MARY BILLINGS, MS,CCC,COM
Mary Billings, MS,CCC,COM® is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She received Bachelors degrees in both Speech and Hearing Science and Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and then went on to complete her a Masters degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri. She worked exclusively with adults with communication/swallowing disorders in a variety of settings which included: hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation units, and home health care for approximately 5 years. Mary then began working in private practice and developed a real passion for working with children. Mary opened Billings Speech Pathology Services in 1994 and since that time has been serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. She has a strong clinical background in articulation disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, as well as early language development, oral myofunctional disorders, and feeding disorders.
In 2007, after years of working with patients with orofacial myofunctional disorders for nearly 25 years, Mary went on to complete the requirements to become a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®) through the International Association of Oral Myology (IAOM). An orofacial myologist specializes in the understanding of the orofacial complex, its physiological systems, and impact on other physiological function in the body. As the only speech language pathologist in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area currently certified in this area, Mary has developed a strong and well-known reputation among medical and dental health care practitioners in the area as well as university programs.
Mary is active in a variety of professional organizations. She is the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, served as its President-Elect from 2013-2015 and prior to that time served as its Mentoring Chair from 2008-2013. In her capacity as Mentoring Chair Mary provided advisement and resources to clinicians working with orofacial myofunctional disorders across the world, while supporting them through their own certification program. In 2011, Mary was awarded the prestigous IAOM Connie Painter Distinguished Service Award for her mentoring efforts and in 2018 was awarded the organization's highest Presidential Award for excellence and dedicated service while serving as President.
In 2017 Mary was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Oral Motor Institute (OMI). She is also an active member of the American Academy of Private Practice Speech Pathologists and Audiologists (AAPPSPA) and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD), and the Missouri Sleep Society.
Mary has been a guest lecturer on the topics of oral myofunctional disorders, apraxia, and childhood language disorders at a variety of events over the years. They include: Missouri American Dental Association, the Kansas City Walk for Apraxia, the Missouri Parents as Educators conference, the Nebraska State Dental Hygiene Association, the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology Clinical Conference (AAPPSPA), the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD), the Edmonton Myofunctional Dental Study Group, among others She lectures locally for universities and has spoken at a variety of professional study group meetings for dental professionals over the years. She is the recipient of 6 ASHA ACE Awards for excellence in Continuing Education.
Mary's dedication to clinical excellence carries into the classroom. An an IAOM accredited instructor she teaches an 4 day intensive study course nationally and internationally, offering IAOM, ASHA, and AGD Continuing Education credits.
With over 38 years of clinical experience, award-winning continuing education, and real passion for a result-oriented therapeutic experience, Mary is a strong advocate for her patients, her employees and their developing clinical skills, her students, and her professional community at large.