Simply Thick: What’s New and How to Use It

In Feeding Therapy we often have to recommend thickening liquids for a period of time for our patient’s safety. The Team usually looks to us to suggest which product(s) to use. As part of expanding and deepening our knowledge-base regarding the products available, Simply Thick® will present their products outlining appropriate use, preparation, ingredients, cautions, and contraindications. Join us as we practice preparation and watch us taste-test the products! Please Note: this is a product demonstration from one company. Other products from other manufacturers will not be presented. No sales will take place.

ASHA CEUs are available for this course.

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Product Description

Simply Thick Products

Key Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
1. Explain how Simply Thick® products work to thicken liquids;
2. List appropriate and inappropriate candidates for use of Simply Thick®;
3. Demonstrate proper preparation of the product with various liquids/foods.


2 hours.


0:00 – 0:20 What Simply Thick® is and how it works
0:20 – 1:45 Demonstration and preparation of available products for use with patients needing thickening:
  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI)
  • Syringe Test
  • Hot and Cold Beverages
  • Puree foods
1:45 – 2:00 Obtaining products and Concluding Remarks

Instruction Method:

The video of this course presents Lecture, PowerPoint Presentation, Demonstration, Hands-on practice, Handouts, Q&A, and Group Discussion.

Successful Completion:

Participants must correctly answer 11 of 14 quiz questions to successfully complete this course.


Leslie Levanovic, SLP

Leslie Levanovic received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. Leslie worked in the acute care setting for more than twenty years with a focus on adults with Dysphagia. She and her family moved to Scottsdale Arizona in 2014 where she worked in the acute care and home health settings. Leslie joined Simply Thick as a regional sales rep in 2016 and is passionate about maintaining the highest quality of life for individuals on modified diets.

Nancy A . Yezzi RDN, LD

Over 25 yrs. in clinical nutrition & food service managerial practice . BS in Clinical Nutrition from State University College at Buffalo 2016 – Present Regional Sales Representative- Simply Thick LLC – Greater Houston & surrounding area 25 years Memorial Hermann / Sodexo Food Services – both Clinical Services & Food Service management 3 yrs with Don Miller & Associates – success coach – took employee groups such as clinical, managerial, and food service front line teams to higher levels of customer satisfaction, success and productivity via CQI processes.

Paul Haefner

I have 34 years in commercial foodservice experience starting as a dishwasher at Maple Hall Dormitory Cafeteria at North Texas State University. I spent 15 years with Dinex International, the largest manufacturer of Healthcare meal preparation, holding, and delivery systems in the U.S. For the last 7 years I have worked for Simply Thick and other texture modified food and beverage manufacturers (Thrive Ice Cream for Healthcare, and Medtrition/ProSource – if names are better than concepts) in the healthcare segment. I was included in the Simply Thick Easy Mix Internal Testing team and the Sales Rollout team because of my broad background in the Foodservice Healthcare and Meal Delivery segments.

My wife, Laurie, and I have two grown children that are now almost ‘maintenance free’, and enjoy golf, traveling, and meeting new bartenders.

Content Disclosures:

This presentation will focus exclusively on products available from Simply Thick® and will not include information on other similar or related thickening products.
CEU Espresso, Inc. does not endorse any product over another and has received no financial or non-financial support from Simply Thick® regarding this presentation.


ASHA CEU Brand Block

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).


We really want you to be able learn this material, not just breeze through it to take a quiz and say you’ve learned something but forget it by the time you are in front of your next patient or client. So, you will have access to this material for 6 months (180 days) from your registration date. You will be able to download any course resources and stream the video as much as you wish during that time to review the information. We just ask that you not share the handout or other materials with anyone who hasn’t registered for their own access to the course.

Additional Information

Attendance Type


CEU Options

Offering ASHA CEUs, Without CE Credit


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