Our Audiologist became interested in hearing loss when her brother was unable to enlist in military service due to his hearing loss. Dr. Ponthier opened Lagniappe Hearing to offer hearing services to the people of central Louisiana. She wants to help improve the quality of life and relationships through better hearing.
Pronounced lan-yap, lagniappe means “something extra.” Dr. Ponthier chose to name her practice Lagniappe Hearing to let her patients know that she will always go above and beyond. Dr. Ponthier believes that improved hearing goes beyond simple communication; it helps patients reconnect with loved ones and improves their quality of life. She spends extra time getting to know each and every patient to learn their hearing needs. This helps Dr. Ponthier design individualized treatment plans.
In addition to providing exceptional care, Lagniappe Hearing gives every new patient a set of earplugs. Just another way we provide our patients with something extra.
Angela Ponthier, Audiologist, has been passionate about helping those with hearing loss ever since she was young and saw firsthand the struggles these patients go through. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Louisiana Tech University and received her Doctor of Audiology from Salus University. Dr. Ponthier is a member of Louisiana Academy of Audiologists, American Academy of Audiologists and American Speech–Language–Hearing Association. She is licensed by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
After working as an audiologist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for 18 years, even earning an award for her work to decrease wait time and missed opportunities for patients with hearing loss, Dr. Ponthier decided it was time to open her own practice. She created Lagniappe Hearing in 2016 with the goal of helping all patients improve their quality of life through better hearing health care. She is married with two children; son Kenny is a Cub Scout and attends Paradise Elementary. He enjoys football like his brother Josh, who plays for Tioga Junior High and the Red River Youth Football League.
Kelsey Thrush is an LSU-A student graduating in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Kelsey plans to attend graduate school in the Fall 2017 to earn a doctorate degree in Audiology. Kelsey's journey is an inspiration and we are very happy to have her in the clinic.
"Whenever I state my accomplishments, I can never leave out the impact hearing aids and my cochlear implant have had on my life. There's no way to ignore that. However, before my cochlear implant, my right ear was slowly going deaf and I struggled. In college, I gave up because I couldn't hear the professors in the classroom. I have always been a driven person, but I let negative experiences define me. Then, my ENT told me I was most likely a candidate for a cochlear implant. That was the turning point in my life as it opened so many doors. I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I saw hope for the first time in a long time. It was then that I believed that I could do anything if I set my mind to it. Just two weeks after the cochlear implant surgery, I rode a 5-day, 400-mile bike ride in Michigan, not knowing anyone. I went back to school with a goal to get a PhD in Psychology, which later turned into wanting a degree in Audiology. When I moved to Louisiana, I enrolled at LSU-A, thinking I wouldn't be graduating until December 2017. Now, I will graduate with a B.S. in Psychology in May 2017 instead. I have been able to handle an internship, a full-time job, being in four organizations on campus, and I still made the Dean's list all three semesters. These accomplishments have helped me grow into the person I am today and I know I'm going to do great things with my life. It doesn't end here, it has only just begun."