First Bite #151 – June 08, 2021

PFD from the Perspective of a Passionate Pediatrician Parent

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP, CLC is joined by Tessa Gonzalez, MD FAAP, a board certified general pediatrician and volunteer with Feeding Matters. Michelle and Tessa bare their hearts in this hour long conversation about Tessa’s personal journey that brought her professional world into her personal world…all through her daughter’s pediatric feeding disorder walk. If you have ever wondered about the training that Pediatrician’s receive with respect to PFD, how we should best collaborate with them regarding patient care, or how to maintain professionalism when that collaboration breaks down, then this is the raw story you need to hear. Join Michelle as she shares Tessa and her daughter’s light with the world in the pursuit of brining evidenced-based practice to the world of PFD!


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

  • Strategies for speech-language pathologists to create a healthy working relationship with patient’s caregivers and how that leads to improved continuity of care.
  • Strategies for speech-language pathologists to collaborate with physicians regarding clinical concerns for patient care.
  • Strategies for speech-language pathologists to take when there is a breakdown in communication with physicians regarding clinical concerns.


Tessa Gonzalez, MD FAAP

Tessa Gonzalez, MD FAAP is a board certified general pediatrician in South Carolina. Dr. Gonzalez received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Harvard College and her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC and currently serves as the medical director of The Therapy Place, Inc, in addition to working part-time in general pediatrics. Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of the 2020 class of Partners in Policymaking, volunteers as a family coach for Feeding Matters, and has led presentations for Real Food Blends regarding her daughter’s feeding tube journey. Dr. Gonzalez is a fierce advocate for her daughter who has a rare genetic mutation and is passionate about helping others learn to advocate for themselves, their families, and their patients.