About Therapy Insights
People in rehabilitation therapy are fighters and survivors and they deserve high quality therapy materials that inspire them.
Our interdisciplinary team creates modern, evidence-based, highly accessible, and affordable materials for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to use in their clinical practice.
- Single-page handouts for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists that are accessible and not overwhelming for patients and families going through extraordinarily challenging situations.
- Evidence-based information while also acknowledging that not all information that is valuable is locked within academic structures.
- Quality design that is engaging and breaks down complex information into understandable pieces.
- Developing vital resources that help clinicians use their experience to save time and change lives.
- Interdisciplinary collaboration as away to strengthen and fortify our professions in the face over increasing corporate influence in the medical community as well as a way to promote whole body health and healing.
A note from Megan Berg, creator of Therapy Insights:
I often felt like a failure in grad school, trying to get the right answers, but feeling like the “right” answer was ever-elusive; trying to find a footing in a foggy world of limited research and a thousand shades of grey, where maybe the “right” answer means letting someone choose to die of aspiration pneumonia, or programming “F*** off” on their communication device, or holding someone’s hand as they cry, or laugh, or just be quiet in a space where pain and loss is so palpable that words only serve to take away from their journey.
I started Therapy Insights because I believe that we are all on a journey together. We are all a clinician at some point in our lives, in one capacity or another, and we are all a patient. I believe in the power of communication, connection, and shared experience.
When I started as an SLP, I struggled to find resources that were affordable, accessible, and professional looking. I started to create some, and here we are now.
Megan Berg, MA, CCC-SLPTherapy Insights was founded by Megan Berg, MA, CCC-SLP. Megan spent 8 years as a science communicator before returning to grad school to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Working and living with scientists from Antarctica to New Zealand to Tanzania built her skills in visually distilling complex information for diverse audiences. In order to capture the science story, she's gone 5 weeks without a shower, survived 40 below temperatures camping on an ice sheet, and driven 8 hours in first gear of a busted Land Cruiser in the middle of the night across the east African rift. She captures the world in these three words: complex, magnificent, paradoxical.
Megan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and graduated with a masters in speech-language pathology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She interned for the Oglala Lakota County School District in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and on the stroke and traumatic brain injury units at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. She completed her clinical fellowship at the Weld RE-4 school district in Windsor, Colorado and is currently with Infinity Rehab in Missoula, Montana.
Megan brings her broad range of experience as a science communicator to the field of clinical rehabilitation by creating visually engaging, inspirational therapy materials that are balanced with both evidence-based practice and the art of human connection.
You can reach Megan at email@example.com.
Being a rehab therapist is a challenging, creative, and rewarding gig. Ultimately, no therapy materials are magical enough to instantly fix everything. The connection between you and the client is where the magic happens. It’s my hope that Therapy Insights materials can add a little sparkle to that magic.
Presentations by Megan Berg
University of Montana, Multicultural psychology class
Guest lecture: Cultural Differences in Communication: Brain Injury and its Impact on Communication
Advocacy Day, Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action
Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Patient-Centered Care: In the Context of Skilled Nursing Facilities
The Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals (ANFP) Montana
The Greatest Calling: Cooking Food for People with Dysphagia
Therapy Fix Ideas CoordinatorsBailey Womack, M.S. CCC-SLP
Pediatric SLP Therapy Fix Ideas Coordinator and Content Specialist
Bailey began her journey as a speech-language pathologist during her undergraduate years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There she discovered the world of opportunity and learning the field of speech-language pathology had to offer. Upon graduation, she and her husband, Andrew, left for new adventure in Vermont, where they completed their graduate studies. After receiving her Master's degree at the University of Vermont, Bailey began her clinical fellowship working with adults in long-term care facilities. As a Nashville native, Bailey was excited to move back home, as her time in Vermont had come to an end. She then finished her clinical fellowship in early intervention, where her passion for working with children blossomed. Bailey has had the privilege of working in a variety of settings with both adults and children, including long-term care, schools, early intervention, home health, private practice, and outpatient rehabilitation. Every day is a new learning opportunity, especially in the world of pediatric speech, language, and feeding/swallowing! Bailey is thrilled to be a part of Therapy Insights' mission to provide inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking materials to fellow clinicians everywhere!
Bailey would describe the world in these three words: extraordinary, esoteric, propitious.
Stephanie Henigin, MA, CCC-SLP
Adult SLP Therapy Fix Ideas Coordinator and Content Specialist
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her professional career, she has provided therapy to adults within a variety of settings including: skilled nursing facility, home health, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and hospital acute care. Stephanie currently works for Regions Hospital in the acute care and inpatient rehab department within the hospital and outpatient rehab at the Neuroscience Center in St. Paul, MN. She provides therapy to individuals with aphasia, apraxia of speech, brain injury/concussion, cognitive impairments, degenerative diseases, dementia, dysarthria, dysphagia, head and neck cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. Stephanie is also a facilitator for a Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now (MnCAN) conversation group in St. Paul, MN. She enjoys supervising graduate students and helping them develop their clinical skills as they prepare to be future SLP professionals. Stephanie has a passion for continuous learning, teaching other medical professionals about speech language pathology, and advocating for the SLP profession. She is excited to join Therapy Insights and help create innovative and inspiring materials to support SLPs in providing the best patient care. Stephanie describes the world in these three words: fascinating, curious, dynamic.
Ross is an experienced outpatient physical therapist practicing in Plains, Montana. He grew up in Colorado before attending Northern Arizona University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He then completed PT school and graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016 from the University of Montana. He treats all varieties of outpatient injuries including orthopaedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions. His passion is for exercise of all kinds as well as orthopaedic injuries. He is in the process of attaining specialty board certification in orthopaedics. He treats and continues to learn about helping people feel better and rebuild the capacity they need to do the things they enjoy. In his spare time you are most likely to find him exploring beautiful Montana, reading physical therapy related research or exercising with his wife and Maltese puppy, Clover.
Melissa (Missy) Haidle, OTR/L
OT Therapy Fix Ideas Coordinator
Missy studied at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho and enrolled in the combined bachelor to master program in Occupational Therapy. She thought that she was going to work with the pediatric population and completed fieldworks in outpatient pediatric clinics serving children with autism and sensory processing disorders, early intervention, and completed her second level II at Shriner’s Children Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Life is funny and during her level II fieldwork in physical dysfunction she was surprised at how much she enjoyed working with the geriatric population. In May 2014 she successfully completed her coursework and passed the National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy. Missy’s first therapy position was with TD Therapy Services based out of Pocatello, Idaho and served primarily at a skilled nursing facility at a critical access hospital, and a rural school district in Southeast Idaho. In 2015 she accepted an occupational therapist position at a skilled nursing facility with Innovative Rehabilitation and has enjoyed the dynamics of the residents, family, colleagues, and healthcare system. Missy enjoys being a fieldwork educator to occupational therapy students by supporting and guiding their clinical skills and critical thinking to provide best patient care.
Missy would describe the world in these three words: Beautiful, changing, exciting.
Therapy Fix Content Specialists
Jennifer Newman, MSP, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in Experimental Psychology and master's degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina. Jennifer's passion for the field of speech-language pathology and working with the adult population stemmed from first-hand experience of her father suffering from a stroke at the age of 49, leaving him with both expressive and receptive language deficits or what is known as aphasia. Jennifer's career began working in private practice with both the pediatric and adult populations; however, she is thankful to now have her dream job as the primary speech pathologist on the Traumatic Brain Injury team at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, which is now affiliated with Prisma Health - Upstate. Jennifer primarily evaluates and treats speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing skills from a variety of etiologies such as anoxia/hypoxia, brain tumor resection, car accidents, falls, status epilepticcus, stroke, and more, and is also co-leader of an aphasia support group. Jennifer is excited to join the Therapy Insights team and assist with creating ideas and improving her research skills of evidence-based practice. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys watching sports, spending time with family, friends, and her adorable miniature dachshund, Bentley, and planning for her wedding this May (2019). Jennifer describes the world in these three words: diverse, encouraging, surprising.
Kiera Webb, MA, CCC-SLP
Kiera earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Stockton University and her master’s degree in Speech Pathology from The College of New Jersey. For the last eleven years, she has provided therapy to children with complex communication needs from ages 3-21 years. Kiera also enjoys working with children and their families in early intervention, where she has found a passion for coaching and educating families and caregivers. Kiera is a lifelong learner and researcher. Kiera would describe the world in these three words: potential, changing, unique.
Troy Adam, DPT
Troy graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He went on to graduate with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Montana in 2016 and has since been working for the University of Montana ever since. He is involved in both patient care and education of current physical therapy students.
In the university’s outpatient clinic, Troy specializes in treating patients who have neurological impairments and those with complex medical diagnoses. He is a certified LSVT Big practitioner as well as a trained therapist in body weight support treadmill training. He is a level two certified clinical instructor, and mentors students in the clinic 7 months out of the year. Troy mainly serves patients with spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, TBI, and MS.
His contributions to the University of Montana’s physical therapy program include laboratory instruction in Anatomy, Musculoskeletal Examination and Evaluation, Foundations of Physical Therapy, Cardiopumonary System, Exercise Physiology, Physical and Electrophysical agents, and Physical Therapy and the Healthcare System.
Troy enjoys living in Missoula Montana. He is an avid curler during the winter months and loves to spend time on the rivers and in the mountains during the summer.
Johnny earned his Bachelors of Arts in Deaf Studies and Linguistics from Utah Valley University, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada and is a PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying Interdisciplinary Health Science with an emphasis on Rehabilitation Science. His research is focused on improving our understanding of fear of falling activity avoidance to provide better evaluation and intervention. He has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, acute care, home health and hospice, school-based, and primary care. He is a visiting researcher at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and presents nationally on topics related to chronic pain rehabilitation, neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation and health behavior change. He has advanced training/certification in Physical Agent Modalities, Post-Concussion Management, Ergonomics, Functional Movement Analysis, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and Fall Prevention. Johnny is currently an Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada in the school of Occupational Therapy and enjoys exploring the beautiful Southern Nevada and Southern Utah with his wife and four children. In his limited spare time, he also works as a certified American Sign Language Interpreter specializing in mental health and medical interpreting.
Johnny would describe the world in these three words: Intriguing, beautiful, and inspiring.
Shelly Carter, COTA
Shelly was born and raised in Southwest Michigan. She has two Associate's Degrees in Applied Science – she first graduated in 2007 from Southwestern Michigan college with a Graphic Design major. Shortly after graduation, she learned of the OT field when her dad was in a motorcycle accident. She went back to school at Brown Mackie College in South Bend, IN and graduated top of her class in 2011 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Shelly has worked for the same contract therapy company for her eight year COTA career, starting as a treating therapist as a new grad in 2012, and moving up to her current position in 2015. She is currently a Program Manager of a small therapy department in a skilled nursing facility, but also prioritizes her time as a clinician. She is privileged to work with a dynamic team, as well as to advocate for her department, the residents, and the facility. Shelly especially enjoys working with high acuity including patients with late stage Dementia or psychiatric diagnoses, and has focused much of her continuing education on these areas.
Shelly is excited to bring together her love of OT and design as a contributor for Therapy Insights, and would describe the world in these three words: community, positive, and dynamic.
Therapy Fix Contributors
Mel Sala, MA-SLP Candidate
Mel was born and raised in southern California. She studied art at California State University, San Bernardino, where she earned her BA in Graphic Design. She has experience creating a wide variety of design collateral for local government in California. Additionally, she has experience in product development, designing packaging for products sold at Target, HomeGoods, Marshall’s, and more. After a few years of exploring career opportunities in Graphic Design, Mel decided to go back to graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology—this time in Asheville, North Carolina. She is loving her new life in Asheville and is set to graduate in May of 2020.
Mel would use the following words to describe the world: resilient, gritty, nurturing.
James Laskin, PT, PhD
James grew up off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He is a Canadian trained physical therapist and has been a professor of physical therapy for 24 years, the past 20 at the University of Montana. James holds bachelor degrees in Human Performance/Kinesiology from the University of Victoria and Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Saskatchewan; and a PhD in Exercise Physiology/Adapted Physical Education from the University of Alberta. After working at a large metropolitan hospital for several years, he spent a year traveling throughout East Africa, India, Nepal and Indonesia before taking on his PhD. Prior to his PhD work, James’ idea was to focus on a career in sports medicine, but shortly after graduating from PT school he was introduced to sport for people with physical disabilities and the Paralympic movement. This introduction turned into over 30 years for working directly with athletes and non-athletes with physical disabilities, including over 20 years as the physical therapist, conditioning coach, and sport scientist with the Canadian Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team. He was inducted into the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame as the part of the Men’s team and the only physical therapist to work all 3 Canadian teams (Men’s Women’s and Junior’s). One of the most significant products to arise from his sport science work with wheelchair basketball was the development and publication of a Cadence Based Sub-maximal fitness test for wheelchair users. This test is currently being used by a number of European wheelchair basketball programs and will soon be available as a smart device application.
Currently James’ teaching focuses on topics in Applied Exercise Physiology, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Health Promotion and Wellness. He is the founder of the New Directions Wellness Center, which is a fitness and gym program in his lab at the University of Montana. Over the past 19 years, New Directions has served the Missoula and surrounding areas with a safe and inclusive fitness program primarily staffed by student volunteers. We serve the rehabilitative needs of adults with orthopedic and neurological conditions within the local community in an effort to reduce the need to travel out of state for these services.
James also has a strong presence Internationally. Most recently he spent the 2017/18 academic year aboard at Mahidol University in Bangkok while being supported by an ASEAN Fulbright Research award for his work in both Thailand and Laos. He continues his teaching and research collaborations with Mahidol University, Thailand; Chiang Mai University, Thailand, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education, Poland; and University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France.
James would describe the world in these three words: fascinating, everchanging, inspirational.
Jessie is a contemporary artist and illustrator based in Missoula, Montana. Her journey as an artist began in 2011 as a tattoo apprentice. After dedicating three years to the art of tattooing she left to pursue her true passion, fine art. She dived head first into the Missoula art scene and now shows her work regularly at local businesses and galleries, participates in local craft fairs as well as selling her work online. Jessie delights in creating realistic yet surreal illustrations, often featuring animals and the human figure as subjects. She aims to produce works that cause the viewer to take a closer look, examining the fine details as well as the deeper interpretations of the piece. Her art is often described as emotional and profound. Jessie is looking forward to creating medically accurate illustrations for Therapy Insights and is happy to be providing the visual component to these wonderful patient guides. If you're interested in seeing her personal work not associated with Therapy Insights you can visit her website at www.artistjessiesmith.com. Jessie describes the world in these three words: unpredictable, magical, enigmatic.
Translators for Therapy Insights
Cindy Levesque-Boissonneault is a French-speaking SLP (orthophoniste) in the province of Quebec (Canada). She works in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. She is also a lecturer at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
María Del Mar Díaz Martínez is a medically-based-SLP. She obtained her BS in psychology at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. In 2013, she completed her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Carlos Albizu University in Puerto Rico. She works in hospital settings with a focus on critical care, respiratory problems, stroke, late stage dementia, tracheostomies, and neurological impairments. She is a clinical supervisor at the clinic of Carlos Albizu University. María would describe the world in these three words: Maravilloso, diverso, impresionante.
Mirko Fabrizo. Mirko studied speech-language pathology at La Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. He specializes in voice and swallowing. Mirko lives in Latina, a city near Rome.