Dr. Carol B. Letzter is a dually New York State licensed audiologist and speech-language pathologist. She is also certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Letzter has designed her practice to include the provision of services to infants through geriatric individuals, who may have been affected by a variety of communication difficulties resulting from Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accidents (stroke), and other neurologic and/or genetic disorders.
In addition, Dr. Letzter is also a certified special education teacher, which has further contributed to her commitment in helping children and families who have been affected by developmental and learning disorders.
Through her many years of practice, Dr. Letzter has also developed expertise in the evaluation and therapeutic intervention of children, adolescents and adults with dysphagia which has routinely involved the recommendation of modified diets to ensure safe swallowing and adequate nutrition and hydration. During her years in practice, she continues to have difficulty answering one simple question often asked by her patients, “Why does pureed food have to look and taste so bad?” Up until now, Dr. Letzter has not been able to answer that question.
Now she can answer with pride and joy because she is now a co-owner of
Textured Food Innovations which is the only company that is able to provide patients of all ages
with a pureed diet that looks amazing and tastes delicious. Textured Food Innovations allows
Dr. Letzter to practice her profession as a speech pathologist with passion and joy in knowing that her patients are receiving competent therapeutic intervention and will also be able to look forward to meal time once again.
Dr. John Amato, Jr. is a speech-language pathologist who is licensed by New York State and Certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He has over 30 years of clinical and research experience. Dr. Amato is a recipient of the Mimi Katzen Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence, presented by The Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Program for individuals with Parkinson's Disease. He is a trained and certified provider of VitalStim therapy for individuals with swallowing disorders which has proven successful for many patients with various forms of dysphagia.
In addition, Dr. Amato is a tenured professor at a leading Long Island university, and has held faculty and research appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Center for Cranio Facial Disorders, as well as within the department of Neurology, at Stony Brook School of Medicine.
Dr. Amato specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults and children who are experiencing a variety of speech, swallowing, voice, language, and cognitive disorders, as well as those which may be associated with head and neck cancer.
His love for his profession has directed him toward another goal of being able to provide his patients who are experiencing swallowing disorders the opportunity of eating safely while enjoying their meals. Dr. Amato has therefore joined forces with the team of Textured Food Innovations as a
co-owner to ensure that individuals with dysphagia will have the security of knowing that they can experience the joy of eating modified meals that are prepared to facilitate safe swallowing, yet are visually appealing and taste absolutely delicious.
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The team of Textured Food Innovations is very proud to introduce Mr. Darren Benfell, the developer of our contoured pureed meals. Mr. Benfell is an executive chef with extensive experience in the development of modified textured products for individuals required to consume a modified diet resulting from dysphagia. He is the founder and current owner of Textured Concept Foods located in Australia.
Mr. Benfell’s vision for the last decade is to be able “to provide dignity surrounding all meals for elderly residents living in aged care. “ Mr. Benfell states that “I have come from a hotel/fine dining background and I believe our presentation of foods in aged care should reflect home cooked meals presented with a fine dining too.” This is exactly what he has been doing in Australia. Because of his passion, Mr. Benfell has given the joy of eating back to thousands of people with dysphagia. He has worked extremely hard to “make smooth pureed meals that look great, taste fabulous and still deliver the nutritional quality that clients need”.
Textured Food Innovations is pleased to partner with Mr. Benfell and we are now able to bring his unique contoured pureed meals to the United States with the same passion and enthusiasm.