IATP BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES 2024-03-18T15:08:11-07:00

Members are encouraged to cast their vote for as many candidates as they prefer.

Dr Sonia McGowin, DC

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Dr Sonia McGowin, DC is a chiropractor, DAN! and MAPS-trained doctor. She is a graduate of
Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City and lives in Jefferson City with her husband
and their two children. The focus of her practice is to bring natural health through
chiropractic to the whole family. She is a Webster Technique-certified doctor and has
advanced training in prenatal, pediatric, and cranial adjusting. She also has advanced
training in the identification and remediation of oral restrictions such as lip and tongue ties.
She has extensive experience with food and environmental allergies, nutrient deficiencies,
detoxification, and metabolic challenges. Dr. Sonia is not your average chiropractor! She
prides herself on being "Brain, not Pain"; she works to find and address the neurology
responsible for pediatric challenges. She leaves no stone unturned when it comes to
helping moms and babies find wellness. She has spent her career working with children and
adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental issues.

Dr. Carlos Cruz, BS, DDS

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Dr. Cruz was born and raised in Guatemala. Graduated from Francisco Marroquin University,
UFM and UCLA. Member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). He is a
founding member of the Guatemalan Association of Periodontology (AGP) and the Dental
Association of Laser in Guatemala (AOLG). Dr. Cruz also enjoys giving lectures

Bob Convissar, DDS

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Dr. Robert Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists in the
world to incorporate lasers into general practice he has over 33 years of experience with
CO2, Diode, Erbium, and Nd.YAG wavelengths. He has authored over 15 peer-reviewed
papers and 7 laser textbooks. An international lecturer, New York to London, Sydney to
Tokyo, Dubai, Bahrain & Saudi Arabia, and everywhere in between, he has delivered close to
400 Laser Certification and Laser Tongue Tie Certification courses worldwide. He practices
laser-assisted dentistry in New York City. He is the only dentist in the world to have the triad
of awards: Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, Fellow of the American
Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and Master of the Academy of Laser Dentistry as
well as being a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. His seminal textbook,
Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry, now in its 2nd edition, has been the standard
textbook on laser dentistry for over a decade – translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Russian,
and Chinese, with more editions pending. He is the co-author of Color Atlas of Tongue Tie
and Lip Tie Laser Frenectomy – the first textbook in the world on the subject.

Julie T. Kerr, MD

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Dr. Julie Kerr graduated from Princeton University where she was the female Scholar-
Athlete of her graduating class. She then joined the Army in 1996 and graduated
Valedictorian of her medical school, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
in 2000. After completing medical school, Dr. Kerr spent 5 years training in Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Here she
was honored to be one of the top three residents in all surgical specialties to complete her
training in 2005.

Dr. Kerr then served for 7 years as Chief of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Here she attained the rank
of Lieutenant Colonel. She cared for not only the soldiers but their dependents as well –
children and spouses (the larger part of her patient population). She received the award for
Most Family Oriented Physician for her compassionate care of her patients and their
families. She also always achieved the highest scores for patient satisfaction throughout her
tenure. She received a Bronze Star Medal for her service to our soldiers, local nationals,
POWs, and Afghanistan National Army while serving as the only Army Otolaryngology Head
and Neck Surgeon in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. After proudly serving in the Army for 16
years, Dr. Kerr moved with her husband, Dr. Glenn Kerr, an Orthopedic Surgeon, and their
three children to Richmond to join Dr. Patrick Gibbons and Dr. Matthew Bridges at
Commonwealth Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists. Dr. Julie Kerr has been recognized in
Richmond Magazine by her peers as a Richmond Top Doc.
Dr. Kerr is Board Certified in General Otolaryngology. She specializes in management of
diseases of the ears, nose and throat for both children and adults.

Annette Leary, IBCLC

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My name is Annette Leary. I have been a registered nurse since 1988, IBCLC since 1995 and
Upledger trained in cranio sacral therapy since 2015. I am celebrating 35 years of marriage
this year. We have 4 grown adult children and 2 grandchildren. I started my private practice
in 2002 at Orlando Lactation and Wellness Services. While building my private practice, I
spent the past 20 years designing and facilitating the outpatient lactation center as well as
serving the role of educational consultant. This involved training staff at a very large tertiary
care women and infants’ hospital. In 2022, I started a second LLC with a collaboration of two
other business partners to start Baby BLISS Feeding Collaborative of Central Florida and left
the hospital role. 
I have several years of experience as conference program coordinator for ILCA 2013-2017
and as well as USLCA conference planning various years. I currently hold a per diem roll
with Gold Learning as their nurse educator. This year has been a busy presentation year
for USLCA, ILACTATION, Gold Lactation and Gold Learning Tongue Tie Symposium.  In my
free time, I enjoy going to the beach and listening to webinars and podcasts as well as
reading a good book.   Participating in continuing education and sharing knowledge with my
peers is an ongoing adventure.

Dr. John Rawa

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For 4 decades, I suffered from what is called a sleep disordered breathing. My snoring with
age turned into obstructed sleep apnea and I showed all the signed and symptoms of OSA.
In 2015 after being diagnosed with OSA, I started oral appliance therapy to treat my OSA.
This was life changing for me and that is when I decided to dedicate my career to treat
patients with sleeping disordered breathing.
I started by becoming a diplomate for the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. After
having perfected treating adult patients with OTA, I progressed to treat children who
suffered from sleep disordered breathing. We started screening young patients for
breathing issues. We observed the ones who were mouth breathers and now offer the
Healthy Start program. These are oral appliances habit correctors that help to encourage
nasal breathing, proper swallowing, and help to guide the growing dentition into proper

Cait Wilson, RN, IBCLC

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Cait Wilson, BSN, RN, IBCLC, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Beginning her nursing journey as a Pediatric
Neurology Nurse in 2011, she later transitioned to Labor and Delivery in 2014. After the birth
of her first child, she pursued further education in lactation, earning her IBCLC certification
in 2018. Blending her passion for Labor and Delivery with lactation support, she dedicated
herself to assisting new mothers. In 2020, Cait made a career shift to focus solely on
lactation in the inpatient and outpatient hospital setting. She is a member of the
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). Cait resides in Central Illinois with her
husband and two daughters. When she is not supporting families during their feeding
journeys, Cait can be found in the kitchen baking.