Speaker Spotlight: Jennifer Martin, PhD

Presentation: Sleep Disorders and the Geriatric Population Jennifer L. Martin, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also a Career Research Scientist and Psychologist at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). She has a strong research program, funded both by NIH and VA, in the areas of sleep, aging and women Veterans' health. Her research foci include the impact of sleep disturbance on health outcomes, and the development and implementation of effective behavioral treatments for sleep disorders across the adult age range. Dr. Martin coordinates the Behavioral Sleep Medicine programs within the GLAVAHS Sleep Disorders Center and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Sleep Research Society. In 2011, Dr. Martin was honored with a Distinguished Service Award by the Sleep Research Society for her efforts in trainee education.

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Speaker Spotlight: Parina Shah, MD

Presentation: Health Concerns and Sleep Disorder Connections in Adults Dr. Shah is an alumni of the Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Scholars program and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering. At Georgia Tech, she worked in the biomedical engineering research lab,examining the sheer stress of both porcine and mechanical heart valves. She subsequently attended Emory University School of Medicine on the James Campbell Memorial Scholarship, and as a medical student, she investigated airway inflammation in obese patients with asthma. Dr. Shah completed her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she was involved in pulmonary and sleep medicine research. She authored a review on genetic testing in pulmonary diseases, as well as a review on portable apnea testing. After her training, Dr. Shah worked as a hospitalist for a year at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, where she was involved in the treatment and management of patients admitted for acute illnesses. She currently works as a physician clinician at Fusion Sleep Clinic and as Director of Medical Operations at Fusion Health in Atlanta, Georgia. She directs the operations of remote telemonitoring of patients with sleep disordered breathing while developing management protocols and providing diagnostic interpretations. Her clinical and research interests include obesity hypoventilation syndrome, chronic disease associated with sleep disordered breathing, and the treatment of sleep disordered breathing as a means for disease prevention.

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Speaker Spotlight: Rob Veis, DDS

Presentation: Role of Dentistry in Sleep Disorders from Pediatrics to Geriatrics Dr. Rob Veis is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Selane Products, Inc., also known as Appliance Therapy Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of orthodontic and dental appliances and the leading provider of associated products and services to the dental community. Dr. Veis joined Appliance Therapy Group in 1992 as Director of Practice Development. He then held many other leadership positions in the company before he was appointed CEO in 2001. During his tenure at Appliance Therapy Group, Dr. Veis has written numerous scientific articles and publications that are considered to this day authoritative sources of information within the dental community. Dr. Veis was a clinical instructor and lecturer at the University of Southern California for thirteen years. He was on the faculty at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has guest lectured at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and New York City’s Columbia University. Several thousand dental professionals and students have attended and continue to attend his courses throughout the world. Dr. Veis is considered an internationally renowned lecturer on the topics of Dental Sleep Medicine, Orthodontics for the General Practice and Appliance Therapy. Dr. Veis has served on the Board of the Southern California Chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member in good standing of the California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Group Practices, American Academy of Functional Orthodontics, American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics, International Orthodontic Association and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Veis received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After college, he worked for three [...]

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Speaker Spotlight: Helene Emsellem, MD

Presentation: Sleep Disorders in the Adolescent and Young Adult Helene A. Emsellem, MD, is the medical director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders. Emsellem has a great love for patient care, teaching, and a long-standing interest in sleep disorders medicine. A graduate of the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine, she completed a rotating internship that included psychiatry, internal medicine, and neurology, followed by neurology residency training at GWU and subspecialty training in epileptology and clinical neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University. She then returned to GWU as an academic neurologist with patient care responsibilities and as the neurology residency training program director, director of the EEG laboratory, and director of the neurology medical student teaching program. In 1985, she expanded the EEG laboratory to include a sleep laboratory and became increasingly interested in sleep medicine. She was promoted to associate clinical professor of neurology, received board certifications in clinical neurophysiology, sleep medicine, and neurology, and won student teaching awards. She is a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. During her final year at GWU, Emsellem was the acting chairman of the department of neurology. Today she continues to play an active role teaching at GWU, acting as a preceptor for neurology residents and physician assistant students who rotate through her office as part of their training, and lecturing nationally on topics in sleep medicine. In 1992, Emsellem decided to focus on direct patient care and left her full-time, tenured academic position at GWU and joined a private practice. Three years later, she opened her own practice and sleep study center, The Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders. The Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders has grown into a full-service [...]

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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.

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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...

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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    

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