Cleft Palate Craniofacial Clinic

 located in the
Mary K. Chapman Center for Communicative Disorders/
Speech and Hearing Clinic.


 Services Provided:

  • Speech and language evaluation
  • Resonance studies, including routine tape recordings
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Basic impedance
  • Cephalometric records
  • Photographic records
  • Dental evaluation
  • Orthodontic evaluation
  • Surgical evaluation
  • Prosthodontic evaluation
  • Pediatric evaluation
  • Medical records
  • Nasendoscopy
  • Social work evaluation
  • Stroboscopy

Other evaluations may be requested by the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team, and referral is made to the appropriate professional, when indicated, such as:

  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Radiography (including videofluoroscopy)
  • Psychology
  • Family medicine
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Genetics

These findings are then available to the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team for comprehensive review.

Types of Disorders Staffed:

  • Overt cleft lip and/or palate
  • Submucous cleft palate
  • Hypernasal speech
  • Velopharyngeal incompetency (VPI) due to: congenital short palate; paralysis of the soft palate; or neurogenic incoordination of the palate
  • Syndromes with clefts
  • Craniofacial anomalies

All patients have a complete examination. The results are reviewed and a comprehensive treatment plan is developed by the team of specialists. A critical part of the planning process is the determination of a time table for the required treatment so that maximum benefit will be obtained and so one treatment will not interfere with another.
Between Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic visits (usually scheduled once or twice annually), reports and records from recommended evaluations and treatments are reviewed and contact is maintained with patients to insure the treatments are progressing according to plan.

Continuity of care long-term records are maintained and centralized, allowing for transfer of records if needed. This type of record keeping allows for retrospective research to improve the overall care of patients with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.

Referrals and Appointments 

Referrals are accepted from any physician, dentist, government agency, school system, psychologist, or other healthcare professional. Self-referrals are also welcome. Call (918) 631-2915 for an appointment.


The team’s professional staff includes audiologists, speech-language pathologists, cleft and maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, prosthodontists, pediatricians, pediatric dentists and social workers. Additional support staff are available in neurology, psychology, family medicine and radiography. All staff members are licensed and/or certified in their respective fields. The team is recognized nationally by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.


Immediately following the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic, the specialists discuss each patient in detail and make decisions about the recommended course of action. This report is sent to the parent and the health care providers designated to receive the report. If any questions arise from the report, the parent is encouraged to call the Team Co-Director, Dr. Lori Davis, (918) 631-2915.


Fees are charged for services. Insurance authorization is usually easily acquired.

Age Groups Served 

Services are provided to persons of all ages, infancy through adult.
For more information call (918) 631-2915. 

University of Tulsa Cleft-Palate Team

Christine Clary, D.O.
OSU Physicians
635 W. 11th St.
Tulsa, OK 74127
382-3100 or 382-5052

Lori Davis Ed.D., CCC-SLP: Team Co-Director
Associate Professor/Speech-Language Pathologist
The University of Tulsa
104 Mary K. Chapman Center
Tulsa, OK 74104
Phone: (918) 631-2915
Fax: (918) 631-3668

Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Joe Lai, D.D.S., M.S.
5304 S. Harvard
Tulsa, OK 74135
Phone: (918) 747-1346

Jillian Phillips, Au.D. CCC-A
Applied Assistant Professor/Audiologist
The University of Tulsa
Phone: (918) 631-2906

Kevin Smith, D.D.S.: Team Co-Director
Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Oklahoma
1000 North Lincoln Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 271-4955
Fax: (405) 271-4525

Christy Wilson, LSW
Social Work
Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry
University of Oklahoma Heath Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Kris Foyil, PhD, CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor/Instructor
University of Tulsa