Sandraluz Gonzalez is a registered Dental Hygienist, and an orofacial myofunctional therapist practicing in the greater Albuquerque area. She 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. Sandraluz completed extensive Internships with Joy Moeller, RDH, COM, Soroush Zaghi, ENT, Bill Hang, DDS, Felix Liao, DDS, and Patrick McKeown. She has also completed extensive advanced education in orofacial myofunctional disorders to include courses in airway, sleep, temporal-mandibular joint, and craniofacial disorders along with head/neck pain, and identifying TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissues).
Training and Experience
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 private practice to focus her attention on children with palatal formation disorders, open mouth breathing, tongue thrust disorders, speech sound disorders, improper swallowing, compensatory breathing, and oral habit elimination. In recent years, her focus has turned to many pediatric and adult clients who have been diagnosed with breathing disorders and/or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Sandraluz is an advocate for infants and breastfeeding moms who struggle with tongue/lip ties, better known as TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissues). She has invested countless clinical hours with Bobby Ghaheri, ENT, Larry Kotlow, DDS, and Soroush Zaghi, ENT learning about, and implementing a pre/post-operative therapy program for infants, children and adults who have undergone functional frenuloplasty/frenctomy/frenotomy procedures.
Sandraluz is in constant pursuit of knowledge and attends over 65+ hours of continuing education each year. This ensures her knowledge of orofacial science is continuously progressing in order to understand and respect all professional opinions and settings .
Sandraluz is a member and strong advocate of the AAPMD (American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry aapmd.org), the AOMT (Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy aomtinfo.org), IAOM (International Association of Oral Myology iaom.com), AAMS (Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences aamsinfo.org), ALSC (American Laser Study Club americanlaserstudyclub.org), AAGO (American Academy of Gnathologic Orthodontics aago.com), and the ADHA (American Dental Hygiene Association adha.org). Furthermore, she is also a TBI Ambassador of The Breathe Institute (thebreatheinstitute.com).