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.

Ronald S. Prehn, ThM, D.D.S. is a third generation Dentist who focuses his practice on complex medical management of Facial Pain conditions (TMD and Headache) and Sleep Disordered Breathing. He received his degree at Marquette School of Dentistry in 1981 and post graduate education at the Parker Mahan Facial Pain Center at the University of Florida and the LD Pankey Institute in the years to follow. He is a Board-Certified Diplomat of both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, of which he is president-elect. While being an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Dental School in Houston, he is published in several journals on the subject of combination therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. He is a sought-after speaker on this subject at the national level. He currently limits his practice to management of complex sleep breathing disorders at the Koala Sleep Center in Wausau, Wisconsin while enjoying with his wife Linda, the outdoor life style and people of North Central Wisconsin.


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 a board-certified neurologist and sleep disorders specialist at Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates (CSMA). He completed his neurology training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center before switching coasts ¬¬to complete his sleep medicine training at Stanford University. He has collaborated with sleep specialists and researchers nationally and internationally on clinical research published in peer reviewed journals. He remains active in this realm, currently working on projects to advance the understanding of the role of inspiratory flow limitation in sleep-disordered breathing, as well as the connection between REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and parkinsonism. Additionally, he has been published several times in the Stanford Sleep blog on the Huffington Post, where he has written a variety of educational articles on topics such as nocturnal bruxism, fibromyalgia, Kleine-Levin Syndrome, and the Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).


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.


Jeff Hindin, D.D.S.

A graduate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and the Buffalo VAMC residency program, Dr. Hindin practices general dentistry with an emphasis on the treatment of craniofacial pain, TMD and sleep disorders. Dr. Hindin has developed a monitoring system to evaluate physiology with analysis of HRV and ANS balance in the medical and dental office. He is conducting clinical research into the relationship between performance, splint therapy, physiological function and heart rate variability and is the lead dentist in the Proof of Concept Study of an Oral Orthotic to Reduce Tic severity in Chronic Tic Disorder and Tourette Syndrome at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is a founding board member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry and the Foundation of Airway Health. Dr. Hindin has lectured internationally on HRV and is also an instructor and expert in software development for the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. He incorporates biofeedback modalities into patient care. Dr. Hindin is active in many professional societies including Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and memberships in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Pain Management, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and Academy of Laser Dentistry. In his spare time, he coaches a championship baseball team.


Kelly Kincheloe N.P.

Kelly Kincheloe N.P. is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from New York University. She has a background working in Alzheimer's genetics research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Kelly has also worked as a registered nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center, St. David's Medical Center, and Austin Regional Clinic. She has experience working in many different specialties including the Medical-Surgical Unit, Mother-Baby, and Family Medicine. Kelly is an active member of the Austin Area Advanced Practice Nurses (AAPN), the Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP), and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In her spare time, Kelly enjoys long-distance running, spending time with her husband and friends, searching for the perfect breakfast taco, and being outdoors.



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