Speakers

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Dr. Audrey Yoon

Dr. Yoon completed her orthodontic and pediatric dentistry residencies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science degree, completing extensive research in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) at UCLA. Upon completion of her dual specialty degrees, Dr. Yoon was invited to join UCLA’s School of Dentistry as a Clinical Faculty. She is also an adjunct assistant professor of Stanford Sleep Medicine Center at Stanford University, an honorary assistant professor of Orthodontics at the University of Hong Kong, an adjunct assistant professor in Orthodontics at University of Pacific and a clinical associate faculty at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She is also a co-director of Pediatric Dental Sleep Mini-residency program at Tufts University.
 

She is an Invisalign VIP: Platinum provider, which is only bestowed to the top 1% of Invisalign doctors. Dr. Yoon’s field of expertise includes the effective utilization of orthodontic Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) to minimize surgery and maximize esthetic successful outcomes. Dr. Yoon is a collaborative team member at Stanford Medical Center in the sleep apnea research. She has developed pioneering Distraction Osteogenesis Maxillary Expansion (DOME) technique for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and has co-authored chapters in several leading ENT textbooks. She is one of leading orthodontists to perform the ‘Surgery-first approach’ for orthognathic surgeries and has developed its application for maxillo- mandibular advancement(MMA)surgery for OSA.

 

She is also an expert in customized sleep oral appliances and early interceptive orthodontics in children for craniofacial growth modification.

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Effath Yasmin

Effath Yasmin, MA, HDSE, CLEC(USA), IBCLC, BCST (ICSB, SWISS), RCST (Mumbai, India)

Effath Yasmin is India's leading Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Bach Flower Practitioner & an International speaker and an award winning Documentary Film Maker. Her special interests lie in Infant Oral, Sucking & Airway Dysfunction, Tongue Tie, Birth Trauma, Craniofacial Development and a range of chronic physical and mental dis-eases. Her approach stems from fundamental truth of human organism is complete and self regulatory and treatment approach is by support to mind body and spirit rather than by intervention.

Yasmin serves on many international and national boards and cofounder of International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP) &She has spear-headed & dedicated her life to many projects with a central mission of advocacy, education and awareness for integrative multidisciplinary wellness approach worldwide.

Her work has been published in the International Journals & textbook and she writes extensively on print and digital media on the subjects of breastfeeding, parenting & health related subjects. Her international award winning documentary ‘Untying Breastfeeding’ exposes the glaring unseen obstacles to Birth & Breastfeeding that can help restore motherhood and has been widely celebrated over 1400 Cities worldwide. She is currently pursing her Phd in Metaphysical Sciences.

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Dr.Girish PV

Dr. Girish PV completed his BDS from V.S Dental College, Bangalore in 2004 and went on to do his Masters in Orthodontics from Maaruti Dental college, Bangalore in the 2008.


Since his PG days he had a penchant for learning something extra apart from the
curriculum which led him to do his training under Dr. Fillion for Lingual Orthodontics and started simple clear aligner cases after training for the same in Germany.
Later after his Masters he worked in NSVK Dental college for 4 years as a Senior
Lecturer till 2012 during which he did his Clear Aligner training in Scheu dental company in Germany in 2010. From 2012 onwards he worked as a Reader in Himachal dental college, Sundernagar.  He cleared his Supreme health council exams in Doha, Qatar and then worked as a Visiting Orthodontist for 2 years in Premium Care Polyclinic, Doha from 2012 to 2014.


In 2013 he was awarded for doing the maximum number of Clear aligner cases in South India and then he went on to train Orthodontists in Singapore and Malaysia for Clear Aligner therapy. He did his Fellowship in Neuromuscular Orthodontics in Italy under the able guidance of Dr. Fabio Savastano in his office in Albenga, Italy- where he was trained to treat and manage TMJ cases using Neuromuscular Orthodontics and Orthotics. He is only the second person in India to obtain Fellowship in Neuromuscular dentistry from ICCMO, USA in 2018. He presented to International delegates in ICCMO Russia in 2019, about Neuromuscular applications in Orthodontic treatment.


For the last 2 years he is focused on diagnosis and Neuromuscular Orthodontics using the K7 (Myokinesiography- Jaw tracker) for TMJ patients.
He has done his training and certification for DNA appliance which is the new revolution in the field of Obstructive sleep apnea treatment under Dr. Dave Singh in Seoul, South Korea.


He is one of the very few in India to be trained and certified for ALF appliance under the able guidance of Dr. Darick Nordstrom of USA. (St.Louis, USA, 2019) He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine in 2019 in Tufts University, Boston. He is the Vice President of ICCMO India section and is practicing in Bangalore in “The Rite Bite Craniofacial Pain Care Center, Bangalore”.


He is one of the few orthodontists, practicing MSE appliance (Maxillary skeletal
expander) for Maxillary sutural opening and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring treatments. He is the first person in India to treat Adult Sleep Apnoea patients with the DOME procedure- which is a surgical/ general anesthetic process to fast track sleep apnoea treatments with MSE appliances.His current research is focused on Newer modalities of treatments for Sleep apnoea and snoring in children and adults.

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Linda D’Onofrio

D’Onofrio Speech & Language, Private Practice (2001-present): Evaluate and treat speech and language disorders, oromyofunctional disorders, craniofacial disorders, sensory-motor speech disorders, voice and resonance disorders, narrative development, social thinking, and critical thinking skills in children and adults.

 

D’Onofrio Institute for Advanced Myofunctional Studies (2020-present): Teach a variety of advanced topics and extended courses in the field of orofacial myofunctional disorders for doctors, dentists, orthodontists, SLPs, OTs, PTs, and RDHs.

Journal of Oral Rehabilitation (2019, 2020) and Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica (2021): Manuscript Reviewer Oromyofunctional Study Group on Facebook (2015-present): Administer, manage, and curate a clinical study group for medical and dental professionals treating the orofacial complex from nearly 30 professions and 80 countries. Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Dentistry, Orthodontic Department (2015-2018): Guest lecturer

Portland State University (2013): Adjunct Instructor, Graduate level Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Disorders. Speech Pathologists, PC, Portland OR (1999-2002): Evaluation and treatment of oromyofunctional disorders, verbal dyspraxia, articulation, and language disorders in children and stroke rehabilitation in adults. Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center, Portland OR (1999-2000): Evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, aphasia, brain injury, and laryngectomy in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient settings. Facilitated aphasia treatment and support groups.

 

Oregon Health Science University Medical Center, Portland OR (6/99-9/99): Neurological acute care and inpatient rehabilitation of dysphagia, aphasia, and brain injury. Provided outpatient cognitive-linguistic treatment.

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Julia Worrall

After spending 20+ years as a critical care nurse, Julia was introduced to an amazing, forward-thinking, dental provider that was able to successfully treat her intractable migraines and sleep issues. This chance meeting opened up a whole new world! Applying herself to taking multiple sleep and craniofacial courses along with her insatiable appetite for research led to the discovery that sleep is so much more than just ‘closing one’s eyes’.

 

Realizing that this information is sorely lacking in all areas of healthcare as well as in the general population, she created an International Airway Advocate program for The Foundation for Airway Health. Additionally, Julia is a published author, Editor-in-Chief of Best Sleep Magazine, and a member of multiple professional bodies. She lectures internationally and is an expert in applying sleep and craniofacial assessments in a healthcare environment.

 

She is honoured to be the Educational Director for The Continuing Education Alliance and to sit on the Executive Board for the Foundation for Airway Health, ALF InterFACE Academy and to be an adjunct faculty member for the Indian Society for Sleep Research (World Sleep Society) and contributing member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, American Academy of Sleep Technologists. Julia is also actively involved in Correctional Rehabilitation through the National Commission for Correctional Healthcare and Academy of Correctional Healthcare Professionals.

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Nicole Goldfarb

Speech-Language Pathologist | Certified Orofacial Myologist | Owner of SDCST

Nicole Goldfarb, M.A., CCC-SLP, COM founded the San Diego Center For Speech Therapy & Myofunctional Therapy (SDCST) in 2003. She is one of only three Speech-Language Pathologists in San Diego County who holds a joint certification as a Certified Orofacial Myologists through the International Association of Orofacial Myology. This unparalleled combination of degrees allows Nicole to provide the most advanced and comprehensive treatment, as most patients with speech issues also have myofunctional issues. In achieving her certification, Nicole received the highest score ever appointed on the International Association of Orofacial Myology certification exam at that time.

 

Nicole has achieved numerous trainings in both speech-language pathology and myofunctional disorders, and she has a special passion and interest in sleep-disordered breathing and diagnosing restricted frenum tissue as related to myofunctional disorders. Nicole is currently on the ADA assigned Child Airway Initiative Task Force, a small national team developing the universal screening tool for all dentists to use to screen for sleep disordered breathing as per the 10/2017 ADA proposal that all dentists should screen all patients for SDB. Nicole received intensive and advanced training with the nationally renowned Certified Orofacial Myologist, Katha Phair. Katha trained Nicole in her unique, specialized, and unmatched techniques that she had developed and refined for over 45 years, and in 2014 she selected Nicole to take over her large myofunctional therapy practice in San Diego. Nicole has presented all around the United States on myofunctional therapy as it relates to sleep-disordered breathing, orthodontics, and dentistry. Nicole has also attended a variety of trainings related to sleep-disordered breathing including the Tufts Mini Residency Program, AAMS/AAOSH/AAPMD/IAOM conventions, and other courses.

Previously, Nicole worked in the Solana Beach School District as a Speech-Language Pathologist, entire school district Speech- Language Pathology assessor, and Speech-Language Pathology supervisor for over six years. Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from U.C. San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She achieved a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Diego State University where she was selected as The Outstanding Graduate Student by the entire department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Nicole received the ACE Award for continuing education for 2009-2012 by the American Speech- Language and Hearing Association for her advanced number of professional development and trainings in the field of Speech- Language Pathology. Nicole has trainings in the following approaches: PROMPT for apraxia, Kaufman apraxia, Interactive Metronome Certified Therapist, Lindamood Bell, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social-Cognitive Development Program, Carol Gra  social programs, Tony Atwood Asperger’s Syndrome approach, DIR/Flooritme, Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children), and a variety of stuttering trainings. Nicole developed the Social Stars program and enhanced the Lunch Bunch programs for social skills at her workplace Having a child with sleep apnea identified at the age of 2 years old sparked Nicole's passion and special interest in pediatric sleep- disordered breathing. Nicole's life-long quest is to help in the early identification and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing.

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Dr.Rajesh Raveendranathan

Born and brought up in Bahrain, Dr. Rajesh “Raj” Raveendranathan completed his graduation from Rajas Dental College attached to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India in 1997. He completed his training in Neuromuscular Orthodontics at ICNOG
(International College of Neuromuscular Orthodontics and Gnathology, Italy) in 2006. He is the PIONEER in South Asia to use the ULF TENS and mandibular tracking device (K7) and hence start the super-specialty practice of Neuromuscular Dentistry.


Dr. Rajesh Raveendranathan is an AACP-Tufts certified Dental Sleep Medicine specialist after completing his residency programme on “TMJ and Sleep Medicine” at Tufts University,Boston, USA in 2011. He procured his Fellowship and Mastership from ICCMO (International College of Cranio Mandibular Orthopedics) in 2015. ). He is a diplomate of the Orthodontic World Institute (Barcelona, Spain) and is also a member of AADSM (American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine) and IFUNA (International Functional Orthodontics Association).He procured his PhD from Ecole Superieure, University of Sorbonne in France. He is the Founder President of ICCMO India Section that was formed in 2017.

 

He is also currently the International Secretary of the ICCMO International Board of Regents. Dr. Rajesh Raveendranathan is the Managing Director of Indra Craniofacial Pain Relief India LLP (Bangalore) which runs centres across South Asia to treat patients with craniofacial pain and conducts seminars/courses at various locations under “The Right Bite Craniofacial Pain Care®” brand.

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Dr. Shifa Shamsudeen

After completing her Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery in 2006, Dr.Shifa had chosen her Masters in Preventive and Pediatric dentistry and completed it in 2009. On completing her master’s Dr.Shifa worked with a few leading corporate dental centres and had found herself exploring the functions of a removable Myofunctional appliance in children. In 2012, she started her own practice in Coimbatore, WE Little. Her journey there started with understanding the role of epigenetics in crooked teeth and its prevention. In 2013 she had visited Myofunctional Research and Co., Australia for a deeper understanding for Myofunctional therapy in dentistry. Having seen over 350 cases by then with Myofunctional therapy, she began setting her own protocols for children customized to their needs by 2015.

Dr.Shifa with a deep inclination to academics and had been a part the teaching profession alongside her clinical practice for 9 years until 2018. She had presented at IAOM conferences in 2017 and consecutive years. Over the years of practice, she realized the need for promotion of breastfeeding and its role in the optimal development of craniofacial component. In 2017, she was certified at the Tongue Tie Institute, Australia. With an intense passion for Myofunctional therapy she became a member of IAOM in 2017.

In 2019, she completed her Mini-Residency in Pediatric Sleep at Tufts University (BOSTON) and has been active in treating children with SDB (sleep-disordered breathing) and helped improve their sleep quality. In 2020, she completed her Fellowship In Dental Sleep Medicine at Tufts University, Boston.

She was a speaker at India’s first Airway conference organized by ICCMO, in 2020 to speak on Pediatric ariway and sleep.

She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine(AADSM), International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP) and International College of Cranio-mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO).

 

Along with the other accolades she has received, she has been a prominent speaker at various network organizations to promote breastfeeding and holistic healthcare. In 2020, she founded a Non profit Organization called, The Tongue Foundation, to emphasize on the role of tongue in all stages of life and function. She is active in creating awareness about breastfeeding, oral health disciplines to be followed for good health and pediatric sleep through blogs, talks, lectures and training to mothers, children and professionals.

Over a decade of conservative, non-invasive preventive practice with over 4050 children led her to see the need to create awareness on Pediatric sleep.

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Dr. A.Victor Jerome

Dr. A.Victor Jerome: MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH, ERS DIP. IN PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY MEDICINE


After completing his DCH in 2002 from Raja Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, Annamalai University, India and MRCPCH (UK) in 2011, Dr.Victor was a Clinical Fellow at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London for about 3 years. In that time he worked in Pediatric Respiratory medicine for 2 years when he was a part of the team treating Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing and Long Term Ventilation. In 2017, he earned the APPS
Diplomate (Diploma in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Asian Pediatric Pulmonology Society) and the pHERMES Diplomate (Diploma in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine European Respiratory Society (ERS)). He has also worked as Clinical and Research Fellow in Pediatric medicine at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK.


As Respiratory pediatrician, Dr. Victor Jerome is skilled in providing holistic care to manage respiratory health in infants, children, and young people. He has been sub specialized to manage complex acute and chronic respiratory conditions including difficult-to-treat asthma, cystic fibrosis, and rare lung disease. Futher more he is trained in sleep study analysis, flexible bronchoscopy and the care of technology-dependent children, with long term ventilation, make him stay a notch above the rest in the same field. He is member of the Member of European
Respiratory Society, Indian Chest Society and Member of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, UK.

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Dr Yue Weng Cheu

Dr. Yue Weng Cheu is the Clinical Director of DP Dental (Kovan) and DP Dental (Orchard). Having completed his BDS degree at the National University of Singapore, Dr Yue received an annual scholarship award from The Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

 

Dr Yue has also obtained his membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons, England. Dr Yue has completed the full TMD continuum at Occlusion Connections in the USA and finished his mini-residency on Dental Sleep Medicine with TUFTS University School of Dental Medicine, and continues to lecture and conduct hands-on courses locally and internationally.