SPEAKERS
 
 
   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17  
  Foundation for Airway Health - White Flag Event: Med Talks Dental Focus Part 1
 
 
           
Kevin Adair Marc Moeller Ben Miraglia, DDS Jack Kall, DMD,
FAGD, MIAOMT
Pat Mc Bride Susan Maples
 
  Foundation for Airway Health - White Flag Event: Med Talks with ACAM Part 2  
 

 
Ahvie Herskowitz, MD Christopher Shade, PhD  Joseph Mercola, DO Jesse Stoff, MD, HMD, FAAFP  Jeanne Bailey, DDS
Nancy Weisner, MBA, INHC Gregg Johnson, PT Julia Worrall, RN
 
  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.

Lecture Description: There is growing utilization of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in healthcare practices, research settings & among the public. Accurate HRV data can provide information about imbalances that can predict future health problems, monitor the efficacy of treatment modalities & be a common language of communication between all healthcare practitioners. Dr. Thayer, a recognized world leader in HRV research, will discuss the use and benefits of HRV in a collaborative setting.
 
 
 
   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: 
New brain science discoveries show that sleep is entrained to our planet’s annual cycle by sunlight producing vitamin D on our skin, allowing us to sleep longer and gain weight in winter. Avoiding the sun has left us with a global epidemic of sleep disorders and a changed microbiome that are both linked to our failing health. Learn how to use this new information to help all of your patients sleep better.
 
     
  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: 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: AAMS Congress (Academy of Applied Myofunctional Scientists)        
 
   
Hidehiro Abe, DDS  Michelle Emanuel, OT 

     
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: Hormones and Autoimmunity Track 9: Integrative Medicine Academy

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

  Track 10: AAMS Congress (Academy of Applied Myofunctional Scientists)        
 
     
Yasuo Ito, MD, PhD  Venkata Koka, MD,
FRCSEd, DIU
Katrina Rogers, (SLT) 

     
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, HMD, FAAFP      
   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 Constanc 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: Collaboration to Reverse Cognitive Decline
  Charles Whitney, MD
Charles Whitney, M.D. is double board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his family practice residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center. He served as a physician in the United States Air Force before joining the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In 2004 he established his current private medical practice, Revolutionary Health Services, where his focus is on preventive medicine, emphasizing preventive cardiac and dementia prevention.

Dr. Whitney served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Private Physicians, the national trade organization of Concierge practices from 2007-2013, and was Vice-president during his final year.  He was twice named a “Top Doc” in Concierge Medicine by Concierge Medicine Today, the only physician in Pennsylvania to earn that distinction.  He was four times named “Top Doc” in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine, 2016-19. 

A leading national advocate of bridging the “oral-systemic gap” between dentistry and medicine, Dr. Whitney is a Keynote speaker and has been published in leading print and online dental trade journals, including Dentistry Today, Dentaltown, Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, DentistryIQ.com and Dentalcompare.com.  He was included in the 60-minute documentary, Say Ahh, the Cavity in Healthcare, a movie that discusses the many effects disease in the mouth has on the rest of the body including heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and pregnancy complications, and others.

Lecture Description: As health professionals we need to dig deep to discover the root causes of disease.  If we don’t, then our treatment is just patchwork, while the underlying engines of inflammation, toxicity, and deficiencies continuing to run placing us at risk for further breakdown and disease.  The most dramatic case of this is in dementia.  The best drugs only slow deterioration of cognitive decline, leaving Alzheimer’s Disease as an incurable terminal disease… until now.
Through years of research by Dr. Dale Bredesen, we now have a method to prevent and even reverse cognitive decline.  This ReCODE method to Reverse COgnitive DEcline is a systematic search for all the known root causes placing an individual at risk for cognitive decline. 
In this practical presentation, you will learn what’s possible in dementia treatment, how the program is structured, and why an effective program requires the collaboration of everyone in attendance.  You will leave with a vision for your role in tackling this devastating disease.


 
Track 11: Raising Healthy Children Track 12: Frenums, Fascia & Physiology
Brian Hockel, DDS  Amanda Chastain, MA, CCC-SLP Duane Grummons, DDS  Ben Miraglia, DDS
 Ron Hruska, MPA, PT Soroush Zaghi, MD 
 
Track 13: Repair and Inflammation Track 14: Integrative Medicine Academy
Gregory Smith, MD,  MPH  Hazel Szeto, MD, PhD

Leigh Erin Connealy, MD Lise Alschuler, ND
  Track 15: AAMS Congress (Academy of Applied Myofunctional Scientists)        
 
Nicole Archambault, EdS,
MS, CCC-SLP
Hila Robbins, DMD Richard Baxter, DMD, MS

     
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: AAMS Congress (Academy of Applied Myofunctional Scientists)        
 
  Infant and Toddler Myofunctional Therapy:
- Hideharo Abe,
DDS
- Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, DABLS
- Katrina Rogers, SLT
Research Priorities in Frenulum Surgery:
- Yasuo Ito, MD,
PhD
- Soroush Zaghi, MD
- Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, DABLS
Jeff Rouse, DDS Panel Discussion #1 Panel Discussion #2

     
   Keynote Session 8: Collaboration in OSA Care using Surgery and Hypoglossal Stimulator Therapy  
Kevin Gersten, MD, PhD
Dr. Gersten is one of the first of a small number of surgeons in the country to become dual board certified in Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngology. He has been practicing Sleep Medicine and Sleep Surgery in the San Francisco Bay area since 2001 and is regularly recognized as one of the Bay Area’s top doctors.  Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies regularly direct refer their employees to be seen in his clinic. His practice is located within the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a multi-specialty health organization with over 1600 providers assisting with the care of over 1 million patients per year. Dr. Gersten founded and heads the Alameda Division Sleep Medicine Department and is medical director for its 8-bed sleep lab. He has been instrumental in establishing a proactive strategy to identifying and managing sleep apnea in PAMF patients.

Dr. Gersten has been a pioneer in bringing advanced surgical techniques to manage palate and tongue-based obstruction to community practice. He has been a leader in collaborative care, partnering with advanced practice clinicians, medical specialists, dental professionals, nutritionists, and myofunctional therapists to successfully manage even the most challenging sleep apnea patients.  Dr. Gersten’s practice utilizes behavioral, medical, CPAP, and surgical modalities to treat sleep conditions in both children and adults.  He has approximately 5000 patient visits each year, not including surgeries.  Dr. Gersten regularly provides lectures for both the community and health care providers to increase awareness and understanding of sleep disorders as well as their treatment options. He also founded and ran a local A.W.A.K.E. support group to help community members with their sleep issues.

Dr. Gersten did his undergraduate training at Princeton University, received his M.D and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, and completed otolaryngology residency training at the top three University of Washington program. He holds two patents related to the creation of cell surface markers in human cells.

Lecture Description: 
Patient-centric care is essential for successful management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Please join Dr. Gersten to explore partnering with our patients and other health care providers to improve sleep apnea management. Video from sleep endoscopy can be a powerful tool for patients and providers in choosing treatment options.  See how this can help with both non surgical as well as surgical therapy strategies, including 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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