Together we are Dysphagia Duo

Coaching may mean an informal relationship between two people, but for us it’s a collaborative journey.

Meet the Duo

Cat Ludwig, RDN

Cat was born and raised in rural Eastern Washington. She started her career in Culinary Arts, and after procuring a degree at the Art Institute of Seattle, she spent the next decade working in restaurants throughout Seattle.
In 2014, after seeking deeper career fulfillment, she returned to school pursuing a Bachelors of Nutrition at Bastyr University. After completing her dietetic internship in Wisconsin, and receiving her certification as a Registered Dietitian, Cat and her husband relocated to Northern Indiana.
Over the next few years, Cat worked as a Dietary Manager and Dietitian for multiple skilled nursing facilities, and as a dietitian and administrator for multiple outpatient dialysis clinics. Cat is still active in the community providing nutrition consulting for hospitals, assisted living facilities, and several skilled nursing facilities
Dysphagia is a personal cause for Cat as she has struggled with TMJ for several years, affecting her ability to eat normally. After receiving specialized dental treatment for her TMJ, Cat recognized the gap in traditional healthcare for individuals struggling with chewing and swallowing difficulties.

Stephanie Peper, SLP

Stephanie was born and raised in south Louisiana and is a tried and true cajun. She earned a masters degree in speech language pathology and began her career in acute rehabilitation. Later on, she and her husband moved to the midwest, where she continued her work with a large hospital organization servicing multiple levels of care.
Dysphagia has been a special interest for Stephanie throughout her thirty years of experience. In 2007, Stephanie earned certification as a brain injury specialist in addition to her continued work as a speech-language pathologist. She has held a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1994.
Stephanie has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations with topics that include dysphagia, sensory desensitization, and compassion fatigue. She was even interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey show for her work in a high-profile, nationally recognized, case. She has participated in multiple documentaries which focus on brain injury awareness and dysphagia.
She remains passionate about education for her patients as well as for family and caregivers because dysphagia affects the whole family.