More Than Smiles: The Cleft and Craniofacial Team


Cleft and Craniofacial Team


We are so proud of the work our doctors do outside of our office. Dr. Sherman, Dr. Balhoff and Dr. Stephen both serve on the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Cleft and Craniofacial Team.

This team is a multidisciplinary network of experienced and qualified physicians and healthcare professionals coordinated through a partnership between the LSU Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the LSU Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. This team works together to coordinate the care of children with cleft and craniofacial disorders, and thoroughly evaluates and supports patients both physically, emotionally, and socially.


Dr. Sherman, Dr. Balhoff and Dr. Stephen along with the other specialists devise comprehensive, individualized plans of treatment for each child. The team meets on a regular basis to organize the specific follow-up appointments each child will need. All recommendations made by the cleft and craniofacial team are discussed with the parents as well as the child’s pediatrician and other specialists involved in their care.

The Capital Area Partners Cleft Initiative


The ongoing work of this team led to the birth of CAPCI. Dr. Balhoff serves as a board member to CAPCI, The Capital Area Partners Cleft Initiative.

This foundation was created by individuals who participate in the care of cleft and craniofacial families on a daily basis.  These patients come from all parts of the state as well as the gulf coast.  All of the specialists involved have given from their own pockets and their practices to those whose needs exceed their personal ability to provide for their child.  By aligning their efforts on a grander scale, CAPCI is hoping to be able to assist more families for many years to come.  

CAPCI exists to serve as a resource to parents and practitioners alike as they care for these children through acquiring medical support such as specialized bottles for cleft palate babies, funds required for patient transportation to healthcare visits, and other specialized medical needs for this population.

Jody Johnston