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Speech & Swallowing Specialists, LLC is a private practice of speech-language pathologists who provide portable instrumental swallowing studies (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing, also known as FEES) to individuals with swallowing disorders in a variety of healthcare facilities throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.

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Comprehensive Dysphagia Management Services

Increase Facility Productivity

Reduce Costs

Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Improve Quality of Life

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the safety and quality of life for individuals with dysphagia by providing the highest quality diagnostic services to healthcare facilities throughout our region. We are committed to customer satisfaction – we will do everything possible to meet your needs and expectations. Look around our website and contact us to discuss how our services can benefit your facility.

About Us

Speech & Swallowing Specialists, LLC was established by co-owners Kristie Bryant and Christa Lantz as a result of their knowledge, experience, and passion for serving individuals with dysphagia. Founded in 2006 as Western Kentucky Speech & Swallowing (WKSS), we were the first FEES provider in Kentucky and quickly expanded our service area to include neighboring states. In 2010 our headquarters moved to its more centralized location in Louisville, Kentucky and we adopted the name Speech & Swallowing Specialists, to reflect our growth from a small local provider in Western Kentucky to a regional provider serving healthcare facilities in 4 states: Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. Read More

About Us

Speech & Swallowing Specialists, LLC was established by co-owners Kristie Bryant and Christa Lantz as a result of their knowledge, experience, and passion for serving individuals with dysphagia. Founded in 2006 as Western Kentucky Speech & Swallowing (WKSS), we were the first FEES provider in Kentucky and quickly expanded our service area to include neighboring states. In 2010 our headquarters moved to its more centralized location in Louisville, Kentucky and we adopted the name Speech & Swallowing Specialists, to reflect our growth from a small local provider in Western Kentucky to a regional provider serving healthcare facilities in 4 states: Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. Read More

Services

We partner with a variety of healthcare facilities including: acute care hospitals, LTACHs, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing and long-term care. Our services include on-site instrumental swallowing studies (FEES), patient and caregiver education, and educational opportunities for staff members. Read More

FEES Procedure

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is an instrumental evaluation provided by specially trained speech-language pathologists to evaluate swallow function in individuals with dysphagia. In the FEES procedure, a flexible endoscope is introduced transnasally to the patient’s pharynx where the clinician can clearly view laryngeal and pharyngeal structures and their functions. FEES can be completed in the patient’s typical eating position at bedside or in a private treatment room. During the evaluation, the patient is given any type of food or liquid to assess swallow function. A small amount of food coloring is usually added to assist with delineation of tissue, secretions and bolus trials. Upon completion of the FEES we are able to provide recommendations regarding the safest, least restrictive oral diet, appropriate compensations and treatment strategies to improve safety and reduce the risk of aspiration-related illness. Read More

FEES Procedure

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is an instrumental evaluation provided by specially trained speech-language pathologists to evaluate swallow function in individuals with dysphagia. In the FEES procedure, a flexible endoscope is introduced transnasally to the patient’s pharynx where the clinician can clearly view laryngeal and pharyngeal structures and their functions. FEES can be completed in the patient’s typical eating position at bedside or in a private treatment room. During the evaluation, the patient is given any type of food or liquid to assess swallow function. A small amount of food coloring is usually added to assist with delineation of tissue, secretions and bolus trials. Upon completion of the FEES we are able to provide recommendations regarding the safest, least restrictive oral diet, appropriate compensations and treatment strategies to improve safety and reduce the risk of aspiration-related illness. Read More

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