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Conference Faculty for the ASHA Health Care Summit

Grand Rounds in COVID-19 Rehab

June 8–20, 2022 | Online Conference
June 25, 2022 | In-Person Workshop, MGH Institute, Boston

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Rebecca Boersma, MA, CCC-SLP, works as a speech-language pathologist at George Washington University Hospital in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, having received her master's degree from the University of Minnesota. Rebecca focuses on person-centered, functional approaches for neurogenic disorders and treats patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and neuromuscular diseases. Rebecca also works with individuals with head and neck cancer undergoing radiation treatment. Rebecca first began working with patients with COVID-19 in acute care in 2020 and has since helped launch the Post-COVID-19 Outpatient Recovery Clinic to serve individuals with persistent cognitive, swallowing, and voice difficulties post-COVID-19.

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  • None

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Irene Brettman, MS, CCC-SLP, is an inpatient acute and outpatient medical speech-language pathologist at the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a particular interest in the neurogenic adult population, telemedicine, cultural humility in medical speech-language pathology, and palliative care. She received her master’s degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Speech Pathology degree at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Employee of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

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  • None

Alexa DiPalma, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, is a speech-language pathologist with over 5 years of experience in the medical field. She has spent the majority of her career practicing in long-term acute care hospitals, caring for medically complex patients and the tracheostomy/ventilator-dependent population. Alexa’s areas of interest include dysphagia, head and neck cancer, and disorders of consciousness. She received her certification as a brain injury specialist in 2018. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Employee of Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

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  • None

Hadas Golan, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and board-certified speech-language pathologist currently working at the voice and swallowing center in Boston University Medical Center. Her clinical expertise includes voice disorders and care of the professional voice, and respiratory/upper airway disorders. She received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2002, and her undergraduate degree, BEd in Music, from the Rubin Music Academy in Jerusalem, Israel in 1991. Hadas is a Buteyko breathing educator and trainer. She has developed courses for SLPs and has been training practitioners since 2012. She has recently completed a comprehensive training by the Integrative Breathing Therapy Institute. She is an active contributor to the research literature on the topics of Buteyko breathing and vocal cord dysfunction and has co-authored a textbook chapter on the speech-language pathologist’s management of chronic cough. Hadas incorporates her broad training background of breathing, voice, and manual techniques into a holistic wellness model for voice and breathing rehabilitation. She continues to lecture nationally and internationally on the topics of breathing and voice.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

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  • None

Jessica Gormley, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. Her interests center upon improving interactions among people with limited speech, their families, and staff in health care settings. Through Jessica’s research, she aims to develop and evaluate strategies (e.g., augmentative and alternative communication tools and trainings) to equip health care providers to become effective communication partners with people with complex communication needs.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Employee of University of Nebraska Medical Center

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  • Patient-Provider Communication Network co-organizer
    Patient-Provider Communication Network member
  • USSAAC member

Emily Hyle, MD, MSc, is a clinician-investigator in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, an assistant professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Jerome and Celia Reich Endowed Scholar in HIV/AIDS Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hyle is a board-certified infectious disease physician who provides inpatient consultative care for hospitalized patients. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Boston, Dr. Hyle co-developed the institutional response at Massachusetts General Hospital regarding the review of all negative COVID-19 tests among hospitalized patients who were COVID-19 suspects. She also served as the co-leader of the Healthcare Steering Committee for the Implementation Working Group of the MassGeneral Brigham (MGB) Center for COVID Innovation; Dr. Hyle helped to develop pilot programs to incorporate novel approaches and diagnostics to COVID-19 testing within the health care system at MGB to improve access to and equity within clinical care. With collaborators at the Medical Practice Evaluation Center, Dr. Hyle developed a novel simulation model for COVID-19 with an emphasis on investigating policies to improve clinical outcomes for vulnerable populations and resource utilization.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Honorarium at American College of Cardiology for lecture on COVID-19 antibody testing

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  • None

Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, is Vice President of Clinical Services for Broad River Rehab. She serves as the Professional Development Manager for ASHA’s gerontology special interest group and is the ASHA STAMP for Kentucky, a member of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine community faculty, and an alternate advisor to the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC).

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

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  • None

Amanda Koechel, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist who currently works as an Advanced Clinician in the Rehabilitation Department at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. Her role is rehabilitating patients with complex medical conditions, with a focus in transplant and oncology diagnoses. She has been a physical therapist for nearly 5 years and would one day be interested in working with the postpartum population in an inpatient setting. In her free time, Amanda enjoys teaching fitness classes; spending time with her cat, Mo; and frequenting Trader Joe's.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Employee of Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

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  • None

Hailey Massimino, MS, CCC-SLP, has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for 4 years and is currently employed as an advanced clinician at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. As an SLP in a long-term acute care setting, she works with patients with a variety of medical diagnoses including cardio-pulmonary, traumatic brain injury, oncology, and patients recovering from COVID-19. In addition to her clinical work, Hailey has experience with supervision of graduate students, mentoring new staff members, and facilitating an inpatient ENT clinic. Hailey’s areas of clinical interest include swallowing and communication disorders in the head & neck cancer population as well as patients with pulmonary disease.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Employee of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

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  • None

Shibani S. Mukerji, MD, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Neurology Infectious Diseases Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Mukerji trained in neurology and neurology-infectious diseases in the MGH/Brigham and Women's Hospital residency and fellowship programs. Her K23-funded research focuses on integrating patient-derived data and metabolite profiling to identify biomarkers of depression in adults with HIV. She has led efforts to improve our understanding of neurological manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection, including neuropathological and neuroradiographic manifestations of COVID-19. Mukerji is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Rappaport Foundation, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Grant and salary support from National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health, James S. McDonnell Foundation, and Rappaport Fellowship 

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  • Volunteer board member of Healing Our Community Collaborative (a nonprofit)

Keshrie Naidoo, PT, DPT, EdD, is an Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in the Physical Therapy Department. She is also the Director of the Academic Curriculum and the Director of the MGH Institute Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She also serves as a Teaching Assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Education and is residency faculty in the Massachusetts General Hospital Physical Therapy Services Neurologic Residency. Dr. Naidoo earned her Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education with a focus on leadership contexts in education. Her research interests include social belonging, culturally responsive pedagogy, and equity in health professions education.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

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  • None

Tim Nanof, MSW, is ASHA's Director of Health Care and Education Policy. He leads the Health Care & Education Policy Team, which is focused on reimbursement and regulatory issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, education, and other federal programs. Nanof is the staff ex-officio to the ASHA Health Care Economics Committee and provides leadership related to ASHA's policy development efforts across settings. Before coming to ASHA, he was the American Occupational Therapy Association's Director of Federal Affairs for 8 years.

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  • ASHA staff 

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  • None

Colleen M. O'Quinn, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist (OT) at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care Cambridge, which is a long-term acure care hospital, and is certifed as a brain injury specialist (CBIS) and strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). O'Quinn provides OT services to patients with complex medical needs, including a large majority of patients with neurological impairments. One of the units O'Quinn works on is a dedicated brain injury/neuro unit, which includes patients recovering from traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, or other neurological incident.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Employee of Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care Cambridge

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Luis F. Riquelme, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an Associate Professor at New York Medical College and Director of Barrique Speech-Language Pathology, PC. Riquelme has authored articles on dysphagia, multiculturalism, and quality improvement. Luis has extensive experience in program development and quality service management in both acute and long-term care settings. His research focuses on the impact of cutlure on our professions, changes in swallow physioloogy in persons with dementia, and pill swallowing patterns. He has served on multiple boards and committees including Chair of the American Board of Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders; Chair of NYS Licensure Board; Past President of NYSSLHA; Chair of Multicultural Issues Board; and others. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of IDDSI and sits on ASHA's Health Care Economics Committee. He has presented locally and internationally.

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  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

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  • None

Stephanie Scibilia, MS, CCC-SLP, is an inpatient adult speech-language pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her areas of interest include supporting communication between patients, providers, and caregivers with acute and chronic needs, particularly those receiving mechanical ventilation. Stephanie is part of a group of passionate SLPs who are dedicated to the growth of a hospital-wide AAC program within the inpatient setting. Prior to MGH, she worked at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey, for 6 years.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Employee of Massachusetts General Hospital 

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Patient-Provider Communication Network member

Julie Sullivan, MS, is the Program Manager of the COVID-19 Recovery Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., an innovative, multidisciplinary clinic serving the needs of patients with post-acute sequalae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC). As a speech-language pathologist, Julie has worked in sub-acute rehab, early intervention, and skilled nursing. She was Director of Rehabilitation for outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. Julie was an adjunct instructor at Northeastern University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in speech-language pathology. She has also worked as a state surveyor, conducting health and safety surveys of Medicare-accredited skilled nursing facilities.

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  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

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  • None

Joel VanEaton, BSN, RN, RAC-CTA, Master Teacher, is the EVP of PAC Regulatory Affairs and Education at Broad River Rehab, serving facilities across the nation. Joel began his career in LTC as an MDS coordinator and worked for many years as the director of clinical  reimbursement and RAI for a group of nursing facilities across the southeast. Joel has contributed to McKnight’s LTC News and the AAPACN Leader for the NAC. He currently serves on the AAPACN Expert Advisory Panel and as a board member on the AAPACN Education Foundation. Joel presents regularly on all subjects related  to state and federal regulation, the MDS, and clinical reimbursement.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

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  • None

Sarah Wallace OBE, PGDip FRCSLT, is a consultant speech-language pathologist with over 30 years experience as an acute medical SLP. Sarah specialises in critical care and dysphagia at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, UK, and is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester. She holds national leadership roles in the UK and represents SLP on the Intensive Care Society (ICS), is SLP lead for the the National Tracheostomy Safety Project, and is a specialist advisor to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in FEES, tracheostomy, critical care, and dysphagia. She teaches internationally, conducts clinical research into dysphagia and laryngeal complications of intubation and tracheostomy, and has authored over 60 publications. She won a British Medical Journal award, an Intensive Care Society Award, and ASHA Editors award in 2021 for projects and publications related to tracheostomy care. She has made numerous contributions to national policies and clinical guidelines for the ICS and RCSLT. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah developed clinical research, guidance, and strategy for the RCSLT COVID-19 Advisory Group, SLP COVID-19 Global Group, and ICS National Rehabilitation Collaborative alongside her clinical work on ICU. She volunteers for Speech Therapy Cambodia with an NGO developing dysphagia services in public hospitals. Sarah was recently awarded an RCSLT Fellowship for her contribution to the profession and received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to the National Health Service.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation  

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  • None
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