"It’s very rewarding to have a huge positive impact on the lives of
others by treating oral pain and discomfort." -Tara Griffin D.D.S.
(PRWEB) March 29, 2013
While the cost of healthcare is soaring, millions of Americans are snoring their way into a serious disease called obstructive sleep apnea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, “Insufficient sleep is now a public health epidemic with 50-70 million US adults suffering with a sleep or wakefulness disorder.” Medical and dental providers are diligently striving to “Wake America Up” to obstructive sleep apnea and the treatment that is available.
Standing in the forefront of bringing awareness to the public is David Gergen, President and CEO of Pro Players Health Alliance and Gergen's Orthodontic Lab, focusing on current and retired athletes with Dr. Rodney Willey, President and CEO of the Koala Centers for Sleep Disorders, where patients are being successfully treated. Keep your eye on the Koala Centers as they are currently being reproduced across the country.
We had an opportunity to interview Koala Center owner, Dr. Tara Griffin, of Bloomington, Illinois. She has made the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea the priority of her dental career.
Q: How long have you been doing dental sleep apnea?
A: Four years.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I attended a sleep meeting in Boston where I met David Gergen. He
encouraged me that night to get involved in dental sleep treatment.
Q: How has this fulfilled your career?
A: It’s very rewarding to have a huge positive impact on the lives of
others by treating oral pain and discomfort. Treating dental sleep
apnea improves individuals' quality of life.
Q: How is it that you have been able to be so successful so fast?
A: David Gergen encouraged me to buy a Koala center and by doing so I
became the first Dentist. Koala centers make it easy to navigate
medical billing and procedures.
Q: What is the greatest thing that you appreciate about the KOALA
A: I receive support from Rod Willey on any problems that I couldn't
prepare for initially. He shows me all issues and follows through quickly.
Come see Dr. Griffin, Dr. Core and former NFL players speak about Sleep Apnea at the upcoming FREE Pro Player Health Alliance special event in April. Make sure to register for this event ASAP as spots are limited. Come meet NFL players and learn about how sleep apnea is affecting you!
Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (MST)
About Dr. Tara Griffin
As a general dentist, she has maintained a private group practice with an in-house laboratory providing comprehensive restorative and sedation dentistry as well as treatment for TMJ disorders and sleep apnea in central Illinois for over seven years. She then started a second dental practice in her area devoted to dental sleep medicine and is now the owner of the Koala Center for Sleep Disorders in Bloomington, Illinois. Her practice is now entirely focused on management of sleep-breathing disorders with oral appliance therapy and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders, head and facial pain.
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. 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. Rod Willey
Dr. Willey graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1985. His career path has taken him from studying functional orthodontics including Pediatric Guided Growth Development at the United States Dental Institute, a five year course for the general dentist, to Neuromuscular Occlusion from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, to treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy. All of these areas of dentistry deal significantly with the neuromuscular positioning of the lower jaw and have proven to be a natural progression in his studies. He has been awarded recognition in the field of TMD Developmental Diagnosis, Neuromuscular Coronoplasty and Mastering Neuromuscular Occlusion. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academies of Sleep Medicine, Dental Sleep Medicine, and a Diplomate of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Dentistry.