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Joanna Meriwether Ortte, MS

Ms. Ortte completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1984, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders.  She received her Master of Science (M.S.) in Audiology in 1987 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She married in 1987 and moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she completed her externship at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.  Over the years, she has worked as an Educational Audiologist at the University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center, and in Monroe, Louisiana, providing diagnostic testing for various ENT clinics. Ms. Ortte is currently working as an Audiology Technician in Thibodaux and Raceland, focusing on diagnostic testing for adults and children.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, visiting family in Lafayette and New Orleans, and holding her new grandbaby.

Sarah Lalande, AuD

Dr. Sarah Lalande is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Born and raised a tiger fan, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Audiology degree from Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center New Orleans. She completed her 4th-year externship serving our nation’s veterans at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She is a licensed audiologist and carries the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A).   She joined Southern ENT teams in New Iberia and Opelousas in June of 2018, where she continues doing what she enjoys most -- assessing and providing solutions for her patients’ hearing challenges.  When she’s not at work, Dr. Lalande enjoys traveling, spending time with her large family, and playing with her rescue puppy, Banks.

Kimberly S. LeBlanc, MA

Mrs. Kimberly LeBlanc is a native of South Louisiana.  She has been with Southern ENT since 2011. Mrs. LeBlanc attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, completing a Bachelor's degree in General Studies in 1989 and continued her education with Master's degree in Audiology in 1995.  She is licensed by the State of Louisiana in Audiology and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A).  Prior to joining Southern ENT, Mrs. LeBlanc trained and worked as an audiologist in a variety of settings, including hospital NICU, Louisiana State University and other public school entities, and United Way.  Mrs. LeBlanc practices in the Morgan City office, primarily focusing on hearing diagnostics, hearing aid services, and tinnitus management.  Away from work, she enjoys dog sports, water sports, and landscaping.

Ashley E. DeLaune, AuD

Dr. Ashley DeLaune joined Southern ENT Associates in June 2013.  A native of Thibodaux, she earned a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.  Dr. Ashley is 2004 graduate of ED White Catholic High School and Nicholls State University in 2008, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Prior to joining Southern ENT, Dr. Ashley worked in the Baton Rouge and Little Rock, Arkansas areas.

Dr. Ashley practices in the Houma office.  She is particularly interested in hearing aid evaluations and performing newborn hearing screenings.  In her time away from work, she enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with family.