It’s my pleasure to welcome back Rinki Varindani to the show! I first interviewed Rinki more than 2 years ago when she was working acute care in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Rinki has now relocated to upstate New York and working in…you guessed it- a SNF. What brought her to her present position, the adjustments she’s had to make, and the initiatives she’s since spearheaded are the subject of today’s episode.
We also talk a bit about cognitive-linguistic disorders, resources for treatment, as well an interesting case.
Rinki’s Bio: Rinki Varindani Desai is an ASHA-certified medical speech-language pathologist and BIAA-certified brain injury specialist, specializing in the rehabilitation of cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. She is a VitalStim® certified dysphagia therapist, trained in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and is currently pursuing Board Certification as a specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.
Rinki is the founder of the Medical SLP Forum, co-author of the mobile app Dysphagia Therapy, and co-founder of Dysphagia Grand Rounds. She currently serves on ASHA’s SIG 13 Editorial Committee as Associate Editor of Perspectives, on the Dysphagia Research Society’s Website, Communications, and Public Relations Committee and has been selected for ASHA’s 2017 Leadership Development Program. She has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to adult dysphagia and written numerous articles for leading SLP websites and magazines. Originally from Mumbai, India; Rinki currently practices in Rochester, New York. Follow her SLP updates on Facebook and Twitter or reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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