Dr. Brendan C. Stack
Dr. Stack has been treating TMJ problems, headache, face pain, ear pain and bad bites for over 40 years. In that time, he has repeatedly encountered problems just like yours and treated them successfully. He gives you detailed explanations about your treatment and answers all of your questions completely.
Dr. Stack is a university-trained orthodontist (Georgetown University) who, since 1965, has limited his practice in Northern Virginia (Washington, D.C. suburb) to the clinical treatment of patients with craniofacial pain, headache and TMJ dysfunction. He is a rigorously “results oriented” clinician who has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada and most recently in Europe.
Dr. Stack has a special interest in treating TMJ disorders and how this treatment might also help Tourette’s patients, particularly teenagers and preteens. This developed from his unique ability to treat craniofacial and headache patients. Over the years, he noticed that the overwhelming majority of these patients had facial tics, eye blinking, eyelid tics, mouth tics, head nodding, shoulder shrugging and head tremors. He treated these patients as TMJ patients (jaw joint clicking, locking and limited mouth opening) for pain but also noticed all of these tics dissipating at the same time. When word started spreading throughout the healthcare community that he could get rid of these associated tics, Tourette’s patients started coming to his practice. He was very successful in ridding them of these comorbid conditions.
His specialized treatment does not call for any psychotherapy or drugs; it requires only the wearing of a dental mouthpiece that is not noticeable to others. This mouthpiece realigns the lower jaw so that it is in a better position beneath the base of the skull and is no longer misaligned. Dr. Stack believes that the basis of most of the comborbid Tourette’s Syndrome and other movement disorders such as Cervical Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease are basically a misalignment of the mandible to the skull base due to some type of TMJ internal derangement.
Dr. Jeffrey L . Brown
Dr. Jeffrey Brown grew up in the state of Maine and went to Bowdoin College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982. He accepted early decision into the Georgetown School of Dentistry, and graduated from there in 1986. While at Georgetown, Dr. Brown worked in the Neurology Department as an assistant on a project that involved studying the regeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal column after major trauma.
Upon graduation from Georgetown Dental School, Dr. Brown worked for a short time as an associate in a practice in Falls Church, Virginia. From there, he moved on and built his own practice in the Fairlington neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, creating one of the largest practices ever seen on the East Coast.
Dr. Brown took a short sabbatical to help raise his four young children and to continue his education. It was then that he began the process of understanding sleep apnea and how it correlates to TMJ treatment. His knowledge in the combined fields of TMJ, sleep and orthodontics has given him a perspective unlike most other practitioners who perform basic dentistry. In addition, Dr. Brown has also learned the advanced techniques involved in expanding an airway so that both children and adults can breathe better. His training continued over time at the famous Sleep Medicine Center near the Emory University Hospital. He has also continued his training with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the ALF Educational Institute.
In 2013, Dr. Brown met Dr. Brendan Stack and was immediately impressed with the success Dr. Stack had in treating TMJ cases and being able to repair so many damaged lives. For Dr. Brown, helping people by dealing with their debilitating TMJ issues became his second calling. And, as they say, the rest is history!
As the Office Manager, Venus is committed to helping our patients in every aspect. From the initial phone call through the completion of treatment, she is there to make sure patients are well taken care of in every aspect. The customer service and attention to detail that Venus displays only continues to assist our patients and the practice. She loves meeting new patients and ensures that all patients feel welcome and comfortable. Venus takes great pride in working with two of the best TMJ/Sleep apnea doctors in the world; the doctors and staff members work hard to relieve people of their acute or chronic pain/discomfort effectively and improve lives, one patient at a time.
Meghan is the newest addition to the office and we are happy we found her! She is very passionate about her position as Patient Coordinator, and is a dedicated team player as well. She strives to make sure our patients have the utmost positive experience at Sleep & TMJ Therapy. She finds her position one that is fulfilling because she is a large part of making a positive difference in our patients lives. To get some back ground on Meghan, she is originally from upstate New York where she received her Bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Psychology. She has been living in the DMV area for two years now and loves it! Her background has given her extensive experience in child care, sales, marketing, and customer service. All of which makes her a valuable asset to our team. From the first inquiry about our office and all the way through the treatment process, Meghan will be there to accommodate your needs. She is excited to continue meeting our patients and being part of their life changing experiences here at the office.
Karina Argueta is our Lead Assistant who has been working with Dr. Stack since 2008. She was trained by Dr. Stack and is proud that everything she knows is by observing his work over the years. She attended ECPI where she received her Associate’s Degree in Health Science. She and the doctors have helped many patients live a pain-free life, and she hopes to return to school to further her education in dental work. When she is not in the office, Karina spends time with her two sons.
Jessica is our newest Dental Assistant who is very passionate about the dental field so much so that she is applying to dental school to become a dentist. She is originally from Florida and moved to the area two years ago to complete her Master’s degree at Georgetown University. Jessica has been working in a dental office since she was in her undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Helping patients who are living with constant pain has been a huge motivator for Jessica and we are glad to have her on our team to help patients change their lives. Jessica also loves the outdoors and her Daschund/Pomeranian mix, Zola.
Treatment Plan Coordinator
Adele received her Master’s degree in International Relations, and has previous experience working for a non-profit organization focused on civic youth education. Prior to joining our practice, she served as a consultant for a startup home health care organization after working for a few years as an internal sales & admissions coordinator for a home health care agency. Adele loves to travel and is passionate about healthcare, human rights and conflict resolution. She is excited to be part of our team and ready to help patients and their families navigate through any challenges that might arise while preparing to follow their course of treatment!