Virtual Workshops & Seminars

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Welcome to the 2024 Workshops & Seminars webpage. By clicking on the tabs below, you will be able to find the list of courses with titles and descriptions for each course being offered throughout the rest of 2024. 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
Tiffany Oakes, MS, CCC-SLP
Rachel O’Hare, RRT


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 courses that focus on a particular topic, including mechanical ventilation, ethics, and considerations for complex diagnoses. They cover these topics in depth and present research that supports any guidance or recommendations provided in the workshop. These courses are provided by Clinical Specialists in respiratory therapy or speech-language pathology. Our workshops are interactive and allow time for Q&A.


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, and are age-specific. The seminars have interactive polls, Q&A, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and more.

Program completion requirements: Participants must be present for the entire program to receive continuing education. Individuals who are not present for the full program are not eligible to be recommended for CEUs. No partial credit can be provided.

Bookmark this webpage and revisit it as we add courses and seminars to the schedule at various times during any given year, including 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.


Go With the Flow: Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation
August 14th | 11:30 AM – 2:45 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.

Maybe There’s Another Way: Ethical Guidance to Dispel Misinformation Affecting Patient Care
Sept. 9th | 12:00 PM – 3:15 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.

Multiple Diagnoses: Managing Communication and Swallowing in Patients With Trach Tubes
Oct. 8th | 1:00 PM – 4:15 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.


There are no virtual seminars offered for 2024.


Kristin King

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.

Tiffany Oakes

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

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.

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.

Gabriela Ortiz

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

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.