Meet Our Team
Joyce (Jay) Berger, BA, BS, PT
Jay Berger received her Physical Therapy Degree in 1985 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Her career and lifelong passion for medically, neurologically, and orthopedically complex patients began while providing physical therapy as one of the pioneering clinicians at the world’s first Shock Trauma Center, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. Her 30 plus years of clinical experience spans the entire spectrum of patient care and various diagnoses from intensive care, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing homes and long term care, and now home health.
As an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland’s Physical Therapy Department, Jay developed and taught courses and lab training sessions for their Master’s Physical Therapy program. While employed in senior administrative positions in large metropolitan hospitals Jay developed and trained staff in clinical competency and developed new clinical programs and protocols, and assisted with Joint Commission and CARF hospital accreditations. She has presented clinical research and case studies at multiple national Physical Therapy conferences; authored multiple publications and training videos; and been involved in multiple clinical research studies.
Jay lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband and two daughters. As founder of Rehab Smarter she strives to find new avenues through telehealth to provide the highest quality, comprehensive and personalized interdisciplinary care in the comfort of the client’s home.
Karen Sowers, M.S., CCC-SLP
Karen J. Sowers received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Towson University in 1993. Initially starting her career in skilled nursing and sub-acute care, she established a firm foundation and passion for the treatment of swallowing disorders. Karen subcontracted for Maryland Neuro-Rehab Foundation working with head injury and stroke clients prior to coming to work in acute care at the beginning of 2000.
Gaining acute care experience, including Modified Barium Swallow proficiency in radiology and multi-complex care in ICU, she took this knowledge and began mentoring and instructing less experienced clinicians and student speech therapists. Most recently, prior to founding her own company, Karen managed the Rehabilitation Department for Frederick Memorial Hospital including inpatient, the sub-acute unit and campus outpatient program. During this time, she has gained certification in both DPNS (Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation) and Vital Stim, both used in the treatment of swallowing disorders.
Karen is also certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), working with patients to improve their speech and voice function. Karen has worked in the Frederick area for over 20 years, raised her family in the Frederick/ Walkersville area. Karen is also the CEO and owner of Better Speech and Swallow Incorporated that provides speech services to various agencies and clients across Maryland and North Carolina.