In my experience with mentoring hygienists and dentists over the years, I have learned that there are really three categories that we all fall into when it comes to practicing orofacial myofunctional therapy:
1. The Solo Therapist
2. The Part Time Therapist
3. The Team Therapist
The good news is that I can help all three! No matter which category you fall into, I've got some NEXT LEVEL information that will help you succeed and feel confident. I know that the business aspect of myofunctional therapy often feels scary and intimidating, but it doesn't need to be! I built my practice from the ground up, and I want to help you do the same.
Let's break down each type of therapist so you can see which category you fall into.
The Solo Therapist
I'm a great example of the Solo Therapist - I own my own practice, I work independently of a dentist, and I am completely comfortable and happy to be an entrepreneur and business owner. If your goal is to become a solo therapist means you'd eventually like to quit your day job (probably dental hygiene!) and become a full time myofunctional therapist. Being a Solo Therapist can be challenging - it means you won't get a paycheck from anyone but yourself, your income may be unpredictable, and that you might end up working all hours of the day and weekends
However, it also means that you have the freedom and flexibility to make your own schedule, work from home, and earn significantly more income than you would as a Part Time Therapist or Team Therapist. This path is not for everyone, but if this is your goal I can certainly help you reach it.
The Part Time Therapist
The Part Time Therapist is the most common type of myofunctional therapist out there, and it's probably the best place for the Solo Therapist to start.
This type of myofunctional therapist still has their regular job but practices orofacial myofunctional therapy on the side. They may see patients privately after their usual work hours or on weekends or days off, but most have no intention of quitting their steady job as a hygienist or other health practitioner.
The Part Time Therapist is able to "do it all". They want to utilize myofunctional therapy as a new skill to help patients and their family, practice on their own and have their own business, but they don't need to take on the stress of making their myofunctional therapy career their full time income source.
The Team Therapist
I think the Team Therapist is the luckiest of the three types of myofunctional therapists! Team Therapists practice out of a dental office and usually work closely with a dentist who is trained in managing Sleep Disordered Breathing, performs functional frenectomies, or practices airway orthodontics.
These myofunctional therapists get the support of a dentist who is knowledgeable about myofunctional therapy and often pays for their training or hires them as part of their dental practice - this is why I think they are so lucky!
Team Therapists don't typically need to start their own business or practice, they have an opportunity to practice myofunctional therapy as part of a bigger team.
Which type of myofunctional therapist are you?
Which type of myofunctional therapist would you like to become?
The NEXT LEVEL program will help you reach those goals.