Overview of the basic designs of the different components of the ALF family of appliances including: Pedo Double Cribbed ALF, Wavey wire designs, Pedo Class 3 designs, ALF for development, ALF for Trauma release, Stealth ALF, ALF NLA and Nordic Positioner.
Hands-on instruction will be provided on only the most frequently occurring ALF designs, repairs and mid-treatment modifications requested from ALF Therapy providers.
Wire characteristics and designs
Class 3 “tandem” wires (Pedo class 3 options, t wire, etc.)
Wire size related to age and indications
Tooth specific options regarding design and adjustment
Hands on wire bending, ALF appliance modifications and repairs
Appliance breakage and repair
Anterior bite planes and lip bumpers
Hands On Soldering Workshop
In order to ensure that each participant has access to the instructors and lab equipment, this course size is limited to 10 Lab Technicians. You must already come being able to bend wire . This is not a basic class and will best suit Certified Lab Technicians. At this time we are not accepting Doctors into this course.
If any seats remain unsold then a Provider may be able to attend. In order to register for an elective you must be attending the conference.
INSTRUCTOR: DR. DARICK NORDSTROM
Cost: $1500- Lunch Included
Wednesday April 10th from 9am to 5pm
Thursday April 11th from 8am to 3pm
Please bring your own pliers, elgiloy wire, soldering torch, solder and flux if you plan to solder wire during course participation
**If you pass this elective you will be considered a Certified ALF Lab Technician and leave with a Certificate**
Instructor: Dr. Angie Tenholder
Requirements: Open to Dentists Only
Cost: $1000.00-Lunch Included
**You will also be responsible for paying the online Proctoring Company the $100 fee through Digital Chalk to take the actual exam**
***To access Digital Chalk a current membership is required***
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
The Covenant Course is a one day review course for ALF Providers that carry membership through the Synergy Academy that have taken a Hands On Course in the last 5 years as taught by Dr.Darick Nordstrom or Dr. Angie Tenholder as sponsored by The Synergy Academy.
*additional hands on courses taught by Dr. Nordstrom between 2017-2022 may be considered as an acceptable pre-requisite for the Covenant course on a case by case basis
This course will review the Principals of ALF Therapy. This is not a basic introduction course. This course is designed to assist both experienced and newer ALF providers in passing the credentialing exam by reviewing pertinent information to providing authentic ALF Therapy.
WHY THE NEED FOR CREDENTIALING?
What we have learned through seeking legal counsel in the context of the AGGA lawsuit and public relations events that followed is that there is an imminent need to ensure that our organization does its due diligence in providing a more standardized educational effort for ALF Therapy providers. The public has demanded that they have access to the detailed information regarding the type of training that their providers have taken in order to call themselves certified providers of ALF Therapy. Our organization is dedicated to providing high value public relation efforts in educating the public on:the differences between authentic ALF designs and instructors as compared to those that are not advocated by Dr. Nordstrom and the ALF InterFACE and The Synergy Academies, ·
The ALF InterFACE Academy is the certifying organization that provides access to the listing of dentists and orthodontists who have chosen to support the ALF InterFACE community by taking the measures to prove competency through the various levels of provider credentialing as well as those who have completed certificates of completion of courses providing training through Dr. Darick Nordstrom and Dr. Angie Tenholder through The Synergy Academy.
It has been clearly explained by several attorneys that:in order to be able to defend our our instructors, our labs and our providers against potential legal liability, urgent action must be taken to create value in our trademark as well as in the public perception of ALF Therapy.
In addition, without immediate action, the ALF Trademark that our organization has invested in will lose value if not defended. By protecting our mark, we ensure that the term ALF does not become generic and lose value in the public domain
Educating the public (patients and providers) about the ALF devices strengthens the value of the trademark for the protection of our providers against legal action as well as for patients choosing their providers based on authentic principles and reliable provider training
Introduction to the Why Behind the Wires as well as the language used in the ALF Therapy community when discussing topcs of importance including autonomic nervous system regulation,
proprioception, interoception, neuromodulation, nociception, the role of trauma and our role as an legal organization and community of providers.
Instruction on the anatomy of the ALF family of appliances including an overview of the most commonly utilized designs, correct use of cuspid crescents and lower wavey wire designs.
Basics of sleep physiology, neural circuits, cranial nerve function. fascial system influences, primitive reflex system relevance on neurological and fascial biases, the impact of the teeth on the mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus on the physiology of the entire body and how ALF Therapy plays an important role in overall health.
A review of Dr. Nordstrom's recorded lectures on developmental milestones, the impact of proper signaling and the influence of interruptions in the craniofacial and neurodevelopmental complex.
Instruction on the basic understanding of the trigeminal cardiac reflex as a critical determining factor in ALF appliance design and treatment sequencing for patients undergoing ALF Therapy
Design considersations that compare and contrast the differences between authentic ALF designs and those that may be in use, but are not recommended by The Synergy Academy or Dr. Nordstrom based on their lack of long-term success and/or compliance with authentic ALF design principles..