Darick Nordstrom DDS


The creator of the ALF appliance

 As most everyone ​is aware​​, the dental community will be represented by Dr Darick Nordstrom, the original innovator of the Advanced Light Force Appliance and the creative genius behind the concepts that guide the ALF treatment philosophy.  Providing the opportunity to facilitate the miracles associated with the use of the ALF has become a coveted skill that many want to learn but are often intimidated by the amount of training necessary to become comfortable with providing ALF therapy.  Darick's teaching methods parallel the use of the ALF itself as a analogy to the philosophy.  The use of the ALF is dynamic and integrative.  It is not a cookbook recipe and his teaching style emphasizes understanding the foundational principles of why the "wire" works and not simply how to bend the appliance to create a linear outcome as in traditional orthodontic techniques.  InterFACE 2018 will take these conceptual teachings and take them to a whole new level of understanding as we co-discover the possibilities of the continuum of the circle of life and extrapolate the differences between illness and wellness for patients susceptible to neurological challenges to create opportunities of understanding for the use of the ALF in their care. 

Lois Laynee

 Lois Laynee will once again be joining us as we work together to understand the power of neurological integration with the structural opportunities for improved function.  Lois Laynee is the founder of the Restorative Breathing Method and the original innovator of the method known as Cranial Neurosequencing.  Dr. Laynee has a highly specialized PhD in Oral Physiology and over 20 years of working in the oral and airway dimension of optimizing function through reflex integration.  She has developed a program that can help patients of all ages achieve a higher level of wellness through understanding the personal and professional benefits of optimizing autonomic nervous system function through cranial neurosequencing.  

Hila Robbins DMD


Dr. Hila Robbins is a highly experienced, board-certified specialist in pediatric dentistry. She received her D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, conducted research at the NIDCR, in Bethesda, MD, and completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric dentistry at the world-renowned Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her specialty residency at the UCLA School of Dentistry and the UCLA Center for Health Sciences.

Dr. Robbins is a leader in multidisciplinary pediatric dental and oral health care, integrating peer-reviewed scientific and evidence-based clinical knowledge and best practices from the broad community of pediatric health care, functional, and occupational specialists and practitioners throughout the U.S., and internationally. Dr. Robbins is on the forefront of intergrating cranioosteopathy, breathing re-education, oral myofunctional therapy, as well as functional movement and posture using GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, into the practice of pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Robbins is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the California Dental Association, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Southern California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, a Section Leader of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, a Fellow of the Buteyko Professionals International and is a past president of the Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children.

Dr. Robbins is Senior Clinical Instructor in the TMJ/Craniofacial Pain Clinic of the Audiology Foundation at White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, and is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCLA School of Dentistry Center for Health Sciences.

Victoria Wright RDH, OMT

As a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1973, Victoria began learning about Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy [OMT] more than fifteen years ago.

Her philosophy of Integrative [whole person] Patient Health Care determines her approach to customized treatment. She is an advocate for patients with other necessary health professionals. “Collaboratively, we pursue the reason why a symptom presents and then work together to treat for improved function”.

Victoria specializes in OMT and treats patients in her private practice generally in one of her 2 offices [Fallbrook & Carlsbad] in San Diego County. However, in this age of technology, she has helped, and will continue to treat, patients from all over the U.S. Once a comprehensive assessment is completed face-to-face, she is usually able help patients with their therapy appointments in a variety of locations, including Zoom, Face Time and Skype. 

The profession of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy demands continuous study. She has been intentional in training and learning many therapeutic modalities. She is committed to treating patients with the latest techniques, therapies, and information. 

Patient, professional and community education about OMT is one of her passions. Victoria is available for OMT educational presentations in dental and medical offices, to individuals, for professional organizations and at community venues.

Victoria is a Founding Member of AAMS: Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences     http://www.aamsinfo.org

Membership in AAPMD: American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry

Membership in ALF InterFACE

Board Member ALF InterFACE Academy [AIA]

OMT Education and Training:

Cheri Fether: Overview of Myofunctional Therapy

AOMT: Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, Introduction to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy 2014 UCSD, UCLA

Advanced Buteyko Breathing Re-Education for Myofunctional Therapy, UCLA

AOMT New Frontiers in Myofunctional Therapy; OSA, TMD, Orofacial Pain & Posture [UCLA]

Introductory Course in Oral Facial Myofunctional Therapy; Barbara J. Greene

Oral Myofunctional Therapy [Workbook], William E. Zickefoose, COM, Julie Zickefoose COM

Orthodontic Success in the Coming Post-Retraction World, William Hang DDS, MSD, Los Angeles CA 2015

AAMS 1st Annual Congress, Los Angeles, CA 2015

Advanced course TMJ Disorders and Facial Pain: Orofacial Myofunctional Approach; Esther Bianchini PhD [from Brazil]

Restricted Lingual Frenum: Diagnosis and Management; Irene Marchesan, PhD, SLP [from Brazil]

Speaker: Overview of Myofunctional Therapy, T & S Therapy Centre International; TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research & Education; Steven Olmos DDS, La Mesa 2015

White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles: Grand Rounds in TMJ and Craniofacial Pain [ongoing monthly]

Certified in Dental Sleep Disorders, White Memorial Craniofacial Pain TMJ Clinic 2015

9th Annual UCLA Sleep CME Course, David Geffen School of Medicine 2015

FACES: Foundation for Advanced Craniofacial Esthetic Studies, Darick Nordstrom DDS 2015

ALF Study Club [ongoing] Darick Nordstrom DDS

Speaker: Pediatric OSA Myofunctional Therapy Exercises; Pediatric OSA - A System for Diagnosis and Treatment - Session II, T & S Therapy Centre International; TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research & Education; Steven Olmos DDS, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, Memphis TN 2016

Restoring Autonomic Breathing; Laynee Restorative Breathing Method, The Foundation of Movement, Level 1, Lois Laynee PhD 2016

AOMT Comprehensive Frenulum Inspection Workshop, 2016

AAPMD [American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry] Airway Summit: Building a

Collaborative Community for Optimal Health, Tucson AZ 2016

Foundation for Airway Health, Tucson AZ 2016

IATP [International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals] Feeding and Breathing: Clinical and Public Health Implications, Denver, CO 2016

ALF Interface, St. Louis, MO April 2017

AMR [Airway Mini Residency], Airway Focused Dentistry, Mark Cruz DDS, Dana Point, CA; Barry Raphael DMD Clifton, NJ; 2016-2017

AAMS 2nd Annual Congress, Chicago, IL 2017

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine: Leading and Healing from Within, Daniel Friedland MD, UCSD 2017

DSmile [Dynamic Smile] 6 day Trainer Course, 

Dr Gabor Hermann DDS, Gabi Baracsy SLP, Alexander Evans [Voice Gym] Budapest, Hungary

Havening Introduction, 8 hour course, Ronald A. Ruden M.D. Ph.D.   www.havening.org

Speaker: ALF InterFACE, St. Louis, MO April 2018

Board Member: ALF InterFACE St Louis, MO 2018

TOTS [Tethered Oral Tissues] Seattle WA 2018

AAMS 3rd Annual Congress, Rome, Italy 2018

AAPMD Conference, Airway Summit, Las Vegas NV 2018

Some of the OMT therapists interned/consulted with are:

·         Joy Moeller RDH, BS, OMT  AOMT; AAMS

·         Licia Coceani Paskay, MS, CCC-SLP

·         Rossana R Ramires, M.SLP, CCC-SLP, OMTS, PHS 

[from Brazil]

·         Barbara J. Greene, OM Therapist, Teacher, Speaker & Author 2016, *Awarded Florence Nightingale Award for Vision, Enterprise and Passion in Establishing the Profession of Myofunctional Therapy 

Valerie SInkus PT


Valerie Sinkus has over 40 years of experience in the field of physical therapy. Valerie Sinkus graduated from the University of Southern California Physical Therapy School, and since then her professional focus has been the restoration of function and improvement in the quality of life for her patients. In order to uphold her professional focus, Valerie Sinkus received extensive training in many manual therapy techniques and exercise approaches with a neuroscience basis. Additionally, Valerie has specialized training in pediatrics and obstetrics and has been a practicing craniosacral therapist for over 20 years. Valerie Sinkus has extensive experience with sports medicine, and over the years worked with many athletes, including several Olympians. Valerie is trained in many breathing techniques, including Buteyko method, restorative breathing, and Capnometry. Additionally, Valerie Sinkus is a    fascial manipulation therapist, applying the Stecco Method of Fascial Manipulation. Currently, Valerie Sinkus is applying her vast experience, skills, and expertise on treating patients with airway and oral myofunctional issues, including her multidisciplinary approach of manual therapy and exercise.

 Valerie was a member of the 2017 ALF InterFACE Conference Faculty and has additional training in ALF Therapy through the ALF Educational Institute.

Charles Beck, DO, FAAO


Osteopathic Cranial Academy Annual Conference - ALF, Dentistry and Cranial Osteopathy, 2008

Osteopathic Cranial Academy Course -  ALF and Dentistry, Lecturer and Table Trainer, 2011, 2016

InterFACE Conference, 2016

IAOMT Conference 2016

40-hour Osteopathic Cranial Academy introductory course,  (Lecturer, Table Trainer, Student) 

2005-2016 An introduction to dentistry and the cranium, NUFA course, AAO Convocation

2015 A Sutural Approach to Cranial Osteopathy (Course director, Instructor) 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Repeat Lecturer to the WG Sutherland Dental Cranial Study Group

Private mentoring with Darick Nordstrom, Angie Tenholder, Bob Harris and Vernon Kruger


Angela Tenholder DMD, FAACP, DABCDSM

 Dr. Angela Tenholder graduated from Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine in 1994. She has achieved fellowship status in the Academy of Craniofacial Pain (FAACP), Diplomate status in the American Academy of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and is a certified Team Dentist for the Academy For Sports Dentistry. It is a great honor and privilege to achieve these certifications.  Dr. Tenholder has dedicated herself to ongoing post doctoral education to allow her patients to benefit from the knowledge that she has gained through her extensive training.

Dr. Angie has been providing ALF Therapy for over a decade and is a passionate advocate for the use of the appliance, promoting the use of supportive therapies and providing ongoing educational opportunities for those who would like to know more about ALF Therapy.  She provides administrative support for the ALF InterFACE Academy and serves as the initial point of contact regarding website content, Academy of General Dentistry PACE continued education correspondence, membership benefits, member correspondence and promoting the ALF InterFACE community to the general public.  She coordinated  and hosted the annual ALF InterFACE conference in 2017 and will be hosting the 2018 conference at her office in the St. Louis, Missouri area.  


Academy of General Dentistry

American Academy of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions

American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry

American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

Academy for Sports Dentistry

Pastoral Medical Association

Julia Worrall, RN

CV coming soon

Cyndee Johnson, RDH

CV coming soon

John Laughlin III DDS

CV coming soon