ALF InterFACE 2020 Faculty

Darick Nordstrom DDS - Creator of the ALF family of appliances


Darick Nordstrom is the creative force and continued innovator of  the dental therapeutic intervention known as ALF Therapy.  His passion for supporting his InterFACE community and his thirst for knowledge keeps our ALF InterFACE Conference on the cutting edge of healthcare.

Angela Tenholder DMD, FAACP, DABCDSM


Angie Tenholder has been helping Dr. Nordstrom develop resources for the ALF community by creating the ALF InterFACE Academy .   Her experience in treating the complex patients with craniofacial pain and sleep disordered breathing has created a passion for utilizing ALF Therapy to address the root cause of  dysfunction in both children and adults.  

Dania Tamimi DMSc


Dr. Dania Tamimi graduated with a dental degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1999. She trained at Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine and earned a doctorate of medical science (DMSc) and certificate of fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 2005. She is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR).

She is a reviewer and an Editorial Board member for Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology (OOOO). She is the lead author on “Specialty Imaging: Dental Implants”, a new radiology book that bridges the gap between the clinical implantologist and the radiologist, and a co-author on “Diagnostic Imaging, Oral and Maxillofacial”. She is also Director of Education at the Institute of Advanced Maxillofacial Imaging (IAMI), the educational arm for BeamReaders, Inc.

She currently runs her oral radiology private practice in Orlando, Florida.

About Us

Charles Beck DO, FAAO


Charlie Beck has been working closely with the ALF community and is returing as an ALF faculty member.  He teaches courses  on the dental body connection and is an international speaker and fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy.

He graduated from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004.  He was one of Pikeville’s first undergraduate fellows, staying an extra year in medical school to study osteopathic manipulation more in depth.  Taught by Edward G. Stiles, D.O., F.A.A.O. during medical school, Charlie was given an excellent foundation for learning manipulative medicine.  He is the first resident in osteopathic manipulation (called Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine) in the history of Westview hospital and in Indiana.

Nicole Edwin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC


Nicole is a returning member of the ALF InterFACE faculty .  She has been working  side by side with Dr. Angie as well as closely with Drs Nordstrom and Beck to develop resources for the ALF community.  In addition, along with Dianah Davidson and others, she has been able to nurture the professional relationships between the myofunctional  and ALF communities  

She has been an integral contributor to the development of BabyLase and a valuable resource for course development in ALF Genesis.  

She is the founder of my NeoNourish, LLC  and MyTongueology.  She is an and integrative pediatric feeding therapist. She combines her foundation as a Speech Language Pathologist with  Lactation, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Myofunctional Therapy  to provide a comprehensive treatment approach to healing patients of all ages.

Resources and References










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Literature references



The ADA says dentists should be screening their patients for sleep apnea and should be the professionals who make oral appliances. 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Policy on Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

Trigeminal, Visceral and Vestibular Inputs May Improve Cognitive Functions by Acting through the Locus Coeruleus and the Ascending Reticular Activating System: A New Hypothesis 

Trigeminal Cardiac Reflex: New Thinking Model About the Definition Based on a Literature Review 

Trigeminal Cardiac Reflex and Cerebral Blood Flow Regulation

Treating the Phobic and Anxious Dental Patient:

Introduction to Havening Therapy 

The Limbic System - Ronald A. Ruden, M.D, Ph.D. 

Increased Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity in Children with Mild

Sleep-Disordered Breathing:

A Possible Association with Abnormal Neuropsychological Function 

Not all sleep is equal when it comes to cleaning the brain 

Spinal CSF flow in response to forced thoracic and abdominal respiration 

Meaning of the Solid and Liquid Fascia to Reconsider the Model of Biotensegrity 

A New Pain-sensitive Organ Has Been Discovered in Our Skin 

Stretch force guides finger-like pattern of bone formation in suture 

Etiology, clinical manifestations and concurrent findings in mouth-breathing children. 

 Adults with sensorimotor disorders: enhanced physiological and psychological development following specific sensorimotor training