Karen M Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Geriatrics and Speech-Language Pathology

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

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

Years in Practice: 23

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 2


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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. I have been licensed in Massachusetts since 1998. 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 6-time award winner of the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in recognition of excellence in continued professional study. I am the founder of SwallowStudy.com: Dysphagia Resource for Professionals and Patients. 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, aspiration pneumonia, oral hygiene, palliative care, and end-of-life decision-making. Please see www.KarenSheffler.com for more information.