My own journey to becoming a myofunctional therapist started when I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene.
I loved working with patients but quickly discovered that my wrists couldn’t handle the long hours and repetitive motions. In addition, I started to feel like something was missing from my career. I felt stuck, and I hate to admit it, but I was even a little unsatisfied with the profession as a whole. I felt as if I wasn’t able to provide the level of patient care I wanted to because of the constant time pressure that’s part of working in a private dental practice.
So I began my career as a myofunctional therapist by taking a training course. Then another one, and another. I flew all over the country and spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out how to become successful in this field. Even three separate training courses weren’t enough to answer all the questions I had, or to give me the confidence I needed to charge thousands of dollars for my services.
For me, this just wasn’t the right way to get started. The problem was that even after all the training, and the great support from my instructors, I still felt overwhelmed. Breaking into a new field while starting my own business was really difficult, and I longed for the guided experience I valued so much in hygiene school. I wished I had a mentor to help me through those initial challenges, and the day-to-day questions that always pop up in a new practice.
It was the things that I couldn’t learn in a training course that I really struggled with:
• Building a strong referral network
• Dealing with dentists who had never heard of myofunctional therapy
• Talking to patients about prices, their finances, and what to do when they couldn’t afford treatment
• Working through demanding cases and noncompliant patients
• Setting up systems to track patients, finances and referrals
The list goes on, but if I’d had someone to work through the obstacles with me as they happened, I’d have had far less stress, and made much more money in less time.
Eventually, I did figure it all out, and Faceology, my myofunctional therapy practice is busy and successful today. I knew all along it didn’t have to be so difficult to reach this point, and I’d love to help you get there in less time, and to have lots of fun along the way.
The truth is what took me just over four years to learn, I can teach you in far less time, and give you a huge head start in beginning your new career adventure.
My Mission Statement
My mission is to combine my passion, knowledge and experience in the unique field of myofunctional therapy to reach out to parents who can’t find answers to their children’s oral and breathing health problems.
Mentoring is part of the platform I hope to use to build a powerful and influential network of passionate dental hygienists, parents, doctors, and other healthcare providers. My goal is to use myofunctional therapy, not only to treat my patients, but also to connect this network of inspired individuals, so that we can make a real difference in the lives of the people who need our help.
The field of myofunctional therapy needs to evolve to become as mainstream as orthodontics or dentistry. Keeping it narrow and ultra-specialized doesn’t serve our patients at all, and in fact, holds back the overall progress of the field. Patients should have access to myofunctional therapists in every dental office.