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We are calm, llc, a therapist owned, member-managed professional limited liability corporation founded in 2014. Collectively we have over 25 years of clinical experience in acute, inpatient and outpatient hospital and long-term care rehabilitation settings. Our misison: We are dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative adult therapy products that improve the quality of life for individuals with cognitive, swallowing and communication impairments. 

 

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Megan Ordway, M.A. CCC-SLP - Co-Founder/ Inventor

     With an undergraduate degree in public relations from University of Dayton and master's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University of Ohio. Megan has both business instincts and academic and clinical expertise in the area of Speech Pathology. Megan is a member of ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) and OSHLA (Ohio Speech, Hearing and Language Association). With a background including acute care and inpatient rehab experience at Miami Valley Hospital, Megan served as a member of the spinal cord injury team and traumatic brain injury team. While there, she completed instrumental evaluation and treatment of patients including videofluoroscopy and FEES. Megan developed specialized skills to treat a vast patient population in areas of dysphagia, cognition, speech, language and voice. Megan continued her work in skilled nursing facilities to find great experiences in adaptation to accommodate dementia, and therapeutic compensation in dysphagia. In a variety of settings, Megan has developed staff and peer education, including education for PTs and OTs about interdisciplinary management of dysphagia. Her interests also include supervision and mentoring of new clinicians, as she has provided mentorship for graduate clinicians and clinicians in their clinical fellowship year.  She desires to contribute to her field with solutions to the clinical questions and challenges that arise. She, along with her business colleagues are constantly thinking of helpful tools and resources for their patients and speech colleagues.

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Sara Bouchard, M.A. CCC-SLP - Co-Founder/Inventor

      Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in hearing and speech sciences and her master's degree in speech-language pathology with a minor in geriatrics from Ohio University. Moved by watching SLPs work with her grandfather after his stroke, Sara learned at an early age she wanted to become an SLP working with the geriatric population. A member of ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) and OSHLA (Ohio Speech, Hearing and Language Association), she has 13 years of experience in long-term care as an accomplished SLP specializing in evaluating and treating dysphagia (a swallowing impairment), aphasia (a language impairment) and cognitive disorders. Sara has developed and taught continuing education courses addressing evidence-based practive supporting group therapy and multidisciplinary screening. After completing training with the NIH, Sara identified participants and collected research data for Miami Valley Hospital and University of Cincinnati for Protocol 201. This 7-year nationwide study focused on standardizing thickened liquids and identifying the associated health benefits for individuals who have Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases. She presently trains and mentors SLP graduate students from the University of Cincinnati and CFY candidates for Concept Rehab, Inc. She served as a consultant to the culinary team at Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village for the Pureed Appeal program. Sara takes pride in using current therapy techniques including apps and neuromuscular electrial stimulation. Through Sara’s vast and diverse professional experiences she has gained an appreciation for products needed to positively impact her patients’ quality of life.

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Miranda Wilhelm, M.A. CCC-SLP - Co-Founder/ Inventor

      Miranda earned her baccalaureate in public relations from the University of Dayton and her master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Miami University of Ohio. She has both acute care and long-term care experience treating adult populations with dysphagia, aphasia, memory impairment and dementia. Miranda led the standardization of speech pathology care at Good Samaritan Hospital, including the development of an evidence-based swallowing screening for nursing, the implementation of effective protocols for completion of modified barium swallow and the development of appropriate education for nursing staff, medical residents and dietary staff regarding speech pathology care, the management of dysphagia and the complications associated with mismanagement of dysphagia. She lectured at the Annual Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Update in 2012 on the topic of dysphagia after stroke and was a guest speaker at the Good Samaritan Critical Care Conference 2012 on the anatomy and physiology of the swallow before and after stroke. Miranda has also mentored students from Miami University of Ohio and supervised Clinical Fellows from the Miami University of Ohio and the University of Toledo.  She is trained in neuromuscular electrical stimulation and is a believer in providing a variety of solutions in the treatment of dysphagia, including use of adaptive equipment in order to maintain the least restrictive diet possible without complication. She is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology.