Speech and Swallowing Specialists of Arkansas
My name is Brooke McCurley, and I am the owner of Speech and Swallowing Specialists of Arkansas, LLC. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and an endoscopist.
As SLPs, we have a diverse skill set. We have been trained to look for indicators and symptoms of dysphagia, but we are not able to adequately diagnose pharyngeal dysphagia without imaging. Most of the time, other professionals expect us to be able to diagnose dysphagia from a bedside assessment. The truth is, we do not have x-ray vision. If we plan to treat dysphagia, we need an instrumental assessment to determine how severe the dysphagia is (or if it even exists in the first place) as well as the pathophysiology of the swallow so we know what to treat!
While working in home health, outpatient settings, small community hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities, I found it to be a struggle to advocate for instrumentals and get my patients scheduled for swallow studies. I was often told it was too expensive. On the rare occasion that I did get my patients in for swallow studies, it was a constant struggle... Calling the doctor to get orders, calling central scheduling to make sure they had received the orders from the doctor, waiting 3-4 weeks to get my patients the swallow study so I knew what I needed to treat... It would end up taking at least a month to get patients scheduled for a swallow study.
Speech and Swallowing SOAR brings a gold standard in swallowing diagnostics to your facility to help your SLP make the appropriate recommendations for your patients. This assessment is cost effective as well as quickly scheduled (within 24-48 hours of your request)!
Speech and Swallowing SOAR performs mobile swallow studies utilizing flexible endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) for various facilities throughout Arkansas. We service skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, and other clinics in Arkansas.
Our goal is to bring safe, convenient instrumental assessments to SLPs, their patients, and their facilities in order to provide the best recommendations for diet and treatment. We strive to optimize your patient's hydration and nutrition. We are a local experience you can trust!
Providing you with the best care
Why do we need FEES?
Research shows a 70% error rate at the bedside, where the recommendations are either too restrictive, jeopardizing nutrition and hydration, or silent aspiration is completely missed, which can lead to pneumonia.
Timely swallow studies are essential to our patients. Without some form of visualization, SLPs are unable to complete their jobs and help their patients adequately and ethically. I decided to complete extensive training in hopes of changing this. I work to provide high quality instrumental assessments to patients and their SLPs. This allows us to create evidence-based treatment plans for our patients.
Brooke McCurley, MCD, CCC-SLP
My name is Brooke McCurley, founder of Speech and Swallowing Specialists of Arkansas, LLC. With Experience in evaluating and treating dysphagia in hospital/home health/outpatient/ skilled nursing facilities, I can say a quality instrumental assessment is invaluable in guiding patient focused care.
While practicing in North Central Arkansas, I realized the need for improved access to these instrumental assessments for my patients with suspected dysphagia. Speech and Swallowing SOAR was created just for that reason, to provide quality care and comprehensive swallowing services.
In addition to being a graduate from Arkansas State University, I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). I received intense, comprehensive training in performing Flexible endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) from SA Swallowing Services, PLLC out of Nashville, TN.
We are able to view the patient’s swallow for 1/4 of the price of an MBSS done at a hospital, while in their natural position, consuming their favorite food, liquids, and actual medication, all while gaining valuable input from the nurses and family that interact with the patient on a daily basis.