january, 2021

202101janAll DayTongue Tie Institute – Foundation Course(All Day: friday) AEST(GMT+11:00) View in my timeOnline Event Organized By: Tongue Tie Institute Discipline:Other,PaediatricsFormat:On-Demand,Online

Event Details

Our Foundation Course examines the research, current approaches, paradigms and results of comprehensive treatment of tethered oral tissue.

This course will provide an in-depth foundation on the identification, diagnosis, treatment, aftercare and life-long effects of lip and tongue ties.

Following the Foundation Course, practitioners will be able to confidently determine whether an oral restriction is impacting breastfeeding, eating, speech, breathing and posture. They will be able to professionally advise patients and parents on an appropriate course of action at various life stages.

The role of each member of a multi-disciplinary team will be covered and how overall function can be restored and enhanced through effective treatment and aftercare.

The Foundation Course includes a comprehensive 110-page workbook produced by the Tongue Tie Institute which provides extensive foundation information and scholarly references. This book is an essential companion for any health practitioner working to address oral restrictions and is only available to participants of the Foundation Course.

The Foundation Course is a prerequisite for our Advanced Courses.

All pricing is in US dollars.

Course Price: US$550 for 30 days access.

Special rates are available for midwives and lactation consultants. Please email us with proof of your professional registration to access a US$300 discount on the Foundation Course.


Speakers for this event

  • Dr Dan Hanson

    Dr Dan Hanson

    co-founder of mYofocUs

    Dr. Dan Hanson, co-founder of mYofocUs, has dedicated his career to paediatric pre-orthodontics since 2011. He lectured to dental practitioners, for Myofunctional Research Company (MRC), globally until 2017. He was the principal dentist of the MRC Clinic in Robina, Queensland, from 2012 to 2016. Dr. Dan has a number of other useful skills beyond his dental degree. He seeks the root cause of symptoms, and has a keen interest in nutrition and breathing dysfunction and their effects on the mouth, teeth and jaws, as well as the rest of the body. He is a fully qualified Buteyko Breathing Retraining Educator, having successfully completed training in 2011 and has a wealth of knowledge about how to help people change breathing habits. He is also the co-founder of the Tongue Tie Institute, an educational organisation aimed at teaching the highest level of education in the diagnosis and treatment of oral restrictions for all age groups. Since 2018, he and Dr. Donny are educating dentists and various health practitioners about the mYofocUs pre-orthodontic system, locally and internationally.

    co-founder of mYofocUs

  • Dr Marjan Jones

    Dr Marjan Jones

    Dental Surgeon

    Dr Marjan Jones, a dental surgeon in Brisbane Australia pioneered a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of oral restrictions in Australia. With over 20 years’ experience with dental lasers and extensive knowledge of the comprehensive treatment of oral restrictions, her practice treats patients of all ages, offering a team-based approach to surgery incorporating in-house myofunctional therapy and orthodontics for treatment for children and adults. Having performed over 8000 frenectomies, she is well placed to share the accumulation of the experience that comes with such a service. For infant patients, she collaborates with IBCLCs and cranial therapists for a comprehensive approach toward functional outcomes. She co-founded the Tongue Tie Institute designed to advance the education of health professionals in the treatment of oral restrictions. She now lectures to practitioners from Australia and around the world who have been introduced to a team approach to the management of oral restrictions. She has personal experience with the effect of tongue ties and their effect on herself and family (including breastfeeding challenges) and is determined to help others avoid or overcome their impact. She is a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and was the immediate past Chairperson of the Board of the International Consortium of Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP). He passion for breastfeeding has resulted in studies toward IBCLC certification. She has been invited speaker to educational conferences and seminars in Australia including the Australian Breastfeeding Association, LCANZ, Australian Reflux Association, Australian Dental Hygiene Association, Australian Dental Assistants Association. International presentations have included San Diego, USA (Advancing Dentistry Symposium), Toronto, Canada (International Consortium of Ankylofrenula Professionals), Sydney Australia (World Clinical Laser Institute) and forthcoming lectures in Barcelona and Tokyo in 2020.

    Dental Surgeon


Tongue Tie InstituteSo much of foundational education of health practitioners is focused on what the professions already know and is well established. Given the amount of time the professions require to accept new areas of learning and practice – often decades – most practitioners quickly recognise that while what they learned at university was a good start, seldom does it prepare them for the diversity of real life challenges, nor for the rapid development in many areas of endeavour. The continuing professional educational requirements of most health professionals is ample evidence of the understanding that knowledge about human health and the functioning of the body is rapidly evolving. At the heart of all learning is the quality of humility. If health professionals become arrogant, believing they have learned everything there is to learn about their profession, their hubris may directly harm patients. It should also be said that simply deepening one’s knowledge of the things one already knows while valuable in and of itself, cannot be said to represent a humble posture of learning. Rather, being open to knowledge from other areas of study, from other professions is what can lead to a broadening of one’s knowledge sphere. A greater understanding of the interventions required to care for the uniquely complex system of the human body is the result of this approach. The Tongue Tie Institute seeks to support health professionals to develop their understanding of oral restrictions in a manner that is both comprehensive; avoiding narrow focus on one area of the body or symptom; and multi-disciplinary, recognising what many enlightened practitioners have long known – operating in treatment silos seldom results in the best outcomes for patients. How it started Dr Dan Hanson and Dr Marjan Jones first met on a Myobrace course. Dan’s presentation on the effects of the importance of good myofunction on orofacial development resonated strongly with Marjan’s focus on treating tongue dysfunction on infants and her recognition of the critical role of breastfeeding in orofacial development. Each was looking at the same challenge at different life-stages and from different angles but both immediately recognised the implications for their work of the other’s area of focus. While Marjan’s attendance at the Myobrace course was initially intended to find preventative orthodontic solutions for her paediatric clientele, she found that the Myobrace system was well aligned with the notion of restoring tongue function and normal habits as young as possible. Meanwhile Dan was fascinated to hear of the impact of laser release of tongue ties in infants and the resultant restoration of function to the tongue, particularly to address breastfeeding issues. He noted that on closer observation, a large proportion of his orthodontic patients displayed a degree of tongue restriction and he believed that addressing the tongue restriction would help address functional issues that had resulted in malocclusion. Their conversation at the course resulted in the desire to learn from each other and improve patient care on every level possible. In addition to Dan first observing then working with Marjan at her practice, Enhance Dentistry, and setting up his own tongue tie clinic at Heal Dental Care, it became increasingly apparent that there was a pressing need to educate others more comprehensively about the effects of orofacial development and oral restrictions. With this desire also shared by Anton Jones, co-owner of Enhance Dentistry, the Tongue Tie Institute was established to share their great passion in this area with those who wished to learn.


All Day (Friday) AEST(GMT+11:00) View in my time



CPD Hours

(6 hrs CPD) – 6 CERPS Approved


US$550 for 30 days access.

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