Today, Pro Player Health Alliance and Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab, Holds an Extra Screening Event of NFL Players for Sleep Apnea during the Super Bowl

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Pro Player Health Alliance continues to spread awareness of the deadly disorder, sleep apnea

Wilbur Marshall

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!

The Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) and Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab are proud to announce that they added one more day of screening for sleep apnea during the Super Bowl, held today in New Orleans! The Commissioner’s Office asked to add a screening day and they were happy to do so. Former NFL Super Bowl Champion, Wilbur Marshall of the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins will be getting screened today at a local dentist’s office in New Orleans.

Marshall has spent much of his life after playing football suffering from injuries he sustained during his professional career. His health has declined significantly over the years, but Marshall refused to receive surgery to repair his injured spine, shoulder, and knees. Permanently disabled, Marshall’s days of battling other players have been replaced with days of working on settlement pertaining to his injuries. In 2008, Marshall prevailed and now has total disability benefits from the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan.

The screening for Marshall will be done by Dr. Earl Bowie, head of Ochsner Northshore Sleep program in New Orleans. The screening will be located at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center today.

Both organizations from Phoenix, AZ continue to build momentum with former NFL legends to help spread awareness on the deadly disorder Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and are hosting multiple screenings around the nation on their “Tackling Sleep Apnea” campaign.

The PPHA and Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab’s campaign to “Tackle Sleep Apnea” consists of events in states all over the nation hosted by different physicians and dentists, who screen, diagnose, and treat sleep apnea.    David Gergen, President of the PPHA and Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab, will be attending the Super Bowl and these important screenings. As a result of these screenings, many players have been treated for sleep apnea and McIntyre is one of them. He was treated by Dr. Victor Woodlief in San Jose, CA for sleep apnea. Woodlief will be hosting another screening event on February 10 in the San Francisco area as well.

“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.”

After screening patients for the sleep disorder, a board certified sleep physician will properly diagnose the patient, usually involving an overnight sleep study. The home sleep studies will be done with an innovative device called the NOX-T3 by CareFusion, which donated multiple units for the screening of these players. These studies will be under the supervision of Andre Puleo, RPSGT.

These Super Bowl screenings coordinated by the New Orleans NFLPA Retired Players Chapter will take place on January 31 at the Convention Center by Dr. Bowie and on February 1 and 2, 2013, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at New Orleans Sleep-Dentistry location within the General Dentistry office of Dr. Frank Martello. Statistically, over 60% of the NFL and former NFL players are suffering from sleep apnea and the campaign gives them, along with health care professionals, the opportunity to raise awareness and save lives through sharing their personal stories.

Media is welcome on Thursday at the Convention Center and Friday and Saturday from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the office of Moreau in New Orleans.

New Orleans Super Bowl Screening Specifics:

Date: January 31 and February 1-2, 2013
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Thursday: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Friday and Saturday: Dr. Jim Moreau and Dr. Frank Martello’s Dental Office, 1502 Amelia Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Toll-free phone number: 1-855-809-7645
Media Information: Tommy Mangan 602-859-6317

For more information about PPHA or the “Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign, visit

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.

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.
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