About Us

About Us

The Speech Team, Inc. has proudly been providing continuing education courses for professionals since 1993. Our instructors have delivered our innovative treatments in dysphagia and dementia and patented technologies to speech pathologists in many countries. Over 8,000 speech pathologists have been certified worldwide from countries such as China, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, England, Singapore, Ireland, and the United States.

Our Team

As the only provider of DPNS dysphagia treatment training in the world, we focus on advanced clinical Speech Pathology techniques, but hope that individuals just entering the field will use the tools we've made available within this site. Our courses are designed to give modern SLPs all the tools and knowledge they need for the treatment of the geratric population. We fill the educational gap for SLPs in the areas of dementia and dysphagia.

Karlene Stefanakos, M.A., CCC-SLP

President and Developer: DPNS/FMEP

Karlene Stefanakos, M.A., CCC-SLPKarlene Stefanakos, M.A., CCC-SLP has been a practicing speech pathologist for 26 years. Her experience includes acute care, rehab/SNF facilities, home health, and public schools. She is the senior author of two therapeutic texts entitled Auditory Rehabilitation and Auditory Memory for Language. She has designed and received the U.S. patent on the labial goniometer for assessment measurement of labial/facial flaccidity as it impacts communication and swallowing function. In the area of treatment, Ms. Stefanakos has developed Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS) dysphagia treatment and the Facial Muscle Exercise Program. She has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics over the previous 20 years and has trained and certified over 8,000 speech pathologists in the United States alone. Internationally, she has trained SLPs within the healthcare systems of Ireland, England, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, and China. Her work continues in the area of dysphagia and product design of instruments for speech pathologists.

Pamela Crouch, M.A., CCC-SLP

Developer: Crouch Swallow Competency Scales

Pamela Crouch, M.A., CCC-SLPPamela Crouch, M.A., CCC-SLP, has been a practicing speech pathologist for over 16 years. Her experience includes rehab/SNF, ALF, outpatient and public schools. She has served as a Director of Rehabilitation for HCR/ManorCare for 6 years. Ms. Crouch has been in research and product design with the Speech Team, Inc. for 8 years and currently lectures with Karlene Stefanakos, MA, CCC-SLP on the Comprehensive DPNS Workshop nationally and internationally. In the SNF/ALF settings, her responsibilities include program development, training and marketing to physicians, administrators, staff, and the community concerning dementia. Her work continues in the areas of dysphagia, dementia, and Medicare/OBRA law education for speech language pathologists.

Constantine Elias

Chief Communication Officer

Constantine has worked with The Speech Team, Inc. for nine years in various capacities. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in Speech Communications. He also has an AS in Film and Video Production from Full Sail University. He has a broad work portfolio and experience as professional video producer has helped form and create The Speech Team, Inc.'s new online courses.

Kate Micheal

Photographer and Website Administrator

Kate has worked with The Speech Team, Inc. for three years as the website administrator and photographer. She attended the International Academy of Design and Technology for digital photography. With many years of experience as an administrative assistant, her organizational and technological skills have been instrumental in designing the website and online courses.