I’m Dr. Meggie Graham.
As a mother, aunt and airway patient myself, I understand what you may be going through. My passion is about providing you with the highest level of clinical excellence while maintaining the utmost in comfort and compassion. For me, it is the relationships I build along the way that bring me the most joy.
I am also committed to life long learning in order to offer the most beneficial, non invasive, predictable treatment options to my patients.
"It all seemed so cute at first..."
My nephew appeared to be sleeping so peacefully at night. He would even snore from time to time, which his parents were convinced was a sign that he was just “sleeping hard.” As a baby, he didn’t nurse well for my sister. At two, he had some early speech delays, and we recognized that during the day he breathed exclusively through his mouth. As a dentist, I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t have the training to know what exactly it was. So, true to form for me, I went searching for answers. I kept asking why!
In my quest for information, I ended up opening Pandora’s Box. Research related to airway’s central role in health and wellness jumped off the page for me. So much of the reading, discussing and learning that I did put into context what I saw in so many of my patients.
- Adults living with chronic exhaustion and fatigue.
- Exasperated moms who did everything in their power to get their baby to nurse successfully, but couldn’t.
- Lifelong dental issues stemming from limited tongue mobility and dysfunction, undeveloped facial musculature and inadequate space.
If you know anything about me, it’s this: When something strikes me as important, I go all in.
In my journey as a dentist, I was consistently seeking more and more knowledge to better understand why my patients were at risk for what I considered avoidable dental care. That led me down what I first believed to be a rabbit hole and have since learned to be a bottomless crater of continuing education. I have an insatiable thirst for understanding “The Why”. The question of why consistently led to disrupted, fragmented sleep, mouth breathing, and mouths that grew too small to accommodate the tongue. What started as a subtle wondering turned into a full blown commitment to attending as many conferences, lectures, workshops, and collaborative meetings as possible. I have been fortunate enough to listen and learn from many of the world’s leading experts in the field of sleep disordered breathing, growth and development and dental health. I am even more fortunate to now call many of these experts mentors and friends.
As with any new knowledge, once it’s seen, it can’t be unseen. I started to see myself, my family, and my patients in so many of the lectures I attended. I slowly started to apply what I was learning to treatment for my crew. I was endlessly grateful to watch the people I care the most about have positive changes in not only their dental and systemic health, but also their quality of life. This journey continues daily and won’t end until I retire. And even then, if I’m like my retired dentist dad, I’ll keep attending conferences!
And that’s how Untethered started and will continue to grow.
I am endlessly passionate about improving everyday life for people. So much of that starts with the ability to breathe, and to sleep, and to do these basic, unconscious things that have such a huge impact on our entire well being. I firmly believe that commitment and attention to the most basic of human function, nasal breathing and stable sleep, can prevent a multitude of unnecessary medical interventions and compromised quality of life.
– Dr. Meggie Graham
MEET OUR TEAM
Julia Clayton & Jordan Beck
Infant and Feeding Function Team
Meet Jordan Beck and Julia Clayton, our infant feeding specialists. They specialize in feeding and oral motor disorders in newborns and are passionate about working with families and helping them thrive.
Jordan and Julia are certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach® to feeding and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol®. They joined the Untethered team to help make sure our evaluations and consultations are thorough and focus on function not just structure.
Anthony A. Rieder, MD
Dr. Rieder is a lifelong learner and loves an interdisciplinary approach to helping patients achieve optimal breathing and sleep and thereby systemic health and quality of life. Since the roof of the mouth shares anatomical real estate with the floor of the nose, he is a natural addition to the Untethered team! He practices General Otolaryngology with focused interests in Sleep Medicine, Sinus disease, Pediatrics, and Sports related Facial Trauma.