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Who do we treat?

The Carter Swallowing Center effectively treats adults and teenagers with dysphagia due to a wide range of conditions. We have particular expertise with difficulty swallowing related to

  • Mouth and throat cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Post-surgical scarring and stiffness in the throat
  • Age-related changes in swallowing or weakness following a long illness

Wondering if you are a candidate for treatment at the Carter Swallowing Center? Call or email us to find out more information!

Insurance accepted

Swallowing therapy is almost always covered by medical insurance. The Carter Swallowing Center accepts and is in-network for the following insurance plans:

  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicare Part B
  • Medicare Complete/Secure Horizons
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Workman’s Comp

Medicaid is not accepted.   However, we can treat Medicare patients who have Medicaid as their secondary insurance.

We also offer an affordable out-of-pocket rate for our services, and we accept credit cards for payment.

What is needed to start treatment?

Most medical insurances require a doctor’s prescription for swallowing therapy. Just have your doctor fax us a referral for “swallowing evaluation and treatment.”

If you had previous swallowing therapy or x-ray swallowing tests, that is helpful information for us to have when we see you. Let us know where and when you had your tests and/or therapy, and we’ll get the information we need from the hospital.

Out-of-state patients

The Carter Swallowing Center treats patients from around the country who are seeking therapy options for their swallowing difficulty. Out-of-state patients typically come for 5-, 10-, or 15-day intensive swallowing treatment.

In order to make the most out of your visit, it is helpful to have swallowing tests, such as a modified barium swallow study (MBS), completed prior to arrival.

Ask your local healthcare providers to fax or mail us the following information:

  • Office notes from physicians that you have consulted about your swallowing difficulty.
  • Speech pathology evaluation and therapy reports, if you have previously received swallowing treatment.
  • The speech pathologist’s report for a modified barium swallow study (x-ray swallowing test). The speech pathologist’s report is a separate document from the radiologist’s report and has a greater level of detail.
  • The CD of the modified barium swallow study images:
    • Contact the Radiology File Room of the hospital where the test occurred, and they can provide you with a copy or possibly mail a copy directly to us.

Once we receive all of your medical information, we’ll contact you to discuss if treatment at the Carter Swallowing Center is appropriate for your particular condition.

We can provide recommendations for local hotels that offer a “medical discount rate” when we schedule your appointment.

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Carter Swallowing Center

3470 S. Sherman St.
Suite 2

Englewood, CO 80113

Fax 303-865-3540


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