Patient Spotlight: Brandon

Brandon is a precious 19-month-old boy with an adjusted age of about 12 months. Born at 23.5 weeks gestation, Brandon was in the NICU for 6 months after birth and required intubation. Upon his release, Brandon required round-the-clock oxygen via Nasal Cannula. He had a VP shunt placed in June 2017 and a g-tube placed in July 2017. While in the NICU, Brandon underwent two swallow studies with results of NPO (no food or liquid by mouth) due to aspiration and penetration on thin liquids and penetration on thickened liquids. Besides taste trials, this was his diet upon release from the NICU in August 2017. In September 2017, Brandon began intensive feeding/vital stim therapy with THERAPY 2000. In October 2017, four weeks after starting treatment, another swallow study was conducted, and Brandon aspirated on all consistencies. He remained NPO with taste trials only outside of therapy but was cleared for trials of half nectar up to 15 mLs during therapy. Brandon’s parents and therapist were disappointed that he was not cleared for full PO feeds because he loved and thoroughly enjoyed eating. Nonetheless, Brandon continued intensive vital stim therapy twice weekly for another six months, with a follow-up swallow study in March 2018. Following the study, Brandon was cleared for full PO feeds at home, with restrictions to include nectar thickener for liquids. Due to the outstanding progress he made toward his goals, Brandon’s therapy frequency was reduced to once per week with the final goal to eliminate the need for using thickening agents. In September 2018 – less than a year after starting treatment with THERAPY 2000 – Brandon has fully transitioned back to the community and no longer requires therapy. He is thriving, gaining weight, loves food, and his family is excited that he can eat everything by […]

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THERAPY 2000’s Karen H. Dowling, Honored with the Prestigious Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) Status

Congratulations are in order for THERAPY 2000’s Karen H. Dowling, MCD, CCC-SLP, MBA, FACHE on recently becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. Karen Dowling is responsible for overall operations at THERAPY 2000 and strategic initiatives for the North Texas Region, East Texas, Amarillo, Austin and San Antonio areas of Texas. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and a master’s degree in communication disorders from Louisiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Woman’s University. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. “Because healthcare management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization,” says Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community.” The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead our nation’s hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development […]

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Meet New Director of Human Resources, Lisa Manderson

Lisa has served as an HR professional for over the past 10 years.  She has extensive experience in benefits, compensation planning, employee engagement, and employee relations.  Lisa has worked in notable healthcare organizations such as Mercer, Milliman, Kaiser Permanente, and most recently, JPS Health Network. Lisa was born and raised in California and relocated with her family to the DFW area a number of years ago. She is excited to join the THERAPY 2000 team and has had a great time learning about the agency over the past two weeks. This week she will be shadowing therapists in the DFW area and learning about the services we provide on a daily basis. Welcome Lisa!

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T2000’s Jennifer Riley appointed to State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee

Congratulations to Jennifer Riley! Jennifer was recently appointed by Kyle Janek, Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner to the State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee. What is the State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee? The State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee, created by Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session), provides recommendations and ongoing input to HHSC on the statewide implementation and operation of Medicaid managed care. The committee looks at a range of issues, including program design and benefits, systemic concerns from consumers and providers, efficiency and quality of services delivered by Medicaid managed care organizations, contract requirements for Medicaid managed care, provider network adequacy, and trends in claims processing. The committee also will help HHSC with policies related Medicaid managed care and share information on best practices with the Medicaid Regional Advisory Committees.  The State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee serves as the central source for stakeholder input on the implementation and operation of Medicaid managed care. Current Members John Hellerstedt (chair), Austin, Seton Deanna Abraham, Corsicana, Mosaic Helen Baker, San Antonio, Consumer Directed Services in Texas Trey Berndt, Austin, AARP Dennis Borel, Austin, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Jay Buech, San Antonio, H-E-B Grady Burris, Cedar Park, Texas Alliance for Long Term Care Troy Carter, Houston, parent Anne Dunkelberg, Austin, Center for Public Policy Priorities Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, Georgetown, Lone Star Circle of Care Lynda Forehand, Murphy, parent Paul Hain, Dallas, Children’s Medical Center Carlos Hernandez, San Antonio, WellMed Medical Group Colleen Horton, Austin, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Harvey Laas, Richmond, AccessHealth Adam Lalonde, Los Fresnos, Los Fresnos Dental Center George Ledbetter, Austin, Girling Healthcare Barbara Maxwell, Austin, Texas Association of Health Plans Vipul Mankad, Austin, Loop 360 Healthcare Solutions Soad Michelsen, San Antonio, Clarity Child Guidance Center Amy Mizcles, Austin, ARC of Texas Kristi Morrison, Houston, All […]

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Chari-Tee 2000 Golf Tournament gets Diamond Sponsor in THERAPY 2000

THERAPY 2000 steps up as Diamond sponsor for C2K inaugural golf tournament As Jerre would say, “Wahoo!” THERAPY 2000 has signed on as the DIAMOND level sponsor for the 2013 Chari-Tee 2000 golf tournament! That brings Chari-T2000 golf sponsorships up to $15,000. Chari-T2000 is looking to get $20,000 worth of sponsorships for the tournament, so please keep them coming. All money raised by the 501(c) goes to support Chari-t2000 and kids in need of therapy services and equipment. Learn more about the golf tournament, register to play, or sponsor the tournament visit under “events.” About the Chari-Tee 2000 Golf Tournament  Chari-Tee off Details Friday, September 27, 2013 Woodbridge Golf Club (learn more about the course 7400 Country Club Dr. Wylie, TX 75098 Details: Registration 11:30-12:30 1:00 PM Shotgun Start $125 per player ($500 4 man team) before September 6, 2013 Includes: Green Fees Cart with GPS Unlimited Range Balls and Practice Facility Dinner following tournament Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks/cash bar Prizes available Par 3 contest Learn more about the amazing work this charity is doing at

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