Loretta J. Coltharp, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY:  Dr. Coltharp - Professional Audiological Services

  • Highly skilled career professional with over 30 years practical experience in private practice, school, hospital, Otolaryngology office, home health, skilled nursing facility, federal correctional facility and business and industrial environments.
  • Established the first female private audiological practice in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Established the first national Hearing Conservation Program for FedEx Corporation.
  • Established the first audiology department for the Shelby County School system in 1986.
  • Established the first audiology departments in three area hospitals


Doctor of Audiology, 2005
Salus University, Pennsylvania
Master of Arts in Audiology, 1981, University of Memphis Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology & Audiology, 1979, University of Tennessee


Professional Audiological Services      

Owner of a private practice since 1983.   Services include diagnostic, therapeutic, educational and administrative audiology. Clinical experience includes comprehensive audiometric evaluation for all ages, auditory evoked response testing, hearing aid evaluations and dispensing, aural rehabilitation, and educational audiology.  Her forensic audiology expertise lies in the areas of hearing conservation program development, management and consultation as well as litigation experience.  She has extensive lecturing experience in the areas of pediatric and geriatric audiology, billing and coding for audiologists and speech pathologists and educational audiology.  She contracts with local school systems to provide educational audiology services. The practice also serves as an off-site clinical site for doctoral audiology students from the University of Memphis.


Member, Academy of Doctors of Audiology
Fellow, American Academy of Audiology
Member, American Speech & Hearing Association
Member, Educational Audiology Association
Member, Tennessee Speech and Hearing Association
Off –Site Supervisor, University of Memphis, Audiology Department

Beth King, Au.D., FAAA                                                                                        



Doctorate of Audiology, 2014, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri

  • During her time as a doctoral student, Dr. King served as education chairman and second year representative in the Student Academy of Audiology for Washington University School of Medicine's chapter. She also served as a volunteer with the Hearing Loss Association of  St. Louis.

Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2010, University of Mississippi

Honor societies:

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Gamma Beta Phi
  • National Society of Collegiate ScholarsDr. King


  • In the spring of 2013, Dr. King began her clinical externship at Professional Audiological Services, Inc. She formally accepted a full time audiology position in the spring of 2014.
  • Her passions include fitting hearing aids and patient counseling.
  • Dr. King is skilled at working with both pediatric and adult patients.

Dr. King was raised in Collierville, Tennessee.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and their golden doodle, Maisie. In the fall, you can find the King family cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi. In the spring, they like to sneak away to St. Louis to catch a Cardinals game.


Fellow, American Academy of Audiology

 Becca Smith, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA      



Doctorate of Audiology, 2010, University of Memphis

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Music, 2005, University of Memphis


Since earning her doctorate, Dr. Smith has worked with both children and adults in private practice and in a school setting. During this time, she has developed a lobe for both pediatric patients and osseo-integrated hearing devices, especially cochlear implants. She joined the staff of Professional Audiological Services, Inc. in June 2017. She looks forward to offering cochlear implant candidacy evaluations and mappings for both current and new patients at Professional Audiological Services, Inc. Nothing is more rewarding to her than giving someone the gift of hearing (whether it be through a cochlear implant or hearing aid.)

Dr. Smith was raised in Millington, Tennessee and currently resides in East Memphis. She married the love of her life in 2010. She is the mother of two wonderful young boys and one lovable dog. She and her family enjoy swimming, going on walks, worshiping at their church, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves, Memphis Tigers and Nashville Predators. Her husband keeps trying to convert her to a Dallas Cowboys fan but so far no luck!


Member, American Speech & Hearing Association

Fellow, American Academy of Audiology

Off-site Supervisor, University of Memphis, Audiology Department


Litany Finley, Au.D.



Doctor of Audiology, 2016, University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Finley worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Memphis Hearing Aid Research Lab, where she assisted in the collection, maintenance, and categorization of research data related to the impact of advanced hearing aid technology on speech understanding for older listeners with mild-to-moderate, adult-onset, sensorineural hearing loss
  • She served as the Student Academy of Audiology Philanthropy Chair from 2013 – 2015
  • She was awarded the University of Memphis Outstanding Audiology Student Award in 2015
  • She completed her clinical externship year at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2012, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


  • Dr. Finley formally accepted a part-time position at Professional Audiological Services, Inc. in the fall of 2016.
  • Her passions include working with veterans and active-duty service members as well as performing adult hearing aid fittings

Dr. Finley grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and still calls it home.  She works one-week-on, one-week-off, and when she is not at work, she spends her time in New Orleans with her husband and their cat.  She enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.

Nannette L. Wortham, B.S., COHC



Bachelors of Science in Animal Science, 1999, University of Tennessee at Martin

Ms. Wortham has over 14 years of professional experience with Professional Audiological Services.  She has a lifetime of experience in dealing with hearing loss since both she and her twin sister were born with bilateral hearing loss.  She was first introduced to Professional Audiological Services, Inc. as a child where she was fit with hearing aids.

Her love for animals resulted in a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science (1999) from the University of Tennessee at Martin. However, her personal experience with hearing loss and her strong desire to help others drew her to the field of audiology. She has played a major role in the growth of PAS, Inc.  Her expert skills and abilities in technology, management and patient care are a significant asset.  In addition, she is also the Clinic Director for PAS.

Ms. Wortham has refused to allow hearing loss to hinder her love of life. She enjoys barrel racing her three horses and is a member of the National Barrel Horse Association. She has also qualified for the World Championships for the NBHA at least four times.  She is a dedicated member of her church where she participates in musical/drama events and sings in the choir.                                                                                                            Nannette