Our Story

The idea of Chrysalis Orofacial started in 2010.  While practicing speech and feeding therapy, Autumn started receiving inquiries from practitioners all over the world who took notice of many of our success cases.  They asked detailed questions regarding the care and education we provided to our clients as well as our approach. 

Seeing the need for training, Autumn teamed up with her husband, Zach, a professor and training specialist, to develop a course to teach our E3 model of care (through TOTS Training®) which debuted in 2016.  While teaching to several cities across the country, Autumn continued her own training to become a Certified Orofacial Myologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to meet the needs of her clients.  In 2019, we launched the clinic division to fill a gap in services for orofacial myofunctional disorders.

Chrysalis Orofacial was named after the story of the butterfly.  In the process where a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, they enter a process of metamorphosis where they form a protective layer called a chrysalis within a cocoon.  As the story goes, one day a man found a cocoon with the shell partly open, but the butterfly could not escape.  He decided to help the butterfly by opening the cocoon for it.  Hoping to watch it fly away, he was disappointed when he saw that the butterfly wasn’t strong enough to fly. 

What the man in his haste did not realize was that the struggle to get through the chrysalis and cocoon was necessary for the butterfly to develop the strength necessary to be able to fly.  Sometimes, struggles are what we need in our life to become stronger and ultimately fly.  As a clinic, we strive to nurture, educate, and provide necessary assistance for you to be able to overcome your struggles through evidence-based practice.          

Our Mission

We  seek to transform lives by delivering collaborative clinical services and professional training related to orofacial function.

Our Team

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Autumn R. Henning

MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC

Founder

Speech-Language Pathologist

Certified Orofacial Myologist

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

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Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders. She is currently appointed and in good standing as an Assistant Professor within the voluntary faculty series in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences. She was a Founding Board Member for the International Consortium for Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP).  

Autumn has completed specialty continuing education including Beckman Oral Motor, TummyTime! Method, Understanding the Orofacial Complex, and Foundations in Myofascial Release for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing.  She has experience working in the school system, early intervention, and outpatient clinics including a nationally award-winning intensive feeding program.  Autumn specializes in orofacial function and development throughout the lifespan. 

Autumn has been invited to speak for many prestigious conferences and organizations including the International Association for Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and the International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP).  Autumn also has experience presenting webinars.  She has presented as part of GOLD Learning's First Tongue Tie Symposium. She has written professional articles and has been featured on podcasts. She also has trained thousands of professionals from varying fields.

Autumn is married to Dr. Zach Henning and they have a daughter Makena Henning.  They reside in the Greer, South Carolina with their beloved cats.  Her hobbies include travel, reading, church, and any activity with family!

Perrin White

MSP, CCC-SLP, COM®

Speech-Language Pathologist

Certified Orofacial Myologist

Clinical Advisor

Perrin P. White, MSP, CCC-SLP, COM® is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She has extensive training in identification and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders and is is certified through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

 

She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in 2007.  She later earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 2011. 

 

Perrin has completed specialty continuing education including Beckman Oral Motor, Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders A-Z and Understanding the Orofacial Complex.  She has been practicing speech pathology for almost a decade in a variety of settings, including private practice, school system and early intervention.

 

Perrin lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and is mother to a spunky miniature dachshund named Vanna.  Her family, including two nieces, also lives in Greenville.  She enjoys running, yoga (and is a certified yoga instructor), church, cooking and spending quality time with friends and family. Perrin is also a certified breathing coach and teaches breathwork and meditation classes at a local studio. 

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Zach Henning, PhD.

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Henning has been in executive healthcare administration since 2015.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from Virginia Tech, a Master’s Degree in Corporate and Professional Communication from Radford University and a Doctorate Degree in Communication within the College of Communication and Information with a Cognate in Organizational Behavior within the Gatton College of Business from the University of Kentucky.  He has journal articles featured in international, national and regional publications and has presented at national, regional and state conferences on training, communication, and organizational behavior. 

 

Prior to joining Chrysalis Orofacial, he spent 12 years as a professor of communication and 5 years as an Executive Director of a non-profit healthcare organization. In addition, Dr. Henning has provided communication consulting and training to more than 100 small businesses concerning teamwork, effective listening, public speaking, and organizational effectiveness.  At Chrysalis Orofacial, Dr. Henning manages the day-to-day operations and all business functions including course management, logistics, business development, marketing, human resources, compliance and policy administration.

Caroline Perkins

MSP, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Orofacial Myologist

Caroline Perkins, MSP, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is pursuing certification in orofacial myology through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), as well as, certification in lactation counseling.

She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology in 2014.  She then earned a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 2016. 

Caroline has completed specialty continuing education including Feed The Peds: The Foundations of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing, TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training, GOMAP: Guided Oral Movements with Active Patterning for Infant & Toddler Feeding, and What’s on the Menu?: Variables and Options for Ankyloglossia Procedures.  She has been practicing speech since 2016 in the early intervention setting.

 

Caroline lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina with her husband Tripp and daughter Hadley.  She enjoys playing tennis, piano, going to church, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Katie Henley

MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Orofacial Myologist

Katie Henley, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

She graduated from the Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders in 2012.  She then earned a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2015.

 

Katie has completed specialty continuing education including TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training, Talk Tools Functional Assessment & Remediation of TOTS, Talk Tools Prevention of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in the 0-3 population, Beckman Oral Motor, and SOS Approach to Feeding- When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders. She has been practicing since 2015 in a variety of settings, including early intervention and pediatric outpatient.

 

Katie moved from Texas to Greenville early April of 2021.  She is married to her husband Cody and they have a dog named Cedar.  Katie enjoys yoga and is a certified yoga instructor. She also enjoys hiking, road trips, being outside, going to church and spending time with her family.