Meet the Team


Michael Flanell RDH, MBAMichael Flanell RDH, MBA

is a Certified Sleep Apnea clinician from the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, a Myofunctional Therapist, and a Certified Buteyko Breathing Instructor as well as a Sleep Coach. She is a professor to the Department of Healthcare Management at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York.

Michael is an airway advocate for the Foundation for Airway Health. Her past experiences include her role as an educator at Briarcliff College in Patchogue New York, in the Dental Hygiene Department and Healthcare Management. She was Clinical Sleep Director for a major dental sleep company. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field.


Paula Gelvez-PetronePaula Gelvez-Petrone

graduated from Colegio Odontologico Colombiano with a DDS and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from NYU Dental School where she graduated with a scholarship. Paula is the recipient of the 2009 Long Island Odontology Award for achievement in clinical and academic studies. She is an orofacial myologist from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and the International Association of Orofacial Myology. She also received certification as a dental sleep specialist by Somnomed in Sweden. She has proudly served as a clinical professor at NYU Dental School and has spoken nationally and internationally on myofunctional therapy and sleep apnea. Paula is the founder and CEO of OMT of New York, a multi-disciplinary practice in a collaborative environment that treats patients with orofacial myofunctional disorders. Her publications include, “Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and Dental Malocclusion” in the Journal Of Professional Excellence Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.