Conference Committee

The educational program for the 2022 International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference was selected by our conference committee after an open call for abstracts was completed. View committee members below.

Meg Simione, PhD CCC-SLP
Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School

Meg Simione is a research scientist in the Division of General Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, a speech-language pathologist in the Center for Feeding and Nutrition, and Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on child feeding; family-centered care outcomes; and implementing innovations into clinical practice.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Simione is employed by the Massachusetts General Hospital where she receives a salary.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Simione is the chair of the 2022 IPFDC Committee. She is also a member of ASHA.


Gilson J. Capilouto, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor Emerita, University of Kentucky , Co-Founder/Chief Clinical Office NFANT Labs, LLC

Gilson Capilouto Ph.D. is a speech-language pathologist with more than 40 years of experience in assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She is co-inventor of an FDA cleared smart bottle used in hospitals across the US and internationally, that generates real-time objective data on infant sucking performance.

Financial Disclosures: Gilson Capilouto is a paid adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. She is a Co-founder, shareholder, and board member of NFANT Labs, LLC, Marietta, GA.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Gilson Capilouto is a member of the 2022 IPFDC Committee.


Jennifer Casteix, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, The University of Arizona

Jennifer Casteix, MS, CCC-SLP, is an associate clinical professor and SLP specializing in working with children and adolescents with complex communication/feeding needs. She provided services for 25 years in the NICU and PICU in the two pediatric medical centers in Tucson. Ms. Casteix currently mentors graduate students and teaches the Pediatric Dysphagia course at the UA.

Financial Disclosures: Ms. Casteix is employed by The University of Arizona where she receives a salary.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Ms. Casteix is a member of the 2022 Program Committee. She is also a member of ASHA and on the ArSHA board.


Isuru Dharmarathna, PhD, BSc(Hons) (SL)
Lecturer, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Isuru Dharmarathna received her doctorate at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a currently works as a lecturer in speech-language pathology at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Her doctoral research on ‘profiling objective quantitative videofluoroscopic measures of swallowing in children’ has been published and recognised widely internationally for its contribution and the session is based on how objective swallow measures of infants can be obtained in under-resourced clinical contexts.

Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Avati, National Centre for Children with Disabilities and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; Received an honorarium from Feeding Matters.
Non-Financial Disclosures: None

Raquel Garcia, SLP-D, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT, BCS-S
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital & Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Raquel Garcia is a feeding, swallowing, and craniofacial speech-language pathologist who works in infant critical care units. Additionally, she teaches and mentors feeding and swallowing at the graduate and doctoral level. Her clinical interests include upper airway disorders, infant feeding, neonatal care, and dysphagia.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Garcia is employed by Nova Southeastern University where she receives a salary.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Garcia is the secretary for the 2022 Program Committee. She is also a member of ASHA and is actively engaged in different committees, including being a member at large for SIG 13 and VP of Professional Practice for the Hispanic Caucus. She is also on the executive board of FLASHA.


Richard J Noel, MD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, Section Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Trained in the care of children with complex airway disorders and the interdisciplinary care of children with feeding disorders, Dr. Noel’s clinical and research interests include pediatric feeding disorder (PFD), eosinophilic diseases of the GI tract, and pediatric endoscopy.

Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Duke University Medical Center.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Volunteer Medical Director for Feeding Matters.


Brandt Perry
Family Advisory Council, Feeding Matters

Brandt Perry is a native of Arizona, where he and his wife Krya raise three energetic children – Austin (8), Brayden (6) and Sydney (3). The family’s first encounter with Feeding Matters came in 2016 when 18-month-old Brayden was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and severe food allergies and the Perrys were searching for information to navigate the new path in front of them. Brayden eats 100% through his G-tube, but that doesn’t slow him down. Brayden’s younger sister, Sydney was diagnosed with Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) and numerous food allergies. She also has a G-tube but eats orally as well, which challenges Brandt and Krya to expand their culinary creativity. Fortunately, big brother Austin provides great support to the whole family and simplifies meals by preferring mac & cheese or pizza. Brandt began serving on Feeding Matters Family Advisory Council began in 2018 and as a Power of Two Coach in 2019. Outside of his involvement with Feeding Matters, Brandt’s philanthropic involvement includes serving Habitat for Humanity, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Leadership Circle. These actions are driven by Brandt’s belief that we have a responsibly to give back, to leave the world better than we found it. Brandt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University (ASU) and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Arizona (UofA), which ensures he always has a winning team in the annual ASU – UofA Territorial Cup football game. Brandt’s current professional endeavors focus on developing markets and implementing healthcare imaging solutions around the globe as Vice President of Global Distribution for Orthoscan Inc. Krya and Brandt love outdoor adventures and strive to inspire that same wonder and appreciation of nature in Austin, Brayden and Sydney. The Perry family, and Coco their Great Dane, seizes every opportunity to go camping, hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking and exploring.

Financial Disclosures: None
Non-Financial Disclosures: Brandt Perry serves as the Family Advisory Council Chair on the Feeding Matters Family Advisory Council; PFDA Support Pillar Lead; volunteer with Feeding Matters. Brandt is a parent of a child with PFD.


Bianca Roe, OTD, OTR/L, RDN
Communication Clubhouse in Chicago, IL

Bianca started her career as a pediatric dietitian specializing in children with complex medical needs, especially those with food allergies and feeding tubes. After working alongside some incredible feeding therapists, she returned to school to complete her doctorate in occupational therapy. She now serves the community in Chicago, IL. She is a Registered Dietitian and Occupational Therapist at Communication Clubhouse in Chicago, IL.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Roe is employed by Communication Clubhouse where she recieves a salary.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Roe is a member of the 2022 IPFDC Committee. She is also a member of AOTA and AND.


Marion Russell, OTD, MOTR/L, SCFES
NoTube / Creighton University

Dr. Marion Russell is an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy program at Creighton University and a member of a specialized feeding and eating therapy team at the NoTube Interdisciplinary Therapy Center in Graz, Austria. She is an AOTA certified Eating, Feeding and Swallowing Therapist and specializes in enteral tube weaning and telemedical services.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Russell is employed by Creighton University and receives a salary. She is also employed at NoTube LLC, and is a contracted employee.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Russell is a member of the 2022 IPFDC Committee. She is also a member of AOTA.


Grace Schumacher
Nutrition Partnership, LLC

Grace is a behavioral health dietitian and certified nutrition therapist serving Alaskans in a private practice. Her client population includes individuals and their families with eating disorders, feeding disorders, and sensory aversions to foods and eating environments. Grace is also an occupational therapy student with Creighton University’s Alaska pathway and plans to continue meeting client needs in Alaska.

Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Nutrition Partnership, LLC.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Grace is a member of the 2022 IPFDC Committee.


Kay A. Toomey, PhD
President, Toomey & Associates, Inc.; Developer, SOS Approach to Feeding program

Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a pediatric psychologist and developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding. She is president of Toomey & Associates, Inc. and has worked clinically with children who struggle to eat for 35 years in hospital, outpatient clinic and home settings. Dr. Toomey is an invited national and international speaker.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Toomey is employed by Toomey & Associates Inc. where she receives a salary. Dr. Toomey is a paid speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the PESI company.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr. Toomey is a Founding Medical Professional Council Member with Feeding Matters, a PFD Alliance Committee Member, and a 2022 Conference Program Committee Member. Dr. Toomey is a member of APA, SDBP, SPP. She is a Co-Author, “Behaviorally Based Feeding Problems” in Suiter & Gosa (Eds.) Assessing and Treating Dysphagia: A Lifespan Perspective (2019). New York: Thieme Publishers.



Feeding Matters is grateful to the following sponsors for their financial support of the 2022 IPFDC.


Thank you to our presenting sponsor!


Advocate Level Sponsors
Arizona Department of Health Services
Gelmix & Purathic, by Parapharma Tech


Evivo (Evolve BioSystems)
First Things First
HMS Feeding