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Picture of Fred T Shaia, M.D.Wayne T. Shaia M.D. 
Otologist/Neurotologist

Dr. Shaia has a long history of dedication to the specific field of Otology/Neurotology. After completing his Ear, Nose and Throat Residency training at Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA he also completed a competitive two year fellowship at the prestigious Michigan Ear Institute in Farmington Hills, MI. During his fellowship, Dr. Wayne was fortunate to be able to perform hundreds of surgeries under the guidance of our country's most knowledgeable ear surgeons. Returning to Richmond, Virginia in 2006, Dr. Wayne entered practice with his father Fred T. Shaia, M.D., who at that time had served the Greater Richmond region for over 30 years, caring for patients with complex ear and balance issues.

Since 2006, Wayne Shaia M.D. has taken great pride in solving complex ear conditions and performs all of the surgeries for the patients at the Balance and Ear Center. He instructs Ear, Nose, and Throat residents from the Medical College of Virginia weekly in his clinic as well as instructing them in the operating room. His sub-certification in Skull Base Surgery allows him the expertise in performing all aspects of skull base tumor management (including Meningiomas, Acoustic Neuromas, Glomus tumors, and other benign and malignant tumors of the skull base)

Wayne T. Shaia has authored several scientific articles in the medical literature regarding ear disease, including topics such as Benign Paroxymal Positional Vertigo, Superior Canal Dehiscence, Auditory Neuropathy, Meniere's Disease and worked with surgical companies to develop new and improved materials and techniques for surgical ear reconstruction.

Picture of Fred T Shaia, M.D.Fred T. Shaia M.D. 
Otologist/Neurotologist

Fred T. Shaia, M.D. trained as a resident physician in Ear, Nose, and Throat at St. Luke's Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio and completed his residency training in 1969.  After completing his residency, Dr. Fred Shaia was invited to enter into sub-specialty training as a fellow at the prestigious House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles.  He was fortunate to train under the direct supervision of several of the pioneers of ear surgery during his fellowship, and witnessed the development of acoustic neuroma surgery, surgery for Meniere's disease as well as early cochlear implant.

Fred T. Shaia, M.D. entered into private practice in Richmond, Virginia in 1972 and is the founding father of the Balance and Ear Center. He has provided dedicated and focused care for patients with complex ear conditions for Central Virginia for the past 37 years.  Dr. Fred Shaia is also credited with performing Virginia's first cochlear implantation in 1980. He has been extremely active in supporting the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery over the years with research presentations.

Fred T. Shaia, M.D. has dedicated his entire professional life to patients with hearing and balance conditions.  His practice is limited to caring for patients with vertigo and balance conditions, as well as patients with skull based tumors and hearing loss.   Patients seeing Fred T. Shaia, M.D. can rest assured that he brings a lifetime of experience and dedication to helping them and others with their ear problems. 

Michelle Brooks, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A

Picture of Fred T Shaia, M.D.Michelle Brooks, Au.D. F-AAA, CCC-A
Audiologist - Director of Audiology

Dr. Michelle Brooks obtained her doctoral degree in Audiology from Salus University in 2009, Master of Science degree from Rush University in 2002 and Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Louis University in 1999.  Dr. Brooks holds an Audiology license through the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She also has Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a hearing aid specialist license for the state of Virginia.  Dr. Brooks has experience with audiological and vestibular diagnostic testing, hearing aids and BAHA implants.

Picture of Fred T Shaia, M.D.Debbie Cox, M.S., F-AAA
Audiologist – Director of Hearing Aids

Debbie Cox received her Master’s degree in Audiology and her Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Arizona State University. She has 25+ years experience in the field of Audiology and is licensed as an Audiologist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser in Virginia. She is a Fellow of the American Audiology Association. A native of Connecticut, for the past 16+ years she has been happy to call Virginia home. She joined the Balance and Ear Center staff in September of 2007. Debbie especially enjoys working with people and hearing devices to help them reach their full hearing potential.

Crystal Amantea, Au.D. CCC-A, F-AAA
Audiologist

Dr. Crystal Amantea is from Powhatan, VA. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from West Virginia University in 2014 following a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Longwood University in 2010. She holds an Audiology license and Hearing Aid Specialist license in Virginia. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Amantea specializes in pediatrics, cochlear implants, hearing aids, and vestibular testing.

Maureen Nelson, M.S., F-AAA, CCC-A

Maureen Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Audiology from Colorado State University. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Audiology at Salus University with an anticipated graduation date of June, 2017. Maureen holds an Audiology license and a hearing aid specialist license, both through the State of Virginia. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Maureen is a native of Massachusetts but has lived and worked all over the country. She moved to Richmond in 2014 and began working at the Balance and Ear Center in January of 2015 where she provides audiological and vestibular diagnostic testing.

The Balance and Ear center enjoys helping promote the field of audiology, so frequently we offer externship to students completing their doctoral degree in audiology as well as shadowing opportunities for undergraduate students interested in furthering their career in audiology.











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