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. She was trained in evaluating and treating head and neck cancer patients at UNC Hospital ENT clinic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 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. For the past two years, she has been employed at STEPS for Recovery Outpatient Clinic in Cary, North Carolina.
Megan also holds a master’s degree in Secondary Education, which has permitted her to use her passion for teaching to instruct webinars and courses for SLPs, such as The ARK-J Program Trismus Intervention Certification Course and “The Evolving Swallow: Managing the Effects of Chemo, Radiation, and Surgery” webinar. She is the Vice President of Research and Design for the non-profit organization, Lary's Speakeasy, which provides laryngectomy supplies, support, and educational resources to laryngectomees and their caregivers. Megan has been the guest speaker for the popular SLP podcast, Swallow Your Pride, in the "ABCs of HNC: Important Considerations for Your Patient with Head and Neck Cancer" episode and “So You Want to Get Your PhD” episode. In October of 2018, she started her own podcast called The SLP-Minded Podcast, which focuses on interviewing SLP researchers about their latest studies on various medical SLP topics. Megan currently serves on ASHA’s 2019 Issues in Head and Neck Cancer Topic Committee.