1000 Eleven South Suite 3F, Columbia, IL 62236, US

Hands-on Educational Modules

Providing authentic ALF education  to integrate our clinical skills and healthcare TEAMs

Continued Education Credit for Dentists

The ALF InterFACE Academy is an approved program provider through the AGD PACE program

All courses offered by the ALF InterFACE Academy have been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) . The ALF InterFACE Academy is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit.

Definition of module:


One of a set of separate parts that, when combined, form a complete whole

The ALF InterFACE Academy is dedicated to ensuring that our members have access to a lifetime of learning ALF Therapy as instructed by the creator of the ALF family of appliances.  The AIA faculty  supports Dr. Darick Nordstrom in his mission to ensure the authenticity of his message and the  advancement of the principle based approach to integrative healthcare.

Module 1 : Foundational Principles - January 11-12, 2019


 This is a uniquely designed course geared for both the entry level practitioner and those wanting to learn Dr. Nordstrom's approach to ALF Therapy as a foundation for future courses taught through the ALF InterFACE Academy, Inc.

  This course is designed after nearly 40 years of development and guided by clinical collaboration between interdisciplinary treatment teams.

 It will be taught both in the hands and on the head as we instruct practitioners, their assistants, business team and hygienists.  By offering instruction on both the principles and the techniques, this valuable information can be applied immediately to patient care in your office

Module 2 : TEAM ALF - April 26-27, 2019

The TEAM approach to care is at the heart of ALF Therapy.  


Darick Nordstrom, DDS

Angie Tenholder DMD, FAACP, DABCDSM

Dianah Davidson  BS, RDH, COM

At this course, the dental team and the therapy teams will integrate  and share our combined knowledge to learn from our instructors and each other.  

Instruction on dental appliance design and selection will accompany the implementation of techniques, technologies and therapies to supplement and enhance the level of care provided to our patients.

Online course offerings will be included through our Digital Chalk online educational platform.  

The course will include four stations:

  1. Clinical insertion, adjustment , modification and selection of the various family of ALF Therapy appliances.
  2. Hands-on exposure to the techniques utilized by the "body worker" therapy TEAM in the co-treatment of the patient in an integrative healthcare model.  (osteopaths, physical therapists, chiropractors, craniosacral therapists and others)
  3. Introduction to the concepts, screening assessments and referral protocols used while co-treating with the oral myology or speech and language pathology practitioner.
  4. The laboratory station will enable practitioners and their team to fabricate, modify and repair several of  the ALF appliances in the ALF family.


To be placed on the waiting list for registration for this Module 2 course, please email admin@alfinterfaceacademy.com.

Integrated Osteopathic Dental Team Part 1: The Integrative Team Approach to Sleep Disturbances


March 1-2, 2019

Breakfast 7:30 AM, Course 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM both days.

Osteopathic Center San Diego, 3706 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA US 92123 

It is time to bring Osteopathy and Dentistry together for the benefit of Adults and Children as Dr. Viola Frymann strived to bring together. Dr. Frymann was aware of the dentists utilizing mechanical forces in that mouth without considering the integration of the rest of the body. She saw that a coordinated effort by educating both profession of each other's supportive role would create an integrated team that is stronger together than standing aloe against each other. Dr. Frymann regularly focused on the critical role of the oral facial structures in overall healing process for each individual. It had been so important that she also incorporated it into her 40 hour cranial course. The course Expanding the Integrative Team Approach to Sleep Disturbances will further expand on the critical role of the oral facial structures in the overall healing process of individuals.  Dentistry has the potential to provide the appropriate mechanical support to allow each osteopathic treatments to build with recovery. Dentists have in the past approached sleep in a mechanical model with using appliances for the teeth and jaw without fully understanding its effect on the rest of the body. Osteopaths treat without realizing the different role dental support can have for patient's forward progress of healing. This course will demonstrate how an Osteopathy and Dentistry as a team effort can help with the global effects of sleep disorder. 

All participants will be instructed on the  clinical implementation and interpretation of both the GemPro and SleepImage technologies as an invaluable asset in gaining a biometric assessment to enhance patient care.


This course is unlike any out there, and for good reason. Dr. Nordstrom started looking at sleep seriously in 1984, after some of his adult ALF patients said they didn’t want to ‘graduate’ from their ALF/twin-block appliances because they slept so much better with them. He went on to invent and put into public domain the buccal wing / minimal tongue encroachment design that was incorporated into SomnoDent, Dorsal, MicrO2 Prosomnus, etc. Since those early days, he has seen gradually poorer quality alveolar bone and periodontium, more postural laxity, more somato-emotional problems in new or referred (basket case) patients… all serving to slow or compromise what would normally be great dental orthopedic treatment plans.

The answer is not always a new appliance and bringing the mandible forward, further complicating orthodontic/orthopedic care, but in really understanding sleep (beyond airway). This course addresses the gaps as well as introducing straightforward, science-based diagnostics and techniques that will complement your practice, while honoring the healing principles of osteopathy.

Chronic pain, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and suboptimal performance (physically and mentally) are all inextricably tied to sleep, and this course goes beyond the current trendy “airway model” to create a more comprehensive understanding of the factors that both lead to and resolve poor quality sleep (from child through adult).

The course will teach you how to use familiar techniques and instrumentation in new ways (with minimal office burden) to identify and intercept these problems before they manifest as childhood diabetes, compulsive behaviors, chronic pain, fatigue, etc. It will also teach you (and ultimately your staff) how to interactively monitor and dynamically facilitate recovery, and will introduce coding for insurance, as well as other support networks.

Physicians are overworked, yet there is the constant frustration of knowing that many patients are not responding or recovering as anticipated. Receiving science-based and meaningful new/unique answers, as well as tools to dramatically improve outcomes lifts this burden and infuses new energy into the challenges of modern medical practice.

 “This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of ALF InterFACE Academy and Osteopathy's Promise to Children. The (approved program provider) is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit.” 

This Course requires approval to register.


This course has now been opened for physical therapists, chiropractors, MD's  as well as dentists and osteopathic physicians.  

Dentists must have experience with treating  sleep disordered breathing, have osteopathic based training or training in ALF Therapy


ALF Study Club Case Review course - September 21-22

ALF Study Club Case Review course - September 21-22


This course is designed to support ALF practitioners as they apply ALF Therapy principles by sharing patient case presentations with each other.  

Each participant is encouraged to bring 4 cases to be shared with the other doctors in a "grand rounds" type group setting.  Dr. Nordstrom will select the cases most beneficial to the overall learning experience to use as discussions with the  doctors attending the course.


The course will be held in the Nordstrom home from 8-5 both days.  Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.

394 Highland Oaks Lane

Fallbrook, California

In order to ensure an optimal learning experience, attendees will be limited to the first 12 registrants -no exceptions.

THIS COURSE HAS REACHED CAPACITY! To be placed on a waiting list please contact Jamie at Admin@alfinterfaceacademy.com

ALF Intensive - Mastery Module

Utilizing the ALF Therapy Family of Appliances in Comprehensive Patient Care

Dr. Nordstrom offers a detailed explanation on the many advanced options available to ALF providers trained in the ALF Therapy comprehensive care patient model.

Course offering to be announced at a later date.  

Previous courses held January 2018 and February 2018


Full transparency of provider training

Even though the ALF InterFACE Academy, Inc does not provide a certification award, we feel that it is critical to educate our patients on the quality and quality of their ALF Therapy education.   To access the new web page that highlights the  dedication of the participants of our hands-on courses, please click on the following link

ALF Therapy Education

Providers who dedicate themselves to the resources made available through the ALF InterFACE Academy can rest assured that they are able to receive  support from the creator of the ALF -  Dr. Darick Nordstrom and his trusted faculty.

All courses offered through the ALF InterFACE Academy are approved for dental continued education credits through the Academy of General Dentistry's Program Approval for Continuing Education (AGD PACE)

Lifetime of learning

The process of evolving from a  student to a practitioner  confident in their skills requires support, feedback and access to many levels of access to the information helpful in implementing and integrating the concepts into the clinical setting.

We encourage our providers to proceed with their education at their own pace without confining the learning opportunities to a finite program. 

Location and arrangements for Midwest courses

Courses located in the heart of the US as well as on the West Coast

At the midline of our country at the Gateway to the West, St. Louis is a centralized location to host events for our ALF InterFACE community.

Several courses are also offered on the west coast in the San Diego area.

Midwest venue conducive to both classroom and clinical settings

The combined clinical and classroom facility located in Columbia, Illinois is a short 30 minute drive from the airport. The third floor is the location of the clinical portion of the course and is fully equipped with 5 dental operatories, a dental laboratory, a conference  room and many other amenities helpful for creating a learning space for clinicians.  The fifth floor is the home for the classroom portion of the course and includes both a large conference area as well as a smaller conference room for breakout sessions.

Lambert International Airport

St. Louis Lambert International Airport is the primary airport in the St. Louis area,

Convenient lodging options

Spcial room rates are available through the Hampton Inn in Columbia, Illinois which is only a few miles from the course venue.  

Small town, big benefits

Quaint, historic and cozy Columbia, Illinois is a short distance from the  St. Louis Metropolitan area and hosts several destinations enjoyed by its visitors.

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ALF InterFACE Academy, Inc.

1000 Eleven South Suite 3F, Columbia, IL 62236, US

(618) 281-9739