Dr. Richard Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist and board-certified laser surgeon. He lives in Birmingham, AL, with his wife Tara, and twin girls, Hannah and Noelle. He is the founder and owner of Shelby Pediatric Dentistry and Alabama Tongue-Tie Center, where he uses the CO2 laser to release oral restrictions that are causing nursing, speech, dental, sleep and feeding issues. He had a tongue-tie himself, and his twin girls were treated for tongue and lip-tie at birth, so for him, this field is a personal one. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and outdoor activities. Dr. Baxter also participates in many overseas dental mission trips and is currently working on several projects related to tongue-ties involving research and education. 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 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 normally developing children with oral aversion or "picky eating." In her spare time, Megan enjoys a good cup of coffee, traveling with her husband, and coaching track and field at Barbe High School. Lauren Hughes is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of Expressions Pediatric Therapy in Birmingham, AL. She received her master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and has pursued training to further her understanding of feeding, oral motor, speech, and language disorders to provide the best quality services for her clients. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, spending time with friends, watching a good movie, and traveling to new places.
Having examined and treated newborns to adults with oral restrictions since the early 1980s, I have never seen such a complete and thorough study of the subject. Dr. Baxter has covered it all! His own personal experience was a great motivator to make this book a must-read for parents, physicians, dentists, lactation consultants, and therapists of all kinds.Greg Notestine, DDS, AAACDFounding Member and Past Director, International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals (IATP) There can be no greater feeling than to see that I have been able to stimulate individuals like Dr. Baxter to add to the body of knowledge needed to educate the healthcare community as well as parents on the need to have tethered oral tissues evaluated for the many potential problems related to the tongue, which is not just a muscle, but a part of our body that can affect many of the body's systems, infant growth and development, speech and much more. Congratulations on writing this excellent book. Larry Kotlow, DDSPioneer and World-Renowned Expert on Tethered Oral Tissues Tongue-Tied is a revolutionary resource for parents, patients, and professionals alike. Such a detailed, comprehensive, and research-based resource has not existed until now! As a speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial myologist, this will be on the top shelf of my library and will be a resource I recommend to my colleagues, patients, and students. Thank you for filling this gap! Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COMFounder, TOTS Training How refreshing to have a resource for parents and professionals based on clinical expertise and current research! Tongue-Tied is a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to the influence of tethered oral tissues on both speech and feeding development. Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP Author of Adventures in Veggieland and co-author of Raising a Healthy Happy Eater As a surgical specialist and clinical researcher in the area of tethered oral tissues for close to 20 years, I have been waiting for a comprehensive text of this subject. Tongue-Tied is both a welcome addition and long overdue. It should serve as a concise guide for professionals as well as families seeking further knowledge on this topic. Thank you, Dr. Baxter, for moving our specialty forward! Scott A. Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP, DABLSOral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Pioneer of Laser Lip- and Tongue-Tie Surgery Dr. Baxter and his co-authors have done a remarkable job of tying together all of the current information on tethered oral tissues and their health impact in one place. This publication is the missing link and will help all of us who are involved in comprehensive patient care from newborns through underdiagnosed adults. Great job, Dr. Baxter and team!Martin A. Kaplan DMD, DABLSPediatric Dentist and Director of Laser Dental Surgery for the American Board of Laser Surgery