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VitalStim Therapy Renewal Course
 
 
 
 
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 • Speech Language Pathologist
 • Occupational Therapist
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Happy Birthday to CIAO! Our gift to you is an extended SALE ($75) through the month of June. Help us celebrate 18 years!

This course is designed to renew competency for VitalStim Therapy Providers. Participants will receive up-to-date key concepts in research, safety and protocols during the course. Participants who successfully complete this course will be equipped with the required knowledge and skills to maximize the impact of the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (VitalStim) in the treatment of dysphagia. This renewal course will review topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism and pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of neuromuscular electrical stimulation as used in VitalStim Therapy will be reviewed, as will the VitalStim Therapy protocol.

NOTE: VitalStim Therapy Renewal course participants must be VitalStim Providers. Completion of this renewal course will also award VitalStim Providers with the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate. The Specialty Certificate will be mailed to your home address. Please be sure to update your contact information, mailing address and Facility information

DJO has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as VitalStim. Because there are no other similar products available, this course will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of VitalStim.

Course must be activated within 6 months after purchase. Course must be completed within 30 days of activation. An online quiz and evaluation form are required for CEUs. Vitalstim recertification vital stim
Click for VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate Program Press Release

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
OT Process: Intervention
Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to::
  • Accurately name the anatomical structures (muscular, articular, neurological) relevant to the swallowing function
  • Correctly and accurately palpate the structures mentioned under objective 1 that are accessible to palpation
  • Briefly describe the various phases of the normal swallowing movement
  • List the main pathological conditions affecting swallow function in the adult population (etiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, severity of impact on swallowing, prognosis, social and economical impact)
  • Describe considerations in the use of VitalStim Therapy in the pediatric population
  • Describe the characteristics of electrical stimulation and the influence of electricity on muscle tissue (physiological versus evoked contraction, frequency of current, intensity, phase duration, treatment time, strength and endurance building, elect
  • Identify the pathological conditions for which electrical stimulation is indicated
  • Describe the characteristics of the VitalStim Therapy stimulation unit
  • Discuss the VitalStim protocol in the treatment of dysphagia (operation of the electrical stimulation unit, skin preparation, application of the electrodes, increasing intensity)
  • Discuss the use of swallowing exercise during and after the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Briefly describe the principles of evidence based medicine and their application to the use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Discuss ethical considerations around the use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Discuss and demonstrate correct use of documentation and assessment tools (evaluation form, FOIS, outcome tracking sheet)
 
Instructors
Mary Nylin
M.A. CCC-SLP
Mary is currently the Senior Clinical Specialist in the VitalStim Division for Empi supporting and educating physician groups, administrators and SLPs on Dysphagia management and the implementation of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Dysphagia therapy. This role also includes active work with research, education, and new product development. Mary is one of a select few Certified VitalStim Instructors. She has taught over 300 courses in dysphagia and MBS interpretation. She previously worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation in the Inpatient, Outpatient and Pediatric departments. Mary was instrumental in developing the Dysphagia program in the outpatient department and the speech department of the Pediatric Rehab. She serves as a knowledgeable resource in Dysphagia to therapists around the country.
Financial Disclosure: Mary receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course. Mary receives royalties for the purchase of her online presentations.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Mary is a VitalStim Provider and an instructor for CIAO’s VitalStim Specialty Certificate Program. She uses VitalStim Therapy in her clinical practice.

 
   
Charissa Moore
M.A. CCC-SLP
Charissa has 10 years experience with dysphagia, MBSS and FEES. Charissa is currently a PhD. Candidate at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In addition, she travels across the US providing continue education instruction for SLP’s seeking certification for Vitalstim therapy. Charissa has helped implement several Vitalstim programs for pediatrics and adults in North Carolina and acts as a Clinical Specialist for those with VS certification throughout the US. Further experience includes Assistant Director of Rehabilitation Services, Speech-Language Pathology Manager, Acute program manager, and Inpatient rehabilitation manager at FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Financial Disclosure: Charlssa receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Charissa uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

 
   
John Kelly
M.P.T.
A graduate of the University of St. Augustine’s graduate Physical Therapy Program. John has over 17 years experience with acute inpatient and hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation and currently an outpatient clinical director for Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John continues to balance full time patient care with administrative responsibilities. John is NDT certified and an experienced manual orthopedic therapist working toward his clinical doctorate and manual therapy certification. John is a certified VitalStim® Instructor and has taught orthopaedic and electrotherapy courses across the country. John is an accomplished clinical instructor and consistently is recognized for his exceptional patient rapport and strong evaluations from course participants.

Financial Disclosure: John is a salaried employee for his position at Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

 
   
Karin Mitchell
M.A. CCC-SLP
Karin Mitchell, MA, CCC-SLP, is a worldwide respected Speech Language Pathologist specializing in the care and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing, developmental care of the medically fragile infant and child, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. Her love of teaching and helping others drives her to create and deliver fun and empowering continuing education courses across the nation and internationally. Areas covered are Developmental Care in the NICU, Cue Based Feeding, pediatric feeding and swallowing analysis and treatment, including the use of VitalStim, swallow studies, enhancing decision making and clinical analysis, breast feeding the medically fragile infant and child, and developmental milestones supporting feeding skill acquisition.

Beginning her practice in 1995, Karin sought out learning opportunities and creative ways to teach others. She now serves as a lead therapist for the NICU and Feeding Teams at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, CA. With a clinical practice formed by a strong theory base in NDT and SI therapies, Karin is also NOMAS trained and VitalStim certified. She provides ongoing education in-services and hands-on labs for appropriate developmental care, positioning, handling, and feeding skills for clinical staff including medical residents, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists. Karin was a key player in the development of unit protocols and care plans for evidence-based developmental care in the highly specialized Small Baby Unit (ELBW) at CHOC which includes an ongoing education series required by all medical and support personnel. She is an active committee member for multiple qualities of care committees including Skin to Skin Care, Developmental Care, Infant Driven Feeds, Breast Feeding Coalition, Palliative Care, Neuro NICU Team, Trauma Team, and Family Centered Care.

A dedicated leader, Karin devotes much of her time to the support and development of clinicians, serving as a mentor committed to building therapist's skills in clinical analysis and therapeutic effectiveness with medically fragile patients. She is a strong advocate for her patients and their families and speaks at local associations, community centers, local universities, and school districts to support medically fragile infants and children.

Financial Disclosure: Karin Mitchell and Kathy Ramirez receive an honorarium from CIAO for the presentation of this course.
Non-financial Disclosure: There are no financial relationships to disclose.

 
   
Jon Rose
MS, PT, SCS, ATC
Jon received his Master of Science from Eastern Illinois University in 1992 and his Certificate of Physical Therapy from Ohio State in 1997. Jon currently holds an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. He teaches courses in anatomy, pathology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. He continues to treat patients and conduct research at Campbell Clinic. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational research at the University of Memphis. Formerly the director of rehabilitation for Samaritan Regional Health System in Ashland, Ohio, Jon has also worked as the Director of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Coordinator for Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN. Jon is currently a Certified Instructor for the VitalStim® Certification Course teaching NMES for the treatment of dysphagia. Jon’s professional appointments include Team Physical Therapist and Rehab Consultant for several semi-professional and professional sports teams. He is an NATABOC certified Athletic Trainer and a member of the APTA, Ohio PT Association, and Tennessee Athletic Trainers Association.

 
   
Julie DeVahl
PT, DPT, OCS
Julie DeVahl, PT, DPT, OCS, is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. A physical therapist since 1979, Julie brings her experience with electrical stimulation in clinical practice to the classroom. She has been an instructor for CIAO since 2003 and has adds an inviting style of teaching to the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program. Julie is board-certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and practices in an outpatient clinic at UT Southwestern. She is an active member of the APTA and TPTA. “I see my role as an instructor to enable the SLPs and OTs to feel as comfortable using electrical stimulation as they do giving verbal instructions for swallowing.”
Financial Disclosure: Julie receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of the VitalStim course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant disclosures.

 
   
Jen Carter
M.Ed. CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Jen Carter M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Jen is a medically-based speech pathologist with 24 years of experience evaluating and treating dysphagia and is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She currently lives in Denver and has a private practice, the Carter Swallowing Center, solely focused on dysphagia. She frequently presents at the local, state, and national level on the topic of swallowing treatment. When she’s not working, Jen enjoys hiking and backpacking in Colorado.
Financial Disclosure: Jen receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of the VitalStim course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Jen uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

 
   
Penny Head
PT, MS, SCS, ATC
Penny Head is an ABPTS Board Certified Specialist in sports physical therapy and an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer. With over 17 years experience Penny is currently the Clinical Director of Sports Medicine at Baptist Rehab Hospital in Tennessee. She has also worked as a Sports Medicine Coordinator and Director of Physical Therapy in a clinical setting. Penny is currently a guest lecturer and lab instructor at the University of Tennessee, her alma mater. Penny is also currently a Certified Instructor for the VitalStim® Certification Course teaching NMES for the treatment of dysphagia. She has served as Certified Athletic Trainer, Team Physical Therapist and Rehab Consultant to several athletic programs including the Memphis Redbirds. Penny is a member of APTA, Tennessee PT Association, and Tennessee Athletic Trainers Association.
Financial Disclosure: Penny receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of the VitalStim course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant relationships

 
   
Carole R. Roth
PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD
Dr. Carole Roth holds a doctorate degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Colorado. She completed postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic in the Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology. She has extensive clinical experience in diagnosing and treating neurologic communication disorders as well as voice, swallowing and fluency disorders. Dr. Roth has authored journal articles in the field and has lectured in the United States, Australia, and Europe. She has directed medical speech pathology programs and has participated on interdisciplinary clinics including: stroke, ALS, neuromuscular disorders and Huntington’s disease. She has sat on medical ethics committees and worked for the University of California, San Diego research ethics program. Dr. Roth holds board certification by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. She teaches part-time at San Diego State University and works as a full-time clinician in a medical center and in private practice. Dr. Roth is married and has two daughters.

 
   
Jodie Dacy
M.S. CCC-SLP
Jodie graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Mrs. Lujanschi has been practicing speech language pathology since 1995. Her experience is extensive in the private practice sector, but she also has clinical experience in hospital, long term care, outpatient rehab, and school settings. Mrs. Lujanschi has been a certified VitalStim® therapist for 7 years and has treated both pediatric and adult patients in treatment of dysphagia with the utilization of this modality. Additionally, she is certified in NOMAS, MDTP and Myofascial Release. She has presented locally and nationally on various topics such as Best Practices, The Benefits of Oral Motor/Feeding Therapy on Articulation/Speech Clarity amongst others. Currently, she serves the Speech Language Pathology profession at a Golisano's Children's Hospital in Southwest Florida as an outpatient therapist and is instructor of the VitalStim® Therapy Certification course for CIAO Seminars.
Financial Disclosure: Jodie receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of the VitalStim course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Jodie uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

 
   
Tom Holland
PhD, PT
Dr. Tom Holland received his physical therapy education and his PhD degree from the Physical Therapy Program of NYU. He is an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York - Hunter College/Program in Physical Therapy. In addition, he is an Adjunct Instructor at New York University, Columbia University, and Dominican College. His practice includes per diem work at Kessler Institute (Saddle Brook NJ). Tom's physical therapist practice and specialty areas include physical modalities and kinesiology. Tom has been a Certified VitalStim Instructor since 2002 and has co-taught dozens of VitalStim Certification Courses across the country.
Financial Disclosure: Tom receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of the VitalStim course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant relationships

 
   
Lesley Mateer
M.A. CCC-SLP
Lesley Mateer, M.A. CCC-SLP is the owner of Career Improvement & Advancement Opportunities, Inc. Since 1999, she has dedicated her company to taking care of fellow therapists and providing quality, affordable continuing education across the United States. As a Speech Language Pathologist and Rehab Director, Lesley trained healthcare professionals and students since 1989 on various topics such as Customer Service, Medicare Guidelines, Corporate Orientation, Ethics, Rehabilitation, Motivation and Leadership. Lesley is a Certified Red Cross Instructor for CPR and HIV/AIDS Basic Fundamentals.
Financial Disclosure: Lesley is the president if CIAO seminars, the owner of the VitalStim Specialty Program and VitalStim Renewal course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant relationships.

 
   
  100 Minutes   Lesson 1 - Foundations
  20 Minutes   Test
  65 Minutes   Lesson 2 - Electrotherapy
  20 Minutes   Test
  80 Minutes   Lesson 3 - VitalStim Application
  20 Minutes   Test
  40 Minutes   Lesson 4 - Other Considerations
  20 Minutes   Test
  65 Minutes   Lesson 5 - Pediatrics
  20 Minutes   Test
 
  7.5 Hours
Contact hours pre-approved for:
  • 0.75 CEUs (7.5 Contact Hours) SLPs, OTs
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLPs)
  • This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area) ASHA Bubble Sheet Required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119(OT/COTAs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer .75 CEUs for this program
  • 5.0 hours OTs in CA - Advanced Practice Swallowing #25-S20
  • 2.5 hours OTs in CA - Advanced Practice PAMS #25-P10
CIAO is regognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)
"(Organization’s or Unit’s Name) has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, the (organization name) has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, (organization name) is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.”
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Reviews:
Dawsonville , GA   Jan 2017
There had been over a 3 year period between my initial certification and this recertification process. I really enjoyed this recertification course which touched on all key topics and incorporated the most current information on VitalStim. Now I feel better able and competent to critically think, evaluate, and treat patients who have dysphagia and may benefit from VitalStim.
 
Baton Rouge, LA   Dec 2016
Great course to freshen up on my previous certification. Feel more confident in my abilities to utilize NMES as a modality in my therapy.Very comprehensive without being redundant. Great price for so many CEUs.
 
Cape Coral, FL   Dec 2016
I am thankful to have this refresher course to enhance my knowledge and skills in my career. The pediatric section makes me want to pursue this population after I attend other courses about the pediatric swallow. The clinicians are outstanding in their presentations.
 
Bridgeport, AL   Oct 2016
Excellent presentation of material. Would highly recommend to other therapists.
 
Rosharon, TX   Sep 2016
This course was thoroughly enjoyable!
 
VALRICO, FL   Aug 2016
Thank you for providing an online renewal course, this was so convenient and helpful! I truly believe it helped refresh my skills!
 
Springboro, OH   Aug 2016
Amazing recertification course, so thorough and well presented, just wonderful to know how many great SLPs, OTs and PTs are out there, phenomenal collaboration went into this course. Thank you!
 
South Portland, ME   Apr 2016
Excellent refresher course. I feel more confident as a Vital Stim provider.
 
Glenvil, NE   Feb 2016
Course work was well organized and clear. This enhanced my training and was a way to review all information and changes for continuing my certification. It was very helpful having the coursework available online to complete around my schedule. Thank you Karol
 
Indianapolis, IN   Nov 2015
Loved the review! The pediatric section was a nice addition.
 
Naples, FL   Jul 2015
This was an excellent course! I learned a lot.
 
Casselberry, FL   Jul 2015
this on line CEU actually taught me a lot of things, and made me think about applying that knowledge to my practice
 
Collierville, TN   Jul 2015
It was beneficial to take this course as I had been using vital stim and was able to understand clinically how to best use the device as before I did not have a knowledge base of the device.
 
Chicago, IL   Jun 2015
Good review of Vital stim, I was certified 8 years ago, and found the review helpful.
 
Columbia, MO   Jun 2015
This was a wonderfully organized and informative course!