As a child I experienced a soft diet because I had a jaw growth issue. Eating was at times a chore - painful and difficult. This experience paved the way for me to become a dentist with advanced training in chewing function, and dental implants. I have led research for global dental implant companies, taught dentistry at Oregon Health and Science University, and helped thousands of people over the past 15 years in my private practice. But my passion was not only in helping advance dentistry and people with complex dental issues, it was also in the culinary arts. I went to French culinary school and became a chef that really only had time to share my food creations with family and friends!
About 7 years ago, by listening to my patients, I became aware of difficulty swallowing, called dysphagia. Swallowing issues affects over 15 million Americans- adults and children. For them, one of the most enjoyable moments of the day - having a meal- can be changed forever. Textures become softer, and wet. Spoons replace forks, and knives. But eating with your fingers - which encourages feeding - can't happen. Soft food choices are more limited, and convenience foods are all sweet and bland. I knew with my background and enjoyment of a challenge, I could help!
We don't eat nutrition. We eat food.
I wanted to help change the dining experience for all people struggling with eating or swallowing. We all love the crunchy foods and crave it when we lose that choice. By combining experts in the field of swallowing disorders, nutrition, medicine and food science we have been able to rescue the joy of eating, often lost with a soft diet.
Savorease Therapeutic Foods is the first of its kind. Both crunchy, and savory. Easy to eat. Fun to share. And best of all, good for your health.
Dr. Reva Barewal
Samantha Shune, CCC, SLP, PhD
"I just want to say how cool this product really is. At our national conference, Dr. Reva had a booth. You could see the excitement on the faces of the clinicians. They were saying, "This is what I have been looking for. This is what I need for my patients." All I heard was, "It really melts in your mouth."
Karen Swanson, SLP
"I am a retired SLP that also has dysphagia. I take my nutrition through a PEG tube. This is the first time I have been able to eat food by mouth in awhile. When friends come over, I can eat with them. That makes eating feel "normal" again."
Erin Forward, CCC, SLP
"I offered Savorease during a therapy session with my Down syndrome patient. He was able to grasp the crackers, feed himself. Mom cried in the session. She was so happy."
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