Facial Muscle Dysfunction


The BSMFT has been set up to promote Myofunctional Therapy (MFT) with an interdisciplinary approach, integrating knowledge and methods from different disciplines and working collaboratively with a common purpose to set goals, make decisions and share resources and responsibilities.

Our board is made up of a team of clinicians from different disciplines working with MFT, keen to promote collaborative clinical work and further research in MFT. Working with patients, we support each other to undertake assessments, diagnosis, intervention, goal-setting and the creation of care plans, involving patients, their families and carers in any discussions about their condition, prognosis and treatment plan.

The BSMFT is designed to support clinicians across the UK and internationally to build interdisciplinary teams.

Our clinical board is happy to guide members in the right direction on their MFT journey, sharing resources, protocols and strategies and learning together from existing and past clinical cases.

Who can treat OMDs?

Orofacial Myology is postgraduate training for Dental Care Professionals (Dental Hygienist and Therapists, Dentists, Dental Nurses) and Speech and Language Therapists. In the UK these are the only healthcare professionals with the skill set, knowledge of the head and neck, and remit to train in this field and provide this specialist treatment.

Other Health care professional may be able to take familiarisation training in the subject to enhance referral pathways and provide patient information.

Practitioners must be insured to practice Myofunctional Therapy and be registered with their relevant governing bodies (GDC or RCSLT respectively).

Note: Dental Nurses trained in Orofacial Myology will be able to assist with the provision of the therapy only. OMD diagnostics and treatment planing is reserved for Orofacial Myology practitioners who have diagnostics within their scope of practice.

Board of Directors

Yulli Tamayo-Myerson

Yulli Tamayo-Myerson


Dental Hygienist and Therapist
Orofacial Myologist

Yulli is the Founding President of the British Society of Myofunctional Therapy and the Founder and Director of The Myobreathe CIC. Yulli has a background in Clinical Massage Therapy and other forms of bodywork since 1993. She qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist (RDHT) in 2009. In 2017 she began her journey in Orofacial Myology and since has continued to practice and develop in all three areas of her clinical practice.

Eva Tanner

Eva Tanner


Dental Hygienist and Therapist
Orofacial Myologist

Eva started in Dentistry at the age of 15 working for a friend of the family. Then on completing A levels, she went to King’s College Hospital to train and then work as a Dental Nurse. In 1997, she qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist from the St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Kiran Agarwal

Kiran Agarwal


Dr Kiran Agarwal
GP and ENT

Dr Agarwal is currently a GP Partner in Bookham, Surrey, and have been working as a GP for the past five years since completing my training from Guildford and absolutely loves working with her patients and colleagues. Prior to this, Kiran was an ENT clinical fellow in London and gained huge experience in ENT and dizziness with excellent feedback and continued to do regular ENT clinics at Kingston Hospital.

  Matt Tamayo-Myerson

Matt Tamayo-Myerson


Matt Tamayo-Myerson BSc (Hons) graduated with a Business Studies and Technology degree from Sheffield Hallam University in 1994. Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles from Retail Management, Marketing, Accounts and Special Events Management to business owner.

Emily Kirkcaldy

Emily Kirkcaldy


Speech and Language Therapist
Orofacial Myologist

Emily has 20 years of experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist in a variety of settings, including treating oro-motor difficulties and voice disorders. Having seen huge benefits in her own daughter, as well as her clients, she became truly passionate about how proper functioning of the tongue, facial muscles, and airway underpins so much of our health, well-being, and day-to-day functions.

Annalea Staples

Annalea Staples


Dental Hygienist and Therapist
Orofacial Myologist

Annalea thrives on empowering and supporting people through their health and wellbeing journey.
She has learnt that a one-size fits all approach to nutrition and lifestyle doesn’t work. She enjoys taking time to meditate and relax to help calm the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Advisory Board Members

Dr Emma Burniston

Vivienne Lewin

Vik Veer

Dr Adrian Williams





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