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Mary Billings, MS,CCC, is a nationally renown speech-language pathologist certified through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Bachelors of Science degrees in Speech and Hearing Science and Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and obtained her a Masters degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri. After working exclusively with adults with communication/swallowing disorders in: hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation units, and home health care for many years, Mary's interest in working with pediatrics developed. She opened Billings Speech Pathology Services in 1994, serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. 


While Mary has a strong clinical background in articulation disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, as well as early language development,  and feeding disorders she developed a keen interest in diagnostics and treatment of oral myofunctional disorders.​ In 2007, she undertook coursework to become Certified in the field. She completed those requirements (Certified, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, IAOM, 2010, #152) in 2010.  This additional eduction expanded her clinical understanding of the orofacial complex, its primarily physiological system and their impact on the cranial and dentofacial development of the body.  As a result , Billings Speech Pathology Services developed a national reputation for its specialty in the field of orofacial myofunctional disorders with patients and clinicians traveling across the country to access their specialty skills.

Mary is a Lifetime Member of the The American Speech Language Hearing Association and active i many professional associations including: American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology & Audiology (AAPPSPA), and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD), She current serves on the Board of Directors for the Oral Motor Institute   In 2017, Mary was designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on orofacial myofunctional disorders by ASHA. 

Mary is a past-president of the IAOM and has won many awards for her leadership and dedication to expanding an understanding of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders both professionally and within the public.  She is the recipient of the IAOM President Award for distinguished service as a leader; the Connie Painter Distinguished Service Award, the Anita Weinfeld Award for Mentoring, and 11 ACE awards for Continuing Education by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

In 2013, Mary began teaching intensive study courses in the field and in 2022 in conjunction with Dianah Davidson, BS, launched Function Focus Academy, an online learning platform to support professional continuing education in the. area of orofacial myofunctional disorders.  Mary has lectured extensively to other professional organizations including: The Midwest Dental Conference, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Central Illinois Speech & Hearing Association, Talk Tools, Speechtherapypd, American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry,  American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology & Audiology and the Australian Association Orofacial Myology (AAOM)

Mary's passion for her field has been quickly absorbed by all of the team at Billings Speech Pathology Services who all complete her unique teaching curriculum and extensive continuing education requirements. 

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