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About Us

Qualified Orofacial Myologist
Occupational Therapist
Mother-daughter team

Our Mission

Our Mission

Orofacial-myofunctional therapy retrains normal muscular function in the muscles of the face and mouth, promotes nasal breathing, the proper rest position of the tongue and lips, and forms a normal swallow pattern. 

Our Mission

Orofacial-myofunctional therapy retrains normal muscular function in the muscles of the face and mouth, promotes nasal breathing, the proper rest position of the tongue and lips, and forms a normal swallow pattern. 

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RDH QOM

Paula Anderson

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OTR/L OMT

Dr. Emily Hawkins

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Paula Anderson

RDH QOM

My name is Paula Anderson.  I’m a Qualified Orofacial Myologist and a Registered Dental Hygienist.  I have worked in the dental profession for over 20 years.  After taking several continuing education classes on craniofacial development and sleep disordered breathing with my husband.  I came across the field of myofunctional therapy.  I instantly realized the application of this field in everything we do in dentistry.

 

I also realized that my entire family, including myself, could benefit from this therapy.  From mouth breathing and snoring, ortho relapse, and TMJ.  I dove in and learned from the best in the field.  After taking classes from Sandra Holtzman and Sarah Hornsby I completed my credentialing added QOM to my name.  I have always loved holistic health and working with a team approach to whole body health and myofunctional therapy is my contribution to this field. I am IAOM (International Association or Orofacial Myologist) trained and also a member of the International Association or Orofacial Myologist.

I have lived in the Quad Cities my entire life and my husband and I have 4 daughters and several fur babies.  We also run a successful dental practice (Anderson Dental) and in my free time I enjoy spending time with family, specially at our cabin in Wisconsin.  I currently see patients in our dental practice in Davenport and online.  I look forward to hearing from you and being a part of your journey to better health.

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Dr. Emily Hawkins

OTR/L OMT

I am Emily, an occupational therapist and mama myself who has been through this process.  I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, exploring outdoors, boating and watching Iowa Hawkeye Sports. 

As a mom and OT, I am passionate about supporting individuals with informed decision making for their needs. I strive to provide services that support healthy outcomes for each person, baby and their family. 

I pursued specializing in myofunctional therapy and training with newborns and infants after going through my own journey with myself and my baby. I saw that there was a need that needed to be filled in this area and I wanted to be a part of this movement. Therapy is oftentimes overlooked when it comes to tongue/lip/buccal releases and addressing the function is just as important, if not, more than releasing the restriction. Plus the earlier the invention the better and faster we get results.

I earned my Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Drake University and my B.A. in Health and Human Physiology from University of Iowa. I have specialty training in myofunctional therapy through MyoMentor with Sarah Hornsby, and training with newborns and infant therapy with Michelle Emanuel’s pre/post frenectomy therapy, infant pelvic floor, Tummy Time! Method, and BabyMyo (in the works).

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