This is our family and we have three daughters ages 11, 9 and 6. We live in Northeastern North Carolina and we spend as much time as we can on the beautiful beaches of The Outer Banks.
I am a Qualified Orofacial Myologist and Registered Dental Hygienist and I have been practicing clinically for the last 20 years. I graduated from The Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene. I have always been passionate about teeth, health, wellness and nutrition and my love for these things, my family and my patients has lead me down a path of constant learning.
I studied dietetics at The University of Georgia before pursuing my degree in Dental Hygiene. My love for nutrition and health lead me to obtain my Health Coach Certification and I began to bring my knowledge into the dental operatory. Imagine my patients’ surprise when I began talking about their overall health! But I'm just supposed to clean their teeth!
My career has enabled me to practice all over the country while moving from state to state with my husband who was in The United States Coast Guard. Along the way I have worked in over 40 different dental practices with many different doctors and this experience has given me the opportunity to evaluate many, many mouths. For years I have talked to patients about oral habits, teeth grinding, TMJ issues, sleep apnea, periodontal disease, chewing/swallowing problems and a host of other issues that may come up in a clinical setting. Not until one of our daughters required help with her oral rest posture and sleep did I discover Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. I knew immediately it was another facet of dentistry that I must study.
I now have an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy practice and I enjoy working closely with my clients to help them overcome Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and make adjustments to their lifestyles that help them achieve overall health and wellness. Many of my clients make an "About Face" during their therapy, and that is how I came up with the name for my business. Sure, we work with the face - dentistry is my first love - but they come in with sickness, poor nutrition, or disorders of the Orofacial Complex that leave them tired and unhealthy. We work together to make changes that will help them have an "About Face" in their overall health and set them on a course for a better future.