My career started in 2002, when I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. I gained experience in a variety of settings: public schools, early childhood, acute care hospitals, Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, and private practice. I started my private practice in the Sugar Land area in 2007, and have been here ever since.
I attended a Myofunctional course taught by Dianah Davidson and Mary Billings in 2014, and found my newest passion, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. Throughout the class, I thought, “Wow, this is me!” For 20 years, I wore an oral appliance, called a binator, that is supposed to retain my bite after braces! With the hard, thick material in-between my teeth, my bite got worse. My teeth never touched each other, my tongue never rested on my palate, and I had an undiagnosed tongue thrust swallow. I knew that I had to move beyond the binator. As I started working with patients (and my new Orthodontist) using my newfound knowledge of Myofunctional Therapy, I slowly corrected my OWN swallow function and oral resting posture.
I have two daughters with multiple weekly after school activities. I know how hard it is to make sure they need to go where they need to go after school! My oldest daughter went through speech therapy, and sucked her thumb until the age of 4. I understand that parents have busy schedules!
I’ve been told I’m a “Course-aholic”.
I have received more than 10 ACE Awards from the American Speech Hearing Association for continuing education. I’m also a member of several study groups and several Associations: ASHA, IAOM, NDTA.
Once you book your evaluation with me, expect to hear a wealth of information! There will be “a-ha” moments, maybe some tears, but a lot of facts and proof to help you in your treatment. I won’t give you a cookie cutter plan of care. Each plan of care is carefully customized for you.
I can’t wait to work with you! Please contact me below!