What is the Aerodigestive Program?

The Aerodigestive Program provides an opportunity for a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of children with breathing and feeding issues. Patients are evaluated by a pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT), pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric gastroenterologist (GI) in conjunction with a dietitian, speech therapist, respiratory therapist, social worker and nurse. The service enables the convenience of a single clinic visit for the patient to see all the above specialists and support for a coordinated and streamlined care plan. The evaluation is intended to be a consultative service to referring providers and patients.

Services Provided:

  • Multidisciplinary evaluation and management of patients with breathing and feeding issues.
  • Scheduling of a combined appointment, at one location, to see all doctors and care providers, which allows for the development of a collaborative treatment plan.
  • Coordination of surgical procedures to limit anesthetic exposure for children and allow for comprehensive evaluation.
  • Continuity of care throughout the entire length of treatment with ongoing support from clinical team in between clinic appointments.

Evaluation:

Clinic is held 3-4 days a month. On clinic day, the team assesses the patient and develops a plan of care. Medications, treatments, feeding plans, therapy, and diagnostic procedures are discussed with the patient’s parent/guardian. A discharge plan outlining the recommendations and orders are given to the parent. The nurse coordinator and interdisciplinary team members process and complete the patient plan. Contact with team members is welcome between clinic visits because fluid communication is key to the coordination and implementation of the comprehensive treatment plan. Bi-monthly team meetings are held with the providers to discuss patient progress and needs.

Team Members:

Pediatric Otolaryngology – James Attra, MD; Stacey Clark, MD
Pediatric Pulmonology – Danielle Beachler, MD; J. Brian Kang, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology –April Jones, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner – Allison Brown, CPNP
Nurse Program Coordinator – Katie Dillon, RN
Speech Pathology – Carmen Huston, ST; Ashley Kaspar, ST
Respiratory Therapy – Sara Goodson, RRT
Social Work- Vanessa O’Dell, LCSW
Clinical Dietitian – Kelsi Buckley, RD; Laura Salinas, RD