Published on April 18, 2019

Ross Certified in Dysphagia Therapy Program

Terresa RossTUPELO, Miss.—Speech therapist Terresa Ross, CCC-SLP, of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center has recently been certified in the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program, an exercise-based approach to dysphagia therapy in adults.

Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing and is more common in older adults. The causes of swallowing problems vary, and treatment depends on the cause. Rather than a specific technique, the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program is a framework from which to provide individualized therapy. Ross competed her training at the Florida Dysphagia Institute.

Ross earned her master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995. She worked from 1996-2006 at NMMC-West Point, then left to work in the school setting until 2015, when she joined the staff of a skilled nursing facility in West Point. In 2018, Ross joined the NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center staff. She is also certified in VitalStim® Therapy, which uses electrical stimulation to rehabilitate a patient’s swallow.

For more information about NMMC’s rehabilitation services, visit www.nmhs.net/rehabilitation or call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

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