After extensive training in cleft and craniofacial reconstruction at home and abroad, Dr. Griner brought his skills and expertise home to Utah and founded the Cleft and Craniofacial Institute of Utah and the Utah Smiles Foundation. He sought out like-minded physicians and specialists with dedicated training in pediatrics and cleft and craniofacial care. Together, they have provided crucial care to hundreds of children in desperate need of facial reconstructive work.

A Multi-Disciplinary Team Passionate About Cleft and Craniofacial Care


Giving back, one smile at a time.

Cleft and craniofacial anomalies affect many aspects of a child’s anatomy and their life. Proper care of craniofacial children requires treatment from an array of specialties such as craniofacial plastic surgery, otolaryngology/ENT, orthodontics, audiology, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and speech and language pathology. It is imperative that the timing of treatments are well-planned and coordinated to ensure one treatment does not interfere with another.    Additionally, coordinated treatment plans reduce the exposure a patient has to anesthesia, as well as reduce stress and cost to patients and their families.


To provide our patients with focused, thorough, and comprehensive care, our team of specialists dedicate a day each month to see new and existing patients. All specialists meet together with the patient and their family in one room for a 30-45 min visit. After evaluations and discussion, the team, the family, and the patient develop a personalized treatment plan to accomplish the desired outcome. 

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