Dr. Michael Simmons to speak at 2010 ATPA symposium

Feb. 8, 2010
Dr. Simmons to discuss sleep disordered breathing at symposium March 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nev.

CHATSWORTH, California--The Appliance Therapy Group will welcome Michael S. Simmons, DMD, to the ranks of dental professionals, clinicians, and field-related experts speaking at ATPA 2010.

The Seventh Annual Appliance Therapy Practitioners Association Symposium will be held March 11-14, 2010, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

In Dr. Simmons' presentation, the researcher, lecturer and author, will talk on "Sleep Disordered Breathing … Why Dentistry, Why Now?"

Dr. Simmons will address screening and diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing, as well as current approaches and therapies that dentists can provide. He will present information that supports the need for dentists to become more involved in this field and how to embark upon the journey to competency.

"Dr. Simmons will deliver a compelling picture of what is considered by many to be the most serious sleep disorder in terms of morbidity and mortality," explained ATG CEO Dr. Rob Veis.

"But what is more compelling is the practical, implementable solutions for involvement he provides for each and every dentist."

Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, a Fellow in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and lecturer in dental sleep medicine at UCLA, Dr. Simmons has a formalized postdoctoral medical fellowship and dental school background in orofacial pain and dysfunction conditions.

A published researcher and educator at UCLA dental school since 1987, he has also taught at UCLA's medical school and pain management center. In 2008, he began teaching part-time at the USC dental school.

Dr. Simmons is on several American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine committees, and is a frequent lecturer on dental and orofacial maladies, including TMJ, orofacial pain, snoring and sleep apnea.

This year, the symposium will dedicate a day to sleep appliance therapy--techniques, tools and trends. There will also be two days devoted to staff training with Anita Jupp.

She will present discussion and application of the principles of team play, goal orchestration, motivation strategies and education essentials, and the art of collaborative promotion, support, and success. In addition, participating doctors are invited to bring their staff, two members of which can attend free of charge.

Seminar-goers will have the opportunity to earn as many as 42 continuing education credits and receive certification in the Perio-Protect Method. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit case presentations for display and feedback, participate in hands-on round table sessions, attend in-depth lectures and workshops on topics from minor tooth movement to mouthguards to legal imperatives, and initiate and grow future relationships, programs, and partnerships.

For information on the ATPA symposium, visit online at ATPA symposium or call (800) 423-3270.

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