As a parent of a young patient receiving myo-functional services from this practice for post-frenectomy therapy, the importance of the services provided by Chris have amazed me. Most speech therapists and pediatricians are completely unaware of the necessity of myo-functional therapy, especially post-frenectomy, and explain articulation problems as either unspecified motor-planning delays or they site the ASLHA developmental norms for "normal" speech/sound acquisition patterns. Chris has completely shed light on the mysteries surrounding our daughter's articulation problems -- an inability to differentiate completely her jaw from her tongue. She confirmed the suspicions that I have had for a long time, which other professionals dismissed. The atmosphere is professional and the attention my daughter receives is top-notch. We've only had three sessions and already improvements are being seen! - Amanda Wendal
My name is Amanda, I am fourteen years old and have been doing myo-functional therapy with Mrs. Chris Zombek since late April of 2014. I have been working with Mrs. Chris to eliminate my tongue thrust and to close my bite. My orthodontist recommended that I undertake myo-functional therapy to help with this. The therapy consists of many exercises to work specific muscles in the face and abolish bad habits. For me, this experience has been life changing. I not only saw improvements in my bite and tongue , but also in my facial structure as a whole. My face looks stronger and more symmetrical. Through this process I have worked hard and went through my exercises everyday. I am improving quickly and continue to do so weekly. The thing you really need to keep in mind is, that you get out of it what you put into it. Work hard and the benefits pay off. If it weren't for Mrs. Chris, the weakness in my lips, tongue, and facial muscles would not have been detected, thus my orthodontics would not be successful. Amanda Meffert
We are so happy with the progress that our daughter has achieved in the past 5 months. We were referred to Chris by our orthodontist to address tongue thrust issues as well as an open bite. During the initial assessment, it was identified that she had very low muscle tone in her face as well as her lips causing her jaw to be unstable. The various exercises and techniques taught to our daughter have developed her muscle tone in her face, as well as iterated to keep her tongue on the spot (up) creating a more stable jaw. The combination of all of the above has created major improvements in her bite as well as suction, swallowing, creating a bolus, and a clean swallow (with no trace of food on the tongue). Her facial structure has changed and her smile is beautiful. Chris spends the time with our daughter identifying and explaining what the exercises are helping and why the exercises are needed. Her treatment plans are detailed and she cares and wants her patients to be successful. We are thankful that we were referred to Chris and are very pleased with the successful results! Debbie and Abigail Beckman
My name is Kristina and I have been working with Ms. Chris since June of 2016 to get rid of my tongue thrust. She has been very helpful and is very personable and tailors her treatment to each individual patient to ensure that they are as successful as possible! I started out with frequent headaches due to my poor tongue posture and tendency to grind my teeth at night. Since starting this treatment I have experienced a drastic improvement in my tongue placement and headaches, and in addition my bite has closed! These results can be life changing, and without Ms. Chris I would probably still be exploring temporary remedies for my headaches.