Cheryl Lokanis, Au.D. CCC-A, ABA was born in the Philippines and moved to Olympia with her family when she was three years old. When she was younger she wanted to be a garbage collector because she was fascinated with the giant trucks that drove around her neighborhood. While she attended the University of Washington she had a wide variety of interests for her future including geology, psychology, physiotherapy, social work and even statistics. She settled on audiology after taking a speech and hearing sciences course and received her bachelors degree in speech communication. After that she took several years off to travel the world, and then went to Western Washington University and received her masters degree in audiology, and immediately following that she received her doctorate from the University of Florida.
She started as an intern for ESHC in 1997, which eventually turned into a full time position. Her favorite things about working for the clinic are the fast-paced environment, the diverse patient load and providing high quality care to our patients. She also enjoys establishing relationships with our patients, as well as working with audiology student interns. She loves being able to pass along clinical knowledge to the interns, as well as being challenged by their questions and research, which she says is a great way to keep her on her toes.
In Cheryl’s spare time she lives vicariously through her twin girls Sarah and Alex who are in kindergarten. Her family often enjoys hiking, ski trips, camping and traveling. You can also find Cheryl hosting dinner parties where she gets to show off her cooking skills, and you can even find her posting food blogs on Facebook.