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About TMJ Hope

Welcome to TMJ Hope.

I’m Stacy, the founder.
First and foremost, I want you to know one very important thing:

There is hope.

Your jaw pain can get better, and it is absolutely possible to stop surviving, and start THRIVING.

I’m here, and TMJ Hope is here to give you the inspiration, ideas, tools, and above all, support, that you need to start taking control of your jaw pain and living the life you know you deserve.

We cover topics like:

  • Treatments for TMJ disorder – self-care, conservative, surgical, and alternative
  • Jaw-friendly nutrition – how to make food you actually want to eat!
  • Patient stories – inspiration from the journeys of others like you
  • Expert interviews – the latest in TMJ disorder science

More About Me

When I was little, I was mauled by a dog, and my jaw joints were damaged. From the age of 15 to 25, I had every conservative therapy known to man as well as many TMJ surgeries to try and improve my function and pain. In 2006, I had custom bilateral TMJ total joint replacements (that’s my skull to the right!), and my doctors diagnosed me with chronic intractable pain (basically saying that my pain would never get better). Deep down I just knew I wasn’t doomed to a life of uncontrollable pain – but I had no idea how (or when) I would feel better.

In 2011, I had enough… I made a decision to start THRIVING and to reclaim my life. Slowly but surely after a lot of changes, tweaks, and trial and error, I started to feel better, and now I know I can accomplish anything.

If you’re positive and determined to do what it takes to feel better….

If you’re ready to take control and fight for the life you deserve…

If you KNOW, deep down, that you are not destined for a life of chronic pain….

If you are ready to THRIVE…

Join us!

The People Behind TMJ Hope:



I live in a historic neighborhood in Atlanta, GA, and love animals, caffeine, and technology.  I was diagnosed with TMJ disorder at the age of fourteen, and have been a part of this online community for many years.  My goal in creating TMJ Hope was to fill a gap that seemed to be overlooked: supporting TMJ disorder patients through their journeys and helping them to learn to thrive with TMJD. Many sites provide health information, but few share the stories of those who have experienced it all first hand.


Candy lives in Atlanta with her musician husband, two dogs, Lucy and Dallas, and Lucy’s cat Stinky. She is a jack of all trades (former nurse, paramedic, craft queen, mom, and firefighter for a day). Here at TMJ Hope she is the official ‘take care of people’ person, content writer, and Stacy wrangler (the hardest job so far!). As the parent of a child with TMJD, Candy has a unique perspective on the daily struggles of not just TMJD patients, but of their families and caregivers.


Kristen is our best answerer of questions and administrator of all things TMJ Hope. She lives in Germany with her husband and two amazing children. You’ll find her hanging out on our Facebook page and writing posts for the blog.