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This Live Online seminar replaces the original face to face seminar scheduled for March 21, 2020 in Long Island. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN AND READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE REGISTERING.

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Saturday, May 16 2020, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM [EST]

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Course Location:

In consideration of your health and the health of our MDTP instructors in the presence of this viral pandemic this will be a LIVE and ONLINE MDTP Certification Course. The content and format will be the same as our face to face courses.

A link to join the course in Zoom will be sent to all registered participants the week before the course.



Single Registration Fee for this Online Course: $475 USD

Registration must be completed before May 2, 2020

NOTE: If you registered at the regular face to face cost ($550 USD) we will refund you the difference minus a small processing fee. If you opted to remain registered for the face to face Long Island course you are automatically registered for this LIVE and ONLINE course.


What is MDTP:

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.


What does registration to an MDTP seminar cover?

Registration to an MDTP seminar covers attendance at the seminar (approximately 8.5 hours of

instruction plus a question/answer session at the conclusion of the seminar), seminar materials as a single download from our website ( PDF of course presentation slides and MDTP manual – a link is provided via email the week before the seminar), CEU processing if the seminar is within the USA, access to the MDTP certification post-test and provider certificate upon passing the post-test, listing in the global MDTP provider data base (a search engine that lists all current MDTP providers and is ‘searchable’ by other providers and the public at large), and a unique MDTP provider number that may be used for discounts of future FDI offerings (and possibly other offerings), and future MDTP/FDI functions (web forum and more).


Please note: When you download your course materials please store the cyber files in a safe and convenient location. You can print these files, but you are not authorized to share them. Due to the cost of providing additional online/download materials we do not offer replacement or additional materials upon request.


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: NOTE: Periodic and brief breaks will be provided throughout the course

8:00:  What is MDTP?

8:30:  Evidence Supporting MDTP

9:30:  Exercise Principles in MDTP Part 1

10:15: Break

10:30: Exercise Principals in MDTP Part 2

11:00: The MDTP Food Hierarchy

12:00: Lunch

1:00:  Swallowing Assessment for MDTP

2:00   Assessment – Interactive Practice

3:00:  Break

3:15:  MDTP Treatment- Step by Step

4:30   MDTP Case Reviews: Seeing Treatment in Action

5:00: Final Comments and Summarizing Critical Points

5:30: Question and Answer Session

6:00:   Adjourn


Speakers: 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 two weeks 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.

Certification: 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.

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.


Jessica Gregor obtained her Master's of Science in Speech Pathology at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois in 2010. Over the past decade, Jessica has worked in a variety of medical settings (trauma, intensive care, acute care, acute rehab, long-term care, outpatient) at both VA and private sector hospitals. She holds her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). Specific dysphagic populations of interest include head/neck and esophageal cancer, tracheostomy, inflammatory myopathies, and neurodegenerative diseases. She has been a certified MDTP provider since 2015. Jessica is presently the lead swallowing specialist at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. She closely collaborates with ENT, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary, and Neurology services for optimal dysphagia intervention.

Diane Longnecker is an Advanced Clinical Specialist for the speech pathology department at Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She also holds her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). Diane has been using MDTP for over 5 years with a variety of patient populations and across a variety of clinical settings. She has also led the integration of MDTP into routine use for treatment of dysphagia in a large hospital system.