Raising Healthy Children: Early Childhood Growth & Development
   Lecture Description  
   Airway Sleep Disorders are present early in life and even before birth. When unrecognized they become the seeds of learning difficulties, behavior problems, and chronic health issues throughout life. The challenge is identifying their presence and intervening early with optimal treatment. This track offers presentations from leading educators for better screening, diagnosis and treatment.   
  Brian Hockel, DDS
Dr. Brian Hockel is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, where he received awards in clinical and technical expertise and served as Assistant Clinical Professor after graduation in 1989. While a senior in high school, he learned laboratory procedures for gnathological rehabilitation and became a Certified Dental Technician. Dr. Hockel focuses on general, orthotropic and orthodontic care, blending experience in cosmetic smile design, orthodontics for adults and children, orthotropic growth guidance, and treatment of sleep disorders. All patient care is oriented toward improving airway health.  Dr. Hockel is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics and is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the North American Association for Facial Orthotropics. He has published in the Journal of Gnathologic Orthopedics and Facial Orthotropics and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Hockel maintains a private practice in Walnut Creek, California, and resides with his wife Beth and their family.
  Amanda Moore Chastain, MA, CCC-SLP
Amanda is a Kentucky licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is also a Certified Orofacial Myologist through the International Association of Orofacial Myology, providing very specialized services for infant and toddler feeding, digit sucking elimination, tongue resting posture therapy, and oral phase swallow remediation. Amanda is the founder and director of The Speech Network, Inc., which started as a California certified non-public agency collaborating with local school districts and regional centers to provide speech and language services for educational and early intervention teams that assess, diagnose, and treat children with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Developmental Delays, and general Articulation or Communication Disorders. Because Amanda believes in being an active learner, the vision and goals of The Speech Network are always expanding and being refined to meet the ever-changing needs of the pediatric population leading to focused interventions for pediatric feeding and orofacial myofunctional disorders.
Amanda’s professional education and development was specifically targeted toward the pediatric population from the time she entered the Communication Disorders Program at the University of Kentucky. She received a minor in Family Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2002. Continued focus on childhood communication disorders in her clinical experiences throughout her Master’s Program at the University of Cincinnati increased her knowledge and passion for working with children with communication difficulties, which she completed in 2004. Amanda had the unique opportunity of participating in a multidisciplinary internship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Department of Developmental Disabilities (now the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) and has since used these skills to interact with families and professionals throughout the early intervention process to ensure that these children received optimal services by incorporating a multidisciplinary integrated team approach to care.
Amanda’s intensive coursework and continuing education in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment lead to her focused area of specialty that addresses thumb suckers, “tongue thrusters”, open mouth postures, and other orofacial difficulties in children and adults. She is currently the Vice President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, teaches an IAOM approved allied health course entitled “Integrated Team Approach to Orofacial Myology”, and teaches “Guided Oral Movements with Active Patterning (GoMAP) for Infant and Toddler Feeding”.
  Ben Miraglia, DDS
Dr. Ben Miraglia graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He is a proud member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Miraglia completed a general practice residency program at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. He has 22 years private practice experience in Mt. Kisco, New York, where his focus has been on early childhood growth and development. Dr. Miraglia is a graduate of the United States Dental Institute where he learned his non-extraction and non-surgical orthodontic philosophy. He was appointed to the USDI faculty in 2008 and teaches nationally for them. Dr. Miraglia lectures nationally on childhood sleep disordered breathing and its impact on the development of the maxilla, mandible and airway.
Dr. Miraglia holds faculty positions with Align Technology and the United States Dental Institute and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics as well as the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Miraglia was recently honored with a position on the President’s Council of Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York.
  Mark Abramson, DDS
Dr. Mark Abramson founded the Stanford, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1995 modeled after the University of Massachusetts MBSR clinic founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD 40 years ago and featured on Bill Moyer's PBS series, “Healing and the Mind.”
MBSR is designed to teach mind and body awareness techniques for coping with physical or psychological symptoms from stress and stress-related illnesses. By learning mindfulness meditation techniques, including mindful yoga and body movement, participants are taught to use their inner resources to relieve stress and manage pain more effectively through the eight week program. 
Courses at Stanford bring together Stanford students; stressed the public, parents and Silicon Valley workers; and patients, referred into the clinic to treat a broad range of medical conditions using mindfulness practices to support better health and happiness. 
Dr. Abramson conducts programs in mindfulness to corporations, has taught at the World Economic Forum and national organizations such as the ADA.
Dr. Abramson, who is a dentist, has developed an unique practice specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and temporomandibular disorders, with a non-drug oriented care integrating traditional approaches with mind/body techniques, osteopathic manual medicine, and acupuncture. 
He has invented the OASYS dental systems for treatment sleep apnea and is an international lecturer in the field of dental sleep medicine and orofacial pain management. Dr. Abramson is one of two doctors in the state of California to be board certified in dental sleep medicine and orofacial pain and holds a black belt in the martial art of Aikido.
  Mike Nelson, DDS
A General Dentist for 38 years in northern California, practicing with his son, Chris, and father, Leon. His affiliations include the CDA and ADA, Northern California Dental Society (Past President, 1994), AAPMD, AAGO, and the Seattle Study Club.

His goal is to empower patients to own and control their oral health. The earlier this knowledge and skills are imparted, the greater the benefit. He has been on the Adjunct Faculty in Cariology at UOP in 2012-2013. Professional interests include Airway, Prosthodontics and the Worn Dentition, and how diet and lifestyle influences Airway, Bruxism, Reflux, and Caries.


Duane Grummons, DDS, MSD
Duane Grummons, DDS, MSD is board certified in Facial Orthopedics and Orthodontics. He has lectured before most American orthodontic organizations and world-wide. He has published scientific articles in all major orthodontic journals, and various orthodontic/TMD textbooks. He has appeared before many dental, surgical and medical conferences, and has made radio and television appearances. 

Dr. Grummons is internationally recognized for his efficient and clinically sensible approaches to facial orthopedic, facial asymmetry, TMD management, and non-extraction orthodontic treatments. He is known nationally for his Clear Aligner Therapy innovations and Total Patient Experience lectures emphasizing the team approach with staff. 

Dr. Grummons is an Associate Professor at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in the Department of Facial Orthopedics and Orthodontics. His orthodontic specialty practices were in Marina del Ray, CA followed by his specialty facial orthopedics/orthodontics and 3D imaging center in Spokane, WA.

He now is busy as a national orthodontics practice consultant, lecturer in Airway Disorders and DentoFacial Orthopedics, and Orthodontic Specialty Management with Inspiration. 


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