Peer-reviewed Evidence
for Clinicians by Clinicians

Peer-reviewed Evidence
for Clinicians by Clinicians

The Medical SLP Collective provides 

the materials, resources, & webinars registered for ASHA CEUs

that you vote on combined with access to experts in all areas to answer your toughest clinical cases with compassion and evidence.

How To Finally Feel Fulfilled In Your Career as a Medical SLP

Do you feel unfulfilled in your career as a medical SLP, and perhaps a bit confused on how to move forward?

Do you feel completely overwhelmed, overworked, overstressed, yet completely misunderstood and underappreciated in your facility?

Do you feel like you’re riding the therapy hamster wheel unsure if you are even providing good care for your patients?

When you started practicing medical SLP, after grad school, did you get overwhelmed with how much medical SLP information was missing from your graduate education?

Are you feeling a bit angry that you received the same training as clinicians who work with kindergarteners, and now you feel like you have huge gaps in what you need to know to treat life-or-death medical cases? (I'm NOT knocking my pediatric clinicians, we just really, truly work in 2 completely separate worlds!)

If you’ve been working in the field for a while, do you feel frustrated that there’s no *ONE* single centralized source to stay up-to-date on all the latest research and treatments that are coming out every year?

Are you even sure you’re providing the right and best, most up-to-date treatment techniques to your patients?

Are you sick of paying up to $500 for courses that teach you about just one of the many, many conditions you need to stay up-to-date on?

How To Finally Feel Fulfilled In Your Career as a Medical SLP

Do you feel unfulfilled in your career as a medical SLP, and perhaps a bit confused on how to move forward?

Do you feel completely overwhelmed, overworked, overstressed, yet completely misunderstood and underappreciated in your facility?

Do you feel like you’re riding the therapy hamster wheel unsure if you are even providing good care for your patients?

When you started practicing medical SLP, after grad school, did you get overwhelmed with how much medical SLP information was missing from your graduate education?

Are you feeling a bit angry that you received the same training as clinicians who work with kindergarteners, and now you feel like you have huge gaps in what you need to know to treat life-or-death medical cases? (I'm NOT knocking my pediatric clinicians, we just really, truly work in 2 completely separate worlds!)

If you’ve been working in the field for a while, do you feel frustrated that there’s no *ONE* single centralized source to stay up-to-date on all the latest research and treatments that are coming out every year?

Are you even sure you’re providing the right and best, most up-to-date treatment techniques to your patients?

Are you sick of paying up to $500 for courses that teach you about just one of the many, many conditions you need to stay up-to-date on?

Imagine if there was ONE place that you could go to receive all of the support and resources to help you eliminate these feelings?

Imagine how much time and frustration you would save if you had immediate access to one centralized location for blind peer-reviewed resources.

Imagine if you had access to several clinical experts and university professors to help guide you in your clinical decision making, with personalized response to your clinical cases.

Imagine if you felt you had the detailed, personalized support you needed to succeed in your practice and your career, from a wide range of experts and fellow clinicians who care deeply about your career development.

Do you think then your patients would receive higher-quality care and actually make progress towards their goals?

Do you think you would get more rewarded and recognized for this progress among your patients?

What if I told you I’ve created the EXACT solution?

It’s called the Medical SLP Collective.

It’s a monthly membership program and vibrant community of fellow medical SLP clinicians and researchers who are supporting each other to provide better care for their patients–and therefore also advance their careers.

What if I told you I’ve created the EXACT solution?

It’s called the Medical SLP Collective.

It’s a monthly membership program and vibrant community of fellow medical SLP clinicians and researchers who are supporting each other to provide better care for their patients–and therefore also advance their careers.

Still Not Convinced?

Libbie Gary has been a practicing clinician for over 29 years and uses the MedSLP Collective to stay up to date for her patients.

Rebekah Ebertowski is a traveling SLP on dysphagia island.

Kellie Green has successfully transitioned from a pediatric private practice to working in the adult medical sector with the help of the MedSLP Collective.

Katelin Smierciak is a Clinical Fellow who has used many inservices and handouts to advocate for her patients and gain respect amongst her colleagues.

Here’s what you get in the Collective:

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Weekly Done for You Resources

Each week, you will receive a new video created to help educate you about all areas of medical SLP, including dysphagia, aphasia, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, NICU/peds, and cognitive communication.

You’ll also get information on how to advocate for your patients within the organizational bureaucracies that often make you feel like your patients’ needs don’t matter to the doctors and nurses.

Each video will come with an “Action Sheet” that gives you links to all the resources you need to implement, and which can be printed for convenience to take on the go. The resources will never go away, the library just continues to grow.

Blind Peer-Reviewed Resources on ALL areas of Medical SLP

You deserve to have confidence in knowing that the materials you are using for your patients are the latest state-of-the art, evidence-based, and designed to save you from weeding through all of the crap. We cover aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, voice, cognitive communication, and NICU … just to name a few.

Our contributors and editors spend dozens of hours each month scouring obscure journals that we have access to, in order to find you the latest research you probably don’t have access to as a clinician. Only the researches have access to the journals (unless you want to pay $50 for each individual article, and wade through 20 of those just to find one relevant one.) There’s just no other place, as a clinician, where you can get custom-tailored relevant resources delivered directly to you without lifting a finger.

It’s like “wine of the month,” except for the research you need instead of wine. (And you can break open a bottle of wine anyways with all the extra time and headache you’ll save.)

2-Hour Live Webinars Offered Monthly for ASHA CEUs, Delivered by Some of the Foremost Experts in Each Topic

You will get a chance to vote on the most relevant topics to you. Once the topic is decided upon, I source one of the best experts to educate you on that specific topic. It’s like a graduate seminar in medical SLP, for the price of a Chinese restaurant dinner out for two. (And, if I do say so myself, I think this will advance your career more than that Chinese dinner.)

You’ll have a chance to ask the presenters all your burning questions live and on air. And if you miss the recording, no biggie! All webinar recordings are uploaded and can be viewed for ASHA CEUs at your convenience.

Some of our most popular webinars include:  

  •  IDDSI Adoption Is Coming! History, Status and Practical Experience – John Holahan, BS, MBA, founder of SimplyThick
  • The Clinical Swallowing Evaluation: Deciphering the CSE – Tiffani Wallace, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
  • SLPs and the Endotracheal Tube in ICU: Dysphagia and Dysphonia – Martin B. Brodsky, PhD, ScM, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA
  • Person-Centered Care for People with Dementia: Goals, Maintenance and Caregiver Strategies – Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • The SLPs Role in Reflux Management: Being Part of the Interdisciplinary Team – Edgar Vince Clark, MEd, CCC-SLP
  • Head and Neck Cancer: Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment Practices for SLPs – Megan Nosol, M.S., M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP

A Library of All Past Classes and Action Sheets

We’ve been creating weekly content for over a year and half now with over 100 resources, which means there’s now a HUGE library of classes and resources to take advantage of. When you first join the membership, you’ll get access to this ENTIRE library, which means you can dive in and start educating yourself at whatever pace you want, from firehose to bathtub faucet- whatever pace feels best to you, you can absorb these materials on your own time–in addition to the new cutting-edge materials we’ll be uploading every week. These resources NEVER go away, we only continue to add to them! Some of our most popular resources have included: 

  • Dysphagia is so Myth-Understood  (A Done-For-You Inservice, all you have to do it give it!)
  • Oral Hygiene: Toothbrushing’s Role in the Prevention of Pneumonia in People with Dysphagia
  • Dysphagia Information Sheet Patient Handout
  • Patient Benefits and Risks of Thickened Liquids
  • Cranial Nerve Examination
  • Medical Setting AAC Boards (English & Spanish)
  • Assessing and Treating Aphasia
  • Assessing and Managing Dysarthria
  • GoalWriting 101
  • Aphasia Treatment: Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA)
  • Promoting Aphasics’ Communicative Effectiveness (PACE)

Private Forum and Facebook Group

Hop into our exclusive Facebook group or private forum (that has it’s own app!!) to ask your questions in there.  I directly answer member questions in the group as do the other for The MedSLP Collective. You’ll also have access to paid moderators and university professors to ensure you receive guidance supported by the evidence.

Many of our members in the Collective say that the private forum in the Facebook Group is worth the price of admission alone, as you get real-life, front-line, in-the-trenches support from your fellow clinicians, with researchers to back it up, and a team of trained guides to answer your every question.*

Think of it as your medical SLP genie-in-a-bottle.

(Yes we do have some fantastic peds mentors as well, including 2 PhDs!)

Accountability Groups

Have you wanted to have a group of like-minded highly motivated Medical SLPs that you could communicate with on a regular basis and in a more intimate way? We have created accountability groups for our members and some are meeting monthly, bi-weekly, and even weekly. We've gotten great feedback from these groups that they were just what you need to set some career goals for yourself while getting feedback on your patients in a smaller group setting.

Exclusive access to our LIVE event

Since you're here, you understand that value of having access to like-minded, highly motivated, patient centered colleagues at your fingertips, but what if you had access to them in real life? Once you join the MedSLP Collective, you'll be cordially invited to our LIVE event being held this September in Buffalo, NY. You will sit at round tables with mentors, researchers, and other colleagues to discuss and problem solve all of your toughest clinical cases with others that actually work in your exact setting! How totally cool is that?!? You wont just be talked at for 2 days curious if any of the lecture material will even apply to you or your caseload, you will actually get interactive feedback from others who walk in your shoes. Oh and the icing on the cake? It has been registered for 1.0 advanced ASHA CEUs, so if you need those CEUs, you should get your booty there.

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“Who Are You, Theresa, and Why Should I Listen to You?!”

I’m Theresa Richard M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S.

I’m a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

I own Mobile Dysphagia Diagnostics and have provided mobile FEES studies to thousands of patients in over 100 skilled nursing facilities across 4 states.

I have helped over 60 medical SLPs start and grow a thriving mobile FEES company.

One of my blog posts, Don’t Be a Sip, Sip, Done SLP,” was viewed over 30,000 times in the first 24 hours–which, I must admit, is a surprisingly large number for our small little field.

I created a podcast called “Swallow Your Pride” that debuted at #11 on the Science and Medicine chart of iTunes. It just crossed the 900,000 downloads mark, and is going strong.

This resulted in an invitation to speak at several conferences including the Charleston Swallowing Conference, on the power of advocacy.

I’m Theresa Richard M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S.

I’m a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

I own Mobile Dysphagia Diagnostics and have provided mobile FEES studies to thousands of patients in over 100 skilled nursing facilities across 4 states.

I have helped over 60 medical SLPs start and grow a thriving mobile FEES company.

One of my blog posts, Don’t Be a Sip, Sip, Done SLP,” was viewed over 30,000 times in the first 24 hours–which, I must admit, is a surprisingly large number for our small little field.

I created a podcast called “Swallow Your Pride” that debuted at #11 on the Science and Medicine chart of iTunes. It just crossed the 900,000 downloads mark, and is going strong.

This resulted in an invitation to speak at several conferences including the Charleston Swallowing Conference, on the power of advocacy.

I run this membership site not as an editor of a peer-reviewed journal, but as a normal girl in the trenches seeing patients every day, and wanting to provide for them the highest quality assessments and treatments that are supported by the evidence.

You see, it’s totally NOT your fault that you didn’t have a solid medical foundation in grad school, or experienced mentors to help launch your career, you just tried to do the best you could in the situation you were given, but now realize that it might be holding you back from really helping your patients.

I run this membership site not as an editor of a peer-reviewed journal, but as a normal girl in the trenches seeing patients every day, and wanting to provide for them the highest quality assessments and treatments that are supported by the evidence.

You see, it’s totally NOT your fault that you didn’t have a solid medical foundation in grad school, or experienced mentors to help launch your career, you just tried to do the best you could in the situation you were given, but now realize that it might be holding you back from really helping your patients.

Which is why I created the MedSLP Collective.

I created this membership site because I’m passionate about giving medical SLPs the real-life training they need, beyond graduate school, which often doesn’t provide all the resources you’ll need to even do the basic parts of your job.

I saw a huge and unacceptable gap in the education of medical SLPs, and I decided to fill that gap. This site is that effort–and there’s truly nothing else out there like it.

I’m on a mission to change the way medical SLPs are educated and prepared to thrive in their jobs. I hope you’ll join me and so many other forward-thinking clinicians as we advance this mission together.

No other course or program will give you the diverse, high quality, done-for-you materials that are blind peer reviewed by university professors.

The MedSLP Collective provides the materials, resources, and webinars registered for ASHA CEUs, that you vote on combined with access to experts in all areas to answer your toughest clinical cases with compassion and evidence.

The MedSLP Collective helps stressed out, overwhelmed, and misunderstood medical SLPs become the respected expert in their facility and work towards career fulfillment.

Now, you might think that you’ve been in this field long enough and you have enough experience or maybe you had a stellar medical SLP program that you don’t need any done-for-you resources.

But the research is constantly evolving, and it will take you a heck of a lot longer to dig through the research to find the answers and you still might not find the best evidence out there for that specific patient.

Believe me, I’m a 4-time ASHA ACE Award winner. I didn’t think I would need any more CEUs either.

But the reality is, there are so many aspects of our field that we should know about and keep up to date with: dysphagia, aphasia, voice disorders, motor speech disorders, cognitive communication, pediatrics, traumatic brain injury, NICU, to name a few.

Let’s say you have a $500 budget per year for CEUs. If you have a more advanced practice, it’s so easy to spend that money on a highly specialized course, such as a new technique that can help with swallowing for a very specific patient population. Often this is a population you’ll only encounter sporadically in your practice.

In contrast, I believe it’s best to invest your CEU budget in a program that will keep you up-to-date on the latest peer-reviewed research on nearly every condition you might encounter in your practice.

As you know, the field is advancing and evolving so rapidly. Only 5 years ago, people were listening to the swallow with a stethoscope.  

Imagine that! A practice that had been used for years, now feels like a “stone age” practice, since the development of videofluoroscopy and endoscopic swallowing evaluations. (Except sadly some are still using this “stone age” practice today!)

Each year, so many new discoveries and treatments are coming out–it’s almost insane to not keep abreast of those. Yet there are few centralized resources in our field to do so.

Until now.

Do you want to wait until you have a patient in front of you expecting that you have the knowledge in that area to help them?

Or do you want to know how to provide them the best, evidence-based, most cutting-edge treatment, because you’ve received detailed information about that treatment automatically in this site each week?

Which is why I created the MedSLP Collective.

I created this membership site because I’m passionate about giving medical SLPs the real-life training they need, beyond graduate school, which often doesn’t provide all the resources you’ll need to even do the basic parts of your job.

I saw a huge and unacceptable gap in the education of medical SLPs, and I decided to fill that gap. This site is that effort–and there’s truly nothing else out there like it.

I’m on a mission to change the way medical SLPs are educated and prepared to thrive in their jobs. I hope you’ll join me and so many other forward-thinking clinicians as we advance this mission together.

No other course or program will give you the diverse, high quality, done-for-you materials that are blind peer reviewed by university professors.

The MedSLP Collective provides the materials, resources, and webinars registered for ASHA CEUs, that you vote on combined with access to experts in all areas to answer your toughest clinical cases with compassion and evidence.

The MedSLP Collective helps stressed out, overwhelmed, and misunderstood medical SLPs become the respected expert in their facility and work towards career fulfillment.

Now, you might think that you’ve been in this field long enough and you have enough experience or maybe you had a stellar medical SLP program that you don’t need any done-for-you resources.

But the research is constantly evolving, and it will take you a heck of a lot longer to dig through the research to find the answers and you still might not find the best evidence out there for that specific patient.

Believe me, I’m a 4-time ASHA ACE Award winner. I didn’t think I would need any more CEUs either.

But the reality is, there are so many aspects of our field that we should know about and keep up to date with: dysphagia, aphasia, voice disorders, motor speech disorders, cognitive communication, pediatrics, traumatic brain injury, NICU, to name a few.

Let’s say you have a $500 budget per year for CEUs. If you have a more advanced practice, it’s so easy to spend that money on a highly specialized course, such as a new technique that can help with swallowing for a very specific patient population. Often this is a population you’ll only encounter sporadically in your practice.

In contrast, I believe it’s best to invest your CEU budget in a program that will keep you up-to-date on the latest peer-reviewed research on nearly every condition you might encounter in your practice.

As you know, the field is advancing and evolving so rapidly. Only 5 years ago, people were listening to the swallow with a stethoscope.

I’m grateful to have found such an incredibly supportive group of SLPs in the Collective. As a member, I’ve learned from so many excellent clinicians, and I feel empowered to go above and beyond for my patients. I can’t help but think of the impact this group is making on our patients by enabling and supporting us SLPs to provide high quality, evidence-based treatment. I love contributing to the group, and also learning!

Alexandra Basilakos, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

When you ask a clinical question to an SLP Facebook group, you might get a dozen answers, but you don't know which ones are right. Or you might not get an answer at all! With the Medical SLP Collective, every question gets an answer from people you know are experts in that area, so you can trust that you're getting quality information that will help your clients. As a mentor on the site, I learn so much from the other mentors, along with getting to share my expertise with the members.

Megan Sutton, M.S., CCC-SLP

I’ve been finding new motivation to acquire new, evidence-based material for work. The “Collective” of people who simply want to know more and do better has been good for me as a mentor because I am constantly holding other and myself to a high standard. My patients are able to reach their goals more efficiently and with less time spent in the clinic – a win-win because I can help more people and am very efficient with use of their time. Need 3x/week for 4 weeks? Check! Need 5x/week for 3 weeks? Check! Therapy won’t make a difference? Referral to appropriate source sent!  While I am a mentor, I’ve had the chance to ask questions of the group and work with other mentors on situations with my patients. I also learn a lot from reading the replies to other members’ posts.

Kelly Caldwell

Forget Clinical Fellowship…

This is about CAREER FULFILLMENT

Because of my podcast, I talk to hundreds of different medical SLP providers each year. And they all tell me the same thing:

Clinical Fellowship is actually a Clinical FARCE.

The way it’s sold to you, clinical fellowship is the year you’re supposed to get everything you need to develop a successful career.

In reality, rehab directors view clinical fellows as a cheap labor pool they can exploit and run to the ground with overwork and no oversight for a year, before moving on to the next young crop of easily-exploitable SLP labor.

Because there is such a huge gap in our education, unfortunately most medical SLPs come out of CF no closer to their career goals than when they entered.

That’s why I decided to do something about it.

Instead of Clinical Fellowship, were going to turn the letters CF into something much more valuable for you:

Career Fulfillment

Introducing …
The CF (Career Fulfillment) Cycle

I want you to listen up here, because this is going to be some of the most important content you ever receive, mapping out your career success.

There’s a cycle you never learned about in your traditional CF or other education, but that is essential to your career fulfillment.

It goes like this:

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You have to advocate/educate your director or other decision-makers at your workplace to make them understand what you do and the value you bring to their patients and organization.

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If you do step 1 well (which we teach you to do in the Collective–including avoiding the numerous pitfalls)…  You will get access to a new tool – such as an expiratory muscle strength trainer, which will allow your patients with airway protection.

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Now you’ve upped your game and your patients are reaching their goals faster and better. Success!

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However, now you face an additional challenge – convincing your director that your patient has indeed improved, and that your new tools and your work were responsible for this. Yes, it’s unfortunate that in our field we always have to prove ourselves and our work to our bosses at each step–but that won’t be a problem when you’re working the CF Cycle because we’ve got you covered.

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In the Medical SLP Collective, we give you ALL the latest evidence-based resources to make the best possible case to your administrators and directors why you should be given a bigger budget to get better equipment. You can try to make this case on your own, without all the hand-curated research backing you up- or you can leave all that work to us and you just show them the evidence.

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Now you’ve reached a new level of respect, so that when you go to advocate for an even more expensive piece of equipment, they see the results you deliver and the research you’ve done, and are willing to invest even more in your success and your patients’ success.

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Uplevel Your ASK – now it’s time to submit a proposal for a more substantial piece of equipment like FEES equipment, which will allow you to expand your reach and range of services even further. 

See what our current members are saying!

My Story of Career Fulfillment
(This Could Be You)

You see, I started out my career working in schools. I had zero clinical hours and zero externships in the medical field, yet I kept being pulled in that direction.

I was fortunate enough to have awesome CF supervisors who pushed me to shadow some SLPs in skilled nursing, but once my C.F. was over and I accepted a job in skilled nursing…

I was drowning.

Like not even up-a-creek-without-a-paddle drowning…

Like trying to climb-up-Niagara-Falls drowning.

I embarked on the long and arduous journey of self study and educating myself on countless research articles, and wasted so many hours weeding through CEU courses and papers that weren’t really even relevant to my particular situation.

My wonderfully supportive boss sent me to so many CEU courses, some of which were great, and some of which were a total waste of time. Some I just couldn’t use in my facility, or they were so focused on a specific population. And honestly? Some were just way over my head.

Not only was it a huge waste of time and money for me… but then I think of my patients.

They came to me expecting me to use the highest quality evidence available to help them achieve their goals of regaining their speech, language, or swallowing abilities.

Not only could it have been a gigantic waste of time for them to come get speech therapy from someone who only had sub-par training in some areas, but what about the cost?

I remember the days of filling out the appeals of denied therapy and wondering what the heck I was doing so wrong that my patients weren’t making progress like they should, their services were denied reimbursement, and I felt like the biggest failure ever and on the brink of total and complete burnout. 

And then I found like minded colleagues on social media, which turned out to be a blessing and a curse all at the same time.

At first I was on cloud nine that so many people were seeking the answers that I was looking for as well, but then it almost became a game of Scrabble.

I found myself more conflicted than ever, because everyone had the best of intentions, but who can tell who actually knows what they’re talking about behind a social media handle?

We all try so hard to do the best for our patients, but there’s no peer review process online, no way to verify the evidence unless the poster provides several research articles, in which case we’re back to square 1 of spending hundreds of hours pouring through research papers that may or may not even be applicable to me or my patients after spending hundred of dollars just to access the articles, which makes this game not so fun anymore.

And who suffers most? Our patients.

One day I woke up with 17 unread papers I had collected, sitting on my desk. My gut sense was that 1 or 2 would be really valuable, applicable and relevant to me. 10 would be so-so – and only useful if I did additional research (which would of course yield additional papers to read, and the desk doom grows!!). And for 5, once I spent the time reading them, I would see that they had been a total waste of time. (Of course, I only see that after those hours had irretrievably been wasted down the toilet bowl of time.)

And this price tag for culling this few true gems? $500 in fees for downloading article individual articles. Plus hours and hours of wading.

That morning, two simple words came into my head:

“No thanks.”

I just felt completely done with that common method of advancing my medical SLP knowledge.

I looked online for a centralized resource that would collect, curate, and deliver to me only the most relevant information that an in-the-field clinician such as myself would need, in an easily-digestible format.

Do you think I found anything even close to that? Heck no, not even close.

So, I did what any enterprising girl like myself would do…

I decided to create the very resource I needed!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m my own best customer!

As much as I LOVE providing this service for you, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t need it and want it just as much as you do. It just makes my life so much easier.

It’s like that ad for hair growth products on TV, where the owner of the company shows how it works on him.

Except, instead of what’s growing is not strands of hair of a man’s wispy head, but deep knowledge over the whole breadth of your career.

And when you gain this cutting-edge knowledge yourself, and the confidence that goes with it, you know who wins the most?

YOUR PATIENTS

Tomorrow morning when you wake up, you will be in one of two states. You will have either signed up for the Medical SLP Collective today, in which case you know that you’re investing $29 a month–the cost of a so-so meal for two at a Thai restaurant–into providing the best care you can imagine for your patients. Thereby rapidly advancing your career as well as your patients get better outcomes. And all you had to give for that was one Thai meal a month!

(Or maybe you don’t have to give anything up at all, as I feel pretty confident $29 is within your range, if it’s something really important, like this is.)

Or, the other possibility is that you wake up tomorrow not having taken the step to massively uplevel your career and your patients outcomes.

And every time you see a patient going forward, there will be that nagging feeling: “Do I really know I’m giving this patient the best, most up-to-date, relevant and evidence-based treatment, based on the latest peer-reviewed research? Or am I perhaps giving my patient that “it’s just what people do around here” treatment from 5-10 years ago whose research behind it is getting more stale than that bagel you forgot to take off your counter 2 days ago.

In fact, we now know that some of the treatment techniques from even 5 years ago are harmful.

Imagine that–you might be giving treatments to your patients that are actually harmful — but who around you is going to tell you that that new research has been developed? The doctors, nurses and administrators at the hospital who barely distinguish what you do from just being the diet police? Do you think they’re up on the latest research in your field?

I’m going to come out and say it. I think anyone who doesn’t want to invest $29 a month to make sure they’re giving their best care to their patients, is really missing out on an opportunity to make their practice the absolute best it can be, for their patients and for themselves, all for an extremely reasonable price in comparison to what you get.*

I’m a brand new CF SLP. I got a job at an awesome outpatient clinic seeing both peds and adults which was TERRIFYING and exciting (mostly terrifying) but I learned about this site from my former internship supervisor and 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 for that. With so many disorders and age groups, it was hard to wrap my head around what to dig into first regarding research. I especially needed help with my adult population because my grad school wasn’t heavily medically based. The Med SLP Collective made my life SO MUCH EASIER with all of the case study posts on FB, peer reviewed handouts on the page, and all of the amazing CEUs available! The MedSLP Collective has given me the confidence I need to fight for my patients as a new SLP and do things that weren’t done before, to get out of my comfort zone. One of the things I’ve started at my clinic is a weekly group therapy session for some of my adults with aphasia. I reached out on the MedSLP Collective page, got some great feedback and resources, and it’s worked out great!!! Several of my patients were so so discouraged and thought they were alone. The stress of that was hindering them from making as much progress as they could’ve been making. Participating in group therapy has made such a positive impact on them. They’ve been more motivated and determined to succeed, and they know there are others going through the same thing. It’s been a game changer for each of them, and one of my patients actually just started work again last week. ❤️ The mentors have been a tremendous help in so many ways. Other than the group therapy thing, I’m constantly reading posts that others put on FB along with the mentors comments. Since I have such a diverse caseload I almost always find ways to apply what I learn to my own patients. I have a lot of patients with voice disorders and didn’t have much experience in this area, so the mentors have been a huge help to me as I’ve navigated through learning all of the best ways of assessment and treatment with this population!

Taylor West

I definitely lacked confidence prior to joining the Collective. I was just out of my CFY with some experience in a SNF but wasn't sure if I was correct in everything I was doing. Now, with all the resources, demonstration videos, and webinars the Collective has shared with me I am much more confident. The Collective has helped me with my thirst for knowledge. I love getting new materials and information on assessment or therapy ideas. While we do contribute in the Collective to say what we'd like to learn, we don't always know what's coming out next! For me, that enhances my curiosity and has expanded my knowledge base. The Collective has helped me improve my therapy across all types of patients. For instance, I am so interested in dysphagia that sometimes it can pull my focus. The Collective refocuses me and helps me to learn about all areas since it comes out with new information each week that is not just about dysphagia. Then all of my patients, particularly those who are not dysphagia patients, benefit from my knowledge! The mentors can help guide you through a specific patient which is an amazing thing. You can get a same day answer and feel confident in your approach.

Amy Locke

Before the MedSLP Collective I felt I wasn’t up to date on EBP and doing the same thing in my treatments. I am the only SLP in my building so it was hard to find professionals to bounce ideas off of as well. The MedSLP Collective has improved my overall knowledge and treatment methods. I feel more confident in myself as a SLP! The Collective has allowed access to information and support from others. Reading everyone’s questions and wins has motivated me to be the best SLP I can be every day. The mentors are amazing at referencing to different resources and giving realistic advice on a variety of topics.

Jen Prato

Before joining the Collective, I felt frustrated that our field did not seem to have a common set of practice standards. I felt that myself and others were sort of wading through the days and not having a consensus about what we should be doing, like PT and OT seemed to enjoy. I feel like the Collective has given me unison with other SLP's. It has changed and shaped my career, making me not only more confident in my abilities, but giving me solidarity with my SLP colleagues. The greatest gain is for my patients in gaining the EBP they deserve! I have changed out of a work environment that did not deserve me and the Collective gave me the courage to make that change. This was huge for me. In my new position, I am working on establishing a FEES program with policies and procedures- a huge undertaking. I am also working on building a strong speech program in a rural hospital. Our hospital is in a struggle against a larger hospital and the battle is to see which one will survive this turbulent healthcare environment. This has helped my patients gain access to higher quality care than has traditionally only been available to them at least 2 hours away.

Sandra Hogsed

Before the MedSLP Collective I had 0 confidence in what I was doing. I was evaluating patients and treating them based on how I was taught to treat them by my supervisor. I didn’t know the “why” for what I was having my patients do during therapy, and I sure as heck didn’t know if what I was doing was EBP. Fast forward to about 7 months of being in the Collective and the way I evaluate and treat patients has drastically changed. There have been so many big things that I have been able to accomplish with the MedSLP Collective. It has helped to successfully implement a FFWP in our acute inpatient rehab program, start the process for my hospital (and all other hospitals in our health system) to transition to IDDSI, and to convince my manager to get our SLPs trained in MBSImp! However, the biggest thing that I am most proud of is getting my coworkers on board with is to not modify patient diets, specifically liquids, without an instrumental assessment. Previously, myself and my coworkers were the SLPs that would recommend thickened liquids for a a patient without an instrumental assessment because the s/s of aspiration were “overt.” Without the education of the Collective, I would still be doing that. I now know why that was wrong and that I need to do better and be better for our patients. I am now able to help patients to achieve their goals in the most effective ways possible. I take some time each day to read Facebook posts from others so that I can learn from their experiences and see what the mentors recommend. If I have a question come up regarding one of my patients, I’m able to quickly search the group and have so far been able to find and answer from someone else’s post who had the same question! The Facebook group has been a wonderful tool for me to get answers quickly that I know are well thought out and evidence based.

Megan Leonard

Prior to the MedSLP Collective, I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time trying to find the latest research related to the challenge-of-the-day, only to find myself doubting my knowledge. I wasn't sure if the research I found was appropriate, most up to date, or if there were other studies that negated what I had found. I definitely lacked confidence! The MedSLP Collective has boosted my confidence! It has also motivated me to not only be a better clinician, but encourage my colleagues to step up their game, as well! I recruited one colleague to join MedSLP Collective (she even created an incredible binder with all of the handouts/in-services) and another on the waiting list. Because my confidence is higher, I present myself to my patient in a way that increases their trust in me. I also felt more confident to professionally challenge physicians when they presented me with road blocks in my plan of care. The mentors quick responses and the helpful evidence-based resources they provide help me provide best practice more efficiently! I wasn't taking hours to google search articles and doubting myself. Ultimately, more patients received evidence based practice with improved confidence in a shorter period of time.

Lauren Hermann

Before the MedSLP Collective I was really questioning my career choice. I felt like I had no idea about what I had gotten myself into. This group has helped me be more confident in my skills as a SLP. It’s helped me provide much needed resources to my patients and it’s helped me become a better SLP over all. It’s helped make [my patient's] goals more functional and centered around what they want. The [mentors] helped put me in contact with other SLPs that are in my area to answer my questions and assist me

Jess Collins

[Before the MedSLP Collective] I felt confident in certain areas but not with complex unfamiliar etiologies. The MedSLP Collective has provided me with in-depth knowledge in a variety of areas and it makes looking for the most up to date research so easy! I am now more confident with my selection of interventions and have a broad knowledge base. The mentors in the Facebook group have been like big sisters in the SLP sorority life.

Emily Hornback

Before the Collective, I struggled with EBP and keeping up with the research. I took free CEU courses that were lack luster and did not help me with knowing how to treat my patients. This transcribed into not being confident with treatment plans and underserving my patients. [The MedSLP Collective has helped me] slowly re-gain confidence in my clinical skills. I have a renewed drive that has helped me push for updated treatment materials, instrumental swallowing exams, and better outcomes for my patients. The Collective has gotten me excited about being an SLP again and reminded me about the impact we can have on our patients. I have a new drive to educate staff, patients, and even graduate students on all the amazing things SLPs can do. I love that I can provide specific case examples [in the private facebook group or forum] and get an immediate response to a challenging case. Most SLPs do not have a ton of SLP coworkers or supervisors to help them with their clinical decision making.

Kristin Brodmerkel

I didn't have time to gain as much knowledge concerning EBP, before the [MedSLP] Collective I was lucky to read 1-2 articles a week. [The MedSLP Collective helped me accomplish presenting my case to begin a FEES program at my hospital and advocate for the use of TIMS in our radiology dept (we used a horrible DVD recorder at way less frames per second than needed), and I was approved for both!! The information [in the Collective] helped me take action toward my goals and not just think about my “to-do” list. It also helps to see that others have done it and listen to some of the problems they've run into.

Lydia Perkins, MA, CCC-SLP Memphis, TN

I spent quite a while working in the schools so I could have a schedule that lined up with my kids. While I have loved my years in the schools and the retirement I have built up there, I have always wanted to give the medical side a try. Neuro has always fascinated me but if I'm being totally honest, dysphagia scared me to death! I still remember being in grad school asking how I was supposed to tell what was going on based on just feeling with my hand on a patient's throat. The answer I got EVERY SINGLE TIME was that the more experience I got, I would just know. This always bugged me and was in the back of my mind as I began to explore making a change. 

 

Somehow I stumbled on the Swallow Your Pride podcast which led me to the FB group “Med SLP Newbies.” In that group I learned about the Medical SLP Collective (formally the Medical SLP Solution) and joined right from the beginning. It was from those groups and the SYP podcast that I was able to create a continuing education wish list that I started chipping away at every spare minute I had. I would not have discovered all the fascinating courses without your creations Theresa. And all that knowledge gave me the confidence to make the leap and the assurance that all those years ago I was right — you can't evaluate swallow function just by feeling the throat! If that wasn't enough, when I finally started my new medical position, I had somewhere to turn to for answers without judgment and feeling like I'm bugging the only other SLP in my company with yet another question.

 

Every time I have a patient with a history I haven't encountered yet, I turn to the Med SLP Collective and there is a resource and/or handout that is perfect for my needs! And often there is even a webinar (for ASHA CEUs) to address the topic as well. I could not have transitioned to the medical side (and loved the process of doing so!) without the Medical SLP Collective! I am so happy with what I am doing now and I owe that success and my confidence to you! Thank you!!

Angela Clegg

Since I’m more confident and have expanded my knowledge-base, I’ve been able to better serve my patients. I was able to advocate to get a mobile FEES contract in my facility which has drastically improved my ability to treat dysphagia in a science-driven manner and my patients see results much quicker. I have the respect of the nurses, doctors, and my DOR because I can explain my clinical decisions in an effective and clear manner which I definitely attribute to the research I’ve been exposed to since joining MedSLP Collective.

Stephanie Schultheisz

Here’s the psychological profile of someone I know will never succeed in getting out of their career rut in medical SLP.

They blame all their problems on the doctors, nurses and administrators in their field.

They feel victimized by the payer system and the insurance companies.

They feel certain that the system is “rigged” against them, and they feel helpless in the face of that system.

They complain about investing money in continuing education courses they have to take every year to keep their license.

I’ve seen it again and again.

If a clinician is mired in these psychological traps, they’re creating their own hell for themselves, which they’ll never get out of unless they change their attitude.

Do you want to be one of them?

Do you want to remain stuck in this nightmare of helplessness and perceived victimization?

Or are you going to be one of the few people in your field who takes control of your own destiny?

Are you going to be one of the few who realizes that you actually do have a lot of control and influence over the future of your career…

But only if you take action now.

You know this is the next step you need.

“But Theresa, you don’t understand, I have a classic case of #myadminwontletme.”

You’ve probably experienced this before: Administrators won’t let you do the procedures they need. This is against the law, as Medicare says the patients need it. But for some reason administrators always look to medical SLPs to cut costs, like we’re the Walmart of therapy–prices can always go lower, in their view.

The physical therapists are getting 50 new treadmills a year $5K a pop, but they’ll nickel-and-dime us if we want a new technology for $500, that will improve the patient’s life dramatically.

Believe me, I get it, I once suffered from #MyAdminWontLetMe as well.

For so many years I convinced myself that the administration were the ones standing in my way of helping my patients achieve their goals, until I had extremely supportive director and administrators and realized that maybe I was the problem.

I realized that administrators ultimately can be persuaded to make the best choices for patient care–but there does have to be a method to the persuasion.

That’s why, through hard trial-and-error, I created DONE FOR YOU inservices

These systematized, step-by-step methods that are blind peer-reviewed with the LATEST evidence will help you get YES’s from your administrators quickly when before you were just getting a wall of no’s

And guess what?

One of the perks of being a member of the Med-SLP Collective is you’ll get them FREE.

You’ll never have a case of #MyAdminWontLetMe again once you start using these. It’s like a bazooka for the walls of resistance your administrators usually put up to you getting the equipment you need to provide optimal care for your patients.

Are You at Risk for the #1 Reason SLPs Leave Their Job?

From talking to thousands of SLPs over the years, I know that the #1 reason SLPs leave their job is that the Directors are minute-hungry and are forcing patients to take more minutes than the patient can tolerate. Which is in fact an ethical violation, perhaps even rising to the level of out-and-out insurance fraud. (Of course, we know that Directors would NEVER violate ethics or fraudulently inflate minutes to increase their bottom line, right?)

I know the moral character of members of the MedSLP Collective, and I know that ANY ethical violations or fraud in your surrounding environment erode your confidence in your workplace. And since these ethical violations are so commonplace in modern insurance-driven healthcare settings, it drives you crazy and makes you want to leave the career you’ve worked so hard to create.

This is a horrible situation I won’t tolerate, and I’ve worked hard to create a solution for you.

Using the resources in the MedSLP Collective, you can show the Director that there’s a whole population of people in your facility who desperately need SLP minutes, and aren’t getting them.

For example, many SLPs believe there is little they can do for people with dysarthria, and thus, they don’t recommend treatment for these patients. However, in the last few years, a wide variety of different treatment techniques have been developed–and if you haven’t been following the research (in all that extra free-time you have available as an SLP), you might not know about these techniques.

The same is true for people with dementia. These people often have difficulty communicating effectively, but it’s widely assumed in our field that there’s little that can be done to help these patients. However, it is within our scope of practice to evaluate and treat communication breakdowns with patients with dementia.

In other words, there’s all these patients passing through hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, etc., who could legitimately use the minutes that Directors are so obsessed with racking-up. If the Directors can be persuaded to allow you to use minutes with these underserved patients who really need them, then they’ll stop trying to push minutes on patients who can’t tolerate all of them. Fraud solved–and it was you who solved it.

In the MedSLP Collective, you will have 24/7 support, which will allow you to solve these problems in your workplace, be the hero for your underserved patients, and make your workplace feel great again, instead of the moral swampland that it now is.

I promise you, the support alone is worth much more than an entire year’s worth of the MedSLP Collective membership fee, and it’s just one of the many, many things you get when you join.

Are you ready?

”But Theresa, Why Should I Enroll in The MedSLP Collective When There Are So Many Other Courses on the Market?”

I’m sorry, I’m just going to be blunt here. That’s like asking, “But Theresa? Why should I eat at the Four Seasons when I can eat at Subway? Why should I drive a Lexus when I can drive a Ford Taurus?”

Now I know what you’ll say in response to that–the Four Seasons and a Lexus are more expensive than Subway and a Taurus.

But in the case of the MedSLP Collective, it’s not that much more expensive. Even a year membership is much cheaper than other specialized courses.

If you could eat at the Four Seasons for an entire year, or drive a Lexus for an entire year, vs. Subway or a Taurus – for only a tiny bit more, wouldn’t that be worth it?

Yes, I know the MedSLP Collective is a bit more expensive than FREE courses that only give you a tiny bit of specialized information which you can only use in narrow circumstance.

But compared to what you’re getting–there really is no comparison.

The MedSLP Collective is the only membership site with monthly 2 hour webinars registered for ASHA CEUs that gives you:

  • A carefully-selected collection of the most relevant, blind peer-reviewed resources coming out each week. You just can’t get that anywhere else.
  • 30 world-class contributors who are working hard to give you only the latest blind peer reviewed research, thus minimizing the bias of other sites which often are promoting their own, untested theory.
  • Career Fulfillment education that not only teaches you therapy techniques, but teaches you also how to excel and thrive in the career, organizational, and business contexts in which you will apply those techniques. Basically, you’re going to learn how to give better care to your patients AND how to earn more money doing so. No other site teaches about $$$ AT ALL.
  • Our resources put the power back in your hands in your workplace, and basically lets you be your own boss, even if you have another boss. Because you’ll be so good at telling THEM what you need to do your job well, in a way that makes them give that to you with little or no hassle.
  • A vibrant, thriving community of fellow SLP practitioners and experts, who support each other, trade war stories, share knowledge and learning. It’s by far the best, highest-quality nationwide community of SLPs.
  • NO BULLIES in the forums. You’ve probably encountered this before: you join another Facebook group for SLPs, and the discussion is immediately shut down by some arrogant bully who thinks they know everything, and won’t get off their high horse. Because the Admins of those groups aren’t getting paid, they don’t do the hard work of moderating the forums, so they basically devolve into one big megaphone for whoever is the most dominant and loud-mouthed in the group. This ends up providing zero value, and all the people who actually want to contribute scatter away sooner or latter.
  • Because I take this work very seriously, we have several paid moderators who put in a tremendous effort to curate the group. There is ONLY high-quality discussion — and in fact all of the SLPs are there to contribute and learn from each other.
  • Weekly Action Sheets and videos that inspire you and propel you forward in your career and your skill as a clinician.
  • An entire library of past teaching materials, so you get years worth of resources the moment you sign up for even one month.

Basically, it comes down to this:

MedSLP Collective is the best continuing education program for SLPs on the market. There’s not even a close competitor, and I’ve worked my ass off to make sure that’s true–so that you get the best Medical SLP education available anywhere, for a price you can afford.

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