"The training was awesome! I already have started two patients on NMES and they are doing well!” ~Lynn B, SLP

Lynn B, SLP January 8, 2015

"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!"

Sarah, SLP January 8, 2015

“I would also love more info so I persuade them to switch to Guardian as I will never go back to VitalStim”

Jennifer SD Life Care Center of Columbia January 8, 2015

“As a clinician with no previous hands on experience with NMES, I was unsure what to expect when I signed up for the Guardian Way course. I was even more anxious when I arrived and the 2 speakers were so knowledgeable and articulate. I thought to myself, “oh no, another course where the speakers are going to talk over my head and I am going to walk away with more questions than I had before I came.” However, it became quickly obvious that was the opposite of truth. This was, by far, the most engaging, informative, and clinically relevant continuing education course I have attended. I would encourage anyone who is researching using NMES for the treatment of dysphagia to thoroughly investigate the Biber protocol and the Guardian stimulator.  Marissa and Teresa were able to present a large amount of research based information supporting the Biber protocol. They were not there to promote a product, they were there to promote a way of providing better, safer, and financially feasible dysphagia therapy to my patients. The goal of the Guardian Way was more about providing patients with dysphagia quality, research based interventions, and not on monetary gain.” 

Stephanie Wright, SLP Metropolis, IL January 8, 2015

"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 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."

Dr. David T. Hutchings, CCC-SLP.D Director of Speech-Language Pathology for Amedisys Home Health Care January 8, 2015

"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!"

Judy K, SLP Team Lead Life Care Center of Estero January 8, 2015

“…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."

Joe F, SLP January 8, 2015

"Thank you Marissa for such a great experience with Guardian!! I have been using it all week!! Your course was truly a game changer for me!!"

Carla, SLP January 8, 2015

“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."

Heather P, SLP January 8, 2015

"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!"

Susan, SLP January 8, 2015

"Wow! I am still absorbing all of it! Guardian makes so much sense!  thank you for everything!"

Catherine, SLP January 8, 2015

Thanks so much!!! I can't stop talking about this class! A definite game changer for my practice and I thank you so much. I already have patients lined up, and a couple of therapists who don't provide the service have asked me to come in and see their severely impaired patients that they can no longer make gains with. Great course! Cheers!

Sue, SLP January 8, 2015

"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!"

Alicia, SLP January 8, 2015

"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!”

Gretchen, SLP January 8, 2015

“I feel sick for all the patients that I submitted to vital stim. My "excuse" is I didn't know. Can we send a letter or email to all certified Vital Stim providers explaining some of the fundamentals we learned without "slandering” them? Please!

Amanda A, SLP January 8, 2015

"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."

Anna, CFY January 8, 2015

“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 emails and told them they really should get certified on the Guardian and why.   Paying it forward. Happy Holidays to you both!

Sue G, SLP January 8, 2015

“Hi Marissa, this is Paola. 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 patients 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!”

Paola DL, SLP January 8, 2015

[dt_sc_blockquote type="type1" align="left"]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:-)” ~KH, Florida[/dt_sc_blockquote]
“Just writing to give an informal report on how the “Guardian” NMES dysphagia tx tool is working….I’ve just recieved 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…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 headband keeps electrodes in place and is easier to put on than wrapping the pt with bandage wraps… Overall, I’ve seen improvements in swallowing function in only week”

Jamie, SLP January 8, 2015