Professional Achievements

  • Published article for the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, January 20, 2014.  "My First Swallowing Assessment from the patient’s perspective."

  • 15 A.C. E. awards from A.S.H.A. for outstanding educational achievement

  • Certification in 2009 and recertification in 2014 in  Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, Vital Stimulation Specialty Certification Accredited by ICE 1100

  • Certification in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

  • Certification in Myofascial Release

  • Certification in Compton Accent Reduction program

  • Certification in Beckman’s Oral Stimulation program

  • Certification in Daniel Garliner’s Myofunctional Therapy

  • Private Outpatient practice for 30 years then continue with Acute Care, ALF, Skilled nursing and home health care. Patients seen across the age spectrum in past private practice in Sarasota, Englewood and Nokomis presently in Osprey, Florida. Certifications and or Extensive Training in Kaufman's Apraxia training, Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation, K.R. Bzoch’s and L.I. Furlow’s Diagnosis and Treatment   of Velar Pharyngeal  Insufficiency, International Voice Foundation, Florida Dysphagia Institute and the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy program by Michael Crary, PhD and Gizelle Mann, PhD.

Sharon C. Meier, M.S.C.C.C. Speech and Language Pathologist Vital Stimulation Certified​
 lee silverman voice treatment certified

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Professional Experience

  • Works with swallowing dysfunctions: neurologically based, functional, and nonspecific etiologically based dysphagia: such as the “picky eater” syndrome.  Post chemo and radiation therapy dysphagia (from the greek “disordered” and phago meaning “eat”) intervention.According to Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya, M.D., Director of Otolaryngology, Department of Otology and Laryngology , Harvard Medical School in a reference to a 2012 National Health Interview,presented at the 2014 AAO-HNS/F Annual meeting in Orlando Florida estimated that swallowing problems affect 1 in 25 adults, annually.  During a poster session in 2015 at ECR 2015 authors: F. Barbiera, E. Murmura, B. Murmura, G. Maggio, L.S. Maltese, M. Accardi, F. La Seta, L. Lagrutta, M. Midiri, Sciacca/IT, Palermo/IT and Siena/IT referenced that 10% of people over 67 years old presenting with dysphagia displayed presbyesophagus with alterations of pharyngeal or oral phases.   They also reported that 5% of the general population aged over 79 years and in 16% of people over 87 years.  Related complications include: aspiration, pneumonia, dehydration and malnutrition.   

  • Vital stimulation certified in 2009 and recertified in 2014.  Vital stimulation and or neuromuscular electrical stimulation, FDA approved, a therapeutic intervention developed by Marcy Freed, speech pathologist in Cleveland, Ohio. The patient is attached to the vital stimulation unit and the muscles in the oral pharyngeal areas are strengthened with pulsing and grabbing sensations electrically transmitted. Otolaryngologists such as Dr. Peter  C. Belafsky ,M.D., Ph.D, M.P.H., of Sacramento, CA and Dr. Daniel Deems, M.D.,PhD., of Sarasota, Florida routinely recommend this therapeutic intervention for swallowing deficits; as an adjunct to traditional dysphagia therapy. It unites the power of electrical stimulation of the motor nerve with the benefits of swallowing exercise and deglutition.  The combined therapy allows one to accelerate strengthening, restoration of function, and help to train and remap the physiological swallow. Prior to and or adjacent with management and diagnosis by a certified Speech and Language Pathologist a videofluorographic swallow study and or esophagram performed by the radiologist will identify the location of the transit of the food and or diagnose the swallow dysfunction. Once the speech pathologist makes the diagnosis as to the type of swallow dysfunction from a diagnostic evaluation; recommendations are made and a plan of treatment will include physician involvement. Treatment may include inspiratory/expiratory muscle strength training. 

  • Works with Parkinson's and other neurological diseases

  • Works with auditory attention, comprehension, processing, memory, verbal expression, executive cognitive dysfunction, voice (singing and speaking modalities) dysfunction of organic and functional etiologies and Aural rehabilitation diagnosis and treatment.

  • Works with …..”picky eater” syndrome and pre, interval and post chemo and radiation therapy dysphagia.
  • Works with associated stroke behavior such as aphasia, apraxia, cognitive dysfunction, alexia, agraphia and acalculia

Educational Background

  • B.A. from Akron University, Akron, Ohio  in Speech Pathology and Audiology

  • M.S. from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida  in Speech and Language Pathology

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech and Hearing Association

  • State of Florida license from the department of health, division of medical quality assurance

Sharon C. Meier, M.S.C.C.C Speech and Language Pathologist, Vital Stimulation Certified

The College of Archaeology, Trinity Southwest University Bible Land Expedition Tour of Israel and Jordan. 

Professional Associations

  • American Speech and Hearing Association

  • CIAO

  • National Foundation for Swallowing Disorders