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TAD Talk: Now What? When All The Tests Are Normal But You Still Can’t Swallow

Now What? When All The Tests Are Normal But You Still Can’t Swallow

Presented by Michelle Adessa, M.S., CCC-SLP

The Voice Center, Head & Neck Institute   

Clinical Senior Instructor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University


Tuesday, July 30 at 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST)




TAD Talk Description: After a thorough and complete instrumental swallow work-up, many patients still have trouble swallowing without a clear explanation. Some of these patients may have even had treatment or procedures that fail to resolve or fully resolve their swallowing issues. This presentation focuses on the assessment and treatment of functional idiopathic dysphagia, muscle tension dysphagia, phagophobia and related disorders.

Target Audience: People with difficulty swallowing, their loved ones, speech-language pathologists, students and other healthcare providers who work with people with swallowing disorders.


Meet the Presenter

Michelle Adessa, MS,  CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, The Voice Center, Head & Neck Institute   

Clinical Senior Instructor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Michelle Adessa, MS, CCC-SLP, is a member of the interdisciplinary care team at The Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus in Cleveland, OH. She completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Voice Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts, and trained at the MGH Voice Center. A former singer and voice teacher, she holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Mannes College of Music in New York. She is a Clinical Senior Instructor at Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where she teaches residents and medical students about perceptual and videostroboscopic voice assessment as well as fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). She has also been on the adjunct SLP faculty of Baldwin Wallace University, Kent State University, and Case Western Reserve University.  She has published research on a variety of topics related to voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders and has a particular interest in functional swallowing and voice disorders.


CEUs: No ASHA CEUs are offered for this webinar. Upon request, the NFOSD can provide a detailed certificate of participation for Professional Development Hours.

Availability: This webinar will be recorded and available to view on demand. Advance registration is not required to view the recording.

Cost: FREE. This webinar has been made free to all registrants thanks to a generous unrestricted educational grant provided by Bracco Diagnostics and the educational sponsors of the NFOSD.

The NFOSD TAD Talk Webinar Series is funded by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Bracco Diagnostics.

NFOSD Educational Sponsors