MDTP Spokane, WA Certification Course

Saturday, April 18 2020, 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM [PST]

20 West 9th Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99223, United States


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Saturday, April 18 2020, 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM [PST]

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Course Date & Location:

Spokane, WA | Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Sacred Heart Medical Center

Providnece Auditorium 

20 West 9th Avenue

Spokane, WA 99223



Providence Employee parking lot off Rockwood and 9th. Parking will be Validated.

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MDTP is a systematic exercise-based approach to dysphagia therapy in adults.  Rather than a specific technique, MDTP is a framework from which to provide individualized therapy to adult patients.  This one-day intermediate course introduces participants to the conceptual basis of MDTP, provides the results of initial clinical studies documenting functional and physiologic benefits from MDTP intervention, describes in detail the components of MDTP, and provides step by step instruction for the evaluation and treatment of patients receiving the MDTP approach.

This course is offered for 0.85 ASHA CEUS (Intermediate level, Professional area)

The content of this seminar is not available to students 


Early Bird: Before February 17th, 2019: $475 USD

Regular Registration: After February 16th, 2019: $525 USD

No onsite registration.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to...

  1. Describe the components of MDTP therapy and differentiate this approach from more traditional therapy.
  2. Describe current clinical research supporting MDTP therapy.
  3. Explain how MDTP uses exercise principles to improve swallow function.
  4. Explain physiologic changes in swallowing that may result from various foods/liquids.
  5. Use specific clinical tools in the evaluation of patients for participation in MDTP therapy.
  6. Conduct MDTP therapy sessions and monitor patient progress and outcome.


Timed Agenda:

7:30-8:00am         | Check In

8:00 - 9:30am       | MDTP - What is it?  How does it differ from what we currently do?

                              AND Current evidence supporting MDTP

9:30- 10:30 am     | Exercise principles in MDTP part 1

10:30-10:45 am    | Break 

10:45 - 11:30 am  | Exercise principles in MDTP part 2

11:30 - 12:00pm   | The MDTP Food Hierarchy

12:00 - 1:00 pm    | Lunch available for purchase in the area

1:00 - 3:00 pm      | Swallowing Assessment and Outcome Protocols for MDTP

3:00 - 3:15 pm      | Break

3:15 - 5:45 pm      | Step by Step Therapy Procedures for MDTP

5:45 - 6:00 pm      | Questions and Answers



Two or more speakers will present at each Seminar. The Speakers for this course are listed below. Speakers are subject to change without notification. 

Cancellation Policy:

Up to one week prior to the seminar, refunds will be made minus a processing fee of $100 USD.  No refunds will be available if cancelling within a week of the seminar nor following the seminar.


Seminar Location Change Policy:

Once registered for a given MDTP seminar changing to a different seminar will require cancellation of the initial registration (See cancellation policy) and registering for a new seminar (pending space availability).


Note Regarding Course Materials:

Course materials for MDTP seminars will be provided via internet download available one week prior to the seminar. Course Emails will be sent from Eventzilla ( make sure to check the email that you used to register. Alert us ( with changes to your registration/email/name.

Hard copy materials are limited to certain forms and handouts that will also be available to certified provided following the seminar on our website.

A non-disclosure agreement will be provided via internet download.  This agreement is mandatory to attend this seminar. The purpose of the NDA is to minimize erosion of MDTP via sharing with untrained professionals. The faculty will be happy to address any further details/questions at the seminar.



All attendees will be given access to the post test. All participants have one month (30 days) following the course to pass this test. The test may be taken as many times as needed but MUST be completed one month from the course date.





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About the Organizer

Florida Dysphagia Institute (FDI) provides current, evidence-based and clinically relevant information and experiences to clinicians and clinical researchers in the field of dysphagia management.


Event Speakers

Mary Burns, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with years of experience working across a variety of medical settings. She specializes in neurological rehabilitation with a special interest in dysphagia. She owns Overland Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation, LLC and provides mobile FEES across the state of Oregon. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, an MDTP certified provider, two time ACE recipient, mentor, and community educator.

Assistant Professor and Program Director for the MS in Speech-Language Pathology program at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. She is the Director of the Rush University Swallowing Research Laboratory where she collaborates with physicians in pediatric neurology, pulmonology, otolaryngology, neuroradiology, and the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Her current research interests include aging effects on swallowing physiology, high-flow nasal cannula effects on swallowing, and elucidating the common/shared neurologic pathways between swallowing and cognition in neurodegenerative diseases. She has been a practicing clinician for more than 20 years specializing in neurorehabilitation and dysphagia rehabilitation across the lifespan; she continues to evaluate and treat adult patients weekly. She has been an NIH-funded researcher, international visiting professor, and member of the SIG-13 Professional Development Committee. Finally, Dr. LaGorio has been an MDTP practitioner since 2006 when she joined Drs. Crary and Carnaby’s’ MDTP research team. She is joining the FDI as part of our MDTP instructor team.