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MedSLP Summit Spring 2024:

Advanced Therapy For Complex Patients

MAY 19TH, 2024 – 11 AM – 8 PM EST

After this course, you will be able to…

  • Identify treatment modalities across the lifespan in complex case studies
  • Identify various treatment approaches in the areas of dysphagia,voice, disorders of consciousness, language, augmentative and alternative communication, pediatric feeding disorders, and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Describe how to individualize treatment for their patients.

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy and attend the full webinar to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be available to you after the presentation in the course area. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion inside your course area.

Course Agenda

  • 11:00-12:00 PM ET- Valeria Gary – I’m No Neurologist, but This Seems Atypical; Recognizing Signs of Atypical Parkinsonism
  • 12:00-1:00 PM ET- Ashley Michaelis – Navigating the Complexities of Long-COVID: Advanced Strategies for Speech-Language Pathologists
  • 1:00-1:15 PM ET- Break
  • 1:15-2:15 PM ET- Kristen West – The Management and Treatment of Children with Complex Feeding Needs: A Case Study
  • 2:15-3:15 PM ET- George Barnes – Medically Complex Decision-Making
  • 3:15-3:45 PM ET- Break
  • 3:45-4:45 PM ET- Brett McCardel – Crunch the Numbers: Acalculia in Aphasia
  • 4:45-5:45 PM ET-Isabel Lawton – Treatment of Disorders of Consciousness – Part 2
  • 5:45-6:00 PM ET- Break
  • 6:00-7:00 PM ET- Kelly Salmon – Dysphagia in Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disability – Using Clinic and Community Partnerships to Optimize Outcomes
  • 7:00-8:00 PM ET- Katie Threlkeld – Maximizing Functional Independence Across Environments for AAC Users Through Assistive Technology

Speaker Information and Disclosures

Valeria Gary is a medical SLP, life coach, and mentor. In addition to being a small business owner, she also works for Wellstar Health System and the Medical SLP Collective. Her specialty areas include Parkinson's Disease, motor speech, cognition, and goal attainment. Valeria's outside interests include powerlifting and traveling. Valeria’s certifications include: LSVT LOUD, LSVT LOUD for LIFE, SPEAK OUT!, Precision Nutrition Sleep, Stress Management, and Recovery Coach; ACE Behavior Change Specialist; ACE Personal Trainer; Full Focus Certified Pro; and YNAB Budget Coach.


Financial Disclosures
Wellstar Health System- receive salary
Medical SLP Collective- receive salary
The Welcome Consulting Company- ownership
Parkinson’s Speech Services- ownership

Ashley Michaelis, she/her/hers, began her undergraduate degree in Voice Performance & Music Education at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She encountered her own voice difficulties during her studies and found the field of Speech-Language Pathology as a result. Recognizing the profound impact she could make in helping others rehabilitate their voices, Ashley made the pivotal decision to switch majors.
She went on to earn her graduate degree at the University of Wyoming in 2012. Since then, Ashley has amassed a wealth of clinical experience across diverse settings, including private practice, schools, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and various multidisciplinary clinics. Recognized for her expertise, Ashley has also shared her knowledge as an educator, teaching the Voice Disorders graduate level class at the University of Vermont. Her areas of specialization encompass singing voice rehabilitation, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, upper airway disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders.
Ashley's dedication and contributions to the field have been acknowledged through accolades such as the ASHA ACE Award and her role as a Lead Mentor for the MedSLP Collective. Beyond her professional endeavors, Ashley finds joy in spending quality time with her family and beloved dogs, as well as indulging her passion for performing with her a cappella group.

Non-Financial Disclosures
ASHA Member
SIG3 Affiliate

Financial Disclosures
Owner of Empowered Voice Rehabilitation LLC
MedSLP Collective Lead Mentor
2023 SPEAK OUT! Grant Recipient

Brett McCardel, MS, CCC-SLP, is the owner and founder of Archways – Aphasia Rehabilitation Services, a private practice that specializes in providing speech and language services to people with aphasia. He has worked with people with aphasia across the continuum of care and across a variety of service-delivery models (including telehealth and intensive aphasia programs). He is passionate about aphasia advocacy and promoting a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.

Non-Financial Disclosures
-Aphasia Access member
-Academy for Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences member

Financial Disclosures
-Receiving honoraria from MedSLP Collective for this presentation
-Owner of Archways—Aphasia Rehabilitation Services PLLC
-Previous consultant work with Tactus Therapy

Kelly Salmon SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLT-LANA, NDC is a speech-language pathologist specializing in treating adults with communication and swallowing disorders across the continuum of care. She has been a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) since 2011 and earned designation in 2014 as a Lymphology Association of North America Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA) specializing in the treatment of head and neck lymphedema. Throughout her career, Kelly has focused on becoming an expert in treating swallowing disorders resulting from many medical conditions, including head and neck cancer, stroke, and progressive neurologic disease. Modalities and device-driven treatments for dysphagia and oncology rehabilitation, including rehabilitation post-total laryngectomy, have become focused areas of clinical practice for Kelly over the years. Kelly takes pride in contributing to the field of speech-language pathology through teaching and supervising graduate-level students, presenting posters and lectures at national conferences, and engaging in multidisciplinary research initiatives. She is an Associate Professor at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a PhD in Biomedicine and maintains a small private clinical practice and a medical speech pathology consulting business.

Non-Financial Disclosures
Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Member of the Dysphagia Research Society
Member of the ASHA Convention 2020 Issues in Head and Neck Cancer Planning Committee
Member of the ASHA Convention 2021-2023 Adult Swallowing Topic Planning Committees
ASHA SIG-13 Professional Development Manager (PDM), Term 2021-2023
Member of the Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Association
Member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Member of the Lymphology Association of North America

Financial Disclosures
Receives a salary from Salus University in Elkins Park, PA
Draws a salary from Forward Focused, LLC
Receives compensation (honoraria and consulting fee) from CIAO Seminars
Receives compensation (honoraria and consulting fee) from The MedSLP Collective

Isabel Lawton has been a practicing SLP for more than 10 years. She has worked with patients across the lifespan, from the NICU to geriatric care, in a variety of settings. Isabel specializes in acute care, dysphagia, brain injury, disorders of consciousness, professional issues, pediatrics, medical complexity, mentoring, and patient advocacy. She is passionate about teaching and mentoring students and peers alike. Isabel has been a member of the MedSLP Collective since it's inception years and proudly serves as a mentor for the Collective and for the MedSLP Ed. She is a self described continuous learner who is driven to improve outcomes for everyone she encounters. Isabel splits her time between the acute care setting and her own private practice.

Financial Disclosures
I will receive an honorarium for this presentation from the MedSLP Collective. I also receive a salary from Jacksonville area medical facilities for PRN employment. I am the owner of The Grove Therapy Co. I am a mentor for the Med SLP Collective and the MedSLP Ed and receive payment for that role.

Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Member of ASHA SIG 13 – Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
  • Member of ASHA SIG 18 – Telepractice


Kristen West, Ed.D. CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at PennWest University. Clinically, Kristen has experience in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, pediatric acute care, outpatient and school-based services. Prior to joining PennWest, she helped establish a public-school feeding program and served as a consultant for the same program. Kristen is also a member and volunteer for SIG-13, PSHA, Feeding Matters and ASHA. She serves as the ASHA CoA SLP member for PA. Kristen is passionate about advocating for feeding and swallowing services for children and their families across the continuum of care and ensuring equitable access to services for all.

Non-Financial Disclosures
Volunteer for ASHA and Feeding Matters

Financial Disclosures
Paid contractor for the MedSLP Collective
Paid employee of Pennwest

George Barnes MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders who has developed expertise in dysphagia management, focusing on diagnostics and clinical decision-making in the medically complex population. George yearns to make education useful and quality care accessible. With a passion for food and a deep appreciation for the joy and connection it brings to our lives, he has dedicated his life to helping others enjoy this simple but deep-rooted pleasure.

Non-Financial Disclosures

Financial Disclosures
Receive an honoraria from Medical SLP Collective

Katie Threlkeld, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP is a licensed, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) and a Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) certified assistive technology professional (ATP) with almost 10 years of clinical experience in AAC, neurogenic communication disorders, motor speech disorders, and aural rehabilitation assessment and intervention across the lifespan. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Virtual Clinic Coordinator in the Katz School for Science and Health at Yeshiva University, the Educational Program Developer at Forbes AAC, and a paid mentor for the Medical SLP Collective. She serves on the ASHA SIG 2 (Neurogenic Communication Disorders) Professional Development Committee and is certified in SPEAK OUT! and LSVT Loud. Katie has presented at the state and national level on topics related to motor speech disorders, AAC, and aural rehabilitation and has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is currently a Doctor of Education student at Rockhurst University with a concentration in Higher Education, expected graduation in May, 2025. When not engaging in teaching, scholarship, and service, Katie likes to travel, spend time with her family and friends, golf, and go to sporting events cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Arkansas Razorbacks.

Non-Financial Disclosures
Member of ASHA.

Financial Disclosures
Will receive an honorarium from the Medical SLP Collective for this presentation.
Fulltime, salaried employee of Yeshiva University.
Adjunct faculty at the University of Arkansas and Rockhurst University.
Part-time paid employee at Forbes AAC.
Paid mentor of the Medical SLP Collective.

Additional FAQs

Can I get ASHA CEUS for this Course?

After watching the summit presentations, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy and attend the full webinar to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be available to you after the presentation in the course area. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion inside your course area.

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this summit is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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