OUR STORY

[MEET THE THERAPIST]

Kayla is an Alaskan transplant from the Pacific Northwest. She "temporarily" relocated to the Mat-Su Valley with her husband and two pups in 2016, but they fell in love with Alaska and haven't looked back! They have since added a beautiful daughter to their family and welcomed their son in June 2022. When she is not working, Kayla enjoys hiking and simply being outdoors. She also values a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle and enjoys growing a garden, cooking from scratch, and knitting with organic fibers.

[The INSPIRATION]

The journey toward establishing Little Loon Pediatric Therapy began when the Head family welcomed their first child in November 2019, well before Kayla ever intended to open a private practice. When baby Head was born, nursing did not go as planned, and the mother-daughter dyad quickly found themselves struggling.

A local IBCLC helped identify early on that the sweet newborn presented with a tongue tie that was likely causing some of their feeding issues. After being told the release would be a magical fix for all of their problems, and having the procedure done, the dyad saw no improvement. It was then that Kayla began to delve deeper into all things tethered oral tissue (TOTs), learning more about the importance of pre- and post- operative therapy, bodywork, and the necessity of a true team approach for optimal outcomes.

Kayla has seen and experienced the benefits of therapy and oral tie releases in herself as well as in her children. Bringing positive change to others through this process is Kayla's motivation behind founding Little Loon Pediatric Therapy.

[EXPERIENCE]

Kayla completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle (2012) and her graduate degree at Idaho State University in Meridian (2014). She has been a clinically licensed Speech-Language Pathologist through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2015. Kayla worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the schools for two years before deciding she was ready for a change and moving to Alaska to work at a private practice. Kayla began incorporating myofunctional therapy with some of her speech clients there who needed it and has been through the process of pre- and post- op therapy for frenectomy procedures (tongue tie releases) before opening Little Loon.

Kayla has completed many hours of continuing education specifically related to TOTs (tethered oral tissue) and orofacial myofunctional disorders. Some of these include courses by Dr. Bobbi Ghaheri, MD, and Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MS, CCC-SLP, COM and Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM at TalkTools. She has also taken multiple courses by Hallie Bulkin, MA, CCC-SLP, QOM, COM. Through Hallie's classes, Kayla has been Feed the Peds Trained, is an active member of The Myo Membership, and is currently completing The Myo Method course to become a Certified Myofunctional Therapist. Most recently, Kayla completed TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training with Autumn Reed Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC.

Kayla also has the unique perspective of being not only a practitioner, but a mother and a patient herself for tongue tie releases. Both of her children have had multiple tongue releases as well as release of their lip and buccal ties. Kayla also went through myofunctional therapy and bodywork before and after her own tongue and lip tie releases in July 2021.