Trust your hearing
healthcare to our experts!

Our Professional Staff

Julie Ann Rikard, AuD

Julie Ann Rikard, AuD
Director of Audiology

Dr. Rikard earned her doctorate in Audiology from The University of Arizona, and has been employed with ENTcare for over 20 years. As director of Physicians Hearing Center, she has led her team to be awarded one of the largest practice in the US over the past 15 years by the nationally known American Hearing Aid Association. Locally, the community has chosen Physicians Hearing Center the "best hearing aid provider" for 20 years in the Dothan Eagle's best of the wiregrass competition. God has truly blessed this practice, and Julie Ann knows all the success and life-changing experiences are His. Julie Ann believes in making a difference in people's lives through building relationships with each person and providing the highest level of care. She does this by focusing on each person's individual needs. Following a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Rikard personalizes a care plan to meet each individual's specific hearing healthcare requirements and lifestyle. This results in life-changing experiences for her patients. As Director of Physicians Hearing Center, she requires each employee to take one continuing education course monthly. Trends and developments change constantly that can impact the hearing healthcare industry, so Physicians Hearing Center prides themselves on the experience and education they offer. This matters when it comes to your hearing healthcare.
Blakely Ellis, AuD

Blakely Ellis, AuD
Clinical Audiologist and Technology Specialist

Dr. Ellis earned her degree from Auburn University in 2012. She has eight years of clinical experience including a background in an ENT setting and specialty work with Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Ellis's areas of special interest include hearing aid technology and diagnostic pediatrics. Blakely is here to serve individuals who have become disconnected and frustrated due to their hearing difficulties. The industry is more confusing than ever for the hearing aid consumer to navigate. It takes a professional, like Blakely, who has a passion to help others and a good solid background to be able to program today’s hearing aid technology to meet each individual's personal listening needs. Dr. Ellis's goal is to provide her patients with life-changing products resulting in life-changing hearing experiences!
Gracie Herndon, AuD

Gracie Herndon, AuD
Audiologist

Gracie Thoman Herndon holds a doctorate in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. She graduated with her bachelor of science from Columbus State University in 1982. She then earned her master's from Louisiana Tech in 1987.  Dr. Herndon has been employed with ENTCare for 30 years.  She has been counseling and fitting 100% digital hearing aids for the past 12 years. Physicians Hearing Center has become the largest hearing aid provider in the Southeast for this size of practice, and this success rate can be contributed to Gracie’s true desire to help people hear well again.  Gracie is board certified in Audiology and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA), American Hearing Aid Association (AHAA), and the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA).  She enjoys traveling, farming, and fishing with her husband.