First Bite #73 – November 05, 2019

Private Practice Woes and Wows with “Southeastern Communication and Swallowing Specialists”

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the dynamic duo behind Southeastern Communication and Swallowing Specialists, Mrs. Leah Ringled, MA CCC-SLP, and Mrs. Julieanne Granados, Med CCC-SLP! In this powerful hour, the ladies share functional Private Practice Owner advice for all those working in both rural settings, as well as in communities that are heavily military based. Always the “Rose-Colored Glasses” sort of Carolina Gals, not only do they bring up concerns for staffing and communicating with physicians that are farther away, but they immediately offer solutions that are easy to implement…and have you laughing along the way! This one is good for functional learning and for lifting your dirt-road driving spirits!


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

  • 3 struggles for providing Early Intervention Services in both a rural and military based settings, as well as how to overcome these struggles.
  • 3 struggles of finding staff to provide ST services in both rural and military based settings.
  • 3 positive aspects for pursuing a career in both rural and military based settings.


Leah Ringled, MA CCC-SLP

Leah Ringled is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who resides in Hope Mills, NC with her husband and three young children. She is co-owner of Southeastern Communication and Swallowing Specialists. She has been practicing since 2011. She completed undergraduate and graduate training at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with special interests in motor planning disorders, cranial facial abnormalities and feeding/oral motor therapy. Leah’s areas of interest continue to be in medical related speech language disorders to include pediatric and geriatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Recent research is in the area of feeding difficulties that arise from unrepaired tongue and lip ties and other tethered oral issues. Research is looking into effects of oral motor and oral stimulation tasks to assist with increasing mobility and functionality as well as teaming with other skilled professional in the Fayetteville and surrounding areas ( IBCLC, bodywork and, myofacial release specialist and pediatric dentist) to assist in revision and post operative care. Age of speciality ranges from birth-5 and geriatric population.


Julieanne Granados, MEd CCC-SLP

Julieanne Granados is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, little lady, and Boston Terriers. She is co-owner of Southeastern Communication and Swallowing Specialists. She has been practicing since 2012. She completed undergraduate training at Appalachian State University and graduate degree at North Carolina Central University with special interests in feeding/swallowing, oral motor development and its relation to speech and feeding, early intervention, and bilingual language development. Prior to completing her Masters in Communication and Sciences Disorder, Julieanne worked as an early intervention play therapist where she developed a love for the birth-three population, gained experience with working with bilingual families and their children, and completed training in ABA.

Since beginning her work as a SLP, Julieanne has completed multiple trainings in pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders, is certified in pediatric vital-stim, has completed training in orofacial myology, and is currently working towards receiving her certification to be a Board Certified Swallowing Specialist. Her current areas of interest and research are in pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders in the medically fragile child, orofacial myology, and ankyloglossia.