Meet your neighbor: Barry Slansky

By KRISTI McCANN
neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Barry Slansky poses in his office at the Parkade Center.

After 25 years of experience in diagnosing and treating communication disorders, Barry Slansky feels at home in his own practice at the Parkade Center.

Slansky decided to start his own practice after working for a year and a half for Rusk Rehabilitation Center. Before that, he taught undergraduate and graduate classes but decided to return back to clinical work.

His reason for returning to the office? “To see patients,” Slansky replied.

Close to Interstate 70, the Parkade Center is conveniently located in the Parkade neighborhood. Slansky feels his practice brings a diversity of services to the neighborhood where a lot of car dealerships and restaurants can be seen.

He thinks it is the perfect place for his office because it is easily accessible and the building is pleasing for people waiting.

These are both important things for his patients because Barry sees mostly elderly, handicapped and adolescent patients.

“My office isn’t the most kid-friendly place,” Slansky admitted. “There’s not Disney characters or anything like that.”

Slansky utilizes technology in his office to illustrate the problem for patients with voice disorders, pitch control disorders and patients who abuse their voices by using recording techniques that translate onto voice prints.

As the only practitioner in his office, Slansky’s workday might seem a little lonely, but he says he likes his location and with patients in and out all the time, he really doesn’t notice the lack of co-workers.

There have been numerous benefits to Slansky’s move to his own practice. He has the ability to schedule appointments at his own convenience.

“I also select the patients I’m most qualified to provide services to,” he said. “Otherwise, I am able to refer them to someone else.”

On the down side, Slansky said he does miss the ability to bounce ideas off of other colleagues. His independent practice also takes more effort to get referrals from other physicians in the area.

But beyond the obstacles he encounters on a daily bases, Slansky says it’s the little things that count.

“It’s exciting to see the small changes that take place in my patients,” he said. “When patients report on these subtle changes in their ability to communicate, it’s rewarding.”

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