Come Meet Our Audiologists at Tri-City Audiology
At Tri-City Audiology, we’re committed to helping our clients restore their hearing and improve their quality of life. Armed with the latest hearing loss treatments, we’ll help you get back to doing what you love. Meet our team of highly qualified audiologists and hearing experts.
David L. McBride, M.S., FAAA
Dave McBride, M.S., FAAA, is originally from Cleveland. Dave has worked his entire professional career at Tri-City Audiology and was instrumental in growing the practice into what it is today.
Dave had a social services background in Cleveland, but moved to Phoenix to go to graduate school and get away from the cold climate and gray wintery skies of North Eastern Ohio. Dave’s wife is also an audiologist and they met in the graduate audiology program at Arizona State University in 1984. Dave and his wife have two adult daughters that are working in medically related professional positions.
The McBride family has 3 dogs that do their best to alternately amuse and annoy them. All of the McBride’s are ASU alumni and supporters. Go Sun Devils! Dave is hearing impaired and has been wearing hearing devices himself for over three years. He enjoys watching sports and movies and reading historical novels in his spare time. He also claims to be an expert in the fine art of gas-fired barbecue grilling.
Dave – Dr. Dave is the best! So friendly and personable! Doesn’t treat you like a number. He goes above and beyond and patiently answers any questions you have, makes you feel very comfortable. Five stars is not high enough!
Frank – I purchased hearing aids in late 2019 and am extremely satisfied with them. Very easy to schedule appointments. Courteous and knowledgable staff. I see Dr. McBride who is the consummate professional. I don’t hesitate to recommend Tri-City Audiology.
Kay Kochman, Au.D., FAAA
Doctor of Audiology
Although not an AZ native, Kay has lived in AZ for over 30 years. She graduated from ASU with her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders in 1993 and earned her Doctorate in Audiology in 2004.
Her audiologic training was completed at many locations around the Phoenix area, including Tri-City Audiology. Kay was drawn to audiology by the fascinating anatomy of the hearing system and the science of hearing and sound. Her experience includes training at Good Samaritan Hospital, the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, and private practice, before becoming one of the partner-owners of Tri-City Audiology. She is certified by the American Speech & Hearing Association and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology.
Kay enjoys gardening and perusing craft fairs when the weather is nice. When it isn’t, she spends time on crochet projects, reading, and watching movies. Her favorite books include sci-fi, history, and mysteries. She and her husband share their home with two cats, a very small dog, and a pair of ducks who visit seasonally.
Karen of Mesa, AZ – This was my first experience purchasing a hearing aid. The staff at Tri-City Audiology was terrific. Karen was so kind and helpful setting me up with an appointment. And Kay did a wonderful job explaining everything so clearly and answering all my questions. Thank you.
Valerie – Kay is very caring and knowledgeable. She always troubleshoots any issues we have and she is always successful in her attempts to help.
Ashley Bugai, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Ashley received both her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences (2014) and Doctor of Audiology (2018) from Arizona State University.
In addition, she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and completed her last year of training at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Following graduation, she moved back to Arizona and began her career as a private practice clinician in Mesa, Arizona.
Ashley has received training in diagnostic hearing evaluations and rehabilitation. She also has experience with cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing devices, vestibular testing and treatment, and tinnitus management. When Ashley was seven years old, she suffered from ear infections resulting in a perforated eardrum. She underwent multiple surgeries to repair it, but today has a mild hearing loss in her right ear. Her personal connection with hearing loss is what drove her to be an Audiologist. She is passionate about the treatment of auditory disorders and hearing loss through the use of evidence-based practice and the latest hearing aid technology.
Ashley was born and raised in Arizona. When not helping patients, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, watching movies/football, and giving love to her beagle.
Shonie of Ferndale, WA – I am an audiologist from Washington State visiting this area for the month of November. During my stay I had the opportunity to witness firsthand Dr. Ashley’s excellent patient care and services provided to my aunt throughout her fitting and post fitting appointments. She was patient, kind and thorough. Now my aunt is hearing so much better and no longer missing out on life. Again thank you so much for being part of her hearing journey. M.A. CCC-A Audiologist
Aaron of Mesa, AZ – Dr. Ashley was wonderful. Friendly, sincere and very thorough. I would highly recommend seeing her.
Kimberly Gates, Au.D., FAAA
Doctor of Audiology
Kimberly is originally from America’s Mardi Gras city, New Orleans. She has been practicing audiology since 1996, when she moved to Arizona.
In 2005, she received her Doctor of Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and earned her Master’s in Communications Disorders from Louisiana State University Medical Center. She is licensed by the State of Arizona, clinically certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Kim’s interest in technology was enhanced by her work as an electrician in the Louisiana Air National Guard for six years.
Throughout her audiology career, she has acquired extensive clinical training in advanced diagnostic hearing assessment and rehabilitation using the most innovative hearing technologies available in the treatment of auditory disorders and hearing loss. As an audiologist, she is able to utilize her psychology background to identify the special needs of patients and her technical skills to enhance their lives through hearing aid technology.
When not helping patients, Kim loves spending time with her family – husband and three kids, traveling, and watching her youngest son play high school baseball. She is a very loyal New Orleans Saints fan, as well as an Arizona Diamond Backs fan.