Pro Player Health Alliance Announces Their Next Tackle Sleep Apnea Awareness Event with Former NFL Players

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The national “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign with former NFL legends.

David Gergen and Derek Kennard

Having the opportunity to work at the next level with the NFL is the pinnacle.

Today, Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) announced that their next public sleep apnea awareness event will be in San Jose, CA. Dr. Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, and Dr. Archie Roberts, MD., are teaming up with the PPHA, The Living Heart Foundation (LHF), the American Legion and Former NFL Legends, to take part in a sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease awareness event on February 7, 2013 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm that is open to the public at The Club Auto Sport in San Jose, CA. Being a former athlete and avid sports fan, it was a natural fit for Dr. Woodlief to accept the PPHA’s invitation to participate in his community. The event is part of the national “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign and will be yet another stop, in a series of stops across the nation.

“These events are extremely successful,” David Gergen, President of the PPHA said. “We are incredibly grateful that we are able to spread awareness to so many people.”

“I am dedicated in my field to combine experience with current research to bring patient’s treatment to the next level. For years I have worked with high school and collegiate athletes to improve their athletic performance in various ways. Having the opportunity to work at the next level with the NFL is the pinnacle,” states Woodlief.

Typical events range in size of 100 to 300 people, so it is important to register early. As part of the event, former NFL legends Derek Kennard, Lincoln Kennedy, Guy McIntyre, and Mark Walczak will share their experiences with sleep apnea and treatment. In addition, they will be signing autographs and photo opportunities will be available, for anyone in attendance. It is fantastic to see these NFL Legends give back to the community to increase awareness of sleep apnea in the nation. In addition to the former NFL Legends that will be in attendance, there will be a few more surprise guests. So stay tuned for that announcement coming soon.

“I heard about the campaign and wanted to become involved in efforts to get the word out about what sleep apnea can do to you,” Walczak said. “I lost my best friend Junior Seau from the effects of this condition and I am trying to spread awareness, to save lives.”

To pre-register for the upcoming event, visit

For more information about PPHA or the “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign, visit

About Pro Player Health Alliance
The Pro Players 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. In addition, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab, Rani Ben-David, President of Sleep Group Solutions, and Former NFL legends.

About David Gergen
David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for "The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country" given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed chair of the dental wing of the Sleep and Breathing Academy a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. David rolled out of bed on September 12, 1981 and had his career “ah ha” moment. He knew he was going to be an orthodontic technician and he knew he was going to help people all over the country to help treat their sleep disorders in partnership with their dentists. 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. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr. Rodney Willey, Dr. Allan Bernstein, and Dr. Thien Pham. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

About Dr. Victor D. Woodlief
Dr. Woodlief, a native Californian, returned to the Bay Area after graduating from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. In private practice for 21 years, his clinical focus has been TMJ disorders, Pain Management of head, neck and facial structures (craniofacial disorders), Orthodontics (pediatric and adult), Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Since completing his formal education, more than 1800 hours of continuing education have been completed toward TMD therapy, pain management, and orthodontics and sleep disorders.

He believes that patients deserve nothing but the best, and in order to provide that for them, it is important to stay current on the newest, most advanced technology and treatment options. His “one size does not fit all” approach continues to provide his patients with customized and effective treatment plans. This comprehensive approach has earned Dr. Woodlief the respect from both colleagues and patients alike.    The deliberate choice to operate with a team of colleagues (MD’s, ENT’s, Neurologists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Pediatricians, Cranio-sacral or SOT Chiropractors, and Oral Myologists) allows a full spectrum of services.

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