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.