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Neurodegenerative Diseases and Dysphagia
Digital Seminar
$199.99 USD
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Digital Seminar
Vyne Education
CE Available:
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  • Analyze the various stages of PD, MS, ALS, and Huntington's disease and the ways each disease affects the swallow function
  • Determine medications that can adversely impact patients' swallowing
  • Review the roles that instrumental assessments play when assessing patients with neurodegenerative diseases
  • Apply evidence-based treatment strategies for patients with neurodegenerative diseases
  • Evaluate specific foods or liquids appropriate for each level of the National Dysphagia Diet


DENISE DOUGHERTY, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with nearly 40 years of experience. Ms. Dougherty owns and operates a private practice in Indiana, Pennsylvania, where she conducts therapy with both children and adults. Even though she is licensed and practices in Pennsylvania, she provides therapy for clients throughout the United States and overseas. In addition, Ms. Dougherty is certified in VitalStim® therapy and is a VitalStim® instructor, has completed additional training in oro-myofunctional therapy, is a member of the Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Association and the American Speech and Hearing Association, and has received numerous ASHA ACE Awards. She is a past President of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA), serves as the AAPPSPA liaison for ASHA Health Care Economics Committee, and received the Academy's 2007 Honor Award for her achievements. She was appointed to the ASHA Health Care Committee to serve a 3-year term in March 2014.

While the majority of her career has been spent in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health, Ms. Dougherty has also found time to work with United Cerebral Palsy, Easter Seals, and previously served as secretary of the Corporate Speech Pathology Network (CORSPAN). Ms. Dougherty served as a consultant for The Arijah Children's Foundation in Anguilla, British West Indies, providing evaluations and therapy for special needs children involved with the Foundation.

Ms. Dougherty served as an adjunct facility member at York College of Pennsylvania and Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Ms. Dougherty is a member of the Technical Experts Panel for Quality of Insights of Pennsylvania, working on initiating quality measures for CMS to improve effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. She received her bachelor's degree in communication disorders from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania; a master's degree in communication disorders from St. Louis University; and has completed postgraduate courses at Johns Hopkins University. For more information on Ms. Dougherty, please visit

Financial – Instructor for VitalStim® and receives a speaking honorarium from Cross Country Education
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists

Continuing Education Credits

Nurse Practitioners
Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 060313. This educational offering was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants - Florida: Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider #50-466 with the Florida Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. This educational offering is approved for 6 contact hours for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Speech Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Dietary Managers
  • Nurses
  • Restorative Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • MDS Coordinators