I’m a mom of 6 great kiddos, and was born, raised, and currently live in rural farming country in SE Minnesota, near Rochester. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato as a speech-language pathologist in 1997. I love all things dysphagia and have taken many related training courses including NMES, myofascial release and MBSImP. A few years ago, I took a leap, and flew to Cincinnati to take a basic FEES course from Dr. Eric Blicker, and was instantly hooked! I knew this is what I wanted to do and was so excited that I didn’t have to work in the dark anymore!
After taking several more advanced FEES training courses completing the practicum, I took another leap and purchased a mobile endoscope. Now, here I am. Still just as thrilled about FEES as I was years ago, and excited to help you be as successful as possible with your dysphagic patients.
I’m a “forever learner” (and maybe also a glutton for punishment) so I recently enrolled in a clinical doctorate SLP program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Care Professionals, with an estimated graduation of August of 2020. This is a primarily online program, with online visits sprinkled throughout the 2-1/2 year program. Although I’m still hammering out the details of my capstone research project, I’m planning to conduct a pilot study to determine the clinical benefits of using FEES in skilled nursing facilities. I’m excited to use my advanced clinical training to help nurses and SLPs provide the most up-to-date evidence-based approaches with their dysphagic patients.