Professional Growth Workshop

SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2027

After this workshop, you will be able to…

  • Identify strategies to avoid thinking traps and how redirection can assist with professional growth.

  • Identify key interview and resume considerations.

  • Identify student networking opportunities.

  • Describe resources for self-advocacy and program development.

  • List strategies for obtaining sources and proper citation format.

Agenda: Recording 1:

  • 0-30 minutes: Rejection is Redirection-What to consider when you don't get the position you want – Theresa Richard, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
  • 30-60 minutes: Five Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Get the Respect That You Deserve – Valeria Gary, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • 60-90 minutes: What would you do when opportunity knocks? – Kathryn Moore, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • 90-120 minutes: How to Obtain a Medical CF – Amanda Weissberg, M.S., CCC-SLP/Kahla Graham, M.S.,CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Recording 2

  • 0-30 minutes: How to Get Started with APA Formatting and Conducting a Literature Search – Kelly Salmon, SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLT-LANA, NDC
  • 30-60 minutes: Interview Prep: How to Prepare – Lysa Johnson, M.S.,CCC-SLP
  • 60-90 minutes: It's a Trap! Challenging your mindset to further your skills – Mary Burns MS, CCC-SLP, BCPA
  • 90-120 minutes: Resume Writing for SLPs –  Isabel Lawton,M.S.,CCC-SLP

Speaker Information


Kelly Salmon SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLT-LANA, NDC 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. A recent study exploring the relationship between SLPs and Radiologists as interprofessional colleagues in the fluoroscopy suite was published in the radiology journal Clinical Imaging. She is currently involved in research initiatives investigating 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 and a pilot study examining the impact of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on orofacial spasticity in a subset of individuals diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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 has recently transitioned from full-time clinical practice to the academic setting as an Assistant Professor at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. She also maintains a small clinical private practice and a medical speech pathology consulting business.

Financial Disclosures:
Kelly receives a salary from Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. She draws a salary from Forward Focused, LLC. She also receives compensation (honoraria and consulting fee) from CIAO Seminars and receives compensation (honoraria and consulting fee) from The MedSLP Collective.

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 & 2022 Adult Swallowing Topic Planning Committee
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

Kathryn Weber Moore M.S. CCC-SLP


Financial Disclosures:
Kathryn will receive honoraria from MedSLP Collective for this presentation. Kathryn receives a salary from Duke University Health System. She also is a MedSLP Collective Mentor and Community Manager and receives fees for these roles.

No non-financial disclosures

Isabel Lawton M.S.,CCC-SLP

Isabel Lawton M.S.,CCC-SLP is a Jacksonville area SLP with nearly ten years of experience in various settings, working across the lifespan. She currently works in the acute care setting but has experience in the NICU, SNF, inpatient rehabilitation, schools, early intervention, mobile therapy, and private practice. In addition to her clinical work, Isabel is a fierce patient advocate who leads regular in-services and webinars on various topics related to Speech Pathology to multiple disciplines, including nursing, physicians, and administration. She has led several initiatives for improved patient outcomes, including the reinstatement of video swallow studies for dysphagia management at the height of the pandemic. Isabel loves contributing to the profession by mentoring student clinicians. Before becoming an SLP, Isabel earned bachelor degrees in International Business and Marketing. She enjoys integrating her knowledge of the private sector and professional development in her clinical practice to help her teammates and students be well-rounded clinically and professionally. She earned her Master's in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University. Aside from her love of all things SLP, Isabel loves spending time with her husband, two kids, and a huge family. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and all things related to art in any form. Oh, and true crime podcasts!

Financial Disclosures:
Isabel will receive honoraria from the MedSLP Collective for this presentation.

Non-financial Disclosures:

Valeria Gary, M.A., CCC-SLP

Valeria Gary, M.A., CCC-SLP owns Southeast Parkinson’s Speech Services LLC, where she provides maintenance speech therapy services. She also owns Total Body Cognition LLC, empowering those living with chronic conditions to minimize symptoms and thrive through nutrition, physical activity, and education. Valeria holds certifications in Speech-Language Pathology (since 1990), Personal Training, Brain Health Training, Behavior Change, Nutrition Coaching, and Health Coaching.

At Wellstar Kennestone Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Clinic, Valeria provides clinical services, supervises graduate students, and co-hosts a monthly Parkinson’s support group. Her specialty certifications include LSVT-LOUD, LSVT-LOUD for Life, Speak OUT!, McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program, and MBSImP (Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile).

As a mentor for the Medical SLP Collective, Valeria assists Speech-Language Pathologists in providing evidence-based care for Parkinson’s Disease, motor speech disorders, and cognition. Valeria also serves as a co-chair of the Diversity Collaboration Committee, acting as an advisor on increasing cultural responsiveness within the organization.

Financial Disclosures:
Valeria has an ownership interest in Southeast Parkinson's Speech Services LLC and Total Body Cognition LLC. She is a paid employee of Wellstar Health System. She is also a contractor for the Medical SLP Collective and will receive an honorarium for this presentation.

Non-financial Disclosures:
Mentor: ASHA S.T.E.P. Program, Heart 2 Heart Mentoring, and The Focused Clinician
Certification: Full Focus Planner Certified Pro

Mary Burns, MS, CCC-SLPA, BCPA

Mary Burns, MS, CCC-SLPA, BCPA is a medical speech-language pathologist and Board Certified Patient Advocate. She has worked across the spectrum of care for 8+ years. She is located in Bend, Oregon and owns the private practice, Overland Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation

Financial Disclosures:
Mary will receive an honorarium from Medical SLP Collective for this presentation. She is also the owner of The Sustainable Clinician and Overland Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation.

Non-financial Disclosures:

Amanda Weissberg, M.S., CCC-SLP

Amanda Weissberg has five years of experience as an acute care speech pathologist treating medically complex patient populations. She has worked within a continuum of medical settings: skilled nursing facilities, sub-acute, inpatient rehabilitation, and acute care (including critical care). She currently works as a per-diem acute care speech pathologist within two hospitals in Dallas, TX. She is a multiple ASHA ACE award recipient and has volunteered as an ASHA S.T.E.P mentor for two consecutive years. Amanda dedicates a significant amount of her time to her social media platform, @millennialmedslp, to provide evidence-based information regarding swallowing and swallowing disorders, share the latest research and practices, and create a community through unity of the speech-language pathology population.

Financial Disclosures:
Amanda will receive honorarium for this presentation from Med SLP Collective. Amanda is a Med SLP Collective Affiliate.
Non-financial Disclosures:
Content creator for @millennialmedslp

Kahla Graham, M.S.,CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Kahla Graham is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), and PhD student in Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris’ Swallowing Cross-Systems Collaborative at Northwestern University. Kahla completed her Clinical Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch where she received in-depth training in the evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders within the acute hospital setting. She continued her career as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist and clinical supervisor within the acute care setting, working for over 5 years before pursuing her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Martin-Harris. Kahla is passionate about clinical education and mentorship, and she strives to make professional development opportunities more accessible to students and early career professionals.

Financial Disclosures:
Kahla will receive honorarium for this presentation from the Med SLP Collective. Kahla is Med SLP Collective Affiliate. She receives a graduate stipend and hourly pay at Northwestern University.

Non-financial Disclosures:
Member of ASHA SIG13 Professional Development Committee

Lysa Johnson, M.S.,CCC-SLP

Lysa Johnson received her Masters Degrees in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Minnesota- Duluth. She is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Clinical Mentor and Rehabilitation Program Development Specialist with Benedictine. Mrs. Johnson holds ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, is a member of ASHA Special Interest Group 13 (Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders), a member of the Twin Cities Speech Language Pathology Organization and has over ten years’ experience as an SLP. She is a certified Dementia Capable Care Trainer, Teepa Snow Dementia Educator and Alzheimer’s outreach Mentor. Ms. Johnson sits on the Leadership and Corporate sponsors board for Dementia Action Alliance, the ‘Evidence based practices' committee for Faith Community Nurse Network and is a member of the International Council on Active Aging. Her clinical focus includes work with transitional care units, rehab and skilled nursing facilities, home health and outpatient clinics focusing on interdisciplinary program development, CMS and insurance regulations across care settings, patient and clinician education and program development. Ms. Johnson is a Clinical Fellowship Supervisor, New Hire SLP Mentor and Clinical Advisor for SLP applicants within Benedictine.

Financial Disclosures:
Lysa will receive an honorarium from Med SLP Collective for this presentation.
Lysa receives a salary from Benedictine.

Non-financial Disclosures:

Theresa Richard, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Theresa Richard is a medical speech-language pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. While owning and operating a mobile FEES business, she discovered a gap in the clinical knowledge of medical SLPs. She created the Swallow Your Pride podcast which debuted at #11 on the Science and Medicine chart and currently has over 3 million downloads. She has been an invited keynote speaker for several conventions, has served as President of the Nevada Speech & Hearing Association, and has been featured in Authority Magazine, Medium, and Thrive Global.

Theresa continues to work tirelessly to advocate for patients with swallowing disorders and was invited to contribute to 2 papers for the Dysphagia journal on assessing and treating dysphagia during COVID. The recent release of her new book for patients with dysphagia called “So You’re Having Trouble Swallowing,” is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble best seller.

Theresa is the founder and CEO of the Medical SLP Collective which currently has over 6,000 members to provide editorial-reviewed resources, webinars for ASHA CEUs, and mentorship. She also created MedSLP Education which provides solid foundational medical courses exclusively for SLPs and a Medical SLP Certification program.

Financial Disclosures:
Theresa is the owner of the Medical SLP Collective and MedSLP Ed.  

Non-financial Disclosures:

Additional Info and FAQ:

Can I get continuing education for this workshop?  

After watching the workshop as a member of the Medical SLP Collective, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you. Once completed, you can download a certificate of completion immediately.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation and you are a Member of the Medical SLP Collective, 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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Who is this workshop appropriate for?  

The target audience for this workshop 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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Professional Growth Workshop – Recording