People in rehabilitation therapy are fighters and survivors and they deserve high quality therapy materials that inspire them.

Our interdisciplinary team creates evidence-based, accessible, affordable clinical materials for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to use in their clinical practice. Our resource library contains over 700 digital downloads, ranging from patient education handouts, functional therapy interventions, and time-saving clinical tools. Our Article Snapshots library contains hundreds of single-page summaries of recently published research. Every month, we gather together to learn from experts in our fields with live online ASHA/AOTA/TPTA approved courses.


Megan Berg, MA, CCC-SLP

Founder

Therapy 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 in history 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. She spent three years serving post-acute care and long-term care with Innovative Rehabilitation and is currently a PRN SLP in western 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.


Administrative

Cortney Chambers

Administrative Assistant

Cortney grew up in Minnesota and studied communication sciences and disorders (CSD) and psychology at the University of Montana. She earned her bachelor's degree magna cum laude in CSD the spring of 2020. She plans on enrolling in graduate school at the University of Montana to receive her masters degree in speech-language pathology. During her studies, Cortney has developed a passion for learning and is excited to begin her career as a speech-language pathologist in the future. When she is not studying, Cortney can be found hiking and exploring the Missoula area with her dog Millie. She is delighted to join the Therapy Insights team to make a positive difference in the world of therapy. Cortney would describe the world in these three words: beautiful, fascinating, and encouraging.


Content Development Team

Stephanie Henigin, MA, CCC-SLP

Writer and Coordinator

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 Eckstein, DPT

Writer and Coordinator

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

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.

Bailey Womack, M.S. CCC-SLP

Writer and Coordinator

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.

Jennifer Leger, MSP, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Writer

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 her husband, family, friends, and her adorable miniature dachshund, Bentley. Jennifer describes the world in these three words: diverse, encouraging, surprising.

John (Johnny) Rider, MS, OTR/L, CEAS, CPAM, ITOT

Writer

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

Writer

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.

Kiera Webb, MA, CCC-SLP

Writer

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.

Mel Sala, MA, CCC-SLP

Graphic Designer

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.


Interdisciplinary Consultant Team

Manvir Singh, DPT

PT Consultant

Proven Physiotherapist and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with deep experience in the treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient's mobility, function, and well-being. CEO and Lead Physiotherapist of Pure Life Physiotherapy, Infinity Fitness, and Exo-Support Products; responsible for launching new therapy locations, managing and mentoring over 30 staff members, and developing and maintaining relationships with doctors and patients. Cultivates a high level of customer satisfaction and engagement through health events, educational seminars, and more.

Certifications include programs and courses in pain management, organizational management, neural tissue pain, knee and shoulder procedures, spinal dysfunctions, and personal fitness instruction, amongst others. Graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy and the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Genetics.

Emily O'Shea, MA, CCC-SLP

Med SLP Consultant

Emily works in the rehabilitation of acquired cognitive, communication, and swallowing disorders in Spanish- and English-speaking adults. She works in both acute care at a level 1 trauma center with patients who have a variety of diagnoses and etiologies as well as in an acute rehab facility specializing in acquired brain and spinal cord injuries. Emily is passionate about providing patient-centered, evidence-based, and collaboratively interdisciplinary care to patients and families as they cope with new diagnoses and learn to maximize their independence and quality of life.

Megan Wilkinson, OTR/L

OT Consultant

Megan is an occupational therapist in Lubbock, Texas. She primarily works in post-acute neurorehabilitation, where she focuses on helping her patients re-integrate into the community and return to their homes as independently as possible. She is passionate about providing functional and creative tasks for her patients in order to maximize their independence and make therapy enjoyable! When she's not working, she loves gardening, creating art, and exploring the outdoors- with her greatest joy being spending time with her two boys and husband.

Virginia Ingram, M.S., CCC-SLP

SLP Consultant

Virginia is a digital strategist, communications specialist, and speech-language pathologist who helps those with communication needs interact with those most important to them. With a 20+ year stint at agencies and start-ups, she has focused her career on technology-sparked solutions for business and life while transitioning her digital strategy work into both a clinical and strategic position. As a speech therapist, she works primarily with students aged 3 to 21 and in 2020 began to use teletherapy as her main mode of delivering therapy.

With an insatiable appetite for all things new and interesting in the digital and caregiving industries, she is a regular contributor to the SXSW community and has been selected four times to present at their annual event. Virginia employs the philosophy of designing for the fringe audience, instead of the typical target audience and works with other therapists to improve their digital literacy skills so that they can improve the digital literacy skills of those they serve.

She travels as often as her budget allows and has lived in three countries, five states, and with 25 people from 11 different countries.


Translators

Cindy Levesque-Boissonneault

French Translator

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

Spanish Translator

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

Italian Translator

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.

Ana Athayde Campos

Portuguese Translator

Ana Athayde Campos. Ana is a portuguese SLP (Terapeuta da Fala) who lives and works near Lisbon, Portugal. She graduated in Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitão in 2015, having spent a semester in Thomas More Hogeschool in Antwerp, Belgium, and completed her post-graduation in dysphagia in 2017. She works in schools and clinics with both children and adults. Ana describes the world as the place where the most wonderful thing happens: human connection.