Stephanie Kestel Karpovs, MCD, CCC-SLP

Stephanie is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Southwest Louisiana. Over the last 20 years, she has acquired extensive experience with speech, language and swallowing disorders in various settings. She has a unique lens across the lifespan by working in nursing homes, inpatient and outpatient rehab units, intensive care units and private practice.

Stephanie has 15 years experience working with premature infants. She serves as the Team Therapy Leader in the Neonatal ICU where she has been a trailblazer for the early identification and release of tethered oral tissues. She currently specializes in infant and pediatric feeding disorders at Hope Therapy Center, where she gets to combine her love of helping families through their feeding journeys with a more holistic approach to food, nutrition and wellness.

Stephanie is a previous International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) Conference presenter and guest lecturer to community organizations. Her innovative and creative teaching style makes her a sought-after guest speaker and clinical mentor. Stephanie has training in Orofacial Myology through the IAOM and is currently working toward her designation as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In addition, she has authored multiple magazine articles on the topics of feeding, health and wellness and is a regular guest on the local morning news.

Stephanie is the mother of two preemies (now teens) and is married to Dr. Anatole Karpovs, a pediatrician and Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist. Together, they enjoy teaching others how to use food as medicine. In her spare time, she presents on topics of leadership, team-building, holistic health and wellness to build stronger communities.

Financial Disclosures: Stephanie Kestel Karpovs is an ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) certified Speech Language Pathologist and is working toward designation as an IBCLC. Stephanie receives a speaker fee from Talk Tools for this course.

Non-Financial Disclosures: Stephanie Kestel Karpovs has no non-financial relationships to disclose.