With over a decade of experience as a Certified Orofacial Myologist, I’ve realized entering the field of Orofacial Myology can be a challenge. When I started out, I struggled because, believe it or not, there wasn’t enough information out there about this field — this is where you picture me 10 years younger taking thousands of patient progress photos and staying up all hours of the night designing my own brochures and marketing materials. Fast forward to today, and the amount of information available is overwhelming and daunting.
This is why I decided to create a platform to share my thoughts and earned knowledge of Orofacial Myology. Learning about myofunctional therapy doesn’t need to be confusing. People just need to be provided with the proper, scientifically-backed information to get started.
What many people don’t realize is that everyone can benefit from Orofacial Myology. The Orofacial Complex plays an amazing role in life-sustaining tasks.
- Do you eat?
- Do you breathe?
- Do you communicate?
If you (hopefully) answered yes to all three, then keep reading. These muscles play an essential role in our growth and development, as well as in our dental and airway health.
I want to help people understand this field and grow as professionals. My goal is to provide the necessary foundations to easily educate those who seek this information by breaking it down into “Lehman’s Terms.” (pun intended)
Here is some background on my career and how I got started in Orofacial Myology. I earned my Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1999. I began practicing Orofacial Myology in 2012 and received my Certification from the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) in 2014. Today, I’m the owner of Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York (OMT of York).
- Sucking habit elimination
- Tongue thrust correction
- Oral rest posture therapy
- Tongue and lip ties
In my career, I have cultivated working relationships with dentists, orthodontists, speech pathologists, ENTs, lactation consultants, and many other skilled medical professionals.
At the end of the day, my priority is the prevention and treatment of the cause of an orofacial myofunctional disorder. I don’t just treat the symptom. I like to keep a fun and relaxed approach to the elimination of oral habits, and it’s proven to be very successful.