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Dr. Brynn Leroux is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and was ranked 2nd in her graduating class. She completed a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina, acting as Chief Resident. A native of Maringouin, LA, Dr. Leroux graduated as Valedictorian from Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee and continued on to study Biological Sciences at LSU in Baton Rouge. Dr. Leroux is a partner in Associates in Pediatric Dentistry, a group practice with 4 locations serving the Greater Baton Rouge area. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has begun the certification process through the American Board of Laser Surgery. Dr. Leroux has completed Standard Proficiency certification by the Academy of Laser Dentistry. She is an active member of numerous local and national dental organizations and honorary societies, including the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, American Dental Association, Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, OKU National Dental Society, C.E. Kells Honorary Society, and Pierre Fauchard Honor Society. Dr. Leroux is also a board member for the Capital Area Partners Cleft initiative at OLOL Children’s Hospital, supporting, educating and encouraging families throughout the state of LA in their cleft and craniofacial journeys. After being personally affected by tongue tie and sleep disordered breathing, Dr. Leroux has taken a special interest in tethered oral tissues, airway centered dentistry, sleep medicine, and interceptive orthodontics. She is a TOTS trained professional, an active member and speaker of the American Laser Study Club, and a founding member of the International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP), in which she currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. She evaluates her patients for signs and symptoms of tethered oral tissues and sleep disordered breathing and provides laser lip and tongue tie revisions from birth through adulthood using the Light Scalpel CO2 laser. Her practice can offer any level of sedation or anesthesia “in house” as needed to provide patients with the most thorough, positive, and safest laser revision experience. Dr. Leroux works closely with a team of local lactation consultants, therapists, bodyworkers, pediatricians, and ENTs to ensure collaboration, follow through, and comprehensive care for her patients. In her spare time, Dr. Leroux, her husband, Lance, and her children, Anson and Amelie, enjoy entertaining family and friends, attending LSU football games, exercising, traveling, and spending time at their lake house.
A Medical Intensive Care Unit, was my introduction to Nursing as a new Grad from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1982. Two years later, I decided to specialize in Maternal Child, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. I progressed from staff nursing, to roles as an Educator and Manager for Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Paediatrics, Labour & Delivery, Antenatal and Well Baby Clinics. This allowed me the opportunity to develop skills in Finance, Project Management and Committee development. I participated within individual hospitals and in provincial projects. After thirty-five years of very rewarding experiences in health care settings, I also trained as a Novel Network Engineer, Computer Technician, Certified Infant Massage Instructor-Level 2 and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2009. My wide range of skills have led me to join the growing swell of multidisciplinary professionals, passionate about supporting families dealing with Tethered Oral Tissues pre, during, and post revision throughout their lifetime. The Secretary position on the ICAP Board of Directors includes duties such as, interpretation and recording of the monthly Zoom meeting and working with different professionals to ensure ICAP meets the Canadian Legal requirements for a Not for Profit Organization. I contribute to information sent to Board Members about upcoming events along with organization of the Annual General Meeting, ensuring all members have access to information about the functions of the Board, updating the Bylaws and other duties as assigned. I have been a representative of IBCLC’s on the Board of Directors.
Patricia A. Berg is an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Diplomate Certified CranioSacral Therapist. Ankloglossia is a large part of both of my practices so that I see the impact it has on individuals and on families. It is my goal for ICAP to be at the forefront as a resource for research-based information and to bring people of all disciplines together to share knowledge and experiences so that we share this knowledge with colleagues and parents. I want all members to feel open and safe to bring thoughts/questions/concerns/ ideas to the organization.
Darlene Buan-Basit is a licensed chiropractor and Pilates instructor in midtown Toronto for over 15 years. Dr. Darlene has worked with a wide range of people such as injured athletes, NHL players, children and active seniors. Prior to chiropractic, Dr. Buan-Basit graduated with a B.A.Sc (Hon) in Occupational Health and Safety, and a minor in Human Resource Management. It was while working in the manufacturing industry that Dr. Darlene realized she wanted to work directly with injured workers. She returned to school and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2003. She has been a past volunteer for the Industrial Accident Prevention Association. In 2011, Dr. Buan-Basit delivered a baby with a tongue tie, and quickly learned the challenges and lack of knowledge in the community. From these challenges, Dr. Buan-Basit began researching and taking courses to understand and develop manual therapy treatment techniques based on a baby’s clinical history and physical exam. Dr. Buan-Basit has become a pediatric chiropractor specializing in breastfeeding dysfunction, particularly babies with tongue ties. Dr. Buan-Basit is trained in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Active Release Technique, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Advanced Massage Techniques, Activator Method and other various myofascial release techniques. Dr. Buan-Basit works closely with IBCLCs, often providing co-treatment to difficult cases. Dr. Buan-Basit provides manual therapy to babies pre and post frenotomy, and assist with other breastfeeding issues which have a biomechanical component. Because of her experience with tongue ties and breastfeeding, she has worked with supporting breastfeeding. Dr. Buan-Basit is just returning from sabbatical where she has consolidated her research, training and clinical experience. She works collaboratively with IBCLCs, dentists, midwives, doulas, occupational therapists, dyads and now studying to become an IBCLC to help breastfeeding families. Recently she has developed a workshop on Breastfeeding Solutions – Massage and Bodywork Techniques to help babies breastfeed better!
Dr. Jimmy Chan was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. Upon graduating from Eric Hamber Secondary School in 1989, he was accepted into the University of British Columbia. After undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Chan completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at UBC in 1996 and worked as an associate dentist at dental practices in Vancouver, Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. In 1997, Dr. Chan took over the dental practice of Dr. Albert Siemens and has since served the Lynn Valley and North Shore communities and beyond for over 18 years. Dr. Chan is committed to providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date dental care available. To achieve this, he attends over 100 hours of ongoing continuing education every year in order to stay abreast of the latest innovations and treatment modalities (exceeding the minimum College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia requirement of 90 hours over 3 years). Dr. Chan has an keen interest in the high-tech aspects of dentistry to improve and enhance the well-being of his patients. He has achieved Standard Proficiency status in Diode, CO2 and Er:YAG lasers with the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), as well as Standard Proficiency status in the PerioLase MVP-7 Nd:YAG laser with the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD). Dr. Chan currently holds Fellowship status in both the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry.
Megan Musso is a certified and licensed Speech- Language Pathologist and the founder and owner of Magnolia Pediatric Therapy in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University and has since pursued her passion for pediatric feeding and early intervention. Megan’s experiences working with the pediatric population include treating feeding disorders in infants and children with tethered oral tissues, medically fragile infants, adolescents with special needs, and normal developing children with oral aversion or “picky eating.” She jointly practices with a local pediatric dentist providing evaluations and aftercare for their patients with tethered oral tissues; this multidisciplinary approach has been an extremely important aspect in her practice. Megan co-authored Tongue-Tied: How A Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding and More which was published in July of 2018. Megan holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and is a member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and International Consortium for Oral Anklyofrenula Professionals (ICAP).
Justin Roche is a Consultant Paediatrician based in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland. He became involved in ankyloglossia because of the experience he had with his family. However, like his Paediatric colleagues, it took several of his own children to have it before the message sunk in. He has been performing frenotomies for just over a decade and now has a dedicated multidisciplinary clinic at The Infant Feeding Centre in Ireland. Justin is a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) and a Fellow of The Faculty of Paediatrics, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and have registration with the Medical Council (Number 171584) under the Specialist Division for Paediatrics. He has spent thousands of hours on continuing education having attended numerous conferences and courses on tongue tie, predominantly in the States, in order to be at the forefront of care for infants, children and adults. Justin’s interest in Tongue Tie dates back to 1999 when his first daughter was born. At 5 days old she had her tongue tie divided in Southampton. Six children and four tongue ties later, he returned to Southampton to start his training in how to divide tongue ties himself. He has been treating tongue ties since 2008 and running a dedicated tongue tie clinic since 2010. Currently Justin and the Team would assess and divide tongue ties +/- lip ties in over one thousand children each year.
Dr. Matthew J. Rowe is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry, graduating with honors in 2010. During his 3-year residency in Periodontics, he received the prestigious Dr. Henry Swenson award for clinical excellence. Dr. Rowe owns and runs his practice, Southern Roots Periodontics: Implant & Laser Dentistry, LLC in downtown Columbia, SC. He is proficient in advanced bone grafting, sinus augmentation, implantology, soft tissue grafting and regenerative techniques. Dr. Rowe’s true passion shines when working with patients suffering from ankyloglossia. He dedicates one clinic day per week to treating infants who are having difficulties with nursing and/or bottle feeding. He truly believes in treating mother and baby as a dyad as well as using a unique integrative approach to treatment. This approach involves chairside functional collaboration and coordination with colleagues throughout the State of South Carolina and surrounding states. He works closely with IBCLC’s, SLP’s, pediatricians, ENT’s, chiropractors and massage therapists, to deliver a comprehensive approach to wound management and therapy. He treats adolescent and adult patients with ankyloglossia during the remainder of the week and is developing an airway management approach to treating ankyloglossia and sleep apnea within his periodontal practice. He welcomes collaboration within the pediatric and orthodontic communities to learn more about how he can better serve his patients. He has implemented an approach to treating infants where lactation consultants and bodyworkers are chairside with him to provide collaborative care. During the past three years over 1000 babies have been treated, leading to healthy nursing and feeding relationships.