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.
Before 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. She continues training Audiology Doctoral students to impart her knowledge and expertise to the next generation.
When not working with her patients to give them a second chance at hearing, Dr. Burks enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and 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 about two decades of experience working in the field of audiology. Throughout her career, she has supervised many 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).
Kisal Joseph, Doctor Of Audiology
Kisal Joseph, Au.D. graduated with her Doctorate in Audiology in August 2019. She has had a diversified education from receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 2016 at Sacramento State University, and her Doctorate training at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. This, along with completing her one-year externship, has well prepared Dr. Joseph for her continued employment with Second Chance Hearing.
Dr. Joseph has a history of hearing loss in her family and is empathetic to those whom need the extra care and counseling. Her father is a cochlear implant recipient which has strengthened her passion and commitment to the field of Audiology.
Dr. Joseph is fluent in Malayalam and possesses basic Spanish skills which has been a great asset to the practice.
When she is not working with patients, Dr. Joseph enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, exploring and traveling to new places, being near the water/ beach, experimenting with new and different cooking recipes, and cheering for the Golden State Warriors and the Lakers.
Dr. Morales, thank you for helping me feel more a part of the world again now that I can hear better! You were so right on with the Phonak hearing aids and the compilot for my type of hearing loss. I was having real trouble hearing dialogue on TV even with a remote head set. Hearing someone on a cell phone was even worse since I would lose much of the conversation. Being in a group conversation I would lose half of the conversation and feel like an outsider. The Phonak system you suggested works great with the hearing aids being connected to my blue tooth so the voice goes directly into the hearing aids. With the TV connection I can now here dialogue easily since it too goes right into my hearing aids. I don’t miss anything now and I do not feel like an outsider in a conversation because I cannot hear well. This has given me a new lease on life both in business and socially. Thank you for all of that!
– Art – Oak Park, CA
I feel I need to write a recommendation because Sharla is by far the best audiologist I have seen in my 20 years of wearing hearing aids. She is so spectacular that I wish she was my doctor in every medical area of my life!
II’m only 54 and unfortunately have had hearing loss since my mid 30’s. It has affected so many areas of my day to day life. I couldn’t watch tv with my family and couldn’t hear half the conversations around me. I kind of shut down in crowds because I just couldn’t hear and why participate. It was really taking a toll on my psychological well-being. I felt isolated a lot from conversations.
I came to Sharla with very expensive (she said the Rolls Royce of hearing aids) and they just didn’t give me much clarity. I was ready to buy anything to help me hear and participate in life. She told me no need to buy new ones because these ones are great. She made multiple adjustments and there is no comparison how I hear now compared to the last 15-20 years. She knew so many tricks and was patient and thorough. I’ve probably seen 5-6 different audiologist/ doctors over the years for my hearing and she is in her own league!
She even helped me figure out how to hear the TV! I bought every rabbit ear/ headphone device but she finally had a solution do I could watch tv with my family! I can not recommend her enough! Thank you so much Sharla for being the exceptional professional that you are!!
– Diana – Agoura, CA
My hearing has been poor for several years. Analog hearing aids were not much help. I asked my primary physician and my ENT for recommendations. Both physicians enthusiastically recommended Second Chance Hearing. Dr. Alison Burks tested my hearing and recommended a hearing aid made by Phonak. One of my problems was listening to my wife while driving. Dr. Burks showed me how to shut out the noise from the road and the ventilation system with one easy click of a button while still being able to hear my wife’s voice. The monthly meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club usually draws an audience of 100. Some speakers are more skilled than others at using the microphone. As the speakers change I may have to adjust the volume. A click on one of the aids automatically changes the volume at both ears. I can hear the speakers clearly no matter where I sit in the audience. At home I keep the volume low. I hear my family and I can listen to the TV without the TV ears. The sound is so natural; I forget that I’m wearing my hearing aids.