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As a dental hygienist for over 20 years, I have developed a passion for helping people achieve the greatest oral health possible. That is why I was drawn to orofacial myology.  I've learned that the basis of optimal oral health depends on correct function of the orofacial muscles.  

I was first introduced to orofacial myology after being told by an orthodontist that my own malocclusion was being caused by my "tongue thrust".  I had already had braces as a child and had permanent retainers on my teeth, but my teeth were still not aligned properly.  I never realized that it could be my tongue that was causing my open bite and cross bite.

After doing some research, I discovered orofacial myology. I became fascinated with the field and started to see signs of myofunctional disorders in my dental practice on a daily basis.  

I quickly became frustrated with the fact that I could identify these disorders in my patients, but I didn't know how to help them.  In November 2016, I started my journey into orofacial myology by completing the IAOM level I and II courses with Kim Benkert, RDH, BSDH, MPH, COM.  I was fortunate to be trained by one of the leaders in the field, and I'm excited to bring this therapy to Northwest Indiana.  


International Association of Orofacial Myology, IAOM

International Affiliation of Tongue -tie Professionals, IATP

International Association of Airway Hygienists, IAAH

American Laser Study Club

American Dental Hygienist's Association, ADHA

Indiana Dental Hygienist's Association, IDHA

-Although I am a licensed dental hygienist, I do not perform any dental related procedures while providing orofacial myofunctional therapy services. I also do not diagnose any conditions. A diagnosis must come from your medical or dental professional. I will collaborate with them throughout the course of therapy. 

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