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Holistic Happenings in Orthodontics! 

In Harmony Orthodontics - Dr. Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD 

This month’s topics:

  • Laura’s Work Anniversary
  • Playing with Palindromes
  • Maintain Motivation – Health Hacks to Help You Keep Your Resolutions
  • Food: An Overlooked Factor in Dental Health
  • Quick Tips for Upcoming Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Less décor indoor, so outside it goes!

Laura's Work Anniversary

Who else LOVES their coworkers? I’m incredibly thankful that Laura walked into my office two years ago. She presented for a new patient exam and left with an application.

Laura makes every day at the office more fun, cheerful and positive. We enjoyed a lunch break filled with laughter as we played board games.

Thank you for those who showed their appreciation to her on Facebook and Instagram as well. She only has about 27 more years with me before we’ve agreed to retire! 😊

Playing with Palindromes

Need a good laugh? (Laughter helps fight against these cloudy days!)

Check out my IG Reels. Either follow link or scan here (turn phone/tablet on camera mode, place over the QR code)


Maintain the Motivation

Health Hacks to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

We start off the new year full of hope and motivation. However, often the excitement slows by the end of the month.
Hack #1

Let things GO.
Often we focus so much on ADDING things to our routine, when really we need to let go of some of our routines.
Perhaps it is the binge Netflix that we’ve developed during our stay at home or it’s the people we follow on social media we can unfollow.
Letting go of things that no longer serve you frees up space for what inspires you.
Hack #2
Get more clear on our goals. Often the goal of “being healthier” is proclaimed. However, that is a very LARGE goal. It may be easier to break it down. Ask yourself this:

“What one thing would make the biggest impact in my life?”
For some it may be easing their caffeine addition, others it could be their daily headaches lessened. Focusing on the ONE thing that would make the biggest difference provides a clearer goal. The steps needed become easier to follow.
Remember each of us has the same three things to get us healthier:


  • Breathing
  • Eating
  • Sleeping

Once we make positive changes in one aspect, the other two will benefit. Likewise, when we start to step back or lose our motivation, the others are negatively impacted.
Hack #3
Just breathe. Yup, it can be that simple. The business of life can overwhelm us. My mantra is “The more I slow down, the faster great things come to me.” Yes, I forget sometimes but it is part of my phone lock screen picture so it’s easier to remind myself. (See below for an awesome program that also helps with breathwork.)

Hack #4
Make self care part of your daily routine. Self care doesn’t need to be time intensive, although it is nice when you can arrange to indulge in a longer activity. My favorite is acupuncture.

A few minutes a day can enhance your outlook on yourself and your day. Bre Grzych and I developed the Take 3 For Me sessions to help with this. Please join our community of FB “Connections Made in Harmony.”

Hack #5
Forgive yourself and adapt.
I KNOW that I should stop my screen time at least an hour before bed. I even recommend this to my patients. However, with my current home/work harmony, this doesn’t get done frequently. So, I’ve forgiven and adapted. I wear blue blocking glasses. Not the most stylish, but that’s not the point!

What goals are you trying to achieve that are just not working? Perhaps you can adapt? Another favorite is trying to reduce your sweets intake. Rather than going cold turkey which may lead to withdrawal, choose optimum times of day and your favorite sweets and ditch the rest. That means if chocolate is your favorite (its mine!), then remove all the other candies you have around so you only enjoy the kind you really like. No need to feel bad and not even enjoy it.
Hack #6
Write it down. “Your brain needs a clear target, and that means your goal needs to be precise, vivid and in writing.” -John Assarf

Thinking about things is good but it stays in your head. Writing it down is the start of taking action.

Want even better results? Write it down and then look at it daily.

Want even better results? Write it down, look at it daily and then SHARE it with someone who will help hold you accountable. Not sure who that is? Well, I love cheering people on with their health goals, so send me an email!

Got all the above covered? Want MORE tips?
We’ve been noticing that patients want to get started with something right away when they come into the office. Often they have been struggling to find someone that views their mouth as part of their overall health.
 As you know, my practice isn’t about slapping braces on the teeth which means there is a waiting period. However, now we have a great option that kids and adults can both start. It’s the
myomunchee program. 


Breath work – working on catching your breath?
You are in good company. Discussions about breathwork continue to increase with the publication of incredible books such as Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown and Breath by James Nestor.

Want more assistance with breathwork? You've got it! Dr. Jennifer Hobson at the Hobson Institute offers a 3 session clinic online and has extended my patients and followers a special PROMO! Keep reading for more info!

Visit the clinic and enroll today!

  • Poor Sleep, Snoring, Fatigue
  • Anxiety, Tension
  • TMJ, Clenching Your Jaw
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorders  
  • Headaches, Migraines
  • Mouth Breathing or Difficulty Breathing
  • Crooked Teeth, High Narrow Palate
  • Gum Disease
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Issues 
  • Acid Reflux, Gerd
  • Post Cancer Recovery Problems
  • Prenatal, Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy issues
  • Concussion or Physical Trauma
  • Swollen Adenoids or Tonsils
  • The Need for Ear Tube Surgery  

To sign up for this breathing clinic, please go to and for a limited time (until March 31st) use the PROMO CODE: breathe2021 to get a discount on the 3-part course bundle.



Dr. Jennifer Flage Hobson


Jennifer Flage Hobson is a European-trained physical therapist. She earned her degree in physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She completed Hogeschool internships in Holland and Madrid, Spain, and then concluded with a clinical residency in Advanced Orthopedics in Chicago. Dr. Hobson earned a Manual Therapy Certification, a Cranio-Facial (Rocabado) Certification, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy under the direction of the renowned New Zealand expert Dr. Stanley Paris at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. Fluent in the Spanish language, Dr. Hobson continues to train and teach in Santiago, Chile, with Dr. Mariano Rocabado, a leading Cranio-Facial, TMJ, Neck and Spine rehabilitation expert. Dr. Hobson is the first instructor to teach the Rocabado Method in the United States through the University of St. Augustine. She received certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling, by the renowned Dr. Jan Dommerholt, through Myopain Seminars. Dr. Hobson has been instrumental in introducing this technique to the state of Illinois and is proud to say that her office is one of the original offices performing this technique in the Chicagoland region. Her staff has advanced skills in dry needling to the head and neck region along with the entire body.

Food: An Overlooked Factor in Health
Dental health starts with what children are eating
No secrets here! I was extremely overwhelmed with the birth of my first child. So when it came to starting him on foods, well, I had a lot of anxiety. My courses in holistic orthodontics discussed baby-led feeding and I wanted to learn more but I also just didn’t have the energy. So I did what I could.

Well, now with my second child, the overwhelm didn’t lessen. However, I did give up my ego even more. It’s been easier to get connected with the resources because I decided I need help. So as I’m on a mission to decrease the need for orthodontics, I want to share the fact that eating does influence our children on many levels.
I’m incredibly thankful for my mentors in mothering through mealtime including, but not certainly not limited to, my own mother (Karen),  Diane Bahr, Sandra Kahn, Fabienne Fredrickson, Feeding Littles and Dr. Tammy Button. Dr. Button answered my request to write a short series on how food impacts our children’s oral and overall health. Please join us on February 13 for the beginning of this exciting new series.
Preparing for Children's Dental Health Month

Creating a lesson plan for Children's Dental Health Month?

Here are a few quick links. Will go into more detail in the next newsletter on February 13! there is also a FREE app on apple and android, Drinks Destroy Teeth

Lastly, enjoy challenges and free stuff! Open next month’s newsletter and follow on FB and IG for a 7 day challenge to promote Children’s Dental Health month!
It’ll be easy to join and the prizes are a free book, Sugarproof and a gift card to Target. Got your attention now huh?!

Less décor indoor, so outside it goes!

The times are a-changing and we making that for the better. In the past, we enjoyed decorating the office for the holidays. Now we limit the décor indoors and have added cheer by the door.
Christmas brought us Olaf. Valentine's Day brings us Mickey. Patrick helped with the proper placement of Mickey. Yes, as the son of a small business owner, his weekends often include fun projects for the office.


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