Collaboration Care for Complex Cases
Explain the benefit of a multi-discipline team for patient management.
Review and identify patients who may benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach.
Apply referral criteria to identify patients who may require additional support to further access specialists to improve therapeutic outcomes.
About Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®:
Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, children’s hospitals, and in private practice. In 2004, Ms. Gatto became the co-owner of a private practice in Northwest Houston and began her journey in treating children with pediatric feeding disorders. After years of searching for answers in traditional feeding approaches, she underwent training in the field of Orofacial Myology and became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston in 2011. Ms. Gatto is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has two offices in the greater Houston area and employs 18 speech-language pathologists with various specialties.
For roughly twenty years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing- related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and associated concerns related to sleep related breathing disorders.
Financial: Author/royalty payments, owner and treating a treating clinician with The Speech and Language Connection in Houston, Paid Instructor for the International Association of Orofacial Myology, Speaker Honorarium and Conference Registration Fee Waived.
Non-financial: Past President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was previously a Board of Directors member for the American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a member of the Community Advisory Board at the University of Houston.
About Dr. Gerard Meskill, MD, FAASM:
Dr. Meskill is the CEO of Tricoastal Narcolepsy and Sleep Disorders Center in Greater Houston, Texas. He is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine. He completed neurology residency at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford University under the tutelage of William Dement and Christian Guilleminault.
Dr. Meskill is published in peer-reviewed journals and texts, and he has authored numerous sleep articles for the Huffington Post. He has served as principal investigator in research ranging from a new diagnostic maneuver for obstructive sleep apnea to the treatment of narcolepsy, as well as on advisory boards for Harmony Biosciences and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
Financial Disclosures: Speaker Honorarium, Conference Registration Fee Waived, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Harmony Biosciences
Non-Financial Disclosures: None
About Dr. John Karotkin, DDS, MS:
Dr. Karotkin received his DDS degree at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, followed by his orthodontic certification and MS in oral biology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He has been in the private practice of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in Houston, TX since 2009.
Dr. Karotkin has lectured on topics including an introduction to orthodontics for orofacial myologists, interdisciplinary dental care, surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy, surgical and non-surgical adult maxillary expansion, treatment of airway constriction and sleep disordered breathing, Phase I orthodontics, and Digital Smile Design for organizations including The Institute of Houston Dental Synergy, the International Association of Orofacial Myology, and the Houston Airway Study Club.
Financial Disclosures: Speaker Honorarium and Conference Registration Fee Waived
Non-Financial Disclosures: None
About Dr. Laura Lukin, DDS:
Dr. Laura Lukin has been practicing general dentistry since 2006. During that time, she developed a passion in airway development and maintenance. As a dentist, she looks at the muscles of the mouth, the teeth, jaw, palate, and facial development and assesses how it relates to health and the function of the airway. Dr. Lukin’s vision for Airway Health Dentistry is to spread awareness by educating patients and other healthcare professionals on the connection between the mouth and craniofacial development that impacts the airway. Dr. Lukin is passionate about dentistry’s role in setting children on the right path towards health and wellness by preventing issues such as sleep disordered breathing and chronic allergies. She also works with adults to improve airway health and wellness with education and treatments in office and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
Dr. Lukin is the founder of the Houston Airway Study Club which now consists of over a hundred healthcare professionals including Dentists, Dental Specialists, Physicians, and Speech Language Pathologists trained in orofacial myology. She is a mentor for the Airway Prosthodontics workshop at Spear Education, and a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, International Association of Orofacial Myology, Spear Education Faculty Club, Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.
She is also the wife of a dentist, a mom to three girls and enjoys reading, traveling, surfing and running.
Financial Disclosures: Speaker Honorarium, Conference Registration Fee Waived, and Convergent Dental
Non-Financial Disclosures: Personal (may mention family members in presentation)