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About Us

Providing expert audiologic care to Rhode Island for over 30 years.

About Our Hearing Center

Gateway Hearing Solutions was founded in 1982 by Robert Gould as Beltone Hearing Aid Center. Over the years, the hearing industry grew and changed and Bob decided his company needed to too, in order to continue to provide the best hearing aid options for his patients. The business then became Gateway Hearing, with access to all hearing aid manufacturers. In 2018, Bob retired and Dr. Holly Puleo, an audiologist that worked with Bob for 20 years, took over the practice. Gateway Hearing Solutions has continued to provide its patients with the latest technology in hearing aids, at affordable prices, and carries on the same dependable service it has become known for.

Our Providers

Dr. Holly Puleo Audiologist/Owner of Gateway Hearing Solutions

Dr. Holly Puleo


Dr. Holly Puleo is your audiologist in Warwick, RI. She joined our staff over 20 years ago. Holly’s interest in hearing disorders led to her receiving her master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Rhode Island. She continued her studies further, receiving her Doctorate degree shortly after.

Dr. Puleo has worked with several Ear, Nose & Throat physicians in Rhode Island. This has given her considerable and valuable diagnostic experience. She finds the greatest opportunity to impact lives for the better by using her knowledge and skills in dispensing hearing aids.

Holly is sincerely interested in people, patient, and kind. This is reflected in the extraordinary effort put into the success of her fittings. She shares our goal of long-term happiness for her many loyal patients.

In commenting on the rapid changes in hearing technology, Holly stated, “When I became an audiologist, technology was more basic, and the choices simpler. Now with emerging advances in the field, it truly has been a wonderful and exciting time to share in the expansion of this field.”

Meet the Professional

Lisa Janicki, M.S.


Lisa Janicki received her master’s degree in Audiology from URI in 1996. In addition to working clinically in several ENT settings, she has also spent 10 years working for leading hearing aid manufacturers. She has trained many audiologists and dispensers in the newest hearing aid technology. Lisa is committed to hearing healthcare and helping others improve their quality of life.

Audiologist Lisa Janicki

Meet the Professional

Melissa Houlihan, Au.D.


Dr. Melissa Houlihan recently moved to Rhode Island from New Hampshire. She comes to Gateway Hearing with years of audiological experience as she worked at a large ENT clinic for almost a decade before moving into a private hearing aid practice setting. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Nazareth College and her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology from Northeastern University.

Dr. Houlihan was born with moderate nerve hearing loss in her left ear. She was exposed to the field of audiology by being a patient herself. Now, she loves being able to connect with people and listening to their communication difficulties. Providing someone a tangible solution (hearing aids) and seeing the positive effects it has on their quality of life is extremely rewarding. She has experience providing comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients of all ages, fitting hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and performing diagnostic balance tests for patients suffering from vertigo/disequilibrium.

Dr. Houlihan enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young sons, travelling, and visiting family in New Hampshire.  

Melissa Houlihan, Au.D.

Meet the Professional

William Douglas Wear

Board Certified Hearing Aid Dispenser

Doug epitomizes integrity and a solid work ethic with his patients. He has the ability to take the fears or anxieties away for those who are nervous. His patience is unlimited. Doug has been with us for over 27 years and is fully qualified to assist you in any hearing health care need. Doug is able to help budget-minded individuals and can help arrange financing.


Our Office Staff

Sandra Wear

Office Manager

Sandra is responsible for arranging patient care for our offices. We handle thousands of calls and office visits annually. Sandra has the unique gift of remembering our patients and making them feel comfortable. She has been with us now for over 30 years, becoming an integral part of our system. Whether it’s an issue about insurance benefits, or general hearing advice, Sandra is always happy to help you.


We understand hearing aids can be an investment. That’s why we offer 0% interest financing plans to help you better afford hearing care. We also work with many insurance providers. Please call our office to learn more about our financing plans and how we can help you afford the hearing care you deserve. 

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