Sandra R. Holtzman, MS, CCC-SLP, QOM
Sandra Holtzman is the founder and director of Neo-Health Services, Inc. (NHS). She attended both Kent State University and Nova Southeastern University, where she received her MS degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After working in Ohio for several years in various facilities including private clinics and schools, Sandra moved to South Florida where she was owner and director of a large multidisciplinary therapy center for several years and oversaw the divisions of speech-language pathology, orofacial myology, audiology/hearing aids, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, and a pain medicine department. While working with a variety of patients of all ages, she used the opportunity and knowledge obtained to create the “Myo Manual,” a treatment program that is used throughout the world.
She began to receive invitations to give workshops and seminars in many different settings, followed by requests to present at conventions and conferences. Sandra has taught hundreds of seminars and training classes, preparing and guiding course participants to become qualified orofacial myologists. She also offers highly popular online courses through Northern Speech Services and Motivations, Inc. on tongue tie, articulation, and the introduction to orofacial myology.
Sandra joined the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) in 1989 and thereafter presented numerous times before their conventions and conferences. She sat on the Board of Directors and the Board of Examiners through 2018. In 2014, she received the Presidential Award for her contributions to the organization. Sandra is one of the original founders of the International Affiliation of Tongue tie Professionals (IATP), an organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge of ankyloglossia, encouraging research, and improving assessment and surgical techniques.
She has created online sites with educational information, videos, and a blog that was started in 2009 and contains hundreds of Q&A to help therapists and dentists solve particular challenges. Through NHS, she also founded the Orofacial Myology News, a well-received channel for educating Orofacial Myologists, dentists, lactation consultants and other professionals in current news and trends related to OM.
Observing a lack of specific “user friendly” materials, Sandra created Unplugging the Thumb kit (UTT), a method that incorporates the positive approach and philosophy she upholds when treating thumb sucking and other oral habits. UTT was quickly followed by Stop Pacifier and Growing the Nails, programs to further assist the therapist and parents during treatment.
In November, 2018, her company, NHS, created the highly sought-after QOM, Qualification in Orofacial Myology credential. This designates those who have taken the NHS training courses as qualified to provide treatment in the highly respected methods unique to her company’s training courses.
When Sandra is not teaching, she is helping to create and oversee the development of state of the art therapy materials and tools to assure that practitioners' needs are met. Sandra keeps in contact with her various offices throughout the US on a daily basis assuring that all divisions of NHS are operating smoothly and that her team is contented. Sandra currently resides in North Carolina and is fortunate to have 4 grandchildren, two locally and two in New Hampshire. After the loss of her beloved miniature schnauzer, Henry, she welcomed a rescue pup, Mikey, into her home. Mikey is enjoying his new position as class mascot.
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