Following are a list of clinicians with and interest in sleep and breathing treatment who also have been contributors, editorial board members or friends of the sleep and respiratory scholar web presence. It is our intention to identify and share, innovations and best practices for our patients and customers
Managing Editor, Founder
Randy Clare– Orange County, CA, USA
Following is the phrase that has motivated me since high school you could say it became my credo:
“I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”
― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
Since the day I took that phrase to heart I have tried to always have a book on the go, and a new friend on the horizon. I turned into a relentless autodidact I used this credo to develop my curiosity, I believe it has made me a better sales person, marketer and business leader.
My professional life has been centered around sleep apnea diagnosis and therapy, and respiratory care. I am not a clinician however I have worked with, and been educated by, some of the best. In my opinion it is critical to orient your career decisions around mentors, constant improvement and collaboration. My mentors have been so important to me that I am committed to mentor anyone who seems ready to learn. This philosophy has given me the opportunity me to work with some incredibly dedicated clinicians Dr Wayne Halstrom, Dr Edward Spiegel, Dr Bradley Eli and Dr John Viviano; together we have found and have developed opportunities that have shaped my career.
I have always been a sales person, setting and achieving high targets is a requirement at this level. Great sales people need to work on a team, I have always collaborated with marketing, sales ops, global trade and business development to deliver for the customer.
I have lead teams to achieve goals that have required us to learn new skills and develop tools that fill gaps in our knowledge and skill set to achieve our goals.
For example in order to introduce hand held spirometry to primary care practitioners I lead a team that developed a Spirometry Training App. On the Sleep Apnea side I continue to serve as editor of www.sleepscholar.com, an online Sleep education blog with a corresponding LinkedIn group. In order to make any of this work I first required an editorial mission and key opinion leaders (KOL’s) who could carry the clinical editorial requirement. Once we had a set of KOL’s and an audience we needed to provide a deeper academic experience. In order to meet this goal I worked with David Gergen and Alan Hickey to found the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, a multidisciplinary academy for professional development and industry advocacy.
Things you should know about me
- I love a good laugh
- I don’t care who gets credit- I just want to win
- I have Big ideas
- I ask a lot of questions
- I travel constantly
- I’m the calm one
- A long walk on the beach is great especially if we are talking about sleep apnea
Reach out if you have read a good book or you want to talk about an out of the box business idea. If you snore or have sleep apnea but are struggling with treatment, drop me a line. If you are a dentist who needs help setting up a sleep apnea practice I can help you.
Specialties: Listening, Problem Solving, Team Building, Writing, Distribution, Channel Management, Mentorship, Product Development, Social Media Strategy and E-Commerce
Claude Albertario APT, RPSGT, RST- New York, NY, USA
Claude Albertario, RST, RPSGT, is Practice Specialist at the Weill Cornell Medical College Pediatric Sleep Center. He received his undergraduate training in Psychobiology at SUNY College at Purchase. Albertario began his career in Sleep Medicine in 1984 at Dr. Elliot Weitzman’s Institute of Chronobiology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. In 1990, he obtained his RPSGT credential. He later received the first publically available RST credential (#100). As an early advocate of digital recording methods, in 1990 Albertario spearheaded an effort at the Winthrop University Hospital to become the first accredited, paperless sleep center in the world. He helped form the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine in 1998, and presently serves as its secretary, working to shepherd the recently passed sleep tech legislation through the NYS Legislature. His research interests revolve around his invention, z-ratio, a unified metric of sleep/wake. Albertario has sleep apnea, for which he successfully manages with CPAP.
Efficiency and technology expert, Designed and implemented electronic PDF workflow solutions realizing significant cost savings though clerical FTE reduction, paper use reduction, and equipment cross use.
> Designed efficient patient chart flow, ensuring that all documentation is maintained in a complete, organized HIPAA compliant manner synchronous with electronic documentation.
> Responsible for all paper forms creation, and developed electronic forms submission schemas providing greater clinical utility and continuity of care while realizing cost reduction by 10%.
> Created novel in-patient programs for diagnosis of sleep apnea, and treatment of such within the in-patient hospital population, realizing reported reductions in length of stay.
Specialties: Sleep Medicine, workplace efficiency and design, EEG spectral analysis, information technology
Facundo Guillermo Bermejo– Santiago Chile
Business strategy in Latin America, International business distribution channels, healthcare solutions, Medical devices, Software implementation, regulatory affairs, Medical equipment, medical disposables, Sales strategy.
Steve Carstensen DDS– Seattle, WA, USA
My vision is to facilitate growth in my patients towards health, in my colleagues toward improved understanding of the dental/medical connection, and in my team towards their ability to positively impact the quality of life of people they serve.
Louis Chmura DDS– Marshall, MI, USA
Dr. Chmura graduated from Michigan State University in 1978. After working for three years as an engineer, he became convinced he could better serve people in health care. Dr. Chmura completed his Master’s degree in Orthodontics from the University of Michigan in 1987 and has had specialized training in biomechanics and aesthetics. His research project was selected for first place at the University of Michigan and he was selected to present his findings at the Association of Dental Research meeting at Denver University.
Prior to his office in Marshall, Dr. Chmura also practiced orthodontics in Virginia. He currently resides in Marshall with his wife, Penny, and two children, Claire and John. He enjoys golfing, spending time with family and friends, and reading in his spare time.
Dr. Chmura is member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Board of Orthodontics, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is actively involved in two local professional study groups and three national study groups. He has taken numerous continuing education courses in orthodontics, periodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Each year he attends over 100 hours of continuing education, and in 2006 Dr. Chmura was invited to write a chapter on the innovative uses of a Diode laser in an orthodontic office. Also, Dr. Chmura has been invited to lecture nationally on “Uses of a Soft Tissue Laser in Orthodontics” and “Treatment Planning in an Era of Innovative Technology”.
Bradley Eli, DMD, MS– San Diego County, CA, USA
I have over 20 years experience in the fields of Orofacial Pain Managment (head and neck) and Sleep Disorders. Upon completion of my UCLA post-doctoral program I obtained a MS degree in oral biology. Upon completion I was the among less than ten similarly-trained healthcare providers within the United States. During the first ten years in practice I had the honor to be part of the training staff at the pain centers of Loma Linda University, UCSD and Scripps hospitals. In 1995 I began STAR (Sleep Treatment and Research) Institute to explore better ways to treat sleep disorders resulting in the only multimodal treatment group in the region.
My early entry into the new fields of Pain Management and Sleep Disorders has allowed me to develop methods and solutions including patented items and pathways that improve care and provide better outcomes for patients with these life changing diseases.
Unequal training, education and experience in the diagnosis and treatment in the field of facial pain.
The most complete disease management approach in the treatment of airway and airflow issues.
Erin Elliott DDS– Post Falls, ID, USA
Erin E. Elliott, DDS is a partner at Post Falls Family Dental Center and Sleep Better Northwest in Post Falls, Idaho where she practices family dentistry and raises her family, of a husband and two boys. She has a special interest in screening and treating people with sleep apnea and snoring. She is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Elliott is the current co-president of the American Sleep And Breathing Academy
Wayne Halstrom DDS, Vancouver, BC, Canada
I am the inventor of and continue to inspire the team that delivers the Silencer an oral appliance for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. The Silencer is a prosthodontic approach to the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in the dental office. The key component of the Silencer is the Halstrom Hinge a precision attachment made of implant grade titanium. The device is adjustable and allows a full range of motion.
The Silencer technique includes the GAT a best in class bite registration technique that records status of the TMJ but also gives excellent information the clinician can use to treat a patients sleep disorder or build complex implant cases.
I am CEO of Dr. Halstrom Sleep Apnea and Snoring Clinics. We provide comprehensive screening and three clinically validated snoring and sleep apnea therapy choices to help patients achieve refreshing sleep and energy throughout the day leading to a healthier and happier life. Oral appliance therapy, continuous positve airway pressure (CPAP) and lifestyle coaching – weight loss.
If you would like to learn more about the Silencer, the GAT or Dr. Halstrom Sleep Apnea and Snoring Clinics please go to www.drhalstrom.com
Louis Malcmacher DDS- Cleveland, OH, USA
Dr. Louis Malcmacher is one of the most trusted educators in dentistry and maintains a general and esthetic private dental practice in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an internationally renowned lecturer and author, known for his wide-ranging comprehensive and entertaining style. Dr. Malcmacher is a frequent contributor to dental literature, having published numerous articles about adhesive resin dentistry, crown and bridge procedures, Botox and dermal fillers in dentistry, total facial esthetics, practice management, periodontics, esthetic dentistry, and halitosis therapy. He has lectured at many major dental conferences as well as dental societies throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Malcmacher is an Evaluator Emeritus for Clinicians Report, a visiting lecturer at several Universities, a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, a monthly columnist and contributing editor for Dental Economics, a contributing editor for Dentistry Today and Dental Tribune, a monthly columnist for The Dentist’s Network Newsletter, and has been named one of the Leaders in Continuing Education by Dentistry Today for ten years in a row. Dr. Malcmacher publishes The Common Sense Dentistry Newsletter which is received by over sixty thousand dental professionals each month. Dr. Malcmacher is the President of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Dr. Malcmacher has also been extensively featured in the general media. His interviews have been seen on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, and the popular show 20/20. He has also been interviewed by much of the print media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer, and the Detroit Free Press. Several popular magazines have featured Dr. Malcmacher, including Jane, Marie Claire, Shape, GQ, Edge, Newsweek, Time, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, and Men’s Health. Dr. Malcmacher was also a featured smile makeover dentist on The Tony Danza Show.
Dr. Malcmacher has been educating dentists for over thirty years on best practices, integrating new services into the dental office and improving clinical efficiency and practice management skills. He also works closely with dental manufacturers as a consultant and clinical researcher in developing new products and techniques. For three decades, Dr. Malcmacher has inspired his audiences to truly enjoy dentistry by providing the knowledge necessary for excellent clinical and practice management. His group dental practice has maintained a 45% overhead since 1988.
Sebastian Masanet – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Medical Equipment business is my professional passion and took me + 11 years to be what I’m now: Area Distributor Manager for Respiratory Diagnostics in Latin America (Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Function Testing solutions) on a world class market leader company: now Vyaire Medical, responsible for managing Business Partners on sales, marketing, training & post-sale service excellence.
My professional early days started as Technical Support Biomedical Engineer working for a leader Medical Laser company and it was a real challenge on a tuff environment but I succeeded in my position. A change on my professional career was needed…I become Clinical Chief Engineer looking for new, exciting and challenging experiences in the Hospital field where I was responsible for all medical equipment (purchasing, contracts, preventive maintenance schedule).
Dar Radfar DDS, DASBA– Ventura, CA, USA
Specialties: General and Cosmetic dentistry, Sleep Apnea and Snoring treatment, Diplomate of the American Sleep & Breathing Academy, Lecturer in Sleep Apnea (CE certified), a top provider of Invisalign in Ventura County, Progressive Orthodontic Certified in Custom Braces, and have placed over 1250 implants.
Lecturing and consulting dentists and their staff on how to implement the screening and treatment of Sleep Apnea within their practices. The use of oral appliance therapy, and concepts such as the prevention of sleep apnea are emphasized.
Bob Stanton – Chicago, IL, USA
just a truck driver with sleep apnea.
Co-coordinator of the Truckers for a Cause a patient support group for truck drivers under treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
Active in lobbying and educational efforts as they apply to FMCSA medical certification guidelines and truck driver health and wellness.
Jordan Stern MD – New York, NY
Dr. Jordan C. Stern is Founder and Director of the BlueSleep Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center in New York City’s Financial District. He is a best selling author and sleep expert board certified in Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. He has participated in the development and clinical trials of new home sleep testing devices, and has published and lectured widely on the subject of sleep apnea and head and neck cancer with over 100 publications and presentations to his name.
At BlueSleep, Dr. Stern takes a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. The center is unique, offering home sleep testing and personalized treatments including: in office tongue-base radiofrequency treatments, custom-made oral appliance therapy; as well as tongue strengthening exercises, weight loss, relaxation music, insomnia treatments, silent acid reflux treatment, and CPAP for severe cases. The on-site sleep experts include medical, surgical, and dental sleep specialists, speech therapists, audiologists and CPAP specialists.
Dr. Stern is co-author of Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure, a New York Times best seller available at Amazon.com. Correcting reflux can lead to reducing sleep apnea, and is often part of the recommendations to achieve sleep health. He has also produced a three volume set of relaxation sleep music: “Music for Dreams” created and performed by world renowned pianist Magdalena Baczewska, available at BlueSleepMusic.com and itunes.com.
John Tucker DDS – Erie, PA, USA
John H. Tucker, D.M.D. has maintained a private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania since 1982. He is a graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine. He has completed the Boston Seminars in Implant Dentistry with Dr. Paul Schnitman, the University Of Buffalo Esthetic Dentistry Program, and all levels of the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study, and the University Of Buffalo Patient Mastery Program. In 2005 he was awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Esthetic Dentistry from the University Of Buffalo.
He is a Member of the American College of Oral Implantology, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a Diplomate for both the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Society of Osseointegration. Dr. Tucker has Mastership status in the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics as well as Fellowship in the International Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Tucker has lectured throughout the nation regarding dental implants and prosthetics as well as publishing numerous related articles. He has worked as a consultant for Dentsply, ESPE, Kerr, Henry Schein and Nierman Practice Management.
Dr. Tucker has six dental patents including a precision attachment currently being marketed by the Preat Corporation and an impression tray, Originate™, marketed by Axis™.
Dr. Tucker has a special interest in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. As a Diplomate of The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, he is exceptionally qualified to manage this serious problem with Oral Appliance Therapy. Dr. Tucker was named one of the Best Sleep Doctors in 2012 & 2013 by the Sleep Review Journals for Sleep Specialists. He has been actively treating patients in the Tri-State Erie area for the past ten years. Dr. Tucker works directly with sleep physicians and sleep centers to ensure that his patients receive the most positive treatment outcome possible. He founded Erie Dental Sleep Therapy, LLC in 2007. Erie Dental Sleep Therapy, LLC became the eighth AADSM Accredited facility in June of 2012. Erie Dental Sleep Therapy, LLC was also named one of the Best Sleep Facilities in 2012 by the Sleep Review Journals for Sleep Specialists.
Dr. Tucker is passionate about educating the dental profession in treatment of the PAP intolerant Obstructive Sleep Apnea patient. He has presented approximately 1600 hours of continuing education on treating the PAP intolerant patient with Oral Appliance Therapy nationally and internationally over the past six years. Dr. Tucker has also published numerous articles regarding Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA patients that are unable to tolerate PAP therapy.
John Viviano DDS – Mississauga, ON, USA
I graduated Dentistry in 1983 from University of Toronto and have enjoyed a thriving Family Practice in Mississauga since. Although Dentistry has been very fulfilling for the first half of my career, the second half has been dominated by the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing.
My passion for treating Sleep Disorders began almost twenty years ago when a long-standing Dental patient asked in frustration if I had heard of any solutions for her husband’s “Snoring”, which had her contemplating Divorce! Unfortunately, I had no solutions to offer.
That Friday at a Dental meeting, I observed a sign over one of the exhibiting laboratories: “SNORING”. I approached the booth and was shown a variety of appliances used to manage Snoring, and the supporting literature. That weekend I read those papers and many more that I sourced on PUBMED. That Monday, I displayed newly created brochures alerting my patients of an evening course they could attend to learn about the management of Snoring and Sleep Apnea, and I haven’t stopped learning or talking about it since.
In 1999, I became a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine; the first year this was offered. To date, I have dedicated an increasing amount of time treating this issue. I have published peer reviewed articles, spoken by invitation both locally and internationally and have conducted original research projects. As a consultant to Philips Respironics, I currently find myself involved in on-going research involving airway evaluation through Acoustic Reflection, both pre and post jaw advancement.
With the opening of our new Clinic limited to treating Sleep Disordered Breathing, the stage has been set for my career going forward; learning, researching, writing, speaking and treating Sleep Disorders Dentistry.