The IAOM is the only Certifying Organization for clinicians who diagnose and treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders


As the profession’s oldest and largest orofacial myology certification organization, the IAOM is a partnership of professionals, educators, and colleagues. We take great pride in our contributions to the field of orofacial myology.

Members of the IAOM include speech-language pathologists, registered dental hygienists, dentists and orthodontists who collaborate with other medical/dental practitioners for the optimal care of their patients.

Our mission is dedicated to expanding the awareness of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in both the general public and other allied health professionals, educating and certifying our members in the proper diagnosis and treatment of them, and working to expand research related to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.

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Through the study and treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, the International Association of Orofacial Myology broadens the scope of services that SLP and Dental professionals are able to offer their patients.

Our members are the heart and soul of everything we do. We strive to ensure that they have the resources needed to advance their career through our events, programs, and continuing education courses.

Inspiring Bold Leadership : As an Orofacial Myologist, learning is a constant process, and it doesn’t stop once you’ve become certified. The IAOM provides continual opportunities for professional development, and encourages their members to pass on the education and wisdom they’ve learned to others.

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As a global community of independent, like-minded, orofacial myologists, we uphold core values, principles and practice guidelines that define the highest levels of professionalism.

IAOM members are dedicated to improving the lives of men, women, children, and families through the practice of orofacial myology.

IAOM membership is available to Registered Dental Hygienists, Speech/Language Pathologists, and Dentists as they have the appropriate educational background in the orofacial region. These professionals are eligible to apply for active membership after completing an IAOM-approved, introductory 28 hour course in Orofacial Myology.

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The IAOM is the founding governing body in the Certification of Orofacial Myology. We are the oldest and largest organization that trains, educates and certifies in orofacial myofunctional therapy.

The IAOM is the only professional organization to certify clinicians in the field of Orofacial Myology.

After an eligible professional (RDH, SLP, DDS/DMD) takes an IAOM approved 28 hour Introductory Course, he/she is eligible to apply for certification.

Why get Certified?

Certification, in any particular speciality, distinguishes the professional as obtaining a superior level of education, understanding, and competency in their area of expertise. When a professional chooses to pursue certification, it denotes a dedication to learning as much as possible in their field of choice. It allows the patient or client to more easily narrow their search when searching for the most competent professional to assure that they are receiving the highest level of education and care.

The IAOM Certification process challenges the participant with in-depth investigation into the etiologies, symptoms, treatment variances, and supportive research related to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. The process enhances their breadth of clinical knowledge that cannot obtained through a single course method.

Hear what other Certified Orofacial Myologists have to say about the benefits of Certification…

Although it took me a full eighteen months to complete the certification from start to finish, I found it to be an invaluable process that I am so thankful that I finished. The biggest benefit to me was the greater understanding that I gained surrounding clinical concepts. I found that I became better at identifying symptoms, putting together missing ‘puzzle pieces’, and became a better clinician as a result of it. I highly recommend completing the Certification process!
Courtney Wager RDH, COM
The COM represents a dedication and passion for the ongoing study of myofunctional disorders. I carry this distinction proudly among my colleagues however, it has also proven to be useful when explaining my credentials to both outside referrals and insurance companies.
Fabi Moy M.A., CCC-SLP, COM
I think ‘COM’ demonstrates to other professionals that we cross refer to, in particular, that we achieved this level of study, commitment and interest in this area – and want to continue to learn – all in an effort to help patients to the best of our ability. Of course it only means something if we reach out and educate others on its meaning.
Shira Kirsh MS, CCC-SLP, COM, Alliance Speech & Language Center
Initially, my quest to become certified was a means to set myself apart from others in the field of Speech Pathology. As I delved into the research and the learning processes of practical application, the science, and expansion of my understanding, I grew in my passion and desire to continue learning more. Certification was my stepping stone to a world that was previously unknown. Each and every day, I am very thankful that I embarked on the certification journey. It has expanded my understanding, my passion, and my business.
Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Certification changed my life!
Mary Billings MS, CCC-SLP, COM, Billings Speech Pathology Services LLC
I pursued Certification when I was at a crossroads in my life. I had been sick and lost my eyesight. I remember thinking I need a goal. Most people seek to develop solid skills in their field. Then there comes a day when you strive for more, you want excellence. During the certification process I sought research, interviewed professionals, and developed my personal philosophy. My certification has been one of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself. I will always be grateful that I was mentored to complete this process.
Patty Fisher MA, CCC-SLP, COM
The certification process was difficult but definitely the piece of the puzzle that gave me greater depth of understanding of orofacial myology.  The investment of time and study gave me the confidence I needed to speak with medical and dental professionals necessary for collaboration in patient care. This educational foundation impacted the quality of therapy and the overall results for my patients. The combination of these factors has given me heightened credibility, building a strong reputation in the community. Every myologist would benefit from this education.
Nancy Wehner, BSDH, RDH, COM
Completing The certification process in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy through the IAOM gave me the opportunity to learn so much more beyond the 4 day Level 1 Course.  It gave me the tools to become a better clinician and a deeper thinker with my patients.  Had I not taken the certification examination I would have no idea how to problem solve difficult cases that have presented themselves in my private practice.  
Dana Hockenbury, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
After taking an Introductory course, I was so motivated to start practicing as an Orofacial Myologist, that I jumped right into the certification process.  I felt being certified would give me more credibility as a Registered Dental Hygienist when speaking to dentists, orthodontists as well as other specialists. The “old” certification process was painstakingly ardous….18 months!! As I was reading, researching and writing I realized this was the best learning process and at the end knew it was all well worth it.  I encourage everyone practicing OM to become certified.  It will instill a sense of pride as well as be a great learning tool.
Renee Schwyhart RDH, COM
Oral Myology opened doors for me and answered a lot of questions I had faced in dentistry. Relapse in orthodontics, sleep disordered breathing, tongue thrust, tongue- ties, jaw issues and the list goes on. However, it was not until I got the help and support of the IAOM to pursue and explore the information that I needed to be successful that I started to believe Oral Muscle function has always been the missing link…. I became the first Certified Orofacial Myologist in Calgary, Alberta and I would recommend to everyone they complete their certification because it fully adds to your success. Everyday I learn something new, and everyday I know in my heart I’ve helped change someone’s life. Thank you to all those who helped me achieve what I have today.
Naurine Shah B., DS, COM
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The IAOM is celebrating its 46th Birthday in 2017!

Come celebrate with us as we explore

“Multidisciplinary Integrated Wellness: Bridging the Gap”

at this year’s annual convention


October 13-15,2017

San Diego, CA USA

Holiday Inn Bay Side
4875 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Featured Speakers

Friday October 13
Dr. Mark Cruz, DDS
Dr. Barry Raphael, DMD
Dr. Soroush Zaghi, MD
Valerie Sinkus, PT

Saturday October 14
Dr. Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc
Hadas Golan, MS, CCC-SLP
Sunday October 15
Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L

For up-to-date Convention information please visit our main Convention page

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Hotel Registration/Group Rate

Make room reservations now to get the IAOM Group Rate of $157.00/night! You can do this via online or phone

 Here’s how:

Online: Click here IAOM 2017 Convention Room Reservations 

Group rate is available 10/11/17 thru 10/16/17

Group Code: AOM

This link goes to the standard reservations page with the IAOM group code

pre-loaded.  Guests need to input their arrival and departure dates which need to fall with-in the group contract dates (+/- 3 days) and click “Check Availability” to go to the group’s specific rate and availability page.

From there select a room type and input your personal details to complete the reservation (please scroll down to see all available room types).  You may also use your IHG Rewards number with the group rate.

Hotel Reservations via Phone:  1-619-224-3621, ask for reservations (Ext: 701)

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