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Check Out Kelley Quolas Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelley Quolas, BSDH, QOM.

Hi Kelley, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started in dentistry when I was 16. I had a family friend who invited me to help out in the front office at a pediatric dental office and I loved it! I enjoyed watching the staff make the children calm, and enjoy their experience.

Prior to having this experience, it was a dream of mine to be in the CIA, or work for the government in some capacity. I had enlisted in the US Army and left a week after I turned 18. In the Army, I worked for the NSA and collected intelligence. I enjoyed it thoroughly, although I became a mother twice while enlisted and needed a career that would support me in having a better schedule for my young children.

I used my GI BILL to put myself through school – working my way through my dental assisting program at Phoenix College (where both my parents went). After graduating, I went back to work as a dental assistant at the same practice I started when I 16.

Most of the same staff were there and I felt incredibly lucky to work alongside them for a few years I applied to the dental hygiene program and Rio Salado Community College and worked while I completed my degree and obtained my Dental Hygiene license.

I worked for a well-known, high-volume pediatric dental practice. I enjoyed the connections I made with the families and just as I remembered from my first job, making their experience comfortable.

A pivotal moment in my career was witnessing my nephew choke for air in his sleep. To say, I was scared was an understatement. This experience lead me to investigate what sleep breathing disorders are, how they affect children, and what could I do to help.

I sat in my first course “Introduction to Orofacial Myology” in 2017. It was hands down the best course I ever had sat in. As our instructors discussed the relationship between oral health, and how the muscles of our mouth and airway relate to our whole body health.

I knew I had to focus on treating orofacial myofunctional disorders after attending that course. I related strongly to my family history and myself. I knew there was a need for this specialty in my community.

I made the decision to leave my clinical position as a dental hygienist, and as an employee with a guaranteed paycheck, to open my own practice and help people breathe better, sleep better, and feel better.

Currently, we have two locations and have 5 therapists including speech therapy services. We have been able to help thousands of individuals get to the root cause of health issues that include sleep apnea, tongue and lip ties, facial and jaw pain, excessive drooling and feeding issues, allergies, and chronic congestion, just to name a few.

My career change and also becoming an entrepreneur have filled my cup. Connecting with people, validating their concerns, and helping people on a daily has been extremely rewarding.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No road is smooth! I believe strongly that you can’t have a high without a low. As a mom, I have to say balancing a career and being the main breadwinner has been the biggest challenge.

Sacrifices are evident. I had to miss school parties, and events, and work late often. My kids are now in their 20s and I have been told how much they appreciate me. I would do it all over again 100 times to hear that!

As a woman, I feel that we battle with our confidence and feeling often the dreaded “imposter syndrome”. The specialty I am in is not well understood. Being one of the few in our area in this specialty adds to the insecurity. I have found that spending time with others in this space, especially other women is extremely uplifting.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I work with clients who have sleep, breathing, swallowing, feeding, and facial pain disorders. Most of the issues stem from having undiagnosed or poorly managed allergies, and or restrictive oral tissues- or more commonly known as tongue and lip ties. We rehabilitate the muscles of the mouth, face, and neck and improve breathing patterns.

I love treating adult females who come in with chronic pain, anxiety, and horrible sleep. I love working with this population because I myself had these issues. Working through my issues and being on the other side of things, I feel so much for these women (mostly moms) who think that being tired and in pain is just something they have to live with.

The other thing I love about what I do is building a trusting relationship with my clients and their families. Most of my clients have been to medical professional after medical professional and know there is something wrong, but are being looked over, or medicated and not ever getting to the root cause of their issues.

I am most proud of keeping our practice a place where people feel validated, safe, and cared for. This is how healthcare should be.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Relationships are the most important thing in growing yourself and your business. Make time for your family, make time for your colleagues, make time and connect with others in your space.

Contact Info:

  • Website: mymyomyhealth.com
  • Instagram: mymyomyhealth
  • Facebook: mymyomyhealth
  • Yelp: My Myo My Health Myofunctional Therapy
  • Tiktok: @MY_MYO

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