Meet author Tracy Grammer!
We at InHealth Technologies are really proud that the Blom-Singer Dual Valve Prosthesis is impacting people's' lives for the better.
We're also proud of the results presented in the article entitled Selective Patient Experience With the Blom-Singer Dual Valve Voice Prosthesis that appeared in the August issue of The Laryngoscope. You can access the article here.
The article reveals that as many as four out of five patients in the study experienced longer wear time with the Blom-Singer Dual Valve Voice Prosthesis!
We are very grateful for the hard-working team at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, for bringing this unfunded data to publication. One of the authors, Tracy Grammer, has worked tirelessly in the speech pathology and total laryngectomee community. Here's a chance to get to know her a bit better.
Tracy is a speech-language pathologist who has 26 years of experience working with adults experiencing a variety of cognitive-communication disorders, including cognitive dysfunction, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphasia, and apraxia secondary to cerebral vascular accident, traumatic brain injury, glossectomy, laryngectomy, tracheostomy, and ventilator dependency.
She is employed at OU Medical Center as a speech-language pathologist for the Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center in the departments of otolaryngology and radiation oncology. She is also a faculty member of the OUHSC College of Communication Sciences and Disorders and is a frequently invited lecturer on the topics of traumatic brain injury, dysphagia, voice restoration following total laryngectomy, cognition, as well as speech and swallowing in tracheostomy and ventilator dependency.
Tracy is serving as the 2015-2017 ASHA Advisory Councilor from Oklahoma and is a member of the ASHA Board of Ethics. She also served on the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from August 2009 until August 2015, sitting as chair from 2011 until 2015.
Ms. Grammer served for five years as the president of the Brain Injury Association of Oklahoma and as Oklahoma Legislative Councilor to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2005-2008). She is a past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Medical Speech-Language Pathologists and a two-time past president of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She currently serves as the chair of the By-Laws Committee for OSHA.
Tracy is the director and founder of Camp Sunrise, an outdoor retreat for adult survivors of traumatic brain injury, which began in 2000. She was awarded Fellowship of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014, the 2012 OU Medical Trauma Angel Award, the 2010 Honors of the Association for the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the 2005 and 2007 HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards as well as the 2001 Gwen Casey Award for Outstanding Clinical Service by the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Ms. Grammer holds a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Oklahoma University. She is an avid snow skier, cyclist, and sweep rower. She enjoys spending time with David, her husband of 28 years, and her son, Nicholas.