Lymphedema Following Head and Neck Cancer: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment​ – Live Journal Club

Presented by: Kelly Salmon, SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLT-LANA, Brooke Beilman, MS, CCC-SLP and Jessica Lasky, MS, CCC-SLP

October 13, 2021

8:30 PM EST / 7:30 PM CST / 6:30 PM MST / 5:30 PM PST

After this webinar, you will be able to…

  • Participants will identify how lymphatic dysfunction impacts swallowing and communication.
  • Participant will list two ways that a speech-language pathologist can evaluate the impact of chronic edema for head and neck cancer.
  • Participants will list two signs and symptoms that patient with chronic edema may experience.


  • Minutes 0-5: Introduction of topic, articles being covered, and presenters
  • Minutes 5-15: An overview of lymphedema and head and neck cancer as it relates to the medical SLP
  • Minutes 15-58: Educational dialogue regarding lymphedema and head and neck cancer and the clinical implications for the SLP along with Q and A
  • Minutes 58-60: Conclusionary information

Tactile Medical was chosen to participate in this clinical discussion for their expertise and ability to provide information regarding one of multiple treatment options available for lymphedema. It will not be the sole treatment modality discussed. 

Speaker Information


Kelly Salmon  is a speech‐language pathologist specializing in the treatment of 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. Over the course of her career, Kelly has focused on becoming an expert in the treatment of swallowing disorders resulting from many medical conditions including head and neck cancer, stroke, and progressive disease. The use of modalities and device-driven treatments as well as evaluation and treatment of head and neck lymphedema have become focused areas of clinical practice for Kelly over the years. She is also passionate about working with individuals undergoing total laryngectomy to rehabilitate and restore communication and swallowing function throughout the various stages of survivorship. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology through Stockton University in New Jersey, her master’s degree in speech pathology at New York University, and completed her doctorate in speech language pathology at Nova Southeastern University in 2018. She completed a research study examining swallowing-related outcomes for individuals undergoing specialized robotic surgery for head and neck cancer as part of her applied dissertation. This study was recently published in the journal Dysphagia. She is currently involved in research initiatives investigating the relationship between SLPs and Radiologists as interprofessional colleagues in the fluoroscopy suite and is currently planning to investigate the influence of exposing students to training in the technical skills and interpretation of fiberoptic endoscopic examination of swallowing (FEES) procedures within a graduate program on the development of confidence and competence during clinical externships, clinical fellowship, and during early-career experiences.



* Receives payment from the MedSLP Collective for this presentation.
* Receives a salary from Salus University in Elkins Park,PA
* Draws a salary from Salmon Speech Pathology, LLC
* 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

* Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
* Member of the Dysphagia Research Society
* Member of the ASHA Convention 2021 Adult Swallowing Planning Committee
* Member of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association 2022 Convention Planning Committee
* Professional Development Manager (PDM) for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's Special Interest Group 13 – Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
* 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


Brooke Beilman, MS, CCC-SLP is a full-time member of Tactile Medical's Oncology team, a board member for Dysphagia Outreach Project, an affiliate for Medbridge, and has previously worked with SpeechTherapyPD and Tactus Therapy on affiliate projects. She is certified in NMES, myofascial release, and MDTP. She is the recipient of the ASHA ACE Award, co-founder of Servant Leadership, and member of the Medical SLP Collective. Brooke has presented at the state and national levels, has been a guest on the Understanding Dysphagia Podcast: Episode 4., and has been the host for continuing education webinars for both the Medical SLP Collective and Tactile Medical.


Brooke Beilman receives salary from Tactile Medical.

Brooke has no non-financial disclosures.

Jessica Lasky is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist that specializes in dysphagia and the adult and geriatric populations. Jessica has worked in nearly every setting possible from outpatient neuro rehabilitation, stroke, and trauma 1 hospitals, acute rehab facilities, and SNFs. In 2015 Jessica launched her mobile FEES company, Mobile Scope, that provides FEES services throughout the state of Arizona. She has since also launched a CEU company, Evolutionary Education Solutions, focusing on dysphagia and FEES training. Jessica is passionate about patient advocacy, evidence-based practice and continuous clinical growth, and mentoring. Jessica is a clinical mentor and moderator for the MedSLP Collective and enjoys helping fellow clinicians all over the country and the world navigate tricky clinical problems. Jessica is a 4-time ASHA ACE recipient and presents on various topics from dysphagia to delirium all over the United States. Jessica co-founded the Dysphagia Outreach Project along with Hillary Cooper and Michelle Caffaro to help spread education and resources to clinicians and patients working with and impacted by dysphagia. She lives in Phoenix with her husband their three beautiful cats!


Jessica receives a salary from Mobile Scope, Neuro RehabCare, the MedSLP Collective, and Evolutionary Education Solutions. She also receives a consulting fee from the MedSLP Collective. Jessica retains intellectual property rights from Evolutionary Education Solutions. Finally, Jessica has ownership interest in both Mobile Scope and Evolutionary Education Solutions.


Jessica is a member, volunteer, co-founder/owner, and vice president of education for the Dysphagia Outreach Project. Jessica is also an ArSHA Medical Committee board member, ASHA member, and co-founder/member of the Med SLP Arizona Journal Club and Networking Group.

Additional Info and FAQ:

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 live to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you the day after the presentation. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion within 48 hours.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation, we can report your completion to ASHA. ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the ASHA CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

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