Kathy Panther

Board Member

Biography

Kathy Panther, M.S., CCC-SLP, spent her career of 36 years as a speech language pathologist and rehab director at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.   She earned her degrees at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.  Kathy was fortunate to work with talented clinicians from diverse academic backgrounds and was able to promote teamwork of the highest caliber.  She led not only the speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists but also the clinical programs for patients with Acquired Brain Injury. 

Kathy’s passion has been clinical program development and achieving quality outcomes.  Kathy served on the board of the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana for many years and provided leadership to service delivery in Louisville for individuals with Parkinson Disease. 

She served on the Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board of Directors from 2014-2020.  Additionally, Kathy was a member of the American Congress of Rehab Medicine BI-ISIG Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Subgroup. 

Kathy currently serves on the Kentucky Advisory Board of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).  Early in Kathy’s career, she, along with colleagues pioneered the Frazier Water Protocol which led to significant change in dysphagia intervention. 

Kathy has extensively traveled North America and presented virtually to educate clinicians on the Frazier Water Protocol.  She is pleased in retirement to continue this work considering the dissemination of this information and guidance to healthcare workers to be a mission not just work.