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Professional Staff

Dr. Heather Little

Heather Little, AuD, CCC-A

Director of Audiology

Heather Little was born and raised in San Francisco and joined Summit Hearing Assist, LLC. in April of 2015. Dr. Little’s educational preparation began at California State University, Sacramento where she was awarded her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Following graduation her next six years were spent in the Sutter and Kaiser Permanente health care systems gaining valuable experience in all aspects of clinical audiology. One of her most rewarding experiences was when she became a licensed hearing aid dispenser and began working in the private practice sector. It was at this point that she was able to truly appreciate how hearing devices can change, enhance and improve a person’s quality of life. Currently Dr. Little is specializing in both adult and pediatric diagnostic testing and amplification.

Dr. Little received her doctorate from Salus University, formerly known as Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology in June of 2007. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association, a fully qualified member of the New Zealand Audiological Society, as well as the California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau.

In her spare time she enjoys training for half marathons, practicing yoga, hiking, cooking, skiing, wine tasting, traveling as well as spending time with her family who still reside in San Francisco.

Memberships and Licensure:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) http://asha.org/default.htm

New Zealand Audiological Society (NZAS) http://www.audiology.org.nz/

California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/

Shehla Afridi

Shehla Afridi, Au.D., CCC-A

Doctor of Audiology

Shehla Afridi grew up in rainy Manchester, England. Prior to Audiology, Dr. Afridi had a “past life” in molecular biology and genetics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the Liverpool John Moores University in 1998, and then went on to be awarded a Master of Medical Science in Cancer Studies in 2002 from the University of Sheffield. Her first job brought her to Columbia University in New York, at the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s and the Aging Brain. She spent two years researching the genetics of Parkinson’s disease and Autism in New York, with several publications and poster presentations. Subsequently, she returned to the UK to work in cardiovascular biology research at the University College London, but life brought her back to New York just after one year, this time as a medical writer for a Health Education Company. Dr. Afridi decided to return to school in 2009 at the University of Washington in Seattle, and received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) in 2013. She believes Audiology has always been her natural calling. She had gained experience and exposure at a young age, first encountering the effects of communication difficulties within her own family, and through regularly scheduled volunteer experience working with both children and adults with multiple disabilities within schools and nursing homes in the UK. She completed her Au.D. yearlong fellowship at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Her first position following graduation was at the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness in Berkeley. She then transitioned temporarily to House Children’s Hearing Center of UCLA, where she continued to serve the pediatric population. Throughout her training she has built on clinical experience working with children and adults with craniofacial conditions, rare genetic syndromes, hematology/oncology monitoring, hearing conservation education, aural rehabilitation, and rehabilitation with hearing aids.

Dr. Afridi joined Summit Hearing Assist LLC, in May of 2015. She is dedicated and passionate about serving both children and adults, to maximize their communication potential through an integrated holistic approach.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, kayaking, music, and traveling.

Memberships and Licensure:

  • California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
  • American Speech-Language-Association
  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
  • Coalition for Global Hearing Health
  • International Society of Audiology