Ep. 87 - All About FEES in Dysphagia Management - George Barnes & Allie Mataras

August 15, 2023

In this episode, we learn about Flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) in Dysphagia Management. Allie Mataras, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, and George Barnes MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of Feesible Swallow Solutions tell us all about what FEES is, how procedures work, the training process, and more!

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) Introduction
  • (2:30) George & Allie’s Professional Background
  • (6:24) Had George & Allie Worked With FEES in the Past
  • (8:40) What is FEES in Dysphagia Management
  • (14:06) Patient participation in a FEES Procedure
  • (16:50) Where is FEES performed
  • (19:08) Training Process to Become Competent in FEES
  • (25:00) What Does a Typical FEES Procedure Look Like
  • (34:04) Getting Established With Facilities


George Barnes MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Board Certified Specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders who has developed expertise in dysphagia management focusing on diagnostics and clinical decision-making in the medically complex population. George yearns to make education useful and quality care accessible. With a passion for food and a deep appreciation for the joy and connection it brings to our lives, he has dedicated his life to helping others enjoy this simple, but deep-rooted pleasure.

Mobile FEES in NJ and NY: https://www.feesibleswallowsolutions.com/fees

Blog: https://www.feesibleswallowsolutions.com/blog

Med SLP Coaching: https://www.feesibleswallowsolutions.com/medslpcoaching

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dysphagiadude/

Allie Mataras, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS has treated patients with dysphagia in a variety of settings. Allie has served as a featured presenter at the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention and is a 3-time ASHA ACE Award recipient for her dedication towards continuing education. She has successfully implemented and managed FEES programs at the corporate level and she is a founding member of the Dysphagia Outreach Project. Allie believes wholeheartedly that all persons with dysphagia should have direct access to the tools that are vital in both the management of dysphagia, as well as in the overall improvement of quality of life.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliemataras/

About the Show

Host - Jennifer Martin

Producer - Jonathan Cary
Assistant Producers – Katie Schrauben & Sam MacKay 

Music - Aidan Dykes
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