Audiology Team

All of our audiologists have earned an advanced degree in audiology with specialties in pediatric and/or adult care.
For any questions regarding our audiologists, please call (714) 639-4990.

Nisreen Alkhayer
Nisreen Alkhayer

Nisreen Alkhayer, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA

Dr. Nisreen Alkhayer holds a master’s degree in speech language pathology from a joint program between Damascus University and University of Jordan and a doctorate of audiology from Illinois State University. Her research focused on using reading out loud to improve hearing aid users’ benefit. She has extensive training in hearing aids and balance assessment and treatment. Dr. Alkhayer believes it is important to hear and enjoy the sounds and voices around you, and she loves helping patients be able to hear and improve the quality of their lives. Dr. Alkhayer is fluent in Arabic and in her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming and cooking!

Karina Bersola
Karina Bersola

Karina Bersola

Karina Bersola attended San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences, and is currently finishing her doctorate in audiology from University of the Pacific. She dedicated four years to working as a speech-Language pathology assistant (SLPA) and applied behavior analysis (ABA) tutor for children with disabilities. Karina finds fulfillment in assisting others and is excited to tackle the barriers of communication through better hearing.

Kristen Birch
Kristen Birch

Kristen Birch, AuD

Kristen Birch earned her doctorate of audiology at the University of Washington. She then completed her audiology externship with the cochlear implant team at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Birch specializes in pediatric audiology and provides diagnostic services, amplification, and cochlear implant services to children and their families. She is excited to join the Providence Speech and Hearing Center team.

Brianna Chai
Brianna Chai

Brianna Chai, AuD, CCC-A

Bio coming soon.

Melinda Chan
Melinda Chan

Melinda Chan, AuD

Dr. Melinda Chan was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and earned her bachelor's degree in business from Arizona State Univerity and doctorate of audiology from A.T. Still University. Dr. Chan completed her externship at Pacific Eye & Ear Specialists in Brentwood, California. She enjoys working with all ages and helping patients improve in their ability to communicate. She also loves food and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Chan speaks conversational Cantonese.

Kim Cira
Kim Cira

Kimberly Cira, AuD

Dr. Kimberly Cira has been a member of the Providence Speech and Hearing Center audiology team since 2002. She earned her doctorate of audiology from the University of Florida and has expertise working with patients of all ages. Dr. Cira's favorite thing about working at Providence Speech and Hearing Center is the collaboration amongst her fellow audiologists.

Maura Daniels
Maura Daniels

Maura Daniels

Maura Daniels, B.S., is a doctoral student at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with her bachelor of science in communicative disorders, Maura spent time abroad as a volunteer educator and mediator for children and refugees in India and Southeast Asia. She has since returned stateside to continue her passion for serving the community through aural education and advocacy. In particular, Maura is interested in working on hearing education and conservation programs within the pediatric and musician populations.

Gladys Diaz-Garcia
Gladys Diaz-Garcia

Gladys Diaz-Garcia

Gladys Diaz-Garcia recently joined the Providence Speech and Hearing Center team to complete her 4th year audiology externship. A native of southern California, Gladys completed her undergraduate studies in communicative disorders at California State University, Los Angeles and is due to receive her doctor of audiology degree from Arizona State University in May of 2017. With a strong interest in pediatric audiology care, Gladys has dedicated much of her time to providing hearing health care services to people in underserved communities domestically and abroad. Gladys’ personal mission is to provide children who have hearing loss with the opportunity to develop speech and language. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Anna Fry
Anna Fry

Anna Fry, AuD

Dr. Fry earned her bachelor and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University and completed her clinical externship in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She recently joined the team at Providence after relocating from Nashville, Tennessee. She has a passion for working in pediatric audiology because of the profound impact that hearing has on a child’s speech, language, academic, and social development. She says she loves being a part of the process for families, and watching children grow and improve after being provided with the ability to hear and communicate better. In her free time, Dr. Fry can be found at the beach, grilling, or cheering on her favorite Ohio sports teams!

Amanda Kidman
Amanda Kidman

Amanda Kidman, AuD

Dr. Amanda Kidman earned her doctorate of audiology at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon, and her bachelor of science in communication disorders from Brigham Young University. She completed her audiology externship at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kidman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She has a passion for helping to improve her patients' quality of life, and their family’s, through increased access to the sounds, voices and music around them. Dr. Kidman treats patients of all ages at our location in Newport Beach.

Margaret Liu
Margaret Liu

Margaret Liu, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Margaret Liu earned her doctorate of audiology through San Diego State University/University of California San Diego in 2011 and her bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in brain & cognitive sciences and music. Dr. Liu works at our location in Cerritos and is dedicated to providing holistic, family-centered hearing healthcare to children and adults of all ages. She loves giving the gift of hearing to those who do not have access to it, in the community and globally. In addition to English, Dr. Liu is fluent in Chinese and Taiwanese.

Steve Liu
Steve Liu

Steve Liu, AuD, F-AAA

Dr. Steve Liu earned his doctorate of audiology through San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego in 2015 and his bachelor's degree from UCSD in chemistry and economics. He works at our location in Huntington Beach and is dedicated to providing holistic, family-centered hearing healthcare to children and adults of all ages. Dr. Liu loves helping people to hear other people and music! In addition to English, Dr. Liu can muddle his way through mandarin Chinese. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. His audiological interests include assistive listening and hearing protection devices. When he isn’t working, he enjoys basketball, board games, reading, playing electric guitar, and mixing sound for his church.

Samantha Nieves
Samantha Nieves

Samantha Nieves, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Samantha Nieves earned her doctoral degree from Salus University in 2015 and her bachelor of science degree from Philadelphia University in pre-medical studies. She completed her fourth year externship at JFK Rehabilitation Hospital in Edison, New Jersey where she evaluated vestibular function in stroke patients. She is a member of the Orange County Fall Prevention and Balance Center team at Providence where her main focus is evaluating balance disorders for children and adults. She enjoys learning new best practice methods and caring for patients who have traumatic brain injury.

Joshua Pluim
Joshua Pluim

Joshua Pluim

A native of northern Utah, Joshua Pluim earned his bachelor’s in linguistics from Brigham Young University and is working to complete his doctorate in audiology from Utah State University. Joshua is excited to serve patients of all ages and improve their quality of life through improved hearing. He is conversant in Romanian, and in his free time, can be found with his two boys, working in his garden, or playing at the beach.

Laura Rhee
Laura Rhee

Laura Rhee, AuD

Laura Rhee is a graduate of the joint doctoral program at San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from University of California, Irvine with focus in second generation immigrants, cultural diversity and aging. Laura enjoys helping families to facilitate better communication for children and adults with hearing difficulties. She is fluent in both English and Korean.

Shannon Ricci
Shannon Ricci

Shannon Ricci, AuD

Shannon Ricci has been working as an Audiologist since 2000 and is excited to be part of the Pediatric Audiology team at Providence Speech and Hearing Center. She enjoys working with kids and their families to provide comprehensive audiological care. She enjoys spending her free time watching her four kids play sports.

Laurie Satz
Laurie Satz

Laurie Satz, AuD

Laurie Satz completed her doctorate of audiology at Arizona State University and joined Providence Speech and Hearing Center in 2013. Dr. Satz specializes in pediatric audiology, providing comprehensive diagnostic services, amplification and aural rehabilitation to children and their families. She is also very involved in audiology outreach projects and participates an annual “Help Me To Hear” humanitarian audiology trip to Guaymas, Mexico, so that children who typically would not have access to hearing care can receive the help they need. Dr. Satz enjoys providing families with quality, patient-centered care and improving children’s access to communication.

Kimberly Schatz
Kimberly Schatz

Kimberly A. Schatz, AuD

Kimberly A. Schatz, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA, has been an Audiologist for more than 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Kent State University and her Doctorate of Audiology from A.T. Still, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She worked for an Otology office and Cochlear Implant center in Ohio before moving to California and has worked in both a corporately-owned hearing aid office as well as private practice. She has a passion for watching a child's life blossom and change with the addition of sound and for re-connecting an adult with his loved ones through the gift of hearing. Dr. Schatz holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA) and holds a California dispensing audiologist license.

Janis Uffenheimer
Janis Uffenheimer

Janis Uffenheimer, AuD

Dr. Janis Uffenheimer has been an audiologist for over 20 years. She began her work as an educational audiologist in Illinois and has worked with both the adult and pediatric populations since moving to California. She received her doctorate, masters and bachelors in audiology/communication disorders from Salus University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota, respectively. She also earned a master’s degree in community and family counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Uffenheimer holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), is a member of the American Speech Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA). She enjoys helping people of all ages enhance their understanding and ability to hear and communicate.

 
 
 
 
 
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