Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s lineup of award-winning researchers, industry experts, and brilliant practice leaders. Join us in Dallas to learn from and engage with the best minds and leaders in dental sleep medicine.
Keynote: Crossing the Generational Divide
Alicia Rainwater is a Certified Keynote Speaker at The Center for Generational Kinetics. Her speaking clients range from Bayer and Ebby Halliday Realtors to The Federation of State Medical Boards. Alicia is a Millennial who has a reputation as a leader in her own generation. She has extensive experience working firsthand to bridge generations in a variety of organizations from hospitals to global non-profits. Alicia has received a tremendous response to her engaging delivery that combines The Center’s latest research and how-to with her unique experience working with clients. She has spoken to thousands of people across the United States. Alicia’s personal experiences working with multiple generations as a non-profit leader, school counselor, and medical social worker make her a powerful and inspiring speaker that effectively demonstrates how to solve generational challenges with employees and customers.
Clinical + Hygiene Panel
April is Dr. Smith's clinical sleep assistant and a sweet and charming family member at Sleep Dallas for 16 years. Born in New York and raised in Orlando. She moved to Texas in 1995. Starting in 1997 she became an R.D.A. In 2009 she transitioned into the sleep world retiring from Dentistry along with Dr. Smith and then Sleep Dallas was born. April has a special interest in working with Dr. Smith and his snoring and sleep apnea patients but for some reason will not let us call her the Sleep Expert. She prefers to be called the “Sleep Chic”.
The Beast of Medicare. Does it Hurt?
Cindy White is an Education Consultant with Noridian Healthcare Solutions providing DMEPOS education to suppliers in both jurisdictions A and D. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Eastern Washington University and has been with Noridian since the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Noridian, Cindy spent 17 years working in the DMEPOS industry for a respiratory supplier, bringing a unique perspective and strong desire to provide quality education to the supplier community.
Dr. Dan Tache
Managing Orofacial Pain and Residual Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
After receiving his DMD degree from Tufts University, Dr. Dan Tache went on to complete a general practice residency with the Veterans Administration in conjunction with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He opened a private practice in Houston and continued at the University of Texas Health Science Center as an adjunct clinical professor for 16 years, lecturing on the topics of TMJ disorders and orofacial pain.Read More
Dr. Tache returned to Tufts University in 2008 for two years to conduct post-graduate clinical research limited to fibromyalgia in which he collaborated with experts both from Tufts University and Mass General Hospital.
Dr. Tache obtained board certification from the American Board Of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) approximately 12 years ago. Several years later, Dr. Tache went on to obtain certification as well from the Academy Of Sleep And Breathing. Dr. Tache is also board qualified with the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Sleep Society (WSS) for the past 13 years. Dr. Tache is a member of the editorial staff of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine and more recently was nominated as Chairman of the Policy and Emerging Issues Task Force.
Dr. Tache is currently a partner and clinician with the TMJ and Orofacial Pain Treatment Centers of Wisconsin, while also maintaining a practice in Appleton, WI limited to the treatment of TMJ disorders/orofacial pain and the treatment of patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea seeking treatment with oral airway therapy devices.
Dr. Tache lives with his wife Kathlyn Schultz Tache to whom he has been married for 32 years. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Dr. Tache plays clarinet and prefers playing Baroque-era chamber music; he also enjoys playing and listening to classical guitar music.
Dr. Devon Dobrosielski
Does Sleep Apnea Interfere with Exercise Medicine?
Bio Coming Soon
Listen to Dr. Dobrosielski on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Dr. Eddie Sall
Dr. Sall graduated from University of Vermont in 1976 with a BA in Zoology. He obtained his DDS from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1980 where he spent a year in the study and treatment of patients at the TMJ and Facial Pain Clinic. Dr. Sall completed a GPR in General Dentistry at Upstate Medical Center and joined his father’s general dentistry practice. In 1984 Dr. Sall returned to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical Center and graduated with an MD in 1987. He completed his residency at Upstate in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and became board certified in 1994.Read More
In 1992 Dr. Sall began private practice as an Otolaryngologist and Dentist with an emphasis on TMD, Orofacial Pain, general Otolaryngology, and the surgical and medical management of sleep disorders. In 2000 Dr. Sall earned an MBA from SUNY Binghamton with an emphasis in health care. In 2012 Dr. Sall became board certified in Sleep Medicine.
Currently, Dr. Sall is the CEO of Sleep Center of CNY and has delivered Oral Appliance Therapy for 19 years to over 4000 pts.. He is a speaker for Intersect ENT Corporation. In June of 2018 Dr. Sall became the medical director for ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. In December of 2018 Dr Sall founded a Telemedicine Company StopSnoringSleepBetter.com that was developed to empower the dentist to treat the majority of their patients via telemedicine consultations with board-certified medical sleep physicians.
Listen to Dr. Sall on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Dr. Emerson Wickwire
Psychology and Sleep
Emerson M. Wickwire, PhD is a nationally recognized expert in sleep and sleep disorders. He holds the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he serves as Section Head, Sleep Medicine and oversees all sleep clinical, research, and educational activities. Following completion of his advanced training in sleep at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he co-founded a leading interdisciplinary sleep medicine center that became a model for comprehensive sleep medicine centers throughout the country. Since returning to academia, Dr. Wickwire has developed a broad portfolio of sleep-related research that has been substantially funded by federal, foundation, and private industry partners. He has authored over 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and serves on the editorial boards of most of the leading scientific journals in the field. His current research examines economic aspects of sleep disorders and their treatments, as well as remote monitoring and telehealth for sleep in medical and occupational settings.
Listen to Dr. Wickwire on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Dr. Gy Yatros
Efficient DSM Workflow for a Profitable DSM Practice
Dr. Gy Yatros, CEO & Co-founder of Dental Sleep Solutions and DS3, has been practicing Dental Sleep Medicine for over 20 years. He is a well-respected International lecturer with office locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Tampa, FL that are exclusively dedicated to the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and TMJ disorders. Dr. Yatros is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine with the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, and has been co-presenter of DSM continuums at the Pankey Institute, Dawson Academy, and 3D Congress.
Listen to Dr. Gy Yatros on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Dr. James Maas
Everything You Must Know about Sleep But Are Too Tired to Ask
Dr. James B. Maas, a leading authority and international consultant on sleep and performance, is CEO of Sleep for Success. He has been the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He has also served as a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the world’s record for university teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students in his 48 years on the Cornell faculty.Read More
Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation’s outstanding educator.
Dr. Maas is one of the world’s most sought after corporate, medical, association, academic institution and athletic team speakers. He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell’s Soups, Kraft Foods, Pepsi Cola, Google, CitiGroup, JP Morgan Chase, ING, John Hancock, Bloomberg Financial, USAA, Goldman Sachs, Raymond James, Edward Jones, Federal Express, Merrill Lynch, AIG, Mutual Life, Metropolitan Life, Million Dollar Roundtable, The GAP, Young President's Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization World Business Council (WBC), Maytag, the Naval War College, US Navy, Beyer Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Steelcase, American College of Facial and Plastic Surgeons, American and Canadian Colleges of Rheumatology, American Urological Association, Urban Land Institute, United States Figure Skating Association, the National Basketball Association, NFL New York Jets, NFL Miami Dolphins, NHL Philadelphia Flyers, NHL Ottawa Senators, NHL Nashville Predators, USA and Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey teams, Professional Hockey Trainers Association, S.C. Johnson, Equinox Fitness, Nestle, Simmons Company, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard and Crystal Cruise Lines, and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities, including Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Dartmouth, University of Michigan and Michigan State Universities.
He significantly changed student performance at Cornell, Deerfield, Andover, Exeter, Hotchkiss, The Hill School, and the Chinese International School in Hong Kong. Dr. Maas’ book, Power Sleep, published by Random House and HarperCollins, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 12 languages. Sleep for Success! co-authored with Rebecca Robbins is a book designed for business executives, students, parents, and seniors. His new book for athletes, Sleep to Win!, co-authored with Haley Davis, is receiving rave reviews. Dr. Maas’ children’s venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children’s bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. There have been over 800 articles in the popular press about Dr. Maas' work on sleep and performance. He coined the term, Power Nap and appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CBC, The View, Regis & Kelly, and ABC’s 20/20. OPRAH devoted an entire hour to Dr. Maas and his research on sleep and performance.
Staying Legal in Sleep Medicine
Bio Coming Soon
Listen to Jayme Matchinski on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Dr. Jessica Emery
Don’t Sleep on Instagram: How This Social App Will Transform Your Practice
Dr. Jessica Emery is a cosmetic dentist and multi-passionate marketing maven. She built Sugar Fix Dental Loft and White Haute Teeth Whitening Bar completely from scratch, as well as her boutique branding and marketing agency, dental soiree. She loves teaching other dental professionals how to showcase their brand using the power of social media, especially Instagram. She is also the founder of Dental Girl Gang, a community for women in dentistry who want to take control of their day and design their dream life. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her recording episodes of her podcast, "The Dental Diaries" or working out with her virtual fitness accountability group, "Smiles and Situps."
Listen to Dr. Jessica Emery on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Dr. Jerry Hu
Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine and Treatment Options
Jerry Hu, DDS, DABDSM, DACSDD, DASBA, MICOI, FICOI, AFAAID, LVIF, FIAPA, FIADFE, has been lecturing, doing clinical research, and practicing full time dentistry for almost 25 years. He lectures internationally on cosmetic and implant dentistry, as well as his greatest passion, in the field of dental sleep medicine. He has won numerous national awards in cosmetic and full mouth reconstruction dentistry, been published in several peer reviewed world renowned dentistry journals such as JDSM, JCD, Aegis, Dentistry Today, DSP, and even landed the cover of the excellent Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD's peer reviewed journal).Read More
He also teaches several online webinars, Clinical Pearls forum on social media (FB), teaches for several dental Academies/organizations (ACSDD, ASBA, Roundtable, Neirman's) teaches for Sleep Group Solutions, Modern, Global/Microdental USA, and also for Prosomnus Sleep Technologies. He also has developed 5 IP patents in dental sleep medicine and did a start up, O2&U, in Melbourne, Australia. When time permits, Dr Hu loves traveling and spending time with his family exploring the great outdoors in his home state of Alaska.
Dr. Jonathan Lown
Cardio Relation to Sleep
Bio Coming Soon
Dr. Karla Austin
Panel of the Psyches
Dr. Karla Austin is a licensed Psychologist and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Lubbock Christian College, a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University and her doctorate from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Her doctorate is a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.Read More
Dr. Austin began counseling in 1987 working with a variety of clientele. She saw many teens through the Juvenile Justice system, in group homes and from chaotic home environments. She helped young girls deal with living away from home while facing puberty and social pressures. She also did contract work with Rape Crisis and juvenile probation helping adults and teens coping with crisis recovery and the legal system. Her private practice began in 1989 and included a variety of marriage and family issues. While her location changed, her population always included couples, individuals, children, teens and families.
Upon completion of her doctoral coursework, Dr. Karla Austin worked as a prison psychologist in the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, a men’s prison. There, she was a doctoral intern and performed intake evaluations, did short term therapy with inmates and group therapy dealing with substance abuse, anger management, relationship issues, and parenting. She worked to help inmates deal with the trauma of their incarceration and the events leading up to it, and helped prepare them for successful life with their families upon their release. She also did staff training involving their work with the inmate population and their relationships with one another.
Dr. Austin’s internship at the prison was complemented with part-time work in the Intensive Care Units at both Childrens’ Hospital and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. There, she worked with the patients, families, and staff, helping them deal with the devastation, grief and loss surrounding them.
Since 1998, Dr. Karla Austin has been in private practice in the Dallas area. Her primary office location is in Irving where her roots began. She has done speaking in the areas of marriage and family, talks regarding her dissertation topic, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and been an expert witness in the Dallas courts system. Dr. Austin enjoys helping people reach their potential, whether it is helping an individual set and reach goals or assisting a couple or family enjoy more meaningful and satisfying relationships.
Listen to Dr. Austin on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Medical Insurance Billing Panel
Laura Couture is currently the Account Executive at Brady Billing, a third-party medical biller specializing in oral appliance billing for dentists nationwide. She started her career by being “baptized” into sleep by some of the industry’s leading doctors, vendors, and speakers. Before venturing into the billing arena exclusively, she was a clinical assistant in one of the nation’s leading Dental Sleep Practices. Starting as a clinician and moving to billing has always seemed to give her an edge up with an extensive knowledge of both billing and clinical guidelines. She is a Sleep Group Solutions Educator, as well as an ASBA Certified Sleep Care Coordinator. She is an active participant in insurance medical policy guidelines and staying up to date on how to best get doctor’s paid. Laura is a self-proclaimed true crime and coffee junkie and always looking for the next book to add to her library.
Medical Insurance Billing Panel
Lisa Fischer-Herdt is the Director of Member Communications at Dental Sleep Solutions and 4 Pillar Billing. She has over 25+ years of Medical Billing experience, serves on the Manatee Tech College Advisory Board, served as an Adjunct Professor at ATA College in Louisville, KY. She is also a Certified Professional Biller and a member of the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders).
Dr. Marie Dibra
CPAP and Beyond: Total Treatment for All Sleep Patients
Dr. Marie Dibra is board-certified in sleep medicine and specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and shift work disorder, among others. Also a board-certified internist and with a background in nutrition, Dr. Dibra takes a comprehensive and compassionate approach to addressing patient sleep challenges and their underlying contributors.
Dr. Mark Murphy
Increasing Your Acceptance Rate
Mark is the Lead Faculty for Clinical Education at ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, serves on the Guest Faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and as a Regular Presenter on Sleep, Business Development, Practice Management and Leadership at the Pankey Institute.Read More
He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Pankey Institute, National Association of Dental Laboratories, the Identalloy Council, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, St. Vincent DePaul's Dental Center and the Dental Advisor.
He lectures internationally on Leadership, Practice Management, Communication, Case Acceptance, Planning, Occlusion, Sleep and TMD. He has a knack for presenting pertinent information in an entertaining manner.
CPAP and Beyond: Total Treatment for All Sleep Patients
Bio Coming Soon!
DSM Basics Bootcamp
Rebecca’s 20-year experience in the medical and dental fields allows her to understand the intricacies of integrating medical therapies and billing into the dental practice. As the Director of Education for Sleep Group Solutions and the leading dental sleep medicine consultant in Arkansas, she has a balanced understanding of business management, team building, and sleep medicine practice development. She has extensive marketing experience and has a passion for education and marketing, lecturing regularly on the role of Dental Sleep Medicine in the treatment of sleep apnea nationwide.Read More
Rebecca is passionate about whole patient care and understands that sleep apnea has become one of our nation’s leading health crises. Dental medicine and Sleep medicine work beautifully together to help save lives and improve the health and well-being of our patients.
Staying Legal in Sleep Medicine
Scott Craig is a graduate of DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business. He has 19 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the medical equipment, service and supply industries. Scott has a proven record in business development, strategic planning and relationship management to develop and grow existing companies or new start-up companies. Scott is a passionate leader and advocate in the sleep community on a local and national level. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s (AADSM) 2014 Clinical Research Award.Read More
He is also a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Illinois Sleep Society. Scott has served as CEO of Midwest Dental Sleep Center (MDSC) since 2007. Under his leadership, MDSC has become one of the largest and most respected dental sleep medicine clinics in the country. The center is AADSM accredited and has five diplomates of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine with five locations serving the Chicago-land area. MDSC is one of a handful of multi-center clinics in the world focused exclusively on providing dental sleep medicine services to patients suffering from sleep related breathing disorders.
Dr. Stacy Ochoa
The Dental Role in the Pediatric Airway
Dr. Stacy Ochoa started her journey in Dental Sleep Medicine 16 years ago when her Dad was found to be CPAP intolerant. She took on this journey as a fight to literally save her Dad’s life. She took all the courses she could as well as obtained Diplomate status with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). Stacy was one of the first Diplomates in the St. Louis area and has gained the respect of her local Sleep Physicians and ENTs by working collaboratively and communicating well with her medical colleagues in a much needed interdisciplinary approach.Read More
Unfortunately, in 2017, Valentine’s night, her Dad lost his life in his sleep.
His oral appliance was found sitting on the bathroom sink.
This further ignited a passion in her to find a way to help others… to offset the health burdens that OSA has on both adults, their children… and now HER children.
During this time she also realized that all 5 children in her own home had a form of Sleep Disordered Breathing, Apnea or Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome.
No one was coming to her aide to HELP HER OWN CHILDREN. Beyond tonsilloadenoidectomy and CPAP there seemed to be no options. She knew there HAD to be something else!!! She wanted answers! She was a mother on a mission, and nothing was going to stop her!
She couldn’t ignore sleep and breathing problems in her own children, so how could she continue to ignore them in her patients?
As such, her DSM practice transitioned from treatment of adults to include children as well.
Stacy then took the following courses on her journey looking for answers for her own children and the parents who would put their trust in her helping their children.
Today, she is one of the key pediatric airway speakers at the annual North American Dental Sleep Medicine Symposium. She continues to lecture across the country at local clubs and organizations raising awareness of this treatable and preventable epidemic. She also mentors others on this journey and helps guide dentists on their paths to bring this much needed intervention into their dental practices. She juggles the roles of Mom, Dentist, Business Owner and Pediatric Airway Warrior, sometimes dropping a ball like we all do, but picking it right back up and juggling away… because it’s important.
Listen to Dr. Ochoa on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast
Dr. Steve Wooten
Mayday! Engine out! Now what?
Dr. Steve Wooten is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, He is a member of the AADSM and the ASBA, He practices in Oxford, Mississippi. He has pilot's licenses for both fixed-wing aircraft and hot air balloons.
Dr. Wooten will be talking about managing his harrowing aviation emergency and how the experience relates to confronting challenges we face in our dental sleep practices.
Steven J. Anderson
Awards Ceremony Emcee
If there is one phrase that describes Steve Anderson, it would have to be “The Yes Man!”
Steve has worked with professionals around the world to transform their practices, businesses and their teams to the highest level of performance with innovative patient service systems that make it easier for patients to say “yes” to treatment. He has worked with some of the biggest names in dentistry to build their practices. His systems transform practices and the people in them.Read More
Steve has been named “Dental Businessman of the Year” by Excellence in Dentistry. He is a founder of the Total Patient Service Institute, Crown Council, Dental Warranty, Eagle University, and the Smiles for Life Foundation, that has raised nearly $50 million dollars for dental and children’s charitable projects around the world. He is one of the most prolific entrepreneurs, authors, philanthropists, and presenters in dentistry.
Get ready for an entertaining evening as we welcome Steve Anderson as the emcee of our 10th anniversary celebration.
Dr. Steven Todd
Advanced Endocannabinoid Therapeutics (CBD)
Dr. Steven E. Todd is a practicing Integrative Sleep Specialist in Foley, Alabama. His practice is exclusive to sleep and sleep related disorders. Dr. Todd has a Masters Degree in Regenerative Medicine with an emphasis on Health & Wellness.Read More
Dr. Todd is a Clinical Cannabinologist and practices Advanced Cannabinoid Therapeutics. Since 2018, Dr. Todd has lectured nationally and internationally on Endocannabinoid Science Health & Wellness.
Dr. Todd is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Self-Talk Trainer and Certified Buteyko Breathing/Oxygen Advantage Instructor.
Dr. Todd is a retired Board Certified Dental Implantologist and Dental Anesthesiologist, served as Adjunct Professor at the Ohio State University School of Dentistry. From 1982-85, he was the 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Medical Battalion US Army Field Dental Surgeon.
Dr. Todd resides in Perdido Key, Florida.
Say Yes Without Saying No! Increase New Patients in Your Sleep Practice
Just put Tanya Bailey in front of a patient and watch the magic happen! Whether it is scheduling a first time patient, working out the details of a large treatment plan, finding financial arrangements that will work for the patient, or filling the schedule, Tanya knows how to help patients say “yes”.Read More
Doing it and teaching other teams how to do it, however, are two different things. Tanya has the proven ability to organize, explain, model, coach, and support teams to implement ToPS skills to get the best results every day with patients. She doesn’t tell teams what to do, she does it live with their patients so they can see exactly how it works in their environment with their own patients.
With over 14 years of top performance in the various positions of dental assistant, hygiene assistant, accelerated hygiene assistant, financial coordinator, appointment coordinator and office manager, Tanya has the proven ability to get results with patients and with the entire team.
Her passion is to help doctors and teams grow together, enjoy dentistry even more, and get the results they want.
Listen to Dr. Bailey on The Sleep Roundtable Podcast