Myofunctional therapy is a specialized treatment for children and adults that correct poor oral and facial muscle patterns.
WHAT IS MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a specialized, non-invasive program for soft tissue dysfunction of the orofacial muscles. Therapy addresses poor muscle balance, strength, coordination and stability. Optimal oral function is essential for development in children-airway and mid face development, speech, feeding, breathing and stability of the TMJ. Therapy is often used a co-treatment with orthodontics, growth and development appliances, speech, sleep disordered breathing and TMJ treatments.
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Tamara Anderson graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2003 where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She enjoyed practicing dental hygiene in Seattle and Spokane until 2020. In 2016, she started her therapy business (first in Spokane) from the ground up with Dr Robb Heinrich in Spokane and transitioned to full time in 2020. Her passion and knowledge for dentistry and sleep dentistry has put her in the forefront as a myofunctional therapist. She has taken extensive coursework in orofacial myology for infants to adults and is currently a member of the AAPMD (American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry), IOAM (International Association of Orofacial Myology), is a Breathe Institute Ambassador and TOTS specialist. Tamara is a leading member of the dental community and serves as mentor and educator for orofacial myofunctional disorders. She has a large network and works collaboratively with many dental professionals, physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors and speech therapists. Tamara is married and has two children who are very active in sports. She enjoys a broad interest of activities such as gardening, skiing, hiking, traveling, cooking and volunteering.