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IDDSI Seminar by Crandall Corporate Dietitians & Simply Thick

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East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)

1601 West Main Street

Mesa, AZ 85201

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Understanding and implementing the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI)

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The IDDSI framework is the global standard of dysphagia care. Join experts from Crandall Corporate Dietitians and Simply Thick for this highly informative, half-day seminar featuring an overview of the IDDSI and its testing methods, along with culinary demonstrations and insights on how to implement IDDSI at your community.

Why attend?

  • Understanding IDDSI will keep your community on the cutting edge of best practices and professional standards for treating individuals with dysphagia.
  • Following the IDDSI framework increases resident safety and can help reduce a community's legal exposure.
  • As IDDSI is adopted by health care professionals, they will be looking for communities that can accommodate the IDDSI framework.
  • Expand clinical expertise and earn CEUs

Agenda:

9:00 - 10:00 am: Overview of IDDSI - What, How, and Why?

10:00 - 10:15 am: Break

10:15 - 12:15 pm: IDDSI Food/Drink Culinary Demonstrations

12:15 - 12:30 pm: Break

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Implementation of IDDSI

Guest Speakers and Presenters

Linda Crandall: President/CEO of Crandall Corporate Dietitians

  • Registered Dietitian, and Licensed Dietitian in 40 states
  • Developed cutting edge management and clinical systems for senior living corporations and communities; unsurpassed Dietitian training; and Menus/TrayCard systems for over 2400 communities nationwide
  • Speaks regularly at healthcare conferences
  • Very involved with community and church
  • Most important thing in her life is her late husband, 5 children, and her 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren

John L. Holahan: President and Founder of Simply Thick, LLC

  • Inventor of the company’s original patented thickener – SimplyThick
  • Worked with thickeners—and not just in healthcare—for his entire business career
  • Presented to various long term care trade organizations on the topics of IDDSI, dysphagia, thickeners, and rheology
  • Volunteer work includes being a Boy Scout Leader, a robotics coach, a rescue dog foster parent, and a church leader
  • Outside the business world, he has been married for over 25 years to his college sweetheart and can usually be found either driving to or from kid’s (1 girl and 2 boys) events or cheer leading on the sidelines.
  • Somehow in the middle of it all, he still finds time to run—slowly—and play the piano—badly!

Jon Williams: COO of Crandall Corporate Dietitians

  • Responsible for all Assisted Living services across the country
  • Registered Dietitian and trained chef with over 23 years of experience
  • Originally from Pennsylvania, where he acted as the Manager of Nutrition Services for 4 years at a community managing nutritional services for 122 residents and food production for over 300 residents
  • Bachelors in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson and Wales University

Terry Szustak: VP of Menu Development of Crandall Corporate Dietitians

  • Terry leads a menu development team that sources and occasionally tests new recipes, updates multiple menus seasonally and develops all dietary components for menus to all care types; assuring regulatory compliance.
  • Terry received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from The University of Arizona, is a registered dietitian and has over 25 years of public and private food service management experience.

Theresa Arguello-Thomas: Senior VP of Menu Operations of Crandall Corporate Dietitians

  • Entered the senior living industry in 2003 as a CDM and DSD with Sunrise Senior Living focusing in the CCRC sector of the industry
  • Joined the Crandall team in 2006 where she filled multiple responsibilities such as recruiting, training development, consulting, and served as a corporate liaison for the company
  • Continued to expand her career growth working as a Divisional Director Dining Services for Emeritus Senior Living which eventually became Brookdale Senior Living in 2010
  • Rejoined the Crandall team in 2017 and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Menu Operations
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from New Mexico State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Leslie Levanovic: Simply Thick Regional Manager for Arizona

  • Received her BS and MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Xavier University
  • Worked as a speech pathologist in acute care setting for more than 20 years with focus on adults with dysphagia.
  • Joined Simply Thick as a Regional Manager in 2016
  • Moved to Scottsdale Arizona with her family in 2013 where she worked in the acute care and home health settings
  • Passionate about maintaining the highest quality of life for individuals on modified diets
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