My name Audrey Richards and I would love to take a moment to introduce myself. My guess is that if you are here reading this intro, there is something you are looking to accomplish with your health and I would love to connect and see how I can best help you achieve your goals.
My favorite part about being a dental hygienist has always been the emphasis placed on relationship building with my patients. What other healthcare professional do you see regularly for an hour at a time? I live for the "ah ha" moments people have when we figure out how to make something work for them and then watching them succeed.
Always a student, I wanted to learn more about sleep disordered breathing and myofunctional disorders and I realized that there is a great need for education and inspiration around this subject. So many people struggle with the sleep apnea, grinding/clenching at night, acid reflux, snoring, crooked and crowded teeth but yet they do just that - struggle. So many kids are misdiagnosed with ADHD when they simply aren't breathing well. I want to help people get to the root of their problems to help eliminate the issues rather than mask them. I have a family first philosophy and really want to help kids and adults alike thrive.
Looking inside my own family I realized that some of the cute habits my own children were exhibiting were actually signs and symptoms of a much larger myofunctional issues. Leaning into the opportunities around me to help correct the issues within my own home I decided that I should do this same thing for others. I opened Optimized Airways to help bring light to the myofunctional habits that have become normalized in today's world.
Awareness is key and awareness proceeds change, and so I want to help you bring an awareness to the opportunities you have so that you can make strides towards your goals. Simply put, I want to help you and your family optimize their airways!
I currently live in the Kansas City area, but am happy to be able to reach further with the help of online and virtual appointment options.
I have seen first hand the immediate changes that can occur when you get myofunctional issues under control within my own home. I can't wait to share what I have learned with all of you! As a mom, there is nothing more important to me than helping my kids thrive and as a dental professional I feel it is my obligation to get the news out. Whether you are a parent wanting to advocate for your kids, or an adult wanting to optimize your airways, I can't wait to hear from you!
Based in Overland Park, KS. Optimized Airways is located in a Kansas suburb of Kansas City, MO.
No matter what you are looking for myofunctional therapy for, Optimized Airways is here to support you with exercises to help build strength and correct your myofunctional habits in both children and adults alike.
As a mom, and a dental hygienist, I was struggling to get answers to issues surrounding sleep and oral habits with my kids and frustrated with answers from traditional healthcare/educators. When I learned how important the power of nasal breathing can be not just for their sleep but for their growth and development I knew I needed to help share this knowledge with other parents and adults alike.
Who knew that helping my kids breathe and sleep better could turn into a company with a mission to help others achieve the same goals! In 2023, I opened Optimized Airways to be just that, a place for people to learn how powerful correct function can be. Form follows function, and so my job is to teach simple functional changes that can change the way you live for the better!
Myofunctional therapy has been show to help you live more fully. Whether you want to stop your snoring habit, stop mouth breathing, get you breathing well through your nose, get help with jaw pain and TMJ issues or are looking for support in conjunction with pre/post tongue tie therapy Myofunctional therapy can help! In kids, myofunctional therapy can help your child get better sleep by helping correct breathing patters to reduce snoring, bed wetting, ADHD symptoms and night time grinding. When your child sleeps better they feel better, and you will too!
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, also shortened to Myofunctional Therapy, OMT or MYO. Orofacial Myology. Functional Exercises of the head, neck and face. Tongue Tie Therapy. Tongue Thrust Therapy. Similar to Physical Therapy for the head and neck. Neuromuscular reeducation. No matter what you call it, my goal as a Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist is to partner with you to help you address functional issues and teach you exercises to correct function. It is as simple as that - I teach you exercises for optimizing your airways to help you thrive.
My Local Clients Are All Over the Kansas City Area:
Overland Park, KS | Leawood, KS | Prairie Village, KS | Olathe, KS | Shawnee, KS | Mission, KS | Fairway, KS | Roeland Park, KS | Mission Hills, KS | Lenexa, KS | Merriam, KS | Parkville, KS | Western Edge of Kansas City, MO | Raymore, MO | Lee Summit, MO | Grandview, MO | Independence, MO | Liberty, MO | Raytown, MO