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.
Our staff consists of licensed and certified speech-language pathologists with clinical privileges to perform Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). We possess the knowledge and specialized skills required by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) to perform FEES. We offer extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders in acute care hospitals, LTACHs, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing and long-term care.
Kristie Helm Bryant, MS, CCC-SLP/Endoscopist
Kristie Helm Bryant graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2000 with a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has provided speech therapy services in home health, acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient and long-term care settings serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Kristie has also served as a supervisor for graduate students and speech-language pathologists in their clinical fellowship year. She completed extensive FEES training at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, KY and has been performing FEES since 2005.
Christa Lantz, MEd, CCC-SLP/Endoscopist
Christa Lantz earned her Master of Education degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia in 2006. She has provided SLP services to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations in acute care and acute rehab settings during her career at the Frazier Rehab Institute where she was trained to perform the FEES procedure. She has been performing FEES since 2007.
Amanda Garver, MS, CCC-SLP/Endoscopist
Amanda Garver graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2007. She has provided speech pathology services in the Veteran’s Administration Hospitals in Nashville and Murfreesboro TN, the Vanderbilt University hospital, and the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson center. She completed extensive training and has been providing FEES throughout Kentucky and Tennessee since 2008.
Lee Ann Young, MS, CCC-SLP/Endoscopist
Lee Ann Young obtained her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. Her clinical experience includes diagnostic and treatment in acute care, acute rehab, skilled nursing and long-term care settings. She developed a special interest in dysphagia while employed at Cardinal Hill Rehab Hospital in Lexington, KY and has been performing instrumental dysphagia evaluations since 2011.
Dan Freeman, MA, CCC-SLP/Endoscopist
Dan Freeman obtained his Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from- Radford University in 2011. His clinical experience includes diagnostic and treatment in the acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing and long-term care settings. Dan attended the Langmore Foundation FEES Course and completed the remainder of his training at University of Louisville Hospital in 2014. Dan holds current certifications in VitalStim, McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program and is a Registered MBSImP Clinician. He also received the ASHA ACE award in 2012 and 2013.