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A Personal Trainer For Your Face, Oral Health & Sleep

Myofunctional therapy, Bodywork, and Breathwork all combine for the same purpose: Overall functional health. 

1) Due to the way a dysfunctional tongue is positioned in the mouth, orofacial disorders can have a negative effect on breathing to include sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea. 

  • Myofunctional therapists apply parts of breathing re-training therapy into their work and/or refer to a breathing re-training specialist.

  • Breathing disorders also lead to ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, bedwetting, CO2 imbalance, and asthma to name a few.  

2) Orofacial disorders are muscular in nature and affect body posture that can lead to chronic body pain. 

  • Massage therapists in Washington State can take specialized classes in intraoral massage work that helps support the jaw joint.

3) Orofacial disorders have been linked to other functional issues. 

  • TMJ pain is multifactorial and some are due to a muscular imbalance. If the TMJ pain is structural it could stem from the feet. Meaning poor gait rotated hips and incorrect curvature of the spine. If the issue is functional in nature it could stem from the head, starting with mouth breathing, low tongue tone, and forward head posture to name a few. 


  • Myofunctional therapy typically requires bi-weekly appointments that span 6 months to a year to be effective.

  • Medical Massage typically requires aggressive, daily appointments that can run 3-5 weeks to be effective.

By combining these therapies that are traditionally performed by separate providers, here at About Face we:  

Save YOU Time

Multiple appointments with different providers mean multiple times away from our already busy schedules. 

About Face combines these treatments into one slightly longer weekly appointment time so you can get back to spending your time on other things. 

Save YOU Money

No more multiple new client intake forms, separate appointment intake fees or taking multiple days or time off of work. 

Better Convenience & Less Confusion

Three therapists in one. 

At About Face you have a trusted allied health professional managing your care which improves outcomes and decreases multiple correspondences with various healthcare providers. This also means more comprehensive focused care and better communication. 


I’m Here for You

Below are answers to my patients’ frequently asked questions. If there is something I’ve missed, please don’t hesitate to ask. For more information, get in touch. I look forward to meeting you soon.



  • I am an allied healthcare provider. That means, although I have the licensure to treat conditions, I do not have the power or legality to diagnose an ailment or condition. 

Ask your provider to request a referral pad. This way, when it comes time to supply you with a superbill you have all the information your insurance company needs for a smoother reimbursement process. 

If you are self-referred keep in mind that at any point in your treatment I may refer you for an official diagnosis of any condition or send you to a provider for an official diagnosis of any condition to aid in your healing process as well as help with reimbursement purposes. (If Any)


(See Treatments page for investment costs)
In the state of Washington, as a massage therapist I can only bill 4 units of 15 minutes worth of treatment per session
(1 hour). The sessions can range anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours dependent upon your individual needs and what treatment is performed. The out of pocket expense is to be paid in full, up front and what your insurance reimburses you is really up to them. I never guarantee coverage.


No. I am a fee - for - service practice.

Insurance likes to dictate treatment, your worth, and our time. By being out of network with insurance companies, it allows me to take care of you the way you should be taken care of so I can treat you for your individual and specific needs, not how the insurance company categorizes you. I also get to take as much time with you as we need.

  • You must be familiar with your insurance benefits.​

My services are very rarely covered by insurance. It is also impossible for me to know all the specific details of each plan available, and I am not responsible for your benefit determination. Any services not covered and or out of network are the patient’s responsibility. Your insurance policy is an agreement between you and your insurance company. You are responsible to know your insurance policy, benefits, requirements, and limitations. You are also responsible for your account with me. We do not determine the amount of coverage you will receive, your insurance company does this. Any questions you may have concerning your benefits should be directed to your insurance companies’ member service representative, customer service number on the back of your card.​

Insurance is ONLY meant to be a financial aid in receiving care.

Why does my insurance reimburse me at a lower rate than your actual fees? 


Insurance companies are allowed to set their own rules and parameters regarding fees. 


Insurances state that the reimbursement was reduced due to your providers' fee exceeding the usual, customary, or reasonable fee ("UCR") used by the company. Such a statement gives the impression that any fee greater than the amount paid by the insurance company is unreasonable, or well above what most providers in the area charge for a certain service.


Insurance providers can be very confusing and are usually NOT accurate. 

  • Insurance companies set their own schedules and fees. 

  • These allowable fees may vary widely because each company collects fee information from claims it processes.

  • The insurance company then takes this data and chooses a level they call "allowable."

  • This data can be three to five years old and these "allowable" fees are set by the insurance company so they can make a net 20%-30% profit. 

In general, the less expensive insurance policy will use a lower usual, customary, or reasonable (UCR) figure. ​


Myofunctional Therapists can bill some of the bodywork codes as Chiropractors, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists. We have less of a chance ( if any ) of getting a reimbursement because they are not licensed in those fields.

Since I am licensed as massage therapist you may be able to get some coverage than a traditional myofunctional therapist. Most plans only pay a very small percentage between average total investment (IF you have out of network massage therapy coverage. )


YES! I love networking with other providers! I would request correspondence from your myofunctional therapist so we can all be on the same page for your care. 


NO. I do not offer this type or any type of walk in services. I only offer full bodywork services for my clients that are tied into myofunctional treatment plan if they need it. This keeps me focused on my specialization in head and neck disorders.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Email me!


There is no other program like it

Think of About - Face integrated programs like this: 

Prior to any exercise it is important to stretch and warm up the muscles for the most optimal outcomes of any workout. If we take the time to warm and stretch the muscles we also have a better and faster recovery time. This is especially imperative when it comes to joint and tendon recovery with chronic TMJ and facial pain. 

A great example is when we watch sports. A 100m runner will have someone help them on the field by massaging the legs and stretching prior to a run. When the muscles are warm they function better and risk injury. 

Reasons why About - Face employs this type of treatment. 

  • Orofacial disorders are muscular in nature and affect body posture that can lead to chronic body pain. 

  • Massage therapists in Washington State can take specialized classes in intraoral massage work that helps support the jaw joint.

Orofacial disorders have been linked to other functional issues. 

  • TMJ pain is multifactorial and some are due to a muscular imbalance. If the TMJ pain is structural it could stem from the feet. Meaning poor gait rotated hips and incorrect curvature of the spine. If the issue is functional in nature it could stem from the head, starting with mouth breathing, low tongue tone, and forward head posture to name a few. 

Myofunctional Therapy exercises the muscles of the orofacial complex and educates the nervous system to function optimally. Massage therapy is such an important component to myofunctional therapy as it stretches and warms the muscles first prior to exercise.



Please remember to cancel or reschedule 48 Business hours in advance. You will be responsible for a fee of 50% of the service booked if the cancellation is less than 48 business' hours. (Business hours are defined as Monday through Friday 8am - 6pm)

The standard meeting time for most offered services is 50 minutes with the exception of new client evaluations and other selective services which can range from 80 - 180 minutes.

A $30 service charge will be charged for any checks returned for any reason for special handling.

NEW CLIENT cancellations and re-scheduled sessions will be subject to a full charge if NOT RECEIVED AT LEAST 48 BUSINESS HOURS IN ADVANCE. This is necessary because a time commitment is made to you and is held exclusively for you. If you are late for a session, you may lose some of that session time.


If you need to contact me between sessions, please leave a message on my voicemail. I am often not immediately available; however, I will attempt to return your call within 24 Business hours. Please note that Face-to-face sessions are highly preferable to phone sessions. However, in the event that you are out of town, sick or need additional support, phone sessions are available. If a true emergency situation arises, please call 911 or any local emergency room.


Due to the importance of your confidentiality and the importance of minimizing dual relationships, I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship. 


I cannot ensure the confidentiality of any form of communication through electronic media, including text messages. If you prefer to communicate via email or text messaging for issues regarding scheduling or cancellations, I will do so. While I may try to return messages in a timely manner, I cannot guarantee immediate response and request that you do not use these methods of communication to discuss therapeutic content and/or request assistance for emergencies.

Services by electronic means, including but not limited to telephone communication, the Internet, facsimile machines, and e-mail is considered telemedicine by the State of Washington. Under the Washington Telemedicine Law, telemedicine is broadly defined as the use of information technology to deliver medical services and information from one location to another. If you and your therapist chose to use information technology for some or all of your treatment, you need to understand that:

  1. You retain the option to withhold or withdraw consent at any time without affecting the right to future care or treatment or risking the loss or withdrawal of any program benefits to which you would otherwise be entitled.

  2. All existing confidentiality protections are equally applicable.

  3. Your access to all medical information transmitted during a telemedicine consultation is guaranteed, and copies of this information are available for a reasonable fee.

  4. Dissemination of any of your identifiable images or information from the telemedicine interaction to researchers or other entities shall not occur without your consent.

  5. There are potential risks, consequences, and benefits of telemedicine. Potential benefits include, but are not limited to improved communication capabilities, providing convenient access to up-to-date information, consultations, support, reduced costs, improved quality, change in the conditions of practice, improved access to treatment, better continuity of care, and reduction of lost work time and travel costs. Effective treatment is often facilitated when the healthcare provider gathers within a session or a series of sessions, a multitude of observations, information, and experiences about the client. The provider may make assessments, diagnosis, and interventions based not only on direct verbal or auditory communications, written reports, and third person consultations, but also from direct visual and olfactory observations, information, and experiences. When using information technology in services, potential risks include, but are not limited to the provider’s inability to make visual and olfactory observations of clinically or therapeutically potentially relevant issues such as: your physical condition including deformities, apparent height and weight, body type, attractiveness relative to social and cultural norms or standards, gait and motor coordination, posture, work speed, any noteworthy mannerism or gestures, physical or medical conditions including bruises or injuries, basic grooming and hygiene including appropriateness of dress, eye contact (including any changes in the previously listed issues), sex, chronological and apparent age, ethnicity, facial and body language, and congruence of language and facial or bodily expression. Potential consequences thus include the provider not being aware of what he or she would consider important information, that you may not recognize as significant to present verbally to the provider.


If you are a minor, your parents may be legally entitled to some information about your treatment. I will discuss with you and your parents what information is appropriate for them to receive and which issues are more appropriately kept confidential.


Ending relationships can be difficult. Therefore, it is important to have a termination process in order to achieve some closure. The appropriate length of the termination depends on the length and intensity of the treatment. I may terminate treatment after appropriate discussion with you and a termination process if I determine that the treatment is not being effectively used or if you are in default on payment. I will not terminate the therapeutic relationship without first discussing and exploring the reasons and purpose of terminating. If treatment is terminated for any reason or you request another provider, I will provide you with a list of qualified Myofunctional Therapists or Bodyworkers to treat you. You may also choose someone on your own or from another referral source. Should you fail to schedule an appointment for three consecutive weeks, unless other arrangements have been made in advance, for legal and ethical reasons, I must consider the professional relationship discontinued.

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