Stephanie Kestel Karpovs, MCD, CCC-SLP

Stephanie is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Southwest Louisiana and is a 6-time  ACE award recipient for Continuing Education. Over the last 22 years, she has worked in  various settings and has acquired a unique lens across the lifespan. She serves as an  Education Partner for Talk Tools and is thrilled to share creative ways to empower both  parents and professionals. 

Stephanie has nearly 20 years experience working with premature infants in a level III  Neonatal ICU. She serves as the Team Therapy NICU Director and lead therapist where she  has been a trailblazer for early identification and release of tethered oral tissues. She also   specializes in infant and pediatric feeding disorders at Magnolia Pediatric Therapy, where  she is able to combine her love of helping families and supporting breastfeeding dyads  through their feeding journeys with a more holistic approach to food, nutrition and  wellness.   

Stephanie is a previous guest lecturer for the International Association of Orofacial Myology  (IAOM), Talk Tools feeding conferences and community organizations. She is currently  working toward her designations as a Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) and International  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 on the local  morning news and Saturday morning guest of the Children’s Museum . 

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, community gardening, and getting kids in the kitchen to  build stronger communities.  

Financial Disclosures: Stephanie receives a speaker fee from Talk Tools for this course and is an  Education Partner for Talk Tools.  

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