Our Professional Staff

Our experienced providers are committed to a high standard of patient care and are here for you throughout every stage of your hearing journey.

Who We Are

Physicians Hearing Center is one of the many divisions of ENTcare and that gives our hearing center an advantage over others.  Since 1977, our team of doctors in audiology and Ent physicians has been committed to giving the best hearing healthcare possible.  Our staff consists of three doctors in audiology, three otolaryngologists, three physical therapists, and an excellent support team.  Whenever an audiologist sees that medical treatment is necessary, they immediately notify one of the physicians.  Or, if vertigo and dizziness are an issue, we also have Fzyical dizziness and fall prevention center.  Our team of professionals allow for the most comprehensive treatment and care in the tri-state area.  Our goal at Physicians Hearing Center is to pride life-changing hearing healthcare

Physicians Hearing Center has been awarded one of the largest practices in the United States for the past 18 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.  The experience and education Physicians Hearing Center has to offer matters when it comes to your hearing healthcare.

Audiologist Julie Ann Rikard, Gracie Herndon, and Blakely Ellis have a combination of more than 40 years of experience and education.  All hold a doctoral degree and are board-certified in Audiology.  They are members of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Your Hearing Network.

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Our Associations

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Our Providers

Julie Ann Rikard

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.

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Blakely Ellis

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.

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Gracie Thoman Herndon

Gracie Herndon, AuD


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.

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