FOR THE SCIENCE OF ORAL MOTOR TREATMENT

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OMI BOARD MEMBERS

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP/COM® - Board Chair

Line Kristiansen Avers, MS, SLP 

Debra Beckman, MS, CCC-SLP 

Mary Billings, MS, CCC, SLP/COM®

Charlotte Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP

Daymon Gilbert, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D.

Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, NDT/C, CLC, FOM

Renee Roy-Hill, MS, CCC-SLP/COM®

Pat Taylor, M.Ed. COM®, CCC-SLP

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️

CONSULTANTS TO THE BOARD

Leslie Faye Davis, MS, CCC-SLP       

Nancy Kaufman, MS, CCC-SLP    

Donna Ridley, M.Ed., CCC-SLP    

Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP  

PAST BOARD MEMBERS

Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI (Previous Co-chair) 

Mari Caulfield 

Pam Marshalla (Founder, previous co-chair chair) 

Jane O'Regan Kleinert, Ph.D, CCC-SLP     

Donna Ridley 

Stephen Sacks, MA, CCC-SLP

Liaisons to the Board : (New !)

Lactation/IBCLC: Jill Rabin, MS, CCC-SLP/L, IBCLC

Jill Rabin is a pediatric speech pathologist and international board-certified lactation consultant who has been working with the 0- to 3-year-old population for 35 years. She is based in the north suburbs of Chicago where she has a private practice working with young babies and their families with feeding and speech/language issues. Her areas of specialty include facilitating breastfeeding in at-risk populations such as preterm infants and babies with Down syndrome, using the modified baby-led weaning approach to transition babies with special needs to solids and using child-directed and responsive feeding approaches to improve feeding skills in infants and babies with feeding aversion. She contributed two chapters to the book Breastfeeding and Down syndrome and has written three posts about breastfeeding and Down syndrome on the Julia’s Way website. She wrote an essay and was quoted in the tenth anniversary edition of Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett’s Baby-Led Weaning book. She has many accomplishments such as :a featured as a guest on the Untethered Podcast,  speaker at national and international webinars at The American Speech and Hearing Associations National Conference and TalkTools®. She teaches classes about child development and transitioning to solids to new parents at the New Mother New Baby lactation center located in Northbrook Illinois. Jill is bilingual and speaks Spanish and uses American Sign Language to work on language with her young clients.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy/Registered Dental Hygienist: Patricia Brinkman-Falter, BSDH, MS, PHRDH, COM

Pat obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 35 years.  She also holds a Public Health License in Dental Hygiene.  Pat completed her master’s in Human Resources and Family Science at UNL and obtained her Gerontology certification at Colorado State.  In 2008 she obtained her Orofacial Myofunctional educational training at multiple facilities including but not limited to :The Academy of Orofacial Myology, Billings Speech Pathology Services and is a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®) through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). She has served/serves in volunteer positions such as the UNMC Alumni Council, Past President of the Nebraska Dental Hygienists' Association and has worn awards such as  the Irene Newman Award through ADHA and the IAOM Rose Van Normal Award . She was published in ADHA’s Access Journal in 2020 on recognizing Myofunctional Disorders and received for her work in updating ADHAs policies on the practice of myofunctional therapy by hygienists.  She is a Nebraska and AGD approved provider of continuing education for Orofacial Myology and lectures at dental and medical schools and professional meetings.  Her years of experience with digit sucking, oromotor dysfunctions, TMJD and other areas of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders have been hugely successful. Pat’s dedicated experience and perceptive insights allow her patients to achieve overall confidence by providing an individualized, positive treatment plan.

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