Marta Kazandjian MA CCC SLP BCS-S, CPT-EFS is a nationally recognized Medical Speech Pathologist who is Board Certified in Swallowing Disorders. Marta is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She also is a Fellow of Patient Centered Care from Planetree International. Marta specializes in communication and swallowing impairment in patients with neurological diagnoses (stroke,head trauma), neurodegenerative diseases (ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Muscular Dystrophy, Dementia), pulmonary conditions (tracheostomy/ventilator dependence, COPD) and laryngeal impairment (vocal fold dysfunction following intubation, vocal misuse, head and neck cancer).
Marta has directed Speech Pathology programs in both acute care and long-term care for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in instrumental swallowing assessment and communication management in all settings; acute care hospital, ICU, rehabilitation centers, outpatient and nursing home.
Marta Kazandjian MA CCC SLP BCS-S is committed to education and presents at national and international conferences sharing her expertise with both speech pathology and medical colleagues. She has published books, chapters and peer reviewed articles. She also teaches graduate level coursework in Dysphagia, Tracheostomy and Ventilator Management.
Her practice provides comprehensive assessment of communication and swallowing. Therapeutic Intervention includes but is not limited to:
- Dysphagia intervention including inspiratory/expiratory muscle strengthening, oral motor strengthening, safe swallowing techniques and maneuvers
- Aphasia and dysarthria therapy
- Voice therapy for laryngeal dysfunction
- Alternative communication methods
- Palliative goals of care discussion/planning
- Integrative whole health management
My Education and Clinical Experience:
Bachelors Linguistics and Human Services, 1985
Master of Arts, Communication Sciences, 1987
Clinical Fellowship in Speech Pathology, 1988.
Board Certified Swallowing Disorders Specialist, 2005
REIKI Master, 2008
REIKI Master Teacher, 2013
Certificate, Integrative Health and Lifestyle, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2014
Certified Integrative Health Coach, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2015
Certified Personal Traininer-Exercise Fitness Specialist, 2019
Medical Speech Pathologist, 33 years
Director of Speech Pathology and Swallowing, 29 years (current)
Director of Patient Experience and Clinical Initiatives (current)