Consultant Program

The Passy-Muir, Inc. National Consultant Program was established in 1992 to educate healthcare professionals about tracheostomy and the Passy Muir® Valve. This program brought together the expertise, commitment and spirit of leading clinicians in the treatment of tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients. Many of the Passy Muir consultants are authors of textbooks and presentations as well as the nation’s most recognized researchers in this field. The consultants have served as a vital resource for educating other healthcare professionals and staff members at facilities across the country on the use of the Passy Muir® Valve. This program has allowed Passy Muir the unique opportunity to access and learn from experts in the field who often work against great odds and complications to facilitate communication on a daily basis. Our consultants are the most knowledgeable, accomplished and committed specialists in their fields. As they educate clinicians on the importance of communication and use of the valve, they also provide their clinical feedback to Passy Muir. We rely on this vital line of communication in order to continue improving our products and educational services.

If you are interested in becoming a Passy Muir consultant or would like to invite one of our clinical consultants to speak at your facility, please contact us.

Meet Our Clinical Consultants

Allie Atkinson, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Facility: Warm Springs Specialty Hospital - Victoria, Victoria, TX
Allie Atkinson graduated with a Master's degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in 2003. She is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and her clinical work has focused on providing dysphagia and speech therapy services for medically complex patients that require long-term acute care. Allie has developed multiple programs for dysphagia and communication disorders, and is responsible for establishing an interdisciplinary service model for tracheostomy and mechanically ventilated patients which resulted in the designation of her facility as a Passy Muir Center of Excellence. She has presented the keys to successful implementation of her program and is now a member of the national Passy Muir Clinical Consultant team.
Presentations and More:

Warm Springs Specialty Hospital - Victoria

Leigh Anne Baker, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Facility: Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
Leigh-Anne Baker is a speech-language pathologist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a 2005 graduate of Purdue University and has over 7 years of experience working with tracheostomy patients and over three years of specialized training working with patients who have tracheostomy tubes requiring mechanical ventilation in the LTAC setting. She has presented on the local, university and state levels on communication and swallowing evaluation and treatment of patients with tracheostomy tubes requiring mechanical ventilation. Leigh Anne is a board certified specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is currently the director of clinical education for the Speech Language and Hearing Clinic at Southern University and a Clinical Consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc.
Presentations and More:

Early Intervention in Persons with Minimally Conscious State and Tracheostomy

Carmin Bartow, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Facility: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Carmin Bartow is a speech pathologist specializing in treatment of tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients. She currently works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in adult acute care and the out-patient dysphagia center. She has gained experience in a variety of settings including ICU’s, a progressive respiratory care unit, home health, out-patient and an LTAC vent weaning facility. She is also an educational consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc. She has presented numerous seminars and courses on communication and swallowing intervention with the tracheostomized population at local, regional, state and national conferences. She has also authored an ASHA publication entitled “Tracheostomy Tubes in Adults; Management of Communication and Swallowing Impairments”.
Presentations and More:

Swallowing Management of the Tracheostomized Adult Patient

Ann Bauer, MA, CCC-SLP

Facility: Select Specialty Hospital, Detroit, MI
Ann Bauer is a Speech-Language Pathologist, working in the greater Detroit metropolitan area. She earned a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wayne State University in Detroit and has enjoyed working in a variety of healthcare settings, including inpatient and outpatient rehab, home assessment, and long-term care facilities. Ann has worked for Select Specialty Hospital in Detroit Michigan since 2009, caring for medically complex and critically ill patients. At Select Specialty Hospital, Ann's primary focus has been evaluation and management of swallowing and communication disorders. In this role, Ann regularly provides staff and physician education regarding benefits of early PMV® intervention and has played a pivotal role in implementing in-line Passy Muir use with patients on mechanical ventilation.

Jennifer Beall, MS, CCC-SLP

Facility: Dysphagia Decision Solutions, LLC, St. Augustine, FL
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Masters of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Since she received her Certificate of Clinical Competency in 1995, her primary focus has been the study and treatment of dysphagia and she has practiced in nursing homes, long-term acute care hospitals, and acute hospitals. Jennifer has treated patients with tracheostomy and on ventilators since 1998. She is the owner of Dysphagia Decision Solutions, LLC and has been providing FEES services since 2005.

Lori Burkhead-Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Morgan has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1994 in a variety of healthcare settings including inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation, subacute, and acute care with level-one trauma center designation. She subsequently earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Florida in 2005 while continuing clinical practice. She has developed an expertise in evaluation and treatment of swallowing and communication disorders in medically complex patients, particularly those with head and neck cancer and respiratory compromise. She has published several peer-reviewed articles regarding evaluation and treatment of dysphagia and has presented on the topic to both domestic and international audiences.
Presentations and More:

Swallowing Evaluation and Ventilator Dependency—Considerations and Contemporary Approaches

Early SLP Intervention for the Ventilated ICU Patient: Use it or Lose It!

Maribel Ciampitti, MS, CCC-SLP

Facility: Specialty Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Maribel Ciampitti received her B.S and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been a certified speech language pathologist for 19 years and has worked in a variety of settings with both pediatric and adult populations. Her expertise is in the evaluation and management of communication and swallowing disorders in medically complex adult and geriatric patients requiring tracheostomy and ventilator support. Currently Maribel works as a speech pathologist at Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute care facility and at UF Health in Jacksonville, FL, a level one trauma center. She has developed CEU courses and presented on the topic of Passy Muir® Valve application in the assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing related issues in the trach and vent dependent population. Maribel also serves as a clinical site instructor and guest speaker to students at Jacksonville University.

Devan Clark, MS, CCC-SLP

Facility: Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Devan Clark earned her undergraduate degree in Biology in Oklahoma and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked throughout the continuum of care with adults, children, and neonates. She is currently working in an acute care setting, serving patients from the NICU to adult. Devan has specialized in the care of patients with tracheostomies and the medically complex, including ECMO, transplant, LVAD, trauma, and burn ICU. She has a passion for providing education to patients, families, and staff on the use and benefits of the Passy-Muir speaking valve.

Sheila Clark, DHEd, CCC-SLP

Facility: Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
Sheila has been a speech language pathologist for 25 years and has worked with both pediatric and adult patients in a variety of settings. She earned a doctorate in health education in 2008 and enjoys educating healthcare professionals on the use of a holistic approach to clinical care. She has worked closely with multiple disciplines to become an advanced practitioner in the specialty areas of dysphagia, neurological disorders, critical care, and the management of patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.

Kristin Dolan, MS, CCC-SLP

Facility: Kindred Hospital, Melbourne, FL
Kristin Dolan has been employed with Kindred Hospital/RehabCare for 10 years. Currently located in Melbourne, Florida, she provides advanced tracheostomy and ventilator care. Her specialties include early intervention with in-line speaking valves and providing communication and trach-related dysphagia care. Kristin has been the Program Director for RehabCare within Kindred since 2012 performing additional managerial duties. She consults with Passy Muir promoting protocol development and implementation of multidisciplinary in-line Passy Muir® Valve application. She has just initiated a focus group at her site to implement a multidisciplinary trach team to promote patient advocacy for improved trach care, vent weaning, and PMV® use outcomes.

Patricia "PJ" Gillen, BS, RRT

Facility:San Juan Regional Medical Center, Farmington, NM
Patricia "PJ" Gillen graduated in 1981 from Maricopa Technical Community College (now Gateway) in Phoenix, AZ with an AAS in respiratory therapy. She has enjoyed working with patients, from neonate to geriatrics, throughout the United States and Germany, with PICU being her favorite place to work. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to be a supervisor and clinical educator, as well as an adjunct instructor in colleges in New Mexico and Colorado. A strong believer in education, she decided to return to school and earned her BS in Respiratory in 2011 from Boise State University. A longtime advocate for patients with tracheostomies, PJ enjoys teaching both patients and multidisciplinary clinical teams about the use and benefits of Passy Muir® Valves.

Sara Grzina, MHS, CCC-SLP

Sara earned her Master’s Degree from University of Missouri — Columbia in 2010 and has gained more than 5 years of pediatric clinical experience working with children in NICU, acute care and outpatient settings, with specialized training evaluating and treating children with tracheostomies and swallowing disorders. Sara is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist at Mercy Kids in St. Charles, MO and Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.

Laurice Henry, MA, CCC-SLP

Facility: Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Laurice Henry from Ottawa, Ontario, attended the University of Western Ontario for an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked with adults and children in various clinical settings and acute care hospitals both in the United States and Canada for 22 years. She has been working at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for the last 15 years on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit treating children with traumatic and acquired brain injury, infants with swallowing and feeding disorders, and infants requiring tracheostomy. She has a specialized interest in the early implementation and use of speaking valves for children with tracheostomies, and is interested in examing the possible effects of early tracheostomy on speech and language acquisition. She is a consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc. and provides education on the function and implementation of the Passy Muir® speaking valve.

Betsy Koster MS, CCC-SLP

Facility: Rehabilitation Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
Betsy earned her Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. She has experience in a variety of settings and has focused her career on the brain injury population with specialized training evaluating and treating individuals with tracheostomies and swallowing disorders. She is currently a Speech Language Pathologist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, MI.

Corey Mohnike, BS, RRT

Facility: Bryan Health, Lincoln, NE
Corey Mohnike is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with 13 years of experience at a Level 2 Trauma Center. Corey joins the Passy Muir consultant team with significant experience regarding the Passy Muir® Valve. This experience includes being a patient requiring a tracheostomy after a motor vehicle accident and using the Passy Muir Valve. Corey also worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, a Passy Muir Center of Excellence, for 12 years in areas that served many ventilator patients using the valve. He has helped write multiple procedures regarding Passy Muir® Valve assessment and application with patients on mechanical ventilation. Corey currently serves as the Clinical Educator for a multidisciplinary staff at Bryan Health in Lincoln. Nebraska. He is also involved with the Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care and has spoken at multiple state meetings and national conferences.

Jessica Nourse, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

Facility: Neurosciences Institute, Penn Medicine, Lancaster General Health, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Jessica Nourse is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of impairments resulting from neurological disorders and tracheostomy and ventilator-dependence. She has worked within a variety of settings including ICUs, inpatient, outpatient and subacute rehabilitiation, skilled nursing, and assisted living. Jessica is a strong advocate for clinical mentoring and supportive education within the clinical setting, and is the Student Clinical Coordinator (Outpatient) and Research Coordinator for speech-language pathology within her organization. She is also a member of the Irish Association of Speech Language Therapy (IASLT) publications committee. Jessica holds a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from East Stroudsburg University, M.A. in Applied History from Shippensburg University, M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University, and a doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.


Facility: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Katy Peck is a pediatric speech-language pathologist from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, and Lactation Educator. She has fourteen years of experience working with high risk populations. Katy is a guest speaker for local and state conferences, national symposia, and internationally broadcasted webinars. She has authored multiple published manuscripts on tracheostomy and dysphagia. She is a Lead SLP responsible for training staff in Modified Barium Swallow Study and assessment/treatment for patients with dysphagia complicated by prematurity, cardiorespiratory implications, neurologic impairment, oncological population, gastrointestinal implications, genetic disorders, and craniofacial anomalies in the acute setting. Katy has been a clinical consultant for Passy Muir, Inc. since 2010.
Presentations and More:

Passy Muir® Valve: Keeping It On and Therapeutic Steps to Follow
Pediatric Candidacy for Speaking Valve Use: Journeys to Success
Swallowing Management of the Tracheostomized Pediatric Patient-Case Presentations
Children with Trachs

Denise Rogers, MA, CCC-SLP

Denise has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2003, providing evaluation and treatment of a primarily adult population in acute and long term acute care hospitals, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient, and home health. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Her primary clinical focus has been with swallowing disorders, acquired communication disorders, and the needs of tracheostomized and ventilator-dependent patients. Denise's competencies include FEES and MBSS. She has served as a mentor in ASHA's S.T.E.P. (Students To Empowered Professionals) program and is an active contributor on their online Special Interest Group 13 (swallowing disorders) forum. In addition to providing educational services for Passy Muir, Denise continues her clinical practice in Northeastern Ohio in acute and long term acute care settings and providing peer reviews for continuing education products.

Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP

Facility: Voice Aerobics, Sarasota, FL
Mary Spremulli has been a Clinical Consultant with Passy-Muir, Inc. for over 20 years, providing education to professionals, patients and parents. She is owner of a speech-language pathology private practice, and the creator of Voice Aerobics,™ a whole body voice strengthening program. Mary has published on the topic of patient education and is a member of the Education Committee of the World Parkinson’s Program. Her blog has been selected as one of the top 49 blogs about Parkinson’s disease.
Presentations and More:

Safer Care for Patients with Tracheostomies
Swallow Function: Passy Muir® Valves Use for Evaluation and Rehabilitation

Linda Stachowiak, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Facility: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Orlando, FL
Linda Stachowiak has 31 years of clinical experience specializing in the areas of Head and Neck Cancer, trachs/vents, voice disorders and swallowing disorders. She is presently working as a Speech Pathology Clinical Oncologist at the UF Health Cancer Center-Orlando Health, Orlando, FL and as an instructor at the University of Central Florida where she teaches the graduate dysphagia course and a special seminar entitled upper airways and aerodigestive disorders. She is involved in multi-institutional research focusing on swallowing deficits after treatment for head and neck cancer.
Presentations and More:

Passy Muir® Valve Use with the Head and Neck Cancer Population

Sandy Stawiasz, RRT

Sandy Stawiasz graduated from Erie Community College in Buffalo NY with an Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and has over 35 years experience in acute and long term acute care hospitals and currently practices at St Vincent Hospital in Carmel, IN. Sandy was instrumental in developing a Passy Muir program for St Elizabeth Ann Seton (now St Vincent Seton Specialty) Hospital and has been an Educational Consultant with Passy Muir since 1997. Sandy has presented at numerous Respiratory and Speech and Hearing Conferences as well as hospital educational programs.

Jacob Tabor, Med, CCC-SLP

Jacob received his B.S. in Education with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 2007 and subsequently received his M.Ed in Speech-Language Pathology from Georgia State University in 2009. Jacob has worked in various healthcare settings, including subacute rehabs, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab units, and long-term care acute facilities. Jacob has spent the majority of his career in an acute care setting of a Level II Trauma Center/ Certified Stroke Center in Metro Atlanta. Jacob’s caseload is largely comprised of patients with dysphagia, tracheostomies, and laryngectomies. He is proficient in MBS studies, as well as FEES. Jacob also provides continuing education regarding the prevalence of dysphagia s/p prolonged intubation and is currently a member of a Trach Team to assist in expediting the weaning and decannulation process of trach patients.

Joanna Turner, MA, CCC-SLP

Facility: St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, CA
Joanna earned her master's degree from California State University, Fresno. She has over nine years of experience in a variety of settings including: skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and acute care. Joanna has been a full-time speech language pathologist for Saint Agnes Medical Center, in Fresno California, where she specializes in the tracheostomy population and has been instrumental in leading the development of an Interdisciplinary Tracheostomy Team.

Cheryl Wagoner, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Facility: Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital, Bellevue, NE
Cheryl Wagoner is employed with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. She has worked on the Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) unit for the past 10.5 years providing evaluation and treatment for patients with a variety of neurological and pulmonary diagnoses and patient with tracheostomy tubes and mechanical ventilation. She also serves as a consult therapist in the acute care setting at The Nebraska Heart Hospital and provides guest lectures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Presentations and More:

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Patients Requiring Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation: A Model for Interdisciplinary Decision-Making
Interdisciplinary Decision-Making with Patients Requiring Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation
Interdisciplinary Decision-Making with Patients Requiring Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation

Nadine Wasserman, BA, MA, RRT-NPS

Facility: West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh PA
Nadine Wasserman has a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Hudson Valley Community College. She has been a therapist for 12 years working primarily in pediatrics and has served on both pediatric and neonatal transport teams. Currently a Neonatal transport therapist at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, she has held several adjunct teaching positions including for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Respiratory Care program. She is committed to improving the lives of people with tracheostomies by educating patients, families, and clinicians about the benefits of the Passy Muir® Valves.

Lyndsi Yarkosky, BS, RRT-NPS

Facility:The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Lyndsi Yarkosky is a registered respiratory therapist who serves as the Respiratory Care Clinical Supervisor at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. She also provides multidisciplinary staff education, as well as education to families in the areas of ventilator management, tracheostomy care, suctioning and handling emergency situations in the home. Lyndsi played a critical role in the designation of The Children’s Institute as a Passy Muir Center of Excellence. She has a wide variety of experience including neonatal intensive care, adult critical care and in-patient pediatric rehabilitation. In addition to her clinical and leadership duties, Lyndsi is also an adjunct instructor at a local university and an independent clinical consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc.
Presentations and More:

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
Read Lyndsi's article in "Amazing Kids" from CHIP

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