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!
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Dainton is excited to be completing her 4th year audiology externship with the team at Providence Speech and Hearing Center. She was born and raised in Ohio and earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Kent State University. She is expected to graduate with her doctor of audiology degree in May 2017 from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC), which consists of Kent State University, the University of Akron, and the Cleveland Clinic. She looks forward to expanding her clinical skills through the diverse rotations and patient-centered audiological care that Providence Speech and Hearing Center and its Word & Brown Hearing Center provide for children, adults and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spencer Reeder graduated from the University of Florida with dual bachelor's degrees in public relations and theater. After completing her honors thesis in Deaf theater and American Sign Language, Spencer became interested in researching hearing loss and found audiology. She enjoys how the field combines scientific research with communication dynamics. She began pursuing her doctorate at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. A native Floridian, Spencer is enjoying the West Coast and working on her fourth-year placement at Providence Speech and Hearing Center. In her free time, Spencer likes weightlifting, playing video games and working on her conversational American Sign Language.
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 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 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 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.
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.