Pro Player Health Alliance Ending the Year With a Sleep Apnea Awareness Event in Long Island, New York On December 5, 2013

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After already having a phenomenal year, Pro Player Health Alliance is heading into 2014 strong with another free public sleep apnea awareness event in New York this December.

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Dr. Neil Seltzer and Dr. Jeffrey Rein

Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) is an incredible organization out to help those who suffer from sleep apnea. Working with sleep apnea patients, I know how easy it can be to treat this disorder and our organization has already had a huge positive impact on many,” mentions David Gergen, President of PPHA. The organization has held several free events around the country to teach the public about the dangers of snoring and sleep apnea, as well as treatment options available. The next event will be hosted by Dr. Rein and Dr. Seltzer of the "Long Island Smile" practice in New York on December 5, 2013. Both Seltzer and Rein are dedicated sports fans, but even more dedicated to positively impacting their community.

“HOF CB Mike Haynes, Derek Kennard and former Cardinal Charger Mark Walczak have been a driving force in our momentum as this company is use to putting together seminars and events on sleep apnea awareness. Together with the former NFL players, we are able to draw a captive audience and offer some free home sleep testing to all attendees to ensure everyone will get tested and seek treatment!” says Gergen.

Mr. Gergen has explained how the idea of forming an "Alliance" with NFL legends to promote awareness started when he met Derek Kennard, a Super Bowl champion who played center for Troy Aikman, and has exceeded his expectations; treating over 160 former professional athletes and hundreds more of the general public.

“Had we been on the offense when my brother had sleep apnea, he would still be alive today,” says Kennard. “It is more than a game, and with the right team we can be proactive and come out winning,” says David Gergen. “Proactively networking together, we can change the score, increase life expectancy and the quality of life."

Sleep disorders are a sleeping giant to an estimated 70 million Americans; 37 million Americans experience regular or chronic snoring and 18 million suffer from sleep apnea. Gergen says, "I encourage everyone to come to the PPHA events, if possible, whether it be for yourself or a loved one. By educating the public and doing these events and screenings, I believe we are saving lives."

Event Details

Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Date: December 5, 2013
Location: Long Island Mariott
101 James Doolittle Blvd.,
Uniondale, NY 11553

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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 American Sleep and Breathing Academy a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

About Dr. Rein

Dr. Jeffrey S. Rein received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1982. Dr. Rein also continued his academic affiliations and served on the faculty at New York University College of Dentistry in both the Katherine S. Milbank Special Patient Care Clinic and the Department of Oral Medicine. He has served as a distinguished committee member in the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. As a member, he actively worked to develop Insurance Reimbursement Guidelines and contributes to manuals used by dental professionals across the nation. With 20 years of clinical experience in Oral Appliance therapy, his expertise has enabled him to help hundreds of patients over the years.

About Dr. Seltzer

Dr. Neal Seltzer received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1982. He is one of the first dentists in the NYC area to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea & snoring with oral appliances. He has served as a consultant for several area hospital based sleep centers and dozens of private sleep centers over the past 20 years. Utilizing state of the art technology and experience, he is dedicated to helping patients breath better at night and improve their overall quality of sleep.

About Pro Player Health Alliance

The 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. 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 who suffer from sleep apnea treated. The PPHA was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and Former NFL legends.

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