Cleft lip and cleft palate is the most common birth defect in the United States, effecting one in every 600 newborns. A combination of genetics and environmental factors we do not fully understand yet cause clefts. Our upper lips are made from three parts early in pregnancy, and a cleft lip is the result of those parts not fusing together.LEARN MORE
The Children with Special Health Needs program was founded by the Vermont Department of Health in 1969. The program has helped numerous children for many years, but now the Department of Health is gradually phasing out direct support. The goal of our foundation is to save the cleft palate clinics once state support is no longer available. Please consider making a donation to help a Vermont child with facial deformities.MAKE A DONATION
Are you looking for more information regarding treatment for cleft lip/palate for your child? We are happy to help you enroll in our clinics or answer any questions. Please contact us to learn more about our program. The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association is an excellent source for more information and resources.Contact Us
The Vermont Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Clinic was formed to treat children born with clefts and other craniofacial differences. The Vermont Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Foundation was formed to continue supporting this important work. We are committed to giving the best care to children for their total rehabilitation.Learn More
Since 1969, Vermont Cleft Palate Clinic has helped hundreds of Vermont children find their smiles again. Our team has met the high standards of the American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association for approval of multidisciplinary teams. Please read some of our success stories to see the impact of our work in the community.Our Patients
Many specialists care for children with clefts: Surgeons, Pediatric Dentists, Orthodontists, Nurses, Geneticists, Audiologists, Social Workers and Speech and Language Pathologists. A multidisciplinary team that works together is the best care for children affected by clefts. This principle is our method of success.Burlington Team
In 2017, we lost our primary funding and must now rely on personal donations to keep going. Please consider making a donation to help these children have a bright future.
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Dr. Connolly is retiring after a long and successful practice. He has been a member of the Vermont Cleft Palate / Craniofacial clinic for more...
Opal and Patrick Sutton are real-life wonders. Like fifth grader Auggie Pullman, the main character in the 2012 children's novel and recently released motion picture Wonder,...
Donald Laub Jr., MD, FACS, grew up in Palo Alto, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley with a...
Correction of palatal defect facilitates easier speaking and eating for the patient. This video describes the procedure of closing cleft palate. ...
The Vermont Cleft Palate Clinic was founded in 1969. It has graduated over 250 people from treatment, and over 150 children are currently in active...
My son Rhett was born with a cleft lip. He had a minor deformity of one of his nostrils and a little indent in his palate. Doctor Laub preformed his surgery at 3 months (shortly after this baby picture was taken). The surgery went very well (as you can see) and we have been lucky enough to only have had dental issues to deal with (and those are minor) since. I loved that little face but I am glad for his sake that he had such a talented surgeon to look after him. He has only a little scar as a reminder.
Dr. Laub is very thorough, and he's very compassionate. It feels like he's super knowledgeable and experienced, so you feel safe and secure.
I just want to thank Dr. Laub for his contributions to making a difference to individuals like me ... and how he's been able to help alleviate some of the tough things about it and improve the quality of lives of his patients, that's something I really appreciate.