About Dysphagia Times

Welcome to Dysphagia Times, a dedicated space where we delve into the intricate world of dysphagia. We understand that behind the seemingly simple act of swallowing lies a complex and often challenging journey for many individuals. Our mission is to unravel the layers of this condition, providing insight, support, and a sense of community for those navigating the path of dysphagia.

At Dysphagia Times, we recognize that dysphagia goes beyond the physical act of swallowing—it touches the lives of individuals, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Through our articles, personal stories, and expert insights, we aim to foster understanding and awareness about the multifaceted aspects of dysphagia.

Join us on this journey of discovery, compassion, and resilience. At Dysphagia Times, we stand as a beacon of support for those affected by dysphagia, fostering a community that values education, empathy, and the shared strength that comes from understanding each other’s experiences. Welcome to a space where knowledge meets compassion and where the journey through dysphagia is navigated with understanding, grace, and hope.

About the Author

Melissa Farrow is board-certified as a Swallowing Specialist by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and holds certification as a Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile clinician. She serves on ASHA’s Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Special Interest Group (Sig 13) Planning and Development Committee. A recipient of seven ASHA awards for excellence in continuing education, Melissa was one of 30 clinicians in the United States selected for ASHA’s Leadership Development Program in 2017. Melissa has practiced in acute, sub-acute, intermediate, and long-term care settings for over a decade. She currently works as a speech-language pathologist for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, where she serves as Chair of the Physical-Nutritional Management Team, caring for those with intellectual disability (ID). She researches oral health needs in those with ID and dysphagia management practice patterns for adults with ID. She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. She is a member of several organizations dedicated to advancing the art and science of swallowing and advocating for patients with swallowing disorders.