Presenter Name: Dr. Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Bio:  Natalie Douglas is Lead Collaborator at Practical Implementation Collaborative and a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Central Michigan University. Her work aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, aphasia, and other communication disorders in adults. She additionally partners with healthcare and educational teams to increase the uptake of evidence-based practices through implementation science.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary from Central Michigan University, 2013-present
  • Salary from the Informed SLP, 2019-present
  • Royalties from Plural Publication
  • Research funding from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
  • Honorarium from LSHA 

Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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Presenter Name: Chyna Blankenship, M.A., CCC-SLP

Bio: Chynah Blankenship received her BA in 2013 and MA in 2015 from Louisiana Tech University. She is currently a practicing medical SLP in inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. She has experience working with pediatrics, adults and geriatrics diagnosed with acquired brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. She has a strong passion for the following areas: dysphagia, neurobehavioral, and patients with tracheostomies or on mechanical ventilation.

Financial Disclosures: Employee of TIRR Memorial Hermann

Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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Presenter Name: Cindy Herde. M.A., CCC-SLP

Bio: Cindy Herdé, works as a pediatric feeding specialist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL and founded Talk Eat Play, a pediatric consulting practice with a focus on parent education. She is an adjunct professor at Albizu University in both Miami and San Juan. A graduate of the University of Central Florida and has practiced in Boston and Chicago, before settling in Miami with her family. She is an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Group 13,

Financial Disclosures: Salary compensation at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Albizu University.

Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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Presenter Name: Heather Barber, M.S., CCC-SLP

Bio: Heather Barber works at Tulane Medical Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Nicholls and graduated from Southeastern with her Master’s. She is most interested in the neuro and trach/vent population.

Financial Disclosures: None

Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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Presenter Name: Hillary Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP

Bio: Hillary got her start in speech-language pathology in an outpatient private practice in Leesville, Louisiana. She has since worked in long-term care facilities, acute care, and home health. In 2016, Hillary started her own private practice and then created North Louisiana Swallow Solutions, a mobile FEES company. In 2019, Hillary co-founded Dysphagia Outreach Project, and in 2020 Hillary joined forces with Jessica Lasky and Michael Kurtz to establish Evolutionary Education Solutions, an ASHA-approved CEU Provider. Hillary is the current LSHA President-Elect and Convention Chair and a former winner of the LSHA Rita Buller Keller Award.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner of North Louisiana Swallow Solutions
  • Co-Owner of Evolutionary Education Solutions
  • Adjunct Clinical Instructor at University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Peer Mentor & Content Creator for The Medical SLP Collective

Non-Financial Disclosures:

  • President & Co-Founder of Dysphagia Outreach Project
  • 2021-2022 President-Elect & Convention Chair of LSHA

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Presenter Name: Theresa H. Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, L-SLP, EdS (LD) 

Bio: Theresa Rodgers is a speech-language pathologist and special education consultant in the metro Baton Rouge area. She is a former Chief Administrative Officer for a government entity, and a former special education supervisor and speech-language pathologist for the Ascension Parish School System where she was employed for thirty-three years. Theresa was the 2020 ASHA President, is a former Chair of the ASHA Board of Ethics, the Committee on Nominations and Elections, and the Council for Clinical Certification. She was previously a member of ASHA’s Board of Directors from 2012-2014, serving as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy. Theresa is a former President of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the Council of State Association Presidents, and the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She served six (nonconsecutive) terms on the Louisiana licensure board including three years as Chair, co-authored a Code of Ethics for SLP assistants, and has been instrumental in revision and passage of the Louisiana practice act and regulations.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Registration discount to this conference

Non-Financial Disclosures: 

  • Member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Former Member & Chair of ASHA's Board of Ethics
  • Former Member & Chair of the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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Presenter Name: Kristen West, M.A., CCC-SLP

Bio: Kristen West, MA CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is a doctoral student pursuing her EdD at Slippery Rock University. Clinically, Kristen has with experience in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, pediatric acute care, outpatient and school-based services. Prior to joining Edinboro University, she helped establish a public school safe feeding program and served as a safe feeding consultant for the same educational agency. Currently, Kristen serves as the director of education for the Dysphagia Outreach Project She is also a member of SIG-13. In addition, she continues to maintain a PRN position at a pediatric hospital. Kristen has presented at the local, state, and national levels on the topic pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Kristen is passionate advocating for feeding and swallowing services for children and their families across the continuum of care and ensuring equitable access to services for all children in need.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant Professor Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Receives an Honorarium for mentorship in the MedSLP Collective

Non-Financial Disclosures: 

  • ASHA Committee of Ambassadors Speech-Language Pathology Member-Pennsylvania

  • Dysphagia Outreach Project- Vice President for Pediatric Affairs
  • ASHA Topic Committee Member: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
  • SIG 13 Member
  • PSHA Member

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Raquel Garcia, SLP-D, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT, BCS-S 

    Bio: Raquel Garcia is a trained craniofacial and feeding specialist who has worked in infant critical care units for over 10 years. She has lectured at the national and state level on pediatric feeding disorders. She graduated with her M.S. in communication disorders from Nova Southeastern University and her doctorate of speech-language pathology from Northwestern University. Her clinical interests include neonatal care, congenital heart disease, upper airway disorders, infant FEES, parent/baby dyad, and parental health literacy. 

    Financial Disclosures:

    • Assistant Professor Nova Southeastern University
    • Speech-Language Pathologist, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 

    Non-Financial Disclosures:

    • FLASHA Executive Board Member, Vice President of Communications
    • Hispanic Caucasus, Vice President of Professional Practices
    • SIG 13 Coordinating Committee, Member at Large
    • SIG 5 Professional Development Committee
    • Feeding Matters, Conference Committee 2022
    • NANT, Peer Reviewer
    • Dysphagia Outreach Project (DOP), Director of Pediatric Affairs 


    Presenter Name: Amanda Elias, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Amanda Elias graduated from Louisiana Tech University with her master’s degree in 2010. She is an instructor at the University of Louisiana Monroe and is currently obtaining her PhD through ULM’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program with a concentration in Systemic Studies. Her area of interest is stuttering.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Heather Anderson, Ed.D.,CCC-SLP

    Bio: Heather Anderson, Ed.D.,CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor of COMD at LSU Health Shreveport. Before joining the faculty in 2005, she practiced in public schools, SNF and hospital settings. She holds a Louisiana license in speech-language pathology. Teaching interests include AAC, Diagnostic Methods, Ethics in Rehabilitation Science, Clinical Practicum, Dysphagia, Speech Measurement, Voice, and Aphasia. Research interests include ethics, adult teaching and learning, clinical supervision, and acquired communication disorders

    Financial Disclosures: Employed by LSU Health Shreveport.

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Sandra Hayes, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Sandra Hayes, SLP.D., is an Associate Professor of COMD. She has been a faculty member at LSUHS since 1991. Dr. Hayes and her canine pal, Boomer, are retired as an Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) team. Her teaching interests include anatomy & physiology, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and language disorders. Research interests are in the areas of animal-assisted therapy specific to the field of speech-language pathology, articulation, supervision, and controversial treatments.

    Financial Disclosures: Employed by LSU Health Shreveport.

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Julie Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Julie Smith, M.A., is an Assistant Professor of COMD. She has been a faculty member at LSUHS since 2015. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and is fully licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Louisiana. Her teaching interests include Clinical Methods and Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology, Diagnostic Methods, and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research interests are in the areas of early intervention, clinical supervision, and treatment of child speech and language disorders.

    Financial Disclosures: Employed by LSU Health Shreveport.

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Nicole Kiel Paschke, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Nicole Kiel Paschke, MS CCC/SLP Nicole has a 20+ year career focusing on adult SLP therapy. She specialized in acute care, inpatient rehab, and Head and Neck Cancer Clinic. Her career passion is dysphagia. She is currently an assistant professor at UND and owns and operates DakMn Dysphagia Diagnostics, a mobile FEES company.

    Financial Disclosures: Owner, DakMN Dysphagia Diagnostics

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Chelsey Gronewold, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Chesley has nearly 10 years experience with adults in homecare, outpatient, and SNF. She currently owns a mobile FEES company servicing western North Dakota. She has a passion for dysphagia and advocating for her patients.

    Financial Disclosures: Owner, ND Speech and Swallowing

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Lauren Wright-Jones, Ph. D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Lauren Wright-Jones Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Lauren is currently the Program Director in Speech-Language Pathology at ULM. Lauren worked with children and families in early intervention for many years before obtaining her doctoral degree in Special Education Policy. Lauren teaches and provides clinical supervision in childhood speech, language, and literacy disorders. An additional area of interest includes improving access to specialized services in low-income and limited access communities.

    Financial Disclosures: Full time faculty member at the University of Louisiana Monroe

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Anne Marie Sisk, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Anne Marie Sisk, M.S., CCC-SLP is the Clinic Director at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She is a doctoral candidate in Infant and Early Childhood Development at Fielding Graduate University. Anne Marie's primary research interests are pediatric feeding disorder, autism, and infant mental health.

    Financial Disclosures: Full time faculty member at the University of Louisiana Monroe

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Samantha Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

    Bio: Speaking of Samantics focuses on unique merchandise for the amazing speech-language pathology community.  NYC-based speech pathologist and entrepreneur Sam Walker is the creator of the brand. She designs and makes everything with love, offering a broad range of products. From stickers, water bottles, and mugs, anything goes! In addition, Speaking of Samantics also has a range of witty t-shirts and office supplies.  People love the waterproof stickers, which can add a creative touch to pretty much any item. We've seen them on laptops, folders, or even office furniture! Apparel, mugs, canvas bags, phone cases, and badge reels are also flying off the shelves.  Speaking of Samantics products make for a perfect gift. Moreover, they bring the speech pathologist community closer together. Samantha is passionate about her job as a speech pathologist. Her goal is to inspire others around the world to do the same. With her brand, she helps spread the word about the important work of speech-language pathologists everywhere.

    Financial Disclosures:

    • Ownership of SLP Test Prep, LLC, which collects subscriptions
    • Ownership of Speaking of Samantics, LLC which collects a profit from sales
    • Ownership of The SLP Grad Guide, which collects tuition from online courses 
    • LSHA is providing an honorarium 

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None


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    Presenter Name: Ariana Brown, B.S.

    Bio: Ariana Brown, B.S. is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She has an undergraduate degree in SLP with a minor in Psychology. Ariana's primary interests are mental health and its relation to SLP, voice, and oromyofunctional disorders. She will graduate in the spring of 2023.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Kristin Dolan, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Kristin is a medical SLP from Melbourne, Florida providing both clinical patient services and administrative management as an LTAC rehab program director. She specializes in advanced intervention for adult long-term tracheostomized and ventilator-dependent patients including dysphagia management and in-line speaking valve use for early assessment and intervention of communication.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: Passy Muir consultant & Director of Research for Dysphagia Outreach Project

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    Presenter Name: Michelle Dawson, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC

    Bio: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, speech-language pathologist with Therapeutic Designs and Services in Hartsville, SC, is the acclaimed host of “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional” a weekly Speech Therapy Podcast that addresses “all thangs” Pediatric Speech Therapy which is presented by Speechtherapypd.com.  Recently, Michelle authored, "Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders". She is an accomplished lecturer; traveling across the nation delivering courses on best practices for evaluation and treatment of the medically complex infant, toddler, and child with respect to their pediatric oropharyngeal dysphagia, pediatric feeding disorder, as well as language acquisition within the framework of Early Intervention.  She has served as the Treasurer for the Council of State Association Presidents, is a Past President of the South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, a 2017 graduate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Leadership Development Program, a 2020 recipient of the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Champion from Feeding Matters, a 2021 recipient of the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement from the South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, a 2021 recipient of the State Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Foundation, and seven-time recipient of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s ACE Award for continuing education.

    Financial Disclosures:

    Michelle Dawson receives compensation for similar presentations from SpeechTherapyPD.com from webinars, as well as from the CEUs associated with “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional” and “Understanding Dysphagia”, both are Speech Therapy Podcasts.  Michelle also receives compensation for a similar webinar from PESI, Inc.  Michelle is a speech-language pathologist with Therapeutic Design and Services in Hartsville, South Carolina, for which she receives an annual salary.  She also receives royalties from the sale of her book Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, and compensation for the CEUs for it from SpeechTherapyPD.com. She received an honorarium for speaking here today at LSHA.   

    Non-Financial Disclosures:

    Michelle Dawson is a volunteer with Feeding Matters, a former Treasurer with the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP), and a Past President with South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA).  She is a current member of both ASHA , SCSHA, and the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS).  Michelle also volunteers with ASHA for the Pediatric Feeding Disorder planning committee for the ASHA 2022 Convention.  

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Dawn Guice, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Doctorate in Educational Leadership from La Tech University Dissertation title: “School-Leader Perceptions regarding the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologists in the School Setting.” I have worked in the medical, rehabilitation, private practice, home health, and school settings for thirteen years. Currently a Speech-Language Evaluator for Bossier Parish School System, and an Adjunct Instructor for Communicative Disorders at Abilene Christian University.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: LSHA Member

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    Presenter Name: Alison Webster, M.S., CCC-SLP, CALT-QI, C-SLDS

    Bio: Alison Webster is the professional development coordinator at the DuBard School for Language Disorders. She is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, certified academic language therapist, and structured literacy specialist. She holds Mississippi licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and an endorsement in Mild to Moderate Disabilities in Special Education.

    Financial Disclosures:

    Non-Financial Disclosures:

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Monica L. Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Dr. Monica L. Johnson is an assistant professor at Southeastern Louisiana University with 9+ years of experience as a certified speech language pathologist emphasizing empowerment through education. She specializes in fluency disorders, counseling in SLP, and IPE/IPP with research investigating the areas of dating, relationships, mental health, clinical service delivery.

    Financial Disclosures: Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Cara E. Tyson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Dr. Cara E. Tyson is an assistant professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. She specializes in the assessment and intervention for children on the autism spectrum. Her research interests include play-based intervention approaches, service provision for children on the spectrum from underrepresented populations, AAC, and interprofessional treatment approaches.

    Financial Disclosures: Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Dr. S. Caprice Lee, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Dr. S. Caprice Lee is an assistant professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. Her professional and research interests are in the areas of cultural and linguistic diversity and child language. Currently, she serves on the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors as the State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL).

    Financial Disclosures: Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University

    Non-Financial Disclosures: Serves on the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors as the State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL)

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    Presenter Name: Jeffrey Edwards, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Jeffrey Edwards, MS, CCC-SLP (he/him) completed his clinical fellowship year at Stanford Medical Center and subsequently served as a full-time clinician specializing in head-neck cancer rehabilitation. He is currently the outpatient SLP at Tulane Medical Center and teaches courses on neuroanatomy and dysphagia for Xavier University Department of Speech Pathology.

    Financial Disclosures: Salaried full-time employee for Tulane | PT Solutions - Downtown New Orleans

    Non-Financial Disclosures: Serves on LSHA board of directors and as LSHA CEU committee chair

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    Presenter Name: Kwaku Nyantakyi, M.S.

    Bio: Kwaku Nyantakyi is a PhD student at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University. His research interests are in child language disorders as well as culturally and linguistically appropriate intervention practices.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Meher Banajee, Ph. D., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Meher Banajee, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and program director of speech-language pathology program of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Her area of expertise includes working in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with clients of all ages and with a variety of disorders. She has worked in AAC in a variety of educational and hospital settings including Metropolitan Developmental Center, Children’s Hospital, Prentke Romich Company, Human Development Center, Assistive Technology Coordinator for Region 1. She is an ASHA Fellow 2021, Vice Chair for Speech-language Pathology, CAA, and on the ASHA convention topic committee for AAC (2021)

    Financial Disclosures:

    Non-Financial Disclosures:

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    Presenter Name: Nataly Mayeux, B.S.

    Bio: Nataly Mayeaux is a graduate student at Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) New Orleans working towards her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Nataly previously worked with different populations in communication including early intervention and ASD. Her current passions also include expanding aspects of communication with AAC

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Bianca Canizares, B.S.

    Bio: Bianca Canizares is a graduate clinician at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) New Orleans. She’s currently in progress of her master’s degree in communication disorders in speech-language pathology. She has a passion for augmentative/alternative communication and how it can create independence in patients by expanding expressive language.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Maxine Simko, B.A.

    Bio: Maxine Simko is a graduate student at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) New Orleans pursuing a master’s degree in Communication Disorders to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her passions are speech sound disorders and phonology. Maxine has worked with pediatric populations with a focus on articulation and literacy.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Madeline Mayes, B.A.

    Bio: Madeline Mayes, a graduate student clinician at Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) New Orleans, is working towards her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology. She has previously worked with adult populations and her interests include aphasia, swallowing disorders, and AAC.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Hannah Gresham, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS

    Bio: Hannah J. Gresham, from Houston, TX, attended LSU where she received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders. She has worked in the inpatient rehab setting for the majority of her career, achieving her Board Certification as a Brain Injury Specialist in 2018. She has also received certifications in VitalStim Therapy and Interactive Metronome Therapy. She is now the Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture with Select Medical.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Leah Singh, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Leah Singh, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who provides virtual speech-language services to elementary school-aged children. Ms. Singh is also the designer and developer of Speechibi, an app in development that helps children and adults with speech disorders and accent/dialect differences improve communication through anime-influenced avatars and animation. In addition to schools, Leah has worked in settings that include rehab, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. She is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LSHA).

    Financial Disclosures: I am the developer of the Speechibi app.

    Non-Financial Disclosures: Yes, I'm a member of ASHA and I discuss the use of their National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS).

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    Presenter Name: Erin Forward

    Bio: Erin attended the University of South Carolina for her MSP and the University of Pittsburgh for her undergrad degrees in Communication Science and Disorders and Psychology. She has worked in early-intervention/home-health and NICU/inpatient pediatrics. Erin currently works for a non-profit outpatient speech/feeding clinic, where she has advanced training in PFDs, AAC and is a Basic DIR/Floortime® Provider. She is also a TBRI® Trained Practitioner. Erin is the Co-Host of the PodCourse/PodCast “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional”

    Financial Disclosures: 

    • I receive royalties from SpeechTherapyPD for my work with First Bite Podcast and other seminars via SpeechTherapyPD.
    • I receive an hourly wage from the Advanced Institute for Development and Learning.
    • I receive an honorarium for this presentation.

    Non-Financial Disclosures: 

    • I am a contributor for the book Chasing the Swallow by Michelle Dawson, MS. CCC-SLP.
    • I also volunteer with Feeding Matters and The Dysphagia Outreach Project

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Regina Enwefa, PhD, CCC-SLP, ND

    Bio: Dr. Regina Enwefa is the Program Director and Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Southern University and A&M College. Dr. Enwefa specializes in neurodegenerative disorders, dysphagia, cultural and linguistic diversity, AAC, including children with developmental disabilities and autism. Dr. Enwefa is board certified in Holistic Medicine, and the American Alternative Medical Association. She specializes in herbs, nutrition, aromatherapy, massage, myofascial release, and functional medicine. She is a Fellow of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Fellow of the Office of Special Education Programs and Fellow of the Office of Maternal and Child Health.

    Financial Disclosures: Discounted LSHA registration

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Stephen Enwefa, PhD, CCC-SLP, ND

    Bio: Dr. Stephen Enwefa is the Department Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Southern University and A&M College. He is an expert in neurogenic disorders in children and adults. Dr. Enwefa is Board Certified in Holistic Medicine and the American Alternative Medical Association. He specializes in herbs, nutrition, functional medicine, myofascial release, and homeopathy. He is an author and co-author of several articles and books. Dr. Enwefa is Fellow of the Office of Special Education Programs, Fellow of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, and Fellow of the Office of Maternal and Child Health.

    Financial Disclosures: Discounted LSHA registration

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Ashley Pilon, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Bio: Ashley Pilon is the Owner and Clinical Director of Redwood Speech and Feeding Specialists in Lafayette, LA. She is a pediatric speech pathologist, feeding specialist and oromyofunctional therapist who has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of settings. Ashley is licensed in both Louisiana and California.

    Financial Disclosures: 

    • Discounted LSHA registration
    • Owner of Redwood Speech and Feeding Specialists 
    • Co-founder of The Beluga Project, a non-profit organization.

    Non-Financial Disclosures: 

    • Member of American Speech and Hearing Association 
    • Member of International Association of Orofacial Myology

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    Presenter Name: Michele Hurley Au.D. 

    Bio: Michele Hurley Au.D. is an Education & Training Audiologist with Starkey Hearing Technologies.  She has over 20 years of experience in the hearing industry spending the first 7 years in clinical audiology and the past 24 years in a variety of roles in manufacturing:  training, sales and technical support.  Dr. Hurley has presented on a variety of topics at numerous state, national and international meetings.   She earned her M.S. in Audiology at North Texas State University and Au.D. from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

    Financial Disclosures: Discounted LSHA registration

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Shelley Smith Au.D.  

    Bio:  Shelley Smith Au.D.  is a Territory Account manager with Starkey Hearing Technologies.  She has been a practicing audiologist since 2010.  Her initial experiences in private practice included pediatric audiologist for Comal ISD, adult and pediatric diagnostics, hearing aid fittings, work with the VA as a Community Care provider and coordinator for the Healthcare Alliance for Austin Musician screening clinics and hearing protection distribution.  She has worked with Starkey since 2016 and recently transitioned over to sales from the Customer Relations Audiology Department.  

    Financial Disclosures: Discounted LSHA registration

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Dr. Neal Jackson, M.D.

    Bio:  Dr. Neal Jackson, a Louisiana native, is Fellowship-trained and Board-Certified in Neurotology, the subspecialty dealing with hearing and balance disorders.  After earning a Medical Doctorate (MD) degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he served as the Student Body President, Dr. Jackson then completed a 5-year residency training in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at hospitals and clinics associated with LSU Health Science Center-New Orleans. He was then chosen to complete a 2-year Fellowship in Neurotology, Otology, and Skull Base Surgery at the prestigious Michigan Ear Institute, the largest neurotology practice in the country.  Dr. Jackson was recruited to Tulane University in 2018 to provide an expertise in ear and skull base surgery. In 2019, he also joined the staff of Children’s Hospital New Orleans.  Dr. Jackson started the Cochlear Implant Programs at Tulane University Medical Center in 2019 and at the Southeast Veterans Health Care System in 2020. As a skull base surgeon, Dr. Jackson frequently works with neurosurgeons for the evaluation and management of skull base tumors and infections.   Dr. Jackson sees children and adults of all ages in his clinics for any ear-related issue, including hearing loss, chronic ear infections, skull base tumors such as acoustic neuroma, facial nerve weakness, vertigo, etc.  For those patients who would benefit from surgery, Dr. Jackson can perform a wide range of ear surgeries including cochlear implantation, ear drum repair surgery, ossicle reconstruction, stapes surgery, skull base tumor removal, etc.  As a member of the Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Jackson has an active role in educating medical students and residents about care of the ear.  He has also presented at national meetings, written chapters for medical textbooks, and received awards for his research.

    Financial Disclosures: Discounted LSHA registration

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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    Presenter Name: Kelsey Verdin, BS

    Bio:  Kelsey is a first-year graduate student at Southeastern Louisiana University, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Current research interests include neurogenic communication disorders.

    Financial Disclosures: Discounted LSHA registration

    Non-Financial Disclosures: None


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