Moving Science Forward

As a steady advocate for evidence-based practices, Nicole has participated in interdisciplinary research on airway function and orofacial myofunctional disorders. Alongside an interdisciplinary team, her research has been published in the International Journal of Otorhinolaryngology and the Journal Of Oral Rehabilitation, respectively.

Assessment of Posterior Tongue Mobility Using Lingual-Palatal Suction: Progress Towards a Functional Definition of Ankyloglossia

January 2021 | Journal of Oral Rehabilitation

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A functional definition of ankyloglossia has been based on assessment of tongue mobility using the tongue range of motion ratio (TRMR) with the tongue‐tip extended towards the incisive papilla (TIP). Whereas this measurement has been helpful in assessing for variations in the mobility of the anterior one‐third of the tongue (tongue tip and apex), it may be insufficient to adequately assess the mobility of the posterior two‐thirds body of the tongue. A commonly used modification is to assess TRMR while the tongue is held in suction against the roof of the mouth in lingual palatal suction (LPS).

Assessment of Nasal Breathing Using Lip Taping: A Simple and Effective Screening tool

February 2020 | International Journal of Otorhinolaryngology

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Objectively testing whether a subject can breathe through the nose with the lips and mouth taped for three minutes can identify patients at risk of mouth breathing and is a simple and effecting screening tool to distinguish organic nasal obstruction from functional mouth breathing habit and or nasal resistance.

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi