Meet the Therapists

Haru Hirota, RDH, BA, Co-owner of Breathing Essentials Myofunctional Therapy, LLC

After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Haru has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 17 years, working in both general and periodontal specialty offices. This last decade she has served on two local dental hygiene study club boards, always eager to further her profession and keep up-to-date with current practices.

Haru’s flexibility in her professional career allows her to work with many local dentists in the area while maintaining a well balanced home life. She strives to build long lasting impressions that center around great quality patient care.

Having personally experienced bouts of chronic pain, Haru searched for answers and discovered a non-traditional modality that was extremely effective. Being open minded to trying something new resulted in her being pain free for the last 8 years.

Haru is passionate about helping others become informed to ultimately empower them to advocate for their own well being.

("Headshot of Haru Hirota.")

On the weekends, you will find Haru hanging out with her family, going on walks, in her garden, tending to her indoor plants or cooking a massive meal for her extended family. She enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest with all the beauty it has to offer. She’s an all-season enthusiast, enjoying Sounders games in the fall, snowboarding in the winter, gardening in the spring and paddle boarding in the summer.

Susie Espinosa, RDH, BSDH, Co-owner of Breathing Essentials Myofunctional Therapy, LLC

Susie is a graduate of Shoreline Community College dental hygiene program in Seattle, WA and furthered her education by earning a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene From Oregon Institute of Technology. She has been in the dental field since 1997, with the last 20 years in traditional dental hygiene specializing in anesthetic and restorative hygiene. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, Washington State Dental Hygiene Association and an original member of the SouthShore Study Club. Susie has spent her career helping children and adults feel at ease by building confidence, trust and friendship with her patients. Always striving to gain additional knowledge, she attends many continuing education courses throughout the United States.

Susie’s journey started as a concerned mom seeking answers for her son and husband. She quickly became passionate about muscles and poor function of the mouth and face in connection to teeth shifting and airway health. This inspired her to further her education in orofacial myofunctional therapy. She is a natural listener and facilitator, helping her patients search for answers and getting to the root cause of their problem.

("Headshot of Susie Espinosa.")

Outside of her professional passions, Susie’s life truly revolves around her family and friends. She keeps busy with cooking, organizing family trips and helping connect family and friends together. Since 1998 she has been married to her hilarious and amazing husband. They have two sons, one a UW Husky and one a WSU Coug. Football season brings major division in the household. Susie realizes her health is important and invests in herself by enjoying yoga, massage and chiropractic sessions. She keeps active with 5k to half marathon races and hiking in the beautiful great Pacific Northwest.