROMPT Institute and specializes in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). With opportunities and experiences co-treating with occupational and physical therapists, Tracy enjoys taking a multisensory approach to her treatment strategies. She has special interest and treatment experience in orofacial myofunctional therapy. She can communicate in American Sign Language and is well versed in reading therapy programs, like the Barton System. Areas of expertise include oral motor dysfunction, CAS, and feeding-swallowing disorders.
Tonya LaLonde, Au.D.
Dr. Tonya LaLonde has been a clinical Audiologist since 2002. She earned a Master of Science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Doctor of Audiology degree in 2008 from Arizona School of Healthcare Sciences/A.T. Still University. With over 20 years of experience, she is well versed in all areas of Audiology and enjoys them all.
Her experience has varied from ENT practices, private practice and ownership, hospital and VA experience, vestibular/balance diagnostics and rehabilitation, aural diagnostics and rehabilitation, auditory brainstem response and P300 potentials. Her role at the Center will be primarily Outreach and New Services Development and Promotion as we are always wanting to offer more services to our growing community.
In her spare time, she homeschools her 2 children- 12 and 17, play keys and sings in our 5-piece oldies variety rock and roll band, am active at church, quilt, garden, write (she has authored 4 books), play board games, and go to her kid’s athletic games and practices. Life is short and we always want to make every moment and conversation count.
“Iron sharpens iron.”– Life is about living it together and helping each other.
Logan Bonadio, Au.D., ABAC
Dr. Logan Bonadio is thrilled to join the Center as a Clinical Audiologist in May 2023. She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, but have called Ohio, Texas, and Florida her homes along the way. She graduated with her Doctorate in Audiology in 2020 from the University of Texas at Dallas before finding her way to Lakeland, where she worked at Watson Clinic’s Hearing Center for over 2 years. She lives in Lakeland with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Nutmeg. In her spare time, she likes to read, thrift, and visit the theme parks.
One of her first patients told her that by fitting her with hearing aids, she had let her out of jail; jail of isolation, miscommunication, and disconnection from her world. This is why she loves audiology! We have powerful tools at our disposal to treat our senses and our souls. Through adult diagnostics, assistive listening devices, hearing aids, and implantables (cochlear implants and osseo-integrated technology), we have a variety of solutions to get you hearing better.
Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, and others over self. – Dean Jackson
Petra Cardoso-Chavez, Au.D.
Dr. Petra Cardoso-Chavez is a clinical audiologist. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida in 2018. Afterwards, she furthered her education and earned her Doctorate of Audiology degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2022. She has a passion for helping individuals achieve better hearing health. She enjoys working with all populations, from pediatric to geriatric. She is particularly passionate about diagnostics, tinnitus and fitting hearing aids, using best practices. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, enabling her to provide comprehensive services in both languages.
She is a Polk county native, born and raised in Winter Haven. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her significant other, their daughter and families.