To give listeners an introduction to the workday in the life of a mobile FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing ) SLP specialist.
Discussion & Reflection Questions
- How long have you been doing mobile FEES?
- How has COVID changed your practice?
- Why did you go into mobile FEES?
- How did you get started and why?
- Tell me about the Dysphagia Journal Club you started.
- Tell me about your typical day.
- What is the favorite part of your job?
- What words of advice do you have for new SLPs?
Quote Of The Conversation
“…always advocate for yourself. Advocate for the tools that you need, the assessments that you need to be able to do your job and your patients will benefit from it. The whole profession is going to benefit from it.”
– Sarah Vacha, MA, CCC-SLP
Guest Speaker Bio
Sarah Vacha M.A. CCC-SLP
Sarah earned her master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toledo and spent the past decade in various settings including acute, outpatient, long-term care, and home health before becoming a mobile FEES endoscopist with SuperiorView Swallowing Diagnostics.
Sarah is the creator and editor of the Dysphagia Bites blog and co-founded the Northeast Ohio Medical SLP journal club (NEO MedSLP) to foster awareness and use of evidence-based practices and improve inter-communication between local SLPs across the care continuum. She presented at Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association (OSLHA) convention, guest lectured to graduate-level dysphagia courses and is currently conducting research on the topic of transitional foods.
She is a member of ASHA SIG 13 (Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders), Dysphagia Research Society (DRS), Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association (OSLHA), volunteers for the Dysphagia Outreach Project, and is the recipient of multiple ASHA ACE awards. Sarah is currently pursuing Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S).
Outside of work, Sarah is a community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association, crochets, and enjoys hiking with her husband and four children.
Keep the Conversation Going
Guest Speaker Information
Sarah Vacha, M.A., CCC-SLP
Email – Sarah@superiorviewfees.com
Website – superiorviewfees.com/dysphagia-bites/
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