Richard Baxter, DMD, MS

Richard Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is a nationally recognized speaker on tongue-ties and lead author of the bestselling book Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More. He is passionate about educating parents and healthcare practitioners about the effects a tongue-tie can have throughout the lifespan. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Tara, their five-year-old old twin girls, Hannah and Noelle, and toddler Molly.

He is the founder and owner of the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center where he uses the CO2 laser to release oral restrictions that are causing nursing, speech, dental, sleep and feeding issues. He had a tongue-tie himself, and all three of his girls were treated for tongue and lip-tie at birth, so for him, this field is a personal one. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities. He serves as an elder at his church and is on the board of Reach the Rest, a global missions organization. Dr. Baxter also participates in many overseas dental mission trips. He is currently working on several research and educational projects related to tongue-ties.
Sarah Early is a Registered Nurse (RN) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is currently working on obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degree to further support the families in her community. She has spent the majority of her nursing career focused on working with the maternal-child population and worked at an area hospital in-patient as an Assistant Nurse Manager on a 68-bed postpartum unit that supported 10,000 annual deliveries before leaving to open her company, Lactation Room, in 2014. Lactation Room provides close to 3,000 consults annually and has a team of IBCLC’s who support all areas of breast/chest feeding, oral dysfunction, tongue and lip tie, and milk production needs.


Financial: Richard Baxter is the the founder and owner of the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center. He receives a speaker fee for this conference.

Non-Financial:  Richard has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.