FEATURED PARTICIPANTS
 
WORKSHOP: Physical Therapy and Airway Team Approach  
BRAD GILDEN, DPT, CFMT, FAAOMPT, CSCS
Dr. Brad Gilden has been practicing orthopedic and sports physical therapy since graduating from New York Medical College in 2000. He has worked in a variety of settings treating patients with various neurological, orthopedic, airway, TMJD and sports injuries. In 2004, he completed a clinical doctorate in upper quarter & hand therapy from Drexel University. He joined Elite Health Services as a managing partner and rehabilitation coordinator in 2005 and co-founded IPA MANHATTAN Physical Therapy in 2011.

Dr. Gilden follows the approach of a Functional Manual Physical Therapist treating movement dysfunction and postural awareness. His focus is on restoring normal mobility and strength while integrating patients back to their highest level of function. He enjoys working with all diagnoses and has extensive experience treating patients with neck pain, headaches, airway/breathing difficulties, tinnitus and other related issues. In 2010, he completed an intensive certification in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art passing with honors. In 2014 he completed a three year long fellowship in functional manual therapy through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

Dr. Gilden utilizes the latest technology along with 16 years of experience in being able to identify breathing pattern disorders and malocclusions related to poor posture, injury, and faulty behavioral patterns. He has developed a physiology laboratory to measure how stress impacts the autonomic nervous system amplifying pain and inflammation.

Dr. Gilden has worked with many professional athletes as well as collegiate and recreational. He has also helped thousands of patients suffering from symptoms related to poor posture, stress and various breathing pattern disorders. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry. He lectures at various medical conferences and throughout the community and on the adverse affects of breathing pattern disorders and chronic sympathetic load on the human body. He enjoys a multitude of sports and completed his first NYC Marathon in 2008 and Olympic triathlon in 2013.

Dr. Gilden works collaboratively with local physicans, dentists, and other sleep specialists to assist his patients in receiving the best medical care possible to allow them to return to a life free of pain and restful rejuvenating sleep.

   
 
STEPHEN WARFEL, PT, MTC, FFMT, FAAOMPT
Stephen Warfel graduated from Penn State University with a B.S in Exercise Physiology in December of 1999. He completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2001 and 2002 respectively, earning high honors and also the Manual Therapy Certification (MTC).  During his time in St. Augustine, he was introduced to the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) when Vicky Johnson taught PNF I, inspiring him to enroll in the IPA curriculum and complete all the classes.  In 2010 Steve completed the Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) with honors.  After certification, Steve continued to be very active with the IPA, lab assisting courses in Denver, and working in Steamboat Springs whenever there was opportunity.  Steve was honored to be accepted to the fellowship program, working diligently academically and clinically improve his skills and broaden his knowledge base over the year long program.  After graduating and achieving fellow status with IPA and nationally with the American Association of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT), he has accepted a permanent position at Johnson and Johnson PT and has become an instructor for continuing education courses via the IPA.  Over the last year he has become interested in TMJ and airway treatment, studying and developing treatment techniques for physical therapists.  His passion in this area has lead to a team approach to treatment with several dentists in town.   In his free time he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys snowboarding, train running, hiking, mountaineering, and mountain biking. He has raced mountain bikes at CAT 1 and 2 levels for eight years for a team out of Golden, Feedback Sports.
   
  VALERIE SINKUS, PT
Valerie graduated from the University of Southern California Physical Therapy School in 1975. In these 40 years as a PT, her focus has been on the restoration of function and improvement in quality of life for her patients.
This journey has included extensive training in many manual therapy techniques and exercise approaches with a neuroscience basis . She has been a practicing craniosacral therapist for 20 years, with specialized training in pediatrics and obstetrics. And she is also a certified fascial manipulation therapist.
She has served as the physical therapy consultant for the White Memorial TMJ program(is this the proper name??) , nine years on the Physical Therapy Board of California, clinical instructor for students and Pts, and working and traveling with Olympic track and field athletes to
World competitions, including several Summer Olympics.
After 30 years as the owner/director of Professional Physical Therapy Associates, she sold her private practice in 2013. She is now focusing on applying her 40 yrs of acquired skills in treating patients with airway and oral myofunctional issues, using her multidisciplinary approach of manual therapy and exercise.

 
Invisalign and Restorative Dentistry: Beautiful Smiles with Better Breathing

BEN MIRAGLIA, DDS
Dr. Ben Miraglia graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He is a proud member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Miraglia completed a general practice residency program at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. He has 22 years private practice experience in Mt. Kisco, New York, where his focus has been on early childhood growth and development. . Dr. Miraglia is a graduate of the United States Dental Institute where he learned his non-extraction and non-surgical orthodontic philosophy. He was appointed to the USDI faculty in 2008 and teaches nationally for them. Dr. Miraglia lectures nationally on childhood sleep disordered breathing and its impact on the development of the maxilla, mandible and airway.

Dr. Miraglia holds faculty positions with Align Technology and the United States Dental Institute and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics as well as the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Miraglia was recently honored with a position on the President’s Council of Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York.

   

PAULA FABBIE, RHD, BS
P
aula Fabbie, RHD, BS has completed advanced training with a focus on airway function and structure. She has participated in post-graduate study with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, as well as other breathing and posture training from international known experts. She provides consulting and treatment for practices of dentists, orthodontists, ENT and other physicians, and other healthcare practitioners as part of team approach.
 
Instrumentation to Move Your Practice to the Next Level: CBCT, HRV, Vagal N. Stimulation and More

JEFFREY HINDIN, DDS
Jeffrey Hindin, DDS is in private practices with an emphasis on the treatment of craniofacial pain, TMD and sleep disorders. He is conducting clinical research into the relationship between orofacial pain, splint therapy, physiological function and heart rate variability. He lectures internationally and is an instructor in software development for the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and is the co-founder
of TAD systems.
   
PETER MADILL, MD
Peter V. Madill, MD, received his medical training at the University of Auckland Medical School followed with a residency in internal medicine in New Zealand and California. and then continued his studies in nutritional and preventive medicine, acupuncture, bota
nical medicine, meditation, biofeedback and applied psychophysiology. Dr. Madill’s practice focuses on allergy including the evaluation and treatment of patients with mold hypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as well as the treatment of individuals with chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Integrated with his pain management skills has been a 25-year commitment to practicing addiction medicine. Dr. Madill is a pioneer in the introduction of buprenorphine (Suboxone) for the treatment of opiate dependence syndrome. Dr. Madill more recent interests are in the arena of neuroscience and immunology. A result was the founding of a biotech start-up “Proteagen. Dr. Madill is a member of the Executive Board of the AAPMD.
   
MARK CRUZ, DDS
Mark A. Cruz graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986 and started a dental practice in Monarch Beach, CA upon graduation. He has lectured nationally and internationally and is a member of various dental organizations, including the Pierre Fauchard Academy
, Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He was a part-time lecturer at UCLA and member of the faculty group practice and was past assistant director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry. He has served on the National Institute of Health/NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) Grant Review Committee in Washington D.C. and is currently serving on the NIDCR, DSMB (Data and Safety Monitoring Board) for the National Practice-Based Research Network. He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (Elsevier).
   
ROGER PRICE, BS, PharmD
Roger started his career as a pharmacist and went on to many years of additional study and experience in the fields of pharmacology, physiology, forensic toxicology, homeopathic and naturopathic medicine manufacture. Roger qualified as a Buteyko Practitioner in 2000 and has been involved fulltime since then. He founded Breathing Well Pty Ltd. Roger has presented hundreds of lectures on the Buteyko Method in Australia and overseas to the public, nursi
ng groups, health professionals, dentists, orthodontists, teachers, and to health and community groups. He has been interviewed extensively for radio, television and print media throughout Australia and is becoming an increasingly sought after speaker on both the local and overseas circuits.
   
CBCT for OSA - It's About More Than Just the Airway!

DALE A. MILES, BA, DDS, MS, FRCD(C)
Dr. Miles is an adjunct Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. He has also been Chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky and graduate program director of D
iagnostic Sciences at Indiana University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the American Board of Oral Medicine. Dr. Miles has been named one of the “TOP 100 CLINICANS IN CE” for the last 13 years by Dentistry Today. He has a web site for teaching dentists and auxiliaries about digital and cone beam imaging at www.learndigital.net Dr. Miles also has a social media channel at www.interactiveimagingtv.com. He is in full-time practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in Fountain Hills, Arizona and President of Cone Beam Radiographic Services – a full time cone beam reporting service.

   
Frenectomy: Before, During and After - A Philosophical Approach to Midline Anomalies
  LOIS LAYNEE, PhD
Lois Laynee’s passion for the health and wellness of others is demonstrated by the dedication she needed to receive a Ph.D. MBA, OM, RDH, RBC, CPEP, FMS, and SFMA, degrees and accreditation. Lois Laynee, Ph.D is a dynamic pioneer and passionate lecturer in the fields of Education, Sleep Apnea, Scar Release Healing and Cranio Facial Neuro development.

In addition to heading the Laynee Restorative Breathing Method™, Lois is also the CEO of AZ Sleep Apnea Center PLLC; a speaker and educator of oxygen wellness and the creator of the Laynee Restorative Breathing Method™. By combining her decades of clinical experience, with the Laynee Restorative Breathing Method™, she offers help for clients at all stages of life. Restorative Breathing, LLC offers support for healthy living and healing at the Reclaiming Hope Center. Training in high performance and certificate completion are offered through the educational division.

   
  PETER VITRUK
Dr. Peter Vitruk earned his PhD degree in Physics from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Moscow in the late 1980s in the former USSR, and since then he held a variety of research and development positions around the globe. In the 1990s he held Research Scientist position with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and then a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He later worked as Senior Scientist with Synrad Inc. in Seattle, WA, and then as Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis also in Seattle, WA. In 2002 Dr. Vitruk founded Luxarcare LLC – an exclusive certified Luxar laser service and accessories provider for 12,000+ surgical Luxar laser installations around the globe. In 2005 he founded Aesculight LLC and LightScalpel LLC – the only American based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for small office out-patient market. Dr. Vitruk has authored 10 patents and over 20 articles on CO2 lasers, and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, UK and a Member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, USA and a Diplomate of and a Director with the American Board of Laser Surgery, USA. He is married to his wife of 31 years Natasha and they together have two children, Olga and Alexander.

   
  ROBERT LEVINE, DDS
Dr. Levine is president of Global Laser Oral Health, LLC and Levine Consulting. He has twelve years experience in the laser arena, both in academic and clinical practice. For the past eight years, Dr. Levine has been a full time faculty member of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). He served as clinical director or the AEDG Post Graduate program from 2009 - 2013 and as Director of Laser Dentistry. He has published many paterson the science and use of CO2 laser technology for use in dentistry and lectures on lasers and new emerging technologies. He co-developed the first accepted laser curriculum at an accredited US dental school. He works heavily in the area of Special Care Dentistry, where he is able to apply this technology to a special group of patients.

Introduction to the Collaborative Revolution

MICHAEL GELB, DDS
Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS is a Co-Founder of
the AAPMD and CEO of the Gelb Center, a world-wide resource for integrative dentistry. He is Clinical Professor and former director of the NYU TMD and Orofacial Pain Program, Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pa
in and Co-Developer of the AirwayCentric@ system, a provider of education, training and instrumentation for the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of airway issues. Dr. Gelb received his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1982 and his M.S. degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He has 3 patents pending for sleep and pain management.
 
Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome and the Role of Sleep Bruxism in Protecting the Upper Airway from Obstruction
JERALD H. SIMMONS, MD
Dr. Simmons is Triple Board-Certified by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, & American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is the Founding-Director of Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates, PA (CSMA), with
locations in The Woodlands, the Houston Medical Center and Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Simmons founded and directed The Sadler Clinic Sleep Disorders Center(s) from 1999-2012. He is also the Founding-Director of the Sleep Education Consortium, Inc., a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that focuses on enhancing the education of doctors and the community on sleep disorders. As a Neurologist, Dr. Simmons treats patients with a wide range of neurological conditions but he spends most of his practice evaluating and treating patients with sleep disorders. He has dedicated his career to provide the highest level of diagnostics testing to identify the full-spectrum of sleep disorders. He has been on the cutting-edge of implementing new technologies in the sleep laboratory, including esophageal pressure monitoring (Pes) to diagnose patients with the Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), a sleep disorder characterized by airway resistance to breathing during sleep.
   
Opening Bicuspid Spaces for Better Restorative Results
  WILLIAM HANG, DDS
After completing his orthodontic training at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hang joined the faculty there to teach orthodontics. He later established an orthodontic practice in rural Vermont. After practicing traditional orthodontics for 7 years, he saw serious limitations in aesthetics and function with the traditional approach to orthodontics.

In 1981, Dr. Hang embarked on a global quest for a better way to do orthodontics. He moved to Southern California and developed a truly unique orthodontic practice with strong emphasis on facial aesthetics achieved with innovative early treatment and adult treatment. Approximately 15 years ago he noticed the significant positive effect some of his treatments were having on the airway. This opened up a new aspect of orthodontics - maximizing the airway for ALL orthodontic patients and specifically treating patients with SDB (sleep disordered breathing) or OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).

Dr. Hang’s approach is a result of blending the best ideas from the best practitioners. He has spoken on orthodontics, facial esthetics and airway around the world. He was the Founding President of the North American Association of Facial Orthotropics®, is a board member of the AAPMD, and is an advisor to the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

   
KATHLEEN CARSON, DDS
After graduating with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Kathleen Carson attended the UCLA School of Dentistry. While there, she was presented
with the Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Award and the Academy of General Dentistry Award. She earned her DDS honors in 2001, graduating cum laude, and served a general practice residency with the Veterans Administration in Sepulveda. Carson is a Los Angeles Area Cosmetic Dentist that has continued to refine her knowledge of denti
stry through numerous continuing education programs, including programs at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the premier post-graduate educational center for cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Carson has earned the prestigious title of “Fellow” in neuromuscular dentistry.
   
Sleep Restriction, Glucose Metabolism and Obesity
ERIN HANLON, PhD
 Erin C. Hanlon, PhD, is a Research Associate (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology at the University of Chicago. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 and following her post-doc at the same institution, she joined the University of Chicago in 2010. As a behavioral neuroscientist, she is interested in the relationship between behavior, brain mechanisms, and physiology that may impact human health. Primary research interests have included the detrimental effects of sleep loss and how sleep benefits health. In particular, she has focused on the effect of sleep restriction on brain reward and feeding systems as well as peripheral metabolic systems in both rodent and human models. Her most recent studies have identified a rhythm in circulating endocannabinoid levels, a system that has garnered much attention in recent years for it’s involvement in feeding regulation. Most interestingly, the circadian rhythm of endocannabinoids are altered following sleep loss, providing a potential mechanism by which sleep loss may promote feeding, adding to the growing literature regarding the link between sleep deficiency and obesity.
   
WORKSHOP: Food: Dental Sleep Medicine - Friend or Foe?

DOROTHY MULLEN, MA
Dorothy Mullen MA is the founder of the Suppers Programs, a network of nearly free-to-users programs in New Jersey. Suppers serve a range
of members from those who simply want to learn to cook and develop a palate for healthy food to those with food-driven chronic health problems. She is also a leader in the community gardening movement in central New Jersey. Dorothy has a Masters degree in addictions counseling from the College of New Jersey and uses addictions models to help people turn around entrenched behaviors that keep them sick and addicted. Her purpose at AAPMD is to forge relationships with practition
ers who know their patients must get support to turn around the diet and lifestyle habits that obstruct their path to a healthier life.
   
ENT & DDS Collaboration: Better Outcomes & More Successful Practices

RODNEY T. CANIGLIA, MD
Dr. Rodney Caniglia is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Naperville, Illinois and is affiliated with Edward Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine and has been in practice for 24 years. He is one of 20 doctors at Edw
ard
Hospital who specialize in Otolaryngology.
JOHN J. KELLY, DDS
John J. Kelly, DDS is a Chicago dentist for restorative and cosmetic dentistry, offering a unique combination of artistic skill coupled with advanced scientific techniques. He is on faculty at the NYU School of Denti
stry dental sleep medicine program. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He has participated in extensive coursework at the internationally recognized Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. His memberships include: Board member of American Association of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry, Founding member of the North American Association for Facial Orthotropics., American Autonomic Society, International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Exercise Physiologists and others.
   
WORKSHOP: CPAP or OAT: Understanding the Secret Decoder Ring of PAP and MRDs
  SCOTT E. BLOGETT, MBA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, RST, FASET
With over 17 years of experience, Mr. Blodgett is a healthcare professional with a passion for management, business development and clinical education. His diverse background has provided a wealth of knowledge delivering and managing direct, patient-centered care in an efficient manner that makes good operational and business sense. His strong business foundation and clinical experience provide a unique combination, making him fluent in the languages of both business professionals and healthcare providers. Scott is a Registered Electroencephalographic Technologist, Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and he is a Fellow of ASET, the Neurodiagnostic Society.
 
In addition to his role as the Dental Sleep Specialist serving the Eastern US for ResMed Corporation, Scott is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Medaille College. He is also active in the various sleep and neurodiagnostic societies where he’s interested in continuing professional growth which effects positive change in healthcare at the systems level.

   
WORKSHOP: Myofunctional Therapy in Collaborative Care
 

KRISTIE GATTO, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children’s hospitals, and in private practice. In 2004, Ms. Gatto became the co-owner of a private practice in Northwest Houston and began her journey in treating children with pediatric feeding disorders. After years of searching for answers in traditional feeding approaches, she underwent training in the field of Orofacial Myology and became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston in 2011. Ms. Gatto is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has two offices in the greater Houston area and employs 24 speech-language pathologists with various specialties.

For the past ten years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and early childhood intervention.

   
  JOY MOELLER
Joy Moeller, BS, RDH, is a Registered Dental Hygienist and is a former associate professor Indiana University School of Dentistry, and has been practicing orofacial myofunctional therapy for over 35 years. She is an on- going guest lecturer at USC, UCLA, Loma Linda University, to ortho, perio, and pedo dental residents and hygiene students. She received her dental hygiene degree from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois with the Sigma Phi Alpha award. She attended the Myofunctional Therapy Institute in Coral Gables, Florida with an extended internship in 1980. She is currently a speaker with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) and has taught courses in OMT at the venues of USC, UCSD, UBC, UCSF, NYU, Columbia University, University of Sydney, Australia, the Guttenberg University in Mainz, Germany, Freiberg University in Freiberg, Germany, Louvain, University in Brussels, Belgium, and many other locations around the world. She has worked with Children’s Hospital, was a consultant for a sealant program for indigent children, worked in the Super Tooth Program, and in public schools as a health educator in the Smiles Program where she developed a preventive orthodontic program.

She is currently in the exclusive practice as an orofacial myofunctional therapist , incorporating breathing re-education, in Pacific Palisades, California and Beverly Hills, California. Joy was a speaker ADEA meeting for dental educators March, 2014, at the Australian Branch of the AACP meeting in Sydney April, 2014, the key-note speaker at the CDHA house of delegates meeting May, 2013, Stanford University to the Grand Rounds of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program in 2012. This year she spoke in Bordeaux, France at the Portman ENT Institute conference, in Seoul, Korea to dentists and hygienists, in Taiwan to the International Pediatric Sleep Association, and the Washington State Dental Hygiene Association. She wrote the Guest Editorial for Cranio, October 2012 (The Journal of Cranio Mandibular Joint Practice). She co-authored a book with Linda Krol, RDH, called “Taking It Further, A Guide for Periodontal Therapy” a children’s book called “Tucker the Tongue Finds His Spot”. She is currently on the board of the ASAA (American Sleep Apnea Association), AAPMD, (The American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry) where she received a Life-time Achievement Award in 2015, and the AAMS, (Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences). She co-wrote a chapter in Sleep Medicine Clinics, which is on Pediatric Sleep and Myofunctional Therapy, which was available June, 2014. Last year she spoke at two Grand Rounds at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and her hopes are that myofunctional therapy will “bridge the gap” between medicine and dentistry.

   
  MARY BILLINGS, MS, CCC, COM
Mary Billings, MS,CCC,COM is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She received Bachelor degrees in Speech and Hearing Science and Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri.

Mary worked exclusively with adults with communication and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings including: hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation units, and home health care for many years prior to expanding into the area of pediatric-based care. Over the years she developed a real passion for working with children and opened her own private practice Billings Speech Pathology Services in 1994, serving the children of Kansas City and its surrounding counties since that time. She later went on to complete the educational requirements to become a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) through the International Association of Oral Myology (IAOM). She has a strong clinical background in the diagnosis and treatment of oral myofunctional disorders, swallowing and feeding disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and articulation disorders.

In 2012 she, along with her associate, Dianah Davidson, RDH, COM became IAOM approved instructors for the introductory level Orofacial Myology courses. They have taught both nationally and internationally, receiving high marks for their perspective and methods related to the diagnosis and treatment or oral myofunctional disorders. Over the years she has been an invited lecturer at a variety of events including: the Missouri American Dental Association, the Kansas City Walk for Apraxia, the Missouri Parents as Educators conference, the Nebraska State Dental Hygiene Association, and the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) Clinical Conference in 2013. In 2014 she was the keynote Clinical Conference speaker at the 2014 American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA) conference.
Mary is active in a variety of professional organizations. She established the IAOM’s highly successful Mentoring Committee Program in 2008, and in 2011 was awarded the Connie Painter Distinguished Service Award for her efforts. The Mentoring Committee program provides advice and resources to clinicians new to the field of orofacial myology in the United States and internationally to achieve certification status. In 2012 she was elected to serve as President-Elect of the IAOM and began her term as IAOM President in October, 2015. Mary was also one of the Founders of the Midwestern Organization for the Study of Orofacial Myofunctional Advancement (MOSOMA) and served as its President from 2008-2016. She is an active member of the American Academy of Private Practice Speech Pathologists and Audiologists (AAPPSPA) as well as the Oral Motor Institute (OMI). She is the recipient of numerous ASHA ACE Awards for Continuing Education Excellence.

   
USING HEART RATE VARIABILITY BIOFEEDBACK TO TREAT CHRONIC MUSCLE PAIN
  RICHARD GERVITZ
Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and was the president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006-2007. His primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain. In this vein, he has studied applications of heart rate variability biofeedback for anxiety, pain, gastrointestinal, cardiac rehabilitation and other disorders. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress related disorders.
 
IMPORTANT ROLE OF ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY TECHNIQUES IN COLLABORATIVE TEAM APPROACH

 
STEPHEN WARFEL, PT, MTC, FFMT, FAAOMPT
Stephen Warfel graduated from Penn State University with a B.S in Exercise Physiology in December of 1999. He completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2001 and 2002 respectively, earning high honors and also the Manual Therapy Certification (MTC).  During his time in St. Augustine, he was introduced to the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) when Vicky Johnson taught PNF I, inspiring him to enroll in the IPA curriculum and complete all the classes.  In 2010 Steve completed the Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) with honors.  After certification, Steve continued to be very active with the IPA, lab assisting courses in Denver, and working in Steamboat Springs whenever there was opportunity.  Steve was honored to be accepted to the fellowship program, working diligently academically and clinically improve his skills and broaden his knowledge base over the year long program.  After graduating and achieving fellow status with IPA and nationally with the American Association of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT), he has accepted a permanent position at Johnson and Johnson PT and has become an instructor for continuing education courses via the IPA.  Over the last year he has become interested in TMJ and airway treatment, studying and developing treatment techniques for physical therapists.  His passion in this area has lead to a team approach to treatment with several dentists in town.   In his free time he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys snowboarding, train running, hiking, mountaineering, and mountain biking. He has raced mountain bikes at CAT 1 and 2 levels for eight years for a team out of Golden, Feedback Sports.
   
  BRAD GILDEN, DPT, CFMT
Dr. Brad Gilden has been practicing orthopedic and sports physical therapy since graduating from New York Medical College in 2000. He has worked in a variety of settings treating patients with various neurological, orthopedic, airway, TMJD and sports injuries. In 2004, he completed a clinical doctorate in upper quarter & hand therapy from Drexel University. He joined Elite Health Services as a managing partner and rehabilitation coordinator in 2005 and co-founded IPA MANHATTAN Physical Therapy in 2011.

Dr. Gilden follows the approach of a Functional Manual Physical Therapist treating movement dysfunction and postural awareness. His focus is on restoring normal mobility and strength while integrating patients back to their highest level of function. He enjoys working with all diagnoses and has extensive experience treating patients with neck pain, headaches, airway/breathing difficulties, tinnitus and other related issues. In 2010, he completed an intensive certification in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art passing with honors. In 2014 he completed a three year long fellowship in functional manual therapy through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

Dr. Gilden utilizes the latest technology along with 16 years of experience in being able to identify breathing pattern disorders and malocclusions related to poor posture, injury, and faulty behavioral patterns. He has developed a physiology laboratory to measure how stress impacts the autonomic nervous system amplifying pain and inflammation.

 
SLEEP, THE MICROBIOME AND CHRONIC ILLNESS: REVERSING THE EPIDEMICS
  STASHA GOMINAK, MD, PA
Dr. Stasha Gominak grew up in beautiful San Jose, California. College in Santa Barbara CA. Medical School in Houston at Baylor College of Medicine. Neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In private practice Neurology first in California then more recently in Tyler, Texas. Got interested in sleep through using CPAP masks to cure headache patients and ultimately became fascinated with sleep and sleep mechanisms and discovered a connection between vitamin D and pantothenic acid deficiencies and sleep disorders.

 
PEDIATRIC SDB/OSA: AN ORAL-SYSTEMIC PROBLEM...WITH A MEDICAL-DENTAL SOLUTION
  KEVIN BOYD, DDS, MSc
Kevin Boyd is a board-certified pediatric dentist practicing in Chicago. He is also an attending instructor in the residency-training program in Pediatric Dentistry at Lurie Children’s Hospital where he additionally serves as a member of Lurie’s Craniofacial Anomalies and Sleep Medicine teams.
Prior to completing his dental degree from Loyola University’s Chicago College of Dentistry in 1986, he obtained an advanced degree (M.Sc.) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Michigan State University where his research interests were focused on dental caries, obesity, diabetes and unhealthy eating. Kevin attended the University of Iowa for his post-graduate residency training in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Boyd has served on the teaching faculties of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, the University of Michigan’s College of Dentistry, the University of Chicago Hospital, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and Michael Reese Hospital as an attending clinical instructor. He also recently served as an interim program director for UCLA’s residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

He is currently completing pre-requisite course work in Biological Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University in preparation for graduate study and research in the newly emerging discipline of Evolutionary Medicine. His clinical focus is centered upon prevention of oral and systemic disease through promotion of healthy breathing and eating; his primary research interest is in the area of infant/early childhood feeding practices and how they impact palatal-facial development, naso-respiratory competence and neuro-cognitive development.

   
  DARIUS LOUGHMANEE, MD
Dr. Darius Loghmanee is an internist in Park Ridge, Illinois and is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 388 doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who specialize in Internal Medicine.

   
  MARIANNA EVANS, DDS
Dr. Marianna Evans is a full-time practicing orthodontist, periodontist and dental implant surgeon. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and American Board of Orthodontics. Her interdisciplinary training and years of clinical experience allow her to see the interconnectivity of gum disease, malocculsion and skeletal function in a way few specialists can. Dr. Evans is a Clinical Associate at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthodontics and developed several orthopedic and plastic surgical techniques within her specialties. She frequently lectures on orthodontics, periodontics and dental implants both within the United States and around the world.

Locally, Dr. Evans is founder of the OrthoPerio Institute, an advanced education study club that provides courses on developments in dentistry to both clinicians and their staff. Courses are given on all surgical aspects of periodontics, implant dentistry and orthodontics. Unique to the Institute, courses include case study presentations with special emphasis on clinical treatment planning.

The focus of her treatment approach is to create harmony between facial beauty and healthy dentition. Her experience shows that the right diagnoses and treatment of malocclusion in young patients can eliminate the need for surgical and restorative intervention in later years, and even the extraction of teeth. Minimally invasive periodontal plastic surgery is the way of the future and Dr. Evans is expert in bone and cosmetic gum grafting. She also specializes in implant therapy, orthopedic palatal expansion, orthodontics for adults and children, diagnosis and management of sleep apnea, congenitally missing and impacted teeth and TMD treatment.

   
THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSIOLOGY IN DENTISTRY
  WILLIAM DICKERSON, DDS, FAACD, LVIM, FIAPA
Dr. Dickerson started sharing his passion about dentistry with other dentists in 1990 and quickly became recognized as a respected opinion leader and highly sought after speaker as well as one of the most influential people in dentistry. He was instrumental as a pioneer in the aesthetic revolution as well as igniting the profession’s interest in the physiologically based neuromuscular dentistry and bringing it to the masses. His focus for the past two decades has been to create a better future for the profession and our patients.

In 1993, Dr. Dickerson was asked by Baylor College of Dentistry to develop the first live patient treatment program in the country. Since 1994, Bill’s efforts have been channeled into creating the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global), providing an educational forum for advancing our profession. The construction of the existing campus was opened in 1998 and was expanded to 63,000 square feet of buildings on 4.5 acres of land in 2003 in the beautiful Summerlin area of Las Vegas to create an environment that enhances the learning experience of the attendees. For the past 20 years, LVI has led the way in continuing education becoming the world's premier post graduate educational center in dentistry. In 2005 Bill started the International Association for Physiologic Dentistry, which has become the voice and support for physiologic based dentists around the world protecting their rights to practice dentistry the way they know it should be practiced.

Over ten thousand dentists from all over the world have attended LVI and thousands of their patients have been treated there, as well as the tens of thousands of other dentists who have enhanced their practices by attending lectures of Bill’s or reading his books to help dentists achieve their dreams: "The Exceptional Dental Practice", the sequel, "In Search of the Ultimate Practice", "How To Create an Exceptional Aesthetic Practice: Ten Dentists That Have Done It" and "Unleashing the Power of Dentistry." Dr. Dickerson has also published over 500 articles and lectured in every state and most western countries. From aesthetic dentistry to scientifically based occlusal approaches, Bill has encouraged, assisted and propelled dentists from over 46 nations to grow and excel and has led the way developing many aesthetic and occlusal techniques, products and procedures that enhance comprehensive restorative and physiologic based practices around the world.

   
YOU CAN'T DO IT ALONE: BUILDING THE SUCCESSFUL AIRWAY TEAM OFFICE
 

STEVEN J. ANDERSON, President of Tops Institute
Steven J. Anderson is the founder and president of the Total Patient Service Institute that specializes in implementing the highest level of patient service and communication skills in dental practices.
Over the last twenty years he has spoken at every major dental meeting in North America, conducted hundreds of seminars all over the English speaking world, worked with thousands of dental practices to increase their productivity through patient communication, written over 100 articles for dental industry publications, authored 5 books, and produced dozens of audio and video learning programs.

In 1995, he co-founded the Crown Council, a continent wide association of over 1,000 leading dental practices. Through the Crown Council, he co-founded the Smiles for Life Foundation, which has raised over $27 million dollars in the last twelve years for children’s charities worldwide. He was recently named “Dental Businessman of the Year” by Excellence in Dentistry.
He is a member of The Young Presidents’ Organization, Past President and Founder of the San Antonio Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and a 1997 Finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year contest. Steve, his wife Cheryl and their seven children live in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area.

   
WORKSHOP: BUTTONS FOR BETTER BREATHING AND SPEECH: A COLLABORATIVE SOFT TISSUE APPROACH
  MARK ABRAMSON, DDS
Dr. Mark Abramson’s established his dental practice specializing in the treatment of craniofacial pain and TMJ after finishing his general practice residency at the Palo Alto VAH in 1975incorporating integrative medicine approach to treatments. He incorporates muscles therapies using osteopathic manual medicine, acupuncture and trigger point injections. He taught with Dr. Viola Fryman Osteopathy in the Cranial Field for many years. He studied craniofacial growth and development with GOOD Seminars, Gnathologic Orthopedics.

Dr. Abramson saw the correlation with growth and development relationships to form and function issues of TMJ and head and neck pain and airway problems and used his understanding to treat patients with sleep apnea and went on to develop the OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System™ one of the leading appliances for treating sleep apnea.
He is a Diplomat, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Pain Management and a Fellow American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.

Dr. Mark Abramson is a Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University, School of Medicine. He established the Stanford University Medical Center's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1996. Patients are referred by their doctors through Stanford’s Integrative Medicine Clinic for adjunctive treatment of many medical conditions including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and cancer and cardiac rehabilitation. At the age of 14 while walking on the sidewalk he was hit by an out of control stolen car. During his hospitalization and recovery he developed a passion for helping others heal from illness and injury. He saw that the mind was as Dr. Ken Pelitier called. "Healer or Slayer" in the healing process. He began practicing "mindfulness" techniques before any formal training in mindfulness or meditation. Dr. Abramson's passion to teach people to use their own minds to be kind, compassionate and to heal and grow lead to him developing a course called "Love Yourself for Everyone Else's Sake" which started as A graduate course at Stanford.

In addition to the Stanford courses Dr. Abramson leads workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Besides the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop he conducts workshops entitled "Mindfulness and Heartfulness" and " Love Yourself For Everyone Else's Sake" and does a silent meditation retreat for the week of New Year’s holiday.
Dr. Abramson is pioneering a pilot program as part of Stanford Center for Wellness and Professional Fulfillment (SCWPF) and the Committee for Professional Satisfaction and Support (SCPSS) conducting a series of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs to address stress and burnout in medicine.

   
WORKSHOP: HEALTH BENEFITS OF PROPERLY ALIGNED TEETH UTILIZING CLEAR ALIGNER THERAPY
  LAUREN GUEITS, RDH, BS
Lauren Gueits, RDH, BS, Hygiene Education Manager, Align Technology, has 30 years of clinical experience and was successful in implementing clear aligner therapy chairside as part of her “prevention modalities” as a RDH from 1999 -2012. She was one of eight hygienists in N. America to receive the 2010 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction, based on her work to educate health professionals on perio/ortho/systemic links.

She was brought national attention when NBC/ABC, featured her story on disclosing diabetes through her dental exam and later presented the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration on the Colgate Oral Health Network. She received her dental hygiene accreditation from New York State University at Farmingdale in 1991 and post graduate training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy through the AOMT in 2013. Lauren is a national speaker, consultant, published author, guest faculty at New York University and a proud member of ADHA, DHASNY, LIDHA and the AAPMD.

   
WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING THE PATIENT THAT PRESENTS: DEVELOPING A MEDICAL MODEL IN A DENTAL PRACTICE
  PAT MCBRIDE, BA, CCSH
Pat McBride, BA, RDA, CCSH, has spent 35 years as a full time clinician in the fields of dentistry, respiratory medicine, and dental sleep medicine.

Her extensive experience in clinical, laboratory and educational arenas led to the development of interdisciplinary care model delivery systems used by physicians and dentists across the globe. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Dental and Physiological Medicine in New York.

Pat continues to work as hands on with patients while lecturing internationally on subjects relating to sleep medicine, dentistry, and protocol development to best serve patient populations. Serving the under-served remains a priority and passion for her. She has one grown daughter, a teacher in Spain.

   
  CLIFF S. YURMAN, MBA
Clifford Yurman is a Patient Communications Consultant dedicated to helping practitioners in the Health Care field build on their success. Through his company, Media Consulting Services, he offers a variety of integrated protocols designed to boost patient loyalty, patient referrals, online reputation and presence. Mr. Yurman currently serves as Webmaster and Internet Marketing Consultant for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD). He earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia Business School in New York, and won the CBS Distinguished Service Award upon graduation. He also received a BS in Economics and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.

For over a decade, Mr. Yurman served as an independent Writer/Producer, working with such clients as Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, BASF-Pharma, Fisons Pharmaceuticals, AIG, KPMG, American Express, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase. Earlier, Mr. Yurman served as Director, Corporate Development for News America Publishing, Inc., reporting to the company’s Vice Chairman. In his five years at CBS, Mr. Yurman served as Financial Manager for the CBS Television Stations Division and CBS Records (now Sony Music); as Editor, Standards and Practices, for the CBS Television Network; and as Writer/Story Editor for WCBS-TV/New York.

Mr. Yurman began his career in advertising, first, as Senior Media Planner at Interpublic for such clients as Citigroup, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Tropicana and Mennen. He later moved to Bates Advertising as Account Executive on the Panasonic Consumer business. Mr. Yurman is passionate about working with his clients, which span across the country.

   
WORKSHOP: PEDIATRIC SDB/OSA: AN ORAL-SYSTEMIC PROBLEM...WITH A MEDICAL-DENTAL SOLUTION (continued)
KEVIN BOYD, DDS, MSc
Kevin Boyd is a board-certified pediatric dentist practicing in Chicago. He is also an attending instructor in the residency-training program in Pediatric Dentistry at Lurie Children’s Hospital where he additionally serves as a member of Lurie’s Craniofacial Anomalies and Sleep Medicine teams.
Prior to completing his dental degree from Loyola University’s Chicago College of Dentistry in 1986, he obtained an advanced degree (M.Sc.) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Michigan State University where his research interests were focused on dental caries, obesity, diabetes and unhealthy eating. Kevin attended the University of Iowa for his post-graduate residency training in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Boyd has served on the teaching faculties of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, the University of Michigan’s College of Dentistry, the University of Chicago Hospital, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and Michael Reese Hospital as an attending clinical instructor. He also recently served as an interim program director for UCLA’s residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

He is currently completing pre-requisite course work in Biological Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University in preparation for graduate study and research in the newly emerging discipline of Evolutionary Medicine. His clinical focus is centered upon prevention of oral and systemic disease through promotion of healthy breathing and eating; his primary research interest is in the area of infant/early childhood feeding practices and how they impact palatal-facial development, naso-respiratory competence and neuro-cognitive development.