Kathleen Defalco Fitzgerald, M.S. CCC-SLP, Consultant and National FEES/Videostroboscopy Clinical Trainer
Ms. Fitzgerald graduated with her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1993 from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Since that time she has been primarily focused on diagnostics and treatment of swallowing disorders in pediatric and adult populations. Ms. Fitzgerald, attended the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Voice and Swallowing Center in New York City in 2004. During her year at the center, Kathy was trained and worked directly with Dr. Jonathan Aviv, ENT. Her valuable knowledge extends to videostroboscopy being performed at a variety of clinical settings including ENT practices. Her extensive experience with patients is in; complex feeding and swallowing disorders, E-Stim for pediatric and adult patients, difficulty to wean G-tube patients, trach and vent populations, head and neck cancer, and behavioral feeding disorders.
Kathy Fitzgerald currently owns a private practice, SEC for Swallowing and Communication Disorders. Was the regional dysphagia consultant for Early Intervention of MA, V.P. of Clinical Operations and Training for a MA based MBS company. Currently Kathy holds the position of Cofounder and President of SEC Medical Speech Pathology Consulting & Training and National and International Company. A member of ASHA's Special Interest Group 13. She is also a national FEES and Videostroboscopy swallowing specialist, in adult and pediatric settings.
Kay A. Neilson, M.A. in Gerontology and and Elder Care Policy Management, and M.A. Ed, in Adult Education and Training
Founder and Owner
Ms. Neilson has over twenty-years experience in the healthcare industry. As previous President, and Owner of a clinical rehabilitation company, she has a history of developing healthcare company start-ups, with strengths in clinical outcome analysis and operations management for multi-site enterprises. She displays the creative entrepreneurial ability to take a vision and translate it into a clinical revenue generated business. Her strengths are based upon a proven track record of financial development, system design, and implementation of educational and private practice clinical programs. Ms. Neilson works as an advocate to speech-language pathology state boards within the United States. Focus of this company is based on FEES programming, supervision requirements, in all clinical settings. Kay has worked directly with the Office of the Inspector General in Washington, D.C., has direct line contacts with numerous Medicare Intermediaries (MAC's), and additional regulatory agencies. Ms. Neilson holds a Masters Degree from Regis University, Jesuit College in Denver, Colorado, and is a member of the national Summa Cumme Laude, Jesuit Honor Society in the United States.