Speaker Spotlight: Russell Rosenberg, PhD

Presentation: PSG and HST: Interpretation and Review Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D, D.ABSM, is the founder and Director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. A clinical psychologist and board certified sleep specialist, Dr. Rosenberg lectures and teaches internationally on a range of sleep medicine topics. His areas of expertise include insomnia and disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in clinical research at NeuroTrials Research Inc. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Sleep Foundation. Dr. Rosenberg, a native of St. Louis, received his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and completed his sleep residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. His teaching and leadership at the Atlanta School are rooted in his professional, clinical, and research experience as Director of the Northside Hospital Sleep Medicine Institute in Atlanta for sixteen years.

By | March 11th, 2013|News, News Ticker, Newsletter|0 Comments

Speaker Spotlight: Sally Davidson-Ward, MD

Presentation: Pediatric Sleep Disorders: Their Presentations and Implications Dr. Davidson-Ward is currently the Head of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Keck Medical School of USC. Triple boarded in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine, Dr. Sally Ward also serves as the Medical Director for the CHLA Sleep Center. Dr. Ward earned her M.D. at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her internship and residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and her fellowship at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has been feature in Super Doctors, Best Doctors, and Pasadena Top Doctors of 2012. Dr. Ward’s research focus is on sleep disordered breathing, control of breathing, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, and sleep related breathing problems in obesity. Key clinical interests are sleep related breathing disorders, chronic respiratory failure, special needs children with pulmonary disorders, asthma, and chronic lung disease of infancy.

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Speaker Spotlight: Chirag Pandya, MD

Presentation: Pregnancy, Fetal Health, and Sleep Disorders Dr. Pandya is currently a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. He will join Sleep Medicine fellowship at Stanford University starting July 2010. He is a medical graduate from India and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, OH. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. Throughout his residency and fellowship, he has been involved in research related to the field of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Pandya has publications to his credit. He has presented his research in oral as well as poster presentations at international meetings including American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS) and Sleep conferences. His special interests include the relationship between medical disorders and sleep as well as positive airway pressure therapy in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. He plans to develop a career that involves research and education in sleep medicine along with clinical practice. Dr. Pandya enjoys singing, playing guitar, tennis and spending time with his family and friends. His wife Sima is a Podiatrist and they are proud parents of twins born in 2008.

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Speaker Spotlight: Ellen Crean, DDS, PhD

Presentation: Setting the Stage: Collaborative Care Networks Across the Disciplines Dr. Crean has spent over 25 years in the dental and medical community providing care to patients. Dr. Crean started her career in health care as a Registered Dental Hygienist holding a Masters Degree in Public Health. After earning her Dental Degree, Dr. Crean spent 10 years working in craniofacial pain and TMD. She also spent ample time with sleep patients as a partner in the Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Center of Arizona. While working with this special group of patients & practitioners it became apparent to Dr. Crean that the correlation between orofacial anatomy and sleep breathing disorders was an area that needed further research. This led her to pursue her second terminal degree, a PhD in neurobiology with an emphasis in sleep medicine. Combining dentistry, sleep medicine, and her unique paradigm to the field, Dr. Crean founded Sleep Alternatives, LLC. Sleep Alternatives partners with physicians, sleep technicians, respiratory therapists, and sleep labs to provide oral appliance therapy for patients suffering from sleep breathing disorders. This multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and management of sleep breathing disorders has helped Sleep Alternatives build 8 successful locations throughout Arizona and Utah. Dr. Crean is also a partner in Kosmo Technologies, LLC, Per4maxPlus, LLC, Triton Medical Solutions, LLC, and Focus Sleep, LLC, and she is the founder of Transformational Alliances, LLC. All of these companies have their foundation in enhancing the field of sleep medicine and dental sleep medicine, a dedication Dr. Crean has held throughout her career. Dr. Crean has taught nationally on oral appliance therapy for sleep breathing disorders. Her expertise focuses on the business, insurance and clinical aspects of oral appliance therapy. Her specialty [...]

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Congratulations to Drs. Roger & Bradley Briggs

Roger and Bradley Briggs, D.D.S. of Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Scottsdale, Arizona become the first father/son team to be awarded Fellowship in The Academy of Dentistry International.  The dentists were two of 26 Fellows inducted into the Academy. In order to receive the honorable Fellowship in the Academy, an active Fellow of the Academy must nominate dentists who have demonstrated social responsibility to society through their dental profession. The Academy of Dentistry International is an international honorary society celebrating its 38th year, for dentists that distinguish themselves through sharing knowledge and continuing education in order to better serve the dental health needs and raise the quality of life in lesser-developed countries. The Academy also provides grants and funds for education, patient care, and improvement in the dental profession and around the world. Congratulations again to the Drs. Briggs! Read more...

By | November 15th, 2012|News, Newsletter|0 Comments

CPAP: linked to airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammation

Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked in the research to both upper and lower airway inflammation and systemic inflammation.  CPAP use may exacerbate these problems. Inflammation in the upper airway (pharyngeal area) plays a role in upper airway collapse (Caples, et al, 2005), and systematic inflammation found in Obstructive Sleep Apnea is tied to cardiovascular morbidity (Bergeron et al., 2005; Boisvert et al., 1998). CPAP may exacerbate these issues; CPAP’s use was found to be associated with the development of Airway Hyperresponsiveness, or AHR (Devouassoux et al., 2007). AHR is found in diseases like asthma or COPD and is characterized by an increased constrictive response, or simply, an increased tendency of the airway to constrict itself in response to environmental or physical stimuli (OByrne & Inman, 2003). CPAPs use has also been linked to inflammatory responses. In a recent study seeking to determine whether CPAP was pro-inflammatory in human subjects, AlAhmari (2012) and his team at the University College Medical School, London, studied both humans (in vivo) and their cells (in vitro).  It was found that CPAP results in dose-dependent release of cytokines. Cytokines recruit and activate immune cells, which establish inflammation in the body (Lynch et al, 2003). Conclusion: Obstructive Sleep Apnea is linked to upper and lower airway inflammation as well as systematic inflammation. Upper airway collapse and/or cardiovascular morbidity are connected to these inflammatory responses in the body. CPAP treatment used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea may add to these inflammatory responses. CPAP has been tied to Airway Hyperresponsiveness and release of cytokines, which activate immune cells and the body’s inflammatory response.

By | October 16th, 2012|News, News Ticker|0 Comments

Fall Conference Speaker Spotlight: Jeffrey Mersky, DC

In private practice since 1985, Dr. Mersky holds certified status as an advanced Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) practitioner and instructor with a special emphasis on Cranial and TMJ Disorders. He is a frequent teacher of S.O.T. throughout the United States and has special expertise in Clinical Nutrition. In August of 2011 Dr Mersky earned credentialing through the American Chiropractic Physicians Credentialing Center and was awarded the designation APC-M, i.e., Advanced Practice Chiropractic Medicine – Certified. He is one of 400 Chiropractors in the country with special rights approved by the New Mexico medical board [to] prescribe legend drugs. Currently he is completing a 300-hour Diplomate certification program in Internal Disorders for the Chiropractic Physician and has completed course work in Functional Diagnostic Nutritional Medicine. In addition he has post-graduate accrediting In Rehabilitation from the Los Angeles Chiropractic College. Download the conference agenda Download the conference flyer    

By | September 26th, 2012|News, Newsletter|0 Comments

Fall Conference Speaker Spotlight: Randy Townsend, RPSGT

After numerous polysomnographic training courses and workshops, Mr. Townsend earned his RPSGT certification in 2005.  He has worked as a polysomnographer for Vascular Diagnostics and Georgia Lung, has worked at Northside-Cherokee Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina.  Mr. Townsend has presented to numerous organizations including the North Carolina Association of Respiratory Care, the Montana Sleep Society, the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Techologists, and the Carolina Sleep Society.  In 2009, he started a group on Facebook for sleep technologists with membership at 2400 individuals to date.  Additionally, he established a group on LinkedIn which has over 700 members currently, and he created The Sleep Professionals Association which currently has over 1000 members.   Mr. Townsend is a Lead Polysomnographer with Lowcountry Sleep Medicine in South Carolina.

By | September 24th, 2012|News, Newsletter|0 Comments

Conference Kickoff Speaker Spotlight: Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS

Before his current tenure in Congress, Dr. Paul Gosar owned his own dental practice in Flagstaff, AZ, for twenty-five years. He graduated from Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry in 1985.  Presently, Congressman Gosar is focused on achieving a number of goals including reforming health care and reining in government spending.  Both goals are well aligned with those of the ACSDD Consortium.  He is committed to the Consortium cause and our three Consortium initiatives.  His experience in Dentistry earned him the recognition of the Arizona Dental Association’s “Dentist of the Year,” and he was also inducted into the Arizona Dental Association’s Hall of Fame. Download the conference agenda Download the conference flyer  

By | September 18th, 2012|News, Newsletter|0 Comments

Fall Conference Speaker Spotlight: Deepak Shrivastava, MD

Dr. Shrivastava is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Care at UC Davis School of Medicine, and he is Chief of Sleep, Critical Care and Pulmonary Services at San Joaquin General Hospital. Additionally, he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California and is a Senior Faculty Member in the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at UC Davis. Throughout his 35-plus years in medicine, Dr. Shrivastava has been and continues to be directly involved in health care quality and performance improvement activities.  Additionally, he is the ACSDD’s Medical Director. Download the conference agenda Download the conference flyer  

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