ARE YOU SICK OF NOT BEING HEARD BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS?
After being told "there is nothing wrong" or "I don't know how to help you" or "they will grow out of it" so many times you may just want to give up.
Please don't lose hope. We are here as an option for people struggling to get speech therapy services for their children or elderly parent. We are here as a listening ear who wants to know how your loved ones impairments are impacting both of your lives.
We are here as an advocate for you.
LISA'S VOICE HAS BEEN HOARSE FOR MONTHS AND SHE IS STARTING TO HAVE PROBLEMS SWALLOWING
She has been to the ear, nose and throat doctor and received limited information about what is causing her issues. The gastroenterologist said they did not have any concerns. While the doctors are saying there is nothing wrong, Lisa's voice and swallowing issues continue to get worse.
JING HAS TAKEN HER SON TO THE PEDIATRICIAN MULTIPLE TIMES WITH CONCERNS ABOUT HOW IS EATING
Jing's son has had swallowing issues since he was born. He struggled to latch when breastfeeding and Jing finally gave up and turned to bottle feeding.
Now that her son has started solid foods, he continue to have difficulty swallowing and gaining weight. Jing is starting to get concerned that her son may not grow out of these feeding issues.
Providing Excellent Speech Therapy for Children and Adults
PANIKA PALMER, M.S., CCC-SLP
Hello! I am Panika Palmer, M.S., CCC-SLP. I am a speech language pathologist (speech therapist). I am passionate about all things communication and feeding/swallowing!
I have taken HUNDREDS of hours of continuing education courses so that I can provide the most effective and up to date therapy treatments for YOU.
I started my career working in a skilled nursing facility and then transitioned to the hospital setting working in the NICU, acute care, inpatient rehab and outpatient pediatrics.
I have had the most amazing experiences working with patients from a few days old in the NICU to an elderly woman who was 105!
I have the MBSImp certification, McNeil Dysphagia Therapy certification and am working toward fulfilling the requirements to be designated as a board certified swallowing specialist (BCS-S).
My clinical skills include providing evaluation and treatment for children with speech, language, feeding and swallowing disorders. I also love to work with adult clients who have speech, language, swallowing, cognitive and voice disorders.
I look forward to working with you and providing you the excellent one-to-one therapy that you deserve!
ABIGAIL SMITH, B.S.
Hi, I am Abby Smith B.S. I’m one of those crazy people that love paperwork and making phone calls so being an Administrative Assistant is the perfect job!
I’m originally from Anchorage, Alaska but currently living in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I met my husband in college; this August we will be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary. I graduated from BYUI with a bachelors in Marriage and Family Studies in 2016. Our miracle baby is almost 2 years old. He keeps us busy, but at least he keeps us laughing! Board games and card games are my jam and I own an impressive number of them. My current favorites are 7 wonders and Clank. In my free time, if I’m not playing a game, I'm painting. My dream is to be able to paint realistic portraits. I’m not there quite yet, so right now I’m just enjoying my art journey.
JENNIFER ANDREWS, M.A, CCC-SLP
My name is Jennifer Andrews. I am a speech-language pathologist and I am originally from the Buffalo, NY area. I moved to Syracuse a few years ago to further my career.
I strive to provide functional and exceptional services to all of my patients. I have worked in the skilled nursing and subacute rehab settings for the past five years and I am excited to transition to the outpatient/home care settings!
I am a certified endoscopist and perform fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and videostroboscopy.
During my free time, I enjoy training for half marathons and spending time with my fiancé and family. I can’t help giving hints to my sister to help with my nephew’s speech development on the side, though!
I look forward to meeting you and starting your therapy journey.
I am Samantha Stanton and I have been part of Lifespan for about 9 months. I am new to the private practice world and learning so much everyday!
I am a professional photographer, mom of 4 children and a student majoring in marriage and family life.
I love being one of the first contact people for the clinic and getting to know each of your stories. We truly love what we do and love our the families we work with.
Office Manager/Office Biller
Oh hello there! I am Holly Diruzzo and I have spent my entire career in the medical field as an office manager and biller. I am the person that you come to with insurance and billing questions.
I am originally from Central New York. I have 3 beautiful children. When I am not at work, I am soaking up as much time with my children as possible.
I love working on the medical field and getting to know all of our patients.