About NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists

NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists has a mission to improve quality of life to patients with dysphagia “one scope at a time.”  We strive to provide the best services for our patients through expedient and exceptional care. 

NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists provide Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing, FEES training and clinical education throughout the greater NYC area.  NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists are Certified in Clinical Competence through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and have undergone extensive training for competency in Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. 

Nicole DePalma, MS, CCC-SLP 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 15 years of clinical experience working with patients with dysphagia, including the medically complex such as those with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.  Nicole provides competency training for SLPs interested in FEES.  She also provides tracheostomy 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 Clinical Education at Passy-Muir, Inc and has also worked previously as Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Barlow Respiratory Hospital and Research Center in Los Angeles, CA.  As a current member of the Passy-Muir, Inc team as a Clinical Consultant, she presents courses on dysphagia and communication management at conferences and universities throughout the nation.  Nicole is also a clinical instructor for hands-on application and instruction of FEES for Dr. Eric Blicker’s ASHA CEU course.  

dysphagia speaker

Nicole is also available for speaking arrangements for adult dysphagia topics.  Please contact [email protected] for more information. 

In addition to numerous hospital, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation, sub-acute and university presentations, the following are a list of webinars and presentations:


DePalma, N. (2023). Decannulation and FEES: SLP Perspective. Tracheostomy Education. https://www.tracheostomyeducation.com/courses/decannulation-of-the-tracheostomy-slp-perspective/

DePalma, N. (2022). Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation Verbal Communication Options Tracheostomy Education. https://www.tracheostomyeducation.com/courses/verbal-communication-options-and-troubleshooting-for-individuals-with-tracheostomy-and-mechanical-ventilation-webinar/

DePalma, N. (2021). Evidence-Based Swallowing Management for Patients with Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation, Tracheostomy Education. https://www.tracheostomyeducation.com/courses/evidence-based-swallowing-evaluation-for-patients-with-tracheostomy-and-mechanical-ventilation/

DePalma, N. (2013). Overcoming Barriers to Speaking Valve Use: Success Through Teamwork,  Passy-Muir, Inc. 

DePalma, N. (2014). Communication and Swallowing Management for ALS Patients with Tracheostomy, Passy-Muir, Inc. 


Tracheostomy and Ventilator In-Person MasterClass.  New York, NY.  February, 2024.

Decannulation: The Expanding Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist. American Speech and Hearing Convention. Boston, MA. November 2023. 

“From Infants to Adults: Improving Communication and Swallowing Management for Patients with Tracheostomy.”  Seminar at NY Langone, NY, NY. January 2020.

Speaking Valves: Hands on Application. American Speech and Hearing (ASHA) Convention.  Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. November, 2014. 

 “Evidenced Based Speech and Swallowing Treatment for the Tracheostomized and Ventilator Dependent Patient. New York Speech and Hearing Convention, NY, NY.  April, 2014.

“Overcoming Barriers to Speaking Valve Use: Success Through Teamwork” New Jersey Speech and Hearing Convention. NJ. February, 2014

Tracheostomy Tubes and Speaking Valves.” New Jersey Society for Respiratory Therapy. Atlantic City, NJ.  October, 2014. 

“Dysphagia: A Practical Approach to Evaluation, Treatment and Follow Through,” Interface Rehab, Placentia, CA,  and Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Los Angeles, CA , February 10, 2013



Improving quality of life for patients with dysphagia one scope at a time.


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