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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 ICAP. 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.
Dr. Andrea Kittrell is a graduate of Duke University and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She completed her Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (OTO/HNS) residency at Southern Illinois University where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She also received the Charles F. Ferguson Clinical Research Award from the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology as a resident. Dr. Kittrell has practiced General Otolaryngology in Lynchburg, Virginia for over twenty years, opening her solo private practice in 2009. Although she has performed infant frenotomies since residency, it was the astute urging of a well-respected local IBCLC which prompted her to focus on improving her understanding of optimum management of tethered oral tissues. Relationships with experts in Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, and Breastfeeding Medicine led her to join The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) and The International Consortium of Anklylofrenula Professionals (ICAP). Since then, she has sought mentorship from Otolaryngology experts in the field, has attended annual meetings of both ICAP and ABM, has enrolled in breastfeeding education courses though ABM, and was a participant in the inaugural class of the ABM Leadership Academy in 2021. In 2018, Dr. Kittrell collaborated with her extraordinary IBCLC colleague to form Ties that Bind: Maternal & Infant Feeding Medicine. The practice serves dyads struggling with infant feeding issues across central Virginia, many of whom are of lower- income status. In addition to the joy of helping families by improving infant feeding, Dr. Kittrell has a passion for equity and inclusion in access to quality medical care, particularly for women and children of marginalized class or color. Outside of her professional life, Dr. Kittrell enjoys fostering relationships with her four grown children (all formerly breastfed), ACC sports (especially Duke basketball), and travel (see you in Vancouver!).
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.
Dr. Sharon Smart is a speech pathologist and lecturer in the Curtin School of Allied Health at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She has worked as a speech pathologist in paediatric feeding and swallowing disorders for over 20 years. Her research interests are the impact of ankyloglossia on feeding and speech sound production, and paediatric feeding disorders.
Effath Yasmin is a leading International Board Certified lactation Consultant (IBCLC) & a biodynamic crainosacral practitioner (BCST). Her special interests lie in Infant oral and sucking dysfunction, tongue tie treatment & rehabilitation including babies, children and adults. Under her private practice, nourish & nurture is an outreach clinic for families seeking professional clinical lactation management, parenting counseling and craniosacral biodynamic treatment.
Yasmin also spearheaded the much needed professional support group for clinical discussion on tongue ties. The professional group now has close to 1500 clinicians including IBCLCs’, surgeons, dentists, pediatricians, ENT Specialists, and body workers such as craniosacral therapists and myofunctional oral therapists who work with families who are affected with tongue & lip tie midline congenital anamaly.
She writes extensively on lactation, tongue tie, parenting & biodynamic craniosacral therapy in several Indian print and online magazines. She is also serves on the panel of experts for ‘Mother & Baby’. ‘Mother’s World’, Baby Chakra among others. Her exceptional clinical acumen & skills and her deeply compassionate care makes her support ‘invaluable’ as marked by her clients. However she firmly believes the term ‘expert’ denotes how the contemporary world has moved away from traditional wisdom of instinctual perception to ‘expert’ view. The central role she therefore plays is to restore the wisdom of ‘instinctual perception’ to individuals & parents.
Her clinical research work has been published in the International Journal of Laser Dentistry (IJLD) about tongue tie and its treatment outcome and contributed chapters in medical textbook on the same subject in the “Fundamentals of Laser Dentistry.”