Meet Our Faculty

Our incredible faculty is made up of some of the world’s leading researchers, doctors, scholars, teachers, representing a broad range of expertise in various medical fields related to myofunctional therapy.

Nicole Archambault Besson

Nicole Archambault Besson, EdS, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC is an ASHA board certified speech-language pathologist, orofacial myofunctional therapist, and sleep literacy advocate. She is the founder and executive director of Minds In Motion, a pediatric private practice clinic in Santa Monica, California.


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Kevin Boyd

Kevin Boyd, DDS is a board-certified pediatric dentist with over 20 years experience delivering outstanding dental healthcare to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with physical and/or mental disabilities, and other special needs. After graduating from Loyola University’s Chicago College of Dentistry…


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Jennifer Flage Hobson

Dr. Jennifer Flage Hobson, PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, CMTPT, is a European-trained physical therapist; she earned her degree in physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She completed Hogeschool internships in Holland and Madrid…


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Triin Jagomägi

Triin graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia in 1993 with DDS in stomatology, soon after that from University of Kuopio, Finland with master’s degree (MSc) in Orthodontics in 1995. In 2005 she got diploma of Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth RCSEd) by the Royal College…


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Martha Macaluso

Martha Macaluso MLT, RDH BS is a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist and Myofunctional Therapist. She received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Farmingdale State University and specialized in Myofunctional Therapy through the AOMT. Martha is faculty at New York University College of Dentistry…


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Irene Marchesan

Irene Marchesan, PhD SLP is a Research Associate at CEFAC, Department of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. She is world-renowned in this field having authored over 300 articles and books and presided over 400 thesis defences. She has over 30 years of experience…


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Patrick McKeown

After receiving accreditation from Dr. Konstantin Buteyko in 2002, Patrick has spent the last 13 years reaching out to thousands of children and adults who suffer unnecessarily due to the asthma, sleep disordered breathing and dysfunctional breathing patterns. His latest book is titled “The Oxygen Advantage”…


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Joy Lea Moeller

Joy Moeller, BS, RDH, is a Registered Dental Hygienist and is a former associate professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, and has been practicing orofacial myofunctional therapy for over 30 years. She is an on-going guest lecturer at USC, UCLA, Loma Linda University, West Coast University…


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Sharon Moore

Sharon Moore Speech Pathologist has 30 years of clinical experience as a Speech Pathologist in Australia and overseas, across a range of clinical settings, including: Education Department, Child Psychiatry, Independent Schools Board, Cochlear Ltd., Private Practice, School for Hearing Impaired…


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James Murphy

James G. Murphy, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He served 25 years on active duty as a physician with the US Navy, 12 years as a contract pediatrician…


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Giovanni Olivi

Giovanni Olivi, MD, DDS is native of Rome, Italy, where he graduated in Medicine and Surgery (MD) and specialized in Dentistry cum laude (DDS). In 2002 Giovanni completed a one-year post graduated laser course at the University of Florence. He achieved the laser certification from ISLD (Bergamo, Italy, in 2004)…


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Melody Ouyoung

I have specialties in early intervention in children and adult who have both speech / voice and swalllowing problems. I have conducted swallowing and voice rehabilitation for children. Head and neck cancer, Parkinson patients both locally, national and international for many years…


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Licia Paskay

While working as a dental hygienist in Italy in the 1990’s, Licia’s boss used to question her ideas on myofunctional therapy: “Who said so? Where is the information coming from?” Those nagging phrases pushed her to learn more about orofacial myofunctional therapy and to pursue evidence…


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Cynthia Peterson


Cynthia Peterson is a physical therapist and works at Canyon Rim Physical Therapy where the physical therapists have over 50 years combined experience in treating head neck and jaw disorders. Cynthis works with each patient one on one to help them identify problematic postures and habits…


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Marileda Tome

Marileda Tomé holds a degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy from the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil (1995), a Master’s Degree in Human Communication Disorders from the Federal University of Santa Maria (1998) and a PhD in Rehabilitation of Human Communication Disorders…


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Heidi Widoff


Professionally, Heidi Widoff, RDH, COM, is both an accomplished Registered Dental Hygienist and a private practice Certified Orofacial Myologist. Apart from her commitment to dental hygiene a few days per week in dental offices, Heidi consults and treats her patients at her private office…


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Soroush Zaghi

Dr. Zaghi graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed a 5-year residency training in Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. He completed Sleep Surgery Fellowship as Clinical Instructor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University. The focus of his specialty training is on Sleep Endoscopy, CPAP Optimization…


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