MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
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:
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:
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
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
After your Application is accepted and Step 1 is complete, you can Register for the Myo Masterminds course.Register
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.
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.