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Sanda Pinkerton

Sanda Pinkerton,

Anna Gross

Anna Gross

Are you ready to elevate your practice and transform your career? Welcome to the Myo Masterminds program, a transformative journey designed for professionals in the fields of myofunctional therapy, dental hygiene, speech pathology, and more.

Why Choose MyoMasterminds?

Our program is more than just a course; it's a community of passionate professionals dedicated to advancing healthcare. Here's what you can expect:

  • Reignite Your Passion: Our program is designed to re-energize your practice, providing a renewed sense of purpose and direction.
  • Deepen Your Knowledge: Stay at the forefront of your field with our in-depth, research-based curriculum. Learn the latest protocols and best practices in myofunctional therapy.
  • Build Valuable Connections: Join a supportive network of like-minded professionals. Collaborate, learn, and grow together.
  • Boost Your Confidence: Our graduates report increased confidence in their ability to communicate with other providers, present their work, and deliver high-quality patient care.
  • Enhance Your Professional Growth: With personal and professional growth opportunities, you'll evolve in your career and become a leader in your field.
  • Improve Patient Care: The knowledge and skills you gain will enable you to provide exceptional care to your patients, improving their health outcomes and overall wellbeing.


This is a 9-month literature and case-based course with 88 hours of instruction and hands-on learning. The course focuses on oral sensory-motor through orofacial myofunctional diagnostic treatment. It is unique in that participants will problem solve with instructors on their own cases (with patient permission). Additionally, participants will use actual tools and exercises on themselves and their patients.

MYO Masterminds professionals commit to:

  • Attend weekly 2-hr virtual sessions for 9 months;
  • Compose 5 case-study reviews using provided case study template;
  • Present at least 1 case-study to the cohort;
  • Complete assignments including weekly quizzes, literature reviews, and terminology;
  • Collaborate during live sessions; and
  • Attend graduation with 2 days of in-person/virtual learning and celebration.

Short assessment/treatment video clips, provided by participants with patient permission will be reviewed in monthly sessions. Instructional topics include anatomy and physiology, child development, management of tethered oral tissues, airway and breathing concerns, facial and speech development, orthodontic and surgical support, patients with complex issues, as well as tools for practice and team building. Most months will also feature prominent guest speakers and panel discussions.

Participants will use the actual tools required in the continuum of oral treatment (i.e., babies to adults with a variety of disorders). Throughout the course, participants will apply treatment techniques and receive ongoing mentoring for 5 or their own clients from the master-level instructors resulting in effective treatment plans. The following topics will be covered in detail: Research Literature, Therapy Process, Functional Anatomy and Physiology, Child Development Beginning at Birth to Include Feeding and Speech, Tethered Oral Tissue Management, Airway and Breathing, Orthodontic and Surgical Support, Working with Complex Patients, as well as Practice Management and Teamwork.

Registrants will receive an email with instructions for how to access online content after registration has been accepted.

2022 Myo Masterminds Course Compilation

  • Discuss and describe research classifications/trends, define terminology used by various professionals on a team, and identify diversity in oral sensory-motor and orofacial myofunctional therapeutic approaches.
  • Explain the importance and crucial roles of full-body development and reflex integration, bodywork as part of therapeutic treatment, as well as knowledge of functional anatomy and physiology.
  • Read and discuss at least 5 research articles per month on the scheduled topic.
  • Explain the patient treatment sequence (i.e.,assessment through treatment while working with an appropriate team)
    • Airway, respiration, postural control.
    • Jaw stability and mobility.
    • Lip and cheek stability and mobility.
    • Tongue stability and mobility to include proper resting tongue posture.
    • Appropriate oral-phase management and swallowing.
    • Precise speech production (working with a speech-language pathologist).
  • Describe and discuss the learning processes used in habit system, oral sensory-motor, and feeding development.
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate and essential tools used in feeding, eating, drinking, swallowing, speaking, and breathing.
  • Discuss the unique/different roles of the oral structures and motor plans used in speech vs. feeding, eating, and drinking.
  • Describe speech development from birth to age 8 years, as well as the crucial nature of precise vowel production and nonword syllables.
  • Review and discuss practices and advances in tethered oral tissue treatment.
  • Describe the physiological stages of wound healing (i.e., hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, as well as maturation/remodeling).
  • Identify the differences between primary vs. secondary intention wound healing (i.e., sutures vs. no sutures).
  • Demonstrate manual stretches in combination with exercises during orofacial myofunctional therapy.
  • Demonstrate and execute orofacial myofunctional therapy exercises addressing appropriate jaw, lip/cheek, and tongue stability/mobility.
  • Explain the post-surgery protocol.
  • Explain the interaction of orthodontic and surgical support with oral sensory-motor and orofacial myofunctional treatment.
  • Identify appropriate treatments and resources for complex patients (e.g., patients with neurological, genetic, metabolic, autoimmune, autism, temporomandibular joint, and other disorders).
  • Explain and implement the elements of a successful practice and treatment team.
  • Identify appropriate team members and their roles for different types of patients.

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. 

Anna Gross, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Lactation Counselor is a licensed speech-language pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and Certified Lactation Counselor by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

Anna offers evaluations and treatment for infant and toddler oral motor and feeding difficulties and disorders, as well as children and adults with orofacial myofunctional disorders. In addition to her Los Angeles based private practice, Anna is pursuing her clinical doctorate at Northwestern University.

She also enjoys lecturing on oral motor, feeding and myofunctional disorders, and is a faculty member at The Breathe Institute where she teaches their 'MYO Masterminds' and  'Oral Habits' courses, and is a guest lecturer at the 'Myo Workshop', 'Breathe', and  'Breathe Baby' courses.

Anna is also a member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences (AAMS) and the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA).

Anna Gross receives an honorarium for this course. 

Kick-Off Call Tuesday July 23rd, 2024
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM PST

Class Begins Tuesday August 6th, 2024
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM PST


Apply For Admission

  • Review and determine whether you meet the following prerequisites:
    • For RDH/SLP Only - You have completed a preliminary Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Course;
    • For RDH/SLP Only - You are treating or have treated a minimum of 5 patients for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy;
    • The above prerequisites do not apply for Physicians.
  • Complete Preliminiary Online Application & Await Followup Email
Apply Here

Register For The Course

  • If the preliminary application is approved, you'll be asked to submit the following:
    • A 1-2 minute video about your training and experience, & why you would like to complete the program;
    • A succinct curriculum vitae (CV and/or Resume);
    • 2 letters of recommendation; and
    • Copies of certificates of completion (foundational program and any additional programs you have completed that are relative to the field of Myofunctional Therapy);

$1000 Deposit | $5000 Total

After your Application is accepted and Step 1 is complete, you can Register for the Myo Masterminds course.


MYO Masterminds is the most comprehensive literature-and case-based course available in the field of orofacial myofunctional therapy.

MYO Masterminds aims to advance the field of orofacial myofunctional therapy by promoting critical thinking and the use of updated, evidence-based, and validated tools and knowledge, as well as common terminology, and a consensus among professionals. What makes MYO Masterminds so special is our blend of distinguished interdisciplinary lecturers and attendees who are ready to elevate their knowledge and collaborate.

The Breathe Course Online

GLOH Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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 88 credit hours of continuing education credit.


Direct Contact for questions regarding courses and in-person events:

The Breathe Courses Team

[email protected] +1 (310) 579-9710 x516

Refund Policy

  • Full Refund - If requested 30 days before course. begins
  • 50% Refund - If requested 2 weeks before course begins.
  • Course Credit - If requested less than 2 weeks before the course begins, you will receive credit to use towards another Breathe Course.

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