SEC Dental Sleep Medicine Conference Conference Agenda Faculty

Conference Faculty:

The Growing Role of the Dentist in Sleep Disorders Medicine: Integrating the Dentist into the Medical Treatment Team

Jerald H. Simmons, M.D

Jerald H. Simmons, M.D Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. is the Founding-Director of The Sleep Education Consortium (SEC) and Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates, PA (CSMA). He is Triple Board-Certified in Neurology, Epilepsy and Sleep Medicine. A graduate of Ohio State University, he trained in Neurology at Washington University, Sleep Medicine at Stanford University and Epilepsy at University of California. He began his professional career as Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCLA while co-directing the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center and directing the Clinical Neuro-physiology lab at Olive View UCLA. In 1999 he moved to Houston establishing his sleep disorders practices. He continues to conduct research studies relating to sleep disorders and developing methods to enhance the assessment and treatment of patients with sleep disturbances. His most recent research involves the relationship between Clenching / Sleep Bruxism / TMJ Disorder with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as well as the relationship between ADHD And disturbances of sleep. Education is an important aspect of his career, having trained medical students, residents and fellows in sleep medicine and then establishing the SEC as an outreach to educate the healthcare community. He has been instrumental in providing guidance to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners that led to the new rules requiring dentists to obtain some degree of education in sleep medicine in order to provide appliance therapy to patients with OSA.


Ronald S. Prehn D.D.S., Th.M.

Dr. Ronald S. Prehn, a third generation Dentist, focuses his practice on the cusp between medicine and dentistry, providing care for patients with sleep related breathing disturbances. He is a board-certified Diplomate of both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (belonging to both sister academies). He currently is President-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He earned his DDS at the Marquette School of Dentistry in 1981. His postgraduate work was accomplished at the Parker Mahan Facial Pain Center at the University of Florida in 1993 and at the L.D.Pankey Institute. He has limited his practice to treating complex sleep breathing patients and is focused on awareness of the value of combination therapy in the treatment of OSA. He is well published in the Journal of Sleep and others and is involved in numerous sleep research projects. Dr. Prehn is also adjunct professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, as well as a sought-out speaker for many seminars and conferences to other Dentists, Physicians and health care professionals around the state and nation.


Robert W Veis D.D.S.

Rob W. Veis, DDS is the President and CEO of Space Maintainers Laboratories. He served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California for more than a decade, he lectures internationally on topics ranging from the application of appliance therapy dental techniques to dental economics and practice building. He is coauthor of the Manual of Appliance Therapy for Adults and Children, author of The Practice Building Bulletin and coauthor of the Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea for the General Dentist. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthodontics, and Academy of Sports Dentistry. He currently maintains a private practice in Los Angeles.


Gerard J. Meskill, M.D.

Gerard J. Meskill, M.D. is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame before attending medical school at S.U.N.Y. Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. He then completed neurology residency at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine -- New York's largest integrated health system -- where he served as chief resident. After residency, Dr. Meskill switched coasts to continue his training at Stanford University School of Medicine's Sleep Disorders fellowship program. Founded by William Dement, MD., Ph.D., Stanford's program is recognized internationally as the birthplace of the field and is considered the world's best academic sleep program. Dr. Meskill trained under many of the most recognized innovators in sleep medicine, such as William Dement, M.D., Ph.D., considered the father of sleep medicine; Emmanuel Mignot, M.D., Ph.D., the chairman of the program and the world authority on narcolepsy; and Christian Guilleminault, M.D., one of the world's most published authors in the field of sleep and a major contributor to the discovery of the physiologic mechanisms behind obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Following training, he joined Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates (CSMA) to work with fellow Stanford graduate Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. He founded and acts as coordinator for a narcolepsy support group in Sugar Land through the Narcolepsy Network and the American Sleep Apnea Association. He has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post's "Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine" sleep blog. He has co-authored, "The role of flow limitation as an important diagnostic tool and clinical finding in mild sleep-disordered breathing" in the peer-reviewed journal Sleep Science and wrote a chapter on the interrelationship between stroke and sleep disorders in Sleep and Neurologic Disease. Additionally, he is a board member of the Sleep Education Consortium, a 501c3 non-profit organization that holds continuing education conferences with a mission to enhance the knowledge of healthcare professions on sleep disorders.


William G Ondo, M.D.

William G Ondo, M.D. is Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, Methodist Neurological Institute and Director of the Restless Legs Syndrome Quality Care Center, and a Professor at Weill Cornell Medical School. He obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia, and did his Neurology residency at Duke University. In 1995, he undertook a Movement Disorders fellowship in the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine and then joined the Parkinson Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic: he left Baylor in 2011 to join the Department of Neurology at UT Medical School and Memorial Hermann medical center where he functions as a movement disorders specialist. He has membership in multiple professional associations and research groups, which include the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and numerous study groups. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has over 250 published papers and book chapters, and has edited two books. His current research interests include restless legs syndrome, Parkinson's disease, tremor, and the use of botulinum toxins.


Brandon R. Peters, M.D.

Brandon R. Peters, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist who currently practices at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and serves as a Clinical Affiliate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University's School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in Biology and English and studied medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford University in England. He worked as a polysomnographic technician before attending medical school at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He was trained as a neurologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed his sleep fellowship at Stanford University, where he was also trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist for insomnia. He has served on numerous committees within the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has written more than 1000 articles on sleep for He has written numerous additional academic articles and book chapters on normal sleep, circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias, and sleep ethics. He is the creator of Insomnia Solved, an online insomnia therapy program.


Terry D Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.

Terry D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S. is a clinical professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas, Health Science Center, Houston. He is also a consultant at M.D. Anderson cancer center, Department of Head and Neck Surgery in the Division of Surgery and Anesthesiology. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mammalian Physiology from Southern Illinois University (1971), and a Bachelor of Science degree (1973) and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (1975), both from the University of Illinois. He completed specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1982) and a Master of Science degree at the University of Texas, Health Science Center in Houston. He has published a number of textbook chapters and articles in the subject of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, especially orthognathic surgery. He has extensive experience in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with maxillomandibular advancement, (MMA).


Duane Grummons, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Dr. Grummons is a Board Certified orthodontist, graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry who is an Associate Professor of Orthodontics at The Loma Linda University Medical Center Orthodontic Department. He has lectured extensively to orthodontic organizations world-wide and published orthodontic articles, chapters, and a textbook. He has won many awards for his high-level of performance of his Orthodontic Specialty practices in Marina del Rey, CA and Spokane, WA. His recognition stems from his effective clinical approaches to facial orthopedics, facial asymmetry, airway-focused facial orthopedics, complex Clear Aligner approaches, TMD management, and non-extraction orthodontic treatments. He has particular interests and knowledge on the association between craniofacial development and airway function. His lectures enhance the perspective of physicians - particularly pediatricians - on the negative impact stemming from neglecting proper dental development because of the impact this can have on the airway, sleep and daytime function. His dental approach strengthens the knowledge of how collaboration between the dental and medical fields can tremendously improve patients' health.


Payam Ataii D.M.D.

Dr. Payam Ataii is an award winning graduate of Tufts Dental School who has treated more than a thousand patients with clear aligners and sleep oral appliances as mono and combo- therapies at his private practice in Laguna Hills, California. Dr. Ataii has been an Invisalign faculty member for more than 10 years and recently awarded the North America Educator of the Year in 2016. He has been published in national and international peer-reviewed publications, as well as mainstream press and television. Over the years, Dr. Ataii has presented lectures to thousands of his peers, sharing the results of his research and his innovative practice growth techniques.


Sal Rodas, M.B.A.

Sal Rodas is the Chief Product Officer for SleepArchiTx™ and the Executive Director for the Foundation for Airway Health. Mr. Rodas has over 15 years of professional senior level experience. Throughout his career, Sal has been innovating solutions and leading companies in the medical and dental sleep industry designed to help practices grow. His most recent assignment was as the Chief Operations Officer and then Chief Strategic Officer of a sleep diagnostics company. Previously, he led operations, sales, marketing and service efforts as the Chief Operations Officer for Space Maintainers Lab, an international organization with offices in the United States and abroad that serve the needs of dentists and orthodontists worldwide. During his tenure at Space Maintainers Lab, Sal presided over the SMILE Foundation – the educational division of the company – organizing seminars nationwide with leading lecturers in the dental community. Sal earned his MBA from Babson College, a Bachelor of Information Technology and served as a US Marine.


Howard Hindin, D.D.S. (Special Guest from the Foundation of Airway Health)

A graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Howard Hindin is trained in all aspects of general dentistry, with an early emphasis on surgery and endodontia. Since the 1990s, his practice has also focused on cosmetic dentistry, temporomandibular joint disorders, and craniofacial pain. An acknowledged pioneer in the relationship between dental issues and whole-body health, Dr. Hindin, is President (2000-present) of the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM). The foundation offers educational services to professionals and the public on complementary medicine as well as advocacy for patient and doctor rights. Also, Dr. Hindin advanced the use of acupuncture in dentistry and general medicine as the Director of the Acupuncture Program for Substance Abuse in Rockland County. He is also the founding director of the Foundation for Airway Health, focused on educating healthcare professionals on the important of airway management. For this conference, he will present information about the foundation and encourage attendees to sign the Airway Pledge, promoting airway health.



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