Medical Speech Pathologist/Board Certified Swallowing Disorders Specialist


Marta Kazandjian MA CCC SLP BCS-S, CPT-EFS
is a nationally recognized Medical Speech Pathologist who is Board Certified in Swallowing Disorders. She specializes in communication and swallowing impairment in patients with neurological diagnoses (stroke,head trauma), neurodegenerative diseases (ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Muscular Dystrophy, Dementia), pulmonary conditions (tracheostomy/ventilator dependence, COPD) and laryngeal impairment (vocal fold dysfunction following intubation, vocal misuse, head and neck cancer).

Marta has directed Speech Pathology programs in both acute care and long-term care for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in instrumental swallowing assessment and communication management in all settings; acute care hospital, ICU, rehabilitation centers, outpatient and nursing home.

Marta Kazandjian MA CCC SLP BCS-S is committed to education and presents at national and international conferences sharing her expertise with both speech pathology and medical colleagues. She has published books, chapters and peer reviewed articles. She also teaches graduate level coursework in Dysphagia, Tracheostomy and Ventilator Management.


Her practice provides comprehensive assessment of communication and swallowing. Therapeutic Intervention includes but is not limited to:

  • Dysphagia intervention including inspiratory/expiratory muscle strengthening, oral motor strengthening, safe swallowing techniques and maneuvers
  • Aphasia and dysarthria therapy
  • Voice therapy for laryngeal dysfunction
  • Alternative communication methods
  • Palliative goals of care discussion/planning
  • Integrative whole health management

My Education and Clinical Experience:

Bachelors  Linguistics and Human Services, 1985

Master of Arts, Communication Sciences, 1987

Clinical Fellowship in Speech Pathology, 1988.

Board Certified Swallowing Disorders Specialist, 2005

REIKI Master, 2008

REIKI Master Teacher, 2013

Certificate, Integrative Health and Lifestyle, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2014

Certified Integrative Health Coach, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2015

Certified Personal Traininer-Exercise Fitness Specialist, 2019

Medical Speech Pathologist, 33 years

Director of Speech Pathology and Swallowing, 29 years (current)

Director of Patient Experience and Clinical Initiatives (current)