In the fall of 2015 a team of Purdue clinical and academic faculty led the effort to develop one of the first dedicated Swallowing Research Clinics in an academic Speech Language Pathology setting (outside a medical setting), under the leadership of Dr. Malandraki. The Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Clinic is a unique clinical and educational multidisciplinary collaboration between the Purdue Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, the Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Laboratory, the M.D. Steer Speech and Language Clinic, and the Purdue School of Nursing.
At this time, the Purdue I-EaT Clinic serves adult and pediatric patients with problems swallowing (also known as dysphagia) that may have occurred, for example, as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, treatment for head and neck cancer, or because of disorders/diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, dementia, multiple sclerosis, etc. Our regular clinic faculty comprise of four certified Speech Language Pathologists specializing in dysphagia, an expert Otolaryngologist, a Registered Nurse (for a list of our faculty see the bottom of this page), and three radiology technicians. Consultations with dietitians and other medical professionals are also conducted regularly.
The new clinic operates in partnership with the Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Lab and is the first academic clinic (outside a medical setting) in the US that features full scale swallowing evaluation and treatment capabilities.
Our equipment includes a videofluoroscopic c-arm that allows high quality real-time videofluoroscopic data acquisition, a Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) station and multiple endoscopes, electromyographic (EMG), and respiratory physiology biofeedback devices, oral manometers, and a plethora of other treatment and oral feeding devices and materials.
The Purdue I-EaT Clinic is in full operation offering diagnostic evaluations once a month and treatment sessions weekly. All sessions are conducted by our expert clinical and academic faculty and by qualified graduate clinicians under the direct guidance and supervision of our faculty.
To learn more about our clinic and to schedule an appointment, please visit the clinic’s webpage: http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/clinics/purdue_i-eat_swallowing_research_clinic/index.html
I-EaT Swallowing Research Clinic Faculty:
Georgia A. Malandraki, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders
Research Director of I-EaT Clinic
Jaime Bauer Malandraki, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Director of I-EaT Clinic
Dawn Wetzel, MAT, CCC-SLP
Clinical Associate Professor
Clinical Associate Director of I-EaT Clinic
Stacey Halum, MD
Clinical and Research Affiliate of I-EaT Clinic
Christine Rearick, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Nursing Center for Family Health
Clinical Affiliate of I-EaT Clinic