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About Joan Comrie

Joan Comrie has dedicated her 30+ year career to pediatric dysphagia. She received a Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in speech pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. Before founding Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing and Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia, she worked at several hospitals (Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Lexington KY, Vanderbilt Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN and WakeMed Hospital, Raleigh, NC) where she developed or reorganized the hospital’s pediatric dysphagia programs.  

​Joan has treated over 10,000 patients of many complexities.  She developed the successful STEP program for evaluation and treatment of pediatric dysphagia used by many practices.  She consults to organizations worldwide to create and train for treatment.  Her writings have been published in professional and industry journals.  Joan also spends significant time teaching other professionals. 


She co-taught the first dysphagia course at UNC-Chapel Hill and continues to guest lectures to major universities, conferences and ASHA.  Joan has served as chairman and member of a subcommittee of the Special Interest Group #13 of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), received her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through ASHA, and has received four ASHA ACE Awards for continuing education.

​In 2019 Joan created a comprehensive online course in pediatric dysphagia for therapists seeking in depth training in pediatric dysphagia.  It is recognized as a top course for professionals.  A version is being developed for university graduate programs.

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