The Louisiana Cleft Team LSU Shreveport (TLC Team)

Purpose of a Team Approach (The TLC Team)

The treatment of cleft lip - cleft palate and associated conditions is so complex that no one specialist can answer all of the questions and handle all of the problems that may arise. Our cleft program includes a group of highly trained specialists who cooperate in the treatment of your child. 

We work together to identify a child’s needs and provide the appropriate treatment - striving to achieve optimal appearance, speech, hearing and psychosocial development at the earliest possible age.
Cleft lip and palate are among the most common congenital conditions in the United States. The birth of a child with a cleft lip and/or palate can be a time of anxiety and uncertainty for families, but a team approach in the early stages can help answer important questions and provide reassurance to parents of newborns, to those with a potential ultrasound diagnosis, or to adoptive parents of a child with a cleft or craniofacial condition. 

The Louisiana Cleft Team LSU Shreveport (The TLC Team) is a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children with these conditions. 

Our treatment programs offer the latest advances in the field, including comprehensive airway and swallowing treatments as well as nasoalveolar molding for children with cleft lip and palate. 

It is our objective to provide an environment of personal attention and collaboration with experts while maintaining the highest level of clinical care and innovative treatments. Expedited access to our team, as well as communication with our referring primary care physicians and specialists, are among our priorities. 

Please contact The Louisiana Cleft Team LSU Shreveport (TLC Team) by calling 3186756262 if you would like to refer a child with a known or suspected condition and ask to speak to our team coordinator Mrs. Charity Reed who can arrange the appropriate consultations. A patient referred to the team is evaluated by each of the team’s specialists. Afterward, the team meets to discuss the patient and arrive at a suggested treatment plan designed for the child’s specific needs. This is explained in detail to the family and their consent is obtained. The agreed upon plan for surgery, dentistry, speech pathology and other services provided by the team will then be implemented.


Tradition of excellent care 

The Louisiana Cleft Team LSU Shreveport has one of the most comprehensive treatment programs of its kind in the United States. Our diverse experience allows us to offer advanced care for even the most challenging cases. Surgeries are personally and meticulously performed by our team’s experienced surgeons.

Nasoalveolar molding (NAM)

This orthodontic technique dramatically improves the esthetic and functional outcomes of cleft lip and palate surgery.

Consistent treatment planning

Our team members work together to create consistent long-term treatment plans for our patients. Our goal is to achieve the best possible results with the fewest operations for all of our patients.

Multidisciplinary care, one convenient location

Each month we offer a multidisciplinary clinic that allows patients to be seen by numerous specialists in one location. LSU specialists from facial plastic surgery, pediatric otolaryngology (ENT), audiology, speech pathology, pediatrics, genetics, nutrition, social work, pediatric dentistry, and pediatric orthodontics collaborate to offer comprehensive care for your child.

Short wait times

We are committed to seeing newborns with cleft lip and palate soon after birth. We want to ensure patients and their families receive the care and reassurance they need in a timely manner.

Prenatal consultation and international adoptions

The emerging trends including increases in ultrasound diagnoses and opportunities for families to adopt children with clefts from abroad are welcome opportunities for us to help families in such situations.

Single point of contact for all patients

Our team leader Dr. Gungor offers personalized attention, education, and an initial treatment plan for each new patient. He ensures that patients are seen by the appropriate specialists at the right time.