Meet Our Tongue-Tie Specialists
We have the expertise and education you need to benefit from comprehensive, life-changing care.
With You Every Step of the Way
So much more than just specialists in tongue-tie.
Welcome to the Wisconsin Tongue-Tie Center, where we are committed to providing comprehensive care to the unique needs of mothers and children.
Our Fort Atkinson office … Click to open this link … offers a suite of modern services and conveniences to provide the best to you and your family. Our team is committed to your long-term health and offers aftercare and support beyond your visit. With a lactation consultant and myofunctional therapists on staff, we provide comprehensive care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
We believe in educating our patients and building authentic relationships with them so they feel involved in their treatment and in the driver’s seat of their care. We also offer payment plans, insurance, and sedation options to help overcome any barriers. Come visit us and experience our fun and energetic atmosphere firsthand!
Meet Our Special Team
So much more than just specialists in tongue-tie.
Dr. Stafford is our dental expert with a passion for fixing TMJ issues and facial pain. She’s also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry … Click to open a new window to this page … and the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics … Click to open a new window to this page … and a member of multiple dental organizations.
With over a decade of experience, she’s the one you want to see for a solution to your TMJ and sleep apnea problems.
Dr. Stafford is dedicated to helping patients overcome TMJ and facial pain and is proud to be serving both the local Fort Atkinson community and patients nationwide.
Dr. Bender, a dedicated dentist at BKS Dental … Click to open a new window to this page … in Fort Atkinson, has been providing exceptional dental care since 1987. In 2020, he was awarded the LLSR – Life Long Service Recognition – from the Academy of General Dentistry … Click to open a new window to this page … for completing an additional 1600 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of dental-related community service.
Dr. Bender is actively involved in various community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Fort Atkinson Rotary, and the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation. Along with his wife, Donna, Dr. Bender enjoys traveling, boating, hiking, skiing, and spending time with their three adult children and five grandchildren.
Amber has been a dental assistant for over 13 years. Amber joined BKS Dental in 2021, where she immediately began learning about tethered oral tissues (TOTS) with Dr. Bender and Dr. Stafford. Since then, Amber has taken courses throughout the U.S. to learn more about how tongue and lip ties affect infants, children, and adults.
Several notable course completions are the Tongue-Tied Academy course by Dr. Richard Baxter and the Healthy Children Project Center for Breastfeeding Lactation Counselor Training Course. Amber is working towards receiving her certification through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP) as a CLC (certified lactation counselor). Amber states, “The most satisfying part of my job is watching a mom overcome a breastfeeding struggle and achieving success in helping a baby thrive.”
Amber grew up in Fort Atkinson and currently resides with her husband and four children. During her free time, she does enjoy working on home improvement projects and spending time with family and friends.
Meet Jess, our warm and experienced Myofunctional Therapist with over four years of expertise. Jess began her career at BKS Dental in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant while attending Dental Hygiene Program at Madison Area Technical College … Click to open a new window to this page … (MATC). She graduated from MATC with her Associate of Health Sciences in Dental Hygiene degree in 2019 and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Minnesota State University … Click to open a new window to this page … .
In 2020, Jess received her Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) certificate through the International Association of Orofacial Myology … Click to open a new window to this page … (IAOM) and is now passionate about treating orofacial myofunctional disorders in patients of all ages. Jess is a lifelong resident of Jefferson and a Disney enthusiast, and she can even draw your favorite Disney character! Come experience Jess’s expertise and warmth at BKS Dental.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Steph is an experienced Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with over 37 years in the field. She obtained her Associate of Health Sciences in Dental Hygiene degree from Madison Area Technical College … Click to open a new window to this page … (MATC) in 1994 and has been a valued member of the BKS Dental team since 1998.
In addition to her extensive experience in dental hygiene, Steph received her Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) certificate through the International Association of Orofacial Myology … Click to open a new window to this page … (IAOM) in June 2020. Steph is passionate about helping patients of all ages who suffer from orofacial myofunctional disorders. When not treating patients, Steph is a beloved member of the Fort Atkinson community, spreading her contagious laughter and fun-loving joy at community events.
Certified Lactation Counselor and Dental Assistant
Jenny, our dental assistant with over 21 years of experience, is passionate about helping mothers and babies in their breastfeeding journey. She received her certification as a CLC (certified lactation counselor) in January 2021 and has since been helping patients thrive in their breastfeeding experience.
Jenny has also taken several courses throughout the U.S. and Canada to learn about tethered oral tissues (TOTS) and how they affect patients of all ages. When she is not at work, Jenny loves to travel with her family and friends to warm destinations and has completed multiple half marathons, a full marathon, and a half iron man.
Learn about our patient's experience at Wisconsin Tongue Tie Center.
Amazing place. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Bender and Jenny. I brought my 5-day-old and 2-month-old both to Dr. Bender for their tongue and lip ties. The procedure itself is super fast and easy. They have a little room set up for after the procedure to feed and calm baby. Fully trust them with both my girls, highly recommend. We also drive 1.5 hr to see them!
Proudly Part of the BKS Dental Group
Wisconsin Tongue-Tie Center is an integral part of the BKS Dental office, a comprehensive dental practice that provides specialized care for TMJ disorders … Click to open a new window to this page … and family dental health issues.
Our philosophy centers on treating your whole health, as we understand that different health issues are interconnected.
By offering a range of services under one roof, the team at Wisconsin Tongue-Tie Center and BKS Dental provide comprehensive care to patients efficiently without missing anything.