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Can RMT be utilized with patients with a trach?  What if they are also receiving mechanical ventilation?  Does RMT help with Vent and Trach Weaning?  It can! In this webinar, we will provide the information you need when deciding to utilize RMT with those patients you are working with who present with trach and/or vent, who are weaning or have recently been weaned.


Clinicians wanting to learn more about implementing RMT in conjunction with trachs and vents.


  • Identify when it may be appropriate to implement RMT with someone with a Tracheostomy or post Tracheostomy removal
  • Describe the benefits of utilizing RMT with weaning from mechanical ventilation
  • Understand how an interprofessional approach can improve functional outcomes and the role each plays in RMT with those impacted by Tracheostomy and Vent use
  • Discuss 3 contraindications for use of RMT with patients with mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy



Elizabeth (Betsy) Page
MA, CCC/SLP, Master Clinician

Betsy has been a Medical Speech Language Pathologist for 14 years since graduating from University of Central Florida. She enjoys practicing with a strong interdisciplinary team to support the rehab process for persons predominantly in the geriatric population. One of her professional passions is clinical education and treatment of patients with cardio pulmonary diagnoses. She finds great joy in helping her patients achieve greater function and quality of life.

Dr. Nina Bausek
Chief Scientist

Dr. Bausek is a geneticist and the Chief Scientist for PN Medical. She has worked in the areas of fertility, immunology, and oncology as a researcher. She’s also developed her scientific and leadership skills doing research and teaching at the University of Oxford and the University of Sheffield in the UK. She’s based in Vienna, Austria.

Dr Tom Berlin

Dr. Tom Berlin
DHSc, RRT, Director of Pulmonary and Respiratory Care

Presently serves practicing respiratory therapists and his community as the Director of Pulmonary & Respiratory Care for AdventHealth Orlando. A Navy veteran with over 35 years of clinical and leadership experience, he is dedicated to advancing the profession through education and development of the individual practitioner, commitment to community service, research, and professional promotion and participation. Tom earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Central Florida, where he served on the adjunct faculty for 19 years, and the Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. He has served on several community non-profit boards, including a term as President of the American Lung Association of Central Florida. He presently serves as President of the Florida Society for Respiratory Care, Chairman of the Central Florida Advisory Council for Respiratory Care Education, Co-Chairman of the Florida Respiratory Leadership Network, and as a peer reviewer for the Respiratory Care journal. Tom has been a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care since 1983.

Nicole DePalma
Owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists
Co-owner of Tracheostomy Education

Nicole is the owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists. She received her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and her master’s degree at NY Medical College in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over 10 years of clinical experience working with patients with dysphagia including the medically complex such as those with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation. Nicole provides consulting for developing and implementing new protocols, performance improvement strategies, and providing comprehensive education to clinical staff. Prior to NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, she was the Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Barlow Respiratory Hospital and Research Center in Los Angeles, CA and Director of Clinical Education at Passy-Muir, Inc. As a current member of the Passy-Muir team, she presents courses on dysphagia and communication management at conferences and universities throughout the nation.