TEAM ALF - May 17-18, 2019 (elective courses on Thursday the 16th)




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

Charlie Beck, DO FAAO

Catherine Beck, CST

Nicole Edwin  MS, CCC_SLP, CLC, CST

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.




Hands-on OraLase and HINSLR Laser Assisted Non-Surgical Oral-Fascial Releases

Restrictions in the fascial system of the body can impair sleep quality as well as the patient's ability to function.  By understanding the nature of the restriction and providing non-surgical, convenient and cost effective options for the removal of these complex restrictions, we have a unique opportunity to support our patients

Enhanced knowledge to compliment comprehensive care

The utilization of the minimally invasive techniques to maximize treatment outcomes can have a major impact on patient satisfaction.  This hands-on course will allow providers to gain the skills necessary to begin implementing OraLase and HINSLR in their office




There is more to understand about airway function than studying airway structure.

If our patients do not sleep well, they will not function well.

During this course you will also be introduced to the technology and concepts that are critical to understand when identifying patients with disordered sleep physiology as well in addressing their needs.  Instruction on sleep wellness monitoring as well as an introduction to several fun and functional ways to integrate primitive reflex and cranial nerve integration into your clinical setting promises to enhance your level of patient care.

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Dr. Darick Nordstrom

The creator of the ALF appliance and leader of our ALF Therapy community.  Often imitated, yet never duplicated, his contributions to the field of dentistry over his 35 + year career are both numerous and significant.  His dedication to his ALF Therapy family continues as he strives to unite ALF practitioners of all disciplines under the authernticity of his teachings.


Dr. Angie Tenholder

Angela Tenholder DMD, FAACP, DABCDSM graduated from Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine in 1994.  She has been as ALF Therapy patient, provider and parent for over a decade.  She has achieved fellowship status in the Academy of Craniofacial Pain (FAACP) as well as being awarded Board certification through the American Academy of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine where she currently serves as a board member for this organization.   Dr. Tenholder wants her patients to benefit from the knowledge that she has gained through her extensive training and experience directly from Dr. Darick Nordstrom and many others who have contributed to her diverse knowledge base.

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Dianah Davidson

Dianah is an active member with the IAOM and currently serves as an advisor to the Non-Profit Governance Committee for the IAOM. She is a founding member of the Midwest Organization for the Studies of Orofacial Myology Advancement (MOSOMA) and serves as its Treasurer. She has served on the Cincinnati and San Antonio IAOM Convention planning teams. 

Working collaboratively with Mary Billings, Dianah has offered many IAOM courses throughout North America and the world. Their “Make the Connection” courses have been hugely successful and has rave reviews. 

She shares her true love and extensive experience in the treatment of individuals with orofacial-myofunctional disorders. 

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Dr. Charlie Beck

Charles Beck, D.O., F.A.A.O. graduated from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004.  He was one of Pikeville’s first undergraduate fellows, staying an extra year in medical school to study osteopathic manipulation more in depth.  

 As his learning deepens by working with others he is always searching for the commonalities between different practitioners and healing styles.  He continues to strive to integrate this learning into principles that are easily taught to others, both patients and colleagues. 

 He is a published author and researcher.  He is proficiency certified in Cranial Osteopathy and a Fellow in the American Academy of Osteopathy.  He continues to study and learn from numerous sources, applying that knowledge to his work and teaching.  This new learning, along with a varied educational background that includes an engineering degree, technical theater experience and teaching experience in computer software make his courses not only fun, but informative. 

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Catherine Beck, CST

Catherine brings a meaningful and insightful perspective as a skilled craniosacral therapist who works closely with her partner and husband.  As a team, they strive to have a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology through the perspectives of similar providers with distinctly different training. 


Nicole Edwin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CST

Nicole is an experienced Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), a certified Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) pediatric feeding therapist, a Craniosacral Therapist and a breastfeeding mother of four children.  Nicole brings expertise, experience, and empathy to the unique feeding situations of her patients and an invaluable perspective to her students as they become familiar with the complexities of oral function as it relates to whole body function.

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