Committees

American Sleep and Breathing Academy Committees

Membership Committee

Committee Chair: Dave Singh DMD PhD DDSc


Dave Singh is a US citizen who was born, educated and trained in England, UK. He holds three doctorates, including Doctor of Dental Medicine; a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Development, and a D.D.Sc. in Orthodontics. He was invited to relocate to the Center for Craniofacial Disorders, USA where he led a NIH-funded program of craniofacial/cleft lip and palate research. Currently, he is a Board Member of the American Sleep and Breathing Association, a member of the World Sleep Federation, an Academic Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists, and Fellow of the International Association for Orthodontics, where he was awarded prizes in 2005, 2013 and 2014. He has published over 200 articles and books in the peer-reviewed medical, dental and orthodontic literature, and has lectured in Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently, Dr Singh is President of Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.
EDUCATION:

  • D.D.Sc. Orthodontics, Dundee University, UK, 2000Thesis entitled “Morphological components of Class III malocclusions investigated by geometric morphometrics.” Research using diagnostic biomodeling with finite element analysis, Procrustes superimposition and other 3-D geometric morphometric techniques
  • Ph.D. Craniofacial Development , Bristol University, England, UK, 1992Thesis entitled “Studies on the development of the palate”. Research using cellular, ultra-structural and biochemical analyses, including biostatistics
  • D.M.D. Doctor of Dental Medicine. All aspects of clinical and pre-clinical training validated at the University of Puerto Rico, USA, 2004, based on original Degree in Dental Surgery, Newcastle University, England, UK, 1983

Committee Vice-Chair: Erin E. Elliott DDS


Dr. Erin Elliott grew up in Southern California but went away to a small NAIA school in Western New York where she played collegiate soccer and graduated summa cum laude from Houghton College. After graduating Creighton Dental School in 2003, she settled in North Idaho to begin her general dentistry career. She has a special interest in DentalSleep Medicine and Short Term Orthodontics. She has lectured extensively on this topic and loves to help general dentists extend this life-saving service to their patients. She is an active member of her local American Dental Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is the past president and a diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. She’s teaching sleep apnea with 3D-Dentists and Dr. Tarun Agarwal as well as privately coaching practices about sleep

Member: Shad L. Morris DMD


Dr. Morris began observing the toll that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was taking on the oral health of his patients. In particular a friend and dental patient whom he treated suddenly passed away in his sleep from obstructive sleep Apnea one night due to not wearing his CPAP.

Dr. Morris decided he wanted to help save lives through treating OSA. In taking many continuing education courses on OSA, along with the trained staff, Premier Sleep Solutions is now saving lives daily. His involvement in sleep medicine turned from primarily screening for sleep apnea to now having very close relationships with sleep physicians and allied health professionals in the community in treating this disease.

Member: Jason R Doucette, DMD


Dr. Doucette is a Nevada native that was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Further pursuing his education in 1991, Dr. Doucette ventured north to Reno where he attended the University of Nevada, Reno and received his bachelor’s degree of science in 1995. He then attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1999. Due to his love for the mountains and the great outdoors, Dr. Doucette returned to Reno shortly after to begin his career in dentistry.

After his first few years in practice and countless hours of continuing education, Dr. Doucette developed a passion for cosmetic dentistry and began to focus on smile revitalization through the use of technologically advanced surgical/restorative cosmetic dental procedures. In 2009 after surgically placing dental implants for nearly ten years, Dr. Doucette successfully expanded his focus to the planning and placement of fixed-full-arch-implant-supported-prosthetics via CT-Guided technology when multiple implants were indicated to restore a smile. Furthermore, as a result of Dr. Doucette’s extensive training and background in comprehensive dentistry over the last eighteen years, coupled with his concern for every individual’s overall health, Dr. Doucette has become acutely aware of the vital role that efficient sleep plays in the optimal health and healing of his patients. Therefore in recent years, Dr. Doucette has become very passionate about heavily screening and treating all of his patients for sleep breathing disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Doucette continues to pursue excellence while remaining on the cutting-edge of dental and sleep health technology.

Professional Affiliations
American Dental Association
Nevada Dental Association
Northern Nevada Dental Society
International Congress of Oral Implantology
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Sleep and Breathing Academy (Diplomate)
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Member: Paul R. Black, DDS


Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Black has lived in Eastern Iowa since 1970. He graduated with a degree in economics and business administration from Augustana college in Rock Island, Illinois in 1974. After working for International Harvester Company in management until 1979, Dr. Black returned to Augustana for two years of post graduate science prior to attending the University of Iowa School of Dentistry and graduating in 1985.

Dr. Black has owned and operated a private dental practice in the Quad Cities area since 1985, which emphasizes advanced restorative and cosmetic techniques in a beautiful all-digital office in Bettendorf, Iowa. Dr. Black has been been a leader in his community and has been involved in many charitable causes. Additionally, he had his own local dental radio call-in program on WOC-AM Radio (the station that Ronald Reagan started his career). He is the leading provider of Invisalign in Eastern Iowa with over 650 cases and has been a recurring guest speaker throughout the country for Invisalign.

Dr. Black is highly trained in dental sleep medicine and his office employees advanced techniques to determine sleep disturbances caused by obstructive airway abnormalities. He has been trained by Sleep Group Solutions and Glidewell Dental Laboratories in Irvine, California. Dr. Black is currently serving as the president of Sleep Group Solutions Study Club in Iowa and is a member of the ASBA serving on the membership committee. You may reach Dr. Black at his office at (563) 359–8271

Annual Conference Committee

Committee Chair: Chris Chui, DDS, MAGD, D-ASBA


Dr. Chris Chui is a general dentist who has great experience in the subject of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has successfully treated numerous patients with snoring and sleep apnea issues. He utilizes the latest technology and the most up-to-date dental appliances to tackle the patients with sleep issues that a lot of Primary Care Providers and Board Certified Sleep Physicians could not treat. He is currently the President of Northern California Academy of General Dentistry and Board Director of American Sleep and Breathing Academy.

Dr. Chris Chui has been a leading family dentist in the San Francisco Bay Area with expertise in Sleep Apnea, TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction) and orthopedic development for both children and adults. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and of UC San Francisco as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Chui has been continuously recognized for his stellar work and genuine patient caring, receiving prestigious accolades such as KRON4 News Best of the Bay Dentist, America’s Top Dentist, Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Fellow of the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics.

Committee Vice Chair: John A. Carollo, DMD


Dr. John Carollo received his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, (now Rutgers Dental School), and is a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, The American Dental Association, The Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomat in The American Sleep Breathing Academy. Dr. Carollo is a National and International Speaker for Sleep Group Solutions, Straumann Implants, Neoss Implants and Nobel Biocare Implants.

He has presented extensively on the subjects of Dental Sleep Medicine, Fabricating Dental Sleep Appliances Over Orthodontic Retainers, Avoiding Complications and Pitfalls in Implant Dentistry from Single Teeth to Full Mouth Restorations, All-on-4™ Lecture and Hands-On, Contemporary Implant Esthetics, Anterior Esthetics for Implants and Natural Teeth, All-Ceramic Restorations, Dental Digital Dentistry & Photography and Treatment Planning for Dental Implant Cases.

Currently, Dr. Carollo is presenting on Immediate Loading and Immediate Function of Dental Implants, Full Arch Implant Therapy: Assessment for Surgical and Restorative Options, the “All-on-4™” Technique and “Teeth-in-a-Day™”. Dr. Carollo also is presenting on Dental Sleep Medicine, (Sleep Apnea Therapy), and Incorporating Dental Sleep into Your Dental Office.

He has authored articles on the Dental Sleep Medicine, the NobelProcera System; the All-Ceram Bridges, Digital Photography, Computerized Shade Mapping & Laboratory Communication. Dr. Carollo teaches hands-on programs in: All-on-4™, Dental Digital Photography, Airway Titration for Dental Oral Sleep Appliances, Effective Case Presentations, Laboratory Communication, Patient Education, Treatment Planning, Increasing Case Acceptance and Contemporary Implant Perspectives.

Dr. Carollo is a 2018 New Jersey Top Dentist as Selected by his peers. Additionally; Dr. Carollo is the Team Dentist for the New York Jets of the National Football League. Dr. Carollo maintains a full time General/Restorative Private Practice in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Member: Dr. Eugene M. Azuma, DDS


Dr. Eugene M. Azuma, DDS received his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa before pursuing his Professional Diploma in Secondary Education Specializing in Biology and Marine Science. He then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in Washington, DC.

In 1990, Dr. Azuma established Eugene M. Azuma, DDS, his family-oriented dental practice in Honolulu, HI. What started off as a small, two-operatory office later evolved into a technologically advanced dental practice in 1995. We utilize digital xrays, 3D conebeam radiography and dental Lasers for the Nightlase procedure.

Dr. Eugene M. Azuma, DDS is a specialist in sleep apnea treatment and dental sleep medicine. In 2016, Dr. Azuma, along with his colleagues, established Hawaii Dental Sleep Medicine, LLC.

Additionally, Dr. Azuma is a member of the American Dental Associations, Honolulu County Dental Society, Diplomat of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, Cerec Study club, Leeward Prosthetics Study club, and the Hawaii Sleep Society.

Member: Dr. Barry Freydberg DDS


Dr. Freyberg a 1968 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry was a full time practicing general dentist, until recently, where he now spends much of his chair-side time practicing dental sleep medicine in Illinois and Arizona. He says “In my senior practice years, sleep medicine is new and fascinating, physically much easier than general dentistry and more rewarding. We are now also saving lives-in addition to dentitions. And, chairside, it is much less stressful and more lucrative.”

Dr. Freydberg was named University of Illinois “Alumni of the Year” in 2004. Additionally, he was the 2002 Program Chairman for the Chicago Dental Society Mid-Winter Meeting, which drew over 40,000 attendees.

In 2007, Dr. Gordon Christensen appointed Dr. Freydberg as the Director of Technology at the new Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, at the time he was the head of educational programs. In February 2009, the Chicago Dental Society awarded Dr. Freydberg the Gordon Christensen Lecture Recognition Award for his outstanding teaching contributions over the years.

And, He was also a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice for more than a decade.

He has been recognized as the “grandfather of dental technology”, having lectured on dental computers and technology since 1980. He consulted with all the major technology companies in dentistry.

He is also leading speaker on conservative “Prepless” esthetic dentistry and is considered a pioneer in raising dentists’ awareness of the ever-growing link between high technology and practice and clinical management.

“Practicing Dental Sleep Medicine is a joy. And I can’t wait to share stories and videos of patients, who attribute sleep dentists for not just saving their lives, but having discovered the source of many of their medical problems, when their physicians only treated their illnesses.”

Dr. Freydberg looks forward to enjoying even longer relationships with his patient friends as well as with the new ones he will meet through his passion for teaching.

Professional Affiliations
American Dental Association
Illinois Dental Society
Chicago Dental Society
Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
Fellow of the International College of Dentists
Fellow of the American College of Dentists
Fellow of the International College of Dento-Facial Esthetics
Alpha Omega

Education Committee

Committee Chair: Kevin Mueller, DMD


Dr. Mueller was born and raised in Granite City Illinois. He grew up loving baseball and went on to become the starting shortstop at Trinity University in San Antonio. His passion for baseball took him as far as playing semi-pro ball where the pro scouts were in regular attendance. But pro ball was not meant to be due to a career ending injury in his senior year. One chapter closes and another one opens.

In 1980, Kevin Mueller earned his doctorate in medical dentistry (DMD) in East St. Louis Illinois where now Dr. Mueller also performed his general practice residency.

While on vacation to Arizona in 1982, Dr. Mueller fell in love its unique beauty and decided to start a new life, a family and his own practice (named Paseo Dental) here in Glendale Arizona.

Heeding the call to “go (further) west young man”, Dr. Mueller sold his practice in Glendale and moved to California. But Arizona drew him back in 2004, which is when he opened Arizona Smile Design.

Dr. Mueller has a passion for excellence in everything he does. His sports interests are now golf where he has enjoyed as low as a three handicap and he has become an accomplished ballroom dancer, where he has also competed routinely over the years.

Dr. Mueller’s passion for dentistry has only grown stronger as the science around it has grown. The latest technologies encourage dentists to look beyond the condition of the cavity and wear and see its ultimate cause. Today’s brave new world of new technology reaches far beyond what yesterday’s dentist could have ever imagined. The teeth and many seemingly unrelated physical challenges stem from what happens when we sleep.

Committee Vice Chair: Jerry Hu, DDS


Dr. Hu, grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, the heart of the Kenai Peninsula and home of the world record King Salmon. He graduated from Soldotna high School in 1991, earning abundant local, state and national scholarships and was also admitted to a very competitive dual-degree program, called the “Preferred Admissions Program” at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He knew he wanted to become a dentist ever since middle school, and being admitted to this vigorous program, he was able to attain both his bachelor’s and doctorate degree at age 24. While at Michigan Dental School, Dr. Hu earned research recognition and awards, for his study, “Searching for practical methods to monitor Streptococcus mutans levels” under Dr. Walter J. Loesche, former President of the International Academy of Dental Research (IADR) and American Academy of Dental Research (AADR).

Dr. Hu is married to “Sharon” Yi Hui Hu and they have three children together, Walter T. Hu, William S. Hu, and Warren A. Hu. Sharon is from Taiwan, and loves the Kenai Peninsula. This community has embraced her, and she loves being an Alaskan. Dr. Hu is a true Alaskan at heart. He loves everything about Alaska, from hiking the mountains and fishing the rivers, to biking the great outdoors and participating in winter sporting events. Dr. Hu has also obtained his black belt in Karate from Okamotos (Jinen Ryu style Karate). As Dr. Hu feels his identity is “Alaskan”, he returned home right after graduation to practice dentistry in 1998, taking over a locally well known and highly respected practice– that of Dr. Calvin Fair’s.

Currently, Dr. Hu is dedicated to providing exceptional dentistry in Anchorage and Soldotna. Over the years, Dr. Hu has attained extensive training at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). He has earned many Fellowships and Masterships (see credentials) and has published numerous articles with his research in cosmetic dentistry and dental sleep apnea treatment. In 2017, he became the first full time dentist in Alaska to earn Board certification for Dental Sleep Medicine as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He also has been lecturing over the years at national conferences from Arizona to Texas, Hawaii to Seattle, and even Canada. He thoroughly enjoys changing the lives of his clients through new smiles– designed and fashioned by nationally recognized and award winning MACVEENERS MACStudio team. In addition to applying both artistic and scientific principles to his work, his profound passion is to help make life changing dentistry. Dr. Hu has also been invited to speak at future conferences. With many published articles in dental publications pertaining to cosmetic dentistry and dental sleep medicine, Dr. Hu is also currently continuing his clinical research in those fields.

Member: Daniel E. Taché, DMD, FAGD


Dr. Taché is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He completed an advanced General Dentistry Residency program at the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA)/University of Texas Dental Branch (UTDB), where he then accepted a position as Assistant Clinical Professor teaching Post-Graduate anatomy.

Subsequently, Dr. Taché was invited to particpate18-month training program with Dr. Janet Travell in Bethesda, Maryland. The emphasis of this intensive program was the diagnosis and treatment of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. Dr. Janet Travell (1901-1997) was a renowned for researcher, clinician and author who is best known for her successfully treating former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy and the textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: A Trigger Point Manual which she wrote in collaboration with David G. Simons, MD.

Dr. Taché established a successful practice in Houston, Texas. The emphasis of his practice was the Diagnosis and Treatment of TM Disorders and Orofacial Pain. For most of the many years that he practiced in Houston, Dr. Tache maintained a position as Assistant Clinical and Lecturing Professor for the General Practice Residency Program for the Post-Graduate Residents of the U. of Texas/Veterans Administration General Practice Residency. He was charged with both didactic and clinical instruction in the area of TMJ/Orofacial Pain. Dr. Taché was also one of the founders of the U. of Texas Dental Branch multi-disciplinary TMD/Orofacial Pain Clinic.

In 1999, Dr. Taché accepted a position as Director of TMD/Orofacial Pain Department for Dental Associates, a large multi-discipline, multi-center Dental corporation that originated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Tache and family settled in Appleton, Wisconsin where they live today.

The growing body of knowledge highlighting the frequency of sleep disorders among TMD/Orofacial prompted Dr. Tache to immerse himself in the study of sleep disorders. These efforts culminated in his becoming the first Dentist to be granted board certification in Dental Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. His growing interest in the Sleep/Pain connection prompted him to enroll with his alma mater, Tufts University, in post-graduate study of fibromyalgia which he continued for two years. Following his completion of this research, he was also awarded Board Qualification by the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

As Past President, and now Vice President of the Wisconsin Sleep Society, Dr. Taché says, “My goal is to advance understanding of the correlation between sleep disturbance and orofacial pain. My involvement with the WSS has provided more opportunities to do just that.” Dr. Taché continues as an active Board member and lecturer for the Wisconsin Sleep Society.

Member: Damian Blum, DMD, DABDSM


Dr. Blum’s reputation for performing the highest-quality dentistry is only rivaled by his kindness and penchant to turn a smile. He brings compassion and excellence to the art of dentistry, excelling in cosmetic dentistry and smile design. When asked what he likes most about his work, he says he loves it when he absolutely knows that he’s made a true difference in someone’s life — “one of the most amazing feelings in the world.” From developing lifesaving treatment plans for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are CPAP intolerant, to that moment after a dental or facial cosmetic treatment, when a patient looks in the mirror and smiles for the first time — these are the reasons Dr. Blum loves coming to work every day!

Dr. Blum has trained and studied under many of the top clinicians in the world for the past 35 years. He began his journey toward becoming a dentist as a volunteer at the Sinai Hospital Dental Clinic and eventually graduated from UMBC with a BA in Biology and Psychology. He went on to study at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 1983. In that same year, he opened the doors of his first private practice in Baltimore, and later opened the doors of a new practice in 1987 in Elliott City.

Passionate about education and sharing knowledge, Dr. Blum believes that if someone has the opportunity to learn something, they should pay it forward. Dr. Blum attends training and conferences year-round, sometimes as a student, and other times as the instructor. He is also a past volunteer Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Dr. Blum is:
An Elected Fellow of the International Academy for Dental Facial Aesthetics
A 2010 Founding Member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
A member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
A member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry
A 1986 Charter Member of the American Academy for Functional Orthodontics
A member of the American Dental Association

A member of the Maryland State Dental Association
A member of the Howard County Dental Association
A member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
A member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
A member of the Maryland Sleep Society
A past member of the Leading Physicians of the World
A past member of the International Association of Dentists
An accredited member and past adjunct faculty of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics
A past volunteer faculty University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Political Action Committee

Committee Chair: Elliott J. Alpher, BS, DDS


Dr. Elliott Alpher has dedicated his life to providing lasting relief to patients with sleep disorders and jaw pain. Among his many accomplishments, affiliations and credentials, Dr. Alpher has pioneered a conservative, non-invasive approach utilizing computerized and verifiable diagnostic methods to treat craniofacial pain as well as sleep disorders.

This method of craniofacial pain and sleep disorder treatment has proven to be greatly successful, and is highly regarded as the first method of choice by physicians and patients.

With more than 30 years of experience and significant credentials, Dr. Alpher continues to demonstrate his ongoing commitment to improving outcomes. He continues to take accredited continuing courses, conduct research and participate in practice workshops with colleagues.

Dr. Alpher has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He has spoken before international corporations and institutions, such as The World Bank, governmental agencies including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB), Members of Congress, and has authored, co-authored and published numerous studies on TMD and sleep disorders.

A Pioneer in the Field of Sleep, Airway & Craniofacial Disorders

Dr. Alpher was responsible for the creation of the oral screening program at the U. S. Department of State from 1980 to 1992, and served as a consultant to their medical department.

Dr. Alpher has developed a method of treating face pain and jaw disorders that is both non-invasive and verified by computer diagnostics. This very successful craniofacial pain treatment approach is the first choice by physicians and patients.

For the past two decades, Dr. Elliott Alpher has worked diligently to generate public awareness of the various aspects of craniofacial pain disorders such as TMD, TMJ and Sleep Disorders. He has lectured throughout the United States, as well as Europe and South America, and has authored, co-authored and published many studies on TMD and sleep disorders.

A dental surgery graduate of Georgetown University Dental School with post graduate work in Oral Pathology and Periodontics at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Dr. Alpher created the oral screening program at the U. S. Department of State and served as a consultant to their medical department. Dr. Alpher is an associate clinical professor of oral surgery at George Washington University Medical Center. He is on staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Prince George’s Medical Center and Providence Hospital. He also holds certification in pain management and is a diplomate at the Academy of Craniofacial Pan and holds a mastership from the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics.

He is the founder of The Alpher Center in Washington, D.C. where he helps patients recover from sleep disorders, jaw pain and helps them thrive. Dr. Alpher and his wife, Lee, live in Maryland with their Standard Poodle, Max, who is really in charge.

A Career of Distinction

Dr. Alpher is Contributor to The Huffington Post for Health and Wellness and a writer for Thrive Global, changing the way we work and live. In March 2016, Dr. Alpher was honored and initiated into the Hall of Fame for his contributions and achievements in Dental Sleep Medicine. NFL legends, including Eric Dickerson, Roy Green & Mike Haynes. Super Bowl Champion Derek Kennard and Mark Walczak, presented him with the award.

Affiliations:
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery (Oral), George Washington University Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Division of Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center
Board Certified in Pain Management from The American Academy of Integrative Pain Management
Diplomate in The Academy of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine
Mastership from The International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics
Staff Member at National Rehabilitation Hospital; Prince George’s Medical Center and Providence Hospital
Consultant at National Rehabilitation Hospital’s Department of Sleep Medicine
Sleep Team at George Washington University Medical Center

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Sleep and Breathing, Diplomate, Board of Directors, Hall of Fame
The American Academy of Integrative Pain Management
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and Craniofacial Pain, Board of Directors
The American Academy of General Dentistry, Emeritus Fellow
The American Dental Association, Life Member
District of Columbia Dental Society, Life Member

Member: Richard E. Klein, D.D.S.


Dr. Richard Klein has exclusively treated patients with only two diagnoses OSA and TMD for over 25 years. His credentials regarding Sleep Apnea include Diplomat status in sleep from the ASBA and the AACPS, for 9 years he has been a clinical professor at Michigan State Osteopathic Medical School and for over fifteen years has provided monthly lectures to residents at St. John and Henry Ford Hospitals teaching pain management and OSA.

He has been asked to explain OSA in Washington DC five separate times to the DOT, FMCSA, Senate Health Care Committee, and Congressional members…and is still looking forward to dentists treating truck drivers, railroad engineers and airplane pilots who then may operate their vehicles safely with controlled OSA.

Member: Neal Seltzer DMD, FAGD, D ABDSM, D ACSDD, D ASBA


Dr. Seltzer is a graduate of Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine. Has been in dental practice since 1982 and has been treating patients with oral appliances for obstructive asleep apnea since 1991.

His years of experience and extensive knowledge of oral appliances has enabled him , along with his partner, Jeffrey Rein DDS, and the outstanding staff at Long Island Dental Sleep Medicine, to build one of the largest and most successful dental sleep practices in the New York Metropolitan area.

With over 25 years of knowledge in dental sleep medicine, Dr Seltzer and the team at Long island Dental Sleep Medicine, is the official New York Pro Player Health Alliance office treating retired NFL players as well as the first and only office in New York State to be a Dental Sleep Medicine Accredited Facility by the Academy of Dental Sleep medicine.

Recently, Dr Seltzer, along with several other Diplomates of the ASBA had the honor and privilege, to be selected to speak in front of a congressional caucus in Washington D.C., on the dangers of undiagnosed and untreated OSA and its affect on public safety.

Executive Committee

Committee Chair: Kent Smith, DDS


Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Sleep and Breathing Academy and is President of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. In 2007, he was asked to start a sleep curriculum at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and in 2012, he was the first in Texas to be awarded a Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation. Having practiced dental sleep medicine for the last 25 years, he runs two sleep practices in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and has been speaking on many topics related to sleep both nationally and internationally for the last 15 years.

Committee Vice Chair: Rani Ben-David


Rani Ben-David was born in Israel and got his basic education in Israel, he has served at special unit and lieutenant at the Golani brigade in the IDF.

He established and managed a marketing company in Israel and after selling it he moved to the US in 1996 to join his family’s security business.

Rani started the IAC branch in Florida and was the chairman of Florida and a national board member. After 5 years he retired and is now Chairman emeritus

Since arriving to the U.S Rani established and managed a few companies in the medical, technology and entertainment market and he is also involved in Real Estate and technology ventures in Israel and the US.

Rani has founded Sleep Group Solutions in 2005 and was involved in Alpha Bio implants that sold to Nobel Biocare

Sleep Group Solutions is a privately held dental & medical sleep medicine education, instrumentation, and in-office training company. Based in Hollywood, Florida, and established in 2005, SGS focuses primarily on dental treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Rapid growth within SGS and the dental sleep medicine industry has been spurred by the fact that over $4 Billion is spent annually to treat sleep apnea with therapies that are largely unsuccessful and have managed to cumulatively treat less than 1% of the affected patients over the past 20 years. More and more physicians and dentists are seeking out SGS for their sleep needs.

Today, Sleep Group Solutions stands alone as the only provider of a complete suite of solutions. Starting with over 80 continuing education courses and in-office training, screening, diagnostic and treatment instrumentation. With over 50 Million people in North America suffering with sleep apnea and less than 0.5% of the dentists currently trained and equipped to offer assistance, we can expect to see continued growth of this field over the next decade. By offering every piece of the education, screening, diagnosis and treatment puzzle, SGS provides a unique position to capitalize on this tremendous growth.

Member: Erin E. Elliott DDS


Dr. Elliott grew up in Southern California but went away to a small NAIA school in Western New York where she played collegiate soccer and graduated summa cum laude from Houghton College. After graduating Creighton Dental School in 2003, she settled in North Idaho to begin her general dentistry career. She has a special interest in DentalSleep Medicine and Short Term Orthodontics. She has lectured extensively on this topic and loves to help general dentists extend this life-saving service to their patients. She is an active member of her local American Dental Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is the past president and a diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. She’s teaching sleep apnea with 3D-Dentists and Dr. Tarun Agarwal as well as privately coaching practices about sleep

Member: Shad L. Morris DMD


Dr. Morris began observing the toll that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was taking on the oral health of his patients. In particular a friend and dental patient whom he treated suddenly passed away in his sleep from obstructive sleep Apnea one night due to not wearing his CPAP.

Dr. Morris decided he wanted to help save lives through treating OSA. In taking many continuing education courses on OSA, along with the trained staff, Premier Sleep Solutions is now saving lives daily. His involvement in sleep medicine turned from primarily screening for sleep apnea to now having very close relationships with sleep physicians and allied health professionals in the community in treating this disease.

Member: Harry L. Sugg, D.D.S. A.G.D., A.D.A., T.D.A., A.C.O.I., D.C.D.S, I.C.O.I., A.S.O.


“Gaining the trust and respect of my patients and colleagues alike means that I’ve proven my expertise professionally and personally. But that’s just a small part of why I maintain professional memberships. It is through these groups that I am able to learn a great deal of information on new advances in dentistry.”

“I’m grateful for the knowledge my educational background has afforded me, and I always look forward to new and better ways to treat my patients.”

“I like to think that I’ve been practicing ‘people oriented’ dentistry for the last 30 years. During each exam I spend a considerable amount of time just listening to the concerns of my patients, and helping them to understand why I’ve recommended a procedure, and what it will do for them.”

Memberships
American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
American College of Oral Implantology
International Congress of Oral Implantologists
American Society of Osseonitegration
Texas Dental Association
Dallas County Dental Association
International Academy of Laser Dentistry
Texas Academy of Laser Dentistry

First Dentist to Receive ASBA Hall of Fame Award
Dr. Sugg became the first dentist to be inducted into the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) Hall of Fame in 2016

Member: Dr. Anthony Scianni, D.M.D.


Dr. Scianni graduated from Rutgers University in 1982. With a bachelors degree in microbiology and business, Dr. Scianni entered dental school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He received his D.M.D. degree in 1986 and graduated at the top his class with honors. Since graduating from dental school, Dr. Scianni has followed a tradition of High-Quality Dentistry with Personalized Care. His philosophy is to use the latest techniques and technology to create the patient’s ideal smile with minimal and least invasive treatment. Dr. Scianni adheres to the principles of Biomimetric dentistry. Biomimetric dentistry is dentistry which mimics nature. In other words it is dentistry which restores teeth to emulate their natural esthetic form and function while conserving as much natural tooth structure as possible.

Strongly committed to ongoing professional education, Dr. Scianni participates in many continuing education courses, seminars and clinics. He has attended over 1000 hours of continuing education in implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He has received advanced training in implant dentistry from N.Y.U. College of Dentistry’s program in Implantology and advanced training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry from some of the worlds most renowned clinicians. Dr. Scianni is affiliated with multiple dental associations including the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic dentistry and American college of oral implantology.

Dr. Scianni has been practicing dentistry in New Jersey since 1986 and relocated his practice to Colts Neck, NJ in 1993. Through his constant pursuit for perfection, Dr. Scianni incorporates high technology and the most advanced techniques to provide his patients with the highest level of care possible. This level of dentistry improves the accuracy and efficiency of each dental procedure with minimally invasive treatment

Member: John A. Carollo, DMD


Dr. John Carollo received his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, (now Rutgers Dental School), and is a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, The American Dental Association, The Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomat in The American Sleep Breathing Academy. Dr. Carollo is a National and International Speaker for Sleep Group Solutions, Straumann Implants, Neoss Implants and Nobel Biocare Implants.

He has presented extensively on the subjects of Dental Sleep Medicine, Fabricating Dental Sleep Appliances Over Orthodontic Retainers, Avoiding Complications and Pitfalls in Implant Dentistry from Single Teeth to Full Mouth Restorations, All-on-4™ Lecture and Hands-On, Contemporary Implant Esthetics, Anterior Esthetics for Implants and Natural Teeth, All-Ceramic Restorations, Dental Digital Dentistry & Photography and Treatment Planning for Dental Implant Cases.

Currently, Dr. Carollo is presenting on Immediate Loading and Immediate Function of Dental Implants, Full Arch Implant Therapy: Assessment for Surgical and Restorative Options, the “All-on-4™” Technique and “Teeth-in-a-Day™”. Dr. Carollo also is presenting on Dental Sleep Medicine, (Sleep Apnea Therapy), and Incorporating Dental Sleep into Your Dental Office.

He has authored articles on the Dental Sleep Medicine, the NobelProcera System; the All-Ceram Bridges, Digital Photography, Computerized Shade Mapping & Laboratory Communication. Dr. Carollo teaches hands-on programs in: All-on-4™, Dental Digital Photography, Airway Titration for Dental Oral Sleep Appliances, Effective Case Presentations, Laboratory Communication, Patient Education, Treatment Planning, Increasing Case Acceptance and Contemporary Implant Perspectives.

Dr. Carollo is a 2018 New Jersey Top Dentist as Selected by his peers. Additionally; Dr. Carollo is the Team Dentist for the New York Jets of the National Football League. Dr. Carollo maintains a full time General/Restorative Private Practice in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Member: Chris Chui, DDS, MAGD


Dr. Chris Chui is a general dentist who has great experience in the subject of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has successfully treated numerous patients with snoring and sleep apnea issues. He utilizes the latest technology and the most up-to-date dental appliances to tackle the patients with sleep issues that a lot of Primary Care Providers and Board Certified Sleep Physicians could not treat. He is currently the President of Northern California Academy of General Dentistry and Board Director of American Sleep and Breathing Academy.

Dr. Chris Chui has been a leading family dentist in the San Francisco Bay Area with expertise in Sleep Apnea, TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction) and orthopedic development for both children and adults. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and of UC San Francisco as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Chui has been continuously recognized for his stellar work and genuine patient caring, receiving prestigious accolades such as KRON4 News Best of the Bay Dentist, America’s Top Dentist, Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Fellow of the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics.

Member: David Gergen CDT


Since he received the award for The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the country given by Columbus Dental in 1986, he 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. David has also been active on the Arizona State University Sports and Medicine team since 1991. He also received in 2012 a lifetime achievement award by the Gelb Academy as America’s greatest Orthodontic technician of all time.

David is the owner and operator of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab in Phoenix, AZ. He started his lab in 1986 and has grown it into one of the most respected labs in the country employing over 100 people. One of his proudest achievements is receiving the National Leadership Award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

David is also CEO of Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. Since launching in April 2012, over 160 players have been treated through PPHA’s “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign. Also, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people who suffer from sleep apnea treated.

AS CEO of the Academy, he has a clear mission: Educate and spread awareness of oral appliance therapy and sleep disorders to the public, and to the medical and dental professions. Serving as the ASBA’s CEO for the past five years, David Gergen has leveraged the power of athletic celebrity (helping hundreds of former NFL players get treated for sleep apnea) to shine a bright light on sleep disorders and grow the ASBA dental side from 0 to over 1,000 members.

Member: Alan Hickey


Alan Hickey was the Founder & President of Arrow Publishing, Inc., a medical and technical publishing company based in Huntington Beach, California, known for publications such as CHEST Brazil, India, France, Pediatrics Russia, India, Respiratory Therapy Journal USA and Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal.

Before publishing and journalism, Alan developed video games across many game platforms for companies such as Disney, Dreamworks and Microsoft for Global distribution, many of which are available in 24 languages and 109 countries.

In 2010 Alan co-founded Apolis Medical, which specializes in mobile app development for all apple iOS and android platforms for the Pulmonary, Respiratory, Sleep and Dental industries.

In 2015 Alan was appointed Executive Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy “ASBA”, with a mission to integrate dentistry and medicine in the specialty of sleep medicine disorders. The ASBA develops education and training for sleep healthcare practitioners. Along with the clinical journal ‘Sleep Diagnosis & Therapy’ the ASBA publishes a consumer-orientated magazine titled ‘Sleep & Wellness’ which is distributed to over 127k dental and medical practices. The ASBA also hosts an annual convention in April every year for healthcare specialists.

Alan has written a non-profit book for students about “Game Design”. He also maintains several online healthcare blog website for sleep, respiratory and dental sleep medicine, which have a large number of subscribers.

After over 17 years in the business Alan is still one of its best… (Chess players).