Meet The Audiology Team
Head of Department
Karen Lammaing – Head of Audiology
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.
Our Clinical and Management Team
Anna Pepler (PhD) – Deputy Head of Audiology
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.
Hashir Aazh (PhD) – Team Leader of Tinnitus Service and 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.
Francis Ajiboye – Team Leader of Paediatric Service
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.
Nicola McEvoy (Au.D. Doctor of Audiology) – Team Leader of Balance Service
Nicola qualified as an Audiologist in 2004 and has been working at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since 2006. She established the Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation service at Royal Surrey County Hospital and currently has expanded this service to include paediatrics. Nicola is the lead for University students training at the Royal Surrey. 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.
Nicola is currently on maternity leave.
Danielle Howard – Team Leader for Adult Audiology Services at Frimley Health
Danielle completed her BSc Audiology degree at the University of Manchester in 2010. She started working at Royal Surrey County Hospital straight after her degree. She is the Team Leader for the Frimley Park Hospital sites including Farnham Hospital, Fleet Hospital and Aldershot Centre for Health. Her areas of interest are adult rehabilitation, complex adult counselling, bone anchored hearing aids and vestibular rehabilitation therapy.
Sally Lavender – Team Lead, Paediatric Audiology
Sally Lavender qualified as an audiologist in July 2010 from the University of Southampton. Her clinical interest is in Paediatric audiology. Sally has completed her Higher Training Scheme module in Paediatric Assessment and is currently working towards her module in Paediatric Habilitation.
Victoria Park – Senior Audiologist and BAHA Team Lead
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. She specialises in vestibular diagnostics.
Erin Reeds – Senior Audiologist
Erin qualified as an audiologist in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Audiology from the University of Southampton. She originally specialised in adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation, and went on to successfully complete the University of Southampton’s Hearing Aid Aptitude Test in 2015. In the same year, she registered as a private hearing aid dispenser with the Health and Care Professions Council and has been working within the department’s private hearing aid service since. Erin is also a member of the paediatric audiology team and therefore splits her time covering clinics in the paediatric, adult, and private hearing aid services.
Joanne Athawes – Specialised 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 five years. She has been on the organisation team for numerous Royal Surrey Audiology ‘How to Manage a Dizzy Patient’ seminars since 2011.
Rachel Lea – Paediatric Audiologist
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 newborns.
Louise Wingfield – Audiologist, Specialised in Paediatrics
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. Having completed the Higher Training Scheme in Paediatric Assessment, Louise is currently working in the paediatric team, which includes regularly carrying out Paediatric clinics at Ashford and Fleet Hospitals.
Jennifer Whiffin – Audiologist and Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Specialist
Jennifer graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Audiology in 2014, and has worked at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since then. She started her role in adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation before specialising in the assessment and management of tinnitus and hyperacusis in 2016.
Jemma Hatton- Audiologist and Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Specialist
Jemma qualified as an Audiologist in 2010 following completion of the BSc Audiology from University of Southampton. She joined the team at Royal Surrey in October 2011. She has since started working with the Tinnitus and hyperacusis team from 2015 and is responsible for the tinnitus clinic at Ashford Hospital.
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.
Amie Gronow – Audiologist
Amie completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences and Humanities at Swansea University, followed by an MSc in Clinical Audiology from Southampton University. She is now also undertaking training to specialise in Diagnostic Vestibular Audiology.
Fariba Faghan – Audiologist
Fariba was born in Iran and completed her BSc in Audiology. She has worked in the UK for many years and joined the Royal Surrey in 2017.
Olu Oladele – Audiologist
Olu graduated from the University of Leeds in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology) and has been working for the Royal Surrey since graduation. She is currently focused on adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation. Her main area of clinical interests are Cochlear Implants, BAHA and Paediatric Audiology.
Viveka Owen – Audiologist and Tinnitus Specialist
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.
Jenni Stevens – Audiologist
Jenni initially joined the team as a student during her clinical placement in 2015, she then started as an Audiologist with us after her graduation from the University of Southampton in 2016. Jenni is part of the adult rehabilitation team based at The Royal Surrey County Hospital and is beginning to specialise in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis management. She also covers clinics in Woking and Frimley park Hospital.
Rowena Trott – Audiologist
Rowena qualified as an audiologist in 2016 from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology), and has since been working at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Originally specialising in adult rehabilitation, she also started training and working as part of the Balance Team, specialising in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2017.
Leah Wannell – Audiologist
Leah is an adult audiologist spending most of her time at the Aldershot Centre for Health. She qualified as an audiologist from the University of Southampton in 2009 and has worked for the Royal Surrey County Hospital ever since. Her clinical interests are in adult hearing rehabilitation.
Miranda Morey – Audiologist
Sinead Collins – Audiologist
Leah Evans – Audiologist
Richard Frost – Audiologist
Mohsen Golshahi – Audiologist
Shipra Bedford- Audiologist
Neethu Kochukunjan- Audiologist
Rachael Allan – Senior Assistant Audiologist
Rachael studied BA Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies at the University of Reading and MSc Language Sciences with Sign Language Studies at UCL. She is now working as an Assistant in the department, helping out with stock management and administration tasks, as well as taking on clinical responsibilities. Rachael is hoping to pursue a career in Audiology, and is particularly interested in Paediatrics.
Pratik Gurung – Assistant Audiologist
Pratik has been working at the Royal Surrey for 3 years, and joined Audiology in September 2017. He assists with stock management and administration tasks, as well as working on Walk in Repair and ENT Clinics.
Bee Butterfield – PA to Head of Services & Paediatric Administrator
Bee deals with all paediatric requests and enquiries and be contacted directly on phone number 01483 571122 (ext.4880).
Barbara Carballo– Lead Adult Audiology Administrator
Barbara has worked for the RSCH since 2012. Her first post was within the Appointments Centre looking after the breast surgery clinic and booking appointments for all other depts. within the hospital. In August 2014 she began working as an administrator for the Audiology Dept where she has now been appointed Team Leader within adult audiology services.
Lucy Brown – Lead Adult Audiology Administrator
Lucy is our Lead Administrator for Adult Audiology Services. Lucy is also involved in training of adult audiology administrative staff. Lucy is currently on maternity leave.
Jess Gill – Audiology Administrator
Jess as a recent graduate from the University of Surrey with a BSc Biomedical Science degree has worked at the RSCH Audiology Department since October 2017. She is currently helping the department with phone calls from patients, adult referrals, outcomes and bookings of appointments. Jess is hoping to progress her career within a Histology or Pathology laboratory.
Lynn Harry – Audiology Administrator