Meet Our Team
We have a dedicated team of board certified, career Orofacial Myologists waiting to help you and your family.
Sandra Coulson, MS, ST, ED, COM
Clinical Professor of Orofacial Myology
Sandra Coulson (AKA "The Thumb Whisperer") is an innovator, a leader, an entrepreneur, an International speaker and a compassionate therapist.
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, raised by a single mother, her career has been remarkable. She is included in the Hall of Fame at Palmer High School, where she graduated with honors and is recognized by the Alumni Association as one of fifty outstanding alumni.
After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with degrees in Speech Therapy and Education, she also holds a Masters’ Degree in Health Sciences. She ventured to Washington State where she was an itinerant speech therapist, then therapy director for a Special Education Division of Tacoma Public Schools. When she returned to Colorado she worked for Home Health Services as a therapist serving a population of victims of stroke, and people with Down syndrome, and, with her education degree, she became a substitute teacher during which time she developed her private practice in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.
She has been interviewed on 9 News, 2 News, 7 News and various media in the Denver metro area as well as on VIMEO and YOUTUBE and on Cross Link Radio. She continues to lecture and teach internationally.
Known as the “Thumb Whisperer,” Sandra's program, which is used by all of our therapists, has a 99.7% ‘cure’ rate with thumb and finger suckers and with patients who have trichotillomania (hair pulling). She has worked with thousands of patients locally and internationally and is now seeing ‘second generation’ patients and she has trained many therapists who are practicing in the US and abroad.
She is a past President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, past Co-Chair of “CHAPS” a holistic practitioner association in Denver, and is a member of many other professional associations including the Down syndrome Association, the Post- Polio Association and the Association for Essential Tremor. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Heritage College where she is a frequent Commencement speaker.
Laura Eckhardt, COM, BA, ED
Laura Eckhardt holds a BA in Social Sciences from Colorado State University and Education Teaching Licensure from the University of Denver. Part of her training was in spending 5 years working for her father, a dentist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She trained under Sandra Coulson and has been working for Sandra Coulson and Associates for ten years. Laura has completed and was awarded the certification in OM in 2012.
Laura has many years of experience working with children of all ages and has two children of her own. She works hard to make therapy fun and individualized to meet the needs of each particular patient. Laura works with patients for orofacial muscle dysfunction, tongue thrust, thumb and finger habits, open mouth rest posture and tongue placement.
Alyse Shockey, CSOM, RDH, CHHP
Certified Specialist in Orofacial Myology
Besides clinical dental hygiene practice over three decades as an R.D.H., Alyse is a national speaker, author, Certified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, Cranial Sacral Therapist and Certified Specialist in Orofacial Myology with an emphasis on early sleep, swallow and breathing disorder detection.
She is the founder of HH Wellness and dedicated to finding the root cause of health imbalances. Coulson and Associates focuses on total body wellness and now offers Wellness Consultations both in-office and virtually. To schedule an appointment with Alyse go to https://www.hhwellness.com/
Alyse serves on the Screening Committee for the ADA Task Force regarding early airway issue recognition. Her passion is teaching professionals and parents about warning signs of breathing distress.
She is a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and is continually studying new and state-of-the-art modalities.
...We took Melody to see a practitioner, Sandra Coulson, who does orofacial myology. This changed her life (and ours as well). Within one week, we were seeing Melody working less to breathe while sleeping. After a couple of weeks we could observe no apnea while she was sleeping. We have a very high quality pulse ox, and the numbers for her oxygen levels astounded us. She used to be in the 70’s while sleeping without oxygen. Within one week of seeing Sandra her oxygen levels while sleeping were about 89.
Those numbers have steadily increased since then. Now she is typically about 94-95 without oxygen while sleeping, and that number seems to keep rising. Frequently, by morning her oxygen levels are about 96-98. Melody sleeps in a crib in our room and I find it immensely comforting to hear the quiet sound of her rhythmic, non-stressed breathing. In addition to the orofacial myology helping her breathing, Melody has changed in other positive ways as well. For the most part, she no longer snores. It used to be that her snoring was so loud you could hear her from a pretty good distance away. Melody used to be perpetually congested, even when she wasn’t sick. That is no longer the case! Melody used to have her little signature snort while awake. That is resolved. When she is teething she might drool a little more than your average teething baby, but substantially less than she did previously. All of her mouth muscles are so much stronger that she can now drink from a cup!
I am happy to share Melody’s story with anyone who could use it to further disseminate knowledge about what Coulson and Associates do. If we can be a part of helping even one family get the help they need for their baby, we would be honored.
"I just had to write to share my deep appreciation for Sandy and her team! I have a 2.5 year old daughter with bad hair pulling habit that developed when she was 6 months old (in conjunction with her thumb sucking). After countless efforts to nip the habits ourselves (hair cuts, lovies, blankets, new beds, redirection), we were hopeless. Our pediatrician referred us to Sandy and we immediately felt relief. Sandy and her team were warm and knowledgeable; they reassured us that they could help us break our daughter's hair pulling and thumb habit in a warm and inviting environment with fun, engaging therapy exercises. Our daughter was immediately drawn to Sandy's warm smile, and in just three sessions, we are already seeing no sucking and hair regrowth! We will continue with Sandy and cannot thank her team enough for providing us some guidance and support. I would highly recommend Sandy's therapy to any parent or child with a thumb sucking or hair pulling habit. You are not alone, and Sandy and her team are here to help!"
"Words alone will not express the gratitude I have for the work Sandy did with me.
My breathing, snoring, and sleep problems were solved in such a short time.
It is obvious that she is a highly trained teacher as well. The exercises were fun, simple and I was amazed at how well they worked.
Better yet, my tests continue to show that the results were locked in. What a deal! It was a delight working with her, it only took a short time, with lasting results. I couldn’t ask for more."