Dear Diplomates, Members, and Friends of the Academy:

Your Academy here, checking in. We have been busy preparing for our April 8th & 9th, 2011 conference, Multidisciplinary Treatment of Sleep-Disordered Breathing, here in Scottsdale, AZ, at the (in)famous Hotel Valley Ho. To see our outstanding line-up of speakers and to register, please go to our website at Take advantage of the discounted member registration fee!

I am very pleased and honored to announce our latest appointment to our distinguished faculty tream: Dr. John Tessendorf. Dr. Tessendorf has had a private practice in Eau Claire, Wisconsin since 1980, after attending the US Naval Academy and graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry. His continued quest for knowledge and wanting to stay current with the newest innovations prompted him to explore laser dentistry. Dr. Tessendorf became Founder and Fellow of the American Academy of Laser Dentistry as well as a member of the Dental Education Council for CO2 Laser Applications and the International Society for Lasers in Dentistry. Being an expert in the field, Dr. Tessendorf has lectured and taught on Laser Dentistry throughout the United States and Canada. He is also certified in Oral Conscious Sedation, a member of the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, and a Diplomate of the ACSDD.

Dr. Tessendorf has been working in a multidisciplinary paradigm with cardio-pulmonologists, neurologists, PCPs and ENTs to help in the treatment of patients with Sleep Disordered Breathing.

In addition to his dental practice, he is currently the CEO of both Pacific Electronics Corporation and Advancing Dynamics Corporation. He also began Tess Corporation, a tooth brush manufacturing company with world wide distribution. Dr. Tessendorf was recognized for his entrepreneur abilities and mentoring of students at the University of Eau Claire Entrepreneurship program. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Wisconsin in 2000 and 2001, and was later invited to speak at a symposium at UC Berkeley for their Entrepreneur program.

Here’s some great news for our April conference attendees who like to golf. John has kindly offered to organize our first Academy Golf Outing to be held on April 7th, the Thursday before the conference. Since this is our first golf outing, it’s dependent on the number of those interested in participating. Please drop John an email as soon as possible at if you wish to participate.

Here’s some more great news for those of you on Facebook. Your Academy is now on Facebook, too! By clicking on the link below, you will be brought to our Facebook page where you can “like us” by clicking on the thumbs-up icon.

On March 8th, Valerie and I will be heading off to Australia as exhibitors in the first AACP Symposium. I am looking forward to meeting our “friends down under” and introducing them to the Academy.

Let me add one more piece of good news before I close: we will soon be launching blog capability. This functionality will allow ongoing conversations and idea-sharing among participants. Stand by for more information.

Please spread the word about the Academy! As the Academy’s Dental Director Dr. Ron Dean challenged us at our last conference: Bring in two new members! We are inclusive, we don’t play politics, we provide evidence-based sleep-disorders knowledge, and we answer only to you, our Member.

Until we meet again, this is your Ol’ Trail Boss signing off.

–Dr. Mike