DAY 1:  FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

8:30 AM Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM to 9:55 AM

Topic: 2018 ASBA State of the Union“: Update and the Next Step; Recommendations for the NTSB for Improved Safety in Transportation Industries Related to Fatique, Daytime Sleepiness, Poor Sleep Hygiene and Undiagnosed & Untreated OSA, as well as Improvement in Technological Utilization

Presenter: Former Congressman Marty Russo

Marty Russo is a well-known lobbyist and noted speaker on how to have more influence in Washington, in business, and in life. Using dynamic story telling and listing useful tips, former Congressman Russo is a energetic speaker on having more influence. You will leave with the leadership knowledge and action oriented tips you need to make a difference. This workshop will be customized by the group to address the specific public policy issues and leadership needs of concern

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Topic: Integrating Appliance Therapy to your Practice. What Percent should Sleep be to a Practice

Presenter: Dr Rob Veis DDS

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 an internationally renowned lecturer on the topics of Dental Sleep Medicine, Orthodontics for the General Practice and Appliance Therapy.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee/Tea Break and Exhibits

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Review of current evidence on physiologic remodeling of the upper airway, specifically with respect to the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including OSA

Presenter: Dr Dave Singh DMD PhD DDSc

Dr. Singh is the founder of the field of pneumopedics and cranofacial epigenetics, including epigenetic orthodontics, having realized a few years ago that there is a natural way for the body to remodel the upper airway, reshape bone and move teeth into their correct positions painlessly without the use of surgery or drugs




1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Topic: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its Cardiovascular Consequences

Presenter: Dr. Archie Roberts M.D.

Founder of the Living Heart Foundation, a 501(c)(3) group, combating sudden cardiac death as well as identifying, studying, and directing the appropriate lifestyle treatment of early cardiovascular risk factors, including improper levels of nutrition, stress, and exercise. Dr. Roberts has performed more than 4,000 open-heart surgeries over 20 years. He is also published in over 110 journal and scientific peer-review articles and books

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Topic: Integrating Dentistry and Medicine, the Time is Now!

Presenter: Mohammad Cheema, MD, DAASM, FAAFP

Dr. Cheema is a Louisiana native, who completed his undergraduate at LSU-S and further completing his residency at LSU-HSC in New Orleans. After completion of his residency Dr. Cheema moved to the “City of Brotherly Love” to become fellowship-trained in Sleep Medicine, which he completed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After completion of Fellowship and realizing the immense need for a Pediatric Sleep Specialist here in his own back yard, he moved back to “The Big Easy” and has established the first of its kind Sleep Center.

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Topic: Protocols for Reducing Time and Achieving Optimal Appliance Outcomes

Presenter: John Nadeau and Dr. John Carollo DMD

John Nadeau is an expert on the airway, imaging and home sleep testing John authored the SGS protocol manual detailing the steps-by-step process involved in taking a patient from initial screening through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. John’s passion for dental sleep medicine comes through strongly in his lectures and he has been an invited guest instructor at many dental meetings and teaching facilities across North America.

John Carollo DMD is a respected author, lecturer and peer. He has helped thousands of dentists learn about the latest clinical techniques both nationally and internationally. In addition, he has written more than 20 articles that have been published in a variety of dental journals. At the same time, he actively searches for opportunities to expand his knowledge and to learn from others.

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Topic: “NIGHTLASE™” A unique new non-surgical approach to the management of snoring and sleep apnea, using the Fotona Lightwalker family of Lasers.

Presenter: Dr. Harvey Shiffman DDS

Dr. Shiffman is in general practice at the Laser Dental Center in Boynton Beach, Fla. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry and completed a general practice residency at Georgetown University Medical Center with an emphasis on treating medically compromised patients. Dr. Shiffman completed certification with the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) in three types of Laser systems and was recently awarded a Fellowship in the ALD. He is personally involved in the use and development of cutting edge technology and has performed thousands of laser dental procedures over the last decade.

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – FRIDAY EVENT

Cocktail Event and Evening Speakers Earl Campbell and Gary Baxter Founders of Project Rose.

ASBA are honored that the “Rose” founders have chosen this year’s Sleep & Wellness conference to lay out their Sleep Program vision.

Project Rose, a Texas based healthcare company, will be announcing one of the largest investments in their Sleep Program along with Wellness Programs and a Sports Medicine Program. The “Rose” group plans to invest millions of dollars, create jobs, grow sleep awareness and help more people get treatment.

The “Rose” group will help power the growth of our field, while providing more opportunities to work with medical and dental sleep medicine practitioners.



Friday April 13th for Dental Sleep Medicine 101 and program for assistants and office staff.

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Topic:The Connection Between Gut Health & Sleep

Presenters: Dr. Anthony R. Bennardo DDS and Dr. Aaron Street

Dr. Bennardo received his DDS degree from the University of Illinois in 1990 and has been involved in dental sleep medicine since 2008. After being diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea in 2014 his desire to advance his knowledge and treatment abilities increased. He became a member of the ASBA through his affiliation with the International Academy of Sleep and became an ASBA diplomate in 2017. His desire to treat his patients to the highest level possible lead him to dig deeper into the research on the biochemical components of sleep and how gut health plays a major role. This dual approach, treating the mechanical components of sleep with oral appliance therapy and now the chemical components of sleep with optimizing body ph and gut health, has given him greater treatment success and increased patient wellness. Aaron Street is a highly experienced and sought-after wellness educator and nutrition doctor. Each year he presents entertaining educational and inspirational wellness lectures, workshops, and programs to thousands all over the US and abroad. Aaron Street and his team of staff and physicians have been committed to impacting and educating patients to optimal health for 17 years. His mission is to empower as many people as possible to experience their optimal health potential through genuine care and education.. Dr. Street promotes total wellness through Encouragement, Education, and by Equipping people with the necessary tools they can use to reach their wellness goals.

11:30 AM to 12:00 

Topic: Leadership and Growth in Dental Sleep: What an Academy can and should be doing for its Members

Presenter: Dr. Allan K. Bernstein DDS

Dr. Bernstein was one of the original 7 founders of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine back in 1991. He focuses his practice on orofacial pain disorders (TMD) and obstructive sleep apnea/snoring. He has been in practice since 1978. He received his training at McGill University in Montreal and completed his dental internship at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD> He continues to enhance and refine his clinical expertise through ongoing training and professional involvement in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with the use of oral appliances, an area he expanded his practice to include since 1986.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Topic: Chronic Care Management

Presenter: Rudi Ferrate MD

Dr. Ferrate is board certified in Sleep and has recently dedicated himself to building a network of care providers with an interest in Chronic Care management.

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Topic: Sleep Medicine Oral Appliance Therapy: A Real Model for Dentist Physician Collaboration

Presenter: David Gergen

David Gergen has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields.  He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Arthur Gaus, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen and Dr. Edward Spiegel.  He has also taught orthodontic technicians at Arizona Institute of Technology for dental and medical careers.




9:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Topic: Sleep Medicine Oral Appliance Therapy: A Real Model for Dentist Physician Collaboration

Presenters: Dr. Rudi Ferrate M.D.

Dr. Rudi Ferrate is a Board Certified Sleep Physician in private practice in Glendale, AZ. Besides his expertise in Family Medicine he has been diagnosing and treating patients with sleep disorders, medical weight loss as well as preventative medicine with an emphasis or hormones and nutrition. Dr. Ferrate is also boarded in Family Medicine, non surgical Bariatric Medicine. From the very beginning of his medical career has nurtured his passion to find the best, most specific yet natural treatments in the field of Wellness, rejuvenation, sleep disorders and weight loss. He is an active member of various academies and holds medical licenses in multiple states as well as outside of the US. In the sleep medicine field his purpose is to collaborate with the best in the field to define the future of sleep disorders treatment and performance where dentists and physicians will work together using all available therapies as well as develop innovative protocols, tools and medical devices for sleep disorders performance where dentists and physicians will work together using all available therapies as well as develop innovative protocols, tools and medical devices for sleep disorders.

9:50 AM to 11:00 AM

Topic: When Patients Come Back – Educational Seminar Addresses Simple Steps to Address Pain

Presenter: Dr. Dan Tache DMD

Dr. Taché is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, he completed an advanced General Dentistry Residency program at the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA)/University of Texas Dental Branch (UTDB). Dr. Taché attended an 18-month training program for the diagnosis and treatment of Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD). Dr. Taché established a successful practice in Houston, Texas, where he emphasized Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) and Sleep Apnea (SA). During that time, he maintained his position as an assistant clinical professor, lecturing on TMD/MPD. In 1999, Dr. Taché and his family moved back home to Appleton and became the first board-certified dentist in Dental Sleep Mediine in the state of Wisconsin.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee/Tea Break and Exhibits

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Topic: How to work with Physicians for Patient Referals

Presenters: Dr. Kent Smith DDS and Dr. Rosemarie Rohatgi DMD

Formally trained sleep apnea dentist San Diego and recognized as an expert, Dr. Rosemarie Rohatgi utilizes Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) which is action taken by people who are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine, otherwise known as CPAP intolerant. Everyone’s case of sleep apnea is different and must be treated uniquely.  A properly fitting oral device will prevent the airway from being blocked, resulting in a significantly better night’s rest. It will also stop the snoring associated with the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) disorder. Dr. Rohatgi is versed in the construction of the industry’s leading oral appliances thereby effectively selecting the proper appliance for your unique case of sleep apnea.

Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of both the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and is on the Advisory Committee of the Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. In 2007, he was asked to start a sleep curriculum at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Clinical Studies. In 2011, he started the SKISH Initiative (“School Kids in Safe Hands”), to keep bus drivers and students safe on the roads. In 2012, he was the first in Texas to be awarded a Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation and is the creator of the “Best Sleep Hygiene” app. He is current President of the ASBA.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM


2:00 PM to 2:55 PM

Topic: State Laws Effecting Transportation Industry Workers and the Sleep Component

Presenter: Mark Brnovich

Mark Brnovich is a lawyer and politician from the state of Arizona who currently serves as Attorney General of Arizona. It’s the largest law office in Arizona, with approximately 430 attorneys and over 1,000 employees.

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Topic: Making a Dent in the Sleep Medicine Universe While Providing Affordable, Efficient Care

Presenters: Dr. David Berg and Dr. Janice Johnson M.D.

David Berg is co-founder and chairman of the board of Redirect Health. He helps oversee operations and develops innovative ways to enhance the company’s processes and procedures for identifying the most cost-efficient, high-quality routes for common healthcare needs.

In addition to leading Redirect Health, Berg co-founded Arrowhead Health Centers, a comprehensive and integrated network of patient centered medical homes (NCQA Level 3) and surgery centers that the Osteoarthritis Centers of America exclusively selected to be its national training site. Numerous specialties are integrated into one cohesive healthcare experience including family practice, pain and injury management, rehabilitation, chiropractic, orthopedics, podiatry, cardiology, and laboratory, radiology and other diagnostic testing.

Berg’s healthcare vision has inspired other clinics across the nation to adopt his philosophies and integrate them into their own practices. He regularly hosts training sessions with business owners, principals and administrators to help other healthcare practices streamline operations and costs while improving clinical outcome quality.

4:30 PM to 4:45 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM

Topic: Scope of Practice in Dental Sleep Medicine

Attendees will be given an overview of the current board complaints and status of scope of practice in dental sleep medicine. The current controversy regarding the appropriate usage of HST’s will be discussed, State regulations will be presented and the risks of practicing medicine without a license will be examined. You do not want to miss this updated review of the law of dental sleep medicine.

Presenter: Ken Berley, DDS, JD, DABDSM

Ken Berley, DDS, JD, DABDSM, has practiced general, implant and cosmetic dentistry for over 35 years. A concern and passion for the patient’s well being combined with his dental experience, led Dr. Berley to complete extensive training in the field of dental sleep medicine to ensure the effective and appropriate treatment of patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Berley has gained recognition among physicians, dentists, and patients for his ability to effectively treat an manage patients with mild to severe obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. Dr. Berley is also an attorney and with his knowledge and experience he teaches other dentists across the nation how to effectively treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea.