AAMS’ 2nd Hippocrates Gala

Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Mid America Club in Chicago

The Mid America Club
200 E Randolph Dr, 80th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601



Dinner Reception at the famed Mid America Club

Help us inaugurate fundraising for the AAMS with entertainment, libations, a gourmet buffet dinner, and a program that celebrates our leaders who fight to make the world a better place, spotlighting distinguished achievement and fund raising objectives of the AAMS.
Dress Code: Black tie optional or elegant attire

Includes all of the benefits from the other packages as well as a recognition in the gala program.

6-7pm (+7-10pm Gala Banquet Dinner) Cocktails and Jazz with our distinguished congress chairs Christian Guilleminault PhD, Irene Marchesan PhD, and Maria Pia Villa PhD as well as other honored guests.

(7-10pm Gala Banquet Dinner) Gala Banquet Dinner at the Mid America Club

The Mid-America Club

The Mid-America Club is the only club in Chicago with a panoramic view of the city’s distinctive skyline.

The Club is Chicago’s premier venue

Located “a step above” on the 80th floor of the Aon Center in the East Loop, The Mid-America Club is the only club in Chicago that offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the city’s distinctive skyline and incomparable vistas of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and the Gold Coast. Sleek, contemporary decor and refined touches, accentuated by a balance of simple elegance and luminescent, warm surroundings, create an inspired setting for Chicago’s most influential civic and business leaders. Membership provides countless advantages to personal and professional enrichment, including invitations to special events throughout the year.

In 1958, Weymouth Kirkland, Forest Wallace and Dudley F. Jessop together with a group of influential Chicago civic and business leaders envisioned creating a private club with an intimate atmosphere and international prestige. Today, this tradition on which The Mid-America Club was founded remains strong.

In 2006, The Club united with the Memberships of the Plaza Club in the Prudential Building and the 410 Club in the Wrigley Building to move forward as the East Loop’s preeminent Business Club.

Beyond the amenities, the aesthetics and the observable benefits, it’s the intangibles that complete the club experience – the sense of belonging, the way the staff anticipates not only your needs but also your wants, the way other Members welcome your presence, not to mention the enduring friendships that are established along the way – these are the attributes that make The Mid-America Club your home away from home and your office away from the office in your busy life.

The Club’s impressive history, growing membership and commitment to deliver unparalleled service in a private setting continues to claim international recognition.


2017 Recipients of our AAMS Irene Marchesan Award, Hippocrates Award, Madame Marie Curie Award, and the Louis Pasteur Award

Licia Coceani Paskay, MS, CCC-SLP, 2017 recipient of the AAMS Irene Marchesan Award for Institutional Advancement in Medicine Via Myofunctional Therapy

First President of the AAMS, for participating in the creation of an entity that promotes research on OMDs and fosters connections between universities, clinics and professionals worldwide. From her OMT beginnings close to 30 years ago to the present day Licia has striven to bring myofunctional therapy into the mainstream and to make sure that myofunctional sciences are embraced academically with evidence-based research. She has always strongly believed in the great benefits of myofunctional therapy and in the international and multidisciplinary exchanges of information, which ultimately benefit the reason why we are in business: our patients. Licia works hard but also makes a point to spend quality time with her siblings, with her much adored husband, her funny dog, friends, colleagues, students and with people passionate about learning and doing.

Maria Pia Villa, MD, 2017 recipient of the AAMS Hippocrates Award For Lifetime Achievement in Contribution to Medicine Via Myofunctional Therapy.

Since March 2005 to present Dr. Villa has been holding the post of Professor of Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome “Sapienza” at the Hospital Santi Andrea. She has followed and graduate students in the writing of dissertations and specialization in the degree course in Medicine and Surgery, and in graduate school in the Pediatric Clinic Since November 2003 she has been Director of the School of Specialization in Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. She is also president for the course in Nursing as well as the course in Nursing Pediatric for the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She has been a pioneer in connecting OMDs to sleep disorders and therefore supporting the use of myofunctional therapy as a treatment option. She has being instrumental in having the Italian Ministry of Health including

Esther Bianchini, PhD, 2017 recipient of the AAMS Madame Marie Curie Award for Contributions to Science Via Myofunctional Therapy.

Dr. Bianchini is a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP); Master in Communication Disorders (PUCSP); Ph D. in Science, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo (FMUSP) ; President of the Myofunctional Therapy Department of the Brazilian Society of Sleep (ABSono), she was instrumental in ABSono becoming the first major national medical association or society adopting myofunctional therapy as a standard of care for sleep apnea in November 2015 and helped lead way for ABSono providing the 1st national credential for myofunctional therapist qualifications to work with sleep disordered patients; Professor at the Post Graduation Program in Speech Language Pathology at the Pontifical Catholic University (Pontificia Universidade Catolica) of Sao Paulo (PUC-SP); Professor at CEFAC – Health and Education; Director of the SLP Rehabilitation Clinic in Sao Paulo, Brazil; a pioneering leader and author of scientific articles, books, and book chapters on subjects such as TMJD, surface electromyography and objective measurements, orofacial pain, swallowing disorders, effectiveness of OMT exercises and much more.

Toshihide Ohno, DDS, DDSc, 2017 recipient of the AAMS Louis Pasteur Award for Courage & Leadership in Advancing Medicine via Myofunctional Therapy.

Dr. Toshhide Ohno received his doctorate in orthodontics and dentistry in 1966. While attending a conference in the mid-1970’s in California he came upon a lecture about myofunctional therapy. Immediately realising the potential of myofunctional therapy have a profound impact on orthodontics he organised brining the lecturer, William Zickefoose, to Japan in 1976, and has helped facilitate and support myofunctional therapy course since then over the last 40 years, leading to textbooks, research, products and much more. He retired from his private practice in Yokohama in 2015. Before retiring, Dr. Ohno served as the Chairman of the Japanese Association of Orthodontists and was an auditor for the same organization for seven years. Since 2002 he has been the curator of the tooth museum of the Kanagawa dental association. Currently he’s a guest professor at the Beijing Capital Medical University, at the Nihon Dental University, and at Showa University School of Dentistry. He hes been an auditor of the MFT Society in Japan since 2012. Dr. Ohno edited and co-authored several books, including “History of the Japanese Orthodontic”, “History of the teeth in Japan and in the West”, and large number of books relating orthodontic. He is the author or co-author of many peer reviewed articles. Under his leadership thousands of dental professionals all over Japan have been exploring the applications of OMT to improve quality of life in patients, touching the lives of perhaps more than a million patients.

AAMS Centres of Light Award for Interdisciplinary Leadership in Advancing Medicine Via Myofunctional Therapy.

Lurie’s Children Hospital – Chicago IL, USA

For having trained most of the speech-language pathologists to identify and treat OMDs. Now pediatric patients are examined not only for emergency treatments but also to identify signs


Unimed Uhendatud Kliinikudin – Tallin Estonia,

For training its staff in recognizing OMD in patients and implementing an appropriate multidisciplinary treatment. Unimed has been organizing multidisciplinary meetings, generating research and OMT training for other professionals.


Ospedale San Andrea – Rome, Italy,

For having done research in myofunctional therapy while treating children with OMDs and various other co-morbidities such as hypertrophic tonsils and adenoids, sleep disordered breathing, or craniofacial anomalies.


Advocate Health

A special 2017 AAMS Rising Light On The Horizon to whom shows tremendous future promise and leadership in institutional development and interdisciplinary care, will go to Advocate Health, the largest health system in Illinois. Advocate Health is taking steps to include myfunctional therapy in its clinics and educate its professionals on the benefits of identifying OMDs in various co-morbidities.

The 2017 AAMS Rising Research Stars in Myofunctional Therapy go to:

– Brigitte Fung, PT from Hong Kong Kwong Wah Children’s Hospital
– Stanley Liu, MD From Taiwan, currently at Stanford University USA
– Sabina Saccomanno, MD from Catholic University Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
– Audrey Yoon, MD from South Korea Currently at Stanford University, USA
– Soroush Zaghi, MD from Stanford University, USA

All these researchers have been working on protocols, applying myofunctional therapy in different areas of health but most importantly they have been doing research to further move ahead the field of myofunctional sciences, world wide.


Irene Marchesan
Nicole Archambautl Besson
Kevin Boyd

Joy Moeller
Marc Richard Moeller
Yves Lajoie

Licia Coceani Paskay
Nancy Rothstein
Samantha Weaver