of Tongue-tie Professionals
The IATP is an international, multi-disciplinary group of professionals who have come together out of a common interest in effective management of Ankyloglossia (Tongue Tie) and Upper Lip Tie. Founded in 2009, our group is comprised of Medical Doctors, Dentists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants), Speech-Language Pathologists, Myofunctional Therapists and others. Our goal is to improve knowledge, education and training in this field. The IATP’s current focus centers on standardizing the conceptual definition of tongue-tie and other oral restrictions, classifying its types, developing protocols that optimize outcomes, explore the functional implications of oral restrictions to the infant and across the lifetime, generating assessment processes, and issue policy statements about early assessment, proper treatment and post-surgical therapy and follow-up.
IATP members remain dedicated to two main principles: the prevention of later-in-life problems due to untreated tongue-tie, and the education both professionals and the community based on both current research and solid clinical evidence.
Board of Directors
- Trish Wierenga (2017-2020)
- Joy (Joyce) Funston (Secretary) (2017-2020)
- Jennifer Jones (Treasurer) (2017-2020)
- Alisa Sacker (2017-2020)
- Lisa Lahey (2017-2020)
- Vladimir Pastouk (2019-2022)
- Robert Wynn (2019-2022)
- Michael Gorbonos (2019-2022)
Last Board elections:June – August 2019
The International Affiliation of Tongue and Lip Tie Professionals (IATP) is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals who advocate for research, education, and integrated clinical practice to improve the lives of all people affected by oral restrictions.
IATP Founding Members
Back row: Dr. Greg Notestine; Dr. Isabella Knox; Dr. Jim Murphy; Dr. Mervyn Griffiths; Dr. Eyal Botzer; Dr. Roee Furer.
Middle row: Ms. Dale Hansson; Dr. Alison Hazelbaker; Ms. Edith Kernerman; Ms. Catherine Watson Genna; Ms. Sandra Holtzman.
Front row: Ms. Lisa Sandora, Dr. Sandra Sullise; Ms. Carole Dobrich.
Not pictured: Dr. Elizabeth Coryllos, Dr. David Todd; Ms. Lisa Marasco, Dr.Larry Kotlow, Dr. Shaul Dollberg, Ms. Robin Glass; Dr. Roselina Cosentino; Dr. Brian Palmer, Ms. Monica Hogan, Ms. Bridget Ingle,Dr. Mary Ann O’Hara; Grace Magill, Ms. Jennifer Tow, Dr. Sharon Vallone, Dr. Virginia Thorley, Ms. Esther Grunis and Ms. Carolyn Westcot.