Sandra R. Holtzman MS, CCC/SLP, COM, QOM
Sandra Holtzman 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 more than 200 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 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 more than 200 Q&A to help therapists and dentists solve particular challenges. Through Neo-Health Services (NHS), she also founded the Orofacial Myology News, a well-received channel for educating Orofacial Myologists, dentists, lactation consultants and other professionals in current trends and news 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 traveling to give seminars, she is busy at work in North Carolina where she now resides. She is fortunate to have 4 grandchildren, two locally and two in New Hampshire. She also enjoys catering to her miniature schnauzer, Henry, a beloved class “mascot” whose photo appears in many graduation photos! Sandra keeps in contact with her Florida offices on a daily basis assuring that all divisions of NHS are operating smoothly and that her team is contented. She continues creating online courses, attending exhibits, conventions, and providing presentations to assure that practitioners worldwide receive state of the art training in Orofacial Myology and related subjects.
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