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Podcast | Savoring the Science behind that “First Bite”

Presenters: Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP, CLC, and Dr. Reva Barewal

In this episode Michelle is joined the award winning and innovative Dr. Reva Barewal! Dr. Reva graduated from the University of Toronto Dental School in 1992.  From 1992 to 1993 she was in a General Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Following her residency, she practiced as a general dentist for six years. She completed a Prosthodontic Post Doctoral Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2002, winning first place in the John Sharry competition of 2002. In 2006 she was awarded the first implant award for research by Astra Tech and the inventor of dental implants. Her professional training, combined with her passion and further education as a culinary chef, gave her unique insight into her patient’s needs when it came to the satisfaction that was missing in altered diets and mealtime…so she combined her skills and created Savorease! The first product of its kind that has delicious dissolvable crackers and dips that not only meet IDDSI guidelines, but also give the pleasure of the sought after “crunch” and “taste” often missing in these diets. Your taste buds will be salivating, while your neurons are firing as she explains the science and research behind chewing, biting, crunching, and tasting!  
Objective

By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  1. How the dissolvability of a food impacts a patient’s bite/chew pattern.
  2. Three different ways in which “taste” and “crunch” impact a patient’s desire to eat.
  3. Three positive outcomes of following the IDDSI diet when considering solids and purees.
About Reva: Dr. Reva Barewal knows the challenges of a soft diet.  

At a young age, Reva had several facial reconstruction surgeries due to the unique growth of her jaw. The surgeries led to Reva’s first hand experience of the challenges of being on a soft food diet. Her personal journey inspired her to become both a french culinary chef and a prosthodontist - a specialist in oral reconstruction.

She graduated from the University of Toronto Dental School in 1992.    From 1992 to 1993 she was in a General Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Following her residency, she practiced as a general dentist for six years.  She completed a Prosthodontic Post Doctoral Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2002.  She also completed her masters degree in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and defended her thesis on early implant healing. Her thesis work was recognized by the American College of Prosthodontics and she was awarded first place in the John Sharry competition of 2002.   In 2006 she was awarded the first implant award for research by Astra Tech and the inventor of dental implants. Following a career as an academic and teacher at Oregon Health and Science University in the department of Restorative Dentistry she opened her practice and is focused on bringing back healthy smiles and improved eating for many people.

Sympathetic to her patient’s frustration with the monotony of sweet shake supplements, Dr. Barewal partnered with food scientists, doctors, speech-language pathologists and dieticians to find a solution. The result was Savorease, https://savorease.com, a line of snacks that include real vegetables, legumes, healthy oils, herbs and spices with the flavors and textures of familiar comfort foods that are healthy and easy to eat.

Savorease snacks encourage physical well being through high quality nutrition that prevents weight loss while also restoring the pleasures of eating and associated emotional benefit. Her focus is bringing a product that is backed by research and continually evolves to meet the needs of people on restricted diets of all cultures, so that everyone can have a seat at the table.


About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, Member/Manager of HeartWood Speech Therapy in Columbia, SC, is the acclaimed host of “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional” a Speech Therapy Podcast/Podcourse that addresses “all thangs” Pediatric Speech Therapy.  She is an accomplished lecturer, traveling the nation delivering ASHA approved CEU courses on best practices for evaluation and treatment of the medically complex infant, toddler, and child with respect to their pediatric oropharyngeal dysphagia, as well as language acquisition within the framework of Early Intervention.  She has served as the Treasurer for the Council of State Association Presidents, is a Past President of the South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, is a Community Ambassador for Feeding Matters, a 2017 graduate of the ASHA Leadership Development Program, and 4-time recipient of the ASHA ACE Award. 

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Discuss dissovability of food and impact on a patient’s bite/chew pattern.

20-30: Discuss different ways in which “taste” and “crunch” impact a patient’s desire to eat.

30-45: Discuss positive outcomes of following the IDDSI diet when considering solids and purees.

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

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