Walmari Pilz is a senior researcher and a PhD supervisor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. She also holds a position as a lecturer at the master and graduate programs in swallowing disorder of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. She completed her bachelor degree in speech language pathology in Brazil where she worked for 10 years as a clinician specialized in oral motor disorders and dysphagia. After moving to the Netherlands, she completed her PhD on dysphagia in myotonic dystrophy at Maastricht University. Dr. Pilz performs a practice-oriented research focusing on understanding swallowing impairment and its impact on patient’s life. Her work resulted in the publication of several scientific papers in peer‐reviewed journals and presentations in international conferences and courses.