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Integrative Team Approach to Airway, TMJ, Orthodontics + Whole-Body Wellness
Katherine Ahn Wallace, DDS with Melissa Nealy, IBCLC, Doula, Student Midwife and Tim Adams, DDS

March 15, 2023 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

With so many philosophies, techniques and tools available, where do we begin? How do we integrate our care with myofunctional therapists, SLPs, IBCLCs, OTs, PTs, DCs, CFTs & Sleep MDs? Dr. Katherine Ahn Wallace, the founder of Aviara Center and Aviara Institute, will share her vision behind her integrative airway health center and some of the tools and techniques she currently uses at Aviara Centers to treat patients with Sleep, TMD and malocclusion, including the Homeoblock & POD Therapy. As the Center and Institute address whole-body wellness for patients of all ages, this webinar will include the assessment and treatment options available for adults as well as the littles ones. Dr. Ahn will be joined by Melissa Nealy, who will be addressing cranial strains for the 0-5, and Dr. Adams who will be addressing cranial strains for teens and adults.

To understand what it means to have an all-inclusive integrative airway health center: the mission, the team, the services, the tools and the system.
To understand the connection between Airway, TMJ, Orthodontics + Whole-Body Wellness.
To understand the importance of early assessment of our little ones with sleep disordered breathing.

Dr. Katherine Ahn Wallace (“Dr. Ahn”) began her journey in wellness from birth, being raised a vegetarian by her health-conscious parents. Dr. Ahn developed a special passion for learning about how Lifestyle Compromises can lead to systemic diseases and how a healthy lifestyle can prevent and reverse the disease process. This early exposure to wellness piqued her interest in healthcare, and she proceeded to obtain a degree in dentistry from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1993. She also completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at UCLA in 1995, where she acquired skills in children’s oral health, craniofacial development, and early orthodontics. She continued to further her knowledge in comprehensive dentistry by advancing her education in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry and Sleep, TMJ, & Orthodontic Therapies. This background deepened her understanding of the connection between orofacial muscle dysfunctions and underdeveloped jaws, faces, and airways and how Airway Compromises can lead to breathing & sleep disorders, craniofacial pain, malocclusion & a host of other health issues.

Melissa Nealy, IBCLC, Doula, Student Midwife, is a wife and mother.  She studied opera performance with an intricate understanding of airway and voice function and how to optimize it.  She was an educator and went to graduate school for music education. After having children she began to focus on women’s health care with a deep desire to change women’s healthcare in America.  She became an IBCLC specializing in TOTS and airway while pursuing midwifery.  She is a CFT who utilizes those skills to help pregnant women and their infants.  Her passion is in increasing availability of holistic care for women in her community and educating professionals on optimal care for infants with TOTS beginning with prenatal prophylaxis.

Dr. Adams is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry where he taught clinical dentistry for 5 years. After developing a highly successful esthetic restorative practice for 19 years, he moved to Las Vegas in 2002 to become a full-time faculty member as the Clinical Director at LVI.

While there, he taught clinical skills and lectured to dentists throughout North America, combining the fine art of esthetic dentistry and neuromuscular rehabilitation along with maintaining a private practice. His love for private practice prompted him to move back to Indianapolis to focus entirely on patient care. He has lectured for Myotronics, Bioresearch, The Center at Dental Ceramics, The Aurum Group, Aviara Institute and published over 21 articles including co-authoring a chapter in the prestigious Dental Clinics of North America. Dr. Adams has just recently began providing access to his wealth of knowledge via individualized online training and patient workups which utilize an innovative software developed by the Mayo Clinic.

A journey filled with paradigm shifts and epiphanies has taken him around the country teaching dentists to look at their patients in a more Quantum vs Newtonian approach. A very humble and unique style allows him to simplify the complicated by making it uncomplicated.

1 CE credit available to AAPMD members



March 15, 2023
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


AAPMD – Webinar