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, February 3, 2024 9:00am-5:00pm

University of California, Irvine
UCI Medical Center
Building 53 (Auditorium)
101 The City Drive S
Orange, CA 92868

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 the course.

Food: Morning refreshments and lunch are included. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email


This interactive and hands-on 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 participating in assessment and treatment discussions 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 will be reviewed. Attendees will receive practical application experience during breakout sessions which include demonstrations, hands-on training, and round table discussions. Attendees also will learn the early intervention considerations and strategies for utilizing a no-leak speaking valve through case studies, mock assessments, and patient videos.

Bonus education opportunity: Registered seminar attendees will be granted access to a pre-recorded webinar, Fundamentals: Tracheostomy Tubes to Mechanical Ventilation. Approximately two weeks prior to attending the seminar, a link for this special one-hour webinar will be provided via email. This webinar is only available to seminar attendees and provides an overview of the basics of a tracheostomy tube, cuff management with inflation and deflation, and basic vent terminology. It is highly recommended as a prerequisite to the in-person seminar. To receive continuing education for the webinar, attendees complete the course, quiz, and evaluation.


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.

Robin Helms, BS, RRT
Robin Helms is a registered respiratory therapist who has over 5 years of clinical experience working with acute care patients at a Level 1 trauma center. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care in 2018. Robin has experience working with patients in many different critical care areas, such as medical, cardiac, trauma, emergency, and more. Robin has recently joined our Passy Muir clinical team to explore a new role in education. She is currently a full-time clinical specialist for Passy Muir.

Financial – Robin Helms is an employee of Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Robin Helms 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.

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.




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 January 10): $149.00
Registration (After January 10): $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 & Refund Policy: All cancellation requests by registered attendees must be sent to 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.

Questions: Please contact

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Seminar Overview


Campus map with walking directions from the parking structure to the auditorium (click here)

Parking is available in the UCI Health Center patient and visitor parking structure located on Dawn Way. Please note that there are two large parking structures next to each other and park in the one that has the UCI Health banner to receive the discounted parking price of $4.00. We will pass out a voucher during the seminar to hand to the parking attendee when exiting the structure at the end of the day. The parking structure accepts credit card only for payment.