First Bite #14 – September 11, 2018

Banishing Confusion for Clefts!

(.1 ASHA CEU) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the gifted Mrs. Melissa Monteil, MS CCC-SLP, from the Medical University of South Carolina and the Evelyn Tramell Institute for Voice and Swallowing.  In this lecture, we discuss the process of prenatal diagnosis of cleft and dispel misconceptions regarding feeding a little one with a cleft, especially in that first critical year.  Not only does this amazing woman specialize in the subject matter for her career, but also she also freely gives of her spare time and treats patients through Global Smile Foundation around the world. Be sure to have your questions ready for this dynamic guest interview!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • 3 steps involved in the prenatal diagnosis and preparation for babies with cleft.
  • 3 differences between feeding a child with a cleft vs. their typically developing peers, within that first year of life.  
  • 3 misconceptions for feeding a child with a cleft palate.


Melissa Montiel, MS CCC-SLP

Melissa Montiel is a pediatric speech pathologist at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She has a BS from Auburn University and her MS from MUSC. She has been practicing for 10 years and been an active member of the cleft/VPI team for 9 years. She sees a variety of patients, including acute care and outpatient populations. Melissa has been to El Salvador and Africa with the Global Smile Foundation to assist with cleft care in areas with limited access. Annually, she enjoys traveling to the American Cleft Palate Association meetings for up to date research and treatment practices.