Cleft Lip and Palate Program

A Team Approach to Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment

Patients with cleft lip and palate benefit from an integrated treatment approach that brings together the many specialties that they might need in the long-term care and management of their condition.

Our Cleft Lip and Palate Program consists of a multidisciplinary team of plastic surgeons, pediatricians, orthodontists, pediatric dentists, speech specialists, otolaryngologists, audiologists, genetic counselors, nurse team coordinators, and social workers, all of whom have the same goal — working together and with your family to improve your child’s quality of life.

Meet our team

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor, MD

Attending Surgeon
Co-director, Cleft Lip and Palate Program

Oksana Jackson
Oksana Jackson, MD

Attending Surgeon
Co-director, Cleft Lip and Palate Program

David Low
David Low, MD

Attending Surgeon

Kim St. Lawrence
Kim St. Lawrence, MSW

Social Worker

Jesse Taylor
Scott P. Bartlett, MD

Attending Surgeon

Orthodontics and Dental Specialists

Hyun-Duck Nah-Cederquist, DMD, PhD
Kristin Lowe, DDS, MS
Sheldon Bernick, DDS


Christina Le, AuD, CCC-A

Speech and Language Services

Cynthia B. Solot, MA, CCC/SLP

Growth Specialist

Nancy Minugh-Purvis


Leanne Magee, PhD

Nurse Practitioners

Charlene Deuber, DNP, CRNP, CPNP, NNP-BC
Meg Ann Maguire, RN, MS, CRNP, CPNP
Patricia Schultz, MSN, CRNP, RN, CPSN

Learn about our specialists

Many different skill sets are needed to help with the problems that can occur with cleft abnormalities.

The following are descriptions of some of the pediatric specialists who might be involved in your child's care through the Cleft Lip and Palate Program:

  • Plastic/craniofacial surgeon – A surgeon with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of skeletal abnormalities of the skull, facial bones, and soft tissue. Your child's plastic surgeon will work closely with the orthodontists and other specialists to coordinate a surgical plan for your child, and will perform the surgical procedures to repair the cleft lip and palate as well as other related operations that your child may require.
  • Pediatrician – A physician who will follow your child's overall physical health, growth and development. Your pediatrician will help coordinate the multiple specialists involved in your child’s care and keep the team informed about your child's general health and progress.
  • Dental specialists – Dental and orthodontic specialists will keep track of your child’s dental growth and development. The orthodontist evaluates the position and alignment of your child’s teeth and coordinates a treatment plan with the surgeon and other specialists to determine the timing of certain surgical procedures or corrective orthodontics.
  • Speech and language specialist – A professional who will perform a comprehensive speech evaluation to assess communicative abilities and closely monitor your child throughout all developmental stages.
  • Otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) – A physician who will assist in the evaluation and management of ear infections and hearing loss, which may be side effects of your child’s cleft abnormality.
  • Audiologist (hearing specialist) – A professional who will assist in the evaluation and management of hearing difficulties your child may have.
  • Growth specialist – An anthropologist, or growth specialist, is someone who measures facial growth. It is important to follow facial growth in children with cleft lip and palate so that appropriate recommendations can be made about treatment, especially in the early to mid-teens.
  • Genetic counselor – A professional who reviews medical and family history and counsels your family about risk for recurrence in future pregnancies.
  • Nurse team coordinator – A registered nurse who combines experience in pediatric nursing with specialization in the care of your child. The nurse coordinator acts as liaison between your family and the cleft team and is a source of information pertaining to your child's diagnosis, feeding methods, and pre- and post-op instructions.
  • Social worker – A professional who provides guidance and counseling for your child and your family in dealing with the social and emotional aspects of a cleft abnormality. A social worker will assist your family with community resources and referrals (i.e., support groups, financial guidance, etc.).
  • Psychologist – A professional who assists with evaluating and identifying potential academic and psychological difficulties and can make appropriate referrals for comprehensive evaluation and intervention. The psychologist is also available to discuss personal difficulties and provide guidance in dealing with peers and relatives.


July 2013




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