Our 2-day In-person Breathe MYO Workshop


This workshop will include a variety of topics, including up-to-date myofunctional therapy protocols based on our latest research. We are introducing a completely new grading scale that can easily be implemented into your practice. The Breathe MYO Team has worked closely with Dr. Zaghi to identify a more readily implementable method for screening and classifying the following adaptations. Also, for the first time ever, we will be introducing our ‘scoping’ protocols for therapists, and teaching a) what ENTs are looking for and how b) to properly and effectively refer the right patients to ENTs.

  • The most up-to-date myofunctional therapy protocols based on TBI’s latest research.
  • A completely new grading scale that can easily be implemented into your practice.
  • A new method for screening and classifying the following adaptations that The Breathe MYO Team has worked closely with Dr. Zaghi to identify a more readily implementable.
  • TBI’s ‘scoping’ protocols for therapists.
  • What ENTs are looking for and how.
  • How to properly and effectively refer the right patients to ENTs.
  • Classifications, MFT 10.23 and measurements.
  • Examine the nose and nasal hygiene.
  • Dysfunctional Breathing.
  • What to look for in an OP Report.
  • Intra and extra oral stretches.- Lip stretches, tongue stretches.
  • Review of our Tongue-Space protocols.
  • CT scans & the measurements.
  • Review of the most common post-op patient comments or complaints.
  • Compensation patterns.
  • PRE & POST Tongue and Lip Tie Release Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy protocols.
  • How to provide Intra and extra oral stretches (Lip stretches, tongue stretches) to patients.
  • How to properly grade tongue-ties.
  • Contraindications for a release in a patient with limited tongue space. Review of our Tongue-Space protocols.
  • To interpret CT scans & the measurements.
  • How to best address post-op patient comments or complaints in a way that saves your surgeon time and energy, and helps them build confidence in your care.
  • How to assess for compensation patterns.
  • How to properly refer to ENTs

Please note that this course is an educational opportunity to illustrate the principles behind the myofunctional therapy pre and post releases that we offer at The Breathe Institute according to our protocols and research. It is not a training program, as that is what is entailed in our Mini-Residency program that is offered to graduates of the Breathe Course.

Brief Version Of Our Story - TBI is the global pioneer in bringing airway support to sleep and breathing related healthcare and education. We empower great providers to offer whole-health for the whole family. So far, our multidisciplinary team consists of 3 Physicians, 3 Dentists, a Physician Assistant, and 8 Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists. Our team is proud to be supporting educational organizations and healthcare practices all across the globe. Today, TBI has trained over 50 TBI Affiliates, and has shared our paradigms and protocols with over 3000 TBI Ambassadors. Our precision diagnosis and comprehensive treatment protocols around nasal obstruction, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, breathing disorders, and our multidisciplinary approach is at the forefront of airway management, and we look forward to having all of you alongside for the adventures ahead.

Dr. Soroush Zaghi, Otolaryngology (ENT), Sleep Surgeon, graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed 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 97 peer-reviewed research publications in the fields of neuroscience, head and neck surgery, and sleep-disordered breathing.
More information on Dr. Zaghi’s research can be found by visiting: Google Scholar.

Dr. Soroush Zaghi receives an honorarium for this course. 

Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton
, RDHAP, OMT, believes that providing great care involves truly working with people. Besides her 25+ years of experience working in clinical practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDHAP), she has continued to increase her knowledge and skills by becoming an Orofacial Myotherapist and Buteyko Breathing coach. She works with patients of all ages to help train the Orofacial muscles to develop optimally. ​Sanda’s outstanding work facilitates straighter teeth, better breathing, & greater overall health. ​

Throughout her career, Sanda noticed the many myofunctional disorders and their serious impacts on jaw growth and development, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, breathing disorders, postural problems and systemic health issues. Forever curious, she kept asking why. Eventually, this led her to training with IAOM and a myriad of other organizations in the field of orofacial myology and with Patrick McKeown in Buteyko breathing. Sanda now proudly serves as the Myofunctional Therapy Director of The Breathe Institute and was instrumental in the creation of The TBI Protocols for Functional Frenuloplasty.

Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton is a member of the following associations:

Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton receives an honorarium for this course. 

Maryam Nouri Norouz, RDH,
is trained in Orofacial Myofunctional therapy. She provides comprehensive and compassionate care to adults and children ages 3 and older. With several years of experience in airway focused practices, she has particular expertise in managing Orofacial myofunctional disorders. Maryam is committed to empowering her patients to make informed decisions about their health and well-being by taking a functional approach, and she strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone she serves. When she's not practicing therapy she enjoys movies, reading, and spending time with her family.

Maryam Nouri Norouz receives an honorarium for this course. 

Lesley McGovern Kupiec, RDH, MS
, is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist, and Integrative Breathing Therapy Practitioner.  Lesley completed her undergraduate education in Sport Management and later, Dental Hygiene in Massachusetts before moving to Los Angeles in 2010. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from USC. She has continued her education in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Integrative Breathing Therapy. She works at The Breathe Institute where she treats patients, manages research endeavors, and provides educational content. She is also a member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Society, American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry.

Lesley McGovern Kupiec receives an honorarium for this course. 

Sandraluz Gonzalez, RDH, OMT, is a registered Dental Hygienist, and a Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist practicing in the greater Albuquerque area. While pursuing a Master’s degree in speech & language sciences, Sandraluz fell into the fascinating world of orofacial myofunctional therapy and has been practicing since 2011. Sandraluz completed extensive Internships with Joy Moeller, RDH, COM, Soroush Zaghi, ENT, Bill Hang DDS, Felix Liao, DDS, Larry Kotlow DDS, Rosalba Courtney DO, PhD, Peter Litchield PhD, Patrick McKeown, and has completed further extensive advanced education in orofacial myofunctional disorders, to include courses in airway disorders, sleep disorders, temporal-mandibular joint disorders, and craniofacial, head and neck pain, and identifying TOTS or tethered oral tissues. Sandraluz has had professional clinical experience in a variety of settings including stroke rehabilitation, cleft-palate treatment, OSA and TMJD outpatient rehabilitation. In 2012 Sandraluz opened her own private practice and focuses her attention on children and adults with TMJD, palatal formation disorders, open mouth breathing, tongue thrust disorders, speech sound disorders, improper swallow, compensatory breathing, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and oral habit elimination.  Sandraluz is also an advocate for infants and breastfeeding moms who struggle w/ tongue and lip ties, better knows as TOTS or tethered Oral Tissues. She has invested clinical hours with a plenitude of providers learning about, and implementing, a pre and post-operative therapy program for infants, children and adults who have undergone functional frenuloplasty/frenctomy/frenotomy procedures.

Sandraluz Gonzalez receives an honorarium for this course. 

February 21, 2023 (Virtual),
February 23th-24th, 2023 from 9am-5pm PST in Los Angeles, CA

August 15th, 2023 (Virtual)
August 25th-26th, 2023 from 9am-5pm PST in Los Angeles, CA

February 2024


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February 21, 2024 | Virtual

February 23 - 24, 2024 | Los Angeles, CA


August 2024


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August 15, 2024 | Virtual

August 23 - 24, 2024 | Los Angeles, CA


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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between GLOH Education and The Breathe Institute GLOH Education designates this activity for 16.25 credit hours of continuing education credit.

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