The Senior Clinician program has been established to recognize clinicians who have participated in Restore's Mentor Program and completed at minimum 36 mentor activities. The program was established to ensure Restore is meeting the clinical goal of providing quality services to all its customers. Senior Clinicians represent the ‘best' in their discipline and are an example of Restore's "commitment to excellence."
- Speech Mentor, Endoscopist
- Contact Patricia DiNunno >
Patricia DiNunno holds a B.S., B.A and M.A. from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She has spent the past 11 years primarily in the adult arena working full time in nursing home and subacute rehab, while doing PRN work in acute care hospitals. Since 2005, Pat has been Restore Therapy's Florida Endoscopist and Speech Mentor. She travels to five facilities in Florida doing our Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallow (FEES), identifying patients impairments and assisting our Speech Pathologists in the planning and treatment of swallowing disorders. Pat is responsible for the supervision of our Florida clinical fellows, providing additional in-depth education in dysphagia, dementia and aural rehab that goes beyond what most students learn in their graduate programs. Pat also enjoys guest lecturing at the universities about adult swallowing disorders and the rehab possibilies that are currently available. Pat is a Vital Stim provider in Florida, offering another level of care for our dysphagic population.
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Contact Seana Wade >
Seanna has M.S. in Speech and Hearing Science, University of South Alabama and is certified in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), DPNS, and Vital Stim.
Seana has been with Restore therapy for eight years as a Speech Language Pathologist. The last 6 1/2 years she traveled the south Alabama region evaluating and assisting in developing appropriate treatment plans for patients with dysphagia in over 20 different skilled nursing facilities. Seana also mentors other SLP’s in the areas of dysphagia and supervises clinical fellows as needed. Currently, she is at a new facility in central Alabama which provides short and long term rehab, dementia care, and outpatient rehab services to residents who live in the neighboring assisted living facility.
Seana has been a guest speaker at the University of South Alabama where she discusses her role as an SLP in the SNF setting and the rewards and challenges that go along with treating and evaluating patients with swallowing disorders. She has also presented continuing education courses for nurses within SNF’s as well as other SLP’s at the state level.
The greatest thing about my job is that I have the opportunity to help improve people’s overall quality of life. Whether I am working with a patient just to be able to have therapeutic feedings in small amounts or if I am able to help a patient return to complete oral intake, either way I am helping to enhance their quality of life.
Working for Restore has allowed me the opportunity to advance my career in ways I never imagined. Everyday I am challenged to be the best Speech Language Pathologist that I can, and I appreciate the constant support I receive from co-workers, clinical support staff, and corporate support staff.
- Occupational Therapist
- Contact Anthony Smith >
Anthony Smith received his Occupational Therapy degree in 1995 from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. Anthony has been with Restore Therapy for 13 years working in South Alabama. He enjoys being challenged and seeks out opportunities to speak at engagements such as family council meetings, public relation/marketing events, and educational opportunities such as educating the nursing classes at the local college regarding the role of Occupational Therapy. Anthony thoroughly enjoys treating the geriatric population, but has a partiality to working with visually impaired residents. He has this passion and impartiality in large part because he is completely blind in one eye. He has great empathy for these patients realizing what it takes to overcome the struggles and find alternative ways to succeed. He continues to study and complete low vision therapy courses. He is greatly admired and loved by his team. He has worked with several of his team members for over 10 years. “They are my family,” Tony explains, “We would do anything to help each other succeed”. This mentality does not only carry over to his team, but also to his company. That is what makes him a great resource as a Senior Clinician.
- Clinical SLP Mentor/Endoscopist
- Contact Gina Chancellor >
Gina holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She has been with Restore Therapy for six years primarily working in skilled nursing facilities. She has experience in home health, early intervention, outpatient clinics, and acute care hospitals. She is certified in Vital Stimulation, Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation, and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. Gina is responsible for supervising clinical fellows, mentoring Speech-Language Pathologists, providing documentation training, and assisting with implementation of programs in skilled nursing facilities. She has been involved in presenting continuing education courses to nurses and Speech Pathologists within her area. She has received Certificates of Excellence from Restore for Dysphagia and Clinical Instruction. Gina has a great passion for her patients, especially those who experience difficulty with swallowing. She has completed over sixty hours of independent study in Advanced Dysphagia Training. She says,” It is so rewarding to see individuals who could not safely eat anything begin to eat again.” Gina believes Restore Therapy provides an atmosphere for professional growth and the resources to achieve that goal. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, read, and scrapbook. She resides in Northport, Al. with her husband and two children.