Our Audiology Staff
Dr. Valerie Pinto Kriney, Audiologist
Dr. Kriney completed her Doctor of Audiology degree from the School of Audiology at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University), in January, 2003. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Audiology from New York University in 1975, having received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ithaca College in Speech Pathology. She was employed by Alvin Katz, M.D. for two years, and was the former Director of Audiology at Bergen Pines County Hospital for 19 years. Dr. Kriney is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, C.C.C, and holds licensure in both Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing from the State of New Jersey. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and Board Certified by the American Board of Audiology. She has extensive experience in hearing aid dispensing, and she has specialized in Tinnitus Treatment, as well, since 1997. She is recognized as a fellow of the Tinnitus Practitioners Association. Dr. Kriney holds numerous continuing education awards from The American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Dr. Ayo Ogunlusi, Audiologist
Dr. Ayo Ogunlusi completed her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa Arizona, August 2006. She completed her Masters of Communication Disorders degree from Auburn University Auburn AL. in 1988. Dr. Ayo Ogunlusi graduated from Judson College Marion AL. in 1986 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Both English and Psychology. She briefly worked for an ENT specialist in Manhattan, and has since been the Director of Audiology at Northern Jersey Ear, Nose and Throat Associates in Teaneck New Jersey. She is also the co-director of the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Center. Dr. Ayo Ogunlusi is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Tinnitus Association. She received a scholar award for continuing education from the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Ayo Ogunlusi holds Audiology and Hearing Aid Licensure in both New York and New Jersey.
Affiliated ENT Physicians
Harry Katz, MD
Harry Katz, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist – or specialist in disorders of the ear, nose, and throat – who practices in Glen Rock, NJ.
Dr. Katz received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. After post-graduate training in surgery at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center, he completed his residency in otolaryngology at New York University Bellevue-Manhattan VA Medical Center.
A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Katz also is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Rhinologic Society.
Karen M. Bellapianta, MD
Karen M. Bellapianta is Board Certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in the treatment of Pediatric and Adult Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders.
Prior to her medical education, she attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Physiological Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She received her Medical Doctorate from Albany Medical College in Albany NY. Dr. Bellapianta completed her residency training in Otolaryngology at Albany Medical Center. During this time she conducted research which she later presented at the American Laryngological Association’s 2009 Spring Meeting. The presentation was entitled, “Correlation of Endotrachial Tube Monitoring on Post-Operative Vocal Fold Function during Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery.”
She has written publications, manuscripts and abstracts and has publically presented her work at various professional associations.
Dr. Bellapianta has recently begun practicing in New Jersey.
Post residency, she worked at the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Florida where she specialized in Pediatric Otolaryngology. She then relocated to Connecticut where she worked in private practice at Associates of Otolaryngology, PC. During this time she served as both the Medical Information Officer for Greenwich Hospital as well as being a Member of the Medical Staff.
Joel F. Lehrer, MD
Dr. Joel Lehrer is one of the foremost ear and dizziness (balance) specialists in New Jersey. He has particular expertise in inner ear disorders and middle ear and mastoid surgery. He has lectured and published extensively with particular emphasis in the areas of dizziness and imbalance and disorders of the inner ear.
One of the founding partners of Northern Jersey Ear, Nose and Throat, PA, Dr. Lehrer was trained in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) and completed a Fellowship in Otolaryngology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Lehrer was a member of the teaching staff at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Otolaryngology and Neurotology, and at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Otolaryngology and has appointments at the Mount Sinai Medical School and the New York Medical College.
Dr. Lehrer was an active member of the New York County and Bergen County Medical Societies and served as a Trustee and Secretary of the Bergen County Medical Society. He was President of the Bergen County Society of Otolaryngologists and President of the Holy Name Hospital Physicians Organization. He served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Medical Staff of Holy Name Hospital and as a Trustee of the Hospital. He served as a Trustee of the Valley Hospital Physicians Organization. He is a Fellow of the American Neurotology Society, and a member of the Barany Society and of the Neurotological and Equilobriometric Society, both of which are societies devoted to Neurotology.
Dr. Lehrer provides information on dizziness, imbalance and disorders of the inner ear, diagnosis and treatments for ear disorders as well as rehabilitative services for hearing loss, which includes the fitting of hearing aids.
Carole Gelfer, Ph.D
Voice Therapy provider
Carole Gelfer, Ph.D, is an ASHA-certified speech pathologist specializing in various pediatric and adult voice disorders. She received her bachelor’s degree from the SUNY College at Cortland, her master’s degree from Hunter College of CUNY, and her doctorate from the CUNY Graduate School in New York with a specialization in speech and voice physiology. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Gelfer was on the faculty of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at William Paterson University for almost 30 years.
Dr. Gelfer is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Acoustical Society of America.