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Speech-Language Pathologist in Santa Fe, NM

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Melissa Wilson, M.Ed.,CCC/SLP, COM

Melissa Wilson, M.Ed.,CCC/SLP, COM | Speech-Language Pathologist photo
Specialization in Orofacial Facial Myology
Santa Fe Therapy Associates
Santa Fe Therapy Associates delivers speech-language therapy, orofacial myofunctional therapy, and occupational therapy to all ages of clients. We have been serving the nothern New Mexico community for 7 years. Melissa Wilson, M.Ed., COM, CCC/SLP is the owner and director of this practice.

Melissa received her certification in the practice of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in May of this year. She is a member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology. The International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) is a multidisciplinary group of health professionals who benefit from their knowledge and expertise in the areas of speech pathology and the dental fields thus providing specialized therapy in the treatment of orofacial disorders such as habitual open mouth posture, sucking habits (thumb, fingers, pacifiers etc), ineffective chewing and many more.

Orofacial myofunctional disorders include one or a combination of the following:
1.abnormal thumb, finger, lip, and tongue sucking habits
2.an inappropriate mouth-open lips-open resting posture problem
3.a forward interdental rest posture of the tongue problem
4.a forward rest position of the tongue against the maxillary incisors problem
5.a lateral, posterior interdental tongue rest posture problem
6.inappropriate thrusting of the tongue in speaking and/or swallowing.

What are the Consequences of OMDs?
These abnormal habit patterns, functional activities, and postures can open the dental bite beyond the normal rest position. This can result in a disruption of dental development in children and over-eruption of selected teeth in adults.

Over time, dental malocclusion, cosmetic problems, and even changes in jaw growth and position are observed in some patients with OMDs. Examples of changes that can result from a chronic open mouth rest posture include an increased vertical height of the face, a retruded chin, a downward and backward growth of the lower face (rather than downward and forward), and flaccid and hypotonic lips (Proffit, 1986).
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Speech-Language Therapy  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Adult Speech/Language Disorders  Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
 Aphasia  Raspy Voice / Muscle Tension Dysphonia
 Apraxia  Speech Sound Disorders
 Autism Spectrum Disorders  Stuttering
 Child Speech/Language Disorders  Swallowing Difficulties / Dysphagia
 Developmental Delays  Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke
 Language-Based Learning Disabilities  Vocal Coaching for Singing and Performing
 Learning Disabilities  Voice Disorders
 Motor Speech Disorders
Licenses/Certifications
 ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP)  Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM)
 Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (State)
Education/Training
Bachelors of Science in Social Work in December of 1973; Stephen F. Austin State University
Masters in Speech-Language Therapy in August of 1986; Stephen F. Austin State University
Certification in Orofacial Myology in May of 2010.
Bio
I am originally from Texas, but have lived in northern New Mexico for the past twenty-nine years. I am married to Alan Wilson. Together we have four children between us. Alan has three daughters, Brandi, Trinity, and Jessica. He also has three grandchildren, Drew, Devan, and Ethan. I have one son, Chris, and one grandson, Austin. I also have two brothers, Joe and Jimmy Driskell.

My hobbies are gardening, jewelry making, and anything that is generally creative . I also love to travel. I have thoroughly enjoyed living in the one of the most incredible cities in the U.S. the past twenty-nine years. Alan and I love to explore northern New Mexico. It is truly a treasure.

I have worked in many settings throughout my career. I have worked mainly in a school setting, but I have also worked in a nursing home, hospital, and home health. When I read about orofacial myology in a professional journal one day, it captured my attention. Within a week of reading the article, I was signed up for a certification course. You might say that I felt called to do this work. It just made so much sense to me that retraining muscles of the mouth and face would facilitate better speech. I feel very lucky to be apart of such a wonderful group of professionals.
Memberships
ASHA - American Speech & Hearing Association
IAOM - International Association of Orofacial Myology
AAPMD - American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, insurance, credit cards
Hours:8-6 (Wed.)
License:New Mexico #457
Location
8 Calle Medico
Santa FeNM 87505
Additional Location
7520 Montgomery NE, Suite D-2
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