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Our Speech Pathology Department offers advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions related to vocal pathologies, voice rehabilitation, oral motor and speech dysfunctions, trismus (reduced mouth opening) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), performed by Speech Pathologists with specialized training in head and neck cancer rehabilitation.
Alison Briggs Finkelstein,
Alison Briggs Finkelstein, M.A., CCC-SLP/L, is licensed and certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She earned her Master's Degree from the University of Maryland and has been practicing for over 28 years in rehabilitation and acute care settings. She has been employed at Jeanes Hospital as a Clinical Specialist for the past 19 years and more recently, has extended her patient care to Fox Chase Cancer Center. Her special interest and expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of adult and geriatric patients with speech-language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders due to neurogenic disease. Alison has extensive experience in performing Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Evaluations and developing comprehensive treatment plans to best meet patient and caregiver needs. In addition, she enjoys working in collaboration with ENT physicians, providing outpatient voice evaluations and treatment to patients with functional and organic voice disorders. Alison is an adjunct lecturer at Arcadia University and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and ASHA's Special Interest Divisions for Swallowing and Voice Disorders. She has recently become active as a committee member for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Foundation.
Sarah Clark, MS, CCC-SLP
Sarah Clark, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Master of Science degree from The Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2003. She is a member of ASHA's Special Interest Groups in Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders as well as Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She has worked at Jeanes Hospital since 2005, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in adults.
Barbara Ebersole, MA, CCC-SLP
Barbara Ebersole, MA, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Director of the Temple Health/Fox Chase H&N Institute, the H&N Cancer Clinical Program Administrator, a faculty member (Clinical Instructor) at Temple University's School of Medicine in the Dept. of Otolaryngology-H&N Surgery, and Manager of the Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Fox Chase Cancer Center, & the Speech Pathology program at Jeanes Hospital. She has specialized in the area of adult voice and swallowing disorders since 2004. She is trained in the performing arts and currently focuses much of her practice on working with singers, actors and other professional voice users experiencing voice dysfunction. Her interests also include developing better pathways for connecting patients and survivors to the interventions that will improve their physical functioning and quality of life during and after their cancer treatment. She co-authored an educational CD-ROM on voice restoration following total laryngectomy through Blue Tree Publishing and is a co-investigator on multiple studies at the Center examining physical functioning and quality of life issues in oncology patients.
Liane McCarroll, MS, CCC-SLP
Liane McCarroll, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated from LaSalle University with a Masters of Science in 2010. She works with an adult population in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, including preoperative/pre-treatment counseling and postoperative/post-treatment therapy. Specialized skills include Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies, Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing, and alaryngeal communication including management of Tracheo-esophageal Punctures (TEP). She is an advisor to the The SpeakEazy Club of Delaware Valley for laryngectomees and "The Head and Neck Cancer Support Group" at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Katie Moran, MS, CCC-SLP
Kathleen Moran MS CCC-SLP is a senior speech pathologist licensed and certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated with a Masters of Science from La Salle University in 2007. Since 2009 she has specialized in the area of adult voice and swallowing disorders, particularly dysfunction associated with head and neck cancer and its treatment. Special skills include video fluoroscopic swallow studies, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), clinical voice evaluations with Video Stroboscopy, laryngeal voice restoration (tracheo-esophageal puncture (TEP) management, electrolarynx, and esophageal speech training), and pre-operative/pre-treatment counseling. She participates in a multidisciplinary voice and swallowing clinic with the laryngology department. She is an advisor to the The SpeakEazy Club of Delaware Valley and the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and participates in research related to swallow function in the setting of head and neck cancer treatment.
For more information about head and neck cancer treatment and rehabilitation at Fox Chase Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call 1-888-FOX CHASE (1-888-369-2427).