Providence Alvira, Au.D.
Dr. Alvira has enjoyed her work in the field of audiology for more than 22 years. She is committed to improving the lives of her patients by empowering them with the tools they need for better communication. She believes that the most effective way to do this includes the use of hearing aids, implantable technology, assistive devices, and positive coping strategies. Most of her career has been primarily in a clinical environment working with physicians and providing services related to hearing aids, cochlear, and bone-anchored implantable devices, and the evaluation of hearing and balance. Dr. Alvira is pleased to be with Sonus Hearing Professionals because of the comprehensive, patient centered approach to hearing healthcare. She received a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University and is a graduate of the University of Florida Working Professional Doctorate in Audiology Program.
Gary Shasky, Au.D.
Dr. Shasky has worked in the hearing health care field for over 23 years and has fit over 2,000 patients with hearing loss with hearing aids. After an auto collision, Dr. Shasky was diagnosed with a mild hearing loss and tinnitus in his right ear and has worn a hearing aid for over 10 years. While at SDSU, his Master’s thesis involved a nationwide study in conjunction with the House Ear Institute to define the incidence and treatment outcomes for patients with perilymphatic fistula (PLF), a condition that can occur from barometric pressure changes (as in scuba diving), head injury, as well as a variety of other causes, and can result in sudden hearing loss and dizziness/vertigo. When not working, Dr. Shasky enjoys playing music with his son and other friends, as well as walks on the beach and body surfing (when the water isn’t too cold). Initially, he became an audiologist to help hard of hearing individuals better enjoy music. His passion for improving the quality of people’s lives through better hearing continues to grow with every new patient.
Elaine Anderson, HIS
Elaine Anderson has been in the hearing care field for over 22 years. Her career began as Office Manager for San Diego Hearing Dispensary in 1994. She joined Sonus as a Senior Patient Care Coordinator/Trainer in 1997. After 14 years, she realized how much she loved the hearing healthcare field and became a Hearing Aid Dispenser. At 19 years old, Elaine worked as a Certified Home Health Nurse and Certified Nurse Assistant. She can also speak some Spanish and Tagalog. Taking care of people and being in the medical field has always been something she enjoyed and found satisfaction in. Discovering the world of hearing healthcare at the age of 22, she grew to love the challenges that came with the great feeling of helping people who suffer from hearing loss. When she’s not in the office, Elaine enjoys spending time with her 2 grandchildren.
Kelle Davis, HIS
Kelle Davis is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist and has been in the hearing industry since 2002. She has conducted comprehensive hearing evaluations and has assisted thousands of individuals in receiving the gift of better hearing. Her goal as your hearing health care provider is to work hard to make hearing easy. She is confident and diligent in seeing that those with hearing loss are gaining improvement in the quality of their hearing. Kelle’s grandmother had a profound hearing loss and as a child she saw first-hand the impact hearing loss has on the quality of one’s life as well as their loved ones. Kelle enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years, doing volunteer work, singing, and writing poetry in her down time. She welcomes you and looks forward to being entrusted with your hearing health care!
Charity Herrera, M.S.
Charity Herrera has been improving the lives of her patients for over 18 years. She is a seasoned Audiologist who takes a patient centered approach to hearing better. Charity takes special care to involve the patient’s friends and family in the hearing health care process, as she aims to create a support network to assist every patient in realizing their optimal benefit with hearing aids and assistive listening devices. She has successfully fit over 2600 patients with over 5600 hearing aids in 18 years. Charity gets up every morning with the goal of making a positive impact on the lives of those she interacts with. She was raised by her grandparents and shares their compassion for helping people achieve their best self, as they did for her. Charity believes that improving the lives of individuals starts with a firm handshake and an honest conversation.
She aims to educate and treat each patient individually as no two ears are alike. She uses evidence-based practices by continuing her education annually. She agrees that communication is not just about hearing words, it’s about a human connection and re-establishing the awareness of the world surrounding you. When you are hearing impaired you are disconnected from the people that you love and unaware of your surroundings in certain circumstances. Charity strives to mend and maintain those connections and awareness through better hearing. She has been married for more than eleven years and has two handsome sons. In her off time she enjoys bettering herself through reading, education, and personal training.
Manuel “Manny” Anaya, HIS
Manny is a San Diego native who graduated from San Diego State University. He decided to pursue a career as a Hearing Aid Specialist after dealing with a hearing loss of his own. Manny’s hearing loss was due to exostosis, which is a condition that is caused from extended exposure to cold water while swimming and surfing. Manny’s hearing was restored to normal by an operation and his passion to work in the hearing health care field was fueled. Manny later graduated from a Hearing Aid Specialist program in Spokane, Washington. As part of his educational journey Manny worked as intern with Sonus Hearing Care Professionals for two years. During his internship at Sonus, Manny worked under the guide of four seasoned Audiologists, all of whom have more than a decade of experience in the field. “I enjoy helping people hear again so that they can get back to having excellent communication with all of their loved ones. I understand what it is like to have hearing loss. On top of having a passion for helping people, I also enjoy working with all of the latest technology that hearing aids have to offer”.
Kristina Ormond, Au.D.
Kristina Ormond, Au.D. grew up in Northern California and graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2008 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Speech Pathology/Audiology and Linguistics with a Certificate in Hawaiian language. She went to AT Still University in Arizona for her Clinical Doctorate of Audiology. After obtaining her doctorate, Kristina worked at a private practice in Hawaii for 6 months before moving back to California. She has been living and practicing in the San Diego area for over 5 years and enjoys working with both adult and pediatric patients. In her spare time, Kristina volunteers locally and internationally and is the chair of a committee that raises funds for international service and mission projects.
Julie Khoury-Ghaffary, Ph.D.
Dr. Julie Khoury-Ghaffary has been an Audiologist for over 25 years and specializes in geriatric hearing health care and counseling. Receiving her Doctoral Degree at the University of Missouri Medical Center, she is a certified/licensed Dispensing Audiologist in the State of California. Dr. Khoury-Ghaffary has been practicing in California for over 15 years. Prior to this, she was the Head Audiologist at the Canandaigua New York Veterans Administration Medical Center. As an Assistant Professor at Kuwait University, she worked with the World Health Organization to establish the country’s first Audiology Clinic to dispense hearing aids. She was also an Assistant Professor at Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia. It is Dr. Khoury-Ghaffary’s privilege to assist her patients on their journey to an improved quality of life. Sonus Hearing Care Professionals’ mission is to focus on the patient, whose needs define our service. It is a service organization that is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of preventative, evaluative, and rehabilitative hearing health care.
Lesley Pearce, HIS
Lesley has been with Sonus Hearing Care Professionals for 4 years and began working in the field of speech and hearing pathology in 2010. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language and Auditory Pathology. In addition to completing a practicum at East Carolina’s Speech and Hearing Clinic, Lesley participated in numerous volunteer research projects with the audiology lab. Lesley moved to California six years ago to begin her Master’s work at California State University, Long Beach and obtained her Speech Language Pathology Assistant certification from California State University, Northridge. During this time she worked as a behavioral therapist for children, ages 3-17, with autism and other developmental delays. It was her work with a young girl with hearing aids that eventually inspired Lesley to explore the other side of her degree – hearing. The most fascinating part of this field for Lesley is finding ways to help others, while learning more about the rapidly growing technology that is being developed to assist patients with hearing concerns. Outside of the office, Lesley enjoys spending time with her husband and three-year-old daughter.
Wendy Hanson, HIS
Wendy Hanson is a state licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. She began her career with Sonus Hearing Care Professionals 3 years ago as a Patient Care Coordinator. Building relationships with clients over time and gaining insight into the world of hearing challenges helped Wendy discover a passion to be of service in the hearing industry and move into the role of a provider.
Originally a military brat, Wendy travelled extensively as a child courtesy of the United States Marine Corps. Settling in Southern California, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. Wendy began her career working with children through the Department of Social Services. With a background in counseling and education, Wendy is committed to delivering compassionate and quality hearing health care.
The ever changing technology in the hearing industry fuels Wendy’s love of learning and the ability to help others in the field of hearing health care is Wendy’s great privilege.