Suburban Myofunctional Therapy Clinic

Christine Stevens Mills BS, SLP, COM

IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologist

Speach Language Pathologist

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Christine Stevens Mills BS, SLP, COM

IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologist

Speach Language Pathologist

Christine Stevens Mills is an IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologist and Speech Lanuage Pathologist. She has been in private practice for over 39 years. Christine received a speech and hearing pathology degree in 1973 at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Upon completion of this degree she became interested in the emerging field of myofunctional therapy. She began her training at the Institute for Myofunctional Therapy in Coral Gables, Florida, completing 55 hours Post Graduate training followed by 60 hours advanced Clinical Practicum and over 100 hours advanced Certification. She then returned to her home State of Michigan confident and determined to open her own practice treating children and adults with abnormal tongue patterns and associated open mouth rest posture of the lips. Her initial training in Myofunctional therapy also initiated her treating thumb/finger/digit/tongue sucking patterns.


Christine opened her first office in 1974 to treat children and adults with orofacial myofunctional disorders. Therapeutic treatment included abnormal tongue patterns, open mouth rest posture of the lips, forward rest posture of the tongue, lip incompetence, and chronic thumb/finger/tongue sucking patterns. Her clinic receives patent referrals from dentists, orthodontists, speech pathologists, oral surgeons, and pediatricians. While working with clients she continued her education by taking graduate courses at Wayne State University studying Tongue Thrust Therapy, taking continuing education courses on Oral Myofunctional Disorders at the University of Northern Colorado. Determined to be the best therapist she could be in this new field she then went through a very long process of testing to become certified through the International Association of Orofacial Myology and became certified in 1980.


Working in a private practice setting was very rewarding however; she felt she needed to learn from the ground breakers in the field. This desire to work with the best motivated her to take courses from the experts who wrote the initial text books. She was very privileged to receive post graduate training in Oral Facial Myology from Dick Barrett and later seminars on Myofunctional Disorders "Awareness and Recognition" from Bill Zickefoose. In later years to round out her education with the continued desire to best help her clients she took courses in nutrition, and air-way obstruction.


Christine has served on board of directors for the IAOM and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School Orthodontic Department, teaching a graduate course on orofacial myofunctional disorders, a position she has held since 2000. She has developed and teaches a four day introductory course Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders A to Z.  The courses provide a foundation in awareness, education, and treatment protocol of orofacial myofunctional disorders.


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The IAOM certified orofacial myologist is specifically trained to diagnose and treat orofacial myofunctional disorders. These abnormal tongue patterns can contribute to changes in natural growth and development which may lead to a malocclusion and complicate speech problems. The orofacial myologist is also trained to eliminate thumb-finger (digit) sucking habits which can contribute to multiple problems.