2023- 2024
In-Person Seminars

Speaking Valve Use with Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation: Now, We’re Talking!

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

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023 9:00am-5:00pm

Kristin King, PhD, CCC-SLP
Corey Mohnike, BS, RRT

Featured Panelists:
Carmin Bartow, MS, CCC-SLP
Tiffany Oakes, MS, CCC-SLP

South Brooklyn Health
Kane Auditorium
Main building, 2nd floor
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235



Parking Information: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital (RBG) garage is attached to the hospital (entrance is on Ave Z) with daily parking for patients, visitors and staff.
– Daily Flat Rate: $15

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

Handouts will be provided on-site and are included in the cost of course.

Note: This in-person seminar will also be offered February 3, 2024 in Irvine, CA. More details to come.


This seminar is designed to take the clinician from understanding the basics of a tracheostomy, including the physiologic impact on a patient’s respiratory, speech, and swallowing functions, to learning assessment and treatment considerations for no-leak speaking Valve use. Clinicians will learn step-by-step methods for evaluating a patient for use of the Valve both with and without mechanical ventilation. Strategies for restoring communication, improving swallow function, improving secretion management, and restoring pressures in adults who require tracheostomy are reviewed. Attendees will have opportunities for practical application in breakout sessions which include demonstrations, hands-on training, and round table discussions. Attendees will learn the importance of early intervention and strategies for utilizing a no-leak speaking valve through case studies, mock assessments, and patient videos.

Fundamentals: Tracheostomy Tubes to Mechanical Ventilation
This course is only available to seminar attendees. Prior to attending the seminar, this one-hour webinar provides an overview of the basics of a tracheostomy tube, cuff management with inflation and deflation, and basic vent terminology. Attendees will complete the course, quiz, and evaluation prior to the in-person 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.

Corey Mohnike, BS, RRT
Corey Mohnike is a registered respiratory therapist at a Level II Trauma Center. Corey joined the Passy Muir consultant team with significant experience regarding the Passy Muir® Valve. His experience includes use of the Valve both as a patient requiring a tracheostomy after a motor vehicle accident and working with the Valve in medical facilities as an RRT. Corey worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, a Passy Muir Center of Excellence, in areas that served many ventilator patients using the Valve. He has co-authored multiple procedures regarding Passy Muir Valve assessment and application with patients on mechanical ventilation. Corey served as the Clinical Educator for a multidisciplinary staff at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was also involved with the Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care, and has spoken at multiple state meetings and national conferences. He is now the RT Educator at The Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO.

Financial – Corey is a Clinical Consultant with Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Corey 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.




9:00 – 10:00 Assessment and Placement with demonstration – Non-Vent
10:00 – 11:30 Breakout Session – trach tubes, cuff management, and mock assessment
11:30 – 12:00 Troubleshooting and treatment with case study
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch & Learn: Dysphagia Discussion and Panel/Round table
1:00 – 2:15 Basics of ventilator application of the No-leak valve
2:15 – 3:45 Breakout Session – Ventilator application and mock assessments
3:45 – 4:45 Trachlore, Barriers, & More: Panel/Round Table Discussion
4:45 – 5:00 Summary Discussion, Q&A, & Adjournment

CEU Information

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


This seminar is offered for .75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Application for continuing education credit has been made to AARC for 7.5 CRCEs.

Passy-Muir, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP11239). Each seminar is 7.5 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.

Early Bird Registration (Before September 30): $169.00
Registration (After September 30): $199.00

Student Registration: Please contact for information.

Handouts: Handouts will be provided at the time of the seminar and are included in the cost of the seminar.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be in writing by October 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. to An admin fee of 10.00 will be deducted from the refund amount. Refunds will not be granted after the start of the seminar. Cancellation of the event by Passy-Muir, Inc. will result in a full refund of monies received. Passy-Muir, Inc. is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. Passy-Muir, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a course cancellation, participants will be notified via email & contact phone number listed on the registration form. Please fill out all information on the registration form.

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 of any specific needs so that we may assist you.

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