SPEAKERS
 
 
   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17  
  Foundation for Airway Health - White Flag Event: Med Talks Dental Focus Part 1
 
 
         
   Steve Acker, DDS     Jeanne Bailey, MD   Marc Moeller  Ben Miraglia, DDS  
 
  Foundation for Airway Health - White Flag Event: Med Talks with ACAM Part 2  
 






Gregg Johnson, PT Julia Worrall, RN Pat Mc Bride   Jesse Stoff, MD   
 
  Keynote Session 1: Heart Rate Variability: The Link Between All Practitioners  
  Julian Thayer, PhD
Dr. Thayer completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in 1986 from New York University with a specialization in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative psychology. Dr. Thayer's area of specialization is psychophysiological aspects of self regulation, particularly parasympathetic influences on physical and mental health including hypertension, anxiety, and depression.
 
 
 
   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18  
  Keynote Session 2: Three Simple Steps for Healthier Sleep  
  Stasha Gominak, MD
Dr. Gominak grew up and attended college in California, moved to Houston for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where she received an MD degree in 1983. Her Neurology residency was done at the Harvard affiliated, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She practiced Neurology in the San Francisco Bay area from 1991-2004 then moved with her husband to Tyler, Texas. 
Starting in 2004 she began to dedicate more of her practice to the treatment of sleep and sleep disorders. In 2012 and 2016 she published two pivotal articles about the global struggle with worsening sleep, the possible causes and solutions, related to vitamin D deficiency and the intestinal microbiome. 
In 2016 she retired from her office practice to have more time to teach. She currently divides her time between RightSleep® coaching sessions for private individuals and teaching other clinicians the RightSleep® method of sleep repair.  

Lecture Description: Our brain-based sleep, repair systems have evolved within two, planet-derived, repeating loops; the 24 hour daily cycle, and the 365 day, annual cycle. The brain is linked to the day/night cycle by sunlight passing through the eye using retinoids, like vitamin A, entraining us to a 24 hour, circadian rhythm. Recently discovered is that our brain is also linked to the annual cycle, through sunlight passing into the skin where it makes vitamin D. Vitamin D is a hormone that adjusts our sleep, fertility, and metabolism to the seasons. It promotes better survival through weight gain and longer sleep (hibernation) in winter when food supplies are reduced. Vitamin D adjusts metabolism through changing the intestinal microbiome, promoting intestinal bacterial populations that cause weight gain in winter. With the advent of sunscreen and air conditioning vitamin D deficiency has become a global epidemic. These new discoveries linking vitamin D to sleep and the microbiome provide an opportunity to treat this overlooked, brain-based endocrine disorder that has been in the background in every one of our sleep disordered patients. During the lecture I will introduce a simple treatment regimen, RightSleep® that uses inexpensive, readily available vitamins in a totally new way. The protocol can be easily added to CPAP or oral appliance therapy, but it also offers new hope for patients with insomnia, multiple unexplained awakenings, and chronic fatigue. 
 
     
  Keynote Session 3: Stealth Sources of Oxidative Stresses That Will Sabotage Health
Joseph Mercola, DO
Dr. Joseph Mercola is a passionate advocate of natural medicine. He is a wellness champion and a visionary, who has succeeded in implementing much needed changes to our current healthcare system. He is also a New York Times bestselling author. After 25 years as a physician to thousands of patients, Dr. Mercola merged his passion for health with his interest in technology and created www.mercola.com. Today it is the #1 natural health website, educating and empowering millions of subscribers to take control of their health.

Lecture Description: Excessive antioxidants can be harmful. Far better to identify sources of oxidative damage and limit exposures that cause them.  Will also carefully review how to use natural approaches to hormetically reduce oxidative damage including latest insights on NAD+ augmentation strategies.


 
     
  Track 1: The Important Role of Hygienists as an Airway Advocate Track 2: Airway Sleep: The Medical Dental Collaboration  
 

Julia Worrall, RN
Gina Pritchard, DNP
 
 

Crispin Simmons, DDS
Gregg Johnson, PT

 
  Track 3: Rejuvenation/Brain Health Track 4: Integrative Medicine Academy  
 
 
Andrew Tatarsky, PhD
Chris Shade, PhD

 
Mark Abramson, DDS Ariel Causey, BS, MSN, RN, FNP-C

 
  Track 5:      
 
   
   

     
Track 6:Team Member Collaboration for Optimal Care… A Legal Perspective    Track 7: Airway Sleep: The Medical Dental
 Collaboration...Continued

Glennine Varga Ken Berley, DDS

 
Jerald Simmons, MD  Steve Carstensen, DDS

Track 8: Rejuvenation/Brain Health Track 9: Integrative Medicine Academy

 
Alan McDaniel, MD Elena Frid, MD
 
   
Allen "Buddy" Green, MD  

  Track 10:      
 
   
   

     
Keynote Session 5: The Importance of Collaboration
Steve Anderson
Steven J. Anderson is widely considered dentistry’s “Yes” man having worked with thousands of dental teams over the last thirty years to transform their case acceptance and patient service results.

He is also a patient, having undergone extensive treatment to correct a genetic airway obstruction that included orthodontic, perio, oral surgery, and cosmetic treatment.

Learn from his personal experience as a patient how collaboration between practitioners can create optimal outcomes.




Lecture Description: 
From a patient’s perspective, learn how you can create and maintain a treatment team of practitioners that works for the patient’s whole health.

Discover the biggest mistakes dentists make when working together for the patient’s whole health and how you can create a winning, collaborative team including:

• Critical decisions you must make in advance before you recommend treatment.
• Essential verbal skills for treatment acceptance of the ideal plan.
• Communication secrets for coordinating every member of the team.
• Setting yourself and your patient up for success from the beginning.
• Whatever you do, DON’T DO THIS! Collaborating when you don’t control all the details.
• And much, much more!

Learning Outcome/objectives:

Dental teams will learn:
1. The building blocks for a successful treatment team.
2. Communication skills for treatment acceptance success.
3. Collaboration skills to keep treatment coordinated for the benefit of the patient.

     
Keynote Session 5: Case Study
     
 
   Leigh Erin Connealy, MD    Jesse Stoff, MD  
   SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19  
  Keynote Session 6: Airway Sleep and Inflammation  
  David Gozal, MD, MBA
Dr. Gozal is currently the Herbert T. Abelson Professor at the University of Chicago, where he also holds the title of Pritzker Scholar. He received his MD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completed his pediatric residency at the Haifa Medical Center in Israel, and then spent two years in Cameroon, West Africa, developing rural healthcare networks, for which he received the title of “Knight of the Order of Merit.” He then completed his pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine training at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 1993 and joined the faculty at the University of Southern California and UCLA. In 1994, he moved to Tulane University, where he rose through the ranks and was appointed tenured Professor and Constance Kaufman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology Research. 

From 1999 till 2009, Dr. Gozal was at the University of Louisville as the Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair for Pediatric Research, Distinguished University Scholar, Vice-Chair for Research, Director of the Kosair Children’s Research Institute, and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, both of which were recognized as programs of distinction by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Gozal joined the University of Chicago as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of Comer Children’s Hospital, a position he has held till June 2014. 

Dr Gozal’s research interests emphasize bench to bedside approaches to pediatric sleep disorders, with projects encompassing a wide range of interests, such as gene and cellular regulation in hypoxia  and sleep disruption, murine models of sleep disorders, and genomic and proteomic approaches to clinical and epidemiological aspects of sleep in children, including collaborative work in several countries around the world. 

In addition to his membership and previous committee service in multiple professional societies, he is slated to become President of the American Thoracic Society in 2016, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sleep  Research Society, deputy editor for the journals Sleep and Frontiers in Neurology, and a regular member of the NNRS study section at NIH, as well as serving on the editorial boards of several leading journals in the field. He has been the recipient of multiple professional accolades including the ATS Amberson Lecture in 2002, and most recently was awarded the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2013.  His research work is supported by the NIH, he has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles, >115 book chapters and reviews, 3 books, and > 800 scientific abstracts, and has extensively lectured all over the world.

Lecture Description: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) is a markedly prevalent condition across the lifespan, particularly in overweight and obese individuals, which has been associated with an independent risk for neurocognitive, behavioral, and mood problems as well as cardiovascular and metabolic morbidities, ultimately fostering increases in overall mortality rates. In adult patients, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is the most frequent symptom leading to clinical referral for evaluation and treatment, but classic EDS features are less likely to be reported in children, particularly among those with normal body-mass index. The cumulative evidence collected over the last two decades supports a conceptual framework, whereby sleep-disordered breathing in general and more particularly OSA should be viewed as a low-grade chronic inflammatory disease. Accordingly, it is assumed that a proportion of the morbid phenotypic signature in OSA is causally explained by underlying inflammatory processes inducing end-organ dysfunction. In this lecture, I will describe the cumulative evidence in both murine models and human studies linking OSA to inflammation and to downstream end-organ dysfunction. 
 
     
  Keynote Session 7: Neuroinflammation
  Theoharis C. Theoharides, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD 
Theoharis Constantin Theoharides was born on Feb. 11, 1950 in Thessaloniki, Greece where he finished high school on scholarship at Anatolia College. He received his BA (Biology), MS (Immunology), MPhil (Endocrinology), PhD (Pharmacology) and M.D. (Medicine) degrees with honors from Yale University and was awarded the Winternitz Price in Pathology. His doctoral thesis advisors were the late Dr. W. W. Douglas, member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, and Dr. P. Greengard, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, while his dissertation examiner was the late George Palade, 1974 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine. Dr. Theoharides has a Certificate in Global Leadership and Managementfrom the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was selected Kennedy Fellow for an MPA at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Dr. Theoharides served on the Research Faculty of Allergy and Immunology at Yale (1978-1983). He trained in internal medicine at New England Medical Center (NEMC), Boston, MA and is a member of the Thessaloniki Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society.  He joined Tufts University in 1983, was tenured in 1991 and became full professor in 1995. He helped develop the Department and graduate studies in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, of which he was the Director of Medical Pharmacology (1986-1993). He served on three Curriculum Revision Committees, two Accreditation Subcommittees, as well as on the Program and Faculty, the Promotion and Tenure, and the Strategic Implementation Committees. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Fraternity, and received over 20 awards including the Tufts Alumni Awardfor Faculty Excellence, twice the Distinguished Faculty Recognition Award, the Award for Excellence in Teaching eight times, NEMC’s Oliver Smith Award “recognizing excellence, compassion and service”, Boston Mayor’s Community Award, the Boston Diocean Award, the Dr. George Papanicolau Award, and is “Archon Ieromnemon” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Dr. Theoharides is a member of 17 scientific societies, including the Hellenic Pharmacology Society, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology and the Royal Academy of Medicine (UK).. He has published over 270 research papers and 2 Textbooks of Pharmacology (Little, Brown & co., USA, 1996; Litsas, Greece, 2001. His research focuses on the role of a blood cell, the mast cell, in the development of inflammation in asthma, arthritis, autism, eczema, interstitial cystitis, migraines and multiple sclerosis. He was the first to show that mast cells can be stimulated by non-allergic triggers to release mediators selectively, and that acute stress triggers mast cell activation through specific receptors for corticotropin-releasing hormone. He is Deputy Editor of the European J Inflammation, the International J Immunopathol and Pharmacol, and J Biol Regul Homeost Agents, as well as on the Editorial Board of Expert Opinion in Pharmacotherapy, and ad hoc reviewer in over 20 other journals.  He has served on 10 different NIH Study Sections.  He has trained 23 high school students, 27 college students, 13 medical students, 10 Doctoral, 7 Masters and 46 post-doctorate students. He has developed a number of nutraceuticals for inflammatory conditions available in the USA (algonot.com).  He has received 21 US and International patents, as well as 9 Trade Marks.
 
Track 11: Raising Healthy Children Track 12: Frenums, Fascia & Physiology
Brian Hockel, DDS   Amanda Chastain,
MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Duane Grummons, DDS  Ben Miraglia, DDS
 Ron Hruska, MPA, PT Soroush Zaghi, MD 
 
Track 13: Inflammation Track 14: Integrative Medicine Academy
 
David Steenblock, DO
Gregory Smith, MD,  MPH  Hazel Szeto, MD, PhD

Leigh Erin Connealy, MD Lise Alschuler, ND
  Track 15:      
 
   
   

     
Track 16:  Raising Healthy Children...Continued Track 17: Frenums, Fascia & Physiology...Continued
 
Mark Abramson, DDS

Mike Nelson, DDS

 
 Sanda Pinkerton, RDHAP  Jeff Hindin, DDS

Track 18: Updates in Integrative Medicine Track 19: Integrative Medicine Academy  
 
 
Leigh Erin Connealy, MD Lise Alschuler, ND

 
Ariel Causey, BS, MSN, RN, FNP-C Allen "Buddy" Green, MD

 
  Track 20:      
 
   
   

     
   Keynote Session 8: The Role of Inflammation -Interfacing Multiple Therapies of MD and DDS's for Improved Patient Outcomes  
Stanley Liu, MD, DDS
Dr. Liu joined the Stanford University School of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in 2014. He currently serves as co-director of the Stanford Sleep Surgery Fellowship Program. He practices the full scope of sleep apnea surgery.
Dr. Liu boarded at The Lawrenceville School before attending Stanford as an undergrad. He received his medical and dental degrees from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). He was also a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Scholar (Cloister Program). After maxillofacial surgery residency at UCSF, Dr. Liu completed his sleep surgery fellowship at Stanford.

In addition to the full scope of sleep apnea surgery (nasal, palatal, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, genioglossus advancement, distraction osteogenesis maxillary expansion, maxillomandibular advancement), Dr. Liu has expertise in orthognathic surgery (particularly surgery-first orthognathic surgery), and repair of complex primary and secondary facial trauma.In that capacity, he also serves as a preceptor for the Stanford Oculoplastic Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Liu lectures extensively in the U.S. and internationally on sleep apnea surgery. His active areas of research include dynamic airway examination in OSA, virtual surgical planning for precision facial skeletal surgery, and neuromodulation of the head and neck. He has published over 40 scientific articles and medical texts on OSA, with original scientific work on MMA, maxillary expansion, and hypoglossal nerve stimulation.
 
  Keynote Session 9: The Role of Inflammation - Testing & Treating  
  Pamela Smith, MD, MPH, MS
Pamela Wartian Smith, M.D., MPH, MS spent her first twenty years of practice as an emergency room physician with the Detroit Medical Center and then 24-years as an Anti-Aging/Functional Medicine specialist. 

She is a diplomat of the Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of Metabolic, Anti-Aging and Personalized Medicine. She also holds a Master’s in Public Health Degree along with a Master’s Degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine.
She has been featured on CNN, PBS, and many other television networks, has been interviewed in numerous consumer magazines, and has hosted two of her own radio shows. She is a regular contributor for Fox News Radio. Dr. Smith was furthermore one of the featured physicians on the PBS series “The Embrace of Aging” as well as the on-line medical series “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” and “Regain Your Brain”. Dr. Pamela Smith is currently the Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and the founder of The Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. Dr. Smith is also the co-director of the Master’s Program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. 

In addition, she is the Director of Medical Education for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She is the author of the best-selling books, “HRT: The Answers,” “Vitamins Hype or Hope,” “Demystifying Weight Loss,” “What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More,” “What You Must Know about Women’s Hormones, “Why You Can’t Lose Weight.,” and “What You Must Know About Memory Loss and How You Can Stop It, “What You Must Know About Thyroid Disorders,”  and “What You Must Know About Allergy Relief,” of which she is a co-author. Her newest book: “What You Must Know About Autoimmune Diseases,” is scheduled to come out this fall.

Lecture Description: Most disease processes are inflammatory in nature particularly after the age of 40. Join Dr. Pamela W. Smith, M.D., MPH, MS for an interactive seminar which examines the role of inflammation in disease along with new testing methods, and innovative treatment modalities for inflammatory conditions.

 

 

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