SA Swallowing Services, PLLC (615) 426-5505


  • Commentary

    -Our patients deserve the best evaluation we can provide to help them maintain the highest quality of life possible. If we cannot directly and systematically observe the complexities of their swallowing problems over multiple trials using varied food consistencies, it is impossible to adequately analyze the problems and to write a concise and meaningful report leading to the most effective intervention.

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  • SASS Flash!

    - THE 2020 SASS TRAINING COURSE SCHEDULE IS NOW POSTED! Go to the Training Courses Page for the schedule

    --Advanced FEES Training held at Honor Health Shea MC, Scottsdale, Arizona, on August 3 &4, was very successful. Great group of SLPs!!!

    -SASS goes to Richland, Washington on August 10 & 11 for a Basic FEES Training Course. SLPs from Kadlec Regional MC and Providence St. Mary's MC will attend. This course is open only to the SLPs from these two facilities.

    We go to Kaiser Permanente Antioch MC in Antioch California for another Advanced FEES course on August 24 & 25.

    -We are looking forward to going to Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, California on August 27 & 28 for a Basic FEES Training Course. This course is open only to the Sutter Roseville SLP staff.

    -Videostroboscopy Training Course, Nashville Sept. 7 & 8, 2019. WE NEED PARTICIPANTS-small class, lots of hands-on learning. Register now!!

    -ZIAUDDIN UNIVERSITY, KARACHI, PAKISTAN: September 30 through October 4, 2019. Two Basic+Advanced FEES Training Courses- 19.5 hours.

    -September Basic FEES Course has filled to capacity. The November Basic FEES Course in Nashville is filling quickly. Register early to get a seat.

    -Advanced FEES Course in Nashville on October 19 & 20 is filled with a waiting list. Next Advanced Course is May 2020. Sorry, ran out of calendar space for another course this year.

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  • Testimonials

  • " I enjoyed all lectures and hands-on training. I feel I will be able to provide better services to all patients following this course."

    Basic Course, Birmingham, Alabama, November 2016

  • "Fabulous course! I feel as though this course has sharpened my clinical skills, even outside of FEES use. The clinical binder is going in my quick reference bookshelf by my desk tomorrow morning!  Thank you!" "Thank you very much for coming to Anchorage. I feel very prepared despite only having been exposed to FEES for 2 ½ days now.  Your teaching styles are very effective and enjoyable.  Ya'll are also very entertaining. Thank you for focusing on the functional aspects of this practice and not just the theoretical."

    Basic+ Course, Anchorage, Alaska, April 2016

  • "This course was one of the most amazing courses I have ever attended.  The workshop and speakers were well prepared. The information they provided was very helpful.  I learned a lot from the analysis exercises and enjoyed the hands-on scoping."

    Basic+ Course, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 2015

  • "Most informative learning experience I have even been a part of! Thank you!" "Excellent material & presentations.  All instructors were approachable and genuinely appeared passionate & knowledgeable. Love Michelle!" "Very informational & easy to follow; wasn't overwhelming. Absolutely cannot thank the SASS team enough!"

    Basic Course, Nashville, Tennessee, March 2016

  • "We, at the Saudi Society of Speech Pathology and Audiology (SSSPA), are so grateful to SA Swallowing Services, PLLC team--John Ashford, Michelle Skelley, and Karen Brown--for visiting us in Saudi Arabia and conducting two FEES workshops in Riyadh and in Jeddah. SLPs who attended the workshops gave positive feedback about the FEES workshop and the knowledge and skills they gained.  They like the hands-on practice and the interpretation of assessment results. We are looking forward to having these three conduct another FEES workshop in Saudi Arabia." Abdulrahman Al-Akeel, Ph.D.-SLP, Vice President of the SSSPA

    Basic+ Course, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 2015

  • "The best gift I have given myself all year." "I cannot say enough positive remarks about this course. It was hands down the most educational, informative, & useful course I have taken. The combination of instructor's skill, knowledge, & teaching abilities was beyond expectations.  I have no negatives or even constructive criticism-everything about it was fabulous. I will recommend this course to all of my colleagues."

    Advanced Course, Olympia, Washington, November 2016

  • "Fantastic course! Truly appreciated the hands on learning.  Video clips/labs were extremely helpful?

    Basic FEES Training, Nashville, TN March, 2019

  • "Probably the best training I've attended.  In 2016, I went to a basic FEES.  This course was a thousand times better."

    Basic FEES Training, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, April, 2019

  • "I loved this course. As a graduate student, I feel like this has increased by confidence and clinical skills for when I start working.  I would recommend this course to anyone.  THANK YOU!!"

    Basic FEES Course, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, April 2019

  • "Phenomenal course!  Thoroughly informative about the FEES procedure start to finish.'

    Basic FEES Course, Nashville, Tennessee, July 14 & 15, 2018

  • "Excellent course, handouts, and delivery. I enjoyed the course, appreciated all of the dialogue, felt comfortable asking questions. Thanks very much."

    Advanced FEES Course, Univ. Nevada-Reno, January, 2018

  • "Best CE course that I have ever taken,"

    Basic FEES Course, Nashville, TN November 2 & 3, 2018

  • "Excellent course!  Love the hands-on interpretation of exams."

    Advanced FEES Course, Nashville, TN, October 20-21, 2018

  • "Excellent course, handouts, and delivery.  I enjoyed the course, appreciated all of the dialogue, felt comfortable asking questions.  Thanks very much."

    Advanced Training Course, University of Nevada-Reno, January, 2018

  • "This course was amazing--definitely my favorite so far!! Informative, thorough, functional, organized & timed perfectly (in accordance with what we're learning & then practicing), though provoking and inspired! :)

    Basic FEES Training Course, Reno, Nevada, January, 2018

  • "Oh so much more thorough than other FEES courses I have attended!

    Basic+ FEES Course, Olympia, Washington, September, 2017

  • "Extremely informative course!!"

    Basic+ Course, Waterbury, Connecticut, August, 2017

  • "Loved this course!! Would recommend to any clinician wanting more assistance with FEES analysis!" "I appreciated that the course was laid back but professional. Food was good. Speakers both highly knowledgeable and dynamic speakers."

    Advanced Course, Nashville, Tennessee May 2017

  • "Awesome Course! Thank you!" "The best practical dysphagia course I have ever taken!"

    Advanced Course, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 2017

  • "Overall this was the BEST course I have ever attended! The lecture information & hands-on portion made this a very applicable course. Would recommend it to anyone interested in FEES or dysphagia in general!  The analysis portion was also excellent. I feel very prepared with the protocol & scoring procedures."

    Basic Course, Nashville, Tennessee March 2017