Welcome to the IAOM website!

We hope you will find the information on our website to be useful in your search regarding orofacial myofunctional disorders, evaluation and therapy. Orofacial myofunctional therapy focuses on normalizing the function of the muscles of the face and the mouth, especially the tongue, as well as on oral habits that negatively affect chewing, swallowing and speaking.  

The International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) is a multidisciplinary group of health professionals, comprised mostly of individuals in the areas of speech pathology and the dental fields who share knowledge and expertise thus providing specialized assessments and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD), which may include habitual open mouth posture, ineffective chewing, tongue thrust, atypical swallowing patterns, sucking habits (thumb, fingers, clothes etc), and many more.

Our membership is comprised of members within the United States, as well as internationally.  Our scope of practice is to ensure a dynamic, updated and varied approach to each individual patients' care. We value prevention and believe in working as a team, with other health professionals, for the benefit of our patients.

Please visit our website to learn more about what we do and how we can help you regarding your oral-facial concerns. We have pages specifically for Parents and for Professionals as well as for Dentist and Physicians.

We soon will have a new feature on the website, where you can find an orofacial myologist in your area. The search is completed using your postal zip code.  Please be advised that some of the members on your results list may have more than one office in which they provide evaluations and treatment, so be sure to ask them about this. 

We also have information for those professionals who wish to become a certified orofacial myologist (COM).  We have information on the Certification process on our Certification page. You can also look for an IAOM approved introductory course, which is mandatory to begin the certification process.  These courses are listed on our Continuing Education page.

If you are interested in CEUs, we are a Continuing Education Provider for both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).   The course listing can be found on our Continuing Education Page.

March has been designated as Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Awareness Month!  This is aMarsha Lee White great time for our members to reach out to the community to provide education and resources.  It is also a great time to for the community to reach out to one of our members for more information.   

This IAOM also publishes a journal, the International Journal of Orofacial Myology (IJOM) on an annual basis.  This may be a great resource If you're interested in the science behind orofacial myofunctional disorders; evaluation and their therapy.  You can subscribe to the journal or browse our Publications and Resources page for articles which might be of interest to you.

If you are a professional in the dental field or in speech pathology, the IAOM would like to invite you to join us at our annual convention.  The 2012 convention is to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 19-20-21, 2012 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel, 2600 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Albuquerque New Mexico 87110. Please see the website for updates regarding the convention as we approach October of 2012.  

And, in case you have additional questions or need additional information, please contact us by clicking on the Contact Us button.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards,
Marsha Lee-White, MS CCC-SLP COM
IAOM President
Attention: Parents
Getting treatment now can make all the difference in your child's future.

What is Orofacial Myology?

Orofacial myology is a specialized professional discipline that evaluates and treats a variety of oral and facial (orofacial) muscle (myo-) postural and functional disorders and habit patterns that may disrupt normal dental development and also create cosmetic problems. The principles involved with the evaluation and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders are based upon dental science tenets; however, orofacial myofunctional therapy is not dental treatment.
Learn More about Orofacial Myology

Attention: Dentists and Physicians
By: Robert M. Mason, DMD, PhD

Welcome to the website of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), the professional organization that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders. This information page, prepared especially for you, is intended to provide information about the field of orofacial myology and the IAOM, and to update you on some patient diagnosis and treatment issues of possible interest to you and your patients.
Medical Proffesionals please visit
the Dentists and Physicians Page

Membership Eligibility

Membership is open to:
1. Professionals in the fields speech pathology, medicine, dental hygiene, dentistry and other allied fields.
a. Academic preparation should include courses in the physical sciences, social/ behavioral sciences, oral medicine, orofacial myology, speech pathology, education, and growth and development.
b. Active members must meet minimum membership qualification of their respective national professional organization.
2. Those who shall assume the ethical responsibilities designated by the Code of Ethics of the International Association of Orofacial Myology.

IAOM 2011-2013
Board of Directors - Board of Examiners - Committees

Board of Directors

President - Marsha Lee - White, MS, CCC-SLP, COM        
President Elect - Karen Samuel, RDH, COM
Recording Secretary - Barbara Erskine, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Corresponding Secretary - Dianne Lazer, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Treasurer - Dianne Fonssagrives, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Parliamentarian - Christine Mills, BS, SLP, COM
Speech Pathology Representative - Sandra Holtzman, MS, CCC-SLP COM
Dental Hygiene Representative - Heidi Widoff, RDH, COM
Dentistry Representative - Gary Sigafoos, DDS
Orofacial Myology Representative - Shari Green, RDH (ret.), COM

Non-voting BOD members

Ethics Chairperson - Debbie Munoz, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
IJOM Editor - Pat Taylor, MEd, CCC-SLP, COM
Executive Coordinator - Jenn Asher
Board of Examiners Chairperson - Becky Ellsworth, RDH, COM

Board of Examiners

Chairperson - Becky Ellsworth, RDH, COM


Sandra Coulson, MS, COM
Dianne Fonssagrives, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Randi Miller, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Anita Weinfield, MA, COM
Joan Egdorf, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Barbara Erskine, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Marsha Lee-White, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Shari Green, RDH (ret.), COM
Sandra Holtzman, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Sharon DeFranco, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Betty Batcheller, PhD, CCC-SLP, COM
Debbie Munoz, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Elaine Wolkoff, MS,CCC-SLP COM
Patricia Grant, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Linda Preshaw, MS, CCC-SLP, COM



Editor-in-Chief - Pat Taylor, MEd, CCC-SLP, COM             
Associate Editor for Finance - Angela Dikengil, MS
Associate Editor for Subscription - Monique Kaye, MS
Associate Editor for Distribution
- Dana Surena-Mattson, MA
Associate Editors - Robert Grider, MA
Peer Review Board - Dianne Lazer, MA
Peer Review Board - Jayanti Ray, PhD
Peer Review Board - Hope Reed, MS
Peer Review Board - Robert Mason, PhD
Peer Review Board - Nancy Pearl Solomon, PhD
Peer Review Board - Ashish Aggarwal, MDS
Peer Review Board - Elizabeth Roberts, PhD
Editorial Review - Betty Jo Morris
Editorial Review - Amanda Bohlin, BS
Editorial Review - Anne Walters, BS


Web Development and Dessign by:
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Continuing Education - Committees

Continuing Education

Chairperson - Joni Loftin, MSP,CCC-SLP, COM
Speech Pathology Representative - Sandra Holtzman, MS, CCC-SLP COM
Dental Hygiene Representative - Heidi Widoff, RDH, COM
Dentistry Representative - Gary Sigafoos, DDS
Orofacial Myology Representative - Shari Green, RDH (ret.), COM


CEU Administrator: ASHA - Jill Russell, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
CEU Administrator: AGD - Glenda Flora, RDH
Mentoring - Mary Billings, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Certification Liasion - Dianah Davidson, RDH, COM

Member Recognition

IAOM Honors and Awards
The highest tribute of the IAOM is the granting of Honorary Life Membership. The recipient must be a member of the IAOM and must have had a profound influence in the specialty area of orofacial myology and the IAOM. This person shall have all membership privileges without payment of dues
1974 - Richard H. Barrett, M.Ed., C.O.M.
1986 - Marvin L. Hanson, Ph.D., C.O.M.
1991 - Robert Mason, Ph.D., D.M.D.
1992 - Becky Winchell, B.A., C.O.M.
1996 - Galen Peachey, M.Ed., C.O.M.
2000- Joseph Zimmerman, M.Ed., C.O.M.
2003 - Roberta Pierce, M.A.T., C.O.M.
2003 - William Zickefoose, B.A., C.O.M.
2003 - Marjorie L. Snow, R.D.H., M.A., C.O.M.
The President's Award may be given annually to a member who has displayed outstanding dedication and service to the Association. The selection will be made at the discretion of the President of the IAOM
1977 - Marvin Hanson, Ph.D., C.O.M.
1979 - Becky Winchell, B.A., C.O.M.
1980 - Richard Barrett, M.Ed., C.O.M.
1980 - Anita Barrett
1981 - Galen Peachey, M.Ed., C.O.M.
1983 - Darlene Robertson, M.A., C.O.M.
1985 - Dianna Zimmerman, M.Ed., C.O.M.
1985 - Joseph Zimmerman, M.Ed., C.O.M.
1987 - Roberta Pierce, M.A.T., C.O.M.
1989 - Patricia McLoughlin, M.A., C.O.M.
1991 - Gayle Snyder, M.A., C.O.M.
1992 - Catherine Jackson, M.S.P.A., C.O.M.
1995 - Honor Franklin, Ph.D., C.O.M.
1996 - Kimberly Benkert, B.S., C.O.M.
1997 - Paulette Bergounous, M.S., C.O.M.
1998 – Sam Egdorf
1998 - Joan Egdorf, M.A., C.O.M.
2000 - Julie Zickefoose, B.A., C.O.M.
2000 - William E. Zickefoose, B.A., C.O.M.
2001 - Dianne Fonssagrives, M.S., C.O.M.
2005 - Licia Coceani Paskay, M.S., C.O.M.
2009 - Licia Coceani Paskay, M.S., C.O.M.
In 2004, awards were presented to the following individuals for recognition of outstanding achievements in providing communication to our members.
Joan Egdorf, M.A., C.O.M., IAOM Webmaster
Donna Grant, M.A., IAOM Newsletter Editor
Patricia Taylor, M.Ed., C.O.M., IJOM Editor
The Richard H. Barrett Award may be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors for contributions in orofacial myology research.
1981 - Marvin Hanson, Ph.D., C.O.M.
1989 - Robert Mason, Ph.D., D.M.D.
1996 - Gloria Kellum, Ph.D.
2000 - Toshihide Ohno, D.D.S.
2000 - Hideharu Yamaguchi, D.D.S.
2005 - Irene Queiroz Marchesan, Ph.D.
2010 - Esther Bianchini, PhD
2010 - Adriana Rahal, PhD
2010 - Jayanti Ray, PhD
The IAOM President’s Plaque has been presented at the discretion of the president for outstanding term of office.
1983 - Becky Winchell, B.A., C.O.M
2009 – Emily Clayotn, M.S., C.O.M.
On June 26, 1987, the IAOM Board of Directors presented a special award to Mr. William E. Zickefoose in recognition and appreciation of his unique contributions toward the founding and advancement of the International Association of Orofacial Myology.
1987 - William E. Zickefoose, B.A.
On June 26, 1987, the IAOM Board of Directors presented a special award to Mr. Robert Grider and his wife, Amy, in appreciation for all of their hard work in making the. Newsletter the excellent communication medium that it has become.
1997 - Robert Grider, M.S. and Amy Grider
2009 – Marjorie L. Snow, R.D.H., M.A., C.O.M.
On June 29, 1987, the Golden Gavel Award was established to honor an IAOM President who, during his/her presidency, demonstrated extraordinary dedication, leadership and significant contributions while fulfilling the responsibilities of this presidency. The recipient of this award shall be selected by the IAOM Board of Directors only when special recognition is deemed appropriate.
1987- Joseph B. Zimmerman, M.Ed., C.O.M.
1991 - Galen L. Peachey, M.Ed., C.O.M.
1997 - Sylvia Zante, M.A., C.O.M.
1999 - Marjorie Snow, M.A., C.O.M.
2001 - Patricia G. Meyer, M.A., C.O.M.
2003 - Dianne Fonssagrives, M.S.., C.O.M.
2005 - Anita Weinfield, M.A., C.O.M.
2009 – Debora Munoz, B.S., C.O.M.
In 1992, the IAOM Board of Directors established a special award in memory of Connie Painter. This award may be presented to a person who has been dedicated to the IAOM principles.
1992 - Marjorie Snow, M.A., C.O.M.
1995 - Patricia Grant, M.A., C.O.M.
1996 - Becky Winchell, B.A., C.O.M.
1997 - Clara Mae Rydell, M.S., C.O.M.
1998 - Patricia G. Meyer, M.A., C.O.M.
1999 - April Gelesko, R.N., C.O.M.
2000 - Roberta Pierce, M.A.T., C.O.M.
2001 - Kimberly Benkert, M.P.H., C.O.M.
2005 - Joseph Zimmerman, M.Ed., C.O.M.
2007 - Mario Bondi, D.D.S.
A Life Member shall be identified as a member who has held membership for at least ten consecutive years immediately prior to attaining age sixty-five. This category must be applied for by the member in writing to the Executive Coordinator of the IAOM. If this person fulfills the above requirements, the Executive Coordinator shall inform the IAOM President. Handbook Editor and the Corresponding Secretary. The member shall automatically receive LIFE MEMBERSHIP status with all privileges of a member without payment of dues thereafter.
Allez Ashmead, PhD
Anita Weinfield, MA
Barbara Rockman, Ph.D
Carl Painter, DDS
Mario Bondil, DDS
Iris L. Maybruck, EDD
Suzanne Barnes, MA
Barbara J. Reiner, PhD
Herb Weinfield, DDS
Darlene Robertson, MA
Lucia E. Moore, BA
Donna M. Mathiak
Joan H. Egdorf, MA
Donald Thompson, MA
Marian S. Goettee, MS
Georgianne Schreiber, BA
Britt Hargraves, MS
Frank E. Shamy, DDS
John Howland, DDS
Elnita Stanley, EdD
Carol F. Hudson, BA
Susemarie Swenson, MFT
Nancy M. Lee, RDH

Rose Marie Van Norman
Rose Marie Van Norman was a member of IAOM for over 26 years. In those years she touched most of our lives. Rosie, a warm vital exciting person has had a profound influence in the practice of orofacial myology, especially in the area of elimination of sucking habits.
She generously shared her knowledge and expertise in lectures, courses and the books and articles she wrote. Most of us remember Rose Marie Van Norman as an intense teacher that was important part of Rosie’s life but the another was the fun loving Rosie. There was nothing too far fetched when it came to the Roberta Pierce and Rose Marie Van Norman duo. Rosie surely lived life with a zest.
January 20, 1942 - August 12, 2010

Rose Marie, you professionalized thumb sucking therapy to such a high standard! Your smiling helpful presence at our meetings will be missed for years to come. But your legacy will live on in all of the students you taught and the healthy smiles you helped to create. We love you. Joy Moeller
I took my courses from Rose Van Norman and Roberta Pierce. One doesn't get the "word" from the "horses" mouth often, but I did. It was a wonderful time in Las Vegas and I will forever remember her fondly. She definitely was an expert in her field. The cost was $350 as Rose and her mate weren't in it for the money. I have successfully treated many thumb suckers using Rose's forms and know-how. Sorry to hear of her passing. Connie Sidder
If there were an IAOM Hall of Fame, Rose Marie Van Norman would have a plaque with her picture, name and stats hanging on the wall. I met Rosie at a Chicago Dental Society Convention in 1971 or 72. She was at the convention representing a company that manufactured products for dentists and myofunctional therapists. I stopped at her booth, we discussed therapy and that was the beginning of our friendship. Even back then, Rosie was bursting with enthusiasm for our profession. I feel fortunate having shared the years with Rosie and her buddy Roberta. I am sure they are together now, inventing new things for us to discover as they did in life. Love, Anita Weinfield
The first time I met Rose Marie was at a convention in Seattle, Washington. I loved the passion in which she delivered her presentation , sometimes with a tear in her eye when spoke about a student. She contributed so much to our Association , also in both the dental and speech professions. Her published books, her insights and knowledge will influence children and professionals forever. Loved her, Joanie Egdorf
I always had a great admiration and respect for Rose Marie, for her indomitable passion for myofunctional therapy and especially the preventive aspect of it: digit sucking elimination. I read her books and her articles and I gave away multiple copies of them to my referral sources and colleagues, as nobody could be more eloquent and knowledgeable on this subject. She was very generous with her time, her expertise and her friendship. She was a great asset for the IAOM and orofacial myology and she is surely role model to me. With gratitude, Licia Coceani Paskay



History of the IAOM

Marjorie L. Snow, R.D.H., M.A., C.O.M.

Over thirty-five years ago a small but dedicated group of speech pathologists, with open minds and research orientation, banded together to form the nucleus of what is now the International Association of Orofacial Myology. Speech pathologists had been singled out by Dr. Walter Straub, a California orthodontist, as the professionals who were best suited to work at training tongues.
Prior to this time a few members of the dental and orthodontics communities of the United States and Europe were becoming aware that some malocclusions were the result of functional behaviors as opposed to genetic dental factors. They needed someone to work with these patients whom they described as deviate swallowers, one of the many descriptors which characterized this embryonic stage of orofacial myology. The small group of dedicated individuals who endorsed the hypothesis, along with a scattered few from the dental hygiene profession across the country, became the pioneers whose job it was to prove the concept was valid. This was no small task as the resistance, and in some cases ridicule, was pervasive.
As the number of true believers and consequently members of the IAOM grew, the focus of the organization during the last twenty six years has been to establish educational guidelines and to expand the body of knowledge while at the same time promoting research to provide a base of evidence. As the organization moved through it's infancy and adolescence, there has been an unwavering goal to have a master's level college curriculum available for people wishing to become orofacial myologists. Because of the diverse backgrounds of the people coming to orofacial myology from allied health professions, this curriculum would have to supplement the individual's original education to prepare them for clinical practice, i.e. dentistry for speech pathologists and speech pathology for dental hygienists. The IAOM has addressed the need for regulated educational opportunities and standardized college level credentialing. These goals have evolved over the past years until there are now appropriate professional requirements which meet the standards of other health care professionals, as well as the minimum requirements of the insurance industries. Incorporating these standards into college curriculum is still the dream but certainly is much closer than thirty years ago.