The Synergy Academy is an organization with the goal of providing quality educational opportunities that are on the leading edge of available technologies, innovative concepts and the implementation of clinical techniques that optimize patient care with a focus on the craniofacial region of the body.
Our world is ever changing and we are rising to the occasion.
The demand for quality education in a timely manner has been a consistent request from providers interested in joining the ALF Therapy community.
After many years of recording live content from study club meeting, conferences and live courses, we have compiled and refined a comprehensive and thorough collection of material designed to support the provider committed to learning ALF Therapy as it was intended and from its creator - Dr. Darick Nordstrom.
With the support of both Dr. Nordstrom and Dr.Tenholder, we have created a library of content designed to offer a convenient and comprehensive overview of not only the basics of ALF Therapy through the Foundations course, but we have also created OnDemand content for the series of courses targeted at treating patients of three age groups.
The ALF: Genesis course is designed to instruct the provider committed to the 0-5 population.
The ALF: GROW course is designed to instruct the provider committed to the 6-11 population.
The ALF: Guide course is designed to instruct the provider committed to the population of patients 12 and older.
Every course participant will have questions about the content.
Based on the questions submitted by the course participants of each quarter of the year, the instructors will be available to create a course that is completely customized for the needs of the participants. Time TBD closer to the event- this will take place online.
Quarter 1: February 18, 2022
Quarter 2: May 6, 2022
Quarter 3: September 15, 2022
Quarter 4: November 4, 2022
A solid foundation for educational excellence with the convenience of online self-paced learning
This course provides the entry point for practitioners who want to start the only ALF educational track that has utilizes the curriculum and appliance designs of the creator of the ALF Therapy system of dental appliances - Dr. Darick Nordstrom.
This course is not about simply bending wires or measuring maxillary expansion.
The goal of ALF Therapy is to support functional improvements to augment craniofacial development. By understanding oral myology, neurophysiology, principles of osteopathy and reflex assessments, the practitioner can immediately implement the tools, techniques and tips learned at this course in their office.
The Why Behind The Wire curriculum is designed with a principle based approach to diagnosis, treatment planning, problem solving and interdisciplinary care.
-To introduce the history of ALF Therapies and Concepts
-To understand the principles and examples of physiology and nature
-To introduce basic ALF Appliance designs
-To better understand obstacles and opportunities in treatment
We were created with the innate ability to thrive.
When unwanted obstacles to natural development occur, we strive to utilize the tools given to us to overcome those obstacles.
ALF Therapy honors the "Master Plan" by mimicking nature's objectives and honoring the principles of human development.
By striving to create the most natural method of growth and development, our providers can offer minimal intervention while offering maximal potential.
This course will instruct the participants on the nuances of the NeoNatal ALF dental appliance and complimentary oral devices and therapies that can augment and support oral function and craniofacial development.
We believe that the opportunities provided by utilizing ALF Therapy to guide facial growth allow us to support your child in ways where other appliances and techniques often fall short.
The use of the ALF family of dental appliances allows an easy to use system of continuous wear as opposed to removable and part-time wear appliances. Parents love not having to force their children into wearing uncomfortable removable appliances and/or performing boring exercises. Many other dental appliances are both uncomfortable and affect speech, eating and socialization with their peers.
ALF Therapy benefits include:
The decision to care for a child's smile as they GROW is truly a HEALTHCARE decision.
Utilizing the appliance designs of ALF Therapy allow providers to harness the potential of Mother Nature
The smile of our children not only has the ability to brighten our day, but also has the potential to improve their lives by applying the basic principles of health and wellness to their facial growth. Development of the face affects the ability of every person, whether child or adult, to function on a daily basis.
GROW Therapy provides advantages otherwise not available through more traditional orthodontic options and other dental appliances that negatively affect the ability of the tongue to enhance function and natural growth..
GROW Therapy is not to be compared to traditional orthodontic services as the methods and techniques of assessment and treatment are distinctively different.
By harnessing the power of Mother Nature, the child has a unique opportunity to grow at their own pace, develop with careful observation and ensure that their precious brain and neurological systems are respected and supported through the entire process of growth and facial development.
By allowing the brain to connect, nature can take over.
By applying the tips, techniques and tools offered through ALF: GROW, the child will be supported, nurtured and guided through some of the most critical times of their lives
Did you know that approximately 90% of facial growth has been completed by the age of 12?
After the majority of facial development has been completed, we still have the opportunity to guide the patient back to a more ideal function using a natural, principle-based treatment to supplement health. Our Guide program addresses those concerns and supports a comprehensive care approach to ALF Therapy.
This course will address ALF Therapy treatment options related to:
· airway insufficiency/sleep disordered breathing,
· movement disorders
· extraction/retraction orthodontics
· TMJD and craniofacial pain
Topics will include:
· Integrative, interdisciplinary care for the complex patient suffering from craniofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders
· The short and long-term effects of sleep disordered breathing and the role of the ALF Therapy team in screening for and treating sleep disordered breathing
· Case finishing options including clear aligners, positioners and straight wire orthodontics
· Diagnostic tools including the benefits and limitations of CBCT, heart rate variability, computerized occlusal analysis, cardiopulmonary coupling, polysomnogram, high resolution pulse oximetry and electromyography (Here’s a hint: Volumetric airway analysis using CBCT is not as helpful as you might have been told…)
· Patient education on self-care as well as training the healthcare team in the common language of ALF Therapy diagnostic and therapeutic tools
June 17-18, 2022
October 21-22, 2022
Comprehensive. Assessment. Restriction. Elimination.
Not all restrictions are skin deep and visible to the untrained observer.
BabyLase CARE is an adventure into the many functional aspects of neurologic, oral and upper cervical restrictions that can be overcome with the help of BabyLase.
FIT: Functional Integrative Therapists working together to support optimal treatment outcomes. Includes bodyworkers, providers trained in orofacial myology, lactation/feeding therapists, occupational therapists and any provider licensed to provide supportive care to the patient undergoing laser therapies. These therapists are able to attend a course , but must be accompanied by a dentist.
Hands-on instruction is limited to the first 8 registered laser therapists and an assistant.
(Please check your own state guidelines as to who can use a laser in your office)
The hands-on portion of the course includes comprehensive OraLase and BabyLase training to ensure that the principles and basic techniques to perform the carefully designed treatment protocols. Two weeks prior to the the Hands on Course you will be provided access to Digital Chalk where you are REQUIRED to watch the precourse videos in preparation for joining us hands on.
This course will include instruction on the comprehensive treatment of patients for OraLase and BabyLase.
2 week access to the online pre-course content and access for two weeks after the Hands On course.
TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE EMAIL JAMIE@THESYNERGY.ACADEMY
**You must currently own the 1064 or Lightwalker laser. **
Beyond The Airway is a course that allow a deeper look into the complexities of sleep physiology in the context of ALF Therapy that go beyond structural assessments and the prodcedures to address them.
It includes recorded content on Assessing sleep screening data, Havening (Dr. Kate Truitt), Vitamin D supplementation (Dr. Stasha Gominak) and excerpts from study club meetings and conferences where Dr. Nordstrom's knowledge was shared with our ALF Therapy community.
Hands on instruction to accompany the ALF series of online courses.
Intensive: March 31, 2022
Comprehensive: September 16-17, 2022
Offered in a clinical setting and developed to support the entire dental team.
The ALF HOME course accompanies the online portions of ALF Foundations, Genesis, Grow and Guide which are pre-requisites for the hands-on portion of ALF Therapy training.
All courses sponsored through The Synergy Academy will provide AGD PACE approved credit for both lecture and live participation hours. CE credit is not given if you leave a course early. You must be present for the entire time to get your CE. We do not individualize CE credit.
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The Synergy Academy, Inc has filed a trademark application for OraLase. This application has been rejected based on similarity to a competing company who will own the trademark for the term Orolase.
Legal counsel has advised our organization that continuing to use and advertise the word OraLase will likely result in penalties/fines and legal action against anyone using the term OraLase, including and especially our organization.
As a result and to avoid legal action against our organization and practitioners, The Synergy Academy, Inc will be hosting the website and advertising the courses to teach the technique originally developed as OraLase as the technique now known as SmileLase.
The trademark application for SmileLase is well underway and is not expected to encounter any resistance to its approval.