Sandraluz Gonzalez is a registered Dental Hygienist, and a registered orofacial myofunctional therapist practicing in the greater Albuquerque area.
Sandraluz attended St. Pius X, High school and went on to receive her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of New Mexico. While pursuing a Masters degree in speech & language sciences, Sandraluz fell unto the fascinating world of orofacial myofunctional therapy and has been practicing since 2011.
Training and Experience
Sandraluz has completed an Internship with one of the most well known orofacial myologists, Joy Moeller, in her California private practices and has completed advanced education in orofacial myofunctional disorders, to include courses in airway disorders, sleep disorders, temporal-mandibular joint disorders, and craniofacial, head and neck pain, and identifying TOTS or tethered oral tissues.
Sandraluz has had professional clinical experience in a variety of settings including stroke rehabilitation, cleft-palate treatment, OSA and TMJD outpatient rehabilitation. In 2012 Sandraluz opened her own small private practice and focuses her attention on children with palatal formation disorders, open mouth breathing, tongue thrust disorders, speech sound disorders, improper swallow, and oral habit elimination.
Recently, her focus has turned to many adult clients who have been diagnosed with breathing disorders, and/or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and may not be able to tolerate C-PAP or oral appliance therapy. Sandraluz is also an advocate for infants and breastfeeding moms who struggle w/ tongue and lip ties, better knows as TOTS or tethered Oral Tissues. She has invested clinical hours with Bobby Ghahaeri, ENT in Portland, OR, learning about TOTS, and implementing a post-operative therapy program for infants and parents who have had releases done.
Sandraluz recently expanded her education with Patrick McKeown, world renown educator in Buteyko Breathing. Buteyko breathing is a series of breathing exercises and guidelines specifically designed to reduce over-breathing Developing a habit of breathing too much can have significant negative consequences for long-term health, as it reduces oxygen delivery to tissues and organs, and leads to the constriction of the smooth muscles surrounding blood vessels and airways. (See research tab for further information).
Sandraluz is a member and strong advocate of the AAPMD who helps to bring awareness to Silent Airway Disorders, which impact most all parts of life. She is also a member of the AOMT (Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy) AAMS (Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences), and the ADHA (American Dental Hygiene Association).