2022 ALSC Breathe and Thrive Symposium • Feburary 11-13, 2022 • Las Vegas, NV

Richard Baxter, DMD, MS

Richard Baxter, DMD, MS

Keynote Friday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Integrating Tongue-Ties Into Your Office with Long-Term Success

Abstract

Many hear of the dramatic stories of transformation after a tongue-tie release in babies to adults, and want to help their patients, but it’s hard to get started in something we were never trained to do in school. In this lecture, we will discuss symptom evaluation, assessment techniques, treatment and training videos, and practical tips to get started. Utilizing a team-approach and best practices, the attendee can help their patients thrive and achieve optimal outcomes for a lifetime. Dr. Baxter will share the knowledge, successes, and struggles from his practice, and experience in treating thousands of patients with these conditions. This lecture should be beneficial for each team member and provider looking to further their knowledge of oral restrictions.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Richard Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist, Fellow of the AAPD, and Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is an internationally-recognized speaker on tongue-ties, instructor of the online course Tongue-Tied Academy, and lead author of the bestselling book Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More. He is passionate about educating parents and healthcare providers about the effects a tongue-tie can have throughout the lifespan. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Tara, and their three girls, Hannah, Noelle, and Molly. He is the founder and owner of the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center where he uses the CO2 laser to release oral restrictions. He had a tongue-tie himself, and all of his girls were treated as infants, so this field is a personal one. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and doing outdoor activities. He serves as a small group leader at his church and is on the board of Reach the Rest, a global missions organization.

C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MS, the Inventor of the CO2 Laser

C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MS, the Inventor of the CO2 Laser

Keynote Friday, 10:05 am – 10:40 am

The Discovery of the CO2 Laser

Abstract

Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MS, invented the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser in 1964. This presentation describes the invention of the CO2 laser. The course attendees are introduced to the main physics concepts behind the CO2 laser technology. The presentation outlines the changes the invention has brought to soft tissue surgery since the laser’s inception over 50 years ago.

Biographical Highlights

C. Kumar N. Patel was born in Baramati, India in 1938. He received his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Poona University at the age of 19 (1958), then came to the US for graduate school. He earned an MS (1959) and PHD (1961) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He spent more than 30 years at Bell Labs, starting in 1961.

Dr. Patel began doing fundamental research in laser action in the pure rare gases. This led him to discover laser action in carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1963. He is the inventor of the carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the Spin-Flip Raman lasers. He pioneered the use of these and other lasers to measure trace gases in difficult environments.

In February, 2000 he founded Pranalytica, Inc. in Santa Monica, CA. where he is CEO and Chairman of the Board. The company initially developed revolutionary ultra-sensitive trace gas detection instrumentation based on laser spectroscopy. Driven by advances in its laser sources, Pranalytica led the commercialization of revolutionary new infrared light sources – quantum cascade lasers.

Dr. Patel is a Professor of Physics with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering at UCLA. He served as UCLA’s vice chancellor for research through 1999. Among his many awards, Patel was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1974 and the National Academy of Engineering in 1978. He received the National Medal of Science given by the President of the United States in 1996.

Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys

Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys

Keynote Friday, 10:50 am – 11:10 am

How Deep Do Lasers Cut and Coagulate?

Abstract

This presentation is a Laser Designer’s perspective on the most important and critical controls available to laser surgeons with respect to Depth of Incision and the Depth of Coagulation/Hemostasis. These fundamental concepts of laser surgery will be abundantly illustrated with the videos. The difference between the ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths will be explained as well as their relevance to soft tissue laser surgery.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Peter Vitruk was born and raised in Ukraine. He earned his PhD degree in Physics from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Moscow in the late 1980s in the former USSR. In the 1990s he held a Research Scientist position with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and then a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He later worked as Senior Scientist with Synrad Inc. in Seattle, WA, and then as Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis also in Seattle, WA. In 2002 Dr. Vitruk founded Luxarcare LLC – an exclusive certified Luxar laser service and accessories provider for 12,000+ surgical Luxar laser installations around the globe. In 2005 he founded Aesculight LLC and LightScalpel LLC – the only American-based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for small office out-patient market. Dr. Vitruk has authored 10 patents and over 20 articles on CO2 lasers, and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, UK. In 2017 he founded the American Laser Study Club, an educational platform that helps physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and practice staff members to excel at the efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice. He is married to his wife of 34 years Natasha and they together have two children, Olga and Alexander.

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Ann Bynum, DDS

Keynote Friday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

The Core of the Snore

Abstract

Most of you interested in this course are interested in helping children with airways issues. While removing decay and handling challenging behavior cases are noble, how does saving a child from a life of sleep-disordered breathing, inflammatory illnesses, and cardiac disease sound?

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Ann Bynum is originally from Ocala, Florida. She did her undergraduate training at Florida State University. She then attended dental school at the University of Iowa, where she met her husband, Dr. Matt Bynum. She did two further years of training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Ann Bynum moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 1997 and opened her practice in Simpsonville. She has three children of her own (all boys!!) and understands and appreciates the arts of pediatric dentistry and parenting!

Dr. Bynum is a Diplomat and Examiner of the ABPD, a member of the SSPD, the AAPD, and the ADA. She has lectured and written numerous articles on customer service, marketing, leadership, teamwork over the years. Over the last 4 years she has added teaching others about tongue ties, sleep, and airways. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three boys, Matthew, Luke, and John. She enjoys working ON her practice and traveling.

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James Thomas, DDS, MS

Friday, 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

The Privilege of Laser-Focused Engagement

Abstract

People say that change in healthcare is difficult. I completely disagree. Healthcare professionals, and the patients they have the privilege to serve, rely on change and advancements. What we all don’t love is the tension and the pain incurred to make change happen. Especially when it comes to oral dysfunction and oral restrictions, changing professional minds in healthcare sometimes feels impossible. We can’t possibly cause interest to occur, but at health:latch we have successfully found small threads of interest and amplified them. What we have done is find the disconnected and connect them. Our mission together as healthcare professionals is balanced on making these little necessary changes, even if it is one person at a time.

Biographical Highlights

Although my roots are in pediatric dentistry, I am well-versed in the clinical aspects of the connection between oral health and general health. As the founder and changemaker of health:latch, we pivoted from the traditional practice of pediatric dentistry in 2017 and I opened a niche healthcare model to correct oral dysfunction and enhance breastfeeding in newborns 0-3 months old. We built living systems and a model of care that has grown around a strong brand and solid leadership. After mastering the customer journey sequences for babies struggling with early oral dysfunction, in 2022 we have expanded to service the need to coordinate the care for all ages struggling with oral dysfunction, oral restriction, and airway issues. We understand the importance of how an authentic vision/mission/values paired with operational excellence and uber patient experience can change the health outcomes and lives of everyone that comes in contact with our brands. We are truly RADICALLY KIND, FIERCELY PATIENT, DISRUPTIVELY BRAVE, and DEFIANTLY JOYFUL and it works. There is not a day that passes where we are not thinking of innovative ways our healthcare brand can impact, evolve and reach more people. Why? Because more people seeking true health and well-being need to know what we believe is possible

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Danielle Gauss, IBCLC

Friday, 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

Improving Breastfeeding and Healing Post Frenectomy Through Acupressure

Abstract

Babies have innate pressure points within their midline that aid in the facilitation of calming the central nervous system, along with initiation of peristalsis of the colon for digestion. When a baby has oral tethering, the ties hinder the normal newborn reflexes causing significant pain and fatigue to infant and mother. Upon release, these reflexes are heightened. Understanding how to use these natural acupressure points while positioning the baby to breastfeed/bottlefeed post-frenectomy is crucial to the correct healing post-procedure, reducing early cessation of breastfeeding and re-attachment.

Breastfeeding post frenectomy can be confusing for the infant who is used to improper suction, tongue and lip movement, as well as for the mother who has adapted to nipple pain, clogged ducts, and inadequate supply. When the collagenous fiber is released, the tongue may be weak initially, requiring new positioning effort from the mother/baby dyad. I will discuss the correlation between 5 specific pressure points that when activated by the mother will result in a deeper latch, increased milk removal, easier digestion, and reduction in neurological dysfunction thus increasing better feeding outcomes.

Biographical Highlights

Danielle Gauss is an advanced practice IBCLC Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, ICCE Certified Childbirth Educator, Women’s health educator, and author of the new breastfeeding book titled: The Booby Fairy’s Guide To Breastfeeding. She is trained in Oral Tethering, specializing in the identification and treatment of lip ties, tongue ties, buccal and posterior tethering. She has received her education from UCSD. Over the course of her 17-year career, she has assisted in numerous births and helped educate thousands of women about the birth process and breastfeeding needs of their infants.

Currently, Danielle has her own practice in Irvine, California. She has been married to a stud of a man for twenty years and has two beautiful daughters: Alyssa, aged nineteen, and Alaina, seventeen.

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Justin Roche, MB, ChB, MRCPCH, IBCLC

Friday, 1:45 pm – 2:25 pm

Keep Calm and Carry on – How to Manage When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

Abstract

We are often told never to work with children and animals because the unexpected can happen. This presentation will take you through some of the problems that can happen when treating tongue ties and how to manage these events calmly.

Biographical Highlights

Justin has had an interest in tongue-tie since 1999 following the birth of his first daughter. Since then he has completed thousands of hours of continuing education related to tongue-tie to ensure he is at the forefront of care for infants, children, and adults. He is a Consultant Paediatrician and has run a dedicated multi-disciplinary clinic since 2010 and now works full-time at the National Tongue Tie Centre with co-director and Chartered Physiotherapist Kate Roche where they would assess and treat over a thousand infants, children, and adults each year.

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Nicole Archambault, EdS, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC

Friday, 1:45 pm – 2:25 pm

Moving Beyond the Ties That Bind Us: Essential Factors for Optimal Release Timing

Abstract

In this lecture, the difference between “needing” a release and being “ready” for release will be illuminated through a whole-child/whole-family dynamic systems approach to care. While many pediatric cases share similar impacts to form and function, this is often where the similarities end, as looking through a larger lens we see that no two cases are exactly alike: no two children, families, or environments will progress along a continuum of care in exactly the same way. With this in mind, it is vital for interdisciplinary teams to step outside the usual lens of form and function to consider other essential factors critical to the timing of the optimal release. In this easy-to-implement approach, neuro-relational, behavioral, and environmental factors will be introduced to help interdisciplinary teams recognize and communicate with families and one another optimal release timing. Red flags within this dynamic systems approach will be introduced, as well as how to explore the state of the autonomic nervous system relative to frenulum release timing in both patients and caregivers. Finally, simple and accessible tools to screen a patient and their family’s readiness for release will be reviewed, as well as how to communicate that information amongst interdisciplinary team members in order to support optimal surgical and therapeutic outcomes.

Biographical Highlights

Nicole is an ASHA board-certified speech-language pathologist, airway & sleep literacy advocate, and certified lactation educator/counselor. She is the founder & executive director of Minds In Motion and has served as a graduate teaching assistant at Johns Hopkins University. Nicole is a national and international speaker, as well as a published author on the topics of educational neuroscience, orofacial myofunctional therapy, airway function disorders and the autonomic nervous system, and sleep wellness in pediatrics. Nicole is the myofunctional therapy Section Leader for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD). In addition to obtaining an advanced graduate-level degree (EdS) in Brain Research (Educational Neuroscience), Nicole is a 2016 graduate of the Mind, Brain, Teaching graduate certificate program at Johns Hopkins University.

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Rula Shalabi, DMD

Friday, 2:30 pm – 3:10 pm

It Starts with You: A Guide for the Pediatric Dentist or General Dentist to Start Having the TT/LT Talk

Abstract

Coming soon.

Biographical Highlights

Coming soon.

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Sarah Hornsby, RDH

Friday, 2:30 pm – 3:10 pm

What Frenectomy Providers Should Know about Functional Tongue Tie Evaluation and a Closer Look at Floor of Mouth Compensation

Abstract

At The Breathe Institute, we initially focused our research on tongue-tie and it has evolved into so much more – tongue space, tongue function, and compensations. In this presentation, we’ll be discussing the Five Dimensions of Tongue-Tie and how compensations play a role in the functional evaluation process. We’ll also be walking the audience through the research progression around the Functional Evaluation we use at TBI and how we identify compensations in patients. We’ll take a deep dive into the Floor Of Mouth compensation that our myo team has been working on over the past year, review the anatomy of the tongue, the history and evolution of research in the field of OMT, and what direction we are currently moving with our research endeavors at TBI.

Biographical Highlights

Sarah Hornsby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2008. After practicing as a hygienist for only one year, she began to explore complementary modalities to help her patients achieve optimum oral health. She discovered the then little-known field of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and pursued training with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) in early 2010.

She studied under leaders in the field such as Barbara Green and Joy Moeller, and in 2011, she enrolled in Sandra Holtzman’s training program through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

Sarah opened her practice, Faceology, in Seattle and began seeing patients in 2010. In 2014, she transformed her practice into the world’s first fully-online telehealth myofunctional therapy practice. She has been working with patients from across the country and around the world since then. In 2015, Sarah opened MyoMentor, a new branch of her business designed to mentor, train, and support hygienists and dentists who want to incorporate myofunctional therapy into their practices and careers. Today, over 600 hygienists and dentists have gone through her mentoring program. Sarah is also Co-Director of the Myofunctional Therapy Department at The Breathe Institute where she is actively involved in publishing research on myofunctional therapy, in an effort to grow the field. Although Sarah has become a speaker, teacher, and leader in the field, it’s her journey through recognizing and treating her own oral myofunctional symptoms that makes her so passionate about the field and spreading the message about this critical component of dental health and overall wellness.

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Leyli Norouz-Knutsen

Friday, 3:20 pm – 4:00 pm

Breathe On: The Dedication, Determination and Drive Behind The Breathe Institute Team

Abstract

The Breathe Institute was established in 2016 to support a collaboration between ENT/ Sleep Surgery and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. Since that time, our practice has expanded to include Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medication Therapy Management, CPAP Therapy, Physical Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Nutrition, Sleep Hygiene, Mindfulness and Meditation as well as an infant tongue-tie and oral-sensory motor and feeding therapy services. Today, TBI manages 6 Physicians, 8 Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists, as well as 30 TBI Affiliates, and 2000+ TBI Ambassadors from across the globe. This growth and success has come from the dedication and determination of the Breathe Institute team, who work tirelessly to align our practice, research and education with our highest purpose and excellence.

Biographical Highlights

Leyli Norouz-Knutsen is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Breathe Institute, based in Los Angeles, CA. She is known for her uniquely fine-tuned ability to streamline organizational management structures, maximize collaboration, communications, media and branding and to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship. Leyli has more than a decade of experience in higher education non-profit, board management and operations as a director at both the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and San Diego State University (SDSU). Leyli’s extensive background in healthcare-specific consulting and corporate strategy was the perfect combination to parlay into Co-Founding The Breathe Institute, and having the honor to serve on the Board of The American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD).

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Samira Jafari, DMD

Friday, 3:20 pm – 4:00 pm

Functional Frenuloplasty and Palatal Expansion; Cases and Considerations

Abstract

With the ongoing debate on if the palate needs to be expanded first or tongue-tie released, I would like to share some considerations for the decision process. A treatment plan for each patient needs to be individualized but there are parameters that I have found to be helpful in deciding what course of action may be more appropriate for the patient. I will also be sharing a few expansion/frenuloplasty combined treatment cases.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Samira Jafari graduated with a doctorate in dentistry in 2013 from Augusta University. Soon after graduating, Dr. Jafari fell into the path of pursuing post-graduate continuing education courses in airway dentistry. This field of dentistry became a huge passion of hers as she could see that by addressing problems related to the airways, she could make a huge difference in the lives of her adult patients and sometimes even completely change the life trajectory of children. Completing courses through The Breathe Institute and The American Laser Study club her eyes were opened to the world of tethered oral tissues as this was the missing link in treating her airway patients.

She began treating tongue ties in kids and adults using Dr. Zaghi’s functional frenuloplasty technique and saw amazing results in her patients. Due to this knowledge in tethered oral tissues, she was able to immediately diagnose her own newborn daughter with a tongue-tie which was then released at 7 days of age. The changes she felt and saw with her own daughter gave Dr. Jafari a new purpose. She had to extend her treatment to infants as well in order to help other moms and babies who are suffering from the effects of undiagnosed tethered oral tissues and guide families through this emotional journey.

Along with her husband and 2 children, Landon and Lana, Dr. Jafari lives in Johns Creek, Georgia. She enjoys outdoor activities, trying new foods, and exploring new restaurants and cuisines in the city. In her free time, she loves cooking, spending time with friends and family, and reading books.

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Max Sulla, DDS

Friday, 4:05 pm – 4:45 pm

Incorporating Laser TOTS into Your Pediatric Dental Practice

Abstract

THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW!
Whether you are new to the world of tongue ties and Lasers or have been around, it’s time to create a collaborative network of affiliated professionals, train your team, and educate your existing patients about TOTS. As we move away from “formula age” and more breastfeeding is occurring, there is more awareness by parents requiring proper identification, diagnosis, and treatment of lip, tongue, and buccal ties. Educate your entire administrative and clinical teams to be a part of the TOTS practice. Time to create awareness about your practice live and on social media: local groups, residencies, Facebook, Instagram, website, blogs, and more.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Max Sulla is a gentle, caring pediatric dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry with a strong emphasis on getting to know each of his patients. In addition to his technical proficiency, Dr. Max is a careful listener and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for your child’s individual needs. Dr. Max Sulla received his D.D.S. from the NYU College of Dentistry followed by his Pediatric Dentistry degree at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.

He is one of a few trained laser dentists offering procedures for infants, toddlers, and children relating to their airway, eating and speech issues offering laser lip ties and tongue tie releases without placing patients under general anesthesia utilizing CO2 laser that allows for the procedure to be quick and painless. Mothers of so many newborns are thankful for making their breastfeeding experiences improve.

A member of multiple accredited organizations, Dr. Max is a past president of the NJ Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and an AAPD Council member and currently serves as a public policy advocate for children on behalf of both organizations as well. Additionally, Dr. Max has been selected as a “Top Dentist” by New Jersey Monthly from 2009 to 2021. Currently, he serves as a President of NorthEastSociety of Pediatric Dentistry where he oversees professional support to our affiliate states and provinces through communicating issues, supporting their CE courses and meetings, and providing leadership and other training opportunities. In addition, he lectures to both dentists and pediatricians about the importance of Pediatric Oral Health.

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Diana Batoon, DMD

Friday, 4:05 pm – 4:45 pm

To Cut or Not to Cut: That Is the Question

Abstract

Dental Lasers have been around for a long time in the dental profession but just recently has gained momentum in regards to the treatment of tethered oral tissues, airways, and malocclusions. With any advancement of technology, the likelihood of open acceptance comes with challenges. These challenges can come from colleagues, parents, and patients. Learning to manage and confront these challenges can either move your practice forward or cause a setback.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Diana Batoon has been at the forefront of integrative craniofacial dentistry in her community and her profession. She is an international lecturer and is passionate about bringing awareness to the healthcare community and collaboration between health care providers. As a Diplomate of the AADSM and ABDSM, she participates in research to move the needle in changing how we can better serve our patient population. She practices in Scottsdale, AZ where she has a restorative dental practice and another practice that focused on the airway, sleep, TMJ, and craniofacial dentistry. She has been a visiting faculty at SPEAR Education and is also a visiting lecturer at Midwestern University Dental Institute in Glendale, AZ and key opinion leader for dental education.

Piya Gandhi, DMD

Piya Gandhi, DMD

Friday, 4:50 pm – 5:30 pm

All Tied Up: How to Develop a TOTS Program in Your Practice

Abstract

Participants in the course will learn the key steps necessary to implement a TOTS program into their existing dental practice. From deciding which laser to purchase, to the financial and scheduling components. This will allow participants to understand how to have clinical and financial success in their practice.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Piya Gandhi is a board-certified pediatric dentist specializing in treating infants and children with airway disorders including the diagnosis and treatment of tongue and lip tie. Her passion for tethered oral tissue (TOTs) was born from her personal experience and struggles with her older daughter, Cyrah. Dr. Gandhi’s goal is to avoid the same experience for her patients and their families.

After finishing her pediatric dental residency, Dr. Gandhi pursued extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of tongue and lip tie. She believes in a comprehensive treatment approach by using the Function First Model. This allows treatment of tongue and lip tie(s) through therapy first and avoiding unnecessary procedures when possible.

Her team consists of a speech-language pathologist, pediatric chiropractor, myofunctional therapist, and international board-certified lactation consultant. This allows the office to provide both comprehensive and convenient care.

Dr. Gandhi is passionate about sharing her knowledge and conservative approach about Tethered Oral Tissue so she can better partner with other pediatric specialists. Her goal is to bring awareness to the space and provide knowledge about appropriate treatment modalities.

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Lana Fedyushkina, MS, CCC-SLP

Tara Erson, DMD, IBCLC; and
Lana Fedyushkina, MS, CCC-SLP

Friday, 4:50 pm – 5:30 pm

What I Want You to Know

Abstract

Even among the most experienced providers, there is no one accepted process or technique for a frenectomy and how to prepare the patient for it. Lana and Dr. Tara have been working collaboratively together for the last 3 years, and after learning so much from each other, they want to share their knowledge with you.

Together they will discuss key points that providers want oral motor specialists to know and what oral motor specialists want providers to know. The hardest part about working with a team is learning to adjust your own actions to meet the needs of multiple disciplines. Learn what Lana and Dr. Tara need each other to understand to get excellent, consistent results!

Biographical Highlights - Tara Erson, DMD, IBCLC

Dr. Tara, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and then, earned a DMD from the UNLV School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Tara is dedicated to providing excellent, comfortable dental care. She is exceptionally committed to children, and the life-changing potential of treating problems when they are noticed.

When she is not practicing dentistry, she is spending time with her husband, Cliff, and sons, Kale, Rye, and Sage. She also loves to read, swing dance, and try out new restaurants.

Giving back to the community is very important to Dr. Tara. She makes it a priority that her services are available to all people in the community. She has also volunteered with the Huntridge Teen Dental Clinic, TeamSmile, Give Kids a Smile, and Saturday Children’s Clinic.

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Dr. Tara was introduced to tongue-tie while attending La Leche League meetings with her first child. As time went on she began to see how negatively ties impacted breastfeeding. She was inspired to learn more about how she, as a dentist, could help these moms and babies. As this information is not taught routinely in dental/medical/lactation education, Dr. Tara realized she must create her own pathway of education. In the summer of 2016, she traveled to Portland, OR to spend half a day observing Dr. Bobby Ghaheri perform the procedure.

Now, Dr. Tara is uniquely qualified to assess, diagnose, and treat tongue ties. She has completed over 450 hours in continuing education specifically on ties and tongue function and continues to attend classes, courses, and conferences as often as possible. Dr. Tara takes great pride in bringing up-to-date knowledge to her patients for the best possible outcomes. In April 2021, Dr. Tara tested to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). The IBCLC credential is the highest-regarded professional qualification in breastfeeding knowledge and support, recognized all over the world.

Biographical Highlights - Lana Fedyushkina, MS, CCC-SLP

Lana has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 15 years. She is trained in Orofacial Myology and is currently pursuing certification. She has worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings, is a certified member of ASHA, recipient of the Award for Continuing Education, and has specialized training and experience with infant feeding, TalkTools, PROMPT, Kauffman approach to Apraxia, Floortime/DIR model, Tethered Oral Tissues, Lindamood-Bell Programs, Alternative-Augmentative Communication, and many more. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Pace University (New York, NY) and her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY). She has worked in New York, California, and Nevada.

Chelsea Pinto, DDS

Chelsea Pinto, DDS

Keynote Saturday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Building Confidence and Collaboration: Keys for Successful Infant Laser Frenectomy Integration

Abstract

To build confidence and trust in ourselves as providers, we must continue to put ourselves into new growth opportunities where we can learn, grow and evolve. By guiding your process through experience and collaborative efforts, you can create your vision. See it, feel it, and believe in it.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Chelsea Pinto is a general dentist specializing in infant tongue ties at The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry and completed a post-graduate General Practice Residency program. Dr. Pinto’s interest in helping babies with feeding challenges due to oral restrictions turned into an undeniable passion after having her first son and experiencing her own breastfeeding journey.

Dr. Pinto is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, and International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals. When a mother has breastfeeding problems, she should feel confident and comfortable turning to her established system of medical support for help. Dr. Pinto provides CO2 laser frenectomy treatment and is proud to offer a comprehensive approach – educating families on appropriate bodywork therapy, oral motor, and breastfeeding support referrals to best address tongue function and its impact on the rest of the body.

Robert A. Strauss DDS, MD, FACS

Robert A. Strauss DDS, MD, FACS

Keynote Saturday, 10:05 am – 12:00 pm

Laser physics for poets: how the good practitioner uses basic principles for the best clinical laser results

Abstract

As a surgical modality, lasers have many advantages over cold steel or electrocautery. However, using a laser in the same manner as either of these will result in unpredictable, erratic and potentially very poor results. Understanding that laser use is based strictly on the physics of light energy, one can apply a few very basic physics concepts to obtain repeatable, predictable and positive results. This lecture will discuss the “Big 3” techniques to using surgical lasers and how to manage power, time and spot size to maximize efficiency while limiting lateral thermal damage.

Biographical Highlights

Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS, Professor and Director of the Residency Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and Past President of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Strauss is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a former Chair of the Major Surgery Section of the Board. Over the last 30 years he has authored numerous publications and textbook chapters on the use of lasers in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dr. Strauss received his dental degree from the University of Buffalo and his medical degree from the UHSA School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Buffalo General Hospital and residencies in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and in Anesthesiology at the Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Strauss specializes in laser surgery of the head and neck, facial and jaw reconstructive surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, and sleep apnea surgery. His research interests include laser and cosmetic surgery, sleep apnea, anesthesia and orthognathic and reconstructive surgery.

Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC
Stevanie Bahnerth, DC

Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC; and
Stevanie Bahnerth, DC

Saturday, 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

Thriving by Example: Considerations for Providers to Breathe and Succeed!

Abstract

The goal of releasing tethered oral tissue is multifactorial and lifelong; changing form to improve function. Treatment, care, and support are multifactorial to optimize outcomes. The order of care is imperative to successful treatment outcomes. Early and target treatment is aimed to decrease compensations and improve function. But what happens when compensations are already made? How do we identify compensations within our patients? How do we identify compensations within ourselves? Compensations form over time and mount when change or release does not occur. Our presentation focuses on identifying compensations across a lifespan for all providers. This is an interactive presentation, intended to give participants movements and ideas to integrate into their own lives and practices to improve personal outcomes as well as patient outcomes.

Biographical Highlights - Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC

Dr. Cara graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner in addition to having her IBCLC certification. Dr. Cara is also a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, specializing in “Oral Surgery in Infants, Toddler, and Adults.” She has additional training as a Certified Specialist in Orofacial Myology (CSOM). Dr. Cara very much enjoys helping families to reach their breastfeeding goals.

Biographical Highlights - Stevanie Bahnerth, DC

Dr. Stevanie Bahnerth is a family chiropractor with over 14 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and then went on the attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Having breastfed her three own children, she developed a passion for helping breastfeeding families. She is an active La Leche League Leader. In her free time, Dr. Stevanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, and traveling.

Robert Levine, DDS

Robert Levine, DDS

Saturday, 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

Everyday Surgical Laser Uses in General Dental Practice

Abstract

This presentation covers popular soft tissue surgeries for everyday uses by general dental practitioners. Laser settings and specific techniques will be discussed. The significance of laser wavelength and laser power and pulsing settings will be also discussed.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Robert Levine is President of Global Laser Oral Health, LLC, and Levine Consulting. GLOH is a CERP Recognized provider for On-line Laser Training. Dr. Levine designs these programs for General Dental and Hygiene professionals as well as, Academics. He has been in the field of dentistry since 1973. He graduated from N.Y. University and completed a two-year residency from 1973 to 1975 at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He remained as a consultant from 1975 to 1985 and was in private practice in NYC from 1978-2005.

Dr. Levine has 12 years of experience in the laser arena, both in academic and private practice. For the past 8 years, Dr. Levine has been a full-time faculty member at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, (ASDOH). He served as clinical director of the AEGD Post Graduate program from 2009-2013, as well as, Director of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Levine has published many papers on the science and use of CO2 Laser technologies for use in dentistry. He also lectures on Lasers and the new emerging technologies in dentistry.

Dr. Levine is also a proud co-developer of the first accepted laser curriculum at an accredited United States dental school. He also works heavily in the Special Care Dentistry arena, where he is able to apply this technology to a special group of patients.

His interest in oral cancer has led him to be a keynote speaker at the Major League Baseball meeting in Dallas, Texas, in 2011. He spoke on the dangers of using smokeless tobacco products. Dr. Levine educates the Major and Minor League players on the dangers of ST Products as well as HPV-related Oral Cancer.

Through the GLOH training process, Dr. Levine saw a way of introducing to the Dental Professional, a comprehensive pathway to laser technology. The GLOH website utilizes the Articulate Process to provide training. With these technologies, they would see the potential benefits for their patients and their practices. He realized that an online training program is the most viable way to share this information with a large audience of dentists at a very affordable price. Dr. Levine’s interests include baseball, golf, skiing, and tennis. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Levine is the owner and President of Global laser Oral Health, LLC (GLOH) and Levine Consulting LLC. Dr. Levine provides independent consulting services to various laser companies

Sheila Busch, MSN, RN, OMT-C, FNP-C
Sahy
Stevanie Bahnerth, DC
Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC

Sheila Busch, MSN, RN, OMT-C, FNP-C;
Colleen Sahy, MS, APRN, CNM;
Stevanie Bahnerth, DC; and
Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC

Saturday, 1:45 pm – 3:10 pm

Holistic Care for the Tongue Tied Patient – Panel Discussion

Abstract

This is a panel discussion with three board-certified Nurse Practitioners examining holistic care across the lifespan for patients with Tethered Oral Tissue. The discussion will include 3 twenty-minute presentations on approach and clinic setup. What will follow is a panel discussion with questions submitted by participants and online to facilitate learning. This presentation examines tie release from day-old babies to geriatric patients and everyone in between.

Biographical Highlights - Sheila Busch, MSN, RN, OMT-C, FNP-C

Sheila Busch is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a family practice in Prescott, AZ. Sheila has been involved with laser frenulectomies, first as an assistant, and then as a provider. She has a special interest in releasing tethered oral tissues in older children and adults. She became aware of the sleep/TOT connection and has been striving to educate her patients and their families about the role that tethered oral tissues play in disruptive sleep practices, which in turn affect many aspects of their daily lives. Sheila uses a combination of traditional sleep clinics, at-home sleep apnea tests, TOT release, and OMT to assist her patients in finding the sleep they need.

Biographical Highlights - Colleen Sahy, MS, APRN, CNM

Colleen has been practicing nursing for almost 30 years. After graduating from Lewis University in 1992 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she served in the United States Navy. After separating from the Navy, she went on to graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain her Master of Science in Maternal Child Nursing and became a Certified Nurse Midwife. 20 years of practice later, and countless happy memories, she left her longtime affiliation with St Mary Medical Center and is focusing on growing MomSense with the amazing women who work here.

When she is not working, Colleen reads books with complete absorption, travels as often as possible, and treasures the time she spends with her husband of 27 years, two adult sons, her daughter-in-law, and her first grandchild.

Biographical Highlights - Stevanie Bahnerth, DC

Dr. Stevanie Bahnerth is a family chiropractor with over 14 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and then went on the attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Having breastfed her three own children, she developed a passion for helping breastfeeding families. She is an active La Leche League Leader. In her free time, Dr. Stevanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, and traveling.

Biographical Highlights - Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC

Dr. Cara graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner in addition to having her IBCLC certification. Dr. Cara is also a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, specializing in “Oral Surgery in Infants, Toddler, and Adults.” She has additional training as a Certified Specialist in Orofacial Myology (CSOM). Dr. Cara very much enjoys helping families to reach their breastfeeding goals.

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Justin Welke, DDS

Saturday, 1:45 pm – 2:25 pm

Laser Smile Design, Using a CO2 Laser to Improve Gingival Aesthetics

Abstract

Laser Smile Design” is a new concept that involves using the CO2 laser to “resurface” the gingiva. This resurfacing reduces the appearance of puffy, inflamed gums. Laser Smile Design has the potential to impact gingival contouring in a way that would provide the patient an easy and quick improvement to the aesthetics of their smile.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Justin Welke is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns and operates multiple pediatric and orthodontic offices in the Chicago land area, including The Chicago Tongue-Tie Center. He has been a part-time clinical faculty member for 5 years and is currently at Midwestern University.

Kaplan

Martin A. Kaplan, DMD

Saturday, 2:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Pediatric Dental Laser Procedures Beyond the Infant

Abstract

Although the CO2 laser has a strong history in pediatric dentistry, there is a lack of understanding of how the CO2 Lightscalpel can be incorporated into everyday pediatric practice. Many pediatric dentists are under the belief that this phenomenal laser can only be used for frenectomy procedures for infants. In fact, any soft tissue surgery can be done by this best in surgery soft tissue lasers. Any biopsy from fibroma to mucocele is easily completed. There are orthodontic and interceptive orthodontic applications by surgical exposure of unerupted or delayed or impacted teeth. All restorative dental care where there is a risk or the presence of a bloody soft tissue response can be accomplished without the need for chemical assistance. Distal shoe appliances, band, and loops, etc, are easily accomplished as better procedures when soft tissue requires treatment for best placement. Periodontal procedures partially erupted teeth and better access for caries can be accomplished. If a dentist is also providing implant restorative dentistry, he can even uncover the healing caps and adjust any soft to accommodate the crown placement. The list of procedures is extensive and this presentation will cover multiple cases and also show how your older patients can benefit from procedures that many assume are only for the newborn. I look forward to presenting many cases for your consideration.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Kaplan earned his dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1975. While attending dental school he became involved with the pediatric dental department and was captivated by the comprehensive nature of the program and the ability to treat the youngest of patients and direct them to better oral and physical health. Upon graduating from Tufts, he was accepted into a pediatric dental residency program at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center where he received his certification as a pediatric dentist. Following the residency, he opened his pediatric dental practice in Stoughton, Massachusetts. In 2003, Dr. Kaplan became interested in dental lasers and became an early adopter of this new treatment modality. He became laser certified through the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2003 and achieved his Fellowship stasis in 2013. He has been a long time contributing member and lecturer in the academy and has been a volunteer laser instructor at Tufts Dental School in the post-graduate pediatric dental department from 2006 through 2016. In 2015 he was instrumental in developing the first in the country “Infant Laser Frenectomy” training class through the continuing education department at the dental school. The class has been attended by dentists and physicians from around the globe. Dr. Kaplan is a 45-year member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, the American Board of Laser Surgery, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Breastfeeding USA plus multiple other professional organizations. In 2016 he also became a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery and is its first-ever director of Dental Laser Surgery. Dr. Kaplan joined the American Laser Study Club at its inception in 2017 and received the Kumar Patel Award for Pediatric dental Laser Education.

Brynn L. Leroux, DDS

Brynn L. Leroux, DDS

Saturday, 3:20 pm – 4:00 pm

Lip Ties, Buccal Ties, Eiffel Tower Ties, Oh My!

Abstract

This presentation will highlight lip ties, buccal ties, and Eiffel Tower ties in patients from birth to adolescence and the importance of releasing each one. Correlations between these tethered oral tissues and feeding and speech difficulties, dental and orthodontic issues, and more will be reviewed. Appropriate timing and necessity for each release will also be discussed.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Brynn Leroux is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and was ranked 2nd in her graduating class. She completed a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina, acting as Chief Resident. A native of Maringouin, LA, Dr. Leroux graduated as Valedictorian from Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee and continued on to study Biological Sciences at LSU in Baton Rouge. Dr. Leroux is a partner in Associates in Pediatric Dentistry, a group practice with 4 locations serving the Greater Baton Rouge area. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has begun the certification process through the American Board of Laser Surgery. She is an active member of numerous local and national dental organizations and honorary societies, including the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, American Dental Association, Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, OKU National Dental Society, C.E. Kells Honorary Society, and Pierre Fauchard Honor Society. After being personally affected by tongue-tie and sleep-disordered breathing, Dr. Leroux has taken a special interest in tethered oral tissues, airway-centered dentistry, sleep medicine, and interceptive orthodontics. She is a TOTS-trained professional, an active member and speaker of the American Laser Study Club, and a founding member of the International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP). She evaluates her patients for signs and symptoms of tethered oral tissues and sleep-disordered breathing and provides laser lip and tongue tie revisions from birth through adulthood using the LightScalpel CO2 laser. Her practice can offer any level of sedation or anesthesia “in-house” as needed to provide patients with the most thorough, positive, and safest laser revision experience. Dr. Leroux works closely with a team of local lactation consultants, therapists, bodyworkers, pediatricians, and ENTs to ensure collaboration, follow-through, and comprehensive care for her patients. In her spare time, Dr. Leroux, her husband, Lance, and her children, Anson and Amelie, enjoy entertaining family and friends, attending LSU football games, exercising, traveling, and spending time at their lake house.

Malik

Shehzad M. Malik, MD

Saturday, 3:20 pm – 4:00 pm

Connecting the Airway to Heart Disease: The Beginnings of “Cardi-O-ralogy”

Abstract

For several decades there has been ample evidence demonstrating a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, but in recent years there has been significant research proving the relationship between abnormal breathing patterns during sleep (Sleep Disordered Breathing or SDB) and CVD. CVD includes such common medical diseases related to coronary artery atherosclerosis, cerebrovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, congestive heart failure, and various arrhythmias. For many patients who are being managed by a Cardiovascular physician, it appears that the prevalence of SDB is very common and the predisposition for SDB may, in fact, be related to abnormalities associated with the presence of one or more of the following oral anatomical features: advanced Mallampati class, smaller maxilla: mandible ratios, abnormal resting tongue posture, tongue restriction, presence of mouth breathing, and oropharyngeal and nasal pathology.

Combining the words “Cardiology” (study of the heart and vascular systems) and “Oralogy” (study of the mouth) while “sharing” the letter “O”, we form the word “CardiOralogy”. The objective of combining these two words together is to promote the understanding that both groups of health care providers may work together for the common good of a patient and that a more integrated system based on respect, mutual understanding, and shared research endeavors can lead to more proper diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Shehzad M. Malik specializes in adult congenital heart disease and cardiac electrophysiology. He currently practices at The Heart Care Group, PC. and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Lehigh Valley Hospital and JFK Medical Center. He received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He has more experience with Adult Congenital Heart Conditions than other specialists in his area.

Non-Invasive Cardiology

School: St. George’s University College of Medicine, June 2001

Internal Medicine Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine, July 2004

Cardiology Fellowship: Drexel University College of Medicine, July 2007

Cardiovascular Practice: The Heart Care Group, PC, Aug 2007 to present time / President

Board Certifications:
• Internal Medicine
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Diplomate of the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

Research/Medical Interests:
• Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine
• Sleep Apnea
• Integrative and Community Health

Maribel Santos-Cordero, DMD

Maribel Santos-Cordero, DMD

Saturday, 4:05 pm – 4:45 pm

9+1 Important Truths I Have Learned About TOTS

Abstract

Children and adults with tethered-oral tissues (TOTs) may struggle daily with basic functions like breathing, sleeping, speaking, and eating. If TOTs are not treated early in life, craniofacial growth may also be altered. Release providers carry a huge responsibility when it comes to diagnosing and treating these restrictions. Throughout my journey in treating TOTs, I have learned some important truths that have shaped my decisions regarding the way I approach evaluation, treatment, managing complications, and collaborating with other specialists. The purpose of this lecture is to present an overview of different aspects of diagnosis and treatment of TOTs and to share my experience on how to be prepared to help patients overcome difficulties associated with oral restrictions and thrive in life.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Maribel Santos-Cordero was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned a DMD degree from the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Dental Medicine and has been practicing dentistry since 1994. Dr. Santos completed her residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY. She has earned privileges to practice dental surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and has been on staff since 2002. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a Fellow of the American Laser Study Club. She is also certified in laser dentistry and oral myology. Dr. Santos completed a Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency at Tufts and is currently doing a surgical proctorship with Dr. Sorough Zaghi to become an Affiliate of The Breathe Institute.

A firm believer of the quote: “If you can’t repay a favor, pay it forward”, she often volunteers her time and services to those in need through different charitable events and gives back to the community by providing consultations and treatment to patients with Cleft Lip and Palate and other craniofacial deformities.

Dr. Santos-Cordero is deeply passionate about the need to create awareness of the potential health problems in children with lip & tongue ties and sleep disorder breathing. She engages in a team approach with other healthcare professionals to provide her patients with treatment options that will help them thrive. Dr. Santos regularly attends continuing education courses internationally and across the United States to expand her professional scope and to stay up to date on the very latest techniques. She has been a guest lecturer at various local and international groups and organizations.

Dr. Santos-Cordero moved to Sarasota, Florida with her husband and two boys in 2001. When she is not in the office you can find her exercising, enjoying church and sports activities with her family or being involved in her non-profit organization, Ride 2 Remember, to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Christensen

Bret B. Christensen, DDS, MS, DASBA

Saturday, 4:05 pm – 4:45 pm

Data Driven Treatment of the Pediatric Airway Using Eccovision Rhinometry

Abstract

Being a data-driven airway practice is the future of orthodontics. With the treatment of thousands of children and adults and 30 yrs experience, Dr. Christensen will share his transformation from a tooth straightening practice to a complete airway practice treating patients from birth to the end of life.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Christensen attended Creighton University School of Dentistry graduating 3rd in his class in 1993. Completed his AEGD US Army Dental Corp at Fort Carson, Colorado 1993-1994. There he received specialized training in oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and orthodontics. From 1993-1997 he served as a general dentist at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. He also served as the XO (Executive Officer) of the 464th Medical Company during Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia Conflict). 1997-1999 he did his orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky receiving a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master’s Degree in Oral Biology with his thesis, Treating Class III Malocclusions in Children with Expansion and Facemask Protraction. 1999-2001 served as Chief of Orthodontics at the Ft. Bragg Bravo Program. From 2001 to the present he has practiced in Lewiston, Grangeville, Orofino, and Moscow. In the last 12 years, his orthodontic practice has incorporated Sleep Medicine as a driving force in treating patients in a more comprehensive health-focused way. In May 2019, Dr. Christensen received Diplomat Status with the ASBA (American Sleep and Breathing Academy) and became the first orthodontist in Idaho to become Board Certified in Sleep Medicine

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Kirk Kollmann, DMD

Saturday, 4:50 pm – 5:30 pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Pediatric Laser Frenotomies

Abstract

The most important decision regarding breastfeeding and the dyad is knowing when and if a TOTs needs releasing. This also translates into the toddler and beyond. Throughout these few days, you will hear over and over the reasoning behind what we do. Therefore, I’m going to focus more on the actual procedures and techniques. You will see a range of results, some good some bad. If you can hone your technical skills and treatment planning, then the results will follow.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Kirk Kollmann graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and did his Pediatric Dental residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. He is active in organized dentistry being the editor for the Chicago Dental Society North Side Branch Newsletter for many years. He co-produced a video on Stainless Steel Crowns with Dr. Marvin Berman and has spoken on various topics at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, National AGD Meetings, AAPD, and numerous other meetings. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists and enjoys serving the Cranio-Facial population in the Chicagoland area while teaching the pediatric dental residents at Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Another passion of Dr. Kollmann stems from learning about Myo-functional therapy and its relationship to breastfeeding. This propelled him to work with the dyad of mother and infant and the problems they were having with breastfeeding. He’s been releasing TOTS for over 10 years. He has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and is a partner in private practice on the north side of Chicago.

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Jill Ghormley, ND

Saturday, 4:50 pm – 5:30 pm

What Frenectomy Providers Need to Know about the Vagus Nerve and Its Impact on Reflux and Musculoskeletal Development

Abstract

The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Babies with tongue/oral restrictions and cranial nerve dysfunction of the vagus nerve present clinical indicators of decreased airway patency which interrupts latch and breastfeeding skills; gastrointestinal development; and Autonomic Nervous System regulation. Understanding vagal development with regard to GI and MSK dysfunction can help providers determine appropriateness for frenectomy release and post-op support. Sharing in other paradigms that focus on oral and musculoskeletal development can help parents and patients find overall balance long term.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Jill Ghormley is a graduate of Bastyr University and the first licensed deaf Naturopathic physician in the United States. She is currently an adjunct professor at Bastyr and a past adjunct professor at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Ghormley is a coalition leader for medical aid in developing nations worldwide. She received the Top Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine award in 2016, 2018, and 2020 from The Leading Physicians of the World. She also received the VIS Award in 2019 from her profession. The Vis Award acknowledges persons who represent the Vis, the Healing Power of Nature, as demonstrated through their work, life, and community service. Her passion for international medicine has led her to do volunteer medical work in Nepal, DR Congo, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. She plans to continue her work in developing countries and teach the power of self-reliance and self-healing both in the US and abroad. Dr. Ghormley completed a year and a half residency with an osteopath and chiropractor specializing in physical medicine and spinal manipulation techniques as well as naturopathic modalities and has extensive knowledge and experience in sacral occipital technique, spinal and extremities manipulation (alignment), hydrotherapy, physical therapy rehabilitation especially pelvic floor, applied kinesiology, acutonics, cranial osteopathy, and muscle energy stretching – to name a few. She is certified in IV and injection therapy; craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, activator technique, Gonstead technique, and Kinesio taping.

Soroush Zaghi, MD

Soroush Zaghi, MD

Keynote Sunday, 9:00 am – 11:50 am

Breathe Institute’s 2022 Protocol and Research Updates

Abstract

With the functional approach of ankyloglossia published by Dr. Zaghi et al. in 2019, we have seen tremendous success in the application of these protocols internationally. The Breathe Institute now has over 2000 ambassadors and 30 affiliates worldwide who are using the knowledge gathered from our 2019 research on a daily basis. Even so, our work has only just begun. While we have recognized that identification and treatment of restricted tongue mobility is an essential component of a functional approach to health and wellbeing, there are other elements that are just as equally important.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Zaghi graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed a residency in ENT (Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery) at UCLA, and Sleep Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. The focus of his sub-specialty training is on the comprehensive treatment of nasal obstruction, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea. He is very active in clinical research relating to sleep-disordered breathing with over 80+ peer-reviewed research publications in the fields of neuroscience, head and neck surgery, and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Zaghi practices in Los Angeles, CA as Medical Director of The Breathe Institute, which provides comprehensive functional and structural treatment options for pediatric and adult sleep and breathing issues. Dr. Zaghi is particularly interested in how tethered-oral tissues (such as tongue-tie) and oral myofascial dysfunction impact maxillofacial development, upper airway resistance syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea. He is an invited lecturer, author, and journal reviewer for topics relating to sleep-disordered breathing and tongue-tie disorders.

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Don’t miss the 2022 premier gathering of the airway-focused practitioners, laser surgeons, and dentists at the American Laser Study Club (ALSC) 5th Annual Symposium, themed Breathe and Thrive. The 2022 Symposium will be held February 11-13, 2022 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The ALSC promotes Science-Based Laser Surgery, Dentistry, and Safety Education. The ALSC fills the void in current Laser Surgery and Laser Dentistry education (i.e., the physics of laser-tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and helps Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Practice Staff Members to excel at the efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice.

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