Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Center

Meet the Team

We provide comprehensive, diagnostic evaluation and treatment for children with all types of craniofacial differences including cleft lip, cleft palate, and complex craniofacial conditions. Meet the doctors, nurses, speech therapists and other team members that care for our patients.

Cleft and Craniofacial Team

Plastic Surgeon

Pediatric plastic surgeons evaluate cleft and craniofacial deformities. These surgeons perform surgeries to correct cleft lip, cleft palate, or other craniofacial differences.

Craniofacial Orthodontist

The orthodontist evaluates difficulties with the teeth not coming together correctly (malocclusion), facial growth problems, and decides on timing for braces. He also makes small plates (prosthesis) that fit in the roof of the mouth or other devices needed as part of surgery for cleft lip and/or palate.

Pediatric Otolaryngologist (ENT)

Pediatric ENTs evaluate the structures of the ear, nose, and throat. They manage problems related to hearing and airway and problems with speech (Velopharyngeal Insufficiency).

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

A pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) is registered nurse who completed a master's degree, post-master, or doctoral degree specific to the pediatric patient population. PNPs work with patients from infancy to young adulthood, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and prescribing medication. They help prevent disease, promote health, and educate family members on plans of care.

Speech Therapist

A speech therapist assesses cognition, speech and the ability to eat and swallow safely. Exercise and treatment sessions for cognition may focus on speech clarity, understanding, attention, judgment, communication, memory, problem solving and decision making.

Social Worker

A social worker helps provide emotional support, coping with stress, addressing grief and loss issues, managing family conflict, and connecting you with hospital and community resources. They can also help direct you to the appropriate personnel for financial aid/eligibility questions and applying for benefits.


An audiologist evaluates you child’s hearing through hearing screening tests for patients during clinic.  

Nurse Coordinator

The nurse coordinator assists families with coordinating services.  The coordinator provides education about clefts and craniofacial differences to our patients and their families, including those diagnosed on prenatal ultrasound.  The coordinator is also a resource for newborn feeding concerns.

Child Life Specialist

Child life specialists help reduce stress and increase coping during hospitalization. A child life specialist can help make things easier by providing play and activities for self-expression, developmentally appropriate education and comfort management to help prepare your child for procedures. They are also available to provide family and sibling support.