Meet the SLPs of the ARK-J Program
Brian Kanapkey, M.A., CCC-SLP
Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology for University of Louisiana Monroe. For the past 15 years, Brian has worked as a speech-language pathologist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Ear Nose and Throat Clinic with a specialty in the areas of voice restoration and swallowing disorders. He runs a specialty service for coverage of over-sized tracheoesophageal fistula using silicone augmentation of TEP prostheses when surgical closure is not deemed a safe option. His clinical expertise and design has led to the commercial manufacturing of his dual-valved tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis.
Brian has co-authored research articles with ENT physicians who experts in the area of head and neck cancer, supervised numerous graduate SLP students from UNC Chapel Hill, and has taught the Swallowing Disorders course in the UNC Graduate School Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences for twelve years now and is an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central University.
Megan Nosol, M.S.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP
Megan holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently completing pre-medicine coursework. Since graduating from the UNC's SLP program in 2013, Megan has been a clinician in the skilled nursing, outpatient rehabilitation, and non-profit organization settings. Currently, she is a SLP at STEPS for Recovery, an outpatient clinic in Cary, where she treats adults who have trismus, an array of communication disorders, and dysphagia. She is also a Board Member of the non-profit organization, Lary's Speakeasy, which provides laryngectomy supplies, support, and educational resources to laryngectomees and their caregivers. Megan has been interested in trismus ever since Brian Kanapkey, her former graduate supervisor, gave her the task of creating a presentation for hospital SLPs on the topic of trismus. Her 2015 webinar, " Improving Speech Intelligibility, Mastication, and Quality of Life in Patients with Trismus" can be viewed on Speechpathology.com.
A former high school English teacher and still an avid writer, Megan is the author of Love After a Stroke (Lulu 2102), a children’s book about aphasia, co-author of the book, America's Unseen Kids (Heinemann 2007), and has blogged for the popular SLP website, Gray Matter Therapy, about her CFY experiences in the challenging era of productivity demands in the SNF setting. Megan is also the creator of the website, www.SpeechTherapyToolbox.com, which is a resource for patients and caregivers of communication and swallowing disorders.