Houston, TX

Building the Airway Team™: A Model for Collaborative Medicine

Unlock Your Full Potential with Collaboration Tactics

Welcome Building this  pivotal gathering spearheaded by Susi Quintana (Susi Q), the creator of the Airway Team™ and a visionary in collaborative medicine. This symposium is more than an event; it's a beacon for transformative healthcare.


Open to Healthcare Professionals Driven to Make a Difference

(Dentists, Earn up to 5 Medical or Dental Continuing Credit hours

Physicians, PA, NP: Earn up to 5 CME credits available)

Date: Saturday Dec 2, 2023

Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM


Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine 

333 West Loop North Suite 250 

Houston, TX 77024

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Decoding Collaborative Medicine

Explore the synergy of dental and medical expertise in 'Decoding Collaborative Medicine', a dynamic podcast episode with Dr. Cheng Ruan and Susie Q. This episode unpacks the benefits of integrative healthcare, highlighting improved patient outcomes and professional collaboration. Dive into discussions on airway health, its link to neurodegenerative disorders, and the innovative Myofunctional Method. A must-watch for healthcare professionals seeking inspiration in patient-centered care.

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Confronting Healthcare's Greatest Challenge: The Need for Collaboration

Open to all Healthcare Professionals

The landscape of healthcare is evolving rapidly, and with it comes the pressing need for an integrated, collaborative approach to patient care. This Symposium is not just an event; it's a response to a significant challenge faced by healthcare professionals worldwide.

The Problem: A Fragmented Approach in Healthcare
Current statistics paint a concerning picture: Despite advancements in medical technology and knowledge, healthcare efficiency is often hindered by a lack of collaboration. Studies have highlighted that non-collaborative healthcare environments see up to a 50% increase in medical errors, as reported by the American Medical Association. This fragmented approach not only impacts patient care but also contributes to a 30% decrease in patient recovery rates, showcasing a critical gap in the traditional healthcare model.

Our Solution: Uniting for a Transformative Change
This Symposium addresses this gap head-on. By bringing together diverse healthcare professionals under one roof, we aim to forge a path toward a more integrated, efficient, and effective healthcare system. Research from the Healthcare Team Collaboration studies has shown that collaborative healthcare teams can improve patient outcomes by as much as 30%. Moreover, the National Institute of Health Studies reports a 40% increase in patient satisfaction when treated under collaborative care models.

My name is Susi Quintata (Susi Q) and I am the creator of the Airway Team™ and a visionary in collaborative medicine. This symposium is more than an event; it's a beacon for transformative healthcare.

Your Role in This Transformation
As a participant, you will be at the forefront of this transformative change. You will not only learn about but also contribute to developing solutions that enhance patient care, increase your satisfaction in practice, and improve overall healthcare efficiency. The symposium is more than an opportunity for professional development; it’s a call to action to reshape the future of healthcare.

This symposium is designed to dismantle the barriers of complexity and isolation that too often hinder progress in individual practices.

With over 20 years of dedication to excellence and a host of accolades from dental chiropractice and medical communities, our mission is clear—equip each participant with the knowledge, connections, and inspiration needed to build their very own team of high level referring clinicians and ascend to new professional heights.

The Myofunctional Method Symposium isn't just an investment in your practice; it's a pledge to the well-being of your patients and a step towards a future where healthcare transcends individual capabilities and becomes a symphony of collective expertise.

Join us. Transform with us. Triumph with us.

- Susi Q, RDH, BS, COM

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With over 20 years in dental health and as the founder of the Myofunctional Method, I've been where you are. Let's connect the dots together – because no one should build alone.

-Susi Q. RDH, BS, COM

Featured Speakers 


Host: Susi Quintana, RDH, BSDH, COM

My Journey in Revolutionizing Dental Health and Orofacial Myology

Hello, I'm Susi Quintana (Susi Q), and it's an honor to welcome you to our symposium. For over two decades, as a Registered Dental Hygienist, I have been dedicated to integrating comprehensive healthcare practices into the realm of dental hygiene.

My journey in healthcare has been driven by an unwavering pursuit of excellence and a deep commitment to patient care. As the founder of the Myofunctional Method, I have pioneered an approach that seamlessly bridges the gap between dental health and overall well-being, making significant strides in the field.

My expertise extends beyond traditional dental practices, encompassing a broad spectrum of specialized skills. I am proud to be recognized as the first and only certified orofacial myologist with a dental background in Houston. This unique distinction highlights my passion for innovation and dedication to advancing healthcare practices.

Education is a cornerstone of my career, as evident in my role as the organizer of the Houston Airway Study Club. Here, I bring together healthcare professionals to foster collaborative learning and growth. My work as an AAPMD Liaison in Houston further exemplifies my commitment to building bridges within the medical community.

Beyond professional pursuits, my involvement in community initiatives reflects my belief in the power of collective action. I am dedicated to connecting, inspiring, and leading, making a lasting impact on both the dental and medical communities.

At this symposium, I look forward to sharing my experiences and insights with you, offering a roadmap for integrating holistic practices into dental health. My story is one of innovation, collaboration, and an unwavering dedication to improving patient care.


Jerald Simmons, MD

Dr. Jerald H. Simmons, MD, is a neurologist with a profound interest in understanding how the brain functions, particularly in relation to sleep disorders. His journey in medicine led him to a neurology residency followed by a sleep fellowship at Stanford University under Christian Guilleminault, a leading figure in sleep research. Dr. Simmons' early realization of the fundamental aspects of sleep disorders, which he felt were not adequately covered in standard medical education, inspired him to take an active role in educating healthcare professionals about these "basic truths."

Dr. Simmons has a rich history of teaching, having been extensively involved in educating neurology residents, medical students, and fellows during his time at UCLA in the 1990s. After moving to private practice in Texas, he continued his mission by founding the Sleep Education Consortium in 2004. This initiative is focused on spreading crucial knowledge about sleep disorders to healthcare professionals who may not have the opportunity to specialize in sleep medicine. For over 19 years, Dr. Simmons has been directing this conference, significantly impacting the knowledge and skills of attendees.

His efforts are part of a broader mission to address the gap in sleep education within medical schools, which typically offer minimal instruction on the subject. Dr. Simmons and his colleagues have developed a comprehensive course to enhance the level of care for patients by providing in-depth knowledge about sleep disorders​

Meet David Alfi, MD, DDS, FACS

Dr. David Alfi, DDS, MD, FACS, stands as a paragon in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, renowned for his specialization in craniofacial and orthognathic surgery. His educational journey commenced at Columbia University, where he cultivated a deep interest in the multifaceted world of oral surgery, encompassing radiology, anesthesia, diagnosis, and medical management. Dr. Alfi's dual-degree credentials, comprising a DDS from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery (2006) and an MD from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (2009), exemplify his commitment to academic excellence and interdisciplinary expertise.

His professional odyssey includes significant roles at Houston Methodist and Texas Children’s Hospital, where he served as an associate professor and full-scope surgeon. Dr. Alfi’s pioneering vision led him to establish his private practice, emphasizing research, innovation, and the advancement of surgical techniques. His approach to patient care is deeply empathetic, ensuring comfort and confidence in those he treats, by staying at the vanguard of surgical methods and technology.

Dr. Alfi's dedication extends beyond his clinical practice, as evidenced by his active engagement in numerous publications in his field. His scholarly contributions, such as research on craniomaxillofacial radiolucency and the development of patient-specific implants, reflect his profound influence on oral and maxillofacial surgery. Moreover, Dr. Alfi's personal life, filled with joy from his family and memorable experiences like meeting Kobe Bryant, adds a unique dimension to his professional persona.

Dr. Alfi's impressive array of certifications and memberships in esteemed organizations like the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons, and others, further validate his stature as a leader and innovator in his field​​.

Meet Dr. Caroline Long, D.C., C.A.C.C.P., Perinatal Certified

Dr. Caroline Long, is a distinguished chiopractor renowned for her expertise in perinatal care and pediatric chiropractic. Dr. Long's journey in healthcare began with a psychology degree from UCLA, followed by extensive training in chiropractic care, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Chiropractic College.

A passionate advocate for holistic wellness, Dr. Long's skill set is as diverse as it is impressive. She is certified in acupuncture, Webster Technique, and is an Advanced Activator Certified Practitioner. With a deep understanding of nutritional counseling and over 100 hours in craniosacral therapy and myofascial unwinding, her approach to chiropractic care is both comprehensive and empathetic.

Dr. Long's specialties shine in her work with pregnancy, pediatric cases, scoliosis, and craniosacral therapy. Her ability to speak multiple languages including Cantonese, German, and some Mandarin and Spanish, enhances her capacity to connect with a diverse range of patients.

In April 2004, she founded West University Wellness, P.C., marking a significant milestone in her career. Beyond her practice, Dr. Long is deeply involved in the community, co-founding the Texas Dragon Boat Association and serving as a Troop Leader for the San Jacinto Girl Scouts.

Her personal journey with scoliosis fuels her passion for educating young patients and their families about the transformative power of chiropractic care. An avid traveler and lover of musical theater, Dr. Long brings a vibrant energy to everything she does, from triathlons to aerial fabrics.

At our symposium, Dr. Long will share invaluable insights and experiences, offering attendees a unique perspective on the intersection of chiropractic care and holistic patient wellness.


Introducing Suzanne Juel, IBCLC: A Pioneer in Integrative Lactation Support

We are delighted to welcome Suzanne Juel, IBCLC, a leading figure in lactation consulting, to our symposium. With a career dedicated to nurturing families since 2005, Suzanne has been a guiding light in addressing issues related to Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTS) and championing a team-based approach to optimal outcomes.

Suzanne's innovative spirit led her to establish the first lactation support team within an ENT clinic in Houston, Texas, in 2015, a groundbreaking move that has significantly impacted lactation consulting practices. Her dedication and expertise culminated in founding Bayou City Breastfeeding in 2016, which, under her leadership, has grown to be the largest group lactation practice in Houston and San Antonio. This remarkable achievement has provided invaluable support to over 7,600 families in the past seven years.

Her extensive experience is complemented by her commitment to holistic care, recognizing the intricate balance of physical, emotional, and environmental factors in breastfeeding success. Suzanne's approach goes beyond traditional methods, incorporating a comprehensive understanding of each family's unique journey.

Suzanne's passion for lactation consulting is rooted in her deep-seated belief in the power of compassionate care and the transformative impact of collaborative medicine. Her work is not just about solving immediate breastfeeding challenges; it's about nurturing the bond between mother and child and fostering a supportive community for new parents.

At our symposium, Suzanne will share her wealth of knowledge and experiences, offering attendees an unparalleled perspective on integrative lactation support and the profound impact of a team-based approach in healthcare.

Cheng Ruan, MD

It is our distinct pleasure to introduce Dr. Cheng Ruan, MD.. As the CEO of the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine and the Executive Director of the Physician Transformation Institute, Dr. Ruan stands at the vanguard of redefining healthcare through integrative approaches and entrepreneurial innovation.Dr. Ruan is the esteemed author of "The Doctor's Guide to Thriving in Integrative Medicine," a pivotal resource for healthcare professionals seeking to excel in their careers without succumbing to burnout. This book is a testament to his commitment to empowering healthcare entrepreneurs with strategies for success, blending medical expertise with business acumen.

At the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Ruan integrates holistic health strategies into traditional medical practice, emphasizing a comprehensive approach to wellness. This center has become a model for patient care that also supports the well-being of healthcare providers.

His role at the Physician Transformation Institute further amplifies his impact, offering healthcare professionals the tools and insights to thrive in a competitive, ever-evolving medical landscape. The institute is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of healthcare leaders who balance patient care with personal and professional fulfillment.

Dr. Ruan's journey is one of continuous innovation and inspiration. His book and leadership roles underscore his dedication to nurturing a healthcare environment where professionals can achieve business success while maintaining their passion for patient care.

Join us to hear Dr. Ruan share invaluable insights for healthcare professionals looking to navigate the complexities of the medical field with entrepreneurial spirit and resilience. His presence promises to enlighten and inspire all who seek to blend healthcare expertise with successful business practices.

Dr. E. Todd Scheyer, DDS, MS, is a distinguished dental professional based at Perio Health Professionals in Houston. With a focus on enhancing smiles and replacing missing teeth, Dr. Scheyer boasts an impressive educational and professional background in the field of periodontics.

Beginning his academic journey, Dr. Scheyer earned a bachelor's degree in biology with honors from Arizona State University. He then graduated magna cum laude from the dental school at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also received multiple clinical and research awards.

Further advancing his expertise, Dr. Scheyer completed his certificate in Periodontics and Conscious Sedation and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His specialization in this program was perio-prosthetic reconstruction and periodontal regeneration.

Dr. Scheyer's professional contributions are notable. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the American Academy of Periodontology. His leadership roles have included being the past-president of the Southwest Society of Periodontists and the past-president-elect of the Texas Society of Periodontists.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Scheyer is actively involved in academia. He serves as a lecturer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and holds a position as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. Dr. Scheyer is also committed to community service, particularly in cancer fundraising and awareness, where he has been active for over a decade.

Dr. Scheyer's excellence in his field has been recognized through several prestigious awards, including the John F. Prichard Award from the Southwest Society of Periodontists (2001), Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (2001), Robinson Regeneration Award (2010), and the Clinical Research Award (2010) from the American Academy of Periodontology. These accolades underscore his commitment to advancing periodontal care and research.


Become a Member of the Airway Team

Join us at this event to be registered in the network of Airway Team professionals!

🦷 Orthodontic & Dental Specialists

🩺 Primary Care and Specialist Physicians


🤸 Physical Therapy Experts

🌿 Pain Management Professionals

👂 Otolaryngologist 


đź’Ş Chiropractor

👄 Orofacial Myologists 

🧠 Neurology Experts

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