Meet Our Team

Teri Burns, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathology

Teri Burns, MA, CCC-SLP

Professional Biography

Teri grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and after completing her training in Chicago, she relocated to Kansas City and has practiced in the area for over 30 years. For most of her career, she practiced in area hospitals, treating both inpatients and outpatients with a variety of communication voice, swallowing and cognitive disorders. She joined Ascentist Ear Nose & Throat in 2018 and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and upper airway disorders and dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

In her free time, Teri enjoys working on DIY projects, attending live theatre, going to MLB games and volunteering for community organizations.


Northwestern University – 1988
Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Northwestern University – 1989
Master of Arts, Speech-Language Pathology

Honors & Awards

  • Awarded 5 ASHA ACE’s (Award for Continuing Education) for superior commitment to professional continuing education
  • Kansas City Hospital Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year, 1999


  • Member, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Member, ASHA Special Interest Group-3
    (Voice & Upper Airway Disorders)
  • Member, ASHA Special Interest Group-13
    (Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders)

Advanced Training/Specialties

  • Certified in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Certified in PhoRTE
  • Certified in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT)
  • Certified in Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)
  • Advanced training in laryngeal videoendoscopic stroboscopy
  • Advanced training in flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Advanced training in videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS)
  • Training in manual therapy/myofascial release for voice and swallowing dysfunction

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Merriam, KS
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Lee’s Summit, MO
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Sharon R
Merriam, KS

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