Amazing Outcomes with Fewer Procedures

Providing Team-Based Cleft and Craniofacial Care

The Cleft & Craniofacial Institute of Utah is committed to helping children with birth defects and facial deformities. Certified by the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association (ACPA), we offer a full team approach to cleft and craniofacial care.  Each member of the team has personal experience with cleft and craniofacial anomalies and treat these children as if they were our own. We stay up to date with the latest and best techniques in order to provide the best to the children of Utah, the Intermountian West, and travelers from all over the country and world.  Our specialties include treating: cleft lip, cleft palate, craniosynostosis, craniofacial syndromes, congenital ear deformities, hand deformities,  jaw abnormalities, vascular malformations, facial trauma, and facial cysts/masses/tumors.

Amazing Outcomes with Fewer Procedures

Providing Cleft and Craniofacial Treatments

The Cleft & Craniofacial Institute of Utah is committed to helping children with birth defects and facial deformities. We offer a full team approach to cleft and ceraniofacial care.  Each member of the team has personal experience with cleft and craniofacial anomalies and treat these children as if they were their own. We stay up to date with the latest and best techniques in order to provide the best to the children of Utah.  Our specialties include treating: cleft lip, cleft palate, craniosynostosis, craniofacial syndromes, congenital ear deformities, hand deformities,  jaw abnormalities, vascular malformations, facial trauma, and facial cysts/masses/tumors.

Meet Our Team

The team at the Cleft & Craniofacial Institute of Utah has extensive experience treating patients with cleft lips or palates, congenital deformities, and more. Every member volunteers to be on the team because of personal passion to provide care to these children and their families.

Devan Griner, MD

Jordan Schramm, MD

Sarah Cordingley CCC-A

Brian Graf, DMD, PC

Jared Rasmussen, DMD, MD

Trace Lund, DDS

Kamaile Hiatt SLP

Sandra Flores

Our Expertise

Cleft Lip/Palate

 Cleft lips and palates are one of the most common birth anomalies that affect about 1/600 newborn babies in the United States and around 1/500 in the state of Utah.  Clefts can range from quite mild to fairly severe.  Most of the time they are an isolated anomaly, but are also associated with a number of gentic syndromes.  Depending on what structures are involved dictates the complexity of the treatment plan.   Our team works together with you to make a customized plan for  your baby.  Even the most severe of cases should be able to be treated with only a few surgical interventions by a well coordinated and efficient team.

 

 

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Craniosynostosis

The skull is made up of several different bones that are joined together by growth plates called "sutures."  Craniosynostosis is a condition where one or more of these sutures fuse prematurely causing an abnormal head shape, decreased cranial volume, and the possiblilty of raised intracranial pressure.  The treatment of craniosynostosis is surgical and the goals of surgery are to increase the volume of the skul and to correct the abnormal appearance of the head shape.  There are two methods of surgical correction: open vault reconstruction and strip craniectomy.  Dr. Griner's extensive training allows him to perform these complex procedures without the need for blood transfusions and spending only 1-2 nights in the hospital. 

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Syndromes

There are many syndromes that can affect the shape of the head and face and include Aperts, Crouzon, Pfieffer, Treacher Collins, and many others.  Most of these syndromes include many other complex anomalies and need to be treated in a coordinated approach in order to reduce the number of operations the child will need.  These syndromes are rare and require specialists that are very familiar with the intricacies of each syndrome.  Dr. Griner's unique training provided him with extensive experience with craniofacial syndromes and makes him the premier choice to guide the management of your child's needs in Utah.

 

 

 

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Ear Deformities

Ear deformities range from mild changes in shape to the complete abscence of an ear and deafness.  Mild deformities can be treated in the first few weeks of life while others will require reconstructive surgery and hearing aids.  No matter the severity, our specialists work together to provide normal appearance and improved hearing.

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From the Blog

Parenting a Cleft Child: Selecting a Surgeon

You stare at that ultrasound, taking in the news that your baby has a cleft lip and/or palate. You’re referred to a specialist to confirm that diagnosis. You see the specialist, baby’s cleft is confirmed. You don’t know how to feel or what questions to ask. It all...

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Staged palate repairs

Staged palate repairs were implemented to try and reduce the chance of stunting the upper jaw growth and needing to have it surgically advanced later in life, while at the same time allowing normal speech to develop.  We know from several studies that the growth of...

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