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Agape Event Center Historic Owyhee

1109 W. Main St. Suite 260

Boise, ID 83702

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The tongue is much mightier than most of us understand, and when it is not functioning correctly it can cause many health issues. This conference will discus the effect the tongue has on airway, orthodontia, tooth health, speech, feeding, digestion, breastfeeding, cranial and spinal developement, etc. If an oral restriction is identified, recent studies have shown that a frenectomy can lead to improvement with breastfeeding, reflux, speech, feeding and other health issues. The picture is complicated by inaccurate identification and incomplete revisions of tethered oral tissue. This creates controversy as to the relevance and effectiveness of treating ties. This conference provides a collaboration of multidisciplinary experts using evidence based practice guidelines to ensure proper treatment of patients with dysfunctional oral motor disorders. We hope you will join us for this incredible opportunity!


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Southern Medical Association and Baby Bonds Lactation Consulting. The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Southern Medical Association designates this Live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

All non-physician participants will receive a certificate of attendance/participation.

Links to recent studies showing the benefit of revising tethered oral tissues:




This conference is for pediatricians, general practitioners, chiropractors, naturopaths, midwives, OBGYN's, IBCLC's, doulas, SLP, dental hygenists, craniosacral therapists, feeding specialists, physical therapist, occupational therapists, parents, and other related providers.

Conference Schedule:

8:00-8:45 am Check in, Networking

9:00-9:50 am Dr. Rajeev Agarwal, MD: The Tongue: A Mighty Muscle

10:00-10:50 am Melanie Henstrom, BS, IBCLC: Saving Breastfeeding: The IBCLC's Role

11:00-12:00 pm Film: “Untying Breastfeeding” by Effath Yasmin, IBCLC, BCST premiered at the International Consortium of Ankyglossial Professionals in the summer of 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch included by A Lively Chef (includes sandwich, salad, chips, dessert)

1:00-2:15 pm Ramya Kumar, MS, CCC-SLP: Impact of Thethered Oral Tissue on Swallowing and Articulation

2:25-3:15 pm Wendy Rohin, DPT: Impact of Ties on the Myofascial System and Importance of Manual Therapy

3:25-4:15 pm Dr. Samuel Zink, DMD: Craniofacial Dystrophy, Airway Dysfunction, and Disruption of the Gut-Brain Axis

4:25-5:00 pm Dr. Rajeev Agarwal, MD: Frenectomies: Ensuring a Complete Release

5:00 -5:30 pm Panel discussion with moms who have had breastfeeding struggles

5:30-6:00 pm Skype in from Effath Yasmin in India

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Melanie directly at melanie@babybonds.us to ensure your business is a fit and to avoid duplicates.



Baby Bonds Breastfeeding Support

Everything Babies

Zink Dental

Explore Wellness Chiropractic

Boise Speech and Hearing Clinic

MOMMA, Inc at Boise River Birth Center

Inner Balance Therapy CST

Chineese Medicine and Amma Body Work Therapy

Mind Centered Birth and Norris Photography


  • Dr. Agarwal went to medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS, in New Delhi, which is the premiere institution for medical training in India. After which, he came to the United States for his Pediatric Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Subsequently went on to join the Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at University of Florida at Gainesville. Under the program, he also conducted bench research at Ohio State University. Over the years Dr. Agarwal has developed his own style of practicing pediatrics, which is strongly supportive of natural ways of taking care of children and emphasis on breastfeeding. During his practice, he realized that one of the biggest impairments in breastfeeding was the presence of labial and lingual ties. Having performed some procedures during medical school, he re-educated himself about the procedure and started performing them in 2007. In the last ten years, Dr. Agarwal has performed more than 8000 frenotomies. Now, along with a busy clinical practice, he has made it his goal to spread the awareness about the issues related to labial and lingual ties to pediatricians, lactation consultants, doulas, midwives -everybody who helps mothers with the process of breastfeeding and in taking care of children with feeding and speech difficulties.

  • Dr. Samuel Zink is a dentist who specializes in airway architecture and performs laser frenectomies in Boise, Idaho. He offers airway dental medicine treatments to help adults and children alike take back control of their lives, regain their energy levels, and look and feel better than they ever have. Dr. Zink is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He brings a unique perspective to dentistry from his first career in the information technology industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Boise State University and MBA from Northwest Nazarene University. During the first phase of his dental career, he gained experience working for large Dental Service Organizations while striving to treat every patient as if they were a member of his family. Helping his family sparked and fueled his interest in learning about Orthotropics and airway dentistry. He is treating his wife and sons (ages 3, 6, and 9) for airway issues after recognizing that they were struggling with the symptoms of Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome. He is also working through his own airway issues so he understands it from the patient’s prospective.

  • Ramya Kumar is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist and has been working in outpatient and inpatient pediatrics, and a Level III NICU since 2011. She also currently sees patients at a local pediatric practice for therapy pre and post frenectomy. Ramya is passionate about creating long term developmental and mealtime successes for her patients. She is frequently involved in ongoing education and research in the field of Pediatric Feeding Difficulties, and has presented at several local and national forums. With a commitment to whole body approaches and neurodevelopmentally supportive care, Ramya has taken coursework in trauma informed care, breast feeding medicine, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Cranial Sacral Therapy and The Tummy Time Method to better serve her patients. Ramya is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) and Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT). In addition, she has received the Developmental Care Specialist Designation through NANN and is also certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage (NTMTC)

  • Wendy Rohin earned her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound. She owns a Boise company Everything Babies in Boise, Idaho. In her practice, she specialize in working with infants and preemies. While her expertise and schooling is specific to motor development, she has a plethora of knowledge and experience with anything and everything about babies. She is more like a “new parent coach”–or a “baby advocate”–on so many topics like understanding disabilities and developmental delays, how to promote “normal” development, reading your child’s cues, feeding issues, and sleeping issues.

  • Melanie Henstrom received her Bachelors of Science in Famiy Science at Brigham Young University and worked in adoption until she had her first child. She then became a stay at home mom for 16 years raising her 6 children. She breastfed them all, including tandem nursing her twins. Once all her children were in school, she became certified as a postpartum doula mainly serving families with twins, and triplets. In 2015 she went to Portland Community College to become an IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has served hundreds of mothers and babies over the course of several years as a postpartum doula, and lactation consultant. It has been her experience that many mothers do not have the resources to become successful at breastfeeding. She has extensive training and experience with tongue ties, and is able to educate mothers to make the right choice for their baby. She is also trained in infant massage and craniosacral therapy. Her passion is to educate, nurture, and support new moms and babies through their breastfeeding struggles in a non-judgemental and compassionate way. She is the owner of Baby Bonds-Breastfeeding Support.

  • Effath Yasmin is India's leading IBCLC & a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist from Mumbai, India. Her special interests lie in Infant Oral and Sucking Dysfunction, Tongue Tie - Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation, Biomechanics of breastfeeding & treatment of birth trauma, anxiety & depression. Yasmin serves on many international and national boards inclusion. She also spear-headed many projects from co-founding a professional International organization ICAP (International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals) with a central mission of advocacy & to unite the multidisciplinary professionals working in the field of tongue ties worldwide. She has dedicated her life to many projects to educate, protect, promote and support & restore Breastfeeding & other craniofacial development across the life span. Her work has been published in the International Journals & textbook and writes extensively on print and digital media on the subjects of breastfeeding, parenting, health & wellness and tongue ties. She continues to strive to pursue her seminal work on the link between tongue ties and depression. She has currently set up India’s First Lactation & Family Wellness Clinic with FULL-DAY Breastfeeding observation facilities in Mumbai. Yasmin has also produced and released an International Documentary Film “Untying Breastfeeding” which has been screened at more than 100 cities across the World and premiered in Gold Coast, Australia, and Toronto, Canada. She can be reached via her website www.nourishandnurture.in

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Agape Event Center Historic Owyhee

1109 W. Main St. Suite 260

Boise, ID 83702

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