Hi! I'm Tamara!
I've been a dental hygienist for 20 years in private practice in Spokane and Seattle. I'm local to Spokane and earned by bachelors in science in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2003. I became passionate about oral development and airway health and started my journey in treating orofacial myofunctional disorders in 2016 when my own child struggled with airway and speech issues. I have thousands of hours completing post graduate training and treating patients clinically. I love working with a variety of people and conditions and treat my patients like family. I have a great relationships with local providers that can assist you on your journey, and together, we will advocate for your optimum health and breathing. I am a member of the IAOM and an Ambassador of the Breathe Institute. I am also certified TOTS trained.
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a short term, non-invasive, individualized program that restores orofacial muscle function and balance as well as proper breathing. OMT is a collaborative treatment for orofacial development, speech, feeding, orthodontic treatment and breathing in children. In adults, OMT addresses orofacial balance, stability of dentition, craniofacial pain management, breathing and sleep hygiene. OMT is an important component of airway focused dentistry. Signs and symptoms of orofacial myofunctional disorders vary in individuals. They include: tongue thrust, chronic mouth breathing, crooked teeth (maloccusion), orthodontic relapse, orofacial pain (TMD), clenching and grinding, problems chewing, swallowing, digestion, poor articulation, forward head and shoulder posture, snoring and poor sleep.