Sara Mercier, RDH, BS, MAS™
Thank you so much for being here! I'm Sara and I am a Certified Myofunctional Airway Specialist and Orofacial Myologist. I first had to have a dental hygiene education, license and "RDH" credentials before I was able to take a course to become a myofunctional therapist (orofacial myologist), but I am not practicing dental hygiene or using my dental hygiene license when working as a myofunctional therapist. Myofunctional therapists collaborate with a team of providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat conditions that arise from the poor oral rest posture that myofunctional therapy is designed to correct. It truly takes a village!
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, or "Tongue Thrust Therapy" as it was previously called, is very personal for me. I have a tongue thrust and have lived my whole life suffering the consequences of it going untreated. After practicing as a registered dental hygienist for 8 years, I decided to dive deeper, further my training, and learn to help myself and others like me.
I received myofunctional therapy as a child before I got braces. The therapy was not catered to my needs, my airway and sleep were never assessed, and my health care providers never identified my posterior tongue tie. I have since unfortunately suffered from health problems and taken many medications to cover up the symptoms.
I know my story is not unique, but it is what has driven me to help myself and my clients get the care needed. This means speaking with other providers to get the best possible results and providing clients with options. As your health-centered providers, we are all treating the same body and the same human. Communication between professionals is key. I expand on this more on my 'just cause' mission page.
If you are looking to find the root cause of health problems and looking to stop using bandaids to mask them when possible, I am here to help you on that journey in any way that I can- the way I wish someone had done for me. I would be honored to be your myofunctional therapist and your overall wellness advocate. Take care and be well.
When I'm not helping people with their mouths, I love painting nails! I'm very left-brain focused, but I can do nail art for hours and hours. I even considered going to school to be a nail tech before I fell in love with myofunctional therapy.
I love reading and listening to audiobooks. The Harry Potter series will always be my favorite, but I also love thrillers and murder mysteries. Speaking of murder mysteries, I can't get enough true crime television. When I was a dental hygienist and had a TV in my operatory, my patients and I would listen to the Investigation Discovery channel. Teeth, Tongues and True Crime should be my motto.
I have 2 cats and 2 sugar gliders. My husband and I love traveling. I also love the heat (it's my native Las Vegan blood) and summer time is my favorite!