2017 SPEAKERS

 
PRESERVING YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION

Nate Bergman, DO
For Nate Bergman, DO, MBA, functional medicine has given him a foundation or a “way of thinking” about a patient’s health history that he didn’t find in his traditional training. His path to becoming a functional medicine specialist is the result of a series of connections he made with colleagues. His wife, a registered dietitian, also heavily influenced his choice of specialty.
While in medical school, he discovered The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, founded by functional medicine physician Mark Hyman, MD.
After seeing this practice up close, Dr. Bergman learned as much as he could about functional medicine through virtual and digital offerings from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). Eventually he campaigned for a scholarship to the introductory training conference hosted by the IFM, and he was among the first medical students to be accepted to attend the foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice® (AFMCP). Throughout his residency, he continued to take more IFM training courses.
Just a couple years later, Dr. Bergman came across a paper by Dale Bredesen, MD, that had a major impact on him. Dr. Bredesen, a neurologist of note at UCLA, had written the paper “Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program,” which Dr. Bergman saw as “essentially a functional medicine approach to potentially reversing very early (or Prodromal) Alzheimer’s disease.” Dr. Bergman says this first-in-class publication captured him and altered the trajectory of his career, leading him to focus on cognitive health.
The same year Dr. Bergman came to Cleveland Clinic to do his fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in 2014, Dr. Hyman had recently come to Cleveland Clinic to launch the Center for Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman contacted Dr. Bergman to ask if he would want to pursue his medical practice as a member of the staff at the new center. Dr. Bergman was honored to accept the staff position.

   
UARS- THE GREY ZONE IS MORE TROUBLE THAN YOU THINK
 

Steve Carstensen, DDS
Steve Carstensen DDS has been treating sleep apnea and snoring for 18 years, has completed training at UCLA’s Mini-Residency in Sleep and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He lectures internationally at over 20 events per year training dentists in sleep medicine, directs sleep education at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and Spear Education and is a faculty member of the Sleep Residency Program at University of the Pacific. For the AADSM he was a Board Member, Secretary-Treasurer and President-Elect. From 2007 – 2010 Steve served the ADA on the Council for Annual Sessions and was Chair of the 2010 ADA meeting. Since 2014 he has been Editor-in-Chief of Dental Sleep Practice Magazine. Together with a partner he founded Premier Sleep, a practice in Bellevue, WA entirely devoted to helping people breathe better and sleep better.

CANCER & COLLABORATIVE CARE WITH DENTISTRY
 

Howard Hindin, DDS
Dr. Howard Hindin is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry and is trained in all aspects of general dentistry, with an early emphasis on surgery and endodontia. Since the 1990s, his practice has also focused on cosmetic dentistry, temporo mandibular joint disorders and cranio facial pain. An acknowledged pioneer in the relationship between dental issues and whole body health, Dr. Hindin is President (2000-present) of the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM). The foundation offers educational services to professionals and the public on complementary medicine as well as advocacy for patient and doctor rights. In addition, Dr. Hindin advanced the use of acupuncture in dentistry and general medicine as the Director of the Acupuncture Program for Substance Abuse in Rockland County. There, he developed, supervised and trained personnel to provide acupuncture for the Rockland County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Outpatient Services. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the American Association of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pain Management, American Academy of Cranio Facial Pain, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and the NY State Society of Acupuncture for Physician and Dentists. Dr. Hindin has presented important position papers to dental and medical groups throughout the country. His research into the dental-medical connection and systemic balance has shaped the medical community’s understanding of this growing and important field.

   
PEDIATRIC SLEEP MEDICINE

Umakanth Khatwa, MD
Dr. Umakanth Katwa is a pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric sleep specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston and Faculty in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has graduated from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, India and went on to complete his residency in pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He also did his pediatric Residency at Weil Cornell Medical School/Lincoln Hospital. He then completed his training at Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Harvard University in Boston. He is currently the Director of sleep laboratory at the Children’s Hospital Boston, and also Director of the Multidisciplinary Program for Sleep Apnea and Sleep Surgery. His research interests include pediatric sleep disordered breathing, complex sleep apnea, breathing disorders and aspiration/reflux related lung disease and has widely published in national and international journals. 

   
UTILIZING SALIVARY TESTING: SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR LASTING HEALING
 

Erin Lommen, ND
Dr. Lommen is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and is enjoying her 28th year of clinical family practice and health optimization utilizing Natural and Integrative Medicine.  She was a clinical investigator for a successful 5-year study through the NIH (National Institute of Health) on chronic disease.  Dr. Lommen previously taught as an Associate Professor at NCNM (National College of Naturopathic Medicine) for 10 years. She is the co-founder, Chief Clinical Officer and Associate Medical Director for Labrix, a well-respected diagnostic laboratory specializing in salivary hormone and urinary neurotransmitter testing.  She is the co-author of the popular book: Slim, Sane and Sexy; Pocket Guide to Natural, Bioidentical Hormone Balancing .  Dr Lommen is a sought-after speaker at medical conferences including presentations on GI Health, Neuro-Endocrine Inflammation, Bioidentical Hormone Balancing, PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue, Depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Cravings & Addiction.  Television interviews include both local and national stations, most notably; CNN. She enjoys hiking, biking and reading in her spare time.

 
OZONE: CHRONIC AND ACUTE DISEASE

Phil Mollica, MS, DMD, NMD
Dr. Philip Mollica, MS, DMD, NMD, graduated from UMDNJ–New Jersey Dental School. He is Professor Emeritus from the Departments of Dentistry and Integrative Medicine at Capital University of Integrative Medicine, Washington, D.C. Dr. Mollica was chairman of the Institutional Review Board at CUIM. He now chairs the IRB for the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, lectures for a variety of Ozone Therapy Associations around the world, is Vice President of the AAO, and holds Ozone Therapy in Dentistry courses 25 to 30 times per year. He also is the director at Wellville Institute for Advanced Oxygen Studies. He has a private practice in Saddle Brook, N.J.

   
SURGICAL & ORTHODONTIC MANAGEMENT OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA & DENTOFACIAL DEFORMITIES

Reza Movahed, DMD
Dr. Reza Movahed received a doctorate in dental medicine from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2007.
His residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was completed at Nova Southeastern University, in which he was exposed to the full scope of the specialty including maxillofacial pathology, dentoalveolar surgery, implant surgery, maxillofacial reconstruction, microvascular surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and trauma.
Following the completion of his residency, he pursued his fellowship in orthognathic and TMJ surgery at Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas, Texas).
As of January 2014, Dr. Movahed has joined the Saint Louis University Department of Orthodontics as a clinical assistant professor involved in research, teaching, and overseeing surgical orthodontic cases.

 
UNIFICATION THEORY

Mark Murphy, DDS, FAGD
Mark T. Murphy, DDS, FAGD is the Principal of funktionaltracker.com and Lead Faculty for Clinical Education at MicroDental Laboratories and ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. He also serves on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy and oversees the Practice and Financial Management Curriculum at the Pankey Institute. He lectures internationally on Leadership, Practice Management, Communication, Case Acceptance, Planning, Occlusion, TMD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Mark has been involved in Sleep Dentistry for over 25 years, is an AADSM member, and has trained with several of the leading sleep dentists and training institutes. He is an informative and entertaining speaker, blending a stand-up style of humor and anecdotes with current evidence-based research that you can take home and use in your practice right away.

 
BIOMIMETIC ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY: EPIGENETIC MODULATION OF ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION?
 

David Singh, PhD, DDS, DMD
Dr. G. Dave Singh, DDS, PhD, DMD is a US citizen who was born, educated and trained in England, UK. He holds three doctorates: Doctor of Dental Medicine; a PhD in Cleft palate/craniofacial development and a DDSc in Orthodontics. He is a Member of the World Sleep Society, the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. In addition, he is an Academic Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists and a Fellow/Senior Instructor of the International Association for Orthodontics where he was awarded prizes in 2005, 2013 and 2014. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor in Orthodontics (University of Michigan, USA; University of Hawaii, USA; University of Airlangga, Indonesia and University of Sains Malaysia); Associate Professor at the Center for Craniofacial Disorders, University of Puerto Rico, USA; and Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatoon, Canada, as well as Director of Continuing Education for the SMILE Foundation, USA. Dr. Singh has some 200 published works in the peer-reviewed medical, dental and orthodontic literature, and is author of a book entitled “Epigenetic Orthodontics in Adults”. Dr. Singh has lectured nationally and internationally in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, and holds several US and international patents. He is currently President of Vivos BioTechnologies, Inc. 

   
PHYSIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY: BETTER OUTCOMES FOR SLEEP AND PAIN PATIENTS
  John Tucker, DMD
Dr. Tucker is a 1982 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He has dedicated his professional career to providing you with the best that dentistry has to offer.
Dr. Tucker is continually educating himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques in order to provide advanced, state-of-the-art, comfortable, personalized and antiseptic dental care. He has completed countless courses in all aspects of dentistry, including dental implants, sedation dentistry and Invisalign.
He is a member of many prestigious dental organizations, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and is a diplomat in the American Society of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Tucker is currently one of 37 dentists in the world to have a Certificate in Esthetic Dentistry from the University of Buffalo.

 
 ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL: CHOOSING THE CORRECT APPLIANCE
   Rob Veis, DDS
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 years at South East Medical Center in the medical laboratory. Dr. Veis attended dental school at University of Southern California where he received his doctorate in dentistry in 1984.
While leading the Appliance Therapy Group, Dr. Veis continues to practice General Dentistry in Los Angeles.
 
PT. VISCERAL MANIPULATION
Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D

Gail was one of the first physical therapists to encourage the collaboration of dentists and physical therapists to work together to improve patient outcomes for TMD, head, neck and facial pain. Her interests lead to writing a chapter on physical therapy in Diseases of the temporomandibular apparatus - a multidisciplinary approach (Morgan, Hall Vamvas). While speaking at National Dental and Physical Therapy conferences, she met Dr. Harold Gelb. Dr. Gelb and Gail collaborated on the importance of bringing these two disciplines together to connect recovery to function.

                                                          
 
EVALUATION, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF FRENUM RESTRICTIONS
 

Soroush Zaghi, MD
Dr. Zaghi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, UCLA Otolaryngology (ENT) residency, and Stanford Sleep Surgery Fellowship. The focus of his specialty training is on comprehensive treatment of tongue-tie, nasal obstruction, snoring, and sleep apnea. He is very active in clinical research with over 60+ peer-reviewed research journal publications.

Dr. Zaghi is particularly interested in studying the impact of tethered-oral tissues (such as tongue-tie) and oral myofascial dysfunction on maxillofacial development, upper airway resistance syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea. He is an invited lecturer, author, and journal reviewer for topics  relating to the diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing and tongue-tie disorders.

                                                           

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