Jenessa Van Schip
Myofunctional Therapy Provider, RDH, Myofunctional Therapy Provider
Jenessa has a comprehensive and individualized approach to therapy. She starts with a thorough assessment to identify any issues or dysfunction by evaluating facial and oral muscles, breathing patterns, speech, and swallowing. Based on the assessment, a customized treatment plan is developed to address your specific issues and goals. Education is a crucial component of treatment in order to help understand the underlying causes of your concerns and how to address them. Treatment typically involves exercises designed to improve muscle strength, coordination, and function. These may include tongue and lip exercises, breathing exercises, and swallowing exercises. Patients may need to make behavioural changes to help address their concerns, such as changing their posture, reducing mouth breathing, and avoiding thumb-sucking or other habits that can exacerbate the issue. Regular follow-up appointments and monitoring are important to track progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed. Patients may need to continue exercises and behavioural modifications on an ongoing basis to maintain their progress.
What to expect
Jenessa is an experienced orofacial myofunctional therapist and registered dental hygienist with over a decade of experience in the dental field. Having graduated from Cambrian College’s dental hygiene program in 2011, she currently dedicates part of her time to a dental office in Guelph. After becoming a mother, she personally encountered the impact of tethered oral tissues on both breastfeeding and early life, as well as the various symptoms affecting adults. This discovery fueled her passion for addressing the root cause of issues like teeth clenching, jaw pain, headaches, orthodontic relapse, and sleep problems in her dental hygiene practice, leading her to specialize in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy through the IAOM. Jenessa actively collaborates with other healthcare professionals who share her commitment to improving overall health and firmly believes that myofunctional therapy plays a pivotal role in promoting well-being and positively influencing lives. As a lifelong learner, she constantly seeks to expand her knowledge through courses, reading, and staying up-to-date with the latest research. Outside of her professional life, Jenessa finds joy in being a mother to three young children and indulges in hobbies like volleyball, music, and quality family time.