Synergy is defined as: The interaction or cooperation of two or more people, organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
Our ALF Therapy community is much stronger together and can produce effects greater than we could acting individually. As we grow and evolve as practitioners and as an organization, we are always doing our best to create opportunities for unity in our community.
By gathering the resources and investing on our online educational platform, Digital Chalk, we now have a well-developed and convenient resource to take advantage of in this era of online education.
With the primary goal of ensuring that all ALF Therapy providers have access to the authentic training provided by Dr. Nordstrom and the ALF InterFACE Academy, we have developed the ALF: Synergy Online course. The Synergy Course combines the best of the content that has been recorded throughout the many courses, conferences and study club meetings where our community has gathered to learn from the creator of ALF Therapy and those who support his mission. It will give an overview of the ALF Family of appliances as well as the important updates and evolutions of ALF Therapy that continue to advance the knowledge and level of care expected from members of our elite community.
The ALF:Synergy Course will be available online for previous members of the ALF InterFACE Academy in February 2021.
The Synergy Academy is the sister organization to the not-for-profit ALF InterFACE Academy.
Each organization has separate legal and financial roles and responsibilities designed to support continued growth and success of our ALF InterFACE community.
Together, they provide the Synergy that allows the individual organizations to function better together than they could apart.
The Synergy Academy, Inc hosts the courses taught by Dr. Nordstrom and the ALF InterFACE Academy Faculty. AGD PACE approval for dental continued education credit is available through The Synergy Academy.
The not-for-profit ALF InterFACE Academy, LLC hosts the annual ALF InterFACE conference and awards certification for providers based on successful completion of requirements.
1. Welcome and introduction
2. What is ALF?
What can be accomplished with ALF
Targeted therapeutic intervention
Comprehensive ALF Therapy
3. ALF Principles
Orthodontic tooth movement
Oral myofunctional considerations
The role of osteopathy in the cranial field
The impact of the oral neuromusculature, fascia and whole body influences
Overview of the neurology in dentofacial orthopedics as impacted by ALF Therapy
The interconnection of motion, fluids, frequencies and fluids
TEAM treatment concepts – The role of interdisciplinary integration
4. The Why Behind the Wire
Design considerations and why components of the appliance have been carefully designed for a reason:
To mimick nature
To honor principles
5. Family of Appliances
Pedo ALF designs
Omni 3 designs
ALF for Development
ALF for Trauma Release
Wavey wire designs
Omni Wavey wire design
ALF Twin Block
6. The impact of trauma and how to choose the appropriate design to address the complexities of trauma
7. The role of sleep and the awareness of the Trigeminal Cardiac Reflex in appliance design and patient management
8. Brief discussion of additional complexities of treatment that should be considered
9. Plug ins and adjunctive therapies
10. Conclusions and Clarifications: Where to go from here?
Certification examination and requirements
The competency exam for Fellowship status will be testing on much of the material covered in this review but is based on the content of the more comprehensive ALF Foundations Course
If you pass the competency exam and meet the minimum patient treatment requirement, you will be awarded Fellowship status and eligible to enroll for the advanced courses offered as part of the comprehensive AIA curriculum and attend the hands-on immersion-style ALF:HOME course
If you do not pass the Fellowship exam, we recommend that you enroll in the Foundations course to ensure that you are given the opportunity to receive the full benefit of the training options that are available to you in your goal of achieving additional levels of certification.