About Upper Peninsula Audiology

At Upper Peninsula Audiology we understand that hearing is more than one of our senses. Hearing, listening and communicating allows us to be a part of the world. Our goal is to help you hear the world around you.

What Makes Us Different?

We use best practices and patient-centered care for cornerstones of everything we do. Upper Peninsula Audiology is a well-rounded private practice that offers many services. The practice is staffed with three audiologists who hold a doctorate in Audiology and are certified by the State of Michigan as well as ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) and/or AAA (American Academy of Audiology). We love supporting both of our local communities and are excited to help you with your hearing healthcare needs. 

Two Locations in the U.P.

We have two Audiology offices in the Upper Peninsula. Contact our Houghton office or Iron Mountain office to get started today.

Our Team

Melissa Collard


Melissa Collard is a Copper Country native and a graduate of Calumet High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Audiology from Western Michigan University. She also received her doctoral degree in Audiology (AuD.) from Western Michigan University. Before moving back to the area in 2011, she was working at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI.

Melissa is passionate about hearing healthcare, serving her local community and showing through actions what excellence in Audiology looks like. Melissa and her husband Gregg have two children and two dogs (Copper and Lola) who may come to greet you when you walk into the office.

Sherrie Vorbeck

Office Manager

Sherrie Vorbeck serves as our Office Manager and Biller and as a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC). Sherrie graduated from Jeffers High School and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Portage Hospital before joining our team in 2012. Sherrie received her COHC certification through the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation in Louisville Kentucky. She lives in Houghton with her family and enjoys spending her free time exploring the amazing Keweenaw outdoors.

Krista Frick


Dr. Krista Frick received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate (AuD.) from Wayne State University. She then practiced in the greater Detroit area before moving back to the Upper Peninsula to work as a VA Audiologist in Iron Mountain. She joined the team at Upper Peninsula Audiology in the fall of 2018. Dr. Frick enjoys working with patients of all ages, and feels privileged to have the opportunity to help her patients be better able to interact with the world around them. In her free time she and her husband enjoy chasing their four children and exploring everything the Keweenaw has to offer.

Kati Stilwell


Dr. Kati Stilwell is from lower Michigan and has chosen to call the beautiful UP, home. She received her bachelor’s degree in Speech & Hearing Health Sciences from Northern Michigan University in 2015. Then she obtained her Doctorate of Audiology from Central Michigan University in 2019.

Dr. Stilwell is UPA’s full-time audiologist in Iron Mountain, MI. She enjoys providing hearing healthcare services to Dickinson County and the surrounding area residents. Dr. Stilwell established the only cochlear implant program in the Upper Peninsula to better serve our community. She is excited about working with all ages and serving all hearing healthcare needs in order to help her patients connect to the word around them! Her free time is spent with her husband, Adam, and their dogs enjoying their own piece of the Upper Peninsula!

Alyssa Laurie

Audiology Assistant

Alyssa Laurie serves as our Audiology Assistant and as a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC). Alyssa is a graduate from Calumet High School and worked at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital prior to joining the team in 2021. Alyssa received her COHC certification through the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation in Nashville, Tennessee. She lives in Mohawk and spends her free time exploring the Keweenaw.

Jenna Cullinan

Audiology Extern

Jenna Cullinan is joining us for the year as our Audiology Extern. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Oregon and is currently completing her doctoral degree in Audiology at the University of the Pacific. She will be graduating with her doctoral degree in Audiology in May of 2022. Jenna is passionate about providing high quality hearing health care to patients of all ages. Since moving to the area from San Francisco she has enjoyed spending time with friends and exploring the Keweenaw.