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About Dianne

About Dianne

I had worked with young children for 10 years as a Montessori Directress in Little Rock, Arkansas. But I found that I wanted to further my education and discovered that a Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders (speech/language therapy) would be a good fit. I quickly fell in love with the field and upon graduation, returned to my native California to work in Kern County. Two years later, I was introduced to the sub-specialty of orofacial myology by my college, Linda Elieff. Unfortunately, orofacial myology, or myofunctional therapy is not taught to SLPs in graduate school. Thus, I had to take additional training through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) before becoming a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM). I love helping my patients, what ever their age, to correct these detrimental habits, and to achieve a healthier, more beautiful and stable smile. I continue work in the schools as an SLP 2-days per week since moving to Lacey, WA.

Dianne
Educational background:
B.A. — University of Arkansas at Little Rock – 1984
M.A. – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – 1986

Memberships:
American Speech/Language Hearing Association (ASHA) #01028662
Washington Sate License - LL60618437
California State License – SP# 7287
California Speech/Language Hearing Association (CSHA)
International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM)
Past President – IAOM
Board of Directors – IAOM
Board of Examiners – IAOM
Association Montessori International (AMI)
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Awards:
Certificate of Clinical Competence – ASHA 1987
11 ACE Awards – ASHA for Continuing Education
Certified Orofacial Myologist – IAOM 1995
Service to the College of Communications – University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Experience:
More than 25 years of experience in the schools as a Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) and as the only Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) practicing in all of south Puget Sound.

Interests:
I enjoy science, medicine, architecture, design (interior and landscape) and of course, my dog – Maggie.