About Us

We Are Passionate. We Are Professionals. We Are Phase Zero.

Our speech pathology experts specialize in evaluating and treating speech, language, cognitive, and fluency disorders that affect communication.

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About Us
At Phase Zero Therapy, our speech therapists assist those with disorders and injuries to develop and further communication skills. We will meet with the patient, evaluate and diagnose specific communication difficulties.

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Our Mission

We Are Passionate. We Are Professionals. We Are Phase Zero.

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Our Philosophy
We offer many years of expertise and skills diagnosing and treating a variety of disorders like dysphagia. We specializes in areas of feeding and swallowing difficulty and offer various therapy options, to rehabilitate patients with swallowing disorders.

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Our Services
We offer many years of expertise and skills diagnosing and treating a variety of disorders like dysphagia. We specializes in areas of feeding and swallowing difficulty and offer various therapy options, to rehabilitate patients with swallowing disorders.

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Our Commitment
We offer many years of expertise and skills diagnosing and treating a variety of disorders like dysphagia. We specializes in areas of feeding and swallowing difficulty and offer various therapy options, to rehabilitate patients with swallowing disorders.

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100% Independent
We are 100% Independent, not governed by any large corporation or entity. We are a veteran and minority owned small business that has 20 years of combined experience focused on your needs and services.

Deliver real, measurable results, that’s what we do best.

We offer many years of expertise and skills diagnosing and treating a variety of disorders like dysphagia. We specializes in areas of feeding and swallowing difficulty and offer various therapy options, to rehabilitate patients with swallowing disorders.

Why Phase Zero?

This is a great question and we have been getting it frequently. When clinicians learn about the phases of swallowing and the digestive tract, we learn about four phases:

The first phase is the “oral phase” or the “oral preparatory phase”. This is where you chew up and manipulate the cheeto using your teeth, lips and tongue.

The second phase is the “oral transit phase”. This is where you take the chewed up Cheeto, now known as the “bolus”, and form it into a football shaped piece and move it towards the back of your throat.

The third phase is known as the “pharyngeal phase”. This is where the bolus is moved through a series of spaces, or “pharyngeal recesses” using an intricate series of constrictions. This is possibly the most complicated phase of the swallow as it involves about 25 pairs of muscles working in sequence with each other.

The final phase is the “esophageal phase”. This is where the Cheeto bolus passes through the esophagus and into the stomach through a process called peristalsis.
As clinicians we pick apart phases one through four to explain disorders in swallowing and find ways to compensate for deficiencies and make swallowing safe.

Phase Zero refers to all the sensory and social parts of swallowing problems (dysphagia) that are often overlooked by the medical community. The isolation a person feels when they cannot eat with their family because of coughing or choking. The inability to enjoy hot coffee with a friend, or a cold beer after a long days work because the swallow function is impaired. The sights and smells of a holiday meal that will not be enjoyed because it has to be pureed or put in a special bowl or cup for easier consumption.
As medical clinicians, we often get so focused on explaining the physiologic and anatomic variations and responses to dysphagia and forget the social and cultural aspects that involves food and eating.
In our opinion, Phase Zero is as important as phases one through four.

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Phase Zero Therapy
206 East 11th Street
Silver City, NM 88061
Phone: (575) 202-2713
Fax: (575) 342-5030

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