Mrs. Rinki Varindani Desai

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Passionate, multilingual, medical speech-language pathologist, with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities in Mumbai, India. Clinical experience includes 9 years of working in long-term acute care hospitals, subacute rehabilitation and long-term care settings. Certified brain injury specialist (CBIS) and certified dementia practitioner (CDP) since 2016. Currently working as a medical speech-language pathologist, dysphagia specialist and clinical instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Clinical Interests:
Primary area of expertise include the assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders in adults. Trained in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), Myofascial Release, Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) and certified in the use of NMES (Vitalstim and Ampcare) for dysphagia management in adults. Currently pursuing Board Certification as a Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S).

Related Professional Activities:
  • Founder and administrator of the Medical SLP Forum on Facebook, with a membership of over 35,000 clinicians worldwide.
  • Co-founder of the Swallowing Training and Education Portal and Dysphagia Grand Rounds online education websites.
  • Co-author of the Dysphagia Therapy mobile app 
  • Alumni of ASHA's Leadership Development Program (2017-2018).
  • Six-time ASHA A.C.E. awardee
  • Medical SLP content writer published in scientific journals and blogs
  • Voluntary activities include ASHA S.T.E.P. mentorship, serving on ASHA's Topic Committee for Swallowing Disorders in 2016 and 2018, volunteering with the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD), guest lecturing and supervising graduate students and speaking at national/international meetings on topics related to dysphagia in adults.
  • Currently involved in research projects related to SLP dysphagia practice patterns in the US and in India.
  • Currently serving as Co-Chair of the Dysphagia Research Society's Website, Communications and PR Committee and CE Manager of ASHA's SIG 13 Perspectives.

Job History

University of Mississippi Medical Center
Speech-Language Pathologist | Dysphagia Specialist | Clinical Instructor
Jackson, MS, United States
July 2019 - present

Presbyterian Village North | HealthPRO Heritage
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist
Dallas, TX, United States
January 2018 - May 2019

St. John's | HealthPRO Heritage
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist | New York SLP Team Leader
January 2016 - January 2018

Select Specialty Hospital | Select Medical
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist
November 2011 - November 2015

UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Research Assistant (Aging and Aphasia Lab)
September 2009 - April 2011

Areas of Expertise

Primary Employment Facility

  • University hospital

Primary Employment Function

  • Clinical Service Provider

Private Practice

  • None


School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences | University of Texas at Dallas
Dallas, Texas
Master of Science
Communication Disorders
2009 To 2011

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Speech and Hearing Disabilities
Mumbai, India
Bachelor of Science
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
2005 To 2009

Professional Associations

Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2019 - Present

Dysphagia Research Society
2015 - Present

National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders
2014 - Present

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
2011 - Present

Indian Speech and Hearing Association
2005 - Present