The world-class organization, The International Association of HealthCare Professionals has carefully selected outstanding healthcare professional, Robert Delacruz Hernandez, MA, CCC-SLP, to represent the community of speech-language pathologists in their elite publication, Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Robert’s selection is an eloquent reflection of his passion for his chosen profession and also stands as evidence of his unwavering commitment to achieve vibrant health for all of his patients. He is considered to be among the best throughout his 35 years in practice.
Robert is a seasoned, compassionate, and dedicated speech-language pathologist with a unique private practice, Alaska Bilingual Speech Language Therapies and Associates, LLC, located in Anchorage, Alaska. His practice has included close work with parents of new born, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age Pre-K, through middle and high school patients up to 23 years of age receiving specialized speech and language services. His practice also extends to young adult to geriatric patients. Areas of treatment encompass Aphasia, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pediatric, Adolescent, and Adult Feeding, Eating and Swallowing Disorders, Dysphasia, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury. While he performs most of his work within the setting of his private office, Robert remains affiliated with several healthcare providers in the areas, namely Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, and Hillsdale Community Health Center Hospital in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Robert’s practice settings have advanced to include Infant Learning, Head Start programs, medically based inpatient and outpatient clinics, community/home health intervention to hospital based services, including physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics, hospital rehabilitation departments, psychiatric units, hospitals in intensive care, critical care, and neonatal intensive care units. Furthermore, Robert has developed several areas of great interest and expertise that encompass advanced diagnostic radiologic procedures, such as Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS), Experience with endoscopic Fiber-optic Evaluation of Swallowing Disorders (FEES), as well as advanced computer applications for language and cognition intervention. Additional areas in process of development include therapies that involve electrical stimulation; Vital Stimulation (VS) and eStimulation in the treatment of voice, feeding, swallowing and related disorders. As a speech-language pathologist, Robert specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders and swallowing disorders but his clinical focus is on swallowing disorders, memory loss, symbolic dysfunction, and autism, in addition to the MBSS and FEES diagnostic techniques.
Robert is a graduate of the Arizona State University and received his degree in 1988. Furthermore, he holds a master’s degree of arts (MA) and a Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, of which he continues to be a member. Robert is also certified by the National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS). Throughout his professional journey, he received the Star Award for Excellence in Service offered in 2011 by Michelle Meredith Area Supervisor, Infinity Rehabilitation Services in Anchorage, Alaska. Robert was additionally honored with a North Star Award of Excellence in 2008 presented by Carol Comeau, Superintendent at Anchorage School District in Alaska. A published author, Robert taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage, as an Adjunct Instructor in the area of Special Education for a wide selection of disability courses. He also trained and certified 21 Special Education Assistants to conduct audiometric screening, otoscopic, tympanometry screening and data collection used to make referrals to the Regional Audiologist and Bethel Regional Hospital for medical follow up.
Robert was also the teacher and trainer of Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) on beginning and intermediate feeding and swallowing techniques and skills necessary to reduce and/or prevent patients who experience dysphagia swallowing disorders from aspiration pneumonia. He was a presenter at the national, regional, and state level on a variety of topics, such as recruitment program to students to the field of speech language pathology/audiology, program development for speech and language services in rural/remote settings, medically based hearing audiometric professional development services and implementation as well as research in the latter area. His areas of research interest include Brain and Language Fluency Functioning, Memory Acquisition and Prevention, Dysphagia Hibilitation, Multilingual Polyglot Language Disorders, Aphasia, Cognitive Disorders, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Degenerative Neurogenic Communication Disorders: (MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, MSG), Feeding Eating and Swallowing Disorders, Autism, Asperger, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Language Development and Disorders. Furthermore, he was an active volunteer in a diverse range of fundraisers for public television and radio in his capacity as past member and past president of the Western Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Young Children, and Special Olympics. Robert attributes his success to his family, primarily his mother, to his great mentors and to some of the most exceptional world figures who attempt to help humanity. He speaks Spanish and American Sign Language in addition to English.
To find out more about Robert Delacruz Hernandez, please visit www.iahcp.com. Also be sure to look out for his upcoming publication inWorldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
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