Julie Ritchie, M.S. CCC-SLP spearheaded the implementation of FEES within the hospital setting in Austin, TX  when she found modified barium swallow studies often fell short in proper diagnosis of dysphagia with many of her patients. Once practicing FEES, the implementation and use of this instrumentation rapidly became her preferred method of diagnosis due to the sensitivity and accuracy of the exam.  

While FEES became valued and well utilized in the hospital setting where Julie worked, she noted that there were a lack of options for swallowing diagnostics once patients left the acute care setting within the Austin area.
Now through the formation of Texas Mobile FEES Dysphagia Specialists, LLC,  Julie brings the superior approach to dysphagia diagnostics to your patients as well.  

Our Story
Hello!  I'm Julie Ritchie, the founder of Texas Mobile FEES Dysphagia Specialists. 

My professional experience with FEES in the acute care setting, and my belief that clinicians and patients should have options for dysphagia diagnostics, led me to the formation of my company.
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Nine years ago, I spearheaded the implementation of FEES within the hospital setting in Austin, TX.  I wanted to add FEES to our instrumental evaluation options, because I found modified barium swallow studies often fell short in proper diagnosis of dysphagia with many of my patients.  We were the first in Austin to implement FEES at the time, and the program in the hospital thrived with the ability to diagnose patients quickly, safely, and for as long as needed at their bedside. 

Once I was well established in FEES, this instrumental evalulation became my preferred option for evaluating dysphagia.  Patients tolerated FEES extremely well, and due to the sensitivity and accuracy of the exam, I noticed a positive impact in my clinical management of our patients.
   
It was apparant to me that FEES should be an option for dysphagia management in the post-acute setting.  Clinicians in my area had only the option for mobile MBSS at the time.  I knew from both my professional and personal experience, with a family member who needed dysphagia treatment in a skilled nursing setting, that this simply was not enough!  Thus, Texas Mobile FEES was formed.