Dysphagia Treatment | Foot Drop Therapy
A comprehensive course designed to teach advanced dysphagia treatment modalities for the adult population.
Designed by physical therapists to help rehabilitate stroke, multiple sclerosis, and partial spinal chord injury.
A comprehensive course designed to teach advanced dysphagia therapy modalities for the pediatric population.
Learn why Guardian is the the most advanced NMES/Biofeedback device on the market and compares to other electrical stimulation methods.
See our full line of dysphagia therapy electrodes for adults.
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Our Happy Customers
"…Marissa and Michaela, They are both excellent presenters and the course was very informative. The course was an eye opener on the proper technique and utilization of NMES. Thank you, Marissa and Michaela for providing such get knowledge! Hopefully you will have others courses in the near future."
"…I would also love more info for the next company I may work for to persuade them to switch to guardian as I will never go back to VS."
"Thank you Marrisa for such a great experience with Guardian!! I have been using it all week, unfortunately with Vital Stim electrodes, until Guardian electrodes come in!!Your course was truly a game changer for me !!!"
"I just had my first success story yesterday! Had a MBSS post stroke 3 weeks ago in hospital. Pt was noted c penetration c NTL and aspiration of large sips of NTL, aspirated thin liquids inconsistently with chin tuck. After 2 weeks of NMES 3 times a week (maybe 7 times total), pt upgraded to thin liquids post FEES. No penetration or aspiration c NTL and no aspiration or penetration c small sips of thin liquids. Only noted mild penetration c large sips, pt able to clear penetration c subsequent swallow!!! Pt is going home Wednesday."
"She has just completed 8 weeks of NMES. She is doing very well. She is eating just about anything including steak! She has gained weight and is maintaining her weight with a regualr diet, thin liquids and 2-3 cans of Ensure a day. She has less xerstomia and secretions are thinner. She feels good and is getting back to cooking meals for her family! My question is this…she has quite a bit of lymphedema involving the anterior neck. The NMES has been amazing and within 10 minutes of treatment, the neck drains. The fluid doesn’t build back up for several hours. She massages her neck multiple times a day…and this helps, but not like the NMES!"
"Wow! I am still absorbing all of it! Guardian makes so much sense! thank you for everything!"
"I spoke to my other SLP’s about our conference. I just want to tell you that I have been a big supporter for what I thought was NMES and am very excited (yet slightly disturbed) by what you have taught me today. I am advocating that my other SLP’s get onboard to do this as well. Currently we have 6 patients on vital stim. I will find out from Clemente how we will go about getting them trained as well as my CF and our new employee (making a total of 6 therapists if possible).I can’t wait to see what Thursday brings!Sincerely,"
"Marissa is an excellent presenter. She did an amazing job explaining us the role of NMES in Dysphagia. The information was clearly and give us hands-on examples to use in treatment. We watched videos with the practical application of concepts presented. After the training, I started to use the NMES with children with Down Syndrome and Autism. They like the sensation of the electrical stimulation while I keep them engaged with the I pad. They are doing well. Thank you!"
"Hi Marissa, I just wanted to let you know that I really loved the NMES course and am very excited to start using this new modality. I tried it out on a patient today (the one with no CP segment opening, whom I mentioned to you) and he tolerated it really well! I am going to also start using with the MS patient I have. I just placed my first order with Spectramed!So, thanks again! Really great course! I hope to keep in touch!"
"Hi Marissa, Thank you again for conducting the Guardian training. It was truly a great learning experience! I’m so happy that even as a student I was able to participate. I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to using it with patients in the future."
"In any electrical stimulation protocol we have to be aware of the anatomical structures and physiological process as well as the patient’s safety. Throughout my doctoral studies I had the opportunities to study the Teresa Biber approach to neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and found great results in my research. Upon leading one of the largest Speech Pathology programs in the country I found another aspect of electrical stimulation that was important, cost. I found that a lot of locations could not offer e-stim to patients due to the overwhelming cost of the treatment. Biber’s recommended alternative electrode placement in the submental region allows me to target the appropriate anatomical structures and physiological process as well as train my own clinicians in dysphagia as well as the modality of NMES. Through time outcome data was collected and showed that the program was producing tremendous outcomes according to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS). I would recommend the approach that Teresa Biber has developed from a clinical standpoint, safety standpoint, evidenced based standpoint and from an operational/cost standpoint."
"The training was awesome! I already have started two patients on NMES and they are doing well! Please send me the pink boot for my Guardian.Happy Thanksgiving"
"Every clinician treating dysphagia should attend this course. The speakers are highly intelligent and compassionate clinician who presented the material in a way that was easy to understand. Now I feel very comfortable with NMES and I’m very excited to use this modality with my patients. Guardian is a fabulous company!"
"Just writing to give an informal report on how the “Guardian” NMES dysphagia tx tool is working. I’ve just received more electrodes in the mail, so thank you. I’m still amazed how long these electrodes are lasting and how well the patients are responding. Typically I’m getting ready to order more after a month or so.The placement/fit remains appropriate. One resident reports a smoother swallow since switching from vital stim to the Guardian. I find myself having to perform LESS tasks for stimulating and eliciting a swallow, it occurs more naturally for the patient. The head band keeps electrodes in place and is easier to put on than wrapping the pt with bandage wraps. Also I am now able to visually see when a person swallows, before this was blocked by electrodes and the wrapping. The resident may need min cues to perform swallow at time of vibration but the rest time and ramp up/down I feel is much more approp than constant pulsing. Overall, I’ve seen improvements in swallowing function in last week (out sick tues/wed last week, started with guardian Fri). Sincerely, Jamie!"
"One of my outpt therapists has been using it with her pts and the feedback has been positive. She has been able to get 3-4 sessions out of the blue gel electrodes, the variance being how oily their skin is. She said that they are adhering a lot better than the Alternative electrodes. Pt feedback has been that it “grabs” more and the pt can tolerate a higher mamp…other pts have reported that it feels about the same. No one has said anything negative. On the inpt side, I think they have been trialing the product on themselves only at this point. Again they feel that your product is more comfortable than the vital stim product.!"
"I knew you could provide it at your fingertips. Thank you and we are seeing positive results. The SLP at our facility in Winston-Salem, The Oaks, is ecstatic that the electrodes can be used 4x, and not just suggested, but she is really actually able to use them 4x."
"I finally got through one set on a patient. They lasted at least 5 times, but I’m still using some on other patients on the 6th or 7th use. The ones that I just threw out were not because it stopped working but because the gummy stuff got so sticky it was just gross. I find that different people have different skin. They don’t stick well on dialysis patients, but I think that is because they are on dialysis. These new ones are more comfortable because I rarely have to tie them on with gauze unless someone has a lot of extra skin. They also have allowed me to place and replace them as I need to, which the other ones never allowed. They are very good for what I need."
"from Amanda Anderson to Everyone: I feel sick for all the patients that I submitted to vital stim. My “excuse” is I didn’t know. Can you all send a letter or email to all certified Vital STim providers explaining some of the fundamentals we learned without “slander: of Vital Stim."
"“The Guardian way NMES training is justifiably a fundamentally different program for Speech Language therapists who work closely with Dysphagia patients. It sticks to the basics of NMES and empowers the trainees with the knowledge of how NMES works for dysphagia. It is an interesting tool for SLPs who wish to add NMES to their box. This definitely looks promising as it facilitates swallowing preserving the normal aspects of swallowing. What more you need as an SLP if you could manipulate the parameters of NMES with a thorough understanding?! Lovely learning experience! My propagation of this training starts here!”"
"Hey there,Just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for everything. You’re both the BEST! Best class ever. I have sent three colleagues who are not impressed w/vital stim (sorry…just can’t bring myself to capitalize it) emails and told them they really should get certified on the Guardian and why. Paying it forward."
"Good afternoon Marissa, This is Paola L. I just took your course in August. I wrote to you about a patient for his plan of care including NMES and about goals. He was a 74 year old male, that had Subdural Hematoma, verbal aphasia oropharyngeal dysphagia, esophageal dysphagia and was on a PEG. I just wanted to follow up and let you know his progress. He came into the SNF NPO on a peg. He began NMES with puree solids and honey thick liquids. His speech was intelligible 50% of the time. After 4 weeks trials of different textures while on NMES and different skilled omex, Patient was 90% intelligible, peg was removed and went home with a mechanical chopped solids, nectar liquids and pleasure feedings of thin liquids. I haven’t been able to contact you by phone but I wanted to make sure that I shared his progress. I have many patient’s on my caseload for dysphagia and I can see a huge difference in their feeding and swallowing abilities.They see the progress and they feel motivated to continue with tx. Thank you,"
"Hi Marissa,THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!I don’t even know where to start in telling you how much I have learned from this course. This was truly eye-opening AND a complete game-changer for me in how I approach my treatment of dysphagia. I appreciate ALL of the additional resources that you emailed to us. What a tremendous value this course has been. BEST CEU money spent to date!!!Marissa, YOU are an extremely talented presenter…you posses a true gift. It’s difficult at ‘best’ to create an engaging webinar training, yet you managed to do that and then some. I truly could have listened to you present for days. Your students must LOVE you and your classes:-)"
Interesting facts About Us
Spectramed, Inc. has comprised a world-class team. Our course instructors are practicing clinicians who understand every facet of Dysphagia Therapy as well as Foot Drop Therapy.
Our Key Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Rick Fisher is the owner of Spectramed, Inc. and the founder of The Guardian Way®. He has over 20 years experience in medical manufacturing and project development. He is also the founder of multiple provisional patents and registered trademarks to his credit. Rick is an experienced leader with unwavering vision for fundamentally different design concepts.
Chief Information Officer
Nathan Fisher is the co-founder of the The Guardian Way® and has over 20 years experience in medical manufacturing. He is the CE Administrator for ASHA (American Speech & Hearing Association) and international education coordinator. Nathan is also the chief quality compliance officer responsible for ISO 13485; CE; CMDCAS; TFDA; SFDA and FDA regulatory compliance.
Marissa Barerra, MS, MPhil, MSCS, TSHH, CCC-SLP
COO/National Clinical Advisor
Marissa A. Barrerra, MS, MPhil, MSCS, TSHH, CCC-SLP, Speech –Language Pathologist & Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. Marissa is also the co-founder of The Guardian Way® as well as a certified Guardian Way® course instructor. Ms. Barerra is a Neurodegenerative Disease Specialist and a leading authority on Multiple Sclerosis and swallowing disorders.
Teresa Biber-LoMonte, M.S.CCC-SLP
International Clinical Advisor
Teresa Biber-LoMonte, M.S.CCC-SLP, Speech – Language Pathologist Founder of the Biber Protocol. Teresa is also the co-founder of The Guardian Way® as well as a certified Guardian Way® course instructor. Ms. Biber specializes in head and neck cancer patients. Her years of clinical practice and pursuit of humanitarian work has solidified her place among healthcare professionals.
Director of International Sales - Asia
Gary Ho is the Director of International Sales and overseas operations. He is responsible for international customer relations and distributor procurement. Gary is also responsible for coordinating international training seminars and continuing education development for Asia.
Emil Euaparadorn PT, DSC, OCS, COMT, CMPT, MSCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Euapardorn is widely recognized as a leading Physical Therapist in manipulative therapy for patients with orthopedic conditions as well as those experiencing musculoskeletal pain and modality issues. He is also a well-known strength and conditioning coach, in addition to being an extraordinary therapist in the areas of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Robert J. Schreyer PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS, CSCS
Dr. Schreyer is a leading authority on Physical Therapy treatments for patients with neurological conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, strokes and other brain traumas. He is also a specialist in treating patients with spinal chord injuries, amputation-related conditions and a host of orthopedic injuries.
Nancy C. Calamusa MA, CCC-SLP
Nancy is well known for her dynamic approach to the treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She has extensive knowledge and nearly 25 years of experience in the field of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders encompassing a wide variety of settings.
Since 1992 Spectramed, Inc. has brought unique innovative products to the market for superior rehabilitative outcomes and pain management. Our extensive product line is manufactured for many treatment modalities ranging from acute pain and nerve block to sports medicine including post operative surgery, muscle atrophy, stroke recovery and dysphagia therapy.
Our approach of continual improvement has opened up opportunities for Spectramed and our customers alike. The philosophy is happy satisfied customers will continue to support Spectramed as much as we will continue to reinvest in continual improvement to support them. Our existence and growth as a company can only be achieved by providing our customers with the best quality products and service.