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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3 days ago

My guest today is Kelley Rubio, an Arizona native and US Army veteran with a heartfelt commitment to pediatric care since 1996. Her practice has two locations in the Phoenix Valley and she works with patients in person and via Telehealth. As a licensed dental hygienist, she specializes in myofunctional therapy and is a Certified Buteyko Breathing Practitioner.
Kelley stays at the forefront of her field through ongoing training, holding a Qualification in Orofacial Myology. What sets Kelley apart is not just her expertise but also the genuine connections she forms with each patient. Her passion for orofacial myology is driven by the meaningful relationships she builds.
You can find out more about Kelley at
Show Notes:
Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, by Dr. Peter Attia
Airway MamaBears - CAFF Store
Buteyko Breathing Techniques
Oral Health in America - Surgeon General's Report 2021
Protecting Youth Mental Health - Surgeon General's Statement 2021
National Alliance of Mental Illness Website: 
Airway Palooza 2024
SEC Sleep Conference 2024
Collaboration Cures 2024

6 days ago

My guest today is Dr. Mark Levi. Dr. Levi has over 30 years experience as a Dentist, and over 20 years in Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. He is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and European Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
As a former sufferer of Sleep Apnea, Dr. Levi understands the problem from all perspectives, and has the technical expertise to provide the best customizes and appropriate solution to suit his patient's individual needs. He has trained in the US with many of the world's leading Sleep Experts and can often be seen on national television and lecturing around the world!
You can find out more about Dr. Mark Levi at
Show Notes:
Dr. Mark Levi website
Finding Connor Video
Foundation for Airway Health
Breathe, Sleep, Thrive: Discover How Airway Health Can Unlock Your Child's Greater Health, Learning, and Potential by Dr. Shereen Lim

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

Today's episode is a bit different in that I have invited a panel of luminaries and medical professionals who are passionate about airway and sleep health. Each of today's guests participated, in some form or fashion, in the SEC Sleep Conference that was held in Houston, Texas earlier this month.
Our special guest panel includes:
Dr. Jerald H. Simmons - Founding Director at Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associations, PA and the Sleep Education Consortium
Dr. Bill Harrell - President and Orthodontist at Harrell Orthodontics, TMJ, Dental Sleep Medicine
Dr. David McCarty, FAASM - Author, Speaker, Cartoonist, and Podcast Host of the Empowered Sleep Apnea Series
Jatin Tekchandani, MSBEME, R.EEG T., RPSGT - Vice President of the Texas Society of Sleep Professionals
Dr. Rob Veis - CEO at SML Global
Show Notes:
SEC Sleep Conference
CSMA Sleep Questionnaire
Airway Circle
Airway Health Solutions
Facebook Airway Huddle - Parent Support Group
Facebook Tooth Pillow Parent Group
The Breathing-Smile Connection by Dr. William Harrell: Article

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

My guest today is Dr. Julia Sadove-Lopez. Dr. Julia is a biological dentist, accredited by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She attended dental school in Indiana, where she first began her dental career. She went on to practice dentistry for several years at a holistic dental practice in Chicago. She was able to work closely in collaboration with Dr. Kevin Boyd, even serving as a research assistant for his anthropology research with the Penn Museum.
Dr. Julia was practicing general dentistry, while still offering services like infant frenectomies. Her passion for identifying and referring young patients to seek early interceptive solutions became one of her favorite parts of her profession. She has since created her own consulting business, Oris Wellness, to offer customized one-on-one support for parents in the topics surrounding airway dentistry.
More recently, Dr. Julia relocated with her family to Portugal. She is enjoying learning about how the perspectives and services that are offered in Europe vary from the training she received formerly in the US. 
You can find out more about Dr. Julia at
Show Notes:
Dr. Julia Sadove-Lopez: Website
Breathe, Sleep, Thrive: Discover How Airway Health Can Unlock Your Child's Greater Health, Learning, and Potential, by Dr. Shereen Lim
Brave Parent: Raising Healthy, Happy Kids Against All Odds in Today's World, by Dr. Susan Maples
Sleep Wrecked Kids: Helping Parents Raise Happy, Healthy Kids, One Sleep at a Time, by Sharon Moore
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor
Wrigleyville Dental (Chicago, IL)

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

My guest today is Jackie Christiansen, a Danish mom who moved to the United States in 2018 with her husband.
She and her family now live in Houston, Texas with their four-year-old daugher, Laura, who has been diagnosed with sleep disordered breathing.
In Denmark, Jackie was a registered nurse and Certified Health Coach. She is now a stay-at-home mom who enjoys volunteering at her daughter's school.
Show Notes:
Dr. Jerald Simmons, CSMA
ATS Sleep Questionnaire for Children
Dr. Todd Scheyer
Dr. Shereen Lim - Airway First Podcast Episode
Brittny Murphy - Airway First Podcast Episode
James Nestor, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art - Airway First Podcast Episode
Dr. David Alfi
Dr. Christopher Tran

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

My guest today is Dr. Tracy Tran. Dr. Tran is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist who specializes in infant & pediatric oral ties, as well as pediatric sleep issues. She is a Michigan native who first landed in Southern California to attend dental school at USC's Ostrow School of Dentistry.
After graduation, Dr. Tran went on to complete a 1-year general practice residency where she received additional training in all aspects of dentistry, with an emphasis in oral surgery. She performed surgical procedures in maxillofacial trauma under the attending of Oromaxillofacial, ENT and plastic surgeons. During the following two years, Dr. Tran continued her specialty training in pediatric dentistry, while completing her Master’s in Biomedical Science.‍
Since being in private practice, Dr. Tran has focused her continuing education on pediatric tethered oral tissue (TOTs) and its relationship with oral dysfunction in order to diagnose orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs). This includes difficulties with infant nursing, toddler feeding & swallowing, speech articulation, and pediatric sleep disordered breathing. She has successfully treated these patients through a collaborative team approach, and continues to expand her knowledge and experience in this niche specialty.
She is also proud to contribute to the advancement of academics by volunteering her time teaching at USC as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Dental Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry.
You can find out more about Dr. Tran at
Show Notes:
Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT)
Dr. Marielly Mitchell, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, SIPT
Dr. Tracy Tran:
NIH: Surgically Assisted Rapid Maxillary Expansion Compared with Orthopedic Rapid Maxillary Expansion Article

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

My guest today is the one Sharon Moore is a speech pathologist and myofunctional practitioner with thirty-eight years of clinical experience across a range of communication and swallowing disorders. She has worked in diverse clinical settings in Australia and London.
Currently, Sharon runs a private practice in Canberra for patients of all ages and is part of the transdisciplinary team for the Canberra Sleep Clinic. The integration of orofacial myofunctional principles into traditional speech pathology work allows a unique approach to managing disorders of the upper airway, including breathing, swallowing, chewing, phonation, resonance, speech and sleep issues related to upper airway obstruction.
Sharon has a special interest in early identification of craniofacial growth anomalies in syndromic and non-syndromic children, concomitant orofacial dysfunctions and airway obstruction in sleep disorders.
Sharon believes that there has never been a more important time for medical, dental and allied health colleagues to work as a team, with the significant consequences of sleep disorders in all ages now widely known. Growing global medical acknowledgement of the role of myofunctional therapy in the management of sleep disorders has hailed a new era of relevance for work in the upper airway, affirming Sharon’s chosen clinical direction.
She believes we have a window of opportunity to help parents get it right before kids start school.
You can find out more about Sharon at and
Show Notes:
AASM Sleep Chart
Sleep Wrecked Kids: Helping Parents Raise Happy, Healthy Kids, One Sleep at a Time, by Sharon Moore
Go the F**k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach
Sleep Hygiene for Kids

Monday Apr 01, 2024

My guest today is Dr. Felix Liao. Dr. Liao is a thought leader and healthcare innovator who has restored the mouth back to the body as a vital organ for many patients’ natural health and wellness. His WholeHealth philosophy integrates mind-body-mouth to produce breakthrough outcomes.
Among dentists, Dr. Liao is a leading airway-centered mouth doctor with recognized expertise in Impaired Mouth Syndrome and Holistic Mouth Solutions. He is also the inventor of Start Thriving Appliance® for test-driving and adopting Holistic Mouth Solutions as the answer to Impaired Mouth Syndrome. In 2020, Dr. Liao expanded Holistic Mouth Solutions to include both a sleep-friendly mouth structure and a sensible eating mouth Style to build vibrant health and innate immunity.
Dr. Liao holds an engineering degree from Brown University, a DDS from Case School of Dental Medicine, Board Certification by the American Board of General Dentistry, a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Mastership in the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). He is a past president of IABDM.
Dr. Liao is the author of five best-selling books: Six Foot Tiger Three Foot Cage, Early Sirens, Licensed to Thrive, RelaunchYour Vitality, and Your Child's Best Face.
You can find out more about Dr. Liao at
Show Notes:
Holistic Mouth Solutions: 
 Impaired Mouth Syndrome Quiz:  
Baby Led Weaning Essential Guide: Link to Amazon 
AMD Training for Dentists: 

Saturday Mar 30, 2024

My guest today is Dr. Shereen Lim, a Perth-based dentist with a postgraduate diploma in dental sleep medicine from the University of Western Australia. As one of Australia’s first handful of dentists to obtain a qualification in dental sleep medicine, she has spent more than a decade working with patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Rather than managing dysfunctional breathing and its consequences, Dr. Lim is focused on promoting airway health. This means reinforcing nasal breathing and promoting good airway development from infancy as keys to sleeping well, thriving, and greater future health. Dr. Lim regularly sees infants to adults and has been able to pinpoint the issues in infancy that lead to bigger problems down the track.
She is passionate about educating child health professionals from a variety of fields to recognize the earliest warning signs of poor airway heaLth including poor oral function and poor jaw development and promoting collaborative care to address these as early as possible. Her vision is to help more children receive timely care to breathe, sleep and thrive to their full potential, and avoid growing into more serious problems later in life.
Dr. Lim is a renowned speaker and the author of Breathe, Sleep, Thrive which is available on Amazon.
You can find out more about Dr. Lim at
Show Notes:
Dr. Lim's Website:
Breathe, Sleep, Thrive, by Dr. Shereen Lim
Signs of airway disorders in children 
Find an Airway Dentist - Doctor Locator 

Saturday Mar 30, 2024

My guest today is Dr. Sandra Kahn, DDS, MSD - a graduate from the University of Mexico and the University of the Pacific. She has 25 years of clinical experience in orthodontics and has been part of the craniofacial anomalies team at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. Her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley was on physical anthropology and human craniofacial growth and development.
She practices pediatric sleep apnea prevention and whole-body treatment, addressing body and oral posture to develop stronger jaws which fit all 32 teeth and house large healthy airways. She is an international lecturer, has published two books, Forwardontics, and JAWS: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic, and has translated Dr. John Mew's The Cause and Cure of Malocclusion into Spanish. She is currently the only Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics that practices exclusively Biobloc Orthotropics, and is co-founder of the project zeroto15, which proposes addressing airway growth from pre-conception until 15 years through transdisciplinary teams that foster healthy lifestyles.
You can find out more about Dr. Kahn at
Show Notes:
Dr. Kahn's website:
JAWS: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic, by Dr. Sandra Kahn and Paul Ehrlich
Forwardontics: A Shift from Traditional Orthodontics to a Total Body Approach, by Dr. Sandra Kahn
Dr. John Mew
First 1,000 Days, by Roger Thurow
Dr. Barry Raphael: Link to Website
8 Steps to a Pain-free Back, by Esther Gokhale and Susan Adams
Frequency and Pedicators of Pacifier Use in Low Socioeconomic Groups - NIH Study
Airway First Podcast, Episode 17 with Dr. Ben Miraglia: Link to Podcast Episode



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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