Ed Bice is currently working as a Clinical Consultant for IOPI Medical. He has experience in various settings, including acute care, outpatient, home health, and skilled nursing. He has held various leadership positions such as a Regional Manager, Vice President of Clinical Services, and Chief Operating Officer. Ed has been a guest on national and international dysphagia podcasts, written blogs concerning dysphagia and dysphagia related topics for Dysphagia Café, and has publications in peer-reviewed journals. As adjunct faculty, he teaches the swallowing course at the University of Maryland and East Tennessee State University. Ed has been an invited speaker for universities, state, and national conventions on various topics in dysphagia.
Dr. Kristine Galek received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and her doctoral degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Galek is a consultant for an international research and development team for biomedical devices used for swallowing (dysphagia) assessment and intervention for both pediatric and adult populations. She teaches ASHA-approved continuing education courses, and she is an active researcher with interests in swallowing disorders, voice disorders, craniofacial disorders (resonance), and speech science.
Her current research projects include studies investigating different conditions using adjunctive surface electromyography (sEMG), sEMG electrode reliability, comparative studies studying sEMG, training effects, and various types of biofeedback on learning novel motor patterns, dysphagia treatment outcomes in patients with head and neck cancer patients, exercise-based therapy, skill-based therapy, and adjunctive modalities as they relate to various dysphagia treatments. Dr. Galek is a practicing clinician with over thirty years of dysphagia experience across the lifespan.