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ABOUT REBECKA

Since the age of 12, Rebecka knew she wanted to help people but didn't quite know which avenue to take. She joined the US Navy in 2000 and served during 9-11. The nuclear class aircraft carrier she lived aboard was the first outside of the New York Harbor on September 12, 2001. She served with Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Southern Watch until 2004. Once out of the Navy, Rebecka was picked up by the Florida Army National Guard to finish her ready reserve time. During that time she was stationed with the 161st Medical Battalion out of Starke, Florida. She aided with Hurricane Katrina Efforts in 2005 in Pascagoula Mississippi. She returned home in 2006 and worked odd jobs until she found dentistry in 2008. Rebecka started as a dental assistant and then applied to Dental Hygiene school in 2013. It was in Dental Hygiene school that lead her down the path of orofacial disorders and facial pain.


Rebecka has been dedicated to helping correct dysfunctions of the orofacial complex for many years. After graduating from dental assisting school in 2009 and then dental hygiene school in 2015 from PIMA Medical Institute, she went on to learn from and train with some of the best in the field of Orofacial Myology. First, with Sarah Hornsby, RDH in 2016 through her mentor program, and then received her certification as a Specialist in Orofacial Myology with Sandra Coulson, SLP, COM in 2018, through The Professional School of Behavioral Health Sciences. In 2019, she completed her certification in Buteyko Breathing Education, and in 2020 she went back to school for massage therapy at Arlington School of Massage so she could focus on whole body manual manipulation techniques with a centered approach within the orofacial complex.


With this training, her passion resides in helping clients with chronic TMJ / facial pain, facial dysfunction, sleep apnea, anxiety & post-surgical facial edema recovery, to name a few. She educates herself on how some of these occurrences are tied into the overall dysfunctional fascia.


During massage therapy school Rebecka took advanced courses in the deep muscles of the anterior, posterior and lateral neck with Brian Utting, LMT.  She also received her endorsement in intraoral massage as well as an advanced manual lymphatic drainage certification course for the head and neck with Klose training in the Vodder technique. 

Currently, Rebecka is working towards her Craniosacral Certification through Bastyr and has completed over half of the required contact hours to date. 

Continuously advancing her education to such a degree keeps her ahead of the curve. This allows Rebecka to teach massage therapists and other healthcare providers about the orofacial complex from a dental and myofunctional perspective and to teach the dental community about bodywork from the massage therapy perspective. 

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR JOURNEY WITH SLEEP APNEA, OROFACIAL DYSFUNCTION, LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE, AND PAIN.

Having a therapist who will walk you through the journey because she has been through the journey.

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REBECKA IN 2017. ONE YEAR PRIOR TO ORTHODONTICS AND JUST STARTING HER MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY JOURNEY. MOUTH BREATHING, UPPER AIRWAY RESISTENCE. SLEEP APNEA TESTING AND FORWARD HEAD REST POSTURE.

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IN CLINIC SLEEP TESTING.

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REBECKA IN 2018. 1 YEAR INTO ORTHO AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY TREATMENT.

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REBECKA IN 2019. 6 WEEKS AFTER DOUBLE JAW SURGERY TO CORRECT AIRWAY. SHE ALSO WENT THROUGH INTRAORAL MASSAGE TO HELP GET BACK TO PROPER FUNCTION AND SCAR TISSUE RELEASE AND WELL AS BODYWORK TO HELP WITH FORWARD HEAD REST POSTURE.

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FUNCTIONAL AIRWAY CAN MAKE.

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WINTER 2019. REBECKA AND HER HUSBAND TIM.