Ear & Hearing Staff
Every member of our caring staff is here to help and support you while you are seeking treatment at the Center for Neurosciences. As one of the largest and most active private practices in Southern Arizona, we have assembled an outstanding team to help make your experience with us as positive as possible.
Dr. Jacob attended medical school at The University of Michigan and completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. His fellowship in Otology, Neurotology, and Cranial Base Surgery was at The Ohio State University, where he stayed as faculty for an additional 5 years before moving to Tucson in 2011.
Dr. Jacob specializes in Otology, Neurotology, and Cranial Base Surgery. Dr. Jacob comes to us from the University of Arizona, where he was Professor with tenure, Vice Chair of Otolaryngology, and founding Director is the University of Arizona Ear Institute. Dr. Jacob joined the Center for Neurosciences in 2017.
Dr. Bourn earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Arizona. She completed her Audiology externship at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2015, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to practice at Presbyterian Ear Institute. In August of 2015, Dr. Bourn moved back to Tucson and has been practicing pediatric audiology at Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services.
Dr. Bourn provides diagnostic hearing evaluations, vestibular evaluations, electrophysiologic testing (ABR, VEMP, ENOG), hearing aid fittings, bone anchored hearing devices, and cochlear implant services for all ages. Dr. Bourn joined the Center for Neurosciences in 2017.
Dr. Goldstein earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Eastern Kentucky University in 2010 and her Doctor of Audiology from the University of Arizona in 2014. She completed her doctoral externship at Arizona Hearing Specialists in Tucson and the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in San, Diego.
Dr. Goldstein is a certified member of the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She provides diagnostic hearing evaluations, tinnitus evaluations, electrophysiologic testing (ABR, VEMP, ENOG), vestibular evaluations, hearing aid fittings, bone anchored hearing devices, and cochlear implant services for all ages. Dr. Goldstein joined the Center Neurosciences in 2017.
Arlette Stevens Castano earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at the University of Arizona in 2000 and worked as an RN in medical/surgical at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System for 7 years. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Arizona in 2005. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. As a Nurse Practitioner, Arlette has worked in areas such as Women’s Health at the Phoenix VA, Otolaryngology at the Southern Arizona VA, and continues as a forensic nurse examiner for sexual assaults at the non-profit Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
Arlette grew up in Tucson, is bilingual in English and Spanish, and enjoys participating with the community in various ways. Arlette joined the Ear and Hearing team at the Center for Neurosciences in December 2017, under the supervision of Dr. Abraham Jacob.
Mary Vidal began her work in healthcare 18 years ago as a Medical Assistant in a primary care office. She continued her career with various specialties before working with Dr. Jacob. She has worked with Dr. Jacob since 2011 helping to deliver quality care to each patient. Mary is fluent in Spanish and has a strong background in customer service, treating every patient the way she wants her parents treated. She has been with the Center for Neurosciences since 2017.
Laura Durazo has been working in the medical field for over ten years in various subspecialties but has focused on Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology for the last six. She was born right here in Tucson and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has been here for her entire life and she will most likely stay because she absolutely loves the weather. She enjoys working in the medical field because it allows her to take part in brightening someone’s day. Laura also loves finding new ways to help her patients throughout their medical journey. She has been with the Center for Neurosciences since 2017.
Jesus was born and raised in Tucson. He earned his Associates Degree in business with an emphasis in management. He is the Prior Authorization lead at CNS and works with all CNS providers on obtaining prior approval for referrals and procedures. Aside from being bilingual in English and Spanish, Jesus possesses extensive knowledge on insurance companies and prior authorization requirements. Jesus enjoys the satisfaction of knowing he was able to make a difference for the better in patient care. He has been with the Center for Neurosciences since 2016.
Angelica Encinas began her work as a Medical Assistant in 2005. She is an essential part of the Ear and Hearing team working as a Medical and Audiology Assistant. Angelica strives to make the most out of every day at the office. She enjoys nothing more than coming home to her husband and three children after a long day enriching patients’ lives. Angelica has been with the Center for Neurosciences since July of 2011.