March 2019 Newsletter


Happy St. Patrick’s Day 

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want."

Fun Facts about March:

  • It is the first month of Spring which begins between March 19-21. This year it begins on the 20th.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, March is the same as September in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Each year March and June end on the same day of the week.
  • Animals start to wake up from hibernation and Daylight Savings time begins (March 11)
  • March Madness is a basketball tournament played by the NCAA.
  • Birthstone: aquamarine and bloodstone.
  • March 6, 1836 - Fort Alamo fell to Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna.
  • March 13 – Swallowing Awareness Day – Time to educate!
  • St Patrick’s Day is on March 17 – Wear Green and drink green
  • Palm Sunday is March 25 this year and Good Friday is March 30th this year

TSHA  - So good to see everyone that was at TSHA!  Thank you to those who came to our sessions, attended the TSHA medical happy hour sponsored by DiagnosTEX and Ampcare and also for stopping by the booth to see us!  It's always fun to have TSHA in our home town!

A new team member at DiagnosTEX – We want to welcome Bailey Kinser to the team, she has started our DiagnosTEX training program, so you will all see her training on the van with us soon!  Looking forward to having her a part of our small family!  We say good-bye to Veronica after 5 years with DTEX as she leaves to take on her new role as a mom. We wish her and her family the best!

MARCH CEU - Deciphering Dysphagia with Ampcare’s ESP™ (Effective Swallowing Protocol)

Friday, March 22, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Register at! There is a discount for DiganosTEX customers!

March 13 is Swallowing Awareness Day – This is the perfect month to educate on proper instrumental evaluations.  Our new advocacy book is just what you need, now available for purchase on the website.

An SLP Should NEVER Lose Their Voice

Advocate for Proper Dysphagia Evaluations

Material to assist in educating Physicians, Administrators, Nurses and other Medical Professionals on Dysphagia and Modified Barium Swallow Studies

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month - By the year 2020, TBI is expected to be the number one health problems in the world.  The CDC currently estimates 5.3 million Americans currently have long term need for help performing ADL’s as a result of their TBI. In Texas, close to 150K people sustain TBI each year, and this does not account for those who went to the ER and were released or those who never went to ER. TBI hospitalization totals are approximately 1.8 billion each year and only 5% of the survivors receive the rehab they need.  In Texas, there is no TBI Medicaid waiver to support long term needs. Advocacy efforts can help by contacting area government representatives and asking that funding is made available to acquired brain injury survivors.


We are excited to announce that the Dallas EndoMarch 2019 is on! The event will take place at the Dallas City Hall Plaza on EndoMarch Day, Saturday, March 30, 2019.  You can register here on Eventbrite to reserve your spot. Take a moment to join this Team Dallas Facebook Group, to stay in touch with the event planning team and others who may be attending. You can also go to to donate!

Dysphagia Tidbit – A New Diagnostic Classification – know your anatomy

The styloid complex syndrome (SHCS) is a classification of all lateral and/or facial pain conditions resulting from an elongated styloid process, ossified styloid ligament or elongated hyoid bone. All of these pathological conditions result in tension and reduced distensibility of SHC, with resultant irritation of the surrounding cervical structures with the movement of the complex. Surgical intervention directed at ay pathological point to disrupt this complex relieves tension and offer patient relief of symptoms.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2011;137 (3): 248-252

elongated styloid process, Eagles Syndrome

elongated hyoid bone