Our Professional Staff
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.
Rodney Brannan, AuD
Clinical Audiologist and Educational Specialist
Dr. Brannan earned his degree in May of 2017 at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Brannan was inspired to pursue a career in Audiology because of family members who have struggled with hearing impairment. Dr. Brannan is uniquely equipped to understand what his patients are experiencing due to his own battle with hearing loss and hearing aids. He damaged his hearing while on the firing range, serving with the National Guard. Dr. Brannan believes that education leads to a person's success. He spends extra time with each patient to make sure they understand the results of his evaluation and personalized care. Dr. Brannan specializes in transitioning individuals from hearing loss to successful hearing aid users! In addition, Physicians Hearing Center offers complimentary aural rehabilitation courses lead by Dr. Brannon to help their patients in their journey to better hearing. Each month these continued education classes are offered to patients and their family. Hearing care is healthcare. Our goal is to keep you as socially active as possible. This will keep your brain more active and cognitively fit for speech understanding. Techniques for improving communication and listening skills are taught to help patients take their experience to the next level. Becoming a new hearing aid user can be overwhelming, so in order to make the transition easier Dr. Brannan hopes patients will find these classes useful.
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!