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About Jillian

I founded Inspirewell in 2019 after my life was completely transformed by being introduced to the Buteyko Breathing Technique.  I was a chronic asthmatic for over 30 years, as well as having numerous allergies, including cats and dogs.  Not only am I now symptom and medication free, I regularly go running and have a rescue Border Collie.  Buteyko Breathing is beginning to become more widely known and is recommended by Asthma UK as a way to reduce medication, but  I'm not sure I would have believed that my current level of exercise - let alone a family pet - would have been possible if I had not seen the results for myself.   

My professional background is as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist and I qualified at Kings College University London over ten years ago.  Working mainly within NHS dentistry, I spent several years as an Oral Hygienist in hospitals, working with people undergoing head and neck cancer treatment as well as children having orthodontic work.  During this time working with patients and helping them achieve healthier mouths, I became more and more interested in the relationship between breathing and muscle function and how it influences not only dental health but conditions such as asthma, sleep apnoea and overall well-being.  

This led me to take the Buteyko Instructor course with Patrick McKeown and the Buteyko International Clinic in London, and further training in Integrated Breathing Therapy  with Dr. Rosalba Courtney.  I began to realise that years of poor muscle and tongue function had negatively influenced my own health and I was also able to  identify and solve issues in my children's oral health.  I went on to take the post-graduate course with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) in order to become a fully certified practitioner.  I also undertook further training with The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles and am a TBI Ambassador and have completed training in Myobrace and Myo Munchee protocols.    I am currently undertaking a post-graduate diploma in TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Therapy.

Poor oral function is something that I have constantly seen in the people I have treated throughout my career in the dental profession but now at Inspirewell,  I am able to make a lasting difference to overall health.     

Jill Watkins

Professional Education and Associated Bodies

Buteyko Breathing Educator (BBE)

Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (AOMT)

Certified Myo Munchee Practitioner 

TBI Ambassador with The Breathe Institute

Registered Dental Hygienist and Therapist (RDHT)

Member of 

British Society of Myofunctional Therapists (Treasurer)

British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine 

British Society of Periodontists

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