Director Megan Kennedy Keller graduated from The University of Virginia in 2008, double-majoring in Psychology and Communication Disorders. She received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in 2010. She is licensed to practice in Virginia and has the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Megan has co-presented at the ASHA and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) annual conferences regarding the communicative impacts of aging with a traumatic brain injury.
Megan has particular interests and extensive training in the impacts and treatment of akyloglossia (tongue and lip-ties) and in the SLP’s role in airway health of both children and adults. Because of this interest, she became qualified in and currently practices Orofacial Myology for both pediatrics and adults. She has attended Sandra Holtzman’s intensive 28-hour course regarding treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, and overall health.
Megan is a native of Northern Virginia and loves the Washington Nationals, chocolate, running, and learning Olympic weightlifting. She spends her free time with her husband and two young children.
Megan LOVES to learn in order to be the best she can be for her clients. She spends most of her “free” time reading, researching, attending workshops, or watching webinars. In 2019, Megan received the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) through the American Speech-Language Association for receiving well over 70 continuing education hours in two years. She subscribes to the “Myo Membership” so that she stays current on the research and can collaborate with other professionals. She is also in the process of becoming a breathing coach. Some of her favorite post-graduate training topics include:
- Intro to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (28-hour qualification course)
- Tethered Oral Tissues (ankyloglossia or “tongue-tie”)
- Eliminating Negative Oral Habits (thumb-sucking, etc.)
- Tongue Thrust as a Symptom, Not a Diagnosis
- Techniques to Assess and Correct Disordered Rest Postures
- Airway and Breathing: Red Flags for Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing
- Functional Breathing as a Foundation for Health
- The Breathing Powered Brain
- Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in the Co-Management of the Sleep Disordered Breathing Patient
- Demystifying the TMJ
- MyoMunchee Practitioner Training
- TalkTools 3-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy