Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Rehabilitation

Closely collaborating with our ENT physicians, our highly trained Speech-Language Pathology team provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic exams and treatment modalities individualized to meet your needs and maximize your function.

At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, we understand the social, emotional, and psychological impact speech and swallowing disorders have on your quality of life. Our expert Speech-Language Pathologists will address your needs and connect you with other professionals as needed. This approach is grounded in the spirit of cura personalis – care of the whole person. Our services include:

Head and Neck Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Individualized assessments and treatment plans
  • Voice restoration, including tracheoesophageal prothesis placement (TEP), following total laryngectomy surgery
  • Alaryngeal speech training (TEP, electrolarynx, esophageal speech)
  • Lymphedema management by certified Lymphedema Therapists

Voice Rehabilitation

  • Acoustic analysis of the voice
  • Behavioral therapy for chronic cough
  • Resonant voice therapy + semi-occluded vocal tract exercises for muscle tension voice disorders
  • Management of paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM/VCD)
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)
  • Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST)
  • Biofeedback
  • Education and counseling

Swallow Rehabilitation

Our Speech-Language Pathologists use instrumental assessments, including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing and Modified Barium Swallow Studies using the MBSImP (Impairment Profile) to evaluate your swallowing difficulty, known medically as dysphagia. Treatment is based on latest research-based management of dysphagia, in close collaboration with your physician and care team.

Make an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a speech pathologist, call our scheduling line: 202-444-0278

TeleHealth at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – we are now offering Speech Pathology Telepractice Services. Please call 202-444-0278 to inquire.

 

Meet Our Team

Our Speech-Language Pathologists, led by Jayme Menier, are trained specialists here to help you maximize your voice, speech, and/or swallowing function.


Jayme Menier M.S., CCC-SLPJayme Menier M.S., CCC-SLP

Ms. Menier, who received her graduate degree from the University of the District of Columbia in 2002, has spent nearly 20 years of her clinic practice in swallowing, voice and head and neck cancer rehabilitation. She holds survivorship training, along with certifications for MBS Impairment Profile and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. Her areas of expertise include voice restoration including tracheo-esophageal placement for total laryngectomy; objective assessments for swallowing disorders including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination Tests and Modified Barium Swallow Studies; swallow rehabilitation; voice analysis and rehabilitation.

In addition to her clinical duties, Ms. Menier has mentored graduate clinicians, co-authored a book chapter regarding the aging voice, and guest lectures at area Universities including Georgetown University.

Spotlight Publications

Voice Changes in the Elderly. (8 June 2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.otc.2018.03.012

Speech-Language Pathologists Join the COVID-19 Front Lines. (2020). Retrieved June 22, 2020, from https://health.usnews.com/hospital-heroes/articles/speech-language-pathologists-join-the-covid-19-front-lines