The Cleft Lip-Palate & Craniofacial Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children with these conditions, which can range from mild to complex. At Cleveland Clinic, a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate, as well as a craniofacial condition is specially cared for by a team of experts that includes a pediatric plastic surgeon, pediatrician, orthodontist, dentist, speech and language specialist, hearing specialist, otolaryngologist, psychologist, genetic counselor and nurse.

New treatment programs offer the latest advances in the field, including nasoalveolar molding for patients with cleft lip and palate. It is our objective to provide an environment of personal attention and collaboration while maintaining the highest level of clinical care and innovative treatments.

Interested in connecting with parents who have a child with a cleft lip-palate or craniofacial condition? Join the discussion by becoming a member of our Facebook group.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Our team provides pre- and postoperative management of infants, children, and adolescents with a range of problems, such as:

  • Cleft lip and palate.
  • Congenital ear abnormalities.
  • Congenital hand abnormalities.
  • Craniosynostosis and craniofacial anomalies. 
  • Facial paralysis. 
  • Malocclusion.
  • Pediatric microsurgery.
  • Vascular anomalies and giant nevi. 
Before and After Photos

Before and After Photos

Our Team

Our Team

The Cleft Lip-Palate & Craniofacial Program brings together a team of specialists to provide comprehensive care for children with these conditions.

Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

Advanced Practice Providers

  • Megan Kelly, CNP
  • Jessica Zubik, RN

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Craniofacial Orthodontics

  • Ken Lawrence, DDS

Speech-Language Pathology

  • Marisa Pavia, MA, CCC-SP
  • Liz Prada, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Behavioral Health

Medical Genetics

  • Allison Schreiber, MS, LGC

Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Pediatric Otolaryngology          


Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatric Neuropsychology

Program Coordinator

  • Marie Capadona-Hansley

Social Work

  • Christine Arnica, MS

Nasoalveolar Molding

  • Manish Valiathan, DDS


Please call 216.445.2252 if you would like to make an appointment with a cleft lip-palate or craniofacial expert at Cleveland Clinic.