Dr. James Thomas founded the health:latch clinic in 2017 with a deep-rooted desire to help families overcome oral & airway health issues. After treating thousands of children in his first dental practice, Everyone By One, he developed a unique understanding of the struggles patients had with breastfeeding, speech, sleep, breathing and more — caused by oral restrictions like tongue and lip tie. Seeing firsthand how stressful it can be for families, he created health:latch as a specialty practice dedicated to changing the lives of these patients and their families. Dr. Thomas received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from The University of Michigan.
As the founder and owner of NW Pediatric Dentistry in 2007 – later rebranded to Everyone By One – Dr. Thomas pursued a mission to encourage families to visit the dentist by Age One. Throughout his career, he continued to push early intervention and preventative-based outcomes in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. T, a self-proclaimed systems guru, built processes to ensure that pediatric dental patients (ages 0 - 14) under his watch had the best chance for a healthy life starting with good oral health. This worked well for fighting caries (cavities) and maintaining preventative oral health, yet a percentage of the patients developed other notable issues.
One of the founding principles of facial development is that “form (the bony structure of the face) follows function (the repetitive patterns of muscle use).”
Dr. Thomas noted negative growth changes including – but not limited to – dental crowding, oral dysfunction of suck/swallow, speech and language issues, large tonsils, high maxillary palates, open mouth breathing posture, and oddly, later-stage nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting).
Connecting the dots that these symptoms could be related to oral dysfunction, or uncoordinated facial muscles, it was time to take the mission to another level.
Dr. Thomas rebranded the pediatric dental offices to Everyone By One in 2013. The brand quickly started to deliver on its mission to get children to the dentist by Age One. The office was flooded with patients getting younger and younger by the day. Most were babies. The clinics even started doing prenatal visits as we knew mother oral bacteria was a factor in early gestational delivery.