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 is a certified Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, awarded the level of Legacy with the ALF Interface Academy and holds memberships with many academies.
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!
Dr. Brendan C. Stack (1937-2020)
The team and I would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Stack, who, although is no longer with us, continues to inspire us from his dedication to help others over the course of his career. His belief in us has made our journey possible. – Dr. Brown
Dr. Stack had been treating TMJ problems, headache, face pain, ear pain and bad bites for over 40 years during his career. In that time, he had repeatedly encountered problems just like yours and treated them successfully.
Dr. Stack was a university-trained orthodontist (Georgetown University) who, since 1965, limited his practice to the clinical treatment of patients with craniofacial pain, headache and TMJ dysfunction.
He had a special interest in treating TMJ disorders and how this treatment might also help Tourette’s patients, particularly teenagers and preteens. 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. 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 believed that the basis of most of the comorbid 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.
Jay is the initial point of contact in the office and the first smiling face you will see when you enter our door. She will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our office. Before Jay found Sleep & TMJ Therapy, she graduated from the University of Phoenix with her bachelor’s in communication with a concentration in journalism. Jay is a native of the West Coast, however, for the past four years she has been enjoying the Northern Virginia area. When not in the office, she is volunteering in her children’s school as a PTA Publicity Liaison, enjoying the outdoors with her husband and children, writing, and reading. Outside of work you’ll always find her with a book in her hand!
Treatment Plan Coordinator
Makayla is our Treatment Plan Coordinator, and she strives to make your treatment here at Sleep & TMJ Therapy as seamless as possible. She is passionate about health education and patient care. Prior to coming to the team, she worked in health administration for four years in the Northern Virginia area. Before working at Sleep & TMJ Therapy, she felt a calling to help the Fairfax County Health Department with their COVID Task Force. She graduated from George Mason University with her bachelor’s in Public Health and Spanish. She is a native speaker in Spanish and occasionally visits her family in Mexico and the Midwest. When she is not in the office, Makayla spends time with her two cats and fitting in a workout on her time off.
Certified TMD Dental Assistant
Karina is our lead assistant and manages all of our lab cases here at Sleep & TMJ Therapy. She started working with Dr. Brendan Stack in 2008 which has given her noteworthy experiences in the TMJ / Sleep Apnea / Ortho field. She is honored she was able to observe his work over the years and she is dedicated to share this knowledge with our team and patients. While working, Karina attended ECPI University where she received her associate degree in the health science field. Over the years she has achieved an excellent clinical and patient relation skill set which allows for our doctors to help many patients live a pain-free life. One day, she hopes to return to school to further her education in dental field. When she is not in the office, Karina spends quality time with her two sons and daughter.
TMD Dental Assistant
Tamyra is the newest member of our clinical team! She studied at the Metropolitan Institute of Health and Technology and is a Virginia native. She has been working in the dental field for 10 years and absolutely loves it. As you may know, there are not many TMJ specialty offices around, so we were ecstatic that Tamyra has previous experience in the field of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). She has four beautiful children, three girls and one boy. Her goal is to give her kids the most out of life and to be the best mom she can be. She looks forward to meeting you all!
Licensed Massage Therapist
Ruth is a wonderful and caring therapist who has over 15 years of experience in the dental and TMJ field. With her wealth of experience and her passion to help others, she has proven to be a great asset to our patients and our team. To get some background on Ruth, she is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College and received a license to practice massage therapy from Potomac Massage Therapy Institute. Ruth is originally from Mexico however, she has made this country her home for 30 years. Outside of work, Ruth is passionate about traveling, dancing, attending cultural events and enjoying delicious food.