CE #4 April 9, 2024

Topic: “Tongue Ties and Lip Ties”

Speaker: Dr. Raylien Chao & Dr. Jimmy K.H. Chan

VENUE: Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Ave, Vancouver, BC

6:00 p.m. (Registration)
6:30 p.m. (Dinner)
7:30 p.m. (Lecture)

Fee: Free (Members) $175 (Non-Members)


The topic of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs), otherwise known as tongue ties and lip ties, has been trending in medicine and dentistry over the past decade. To release or not to release? This session aims to review the three criteria when evaluating TOTs – function, symptoms, and appearance.


  • Definition and classifications of tongue tie and lip tie
  • What are the symptoms related to restricted TOTs?
  • What is involved in functional assessment?
  • What does the literature say?
  • Surgical tools and techniques for frenectomy
  • Pre and post frenectomy care – how to manage expectations

The Speaker:

Dr. Raylien Chao, DDS MS FRCD©., is a board-certified pediatric dentist in Canada and the U.S. She obtained her B.S. degree in Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Upon graduation, she found her true passion in “people” and prevention and took a turn in her career. She received a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University in 2011 and later graduated from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2015 with High Distinction. She completed her pediatric specialty training as the chief resident at NYU Langone Health Center in Florida. During the school years, Dr. Chao founded the Student Chapter of Public Health Dentistry and served on the board for 3 years actively involved in community service. Dr. Chao became a Vancouverite in 2017 and is the current President of the BC Society of Pediatric Dentists (BCSPD). She currently practices full time in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood of Vancouver and is a part time instructor at BC Children’s Hospital. She has two young daughters who have been happily taken every second of her free time outside of work. Otherwise, Dr. Chao enjoys guitar, karaoke, and hikes around the beautiful BC.

Dr. Jimmy K. H. Chan, DMD., is a graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia and is in private practice in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Dr. Chan has achieved Fellowship status in both the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry, and has performed laser frenectomies with Er:YAG, diode and Nd:YAG lasers since 2007. He is a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Canadian Dental Association, the British Columbia Dental Association and the Chinese Canadian Dental Society of British Columbia. Dr. Chan feels very fortunate to be part of the local and international dental community and is honoured to give back. He is a founding director of the International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP), and has served on the Governing Council of the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals (IATP). Dr. Chan has provided support as an online Moderator for the Oral Ankylofrenula Professional Support Group on Facebook, the Laser Dentistry Forum on Denta town, as well as the B.C. Dentists WhatsApp group. He is a past president of the Vancouver Laser and Technology Group study club, an active member of the Vancouver LANAP Study Club and currently serves as the UBC Alumni representative at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry.

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