Pro Player Health Alliance Outcome for Sleep Apnea Awareness Event with Former NFL Legends Expected to be Large

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NFL Legends Warren Moon, Nesby Glasgow, David Kreig and Derek Kennard are among many retired NFL greats currently getting tested and treated, as part of the national campaign, “Tackle Sleep Apnea”. Sponsored by Sleep Group Solutions, Gergens Orthodontic Lab and Dr. Steve Marinkovich.


We have gone above and beyond for this event and been able to reach out and get organizations such as the American Legion, to be a part of it.

The campaign will be making its’ next stop in Tacoma on Sept. 26 at the LeMay, Americas Car Museum, at 7 p.m. The museum is located at 2702 E. “D” St. Autographs, photograph opportunities and one-on-one interviews will be available following the event. Prior event interviews and photograph opportunities are available upon request.

According to pre-registration numbers, the upcoming event will upwards of 300 people in attendance and is estimated to be the most successful event held to date. “We are urging Tacoma residents to pre-register for the event in order to secure a spot,” Dana Sheets, Spokesperson for Dr. Steve Marinkovich, DDS, ABDSM, said. “We will try to accommodate everyone, but are urging those who can, to pre-register.”

As part of the event, free in-home sleep tests will be offered to attendees, courtesy of Sleep Group Solutions. In addition, experts will speak on sleep apnea, health dangers and possible treatment options. Moon and Kennard will be discussing their experiences with sleep apnea and why treatment is so important. Dr. Kim Nevus, MD, will be at the event to diagnose those who have sleep apnea. Dr. Marinkovich will be speaking on how dentists now play a role in the treatment process for sleep apnea.

The upcoming event is sponsored by Sleep Group Solutions, Gergen's Orthodontic Lab and the Pro-Players Health Alliance (PPHA). The goal of the event and campaign is to generate as much awareness, nation-wide, about sleep apnea, the “silent killer.” “I believe by spreading awareness we can save lives,” David Gergen, President of PPHA said. “We have gone above and beyond for this event and been able to reach out and get organizations such as the American Legion, to be a part of it.”

To find out more information or to pre-register for the event call 253-474-3223 or visit For more information about the campaign and PPHA visit Visit to take an online questionnaire and find out if you are at risk for having sleep apnea.

The “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign has recently been featured on FOX Minneapolis and Seattle, ESPN Radio Seattle, Sports Radio KJR and on CBS and FOX Online.                                                                                                                

ABOUT PPHA: 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 will be at Temple University in Philadelphia on Oct. 12 with The Living Heart Foundation in efforts to spread awareness.

ABOUT GERGEN’S ORTHODONTIC LAB: Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab specialize in fabricating orthodontic appliances such as TMJ Splints, Sleep Apnea Appliances, and Retainers, as well as all types of functional appliances such as the Respire, Herbst Sleep , Bionators, and Twin Blocks. The Gergen’s staff provides complete service in every phase of design and fabrication of our appliances for the orthodontist and general dentist.

Sleep Group Solutions (SGS) will be providing all of the free in-home sleep tests for the event. ABOUT SLEEP GROUP SOLUTIONS: Sleep Group Solutions offers a complete sleep solutions program including; dental sleep medicine continuing education, screening technology, home sleep testing, oral appliances, insurance billing, marketing, in office training and more.

ABOUT DAVID GERGEN: David Gergen 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 received a lifetime achievement award by the Gelb Academy as America’s greatest Orthodontic technician of all time, in 2012. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. Gergen and his father John Gergen began Gergen Orthodontic labs in 1984 and has grown it into one of the most respected labs in the country. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004. David’s latest duties are the Dental Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and he taken a spot at Tufts University doing seminars for the graduate program on Dental sleep medicine. Mr. Gergen is also the Dental Sports Medicine Director of the Sleep Academy.

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