Conference Faculty Dysphagia in Older Adults

2017 Dyshagia - RegistrationBrenda Arend, MA, CCC-SLP, attended Washington State University. She has almost 30 years of experience working in a wide variety of settings with both children and adults. She was a member and panel chair of the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) for 12 years. Currently, she works in the acute care setting at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, and also serves on the hospital ethics board. Arend has particular interests in dysphagia, ethics, and end-of-life care.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speech-language pathologist in acute care at Providence St. Peter Hospital
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of the Ethics Board at Providence St. Peter Hospital
  • Has worked with palliative care services for 7 years

​John R. Ashford, PhD, CCC-SLP, is education director and co-owner of SA Swallowing Services, provider of instrumental dysphagia assessment services to health care facilities and FEES training courses. He holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in speech pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD from Vanderbilt University. He served as a medical speech-language pathologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs for 28 years and as associate professor at Tennessee State University and adjunct clinical professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for 25 years. He served as president of the Tennessee Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a life member of ASHA. He is published and has presented at the local, state, national, and international levels with special research interests in evidence-based practice and dysphagia treatments, oral care and dysphagia, analysis of FEES studies, and factors in the development of pneumonia from aspiration in patients with dysphagia.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Educational director and a co-owner of SA Swallowing Services, PLLC
  • Consultant for the Tennessee Department of Health
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP, practices privately as a speech-language pathologist. Her extensive clinical experience has included work with adults in the post-acute, long-term care, and home health settings. Benigas' research interests include improving quality of life for persons with dementia, specifically those who have difficulties eating and swallowing. Her research has incorporated the use of spaced retrieval to teach swallowing strategies so that individuals with dementia can avoid unwanted dietary modifications. She has traveled nationally to speak with other SLPs and is a former professor. Benigas received a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate in speech and hearing science with an interdisciplinary specialization in aging from The Ohio State University. She is the coauthor of Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speech-language pathologist in private practice
  • Author royalties from Northern Speech Services
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Mary L. Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, is currently the corporate rehabilitation consultant for speech pathology with HCR ManorCare. In her more than 25 years in the profession, Casper has focused clinically on swallowing disorders in the geriatric population and communication intervention for individuals with dementia. Casper served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 15 (Gerontology) from 2008-2013, was the ASHA Convention Swallowing Program Topic Chair for 2013 and 2014, and the Business, Management, Ethics & Professional Issues Topic Chair for 2015 and 2016. She is the SLP co-chair of the ASHA Convention in 2017. She represents the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the StAMP (State Advocates for Medicare Policy) liaison.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Corporate rehabilitation consultant at HCR ManorCare
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Heather Clark, PhD, CCC-SLP, is chair of speech pathology in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her clinical responsibilities include differential diagnosis of communication and swallowing disorders in adults and children. Over the past 20 years, her research has included a review of neuromuscular treatments, drawing heavily from the literature of related disciplines, including exercise physiology and physical rehabilitation. Through review of the neuromuscular physiology of the speech and swallowing musculature, Clark continues to explore the application of neuromuscular treatments to dysarthria and neurogenic dysphagia.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Chair of speech pathology in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic
  • Royalties from Pro-ed
  • Research funding from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA Special Interest Group 13
  • Member of the Dysphagia Research Society

James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ​​teaches, conducts research, and trains SLP master’s and doctoral students in the departments of Communication Science and Disorders and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh and co-developed the medical SLP clinical doctorate program. He is an ASHA Fellow and teaches nationally and internationally on issues related to diagnosis and management of oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults and the integration of disease pathophysiology in the management of swallowing disorders. Coyle is Board Certified by the American Board of Swallowing Disorders. He sees patients regularly and is currently funded by NIH to investigate and develop dysphagia screening instrumentation. He is concerned about the growth of the breadth of the professional mandate in health care settings, in light of the inability of educational programs to provide the necessary development of skill and education in these emerging areas to the level needed in modern health care settings.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Kate Krival, PhD, CCC-SLP, ​has been practicing since 1985 as a speech-language pathologist. In 2007, she earned a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a focus in Medical Speech Pathology from the University of Cincinnati. Today, she is an associate professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in anatomy, neuroscience, counseling, dysphagia, and voice and is particularly interested in clinical decision-making in medical speech-language pathology. Because of her work in several palliative care settings and her experiences as a family member of a patient in palliative care, Krival has a particular interest in working to promote the integration of ethical standards and participation outcomes into clinical decision-making at all stages of palliation.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Associate professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Father was a patient of palliative care from 2007-2010

​Michelle McDonagh, RD, CD, is the registered dietitian for the outpatient Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis and General Internal Medicine Clinics at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. McDonagh earned a bachelor of science degree in human nutrition with a diploma in aea studies from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. She holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in dietetics from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Registered dietitian at Froedtert Hospital
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Kevin Patterson, MD, obtained his MD in 2003 from New York Medical College before completing a residency in adult psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. He subsequently worked as adult psychiatry faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in psychosomatic medicine, ultimately serving as the director of the Section of Psycho-oncology. A member of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and expert in cancer care psychiatry, Patterson sees medically complicated patients with comorbid mental health conditions. He is also a distinguished clinical educator and lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to chronic illness and psychiatry.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Psychiatrist in private practice
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association

Luis F. Riquelme, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an associate professor at New York Medical College and the director of Barrique Speech-Language Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. He obtained his MS from Columbia University and completed his PhD at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Riquelme is currently chair of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and a board member of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI). He is a past chair of the New York State Board on Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and past president of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is also past chair of the ASHA Multicultural Issues Board and the recipient of the 2006 Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs of ASHA. In 2009, he was recognized as a Fellow of ASHA. He has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to dysphagia, quality improvement, multiculturalism, bilingualism, and leadership. Riquelme has also authored articles on cultural competence, dysphagia, community education with healthy elders, and professional issues.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Associate professor at New York Medical College
  • Director of Barrique Speech-Language Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Chair of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (AB-SSD)
  • Board member of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)

Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the departments of Medicine and Surgery and affiliate faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, she is the director of the Swallowing Research Program in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital as well as director of the multi-site Veteran Health Administration’s (VHA) Swallow STRONG clinical program. The goal of Rogus-Pulia’s research program is to systematically identify and characterize factors underlying dysphagia in older adults and translate these findings into novel, evidence-based treatments for prevention of pneumonia onset. Her specific research interests include the effects of tongue strengthening on swallow function and health status, the impact of altered salivary production on swallowing, and the design of interventional studies for dysphagia in patients with dementia. Rogus-Pulia has grant funding from the VHA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) to support this work.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Director of the Swallowing Research Program at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
  • Research grants from the Veterans Health Administration Central Office
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of and has served on committees for ASHA and the Dysphagia Research Society

​Erin Scott, MD, is a general internist who received fellowship training in geriatric medicine at Summa Health System and in palliative medicine at The Ohio State Univeristy Wexner Medical Center. Her clinical interests focus on improving communication between physicians and their patients and families when faced with a life-threatening illness, understanding patient and caregiver needs, and translating these communication skills to training physicians in medical education.

Financial Disclosures:

  • General internist at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Michelle Tristani, MS, CCC-SLP, is a regional director of resident services with Benchmark Senior Living. She has worked for Kindred Healthcare as the national rehab clinical specialist for speech-language pathology for 14 years. Tristani holds a BA in English and communication disorders from Boston College and an MS in speech-language pathology from the University of Rhode Island. Having practiced across the continuum of care from acute care to short-term rehab to long-term care, Tristani has specialized in adult and geriatric cognitive disorders. She has presented at many workshops, conferences, and seminars focusing on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, assessment and management of cognitive disorders, swallowing disorders in the cognitively impaired patient, speech pathology services in the tracheostomized and ventilator-dependent patient, palliative care, and professional/workplace etiquette. Tristani serves as a member of the Gerontology Coordinating Committee for ASHA. She has published articles in Perspectives and in McKnight’s Long Term Care Magazine.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Regional director of resident services with Benchmark Senior Living
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

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