Elaine Melville (BHlthSc, RN, GradDipAud, MAudSACCP)
Elaine founded Specialist Hearing Services Pty Ltd in 2008 due to demand for independent patient focussed care. Since then, Elaine has grown the business and has formed a trusted clientele with many patients being with Specialist Hearing Services (SHS) for over 10 years. Recently SHS moved back to Mount Hawthorn to a new, state of the art and purpose built premises which speaks true to Elaine’s commitment to developing the practice and providing excellent facilities for our patients.
Elaine has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of audiology including complex hearing assessments for candidacy of Cochlear Implants, and other Implantable Devices, hearing aids, tinnitus assessment and management, vestibular disorders, Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment and Lyric and auditory rehabilitation. Prior to completing her post-graduate qualifications in Audiology in 1997, Elaine was a Registered Nurse for over 18 years and has widespread medical knowledge and diagnostic skills enabling her to provide comprehensive holistic care to her patients.
Elaine is a member of Independent Audiologists of Australia (IAA), and has a strong belief in ethical practice and patient advocacy, abiding to the Wellington Declaration (code of ethical practice). She has been an IAA board member for over six years with a lifelong commitment to ethical, independent practice and patient/family centred care.
During her extensive time in the field of audiology Elaine has grown a trusted connection with many Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, general practitioners and other medical specialists who value her expertise and advice with the assurance that she will act in the best interest of the patient.
Shannon Pereira (BNurs, GradCertChild&AdolHlth, MClinAud)
Shannon has worked at Specialist Hearing since 2016 and has always had a passion for all things ears! After graduating from Notre Dame University, Shannon worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years in public and private healthcare where she developed her keen interest in the audiological system. Shannon originally specialised in paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne working in various fields including plastics, orthopaedics, adolescents, respiratory and in the operating theatre. She later completed post-graduate studies in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing at Curtin University, which led her to specialise in infants and early childhood healthcare.
Working in the community as a child health nurse Shannon was fortunate to visit remote regions of Australia and work together with Aboriginal families and their communities to provide education on childhood development and promotion of healthy lifestyles. After developing a keen interest in ENT Shannon began to run clinics and assist in ENT operations such as cochlear implants, sinus surgeries, complex ears and airway cases. It is here where she decided to focus on ENT, enrolling in the Master of Clinical Audiology at UWA to further her knowledge in hearing.
Shannon is very experienced in diagnostics, tinnitus, paediatrics, electrophysiology and vestibular issues and with her diverse background/experience is able to provide holistic healthcare to her patients, covering both audiological and general medical care.
Audiology recently became a more significant part of Shannon’s life with the birth of her beautiful baby boy Harry, who was born with a hearing loss.
Ellen Ffoulkes (BSc, MClinAud)
Ellen is our newest member of the Specialist Hearing team. She graduated with a Master of Clinical Audiology from the University of WA in 2019, where she was awarded the Research Prize of her graduating class. Ellen is passionate about adult rehabilitation and dedicates herself to providing the best care to all of her patients. She is hard working and driven to constantly improve her skills – most recently learning and training with Lyric, a new invisible hearing aid technology.
In her current placement as a clinician at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Ellen has been undertaking research into cochlear implants, showing her passion to develop and contribute to the field of audiology.
Rebecca Melville - Office Manager
Rebecca is our Office Manager who assists Tanya in administration. She has been with the company for four years and has since gained a greater understanding to the field of audiology and hearing devices. Rebecca is fully equipped to help you with any hearing aid trouble shooting or enquiries as well as any questions you may have regarding connection to your mobile devices.She is an organised young lady who ensures the office is running smoothly and is always thinking of new ways to improve efficiency. Rebecca works at Specialist Hearing on a part-time basis as she also has her own small business working in the property market.
Tanya Blechynden - Administrator
Tanya is the happy, bubbly face you will see at the front desk. She is a valuable member of the Specialist Hearing team and works on a part-time bases as our Office Administrator. Tanya has many years of experience in medical administration with her previous experience working as a receptionist for a paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. During this time, Tanya developed a deeper knowledge to ear related issues, with her lovely children Jack and Elsie contributing to her understanding with their fair share of them! Tanya likes to have a good chat and is always happy to assist you where she can.