Meet Sandra Coulson


Sandra Coulson is an innovator, a leader, an entrepreneur, an International speaker and a compassionate therapist. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, raised by a single mother, her career has been remarkable. She is included in the Hall of Fame at Palmer High School, recognized by the Alumni Association as an outstanding alumnus.

After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with degrees in Speech Therapy and Education, and a Masters’ Degree in Health Sciences, she ventured to Washington State where she was an itinerant speech therapist, then therapy director for a Special Education wing of Tacoma Public Schools. When she returned to Colorado she worked for Home Health Services as a therapist serving a population of victims of stroke and, with her education degree, she became a substitute teacher during which time she developed her private practice in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

Sandra has been in private practice in Denver, Colorado, since 1969. Her practice, Coulson and Associates, specializes in therapy for orofacial muscle dysfunction, tongue thrust, thumb and finger habits, tongue placement for specific speech/articulation disorders and snoring. She started The Coulson Institute of Orofacial Myology in 2003 in Denver and now teaches and lectures internationally.

Sandra has been interviewed on 9 News, channel 2 News, 7 News and various radio programs in the Denver, Colorado metro area as well as on Vimeo, YouTube and on Cross Link Radio.

Known as the “Thumb Whisperer”, she has a 99.7% ‘cure’ rate in one day. She has worked with thousands of patients locally and
internationally and is now seeing ‘second generation’ patients. She has also trained many therapists who are practicing in the US and abroad.

Sandra is a past President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, past Co-Chair of “CHAPS”, a holistic practitioner association in Denver, and many other professional associations including the Down syndrome Association and the Post- Polio Association. She is also on the Advisory Board of Heritage College.

Sandra volunteers and performs as a tap dancer with groups in Denver who entertain at retirement centers and nursing homes. She was a contestant in the 2010 MS Senior Colorado Pageant.



"We have chosen to begin to add people

who support and understand Orofacial Myology

to our Coulson Institute Team." 

Our first Physician/Dentist is....



Professor Dr. J A Qazi
BDS, MSc Oral Medicine / Periodontics 


Head  of Oral Medicine 

Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology

Peshawar Dental College 

Prime Foundation of Pakistan  

Peshawar, Pakistan.

Professor Dr Javed A Qazi graduated from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan in 1980.  His residency was in Oral Medicine at KMC Oral & Dental Hospital, Peshawar, in 1981.  He then worked as a Research Officer and worked in Oral Health survey and Sub mucous fibrosis until October 1982 and joined KMC as Lecturer.  He did his Post graduation in Oral Medicine & Periodontics in 1991.  During the years 2001-2003, he worked as a Periodontist at Hail Dental Center, KSA and became an Assistant Professor at HOD of Oral Medicine in Khyber College of Dentistry.  He was promoted as Professor of Oral Medicine in 2013.  He joined in November 2015, as a Professor at Department of Oral Medicine & Periodontology, Peshawar Dental College, Peshawar and worked with Prime Foundation of Pakistan.

Professor Qazi is member of the Academy of General Dentistry, a member of British Society of Oral Medicine, a member of Geneva Foundation for Medical education and research, a member of the Editorial Board Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health.  He is a member of Scholedge International Editorial Board,  Associate Member, International Headache Society, England and a member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Khyber College of Dentistry.  Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians Glasgow has awarded Membership in Dental Surgery MFDS RCPS and Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh awarded MFDS RCS Edinburgh.






Tongue Lab Pursues International Expansion by Naming Sandra Coulson Strategic Business Development Advisor

Sandra Coulson is founder of the Denver-based Coulson Institute for Orofacial Myology, a teacher and businesswoman.

PARIS, DENVER, Sept. 12, 2017. Tongue Lab, maker of the TRP (Tongue Right Positioner), has named Sandra Coulson, an internationally known orofacial myofunctional therapist, professor and entrepreneur, as a strategic business development advisor. Ms. Coulson, who is also the founder and president of the Denver-based Coulson Institute for Orofacial Myology, a premier teaching facility for Myofunctional Therapy (MFT)*, has more than 45 years’ experience as a healthcare professional, innovator and businesswoman.

Jean-Michel Mauclaire, founder and president of Tongue Lab, met Ms. Coulson at a conference on orthodontics held in Paris in 2013. Their shared vision that dysfunctions of the tongue are at the root of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as well as other facial and dental anomalies, struck a chord.

He said, “Sandra understands fully what other healthcare practitioners are only beginning to realize: The tongue is an expression of our health. When it functions improperly, is poorly positioned or loses muscle tone, the risks can be life-threatening. Sandra sees the groundbreaking potential training and conditioning the tongue have for preventing and even curing disorders such as chronic snoring and OSA that affect millions of people worldwide.”

The Tongue Lab-patented TRP, a connected
over their upper teeth while they sleep educates and reconditions the tongue to permanently restore its physiological functions and positions. The potential implications for doing this include a possible cure for sleep breathing disorders and sleep bruxism, as well as treatment for atypical swallowing, tongue thrust, mouth breathing, malocclusion, relapses after orthodontic treatment, and similar health-related issues. The TRP is non-invasive, easy to use, and designed for optimal patient compliance.

Ms. Coulson expressed her enthusiasm for working with Tongue Lab: “Together, we want to educate as many healthcare professionals as possible and provide patients with simple, effective solutions designed to correct dysfunctional tongue patterns that impact their health, self-confidence and well-being.”

In addition to the Coulson Institute, where she has taught hundreds of professionals from the United States and abroad since its creation in 2003, Ms. Coulson maintains her own Denver-based MFT practice. Recently appointed Clinical Professor in the


Jean-Michel Mauclaire, President of Tongue Lab (right), with SandraCoulson,founderof theDenver-basedCoulsonInstitute of Orofacial Myology and Tongue Lab's new strategic business development advisor.

oral medical device that patients wear

School of Rehabilitation Sciences of the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences, where she leads a new certification program for orofacial myologists, she is a past president of the International Association of Orofacial Myology. Ms. Coulson holds a master’s degree in Health Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy and education from the University of North Colorado.

*Myo-Functional Therapy -- neuromuscular reeducation or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles -- includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position and improved breathing, chewing, swallowing, and head and neck postures.

About Tongue Lab

Tongue Lab, created in 2012 with operational headquarters in Paris, France, develops and sells the TRP, a patented and connected oral medical device designed to train the tongue. Nightly use of the TRP results in neuromuscular conditioning that enables the tongue to assume and maintain its physiological functions and position. With the TRP, Tongue Lab offers a solution that permanently corrects lingual dysfunctions, which in turn could potentially prevent or heal sleep breathing disorders. Designed for comfort and easy to use, the TRP is available for children and adults through healthcare professionals. Tongue Lab is committed to helping people of all ages improve their health and the quality of their everyday life. For more information, please visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Kim Derderian
Tongue Lab
Phone: +33-6-0307-6992

Sandra Coulson
The Coulson Institute for Orofacial Myology Phone: +1-(303)-759-2760