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.
Financial Disclosure: Mr. Kanapkey will receive an honorarium for teaching this certification course from Vitae SLP Services LLC. He receives compensation for teaching the Dysphagia course at NCCU as an adjunct faculty member.
Non-financial Disclosure: Mr. Kanapkey has no non-financial disclosures to report.
Megan Nosol, M.S.Ed., M.S., SLP
Megan Nosol, M.S. Ed., M.S. is a former medical-based Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from UNC's program in 2013, Megan worked as a clinician in the skilled nursing, outpatient rehabilitation, non-profit organization, and telepractice settings from 2014-2020. Her main areas of interest were head and neck cancer, neurorehabilitation, and counseling.
With her additional master’s degree in Secondary Education, Megan uses her passion for teaching to instruct webinars and courses for SLPs, such as "The ARK-J Program Trismus Intervention Certification Course", “The Evolving Swallow: Managing the Effects of Chemo, Radiation, and Surgery” webinar, and "Filling in the Gaps: Missing Components of Dysphagia Education" course with Ed Bice, M.A. CCC-SLP. She enjoys helping others learn and found mentoring new clinicians one of the most rewarding aspects of her job as a clinician. You can listen to Megan's podcast episodes on Swallow Your Pride to learn more about important considerations when treating HNC patients (episode 8) or read about trismus intervention or using Motivational Interviewing as a counseling approach with dysphagia patients in Megan's blog posts on Dysphagia Cafe. Currently, Megan is currently a Physician Assistant student (graduating class of 2023) at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Connecticut.
Financial Disclosure: Mrs. Nosol receives an honorarium for teaching this course from Carolina Speech Pathology.
Non-financial Disclosure: None.