Welcome to Balanced Faces
'“Myofunctional Therapy” is a big term for a fairly simple, yet precise process of evaluating groups of facial muscles that are underperforming, and then prescribing customized exercises to reverse these trends. Most people are amazed to discover how negative habits in muscles like the tongue and the lips can lead to agonizing problems for people of all ages. BalancedFaces is here to help.
I'm here to spot the problems and get you on the road to healing.
How Myofunctional Therapy Can Help
Myofunctional therapy addresses a number of issues. Programs can be designed to:
REVERSE the habit called “tongue thrust”
RESTORE proper breathing through the nose rather than the mouth
ELIMINATE thumb or finger sucking, lip licking, nail biting and other habits in children
REDUCE teeth grinding and clenching and the resultant pain from TMJ and related conditions
PREVENT a variety of facial growth and development problems
IMPROVE the posture of the head and neck
ENHANCE sleep apnea therapy
FINE-TUNE speech therapy outcomes caused by improper tongue function
Hi, I'm Shelly Azevedo
I am a registered dental hygienist and myofunctional therapist with more than 30 years in the healthcare and dental fields. I graduated from Loma Linda University in Southern California and hold a master’s degree in health science.
My previous experience as a clinical dental hygienist and 10 years as an assistant professor of the Dugoni School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene program, laid the foundation for Balanced Faces Myofunctional Therapy. My training includes intensive post graduate courses with the American Academy of Oromyofunctional Therapy (AOMT), an internship with Sarah Hornsby, a leading myofunctional therapist in this field and Dr. Soroush Zaghi of the Breathe Institute in Santa Monica, CA. I continue to take courses as this field is multi-faceted.
My work involves collaboration with a network of specialists, which allows me to effectively treat all manner of facial dysfunction. My resources include physical therapists, medical doctors, dentists, orthodontists, osteopaths and speech therapists.
Balanced Faces encompasses the whole-body approach to health and wellness. I am passionate about healing patients and improving the quality of their lives.