About Dr. Bob:

Dr. Robert M. “Bob” Mason received a
Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology
from the University of Illinois in 1965
and was Dr. Willard Zemlin’s first
doctoral student. Dr. Bob was a
university professor for ten years
before starting dental school in 1973.
He had served as Program, Director of
Speech Pathology at Miami University,
Oxford, Ohio, Associate professor of
Speech Pathology, University of
Tennessee, and Program Director of
Speech Pathology at the University of
Kentucky (U-K), with a joint
appointment as Associate Professor
of Orthodontics in the dental school at
U-K. Dr. Bob completed dental
schoolat the U-K College of Dentistry
in 1977 and completed his orthodontic
residency at the University of North
Carolina under Dr. William Proffit
in1979.Dr. Bob has the distinction of
being the only known PhD level
speech-language pathologist/
orthodontist combination in North
America. As such, he has served as a
consultant to the American Speech-
Language-Hearing Association
(ASHA) and chaired the two ASHA
committees that wrote a position
statement and knowledge and skills
guidelines for orofacial myofunctional
disorders. He has published
extensively and widely in speech
pathology, orofacial myology, dental
and medical journals and texts, with
special emphasis on orofacial
myofunctional disorders and
cleft/craniofacial conditions. He is a
Past-President of the American Cleft
Palate-Craniofacial Association
Dr. Mason was employed at Duke
University Medical Center in Durham,
NC for 17 years, and served as
Professor and Chief of Orthodontics in
the Division of Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery, Department of
Surgery. He also maintained a private
practice in orthodontics in Durham. He
retains a position at Duke Medical
Center as Emeritus Professor of
Surgery. Dr. Bob is now fully retired
and lives with his wife Gayle and their
four dogs in North Myrtle Beach, South
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