Our Hearing Professionals
Heather Marie Cones, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Heather Cones, Au.D., originates from a small farm community located in northwest Illinois. She completed her undergraduate training in Communication Disorders at California State University Los Angeles, where participation in competitive speaking and an internship in speech-language pathology ignited in her a passion for the speech and hearing sciences; she received her bachelor’s degree in 2007. She went on to complete her doctoral program at University of California San Diego-San Diego State University in 2011.
Dr. Cones is passionate about her job and feels blessed to have chosen a career that allows her to make a positive impact in others’ lives. She firmly believes that the proper approach to improving hearing and fitting hearing aids is by following a model of hearing healthcare, offering a comprehensive package also including aural rehabilitation, scientific verification measure, and consistent follow-up. Her foremost priority is enhancing the quality of life and communication for her patients!
Having returned to her small-town roots, Dr. Cones lives in Poway with her husband Ryan, their daughter Cassidy, their son River, and their two dogs and cats. The family enjoys picnics in the park, camping, crafting at home, and biking at the beach.
David Michael Illich, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
David Michael Illich, AuD., has served San Diego North County since 1984. He was born at George Air Force Base in Victorville California and was raised in Long Beach Mississippi. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Alabama. In 1984 Dr. Illich carried out his lifelong commitment to Audiology in earning his doctorate in Audiology from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Dr. Illich was a past president of the California Audiology Association and has served on several national organizations boards. In 2004, he created Palomar Health’s Hear For the Holidays Essay contest.
Dr. Illich is the sole provider of Audiology and Hearing Services for three of the areas hospitals and most of the area’s private physician clinics. He currently is the Chief of Audiology for Palomar Health and Pomerado Hospital and a contractual provider for Tri-City Hospital. He remains devoted to providing the very best audiological care possible, and is “proud that local physicians know we provide their patients with focused individualized attention, quality digital instrumentation, technical expertise, and continued follow-up care”.
Dr. Illich is married to Kathleen, and Escondido 2nd grade teacher, with whom he has two children, Michael and Alexis. Outside of work, Dr.Illich enjoys hiking, reading, and, most of all, spending time with family.
Hearing Aid Specialist
Alma Chavez has been serving the San Diego Hearing Impaired Community since 1993. As a bilingual California Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist, she has worked with various Doctors of Audiology to enrich the lives of hearing impaired individuals throughout North County San Diego. Alma has over 20 years of experience in working with hearing aid technology, and specializes in instruments by the top Hearing Aid Manufacturers (Phonak, Oticon, Starkey, and GnResound). Her expertise, attention to detail and genuine interest for patients makes her one of Professional Hearing Associates’ most valuable team members!
Amy Marin, Au.D.
Dr. Marin has been serving North County San Diego’s hearing healthcare since 2012, working at the Veteran’s Administration and in private practice. We proudly welcomed her to our Professional Hearing Associates Family in the summer of 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University, and her Doctorate in Audiology at University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Marin is passionate about utilizing technology in combination with aural rehabilitation to help patients communicate more effectively and enjoy life to the fullest. She prides herself in her comprehensive knowledge of the latest hearing technologies and hearing health research. In her free time, Dr. Marin enjoys crafting and going to the zoo and on hikes with her husband Garrett, daughter Judy, and dog Sydney.