|Robert M. Mason,
DMD, PhD, CCC/SLP
|Sandra Holtzman attended both Kent State University
and Nova Southeastern University, where she
received her MS degree in Speech-Language
Pathology. She was owner and director of a large
multidisciplinary therapy center in South Florida for
several years where she 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 then 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 150
seminars and training classes, preparing and guiding
course participants along the certification path. 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 IAOM conventions
and conferences. She has sat on both the Board of
Directors and the Board of Examiners through the
current time. In 2014, she received the Presidential
Award from the IAOM 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 problems.
Through Neo-Health Services, 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 philosophy of the IAOM
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.
When Sandra is not traveling to give seminars, she
makes herself available for evaluations and
consultations to local therapists and dentists.
She enjoys finding time in her busy life for her 4
grandchildren and catering to her miniature
schnauzer, Henry, a beloved class “mascot” whose
photo appears in many graduation photos!
Sandra spends time between her North Carolina and
Orlando offices, and continues attending exhibits,
conventions, and providing presentations to assure
that practitioners worldwide receive state of the art
training in Orofacial Myology and related subjects..
|Sandra R. Holtzman,
MS, CCC/SLP, COM
|Sandra R. Holtzman, MS, CCC/SLP, COM, and Robert M. Mason, DMD, PhD,
pair up as the “Dream Team” to offer courses in Orofacial Myology to provide
you with the science background to substantiate your treatment programs.
|Dr. Robert M. Mason received a Ph.D. in
Speech-Language Pathology from the
University of Illinois in 1965 and was Dr.
Willard Zemlin’s first doctoral student.
Dr. Bob was a university professor for ten years
before starting dental school in 1973. He had
served as Program, Director of Speech
Pathology at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio,
Associate professor of Speech Pathology,
University of Tennessee, and Program Director
of Speech Pathology at the University of
Kentucky (U-K), with a joint appointment as
Associate Professor of Orthodontics in the
dental school at U-K. Dr. Bob completed dental
school at the U-K College of Dentistry in 1977
and completed his orthodontic residency at the
University of North Carolina under Dr. William
Proffit in 1979.
Dr. Bob has the distinction of being the only
known PhD level speech-language
pathologist/orthodontist combination in North
America. As such, he has served as a
consultant to the American
(ASHA) and chaired the two ASHA committees
that wrote a position statement and knowledge
and skills guidelines for orofacial
myofunctional disorders. He has published
extensively and widely in speech pathology,
orofacial myology, dental and medical journals
and texts, with special emphasis on orofacial
myofunctional disorders and cleft/ craniofacial
conditions. He is a Past-President of the
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Dr. Mason was employed at Duke University
Medical Center in Durham, NC for 17 years,
and served as Professor and Chief of
Orthodontics in the Division of Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery, Department of
Surgery. He also maintained a private practice
in orthodontics in Durham. He retains a
position at Duke Medical Center as Emeritus
Professor of Surgery. Dr. Bob is now fully
retired and lives with his wife Gayle and their
four dogs in North Myrtle Beach, SC.