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Courtney K. Gonsoulin
Courtney is the owner and clinical director of Speech and Feeding Specialists of Louisiana.
She has worked as a pediatric speech language pathologist since 1994. She received her Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her specializations include: pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, multidisciplinary treatment, working with the medically fragile population, and early intervention.
Courtney is currently on faculty at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge as Clinical Faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She coordinates the LSU Pediatric Feeding Clinic and supervises graduate students in the area of early intervention, speech and language disorders, and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.
She provides continuing education courses to graduate students and clinicians on Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders at universities, medical facilities and clinics throughout Louisiana. She has also presented on the topic of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders for professional and medical conferences as well as parent and community groups.
Courtney is a member of the OLOL Children’s Hospital Cranial Facial and Cleft Palate Multidiscipline Team and works with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans to provide Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES) through their Baton Rouge location. Her passion is working with a multidisciplinary team to help children and their families
Natalie Porta is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a passion for pediatric nutrition. She has experience with a range of pediatric nutritional issues including malnutrition, picky eating, weight management, and feeding tube dependence. She can also manage the nutritional needs of children with chronic conditions such as irritable bowel disease, developmental delays, cancer, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, sickle cell disease, food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis, and eating disorders.
Natalie also specializes in blenderized tube feeding diets and can provide guidance, recipes, and education to parents on how to create their own recipes at home from scratch. She can also analyze recipes for parents who want to make sure that their children are getting adequate nutrition.
Erin E. Collins, MA, CF-SLP, CLC
Erin received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University. During her graduate studies, Erin gained extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in multiple settings, including the LSU Pediatric Feeding Clinic and hospital inpatient care. Erin’s diverse clinical experience includes working with neurological impairment, medical fragility, tethered oral tissues, behavioral feeding aversion, language delay, resonance disorders, and speech sound distortion. Additionally, Erin is a Certified Lactation Consultant and integrates this knowledge base to assist mother/baby dyads in improving the breastfeeding relationship. Erin is passionate about serving the children and families of Louisiana through multidisciplinary collaboration and comprehensive care, and loves doing so as a member of the SFSLA team.
Emily Farnet, PTA
mily Farnet is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake College where she earned a degree in Physical Therapist Assisting. Upon graduation as a PTA, Emily was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence and Academic Excellence awards, as well as the Deans Medal.
Throughout her schooling, Emily had the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of fields and has since fallen in love with Orofacial Myofuntcional Therapy. She has been blessed with the opportunity to receive training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy through Ashley Larson.
Emily has had many wonderful volunteer opportunities including participating in Hallowheels, an event for children with disabilities and special needs, and participating in the HUD grant project which consisted of performing balance screenings for senior citizens.
Emily is an active member of the APTA and LPTA and is a certified Astym provider.
Emily’s goal is to help her patients achieve their optimal level of functioning while continuing to learn something new with each day that comes.