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Presenters: Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP and Dr. Rajesh Patel, Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020

: 5:30pm

Workshop: 5:45pm - 9:00pm

Member: $60.00

Student: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $85.00

This program is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs Intermediate Level: Professional Area



Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP and Dr. Rajesh Patel will  be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for their presentations. Both are currently employed by Peconic Bay Medical Center, part of Northwell Health.


Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP is a LISHA committee member and on the advisory committee of the Dysphagia Outreach Project. Dr. Rajesh Patel has no non-financial relationships to report.


Campo Salisbury Center, 718 The Plain Road, Westbury, NY 11590

Workshop Coordinator

Angela Murphy, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director of Speech-Language Pathology


Swallowing is an integrated neuromuscular process in which volitional and relatively automatic movements are controlled (Dejaeger et al., 2015). Speech-language pathologists must consider the effect of pulmonary function on the swallowing mechanism during clinical swallow evaluations and swallowing instrumentals; this includes understanding and applying the knowledge of the physiological processes needed for normal pulmonary function and swallowing. In this course, we will discuss pulmonary function within the context of swallowing and swallowing disorders. We will review chest x-ray terminology, including aspiration pneumonia and other conditions related to respiratory compromise, as well as, respiratory defense mechanisms, which are essential in protecting pulmonary function. 


Caitlin Saxtein is a medical speech-language pathologist at Peconic Bay Medical Center, part of the Northwell Health System. Caitlin is trained in Respiratory Muscle Strength Training (RMST), McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP), Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (VitalStim and Ampcare), and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). She is a 4-time ASHA ACE Award recipient for continuing education. Caitlin also has an extensive background with East End Hospice, volunteering with this organization for nearly 15 years. Caitlin is a Speaker’s Bureau LISHA committee member, the Co-Chair of the Adult/Medical Dysphagia Track for the 2020 NYSSLHA Convention, and secretary of the Dysphagia Outreach Project. 
Caitlin has been selected to present at the local, state, and national level associations. Caitlin was recently featured as a guest speaker on the Swallow Your Pride Podcast, episode 098.

Dr. Patel is a practicing Pulmonologist and Critical Care physician at PBMC. Dr. Patel graduated from Ambedkar Medical College, India in 1986. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine residency at Catholic Medical Center in Queens, followed by a Pulmonary Fellowship. Thereafter, he trained at Mt. Sinai hospital in NYC as a Surgical Critical Care fellow for 2 yrs. Dr. Patel has been in the practice of Pulmonary medicine in the Riverhead area since 1998 and provides hospital pulmonary consultations and co- manages the ICU at PBMC. Dr. Patel makes rounds in Pulmonary & Critical Care at PBMC, teaching the medical residents and supervising the ICU PA’s. Dr. Patel is also the Chairman of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics at PBMC and a member of the Peer Review and Ethics Committees. Dr. Patel is very passionate about bringing about health care to the less fortunate around the globe.

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control**

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1.    Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cervical and upper thoracic regions.  
2.    Define the anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism. 
3.    Describe pulmonary function and defenses. 
4.    Identify commonly used Chest X-rays terminology. 


5:30-5:45  Registration and Light Refreshments
5:45-6:20  Anatomy & Physiology of the Cervical and Upper Thoracic Regions 
6:20-6:40  Anatomy & Physiology of the Swallowing Mechanism 
6:40-7:10  Pulmonary Function and Defenses
7:10-7:30  Review of Chest X-rays
7:30-7:45  Break
7:45-8:45  Correlation of Respiratory Compromise and Dysphagia 
8:45-9:00  Questions and Answers


Confirmations of registration can be obtained at or e-mail at


Cancellations are refundable if received 72 business hours prior to the event. 


Please note, registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed. 


PowerPoint/Handout Presentations will be emailed to confirmed attendees, 72 hours prior to the workshop. There will be no internet access at the venue to download handouts. You will need to either print a copy or download the file to a computer, tablet or phone before the workshop.

Paper Handouts will NOT be available at the workshop.

June 11th, 2020 5:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
718 The Plain Road
Campo Salisbury Center
Westbury, NY 11590
United States
Phone: 516-626-8000
Event Fee(s)
Non-Member Professional Fee $ 85.00

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