MedSLP Certification Course
Cohort Begins on August 1st, 2022
Full Group Meeting Schedule for February
February 8th at 6 PM EST – Jessica Gregor
February 13th at 8:30 PM EST – George Barnes
February 16th at 8 PM EST – Theresa Richard
February 22nd at 7:30 PM EST – Lori Morgan
February 28th at 8 PM EST – Isabel Lawton
Meet Our Mentors:
MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Over the past decade, Jessica has worked in a variety of medical settings (trauma, intensive care, acute care, acute rehab, long-term care, outpatient) at both VA and private sector health systems. She holds her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) through the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (ABSSD) since 2016 and served on the ABSSD Mentorship Committee from 2018-2020. She loves investigating all things dysphagia, especially in the fluoroscopy suite! Her strong passion for the field of swallowing diagnostics and intervention has made some waves in multidisciplinary collaboration as well as patient care wherever she has worked, and she’s excited to share that with MedSLP Ed mentees!
What’s Jessica’s mentorship style?
“As we know, communication is a two-way street. First, it’s important to establish rapport from the get-go so that the mentee feels comfortable opening up about their needs. Second, active listening is essential from my end so that I can ask the right questions to seek additional information. And third, rendering advice in a manner that reflects more than one perspective given my personal experience in the field working in various settings and with numerous patient populations. It’s exciting to tackle issues that pertain to both patient care and the work environment/culture. Medical speech language pathology is a special and unique field. It demands increased and enhanced mentorship for its professionals!”
George is a critical care specialist with a concentration on patients with tracheostomies, mechanical ventilation, aspiration pneumonia management, and clinical decision making with high-risk cases. He’s also extremely passionate about mentoring other medical SLPs on his own time and is eager to work with MedSLP Ed! Articles he has published include Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation Management for the SLP; Improving Communication with the IDT, and Aspiration Pneumonia Management.
What’s George's mentorship style?
“I choose to ask questions and seek information before I blindly provide advice. I think it's important to understand the full picture and help mentees think through problems before jumping to conclusions. Further, I tend to see problems from multiple angles which I credit to my variety of experiences in multiple medical settings. This allows me to provide several considerations for one particular problem and ultimately help the mentee obtain a comprehensive view of the problem before moving forward with a solution.”
Isabel has been a medical SLP since 2013 with experience across the lifespan. She has work experience in inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, home health, mobile therapy, acute care, NICU, and in the schools! Throughout her extensive practice, she’s found particular passion in brain injury, trauma, medical pediatrics, dysphagia, trach/vent, AAC, professional issues, and yes…mentorship!
What’s Isabel's mentorship style?
“My mentorship style is mentee driven. By implementing adult learning principles, emotional intelligence, and active listening, I strive to ascertain what the needs of the mentee are and from there work towards solutions. Early on, I ensure mentees feel comfortable and safe communicating their needs to me. Together we will examine the topics/needs of the mentee and identify the best solutions possible. Open communication and mutual respect are key to successful mentorship relationships. My mentees often teach me as much as I teach them. “
Lori Burkhead Morgan
Lori has extensive clinical experience with ICU, acute care, inpatient/outpatient rehab, head and neck cancer, and trach/vent. She has published articles and presented on exercise science, dysphagia, and speaking valves.
What’s Lori's mentorship style?
“I like to be encouraging and create a relationship in which people feel comfortable asking any question without feeling judged for not knowing something. I think that this type of platform allows for the most growth in that those asking by encouraging others to be inquisitive in all areas where they seek more knowledge. I also like to help others develop independent problem-solving by asking questions of them and then helping “coach” them to reasonable solutions (there is frequently more than one solution). I do not think that ‘spoon feeding’ is effective mentorship. I like to see my role as a mentor as a support or a touchstone and to point someone toward seeking the answers with guidance rather than just stating, ‘here’s the answer, here’s what you should do.’ There are times for that, but more often, I like to help foster problem-solving rather than just handing out cook-book advice.”