Our dedicated team strives to deliver the best possible care in a professional, timely and friendly manner. Each member is fully qualified in all areas of Otolaryngology and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the West Coast ENT team. No matter what your concern, we have a specialist waiting to help.

Our Medical Team

Dr Latif Kadhim

MBChB, FRCSI, FRCSC, FRACS

Latif comes with a wealth of experience from across the globe. After completing his medical training in Baghdad, he undertook residency and general surgical basic training in Ireland. He completed a year of advanced training at fellowship level in Paediatric Otolaryngology at Princess Margaret Hospital. In 2006, he took up a position as a clinical fellow in Neurotology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He returned to Australia as a consultant Otolaryngologist at the South West Health Campus, Western Australia in February 2008. Latif is accredited by examination with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology.

Latif is experienced in General Otolaryngology in all age groups, with a special interest in complex ear surgery, such as chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma surgery, laser stapedotomy for otosclerosis, and implantable hearing devices. He also has ample experience in Endoscopic Assisted Ear Surgery and became a member of International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery – IWGEES.

Dr Rohana O'Connell

ENT Consultant - MB ChB BAO MSc DOHNS IMRCSI FRCSI

Rohana studied medicine at University College Dublin, Ireland graduating in 2002. She completed Basic Surgical Training Scheme and Higher Surgical Training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in Ireland.

Rohana gained post fellowship experience in Head and Neck Oncology and Ear Surgery as Clinical Tutor and Lecturer in ENT for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

She relocated to Darwin, NT in 2015 taking up the post of Senior Fellow in General/Otology and Head and Neck Surgery. After a 2 year stint in the Top End, gaining extensive experience in the management of indigenous ear and head and neck disease, Rohana spent some time in the Northern Rivers, NSW prior to settling in Bunbury.

Rohana is accredited by examination with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr Francis Lannigan

MD, FRCS, MB , ChB

Dr Lannigan is a consultant ENT surgeon at Perth's Children Hospital. He also worked at Princess Margaret Hospital as a consultant for 23 years. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia. Previously, he was a consultant at Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar.

He is Past Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Board of Training in ENT surgery. He is Chair of the Non-Technical Skills Group at RACS. He was the 2016 recipient of the RACS Indigenous Health Medal. 

Dr Ian Wallace

FRCSC

Dr Ian Wallace graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1974. He undertook residency and general surgical basic training in Perth, Western Australia, through Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. In 1978, he took up a position at the University of Toronto, Canada, for advanced Specialist training in Otolaryngology. He completed this with a year of research in 1982 before returning to Perth.

Otolaryngology encompasses all the surgery of the head and neck region to include both functional and aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of the ears, nose, throat, face and neck. Dr Wallace is accredited by examination with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology.

Dr Wallace has been in practice in Perth since 1983 with his private office in Cottesloe. He operates at Subiaco Private Hospital, South Perth Hospital and St John of God Hospital in Bunbury. He consults in Cottesloe, Subiaco and Bunbury.

Dr Travis Leahy

MBBS, FRACS, MSc (Oxford), B.Com

Travis Leahy is an Australian trained Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgeon.  He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Melbourne University in 2004. After a brief stint in the banking world he then went on to study Medicine at Notre Dame University Western Australia, graduating in 2009.  

During his Surgical training in both Victoria and Western Australia he was successful in being accepted to The University of Oxford in England where he studied for two years as part of their Masters of Surgery program.  He gained Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons by completing his advanced training in Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery in 2019 and has completed further advanced training in Laryngology – Voice, airway and Swallowing disorders in Melbourne.

Having grown up in rural New South Wales, Travis is passionate about the delivery of medical services to regional areas. He is a regular visiting surgeon to his home town of Albury as well as working in rural Western Australia.

Travis has an interest in general adult and paediatric ENT conditions, disorders of voice and swallow, minimally invasive nose and sinus surgery, snoring and sleep surgery as well as Head & Neck oncology.  He has a public appointment at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

When not working hard for his patients, Travis is a dedicated father to four young daughters and along with his wife Lydia, understands first hand the many challenges of parenthood.

Dr Alessandra Locatelli-Smith

MBBS, RACS ENT IMG

Alessandra is a Brazilian trained Otolaryngologist. After completing training and qualifying as a specialist in Brazil in February 2018, she moved to Australia for advanced training at a fellowship level in Paediatric Otolaryngology at Perth Children's Hospital. In 2020, she was qualified by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for the specialist ENT program as an international medical graduate. She currently works as a supervised consultant at Royal Perth Hospital and SJOG in Bunbury. 

Alessandra has interest in Paediatric ENT and general adult otolaryngology head and neck surgery. When not at work she loves being outdoors, in close contact with nature and exploring Western Australia's magnificent landscape and crystal clear ocean. 

Dr Dayse Távora-Vieira

Implant and Vestibular Audiologist

Dr Dayse Távora-Vieira is Head of Audiology Department at the Fiona Stanley-Fremantle Hospital,  and the Leader coordinator of the Adult Audiology services across the major four hospitals in Perth.  She completed her PhD on cochlear implant, unilateral deafness and brain plasticity at the School of Surgery, University of Western Australia and obtained her Doctorate at the University of Florida, USA. Dr Távora-Vieira has ~20 years adult and paediatric  audiology experience in different international frameworks including North America, South America, Europe and Australia. Dr Távora-Vieira has published ~40 papers in international peer-reviewed Journals while maintaining a full-time appointment as a senior  lead clinician in the field of diagnostic and hearing rehabilitation. Dr Távora-Vieira is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University. She is a respected clinical educator in the national and international arena  particularly in the field of hearing rehabilitation. Dr Távora-Vieira is the chair of the Hearing Implant Research Unit at Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital. Her main research activity is focused on cortical activity, binaural hearing pathway and brain plasticity  after hearing implantation.

Karin van der Merwe

Paediatric and Implant Audiologist

Karin is a qualified Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist who obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communications Pathology through the University of Pretoria, and her Master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is also a full member of the Audiology Australia. Karin has a special interest in paediatric Audiology and complex hearing pathology, as well as implantable hearing devices. When not at work, she loves the outdoors and spending time with her two young daughters. 

Dr Steven De Luca

Specialist Anaesthetist - MBChB, BSc(Hons), FANZCA

Dr Steve De Luca is a specialist anaesthetist based at Bunbury Regional Hospital and SJOG Bunbury. Steve obtained his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh before completing Speciality training in both Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesia in Western Australia. As well as anaesthesia for ENT surgery, Steve's main interests include paediatric anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia, and resuscitation medicine.

Dr Dennis Millard

Specialist Anaesthetist - FANZCA

Dr Dennis Millard is a Medical Doctor and Specialist Anaesthetist in Western Australia. He has completed additional fellowship training in Regional Anaesthesia (Nerve Blocks), Retrieval medicine (RFDS), and 3rd world medicine.

Dr Dennis Millard works primarily in South West Western Australia, including Busselton Hospital, SJOG Bunbury, and Bunbury Day Hospital and Bunbury Regional Hospital where he is a training supervisor for Anaesthetic trainees.  He also works at West Leederville Private Hospital in Perth. He begun training in medicine in 2003, and holds many accreditations. More information about Dr Millard can be found here.

Dr Claire Hinton

Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Claire Hinton is part of Southern Anaesthetics Practice, which is based at St John Of God Hospital, Subiaco, Perth. The group consists of 26 Specialist Anaesthetists, who are all Fellows of The Australian and New Zealand College Of Anaesthetists or equivalent, with a number holding positions at the major teaching hospitals in Perth. More info can be found here.

Dr Hugh Welch

Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Hugh Welch forms part of the Hollywood Anaesthesia group that was formed in 1998. The group provides specialist anaesthetic services for patients and surgeons in hospitals across Perth. More information can be found here