Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) involve habits and patterns created by incorrect development of muscle function involving the tongue, lips, jaw and face. Myofunctional Therapy focuses on 3 main OMDs: Lip closure for nasal breathing leading to less snoring and/or apnea episodes; proper tongue posture for facial development, some speech disarticulation; and proper chewing and swallowing for better digestion.
Heidi’s years of expertise give her in-depth knowledge of patient’s facial anatomy and physiology allowing her to provide premium oral facial myofunctional disorder assessments and evaluations. Her expertise comes from her discipline in the studies of Dental Hygiene, continuing education and various certification through hours of courses and seminars with leading organizations including American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, International Association of Orofacial Myology and Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy at Upledger Institute.
Having the privilege to be personally mentored by the leading expert in education of Myofunctional Therapies, Joy Moeller, BS, RDH and currently the board of AAPMD, Heidi developed the intuitive knack for recognizing OMDs that led her to develop proprietary techniques created to promote tongue posture, improved breathing, chewing and swallowing.
Heidi not only leads breakthrough therapies for oral health through her multidisciplinary approach to restorative breathing and massage techniques, but she has spoken at major conferences and symposiums including California Dental Hygiene Association, AAMPD International Clinical Symposium in Chicago and the American Laser Study Club.