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Advanced, Inc. - Best New Consumer Services

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Company: Advanced, Inc. (formerly Advanced Medical Personnel Services), Port Orange, FL
Entry Submitted By: Staffing Robot
Company Description: We are a travel therapy and nurse staffing company that understands what it takes to be a successful. We place PTs, Physical Therapy Assistants, OTs, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Speech Language Pathologists, registered nurses in Surgical Units, Operating Rooms, and Cardiac Car in amazing travel assignments across the United States.
Nomination Category: Product & Service Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Best New Product or Service of the Year - Consumer Services

Nomination Title: Groundbreaking Teletherapy Program Director Making Huge Efforts to Advocate Industry Acceptance

Describe for the judges the nominated product or service, including its features, functions, benefits, and performance to date (up to 525 words). Include in this section the date since the beginning of July last year on which the product or service was introduced to the marketplace:

Using technology accessible to many—a computer and an internet connection, Speech-Language pathologists at Advanced Travel Therapy are providing teletherapy to patients all across the nation. This new service is allowing many people to experience speech language therapy for the first time—sometimes after a life of struggling with diagnosis.

This service is life changing for patients unable to attend speech therapy in person and gives access to therapy otherwise unavailable. Currently, the only setting where this use of teletherapy is widespread is in schools. Medicare and major insurance do not currently reimburse for therapy services provided through teletherapy, however, there are huge efforts advocating to change this. The director of the teletherapy program at Advanced has traveled met with lawmakers, and more to advocate this change. Melissa Jones has led many of these efforts while at Advanced Travel Therapy

Teletherapy has also advanced many therapists’ careers and allowed for remote clinical fellowship opportunities while new graduates travel on assignment (video). Our Advanced Mentors are highly qualified and experienced travelers who are there to help first time travelers through clinical insight and all-around travel support. Using the same teletherapy program, our mentors are nurturing careers.

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the team that developed the nominated new product or service (up to 125 words):

Melissa Jones, MS, CCC-SLP

Melissa Jones received her BA from Baylor University and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Master’s of Science, Communication disorders. She has experience with pediatrics through geriatrics, with more concentrated experience in the treatment of dysphagia, cognition, and autism.

She is also involved with a nonprofit hippotherapy clinic, where she works with children on developing their speech and language skills. She is a speech language pathologist from Texas and has been a long time traveler with Advanced Travel Therapy.