Airway First

This is the podcast channel for the Children’s Airway First Foundation. This is our main channel and is focused on raising awareness and educating parents and medical professionals.

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5 days ago

My guest today is Linda Harris. The author, Linda Harris, is a nurse who suffered in the past from both fibromyalgia and migraines and found relief when she discovered that the main source of the pain was her TMJ and malocclusion.
Through her own research, and interviewing others with similar struggles, Linda found a common issue and wrote the book “The Fibromyalgia and TMJ Connection” and is now on a mission to help others. You can purchase Linda’s book on Amazon via the link on our Reading List.
You can find out more about Linda at
Meridian Dental Chart: Link to Chart and Link to Interactive Tooth Chart
TMJ Questionnaire: Link to Questionnaire
Fibromyalgia Healthcare Symposium - October 5th: Link to Event
Dr. Brock Rondeau: Link to Website
Dr. Ben Miraglia: Link to Website
Dr. Jerald Simmons: Link to Website
Dr. Felix Liao: Link to Website
Dr. Daniel Gole: Link to Website
Find an Airway Provider - AHS Provider Locator
CAFF Reading List

Thursday Sep 07, 2023

My guest today is the one and only, Joy Moeller. An international leader in myofunctional therapy, Joy has worked in private practice as a myofunctional therapist since 1980. She graduated from the Myofunctional Therapy Institute in Coral Gables, Florida, and had an extensive Internship in Orofacial Myology.
Joy's background in Dental Hygiene led the way for further studies, and she has taught and continues to teach principles of Myofunctional Therapy to graduate and post-graduate students and numerous universities as an adjunct professor and as a guest speaker.
You can find out more about Joy at
Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy:
International Association of Orofacial Myology:
Annenberg Foundation:

Wednesday Aug 30, 2023

My guest today is Kathleen Ready. Kathleen and her husband of 11 years, Ryan, live in North Idaho with their four children (and number five is on the way). As a family, they enjoy a number of outdoor pastimes the area has to offer, and when inside, Kathleen is usually pursuing the domestic arts in hopes of further blessing her family and friends.
Kathleen joins me on the show today to share the story of the journey she and her oldest son, Jubal, have been on since he was an infant and she first noticed his snoring. Her story is being shared in an effort to help support and guide other parents who might be on a similar airway and sleep journey with their child.
Dr. Bret Christensen
Find an Airway-Dentist - Airway Health Solutions Search
Find an Airway-Focused Myofunctional Therapist - Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Airway Huddle Parents' Support Group on Facebook

Thursday Aug 24, 2023

My guest today is Annmarie DeMarco. Annmarie is a pediatric occupational therapist providing in-home visits with a focus on child development in Fairfield and New Haven County, CT. She specializes in sensory processing, developmental delays, primitive reflex integration, as well as children with autism and ADHD.
She currently works in the birth to 3 settings. She takes a holistic approach to treatment.
She is passionate about educating caregivers and parents, regarding their child’s sensory processing needs while promoting overall growth and fine motor development. Annemarie’s goal, as an occupational therapist, is to ultimately improve a child’s independence with their activities of daily living.
You can find out more about Annmarie at
Show Notes:
What are primitive reflexes? Read the blog
What is sensory interception? Read the blog
Occupational Therapist Tool - Search for Occupational Therapist
Airway First Podcast Episode 31 with Special Guest Brittny Murphy

Friday Aug 04, 2023

My guest today is Kelsey Baker, a Holistic Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She has worked in Early Intervention (EI) since 2009 and has been working with children between the ages of 0-5 in the Philadelphia area since 2011.
Kelsey is focused on proactive care to best support babies in their feeding and overall development as she believes that feeding is a vital sign and can be indicative of so much happening in a child’s body. She uses a combination of bodywork and therapeutic modalities to help regulate nervous systems, increase mobility and strength, and help parents best support their babies where they are on the way to where they want to be.
You can find out more about Kelsey at
Show Notes:
What exactly is bodywork? Read the blog
What to look for in bottles? Read the blog

Thursday Jul 27, 2023

My guest today is Randi-Lee Bowslaugh. Randi-Lee was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and from a young age, she had a passion for helping others. As a teenager, she started writing poetry that would eventually become her first published book (Thoughts of a Wanderer). Her writing became her coping mechanism while depression was starting to take over her life.
After high school, she attended Niagara College and graduated at the top of her class in Community and Justice Services. Though college had seen more good days than bad depression was still very present in her life.
Post-graduation she worked in the social services field for nearly six years before deciding that it was no longer her passion. During this time, she was discovering the joy of kickboxing and became a competitive fighter. She competed internationally on Team Canada twice. Eventually, turning into a coach and personal trainer.
In 2018 she battled cancer and came back with a mission to break the stigma of mental health. Having been battling her own will to continue living she realized that though she had depression, depression didn’t have her.
As a mother to two teenagers, her youngest has autism, she has also experienced feeling helpless to help. Randi-Lee has been through hospital visits and breakdowns with her youngest who has severe anxiety and depression. A question that he continues to ask is “Mom why can’t I be normal?”
Not having an answer to this Randi knew that it was time to stand up and speak out. She created the Write or Die Show to empower others to embrace themselves, their struggles, and all. To show that, though mental health is present in many, lives it doesn’t need to ruin your life and we should support each other not break us down.
You can find out more about Randi-Lee at and
Show Notes:
Websitse: and
Autism Ontario
Keep Notes or Journal for Your Child's Behavior to Discuss with Your Physician:
A - Action
B - Behavior
C - Consequences
Psychologist Locator Powered by the American Psychological Association (APA)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder Powered by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Find a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Powered by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive therapies

Friday Jul 21, 2023

My guests today are two incredibly special providers --- the dynamic duo from Ashburn Children's Dentistry, Dr. Lynda Dean-Duru and Dr. Krystal Dean-Duru. Dentist Lynda Dean-Duru, DDS has spent her life pursuing a career in dentistry and building a successful dental practice that caters to the oral health needs and well-being of children and patients with special needs. In her more than 20 years of experience practicing integrative functional holistic pediatric dentistry, Dr. Lynda has developed a unique approach to treating patients that reflects an impressive skill set fortified by extensive training in the most innovative therapies and technology.
Dr. Lynda received her dental degree from the University of Benin, her General Practice residency from Howard University Hospital, her Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Training from Children’s National Medical Center, her Board Certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and her Fellowship Laser Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Doctor Lynda has undertaken much-continuing education in Orthodontic training and is a fellow of the United States Dental Institute and a member of the prestigious Gnathos education group in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a certification in Oral Myology from the International Association of Oral Myology (IAOM). She has completed levels 1 and 2 of the Advanced Light force functionals (ALF) therapy, ALF Interface Academy Foundations, Genesis, and other courses.
She is a member of numerous professional and civic associations and provides tens of thousands of dollars in pro bono screenings and procedures along with other community service in Northern Virginia every year.
Dr. Krystal I specializes in providing empathetic care and personalized treatment plans to address pediatric patients’ airway, sleep, breathing, and growth concerns, ensuring their healthy smiles and bright futures.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York in Psychology and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed a specialty pediatric residency training at the Interfaith Department of Dental Medicine in Brooklyn, New York, where she served in a leadership role as Chief Resident.
The entire team as Ashburn Children’s Dentistry believes in treating the source of their patient’s issues instead of just the symptoms. They focus on early prevention and in educating parents while assisting their blossoming child’s development into a healthy and resilient adult.
You can find out more about both Dr. Lynda and Dr. Krystal at
Show Notes:
Brave Parents: Raising Healthy, Happy Kids Against All Odds in Today's World, by Dr. Susan Maples
ALF Therapy: ALF Interface Academy
Dr. Christian Guilleminault

Monday Jul 03, 2023

My guest today is Raquel "Rocky" Norris. Rocky is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner dedicated to helping her patients reclaim their well-being and vitality through transformative nutrition and lifestyle adjustments.
Rocky is deeply passionate about the intricate relationship between oral health and gut health, recognizing their individual significance in enhancing our overall quality of life. It's fascinating how the condition of your gut can impact your oral health, and conversely, how your oral health can influence your gut. Her primary objective is to guide patients toward achieving balance within their bodies, fostering holistic wellness from the oral cavity to the digestive system.
With over 15 years of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist, Rocky has witnessed firsthand the profound impact of gut and oral health on our overall well-being. While there is growing awareness about the importance of gut health and its influence on our vitality, not many people are aware of the crucial connection between oral health and the gut, or how indicators of health issues throughout the body can manifest in oral health.
You can find out more about Rocky at
Show Notes:
Natural binder options
Nutritional Therapy Association: What is Nutritional Therapy?
Healthy Eating Guide for Children

Friday Jun 09, 2023

My guest today is Angie Weber. On a mission to break generational cycles, Angie is the mom of twins, wife, podcast host, and is the creator of The Parent Toolbox.
She has taken her knowledge of natural products and the therapeutic techniques she has learned through her own healing journey and now shares them with parents for their own parenting toolboxes.
You can find out more about Angie at
When discussing the long-term health impacts of childhood airway disorders one area that cannot be emphasized enough is the mental health impacts airway disorders have on kids.
Mental health conditions are very common. Research shows that 1 in 6 youth/adolescents will experience a mental health condition at any given time. Additionally, 50% of all lifetime mental health conditions begin before age 14, and 75% start before age 24. However, identifying warning signs or symptoms and seeking treatment early can make a difference in reducing the impact of a mental health condition.
Show Notes:
Buteyko Breathing Techniques
Oral Health in America - Surgeon General's Report 2021
Protecting Youth Mental Health - Surgeon General's Statement 2021
Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health by Dr. Ben Lynch
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk MD
Mom Essentials Podcast
National Alliance of Mental Illness Website:

Wednesday May 31, 2023

My guest today is Elizabeth Morel. Elizabeth is a New Jersey-based physical therapist focusing on moms and babies. Through Little Movers PT she offers low-pressure fitness for moms, pediatric physical therapy, and craniosacral therapy.
Elizabeth holds a Master's of Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton. She has a background in special education preschool-based physical therapy services, outpatient pediatric services, women's health via hypopressives, and craniosacral therapy.
You can find out more about Elizabeth at
Show Notes:
Five Signs Your Baby Needs Help with Feeding Guide
Little Movers PT Courses
Little Movers PT on Instagram
Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health by Ben Lynch
Wolf's Law (Bone Development)
Dr. Steven Hall: Episode 3 of Airway First Season 1
Morrow Reflex Explained on Mount Sinai Website
The Dental Distress Syndrome (DDS) - National Library of Medicine



There are more than 400-million children worldwide that are suffering from this silent epidemic. Pediatric airway disorders often either go unnoticed or are misdiagnosed by medical professionals.

But there is something you can do to protect your child and help to put an end to treatable children's airway disorders.

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