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Speech Language Pathologist Rehabilitation Expert Witness

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speech language pathology, speech therapist, acute care, rehabilitation, special education, speech therapy, language disorders, expressive receptive language, pragmatic skills, social skills, life skills, fluency, language evaluations, children, adults,


Expert Witness No. 3733

Experience

Main Line Academy/Ad Prima Charter School, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Speech Therapy Contractor (November 2008-September 2011)
       
•Provide speech and language services to children and young adults ages 7 to 21.  Speech and Language disorders treated included articulation, expressive and receptive language, pragmatic skills, social skills, life skills and fluency. 
•Complete Speech and Language Evaluations for all elementary schools under the Ad Prima/Planet Abacus umbrella.
•Determine appropriate goals and collaborate on education plans.
•Communicate with staff and families to explain diagnosis, goals and progress. 

Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Per Diem Coverage (December 1999-May 2000)

•Treatment of inpatients for both dysphagia and speech-language disorders.
•Interpret Videofluroscopic evaluations and determine safest feeding methods.
•Educate patient and caregivers regarding disorder and subsequent treatments.

Inglis House, Philadelphia, PA
Speech Therapy Contractor (May 2000-August 2000)

•Work with patients with dysphagia and communication disorders.
•Determine best alternative communication devices and educate residents regarding their use.

Allied Services, Scranton, PA.
Staff Therapist–Skilled Nursing (November 1998-June 1999)

•Extensive experience working with patients with dysphagia, tracheostomies, cognitive and speech-language deficits.
•Practice in an interdisciplinary setting as a member of a rehabilitation team.
•Familiarity with appropriate documentation for insurance requirements.
•Participate in staff training programs.
•Long term coverage for pediatric and adult outpatients with a variety of diagnoses: including voice, autism, apraxia, articulation, cognitive and speech and language deficits. 

St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst, PA
Speech Therapy Contractor (September 1998-August 1999)

•Provide evaluation and therapy for extended care facility.
•Train staff to encourage carry-over of goals.

Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, PA
Staff Speech-Language Pathologist (July 1996-September 1998)

•Extensive experience with dysphagia, including clinical evaluation, videofluroscopic evaluation, determining appropriate goals and implementing treatment plans.
•Treated both pediatric and adult outpatients including those individuals with– autism, phonology disorder, articulation disorders, dysfluency, apraxia and pervasive developmental delay.
•Provide extensive in-servicing of medical and nursing staff.
•Leader of the Laryngectormy Support Club.
•Integral in establishing dysphagia program at Norristown State Hospital.

Montgomery Home Care, Norristown, PA
Speech Language Pathologist (November 1997-September 1998)

•Evaluated and treat recently discharged patients.
•Determined functional goals for patients.
•Provided extensive family training.

Credentials

Certificate of Clinical Competency

Licensed in Pennsylvania

Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology with experience in acute care, extended care, home health, rehabilitation, and schools.

Education
     
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. – M.Ed in Speech-Language Pathology, May 1996

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. – B.A. in History, cum laude, May 1993

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