Voice and Swallowing Specialist
Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates (CEENTA) would like to announce the opening of a full–time position for an experienced Voice and Swallowing Specialist to join our team as we expand our services throughout the rapidly growing city of Charlotte, NC and its suburbs. Candidates should hold a Master’s degree in speech language pathology. Priority will be provided to those with Certification by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology (CCC-SLP) and at least 2-3 years’ experience in the evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. Experience in clinical management is preferred to assist in expanding our services in new areas.
CEENTA is a physician owned practice in Charlotte, NC with over 150 providers and 18 locations. Our Voice and Swallowing Center works closely with our two laryngologists and 40 otolaryngologists who have a strong interest in voice and swallowing disorders. Other ancillary services include audiology, CT imaging, and allergy. The Voice and Swallowing Center currently has four full-time Voice and Swallowing Specialists with expertise inclusive of the injured singer, professional voice, pediatric voice, resonance disorders, VCD, disordered breathing, transgender voice, and adult dysphagia. Candidates that are both LSVT and MDTP certified and those with MBSS experience are preferred. Caseload also includes but is not limited to head and neck cancer, laryngectomy, neurological disorders, and trauma (surgical and other).
Candidates must have experience in performing both rigid and flexible endoscopy / videostroboscopy, acoustic voice analysis, FEES, modified barium swallow studies, and clinical swallowing examinations. Experience should include management of all types of voice disorders and familiarity with resonant voice, released phonation, stretch and flow, strengthening, functional disorders, and semi-occluded vocal tract among others. Experience with professional voice, the injured singer, laryngectomy, PVFM, and cough are a plus.
Experience with head and neck cancer for both voice and swallowing and coordinated care for patients undergoing radiation / chemotherapy is preferred. Candidates must be comfortable with meeting with referring physicians, providing in-servicing, and marketing.
• Perform rigid and flexible endoscopic/stroboscopic FEES procedures with accurate and comprehensive interpretation including treatment plan establishment
• Perform computerized acoustic analysis and therapy-based procedures
• Working seated for therapy and other procedures and for computer-based tasks including documentation of notes in EPIC, messaging in EPIC, teletherapy in MyCEENTA chart in EPIC, and e-mails
• Utilize auditory and visual analysis during evaluations and therapy intervention
• Provide clear verbal instructions for all procedures and interventions
• Provide written instructions as indicated for therapy-based tasks
• Complete progress-note summaries and evaluation notes in a timely manner / within 48 hours of the service
• Dexterity of hands, arms and strength in holding endoscopic equipment during exams
• Perform endoscopic and swallowing study examinations in the standing position for extended periods
• Assist family members in transferring patients from wheelchair to exam chairs
• Work with head and neck cancer patients for voice & swallowing disorders
• Work with laryngectomy patients for evaluation prior to surgery and establishing alaryngeal communication post-surgery via TEP placement and management, electrolarynx communication, and HME set up. Involves extended periods of standing
• Perform Clinical Swallowing evaluations and establish scheduling for objective testing via MBSS or FEES
• Perform evaluation of shortness of breath (SOB), exercise induced SOB, medically based SOB or VCD / PVFM and chronic cough. Involves extended periods of standing and double scoping post provocative testing
• Retrieve patients from waiting room for all sessions
• Ability to meet the physical and mental demands of the position
• The ability to work on-site
• Predictable, reliable, and prompt attendance
Skills and abilities:
• Proficient in Microsoft Excel
• Proficient in Electronic Medical Record systems
• Ability to communicate professionally (written and verbal)
• Proficient in computer-based analysis of voice
• Customer Service: Making patients and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; developing and sustaining productive patient relationships.
• Building Patient Loyalty: Effectively meeting patient needs; building productive patient relationships; taking responsibility for patient satisfaction and loyalty
• Effective Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
• Initiative: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
• Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
• Personal & Professional Ethics: Demonstrate integrity, resilience, accountability and ethical behavior.
• Deductive Reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
• Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
• Flexible and rigid endoscopic procedures and interpretation
• Clinical swallow and oral motor examinations
• Acoustic analyses
• FEES and MBSS procedures
• Evaluation and therapeutic intervention for voice and swallowing disorders
• Circumlaryngeal massage and / or myofascial release
• Prefer FEES training, RVT training, LSVT certification, MDTP certification
• Laryngectomy care/establishment of alaryngeal communication / TEP placement and trouble shooting
• Provision of teletherapy services
• Experience with VCD / PVFM / disordered breathing / chronic cough
• Knowledge of appropriate use of PPE for various procedures
• Knowledge of disinfecting rigid and flexible scopes and procedure room surfaces
• Knowledge of Cidex testing and leak testing for flexible scopes
A Voice & Swallowing Specialist will require 3 months of training, including gradually establishing a case-load of patients after the first month of training. Establishing a patient caseload is dependent on credentialing and this will be closely tracked during the orientation period. Orientation will involve observation of the team during all types of evaluations and therapy sessions including telehealth sessions. It will also involve beginning to work with established patients while being observed by team members. Endoscopies require competencies (separate document) and will begin with scoping normal subjects including staff members. These procedures then will be trained with patient caseload once competencies for normal scoping is reached. By the end of the third month providers must meet competencies for endoscopy with patients. The new employee will also be working with their own full caseload at this time.
Our mission is to be the premier eye, ear, nose, and throat group providing comprehensive, quality, and ethical healthcare to all in the Carolinas; to provide a favorable environment for the delivery of healthcare; and to provide for the wellbeing of the physicians and the employees of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.
Employees of the Voice & Swallowing Department provide specialized and high-quality care to both adults and children referred for disorders affecting voice or swallowing functioning. Patients receive comprehensive and extensive evaluation procedures to assist the referring physicians with diagnoses and to further assist in establishing plans of care and follow-up. CEENTA receives payment for these services via application of specific CPT codes associated with a variety of procedures with an annual budget of approximately $700,000.00.
Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology required.
Three years of experience is preferred for a Certified Voice Specialist. For a new graduate beginning their clinical fellowship year, at least one full-time externship in the area of voice & swallowing is required.
Certificates, licenses, and registrations:
Certified and practicing specialists must have a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology awarded by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). They must have licensure in the state of North Carolina. A new graduate must have all the requirements from ASHA to begin their Clinical Fellowship year and a temporary NC license.
The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Voice and Swallowing Specialist must perform computer-based analyses and therapy intervention methods, as well as documentation of all evaluations and therapy sessions in EPIC. The employee must be able to stand and walk to various procedure rooms and to and from the waiting room with patients. They must be able to perform endoscopies with good manual dexterity using both flexible and rigid scopes, save and retrieve the videos, provide verbal explanations of evaluations and therapy procedures and assess patient performance with acute visual and auditory skills. Providers must be able to administer topical Lidocaine spray, Afrin sprays, and Lidocaine gel as needed for procedures. Providers must be able to follow all regulations for disinfecting endoscopic equipment and procedure general room contact surfaces. Employees must be aware of how to handle Exposure to disinfecting hazardous solutions such as Enzymatic cleaner, Cidex, Cavi Wipes and alcohol wipes.
A Voice & Swallowing Specialist reports to the Manager of Voice & Swallowing. Supervisory responsibilities may exist for students interns and for Clinical Fellows if hired directly from graduate school.
Position type and expected hours of work:
This position can be either a full-time or part-time exempt position. Work schedules may vary but will always include 7 hours of intervention and 1 hour of documentation / administrative time for a full-day schedule and 4 hours of intervention on half-days.
Physical and mental requirements:
The physical and mental demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Strength guidelines: The maximum amount of weight an employee may be asked to lift during a normal day is 20 lbs.
• Motion parameters: Employees must be able to sit in front of a computer on and off during the day varying between, sitting during patient care, computer work and documentation. Walking between rooms designed for various procedures, standing for 15-45 minutes during endoscopy procedures or evaluations, holding an endoscope in the upright position for up to 20 minutes during patient scoping, typing, and repetitive clicking of a mouse.
• Mental requirements: Employee must demonstrate the ability to problem solve, ability to make quick decisions, ability to ensure patient safety during procedures and tasks, ability to handle emergent patient situations, ability to supervise others, ability to thrive in fast-paced environment, ability to use discretion and sensitivity, ability to interpret data, and interact with patients, family and colleagues appropriately.
Travel may be required between the main office at Concord and the SouthPark office.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. In addition to those essential functions identified above, individuals in this position are also responsible for performing other duties or tasks that may be assigned. CEENTA retains the discretion to ad or change the essential job functions of this position at any time without notice.
A Typical Day in the Position:
Other schedules include a once per month Botox clinic where we share evaluations for all patients scheduled for this treatment with a physician in his/her clinic. Modified barium swallow studies are scheduled to be performed every Tuesday both morning and afternoon in the CT area. There is an extended lunch hour once per month to accommodate a staff meeting.
Once all notes are complete and no other tasks are required for the day or requested by the manager, the day is complete.
We do expect adjustments to the daily schedule depending on cancelations or emergent work-in patients (generally laryngectomy patients). Periodically we will have new CEENTA employees or students observe us during our clinic. We also contract with various universities as a student internship program site and will have a full time or part time student for an entire semester.