NFL Legends Treated For Sleep Apnea By David Gergen Of Pro Player Health Alliance And Dr. Bradley Eli Leading Up To The Next Event At Scripps Memorial Hospital

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Recent news on Dr. Bradley Eli treating Hall of Fame CB Mike Haynes, as well as other former NFL legends, and more information on the next Pro Player Health Alliance event.

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Dr. Bradley Eli with Mike Haynes

Mark Walczak of Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) asks the public to join him and other NFL greats such as Dermontti Dawson and former Raiders player Mike Haynes at the next free PPHA event at Scripps Memorial Hospital May 21 and learn how treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can change lives. His best friend, Junior Seau, who is tragically no longer with us, suffered from sleep disorders. This is just one of the reasons Walczak is so passionate about helping to spread awareness.

Pro Player Health Alliance is on a "National Awareness" campaign to educate the public of the health risks and dangers of sleep apnea, including treatment and prevention, with alternative solutions. One solution in particular includes a simple dental oral appliance that is worn like a mouth guard while during the night. It works very effectively to open the airway for proper breathing while sleeping. Mark states, "Preventing OSA, saving lives and improving overall health for fellow teammates, friends and family is our mission."

Dr. Bradley Eli recently treated Mike Haynes, Dermontti Dawson, Jesse Sapolu and Ricky Hunley in the past couple weeks. By being referred to Dr. Eli by Pro Player Health Alliance, they have all successfully been treated for their sleep apnea and are living each day with more energy and have lowered the risk for heart problems and weight gain. Each of these players, and many more, will be attending the next PPHA event to share their testimonies and sign autographs.

This event is hosted by Dr. Eli and is co-sponsored by Pro Player Health Alliance and Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab who will provide free oral appliances to qualified attendees. Registration 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. 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.

About Pro Player Health Alliance

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 was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and Former NFL legends.

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