MEET OUR TEAM MEMBERS
MaryFrances Gonzalez CEO
MA CCC-SLP, COM ®
Certified Orofacial Myologist®,
Hi, I’m MaryFrances, the owner of Sound Mouths. I have been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist for 23 years. My journey began, as most do, with a personal reason. My youngest son was a mouth breather and later diagnosed with sleep disordered breathing. Seeking answers, I was led me down this life changing path.
My intensive coursework and training to become a Certified Orofacial Myology led me to my specialty: eliminating oral habits. After an in-depth mentorship under Carla LeJarraga, a world expert in thumbsucking elimination. I opened the first Thumbsucking Clinic in the USA.
I have presented in professional seminars and work in close collaboration with my local colleagues.
If I were to have a rare moment of spare time, you would find me reading a good book or learning a variety holistic health treatments
Shannon de Prado
MS CCC-SLP, QOM
Hi! I ‘m Shannon, after graduating with a BA in psychology, I worked as an aide in a residential facility that cared for children with profound physical and mental challenges. At this time, I became interested in speech-language pathology and decided to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders.
Fast forward 24 years, I am thankful my career path led me to SoundMouths. Over the years, I have served children and adults in many different settings,.
I have continued my education, recently focusing on orofacial myofunctional therapy, which has given me further knowledge to help my SoundMouths clients reach their full potential.
When I am not in the role of chauffeur to my three busy middle school children, I try to squeeze in time for other things I enjoy, such as photography and gardening.
ON TRACK FOR QUALIFIED OROFACIAL MYOLOGIST
Hi, I’m Elaina! I graduated from Old Dominion University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene and am a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) who has been working in the dental field for over a decade. In addition to my time at Sound Mouths, I currently work in the dental private practice setting and am a clinical instructor at a dental hygiene school.
I have a passion for oral-systemic health, including airway and sleep health, which has led me to my journey of becoming a Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. My experience in the dental field allows me to see the correlation between dental complications and myofunctional/airway disorders.
I am a Northern Virginia native, and love spending time with my husband, mini goldendoodle, and chasing around my toddler!
Hello, I’m Priti. I have over 20+ years of extensive experience in operations and HR in top-tier organizations in India & the Middle East.
I gave it all up to become an entrepreneur to have more flexibility when my first child was born in 2011 and now I am thrilled to be a part of Sound Mouths team. I am also a Certified Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness Coach and a yoga teacher, and am passionate about helping others find more ease in their life.
My goal is to help you achieve success with Sound Mouths by offering assistance with scheduling, answering questions, coordination with other healthcare providers, and any other administrative needs. I can honestly say, you are in the right place and will be amazed at how Mary, Shannon and Elaina look at the whole picture to improve oral function as well as overall health!
I love traveling and camping with my hubby and 2 kiddos, reading, cooking and catching up with friends!