2023 Workshops & Seminars

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Welcome to the 2023 Workshops & Seminars webpage. On this page, you will find the list of courses with titles and descriptions for each course being offered throughout the rest of 2023. Using the tabs below, find the course options, speaker bios, and continuing education information. Each course is unique and covers the evidence-based practice considerations for this medically complex patient population.


LIVE, VIRTUAL courses (unless otherwise noted), using a special platform. Links to join course will be provided after registration.

Multidisciplinary – Open to nursing, respiratory therapists (RT), speech-language pathologists (SLP), and any healthcare professional who works with this medically complex patient population.


Kristin King, PhD, CCC-SLP
Carmin Bartow, MS, CCC-SLP
Tiffany Oakes, MS, CCC-SLP
Rachel O’Hare, RRT
Gabriela A. Ortiz, BSRT, RCP


Workshops are special courses that provide more intensive learning on specific topics related to the care of patients with tracheostomies and who are to be assessed for Passy-Muir Valve use. They are 3-hour intensive courses that focus on a specific topic, such as mechanical ventilation, ethics, dysphagia, or others, and provided by a Clinical Specialist. Our workshops are interactive and allow time for Q&A. They cover the topics in depth and present the research that supports any guidance or recommendations provided in the workshop.


Seminars range from 7.5 hours to 9.5 hours in length. They provide a broader range of information than the workshops, working through the care of patients following tracheostomies and covering everything from tracheotomies to speaking valve use, dysphagia, and considerations for rehabilitation, all in one course. The seminars are age specific with one seminar on pediatric considerations and one on adults. The seminars have interactive polls, Q&A, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and more.

Program completion requirements: Participants are expected to be present for the entire program. Individuals who are not present for the full program will not be recommended for CEUs. No partial credit will be provided.

Be sure to bookmark this webpage and revisit as we will be adding one or two more courses to the schedule later in the year, with special guest speakers and topics.


Promoting a multidisciplinary approach, the workshops and seminars provide:

  • Steps and strategies for assessing use of the no-leak bias-closed position Valve
  • Discussions about patients both with and without mechanical ventilation
  • Techniques for improving communication, swallowing, and secretion management; restoring pressures and voicing; and enhancing quality of life
  • Assessment and placement criteria for Valve use

The workshops and seminars are provided in a live format only, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to read the course description to see what specifically is covered in each course. Go to the corresponding tab for workshops or seminars and select your choice(s). Click on “register” to go to a separate page to allow you to register and pay for your course(s). Courses are offered through a third-party platform which does not allow a cart. All courses will be registered for individually.

BONUS: If you purchase 3 courses (any combination of workshops and seminars), your fourth workshop is free. To receive the free workshop, email , attach the receipts for the 3 courses for which you have registered, and provide the name of the workshop you would like to attend for free. You will be provided with a promo-code for that workshop so that registration is free (do NOT register prior to receiving the promo-code).


Using a No-Leak Valve Without Mechanical Ventilation: Assessment and Troubleshooting
July 10th | 12:45 PM – 4:00 PM ET
This workshop provides step-by-step guidance for patient selection, assessment, and troubleshooting when using a no-leak speaking Valve. This workshop is focused on patients who are not receiving mechanical ventilation. The workshop includes demonstrations and case studies as a part of the training.

Go With the Flow: Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation
July 28th | 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM ET
This workshop reviews the basic principles of gas, flow, and pressure, while walking through the process of how the ventilator delivers the breath. It also discusses the modes and settings, including a brief discussion of why certain modes and parameters are selected when using a speaking Valve. Following a brief review of the graphics and waveforms on vent screens, an interactive portion allows the audience to identify different parameters on the screen.

Managing Dysphagia in Adult Patients With Tracheostomy Tubes
Aug. 24th | 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET
This workshop is designed for clinical professionals who work with patients with dysphagia and emphasizes evidenced-based dysphagia intervention as well as practical approaches for best managing dysphagia in adult patients with tracheostomy tubes. Etiology of dysphagia, the importance of early intervention, assessment considerations, and treatment strategies will be discussed. Special considerations for patients requiring mechanical ventilation are also reviewed.

Ventilator Management When Using a No-Leak Speaking Valve In-Line
Sept. 8th | 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM ET
This workshop briefly reviews ventilator settings and parameters and the phases of a breath. Then, airway patency assessment is discussed. It reviews ventilator settings and what may need to be adjusted when using a Passy-Muir Valve in-line with mechanical ventilation to improve patient interventions. Lastly, this workshop provides guidance for application of the valve in-line through an interactive discussion using cased studies to determine candidacy, adjustments, and troubleshooting.

Maybe There’s Another Way: Ethical Guidance to Dispel Misinformation Affecting Patient Care
Sept. 26th | 3:00 PM – 6:15 PM ET
This workshop explores some of the misinformation surrounding management of patients with tracheostomies and mechanical ventilation, use of no-leak speaking Valves, and daily clinical practice that may delay or inhibit appropriate patient care. Speakers address these barriers with evidence-based research and ethical considerations.

Tracheostomy Teams: Standardizing Practice and Improving Patient Outcomes
Oct. 11th | 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET
This workshop reviews the role of a multidisciplinary tracheostomy team to standardize tracheostomy practice which leads to improved patient outcomes. Suggestions for creating and implementing a tracheostomy team are provided. Team responsibilities such as staff education, policy development, and rounding tasks will be reviewed.

Multiple Diagnoses: Managing Communication and Swallowing in Patients With Trach Tubes
Nov. 9th | 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET
This workshop reviews communication and swallowing interventions for patients with tracheostomy tubes with considerations for specific diagnoses, such as traumatic brain injury, head and neck cancer, lung transplant, inhalation burn injury, and spinal cord injury. Patient videos and case studies are used to discuss interventions for different patient populations.

Home for the Holidays: Considerations for No-Leak Valve Use with Patients at Home
Dec. 11th | 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM ET
This workshop covers considerations for using no-leak speaking Valves with patients with tracheostomies and mechanical ventilation who have returned home. Speakers will discuss equipment, assessment, patient and family education, interprofessional communication, and barriers with strategies to enhance care.


Assessment and Treatment Tools for Pediatric Tracheostomy: Using a No-Leak Speaking Valve
Aug. 8th | 9:30 AM – 5:45 PM ET
This seminar presents about tracheostomies, timing and procedures, for children from birth to 18 years of age. The physiologic impact of a tracheostomy is reviewed, and attendees will learn the importance of early intervention, potential impact on developmental milestones, and assessment techniques utilizing a no-leak speaking valve. Advanced techniques for successful assessment and placement of a no-leak speaking valve for children with and without mechanical ventilation are discussed through case studies. Restoring communication, subglottic pressure, and improving feeding/swallowing and secretion management are addressed. Interactive polls and demonstrations will enhance the learning experience for all attendees.

Speech Happens and So Do Other Things: Assessment and Treatment for Valve Use Following Tracheostomy
Dec. 1st | 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM ET
This seminar covers the physiologic impact of tracheostomy on a patient’s respiratory, speech, and swallowing functions. Clinicians will learn step-by-step strategies to assess for the use of a no-leak speaking valve to restore communication, improve swallow, improve secretion management, restore subglottic pressure, and much more for adults who require tracheostomy with and without mechanical ventilation. While learning the importance of early intervention, attendees also will have an opportunity to tailor their educational experience by choosing small group breakout sessions: (1) session focused on ventilator settings, best practice procedures, and safe alarm practice when using a speaking valve; or (2) session on dysphagia assessment and intervention while treating patients with tracheostomies. Instruction will occur through presentation, interactive polls and small groups, and case studies. Both breakout sessions will be available in a recorded format following the seminar.


Kristin King, PhD, CCC-SLP
With over 25 years of experience in medical, academic, and industry settings, Dr. King brings a unique perspective to medical speech-language pathology. With a focus on neurological disease processes, her research and teachings have investigated traumatic brain injury, swallowing disorders, and aspects of critical care (tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation). She regularly speaks both domestically and internationally and publishes in peer-reviewed and clinical journals. She also has acted as an expert witness.

Financial – Dr. King is an employee of Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Dr. King has no non-financial disclosures to disclose.

Carmin Bartow, MS, CCC-SLP
Carmin Bartow is a speech-language pathologist who has over 20 years of experience working with medically complex patients in a variety of settings. She is Board Certified in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and is a Certified Endoscopist in the state of Tennessee. She has specialized in dysphagia intervention, assessment and treatment of patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation, and in communication and swallowing intervention for patients with head and neck cancer. Carmin was instrumental in the development and success of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Tracheostomy Team and in the Medical Speech Pathology: Best Practices annual conference. Additionally, she taught the Dysphagia course as an adjunct instructor at Tennessee State University. She has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed papers and presentations on dysphagia, head and neck cancer, tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation, and multidisciplinary tracheostomy teams. Carmin is currently a full-time clinical specialist for Passy Muir.

Financial – Carmin Bartow is an employee of Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Carmin Bartow has no non-financial disclosures to disclose.

Tiffany Oakes, MS, CCC-SLP
Tiffany graduated with a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2012. She has been a medical SLP in various settings from acute care to home health, treating both the adult and medically complex pediatric populations. Tiffany has experience developing patient care pathways to guide assessment and treatment selection for patients in home health, at both the state and national level. She has participated in research related to patients with TBI and sports concussions, and she has experience with research analysis and writing white papers. She is a volunteer for Remote Area Medical (RAM), assisting with medical services. She also participates in the development of multimedia education related to healthcare and clinical practice.

Financial – Tiffany Oakes is an employee of Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Tiffany Oakes has no non-financial disclosures to disclose.

Rachel O’Hare, RRT
Rachel O’Hare started her respiratory therapy career in the United States Army Reserves where she served 13 years and did one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning home, she began working as a traveler and has worked in hospitals across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. She has a very broad knowledge in respiratory care and has worked in all patient care areas, including Adult ICU, Pediatric ICU, and Neonatal ICU. She also has worked in a pulmonary function lab in addition to long-term care. In 2018, Rachel began to pursue her passion of teaching, advancing her career away from the bedside into becoming a clinical educator for critical care ventilation products. She spent the last few years working as a regional clinical educator, providing clinical education and support for all of Northern California before joining the Passy Muir clinical team in 2022.

Financial – Rachel O’Hare is an employee of Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Rachel O’Hare has no non-financial disclosures to disclose.

Gabriela A. Ortiz, BSRT, RCP
Gabriela Ortiz has been in the field of respiratory care since 2006. She lives in Southern California, graduating from California Paramedical College with her Associates degree in respiratory care, then earning her Bachelor’s degree in respiratory, as well. She has used her clinical knowledge to advance into clinical education and sales roles, with responsibility for critical care ventilation products for the ICU, PICU within acute and subacute hospitals in Southern California. Gabriela is recognized for her compassion and is an invited guest speaker at schools, Better Breather’s Group meetings, and the ALS Association-Golden West Chapter Support Groups. She provides education on the transition with invasive therapies following tracheostomy.

Financial – Gabriela A. Ortiz is a Clinical Consultant with Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Gabriela A. Ortiz has no non-financial disclosures to disclose.

CEU Information

Continuing education credit offered for RTs, SLPs, and RNs. All others will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Workshops: Live Instruction is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level
Seminars: Live Instruction is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level
–Advanced Ventilation – recorded course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level
–Advanced Dysphagia – recorded course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level

Workshops: Instruction is offered for 3 live CRCEs
Seminars: Instruction is offered 7.5 live CRCEs
–Advanced Ventilation – offered for 1 recorded CRCE
–Advanced Dysphagia – offered for 1 recorded CRCE

Passy-Muir, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP11239). Workshops are offered for 3 live contact hours and Seminars are offered for 7.5 live contact hours and up to 2 recorded contact hours.


Passy-Muir, Inc. has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as the Passy Muir® Tracheostomy and Ventilator Swallowing and Speaking Valve. This presentation will focus primarily on the bias-closed position Passy Muir Valve and will include little to no information on other speaking valves.

Registration / Cost

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order received.

Workshop Registration: $30.00 per workshop

Seminar Registration:

  • Pediatric seminar: $75 (7.5 contact hours)
  • Adult seminar: $95 (up to 9.5 contact hours – 7.5 live hours and 2 recorded hours)

Student Registration: Please contact for information.

Print outs: Will be emailed 3-5 days prior to the course to registered participants only and are included in the cost of the courses. If you have not received your handouts by the day before your course, please email

Assistance: All participants in Passy-Muir, Inc. Continuing Education Courses are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment. Please inform us prior to the date of your course of any specific needs so that we may assist you.