About Dana K. Hockenbury


Dana K. Hockenbury has been working as a IAOM Board Certified Orofacial MyologistTM since February 2009.  Her private practice is dedicated to the treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.  She completed the intensive course work in orofacial myofunctional therapy in 2007 through the International Association for Orofacial Myology (IAOM) www.iaom.com; followed by an internship in 2009. To date, she is the only orofacial myologist in Manhattan to hold this advanced certification.  

Dana retired as a Speech and Language Pathologist with the New York City Board of Education in 2015.  For over 25 years, she worked with the elementary school age population treating a variety of disorders including articulation, oral-motor, fluency and receptive and expressive language disorders.  Dana is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the state of New York and Massachusetts.  

Dana completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 1985 and her Masters in Communication Disorders at Lehman College, NY in 2005.  

She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is listed in the ASHA directory @www.asha.org.  Dana received three ACE Awards for continuing education from ASHA for her participation in many continuing educational conferences, where several were on the topic of oral motor and articulation disorders. She is an active member of the IAOM and continues to serve as the 
Educational Chair since 2012. Dana was Program Chair for the 2016 IAOM Convention held in San Antonio TX and volunteered on the Convention Committee for previous IAOM conventions. She served on the Mentoring Committee for those seeking their certification in Orofacial Myology from 2010-2012. 

In 2011, she founded the active Tri-State Orofacial Myology Study Club (see the link) supporting Orofacial Myologists from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Dana organizes and brings in top speakers in the field of OM to present advanced courses (Level II and Level III) to the members. She is also a member of the SoCal OFM Study Club of Southern California, the AAPMD and the AAMS. 

Dana, along with her colleague Annie-Karine Lamoureux, CCC-SLP, COMTM developed a website TRES OM dedicated to Orofacial Myologists. This was launched October 2015.  www.tresomresources.com 

The International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) Convention held October 21, 2017 awarded my poster presentation: Using Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy as an Adjunct Treatment Appropach to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) the Certificate of Excellence.  


In February 2017, Dana published Using Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy as an Adjunct Treatment Approach to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in the EC Dental Science Journal. You can find the case study in the My Research link. This research was chosen as "Best Article of the Issue' in March 2017. 


Dana and her colleagues co-wrote a ground breaking peer-reviewed article on The Essential Role of the COM in the Management of Sleep Disordered Breathing which was published in the International Journal of Orofacial Myology (IJOM). You can find it on my website under My Research or here:  http://iaom.com/journals.html

At the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) Convention held in Orlando FLA 2015, The Essential Role of the COM in the Management of Sleep Disordered Breathing article was presented as a research-based poster. It earned the Award of Excellence.


At this same conference she was also awarded Honorable Mention for her independent research-based poster CASE STUDY: Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Its Related Benefits.


Dana and her colleague wrote an article published in the RDH Magazine 12/2015 called Lingual and labial frenums: early detection can prevent cascading health effects associated with tongue tie. You can find it in the My Research link.  

She actively participates across the nation in advanced course work offered by other related groups such as the AAPMD, the AAMS and the IATP.  

Dana is LinkedIn!  www.linkedin.com and also found on FaceBook through Myology Works.  

Dana worked in a variety of settings including public schools, private residential rehabilitation centers and TBI centers.   

In 1990 she founded and is president of the active Washington Heights Gardening Crew in Upper Manhattan.