NFL Greats at Scripps Memorial Hospital Join Dr. Brad Eli and Pro Player Health Alliance to Educate Public About Sleep Apnea

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Pro Player Health Alliance is offering a fun way to learn about sleep apnea at the next free public event at Scripps Memorial Hospital. Meet NFL greats and learn about sleep apnea.

Mark Walczak Junior Seau Pro Player Health Alliance ppha sleep apnea

Mark Walczak With His Best Friend Junior Seau

I am trying to spread awareness to save lives

With over 12 million Americans diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and an estimate of millions more whom have not yet been diagnosed, Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) is on a mission to spread awareness of the deadly disorder by partnering with NFL legends and putting on free public events across the country. The PPHA team has their eyes on the southern California communities with the next event on May 21 at Scripps Memorial Hospital, hosted by Dr. Bradley Eli.

Millions of Americans are suffering from sleep apnea, but many of these people are unaware that they have it. OSA is a syndrome caused by obstruction of the upper airway. It is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation.

Mark Walczak said about his best friend and former San Diego Charger superstar, “I lost my best friend Junior Seau from the effects of this condition and I am trying to spread awareness to save lives." Although Mark currently lives in Arizona, he is heavily involved in the California communities and remains in contact with Junior's family. In addition to over 150 former NFL players who have been treated due to PPHA's "Tackle Sleep Apnea" campaign, Mark referred many of Junior's family members to his most trusted doctor in California, Dr. Bradley Eli.

Pro Player Health Alliance events gather up to 500 people that are diagnosed and undiagnosed with sleep apnea. In attendance of these events are current and former NFL players as well as local patients that come to hear stories and testimonials from their gridiron heroes as well as receive an educational message from medical and dental professionals with special training in Sleep Medicine. Registration for the next event at Scripps Memorial Hospital, hosted by Dr. Bradley Eli, can be found at

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. 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 Businesses.

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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