Two Dental Icons, David Gergen and Dr. Brad Eli, Form an Alliance with NFL Alumni to Spread Sleep Apnea Awareness by Hosting an Event at Scripps Memorial Hospital May 21

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David Gergen boldy steps forward with an idea nobody has thought of before; teaming up with current and former professional athletes to promote sleep apnea awareness across the country. More information about "Tackling Sleep Apnea" with NFL greats and the next Pro Player Health Alliance event.

David Gergen, President of Gergen's Orthodontic Lab

David Gergen, President of Gergen's Orthodontic Lab

I believe by spreading awareness we can save lives

The thrill of watching the controlled violence of a professional football game is a singular experience. The rigors of a single down of NFL football can leave the participants functionally disabled for the rest of their lives. The game of football has evolved over the years and the modern game has required football players to be bigger, faster, smarter, and hit harder than ever thought possible in the past. The net effect of all of this shows up, not on the field, but many years later. A Mayo Clinic study showed that over 60% of former NFL players have sleep apnea. It is for this reason David Gergen, President of Gergen's Orthodontic Lab, took a bold risk in forming an alliance with NFL alumni by spreading awareness and providing ways for treatment to sleep apnea patients across the country. Gergen calls this new team Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) and has named the national campaign "Tackling Sleep Apnea."

“I am thrilled to see the momentum that we are making to help spread awareness of sleep apnea on a national level with these fantastic NFL greats!” said Gergen. “Spreading awareness at these events and screenings and through radio and television has been wonderful. I believe by spreading awareness we can save lives.”

Pro Player Health Alliance and Dr. Bradley Eli are in full speed preparing for the next upcoming public "Tackling Sleep Apnea" event at Scripps Schaetzel Center in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Brad Eli is one of the country’s most experienced and well-known doctors for pain management and specializes in getting patients a better night's sleep. By providing all soutions to sufferers of sleep apnea that are available on the market, Dr. Eli will find a way to treat any patient even if it means trying every nonsurgical treatment known to man. Dr. Eli says, “We want 2013 to be the year we raise awareness of sleep disorder breathing to the community of women and men.”

Pro Player Health Alliance events typically attract 150 to 500 people from local communities so it is important to register early. Registration can be found at http://www.pphasandiego.eventbrite.com

Event Details

Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Scripps Schaetzel Center, 9890 Genesse Ave La Jolla, CA

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. 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. Bradley Eli

Dr. Eli earned a post-doctoral Master’s Degree at UCLA where he received advanced training in sleep disorders. He remains the only expert with this unique skill set in the San Diego region. Dr. Eli is on the hospital staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and UCSD. He is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He holds multiple patents in the fields of both sleep and pain.

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