Our Professional Audiologists
Second Chance Hearing’s doctors and staff have a standard of care that expresses compasion and respect. We have a modern state-of-the-art facility with the latest technology in our field. Our highly trained audiologists are experienced in treating all ages - from pediatrics to geriatrics.
One of the reasons we love audiology is that we get to know the families of those we care for. Building relationships with our patients and learning that our services improved their quality of life, makes our work all the more fulfilling.
Alison Burks, Doctor of Audiology
Co-Owner, Senior Audiologist, and Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Burks co-founded Second Chance Hearing Center, Inc. in 2011. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Deaf Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and obtained her Doctorate in Audiology from Missouri State University in 2009.
Living with family members who struggled with hearing loss cultivated a deep empathy for their emotional and practical needs, which led Dr. Burks to minor in Deaf Education. Dr. Burks can communicate through ASL and signing exact English.
Previous to opening her own practice, Dr. Burks gained years of experience working in the field of Audiology in Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi and Washington State before making her way to Southern California. Her goal is to improve each patient’s quality of life by providing the best clinical experience through diagnostic assessments, treatments and follow-up care.
She is a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and is licensed in the state of California as a Dispensing Audiologist. She has been interviewed as an Audiology expert in local Ventura County news outlets on topics pertaining to hearing issues and hearing assistive devices.
When not working with her patients to give them a second chance at hearing, Dr. Burks enjoys spending time with her husband and exploring local playgrounds with her four-year-old daughter and her 21 month old son.
Sharla Morales, Doctor of Audiology
Co-Owner, Senior Audiologist, and Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Morales worked in the Conejo Valley as an Audiologist for more than seven years before opening Second Chance Hearing Center, Inc. in 2011. She has practiced in various clinical settings, universities, large medical facilities like Kaiser and private practices. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota in 1998 with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then went on to receive her Master’s of Science in Audiology from California State University Northridge in 2000 and her Doctoral Degree in Audiology from Salus University in 2008.
While doing research on patients with central auditory processing disorders, Dr. Morales was determined to improve her patient’s quality of life through the gift of hearing. Her passion for giving people a second chance at hearing is seen through her commitment to quality patient care, gentle demeanor, ethical standard and clinical excellence.
Dr. Morales is licensed in the state of California as a Dispensing Audiologist with over 17 years of experience working in the field of audiology. Throughout her career, she has supervised ten audiology students. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Dr. Morales lives in Southern California with her husband and their three children.
Samantha Godby, Doctor Of Audiology
Audiologist and Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Godby was raised in Thousand Oaks and now resides with her husband and two children in Newbury Park. She has been a practicing Audiologist since 2005 and obtained her Doctorate in Audiology degree from The University of Florida. She has enjoyed working in a variety of sites including private Audiology practices and Ear, Nose and Throat offices.
Her educational training and years of experience allow her to provide the best care for those with hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. Dr. Godby’s work with Cochlear Implants and Tinnitus Therapy is an asset to our growing practice. She looks forward to the continued growth in the field of Audiology. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors through hiking, camping and playing with her children.
Dr. Godby is a licensed Dispensing Audiologist in the state of California. She is a member of both American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).
Ryan Cronister, Doctor of Audiology
Ryan Cronister, Au.D. received his Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science in May, 2013 and his Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Iowa in May, 2017. He completed his fourth-year doctoral externship year at Second Chance Hearing, Inc. and has decided to continue to provide high quality patient care in the practice.
His interests in audiology arose from academic pursuits in languages, child language development, and communication sciences. He participated in an international outreach program by providing diagnostic services in orphanages and presenting on evidence-based practice in cochlear implant services for Mandarin-speaking patients to doctors and audiologists outside of Beijing, China.
Prior to his externship year at Second Chance Hearing, Dr. Cronister gained clinical experience through clinical rotations in a wide variety of settings including: public school system, hearing aid and cochlear implant services, and hearing and balance diagnostic testing.
Dr. Cronister is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and the American Auditory Society (AAS).
When he is not working with patients, Dr. Cronister enjoys mountain biking, music, and exploring Southern California.