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I'm Khrisi Valdez

The New Owner of Sandra Coulson & Associates

  • My Journey with Sandra Coulson: For the past four years, I've had the incredible opportunity to work as an orofacial myologist alongside Sandra Coulson. During this time, I've also been involved in teaching both Introductory and Advanced courses at The Coulson Institute. It's been a rewarding journey of learning and growth.

  • Roots and Experience: Denver is my hometown – it's where I was born and raised. My journey in the dental field spans over twenty years, a testament to my passion and dedication to this profession.

  • Family Life: I'm a proud parent, alongside my husband, to our energetic seven-year-old daughter. She's the center of our world and keeps us on our toes!

  • Personal Interests: When I'm not immersed in myofacial therapy, you'll find me lost in a good book or enjoying quality time with my family. Music and travel are the rhythms that keep our family dancing through life. We love exploring new places and creating lasting memories together.

  • Inspiration from Sandra Coulson: Sandra has been a guiding light in my life for over a decade. Her work in orofacial myology not only fascinated me but also showed me the powerful impact of this field. Today, I'm thrilled to step into her shoes, bringing my own touch to the work that transforms lives.

  • My Vision and Approach: Witnessing the life-changing effects of proper tongue posture and orofacial therapy under Sandra's guidance has been a turning point for me. I've seen firsthand how starting therapy early, even in infancy, can influence overall health. As the new owner, I'm excited to bring a blend of expertise, warmth, and fun to therapy, making each session an enjoyable learning experience.

  • Looking Ahead: I'm eager to continue the legacy of excellence at Sandra Coulson & Associates. My goal is to see my patients thrive and to keep educating on the importance of orofacial health. Let's embark on this journey together, with smiles all around!

Welcome to our family at Sandra Coulson & Associates – where therapy is not just effective, but also a joyous journey!



I'm Sandra Coulson

A New Chapter: Transitioning Ownership to Khrisi Valdez

  • A Legacy of Care and Innovation: I am Sandra Coulson, fondly known as "The Thumb Whisperer." My journey as a therapist, innovator, visionary, entrepreneur, and international speaker has been deeply fulfilling. Born in Colorado Springs and raised by a single mother, my roots are deeply embedded in Colorado's rich heritage.

  • Academic Achievements: My academic journey is marked by honors and recognition. A proud alumnus of Palmer High School, I am in the Hall of Fame and was honored as one of the fifty outstanding alumni by the Alumni Association.

  • Professional Path: My return to Colorado was a turning point in my career. I served as a therapist for Home Health Services, where I worked with stroke patients and individuals with Down syndrome. My educational background also led me to substitute teaching, during which I founded my private practice in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

  • Media Presence and Global Influence: Throughout my career, I have appeared on various local media outlets in Denver, including 9 News, 2 News, and 7 News. My insights and expertise have also been shared on platforms like VIMEO, YOUTUBE, and Cross Link Radio. Teaching and speaking globally, I've shared my knowledge and experience with a worldwide audience.

  • Consulting and Training: My experience extends to consulting with thousands of patients, both in the U.S. and internationally. I have the unique joy of treating 'second generation' patients and have been instrumental in training therapists both domestically and abroad.

  • Professional Associations and Contributions: My contributions to professional organizations are extensive. I'm a former President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology and a past Co-Chair of "CHAPS" in Denver. As a member of various associations like the Down syndrome Association and the Post-Polio Association, and as a regular commencement speaker and advisory board member at Heritage College, I've stayed actively involved in the community.

Stepping Down as Owner: As I hand over the reins of my practice to Khrisi Valdez, I am not fully retiring but stepping down as owner. My commitment to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy continues as I embrace this new phase of my professional life, ensuring that the legacy of care and excellence at Sandra Coulson & Associates thrives under new leadership.


Annie Stricker

A Dedicated Therapist at Sandra Coulson and Associates

  • Professional Background: Hello, I'm Annie Stricker, and I'm absolutely delighted to be a part of the team at Sandra Coulson and Associates! My academic journey took me to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where I graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene. With a decade of experience in dental hygiene, I've developed a deep understanding and expertise in areas like clenching, gum recession, mouth-breathing, and malocclusion.

  • Passion for Therapy: My passion lies in identifying and addressing the root causes of these oral health issues. As someone who personally dealt with clenching and mouth-breathing, I've experienced the transformative power of proper tongue posture and the training of oral cavity muscles.

  • Personal Experience: As a mother of three, I've seen the incredible benefits of therapy in my own children. It has significantly improved their sleep, breathing, and overall oral development. Witnessing these life-changing results fuels my enthusiasm in my work.

  • Life Beyond Work: Colorado has always been my home. Growing up on a mountain ranch instilled within me a profound love for the outdoors in our picturesque state.When I'm not working, I cherish my time with my husband and three children. Cooking, walking, caring for our farm animals, and mountain biking are some of the activities that bring joy to my life.

I'm excited to bring my blend of professional expertise and personal experience to help our clients at Sandra Coulson and Associates breathe, swallow, and function at their best. Let's embark on this journey towards better oral health together!






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"I was skeptical about Orofacial Myologist therapy at first, but Khrisi Valdez proved me wrong. After just a few sessions, I saw significant improvement in my oral and facial muscle function. Khrisi is a true professional and an expert in her field. I highly recommend her and the team to anyone looking to improve their oral health and function."

- Avery Thompson

"Sandra Coulson is a miracle worker! I've struggled with teeth grinding for years and nothing seemed to help. After just a few sessions with Sandra, my teeth grinding has significantly decreased and I'm sleeping much better at night. I'm so grateful to Sandra and the team for their expertise and compassionate care. I highly encourage anyone who is having issues to give Sandra and her team a call."

- Ava Lee

"I was at my wits' end with my son's tongue thrusting habit. Khrisi Valdez came to the rescue with her skills. After just a few sessions, my son's tongue thrusting has significantly decreased and we've seen improvement in his oral posture and speech. Khrisi is a true expert in her field. I'm so thankful to her and the team for their help. I highly recommend her to anyone for help - Thank you Khrisi."

- Liam Reed