Our Team

a.	Keli Gaston, Patient Care Coordinator

Keli Gaston
Patient Care Coordinator

Keli is very excited to be a part of the Aspire Hearing & Balance family, and to be working alongside Dr. Wilkins.

She has a background in patient service in the field of optometry and is eager to learn as much as possible in audiology.

Keli enjoys working in an environment that allows her to help patients and be an encouragement and asset in the community. Gaining a relationship with every patient that comes through our doors and making them smile, gives Keli a feeling of purpose and satisfaction.

Keli was born in Florida and grew up in the Lakeland and Polk County area. She went to high school at Mckeel Academy of Technology, where she thoroughly enjoyed her English and Journalism courses. For an extracurricular activity, Keli acted in various plays with the Drama Club.

Nowadays, Keli loves to spend time with her husband and kids. She also enjoys writing, reading, drawing and photography for fun.

Dr. Kayla Wilkins

Dr. Kayla Wilkins is the owner and operator of Aspire Hearing and Balance. Dr. Wilkins is passionate and dedicated to providing her patients, their families, and the Lakeland community and surrounding areas with the highest quality hearing healthcare.

She was awarded her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of South Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. Dr. Wilkins completed her clinical residency at Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center in Tampa, FL. Upon graduation, Dr. Wilkins joined the team at Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center where she continued to work for four more years with world-class otologist, neurotologist, and skull based surgeons. She has received a comprehensive education in the areas of assessment and treatment of all populations with hearing and balance issues.

Dr. Wilkins is trained in the areas of comprehensive audiological evaluations for patients of all ages, advanced hearing technology, osseointegrated (bone-anchored) hearing devices, electrophysiology (including electrocochleography, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, and auditory brainstem response), videonystagmography, cochlear implant candidacy evaluations, and post-cochlear implant programming. She works with all three cochlear implant companies: Advanced Bionics, Med-El Corporation and Cochlear Americas. She also has experience performing canalith repositioning maneuvers. Dr. Wilkins is a licensed audiologist in the state of Florida and is the only Board-Certified cochlear implant audiologist in Lakeland. Dr. Wilkins received board certification through the American Board of Audiology (ABA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA).

Raised in Plant City, FL, she is married and has one little boy, Colton. She is a big dog lover and has a fur baby Corgi named Tucker. She enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, and cheering on her USF Bulls in football.

Dr. Wilkins clinical interests include advanced hearing aid technology, cochlear implants, and bone-anchored hearing devices.