The Peel Technique®: A New Paradigm in Pediatric Tongue Tie Treatment (HANDS-ON) with Dr. Robert Convissar, Joy Funston, and Lucie Mitchell [January]

COURSE FILLED FOR DENTISTS/PHYSICIANS. Limited availability remaining for non-dentists/physicians. Contact us to be added to our waitlist.

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Presenters: Robert Convissar, DDS, FAGD, DABLS, MALD, Joy Funston, RN, IBCLC, and Lucie Mitchell, BCST
Date: Friday & Saturday, January 24 - 25, 2020
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (both days)

CE Credits: 15
AGD Code: 430
Subject: Pediatric Dentistry Participation
*Breakfast & Lunch Included

Course Description:

This course now includes a certified lactation consultant and a craniosacral therapist. Both are relevant to oral healthcare and play a critical role during tongue tie release.

Tongue tie release is a 3 tiered process that includes:

  • lactation consultant
  • surgeon
  • craniosacral therapist


In this course, you will learn best practices regarding tongue-tie assessment and treatment and participate in a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to remove tongue-ties through the use of soft-laser tissue on pig jaws. This course is recommended for general dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, lactation consultants, pediatricians, speech therapists, nurses, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and more.

Course Description:

In this combination lecture and hands-on course, attendees will be introduced to the concept of laser frenectomies, an increasingly popular method by which dentists and physicians can treat tongue and lip ties in their patients.

5% or more of the babies born in the United States have such tight tongue ties and frenum pulls that they cannot successfully latch onto the mother’s nipple and breastfeed. For the baby, serious consequences include loss of weight and the label of “failure to thrive”. For the mother, this results in sore and cracked nipples, mastitis, painful engorgement and post-partum depression due to an inability to nurse her baby.

This has classically been treated by a physician taking a scalpel or a pair of scissors to the newborn’s mouth and cutting the attachment. The treatment of choice, however, is for a dentist to use laser technology to painlessly, bloodlessly remove the attachment, allowing the infant to immediately nurse.

This participation course will teach the medical and dental team how to accumulate all of the required data via history intake forms, perform a clinical examination to arrive at the correct diagnosis, evaluate when this procedure should be done, and then perform the procedure using laser technology.  The course will also go over the practice management/marketing side of this procedure: how to network with lactation consultants, pediatricians, neonatalogists, and the rest of the medical team in order to grow your practice of neonatal dentistry.


The HANDS-ON portion of the program will be performed on tissue samples and pig jaws and includes:

  • Laser incising in micropulsed mode with focused laser beam
  • Deep high-power incisions vs shallow low-power incisions
  • Laser coagulation and hemostasis with defocused laser beam
  • Laser Incising under tissue tension
  • Laser Tongue Tie Release simulation
  • Laser Buccal Tie release simulation
  • Laser Vestibuloplasty simulation
  • Laser Biopsy simulation
  • Simulated laser operculectomy, fibroma excision, gingivectomy, etc
  • Superficial laser ablation of epithelium
  • Superficial laser heating of epithelium
  • Simulated laser treatment of ulcerous lesions

About the Speaker

Robert Convissar, DDS, FAGD, DABLS, MALD

Dr. Robert Convissar

Dr. Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. He has over 30 years of experience with CO2, Nd.YAG, Erbium and Diode wavelengths. The author of 16 papers and 6 textbooks on laser dentistry, he has presented over 300 seminars on 5 continents from London to Florence to Dubai to Tokyo to Sydney and everywhere in between. He practices cosmetic, restorative, and laser dentistry in New York City. His latest textbook, Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry has been the # 1 selling laser dentistry textbook in the world for 9 years. ​

About the Speaker

Joy Funston, RN, IBCLC

Joy Funston

Joy Funston RN International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Joy is the founder / CEO of Joyful Start, a Lactation Support private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her intro into lactation was when she herself was an inexperienced breastfeeding mom.  Luckily the help she found was from two of the co-founders of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) profession. She successfully gained her own IBCLC credential during the infancy of that profession, more than 30 years ago.

Joy’s RN career has been spent caring for fragile new families.  She first practiced in a Level 3 Pediatric ICU, then in a large Newborn ICU, and now her emphasis is on newborns in her own  busy practice.    Her current professional focus is on supporting families challenged with Ankyloglossia, as she also offers educational opportunities to healthcare providers. As of 2017 she has collaborated worldwide with other Ankyloglossia experts, as a board member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals (IATP).

Joy’s strengths are her intuition, her healing touch, and the infectious enthusiasm she brings to her practice.   She maintains absolute faith in every mother’s ability to succeed if they are provided with proper support…both from their family & peers and from expert Lactation Support & a full health care team truly supportive  of breastfeeding.

About the Speaker

Lucie Mitchell, BCST

Lucie Mitchell

I was first introduced to CST when my son was born. It was an amazing experience to see my little boy completely align and quite literally open up before my eyes. After 20 years as a yoga teacher I felt it was the right step for my career to follow. I have been practicing Craniosacral therapy (CST) for six years now in NY, London and France after completing my training here in NY with Roger Gilchrist.

After graduating at The Sorbonne Paris I moved to New York City. I was certified in Yoga training at The World Yoga Centre ’97 and  have taught Yoga and meditation for over twenty years. I was introduced to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy when my son was born in 2002 and then studied with Roger Gilcrest at the Wellness Institute and Graduated as a registered BCST therapist in 2008 practicing in France and England as well as in America.

I am a member of the board for BCSTNorth America Association and teach regular BCST classes. My practice is based in New York City.

Here's What Past Attendees Have Said About This Course

"Great lecture on a new area of dentistry that has a great value to our patients"

-Dr. Anthony Corello, Westfield, NJ


-Dr. Pushpa Naik, Mount Vernon, NY

"Very informative"

"I really enjoyed the course and now want to learn more about lasers." 


Dentist/Physician: $845   |   Non-Dentist/Physician: $495

*limited to 24 attendees

Dr. Robert Convissar
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