About Us

We have a team of board-certified, career Orofacial Myologists ready to assist you and your family.


Sandra Coulson, MS, ST, ED, COM

Clinical Professor of Orofacial Myology

Sandra Coulson (AKA "The Thumb Whisperer") is a caring therapist, an innovator, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and an international speaker.

Her career has been impressive since she was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and raised by a single mother. She is in the Palmer High School Hall of Fame, where she graduated with honors and was named one of fifty outstanding alumni by the Alumni Association. 

When she returned to Colorado, she worked as therapist for Home Health Services, treating stroke patients and people with Down syndrome, and used her education degree to become substitute teacher, during which time she founded her private practice of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. When she returned to Colorado, she worked as a therapist for Home Health Services, treating stroke patients and people with Down syndrome, and used her education degree to become a substitute teacher, during which time she founded her private practice of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

She has appeared on 9 News, 2 News, 7 News, and other local media outlets in Denver, as well as on VIMEO, YOUTUBE, and Cross Link Radio. She continues to give talks and teach all over the world.

She has consulted with thousands of patients both domestically and globally, and she is now seeing ‘second generation' patients, as well as training therapists in the United States and abroad.

She is a former President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, a past Co-Chair of "CHAPS," a holistic practitioner association in Denver, and a member of several professional organizations, including the Down syndrome Association, the Post-Polio Association, and the Association for Essential Tremor. She is also a member of Heritage College's Advisory Board and a regular Commencement speaker.

Khrisi Valdez 

Assistant Orofacial Myology

My name is Khrisi Valdez and I am Sandra Coulson's assistant orofacial myologist. I am also assisting Sandra with the Introductory and Advanced courses at The Coulson Institute. I was born and raised in Denver. I've worked in the dental field for over two decades. My husband and I are parents to a five-year-old daughter who keeps us quite busy. My two favorite activities are reading/listening to books and spending time with family. My family and I enjoy listening to music and traveling to new and exciting locations. Sandra Coulson is someone I've known for over a decade and I've always been fascinated by her work. Now, I not only have the opportunity to observe and learn from the best Orofacial Myologist, but I also get to see the results of my work with my patients. While I've known Sandra I have witnessed the life-changing effects she has had on her patients. I'm extremely excited to see my own results with my patients. I've learned the value of proper tongue posture and how it affects your overall health over the last seven years, beginning with infancy. I now get to see the lighter side of therapy and continue to educate patients.