Karen M Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Expert Witness
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General Specialties:

Speech-Language Pathology and Geriatrics

Specialty Focus:

swallowing, swallowing disorders, dysphagia, oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, oropharyngeal dysphagia, vocal cords, vocal folds, larynx, aspiration, aspiration pneumonia, aspiration precautions, safety, strategies, choke, choking, asphyxiation, hypoxia, anoxia, stroke, dementia, neurological, paralysis


Master of Science (Communication Sciences and Disorders), University of Wisconsin-Madison; Bachelor of Science (Speech-Language Pathology), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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I am a medical Speech-Language Pathologist and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). I achieved this specialty certification in 2012. I have been a certified, licensed and practicing SLP since 1996, with licensure in Massachusetts from 1998 to current. I have worked with the adult and geriatric populations, specializing in dysphagia evaluation and management in long-term care, rehabilitation centers, and acute care with inpatients and outpatients. I am a 7-time award winner of the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in recognition of excellence in continued professional study (as of June 2020). In September 2019, I won the first Hormel Health Labs Health Hero Award: https://www.hormelhealthlabs.com/resources/health-hero-advances-dysphagia-research/ I am the founder of www.SwallowStudy.com: Dysphagia Resource for Professionals and People with Difficulty Swallowing. I provide dysphagia expert consulting to companies and organizations through social media marketing, writings, webinars, live seminars, research and development departments, and advisory boards. In addition to my writings and resources on my website, I have published articles on numerous other websites and in the ASHA Leader. Special interests include: patient safety, choking prevention, standardizing dysphagia diets, aspiration pneumonia, oral hygiene, palliative care, and end-of-life decision-making. I have enjoyed working as a dysphagia expert witness in litigation since 2016. I have reviewed over 30 cases, covering defendants and plaintiffs about equally. Please see www.SwallowStudy.com and my CV for more information on my work and services.