Who is The Institute?

The Institute of Myofunctional Studies is a full service treatment center for oral motor needs, focusing on deviated swallows, the basis for most dental, speech, feeding issues, and for early language development.

Patients of The Institute of Myofunctional Studies ranging from infant to adult have found Myofunctional Therapy in partnership with their orthodontist, dentist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and physician to be the solution for their oral motor issues.

The Institute of Myofunctional Studies is located in a large facility featuring thoughtfully designed treatment spaces and easy access to better accommodate their continuously growing roster of clients.

The Institute of Myofunctional Studies acts in accordance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. This act protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information to protect and improve patient safety.

The Institute of Myofunctional Studies was founded by Sharon Wexler who has worked in the field since 1974. Over fifteen years ago Sharon brought her son Ryan Wexler on as a Myofunctional Therapist. Most recently, speech pathologist Jenny Herring has also joined the team. Together, Sharon Wexler, Ryan Wexler and Jenny Herring have over 60 years of combined experience treating patients who have irregularities in their speech and/or swallowing pattern. In addition to administering Myofunctional Therapy, the Institute is engaged in developing better oral techniques, providing the Hanen® Program to empower parents in developing language in their child, and researching and developing new technology to aid in the measurement and tracking of patient progress.

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Sharon Wexler, BS, MMS, CCC-SLP

Sharon Wexler has been a speech-language pathologist and Myofunctional therapist for over 42 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University in Speech and Hearing therapy. From there Sharon went on to obtain a Masters of Medical Science from Emory University in speech-language pathology and learning disabilities, and trained at the Institute of Myofunctional Therapy with advanced clinical internships.

Sharon’s extensive knowledge in Myofunctional therapy techniques and oral motor has allowed her to have a better understanding in approaching speech production, eating mechanics and related medical disorders. She treats patients as young as infants to adults. Her strongest skills are with patients with oral apraxia, Down Syndrome, Autism and cleft lip and palate. She also has knowledge in working with both PROMPT and Beckman techniques.

Sharon is passionate about the fields of Myofunctional therapy and oral motor and enjoys every opportunity to share her knowledge with other graduate students and professionals. Her goal is to make the Institute of Myofunctional Studies a teaching facility in expanding these techniques in the area of speech. She has an extensive understanding of how sensory integration and overall body posture and movement impacts on the function of the mouth and the role they play in conjunction with her treatment. As a result she works on a regular basis with other professionals in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and biomedical therapy.

As a published author, Sharon has had the opportunity to lecture to professional and parent groups in the United States, as well as, Europe. Her creative interests include writing on topics related to the benefits of Myofunctional therapy, creating better methods for delivering therapy to patients, and developing better oral appliances to improve oral mechanics.

Sharon’s unique combination of skills is in high demand with a diverse set of patients with special needs throughout the United States and numerous countries abroad. When she has the opportunity Sharon enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach and reading, the theater, cooking, playing Mahj Jongg and getting together with friends and family.

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Ryan Wexler, BS, MT

Ryan Wexler earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Kennesaw University. He is a trained Myofunctional Therapist, licensed speech aide and partner in the Institute of Myofunctional Studies. Ryan has over fifteen years of experience in the area of Myofunctional therapy. At the Institute of Myofunctional Studies he is the primary clinician working with all dental clients including orthodontics, and TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, reflux, eating difficulty, and minimal articulation errors. Ryan’s clients extend from young children to adults. Several of his clients have been professional singers, as well as, graduate students in the field of speech pathology.

Ryan is passionate about the field of Myofunctional therapy and is an integral part of developing the Institute as a teaching facility for this treatment. Currently he is pursuing the development of more advanced measurement techniques of the oral muscles, as well as, helping in the creation of better oral exercisers for infants to toddlers to improve mastication skills.

Ryan also brings his knowledge of business in advancing the Institute in current procedures and services. When he is not treating patients he enjoys the theater, riding his motorcycle, cooking, a variety of music and concerts and spending time with friends and family.

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Jenny Herring, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Jenny earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of Charleston and her Masters of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Georgia State University. During her graduate training, she completed a semester-long internship under the supervision of Sharon Wexler, M.M.S., CCC-SLP at the Institute of Myofunctional Studies.

Jenny has extensive experience evaluating and treating children and adults with a wide variety of disorders including articulation and phonology, apraxia of speech, feeding and swallowing, social/pragmatic communication, receptive and expressive language, stuttering, and voice issues. She has worked in the public school system, home healthcare, and clinical settings.

Jenny is certified in the Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two To Talk intervention program for children with language delays and is trained in PROMPT, a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders. She has completed additional training on topics including pediatric feeding and swallowing, the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and the picture exchange communication system (PECS). She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the State of Georgia. Jenny integrates research-based principles with the creativity required to help her clients reach their full potential.

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Tara Smith – Office Manager

The cheery person that greets our wonderful patients on the phone and in the office is our office manager, Tara. She is in charge of scheduling for everyone in the office, handling general concerns, managing paperwork requests, and assisting with billing. When she is not at the office Tara enjoys spending time with her husband, their two daughters and their dog Izzy. Besides being an avid football fan, Tara enjoys traveling and time at the beach.