MEET THE TEAM
Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. At Providence Speech and Hearing Center, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Relationships based on unsurpassed personal service that begins the first time you walk through our doors and continues long after your initial appointment.
Call us today at 855-901-7742.
J. Christopher Townsley
J. Christopher Townsley, AuD, CCC-A, received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 1993, his Master’s degree in audiology from Kent State University in 1995, and his Doctorate of audiology from the University of Florida in 2006. He completed his clinical fellowship year in Ohio before moving to California in 1997, where he worked as an independent contractor in audiology, and then for an ear/nose/throat office for 9 years. Dr. Townsley joined Word & Brown Hearing Center in 2010. He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a California dispensing audiologist license.
Ashlee Pixley grew up in Orange County and is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where she completed both her undergraduate work in communicative disorders and her graduate work with a master’s degree in audiology in 2006. Ashlee has worked with hearing aids and providing hearing services since graduation both professionally and as a volunteer with non-profit organizations internationally. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and has her audiology and hearing aid dispensing licenses in the state of California.
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.
Dr. Melinda Chan was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona State University 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.
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!
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. 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.
Kimberly A. Schatz
AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA
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.
Jamie Buehler, AuD, graduated from The Ohio State University with her bachelor of arts in speech and hearing sciences and from University of Cincinnati with her doctorate of audiology. She recently relocated from
Ohio to California and enjoys working with adult patients because it enables her to connect with them and make a positive impact in their lives through access to hearing. She has also earned a certificate of animal audiology. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys the outdoors, especially biking and spending time at the beach.
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.
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.