Meet The Audiology Team
Karen Lammaing – Head of the Department
Karen is Head of Audiology Department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
She was born in Belgium and completed her MSc in Audiology at the University of Ghent (Belgium). She has worked in the UK since 2003 and has worked in several Audiology Departments across the country. She joined the Audiology Department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in 2010. She has a special interest in vestibular diagnostics and physiological measurements.
Dr. Anna Pepler (PhD in Audiology) – Deputy Head – Clinical lead Adult Services
Anna is the team leader for adult services in the Audiology Department at the Royal Surrey CountyHospital. She obtained a BSc in Applied Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2005 and an MSc in Audiology at the University of Southampton in 2007. Following clinical training in Southampton she obtained her Certificate in Audiological Competence in 2008. In 2010 she registered with the Health Professions Council as a clinical scientist in Audiology. She went on to complete her PhD entitled ‘Cochlear dead regions: prevalence, diagnosis and hearing aid management’ at the University of Manchester in 2013.
She specialises in adult and balance clinics with particular interest in complex hearing clinics. She also continues to be frequently involved in paediatric audiology.
Hashir Aazh (PhD in Audiology) – Team Leader of Tinnitus Service & Clinical Researcher
Hashir qualified as an audiologist in 2001 and has worked in a number of clinical and research posts since then. Hashir completed his MSc in rehabilitative audiology at Bristol University and his PhD at University of London. His PhD research was on the effect of motivational interviewing in encouraging hearing aid use which was funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Hashir is the team leader for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Therapy Specialist Clinic (THTSC) as well as the Research & Development lead at Audiology Department. His clinical work focuses on providing rehabilitative therapy for adults and children experiencing tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. Hashir has written over 20 scientific papers in the field of Audiology. In 2009 he was awarded the Joss Millar Shield from the British Society of Audiology.
Dr. Nicola Topass (Au.D., Doctor of Audiology) – Team Leader of Balance Services
Nicola is the team leader for the Balance Services at Royal Surrey County Hospital. Nicola qualified as an Audiologist in 2004 and has been working at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since 2006.
She completed the Doctor of Audiology program with Nova South eastern University in 2012. She established the Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation service at Royal Surrey County Hospital and currently aims to expand this service to include paediatrics.
Nicola is the lead for University students training at the Royal Surrey. She runs an annual international balance seminar ‘How to manage a dizzy patient’ in Guildford. She is also involved in teaching the vestibular module for Msc. and PTP students at ISVR in Southampton University. She is the current BAA regional Southeast England representative. She also does work with other physiological measures and adult hearing assessments and fittings. Nicola is the clinical training lead for HTS training related to Vestibular Assessment and Management. She started a Volunteer service in the Audiology Department and is the current co-ordinator . Nicola mainly works at the Royal Surrey and is available Monday to Thursday.
Rachel Bevington – Team Leader for Paediatric Services
Rachel Bevington began her Audiology career in 2005, by completing the Masters in Audiology at Southampton University. She followed this by completing her Certificate in Audiological Competence and achieving registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist in Audiology. Since then she has been able to specialise in her main interest of Paediatric Audiology, working with children from newborn to 18 years. She has worked at the Royal Surrey County Hospital as Team Leader for the Paediatric Service since January 2014.
Dr. Alexandra Lindsay (PhD) – Team Leader for Adult Rehabilitation at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital.
Alexandra is the team leader for Adult Rehabilitation at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has a special interest in rehabilitation of adult with special needs, balance diagnostics and rehabilitation.
Danielle Howard – Team Leader at Frimley Park Hospital
Danielle graduated in 2010. She currently works as a team leader at Frimley Park Hospital. Her areas of interest are adult rehabilitation, bone anchored hearing aids and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Danielle mainly works with adult hearing aid patients throughout the week.
Currently she works on Thursdays at Royal Surrey County Hospital with patients who have balance disorders. She also manages a specialised bone anchored hearing aids clinics on Fridays at FrimleyPark Hospital. Her main aims for the immediate future are to develop the adult rehabilitation and bone anchored hearing aid service at Frimley Park.
Peter Athawes – Audiologist & Tinnitus Specialist
Peter began his Audiology career in 2009 after completing the BSc in Audiology at the University of Southampton. Shortly after joining Royal Surrey County Hospital in 2010, Peter chose to specialise in the assessment and management of tinnitus and hyperacusis. He is committed to providing a positive and individualised approach that will enable patients to progress in the management of their tinnitus and hyperacusis.
Peter recently organised and ran the “Tinnitus seminar 2014” for patients and was a member of the organisation team for the First International Conference on Hyperacusis. Peter has been a guest lecturer on the University of Southampton MSc Audiologyprogramme, speaking on the clinical assessment and management of tinnitus and hyperacusis.
Rachel Gynn – Paediatric Audiologist & Researcher
Rachel has been part of the audiology team since she started as a student in 2001, qualifying as an audiologist in 2004. Since she has qualified she has gained experience in a wide range of clinical areas. She is now part of Paediatric Audiology team based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, specialising in diagnostic testing in young children and newborns, including complex needs and the newborn screen clinics. Rachel has recently started a research project in the area of objective hearing testing in newborn
Leah Wannell – Paediatric Audiologist
Leah is a Paediatric Audiologist, who undertakes the assessment of children’s hearing and addresses the best possible individual management approach required for each child. Leah is also part of the Transition Clinic team, who help young people move from the Paediatric Service to the Adult Service. She also undertakes adult rehabilitation clinics in the department.
Joanne Athawes – Paediatric Audiologist
Joanne qualified as an Audiologist in 2009 with a BSc from the University of Southampton. Whilst working in the department she has specialised in vestibular diagnostic assessment and rehabilitation and has been running tailored rehabilitation clinics for nearly three years. She is currently completing the Higher Training Scheme in Vestibular Assessment and Management. She has been on the organisation team for the Royal Surrey Audiology ‘How to Manage a Dizzy Patient’ annual seminar since 2011. Joanne is also a part of the paediatric team; working on children’s hearing assessment clinics and completing home visits for infants with hearing aids.
Sally Lavender – Paediatric Audiologist
Sally Lavender qualified as an audiologist in July 2010 from the University of Southampton. Her clinical interest is in Paediatric audiology. Recently, Sally has completed her Paediatric Module of Higher Training Scheme with British Academy of Audiology.
Viveka Owen – Audiologist & Tinnitus Therapist
Viveka qualified as an audiologist in 2009 from the University of Southampton and has since been working at Royal Surrey County Hospital. Originally specialising in adult rehabilitation, she also started training and working as part of the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Team in 2013.
Keith Knight – Audiologist
Keith has been a dynamic member of the Audiology department. He has a special interest in hearing aid fitting. Keith spends most of his time in clinics at Haslemere Hospital.
Victoria Park – Audiologist
Vicky is a full time audiologist based at Frimley Park Hospital. She graduated from The University of Manchester in 2011. Vicky is a specialist and lead in Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA). Her managerial roles include stock verification at Frimley Park Hospital. Her areas of interest are Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA) and physiological measurements involved in diagnosis of balance disorders.
Erin Reeds – Audiologist
Erin initially joined the team as a student audiologist, during her clinical placement year in 2010. She qualified as an audiologist in 2012 from The University of Southampton, with a BSc (Hons) in Audiology. Her clinical interests are adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation, and she hopes to pursue work in Paediatric Audiology in the future. She currently covers clinics at Frimley Park Hospital, Aldershot Centre for Health and Fleet Community Hospital.
Victoria Watts – Audiologist
Victoria graduated from the University of Southampton with a first class BSc Audiology (Hons) degree in 2012. She specialises in adult rehabilitation and is based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. In addition to this, she also runs audiology clinics at St. Peter’s and Woking hospital. She is currently involved in the recruitment and training of hearing aid volunteers in the community.
Louise Wingfield – Audiologist
Louise graduated in 2011 from DeMontfort University with BSc (Hons) in Audiology. Louise is based at Royal Surrey County Hospital and originally specialised in adult audiology, providing care for special needs, complex case and tinnitus patients. Louise is currently working in the paediatric team and completing the Higher Training Scheme in Paediatric Assessment, with includes regularly carrying out domiciliary visits for infants with hearing aids.
Bee Butterfield – PA to Head of Services and the Paediatric Administrator
Bee is the PA to Head of Services and the Paediatric Administrator. She works Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm and can be contacted for any Paediatric queries on 01483 571122 (Ext.4880).
Lucy Cox – Lead Administrator Adult Services
Lucy is our Lead Administrator for Adult Audiology Services. Lucy is also involved in training of adult audiology administrative staffs. She works Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm and can be contacted for any Adult Audiology related queries on 01483464108 (Ext.4108).