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Sleep Health, Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders: ASBA Announces Conference for Sleep Professionals

April 15, 2014

Sleep Health, Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders: ASBA Announces Conference for Sleep Professionals

The American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) partners with The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) & The University Of Nevada School Of Medicine for “Sleep & Wellness 2014: A Conference for Healthcare Professionals”


Ogden, UT- Utah based American Sleep & Breathing Academy (ASBA), in partnership with The University of Nevada School of Medicine, and in collaboration with The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC, a non-profit organization), announces Sleep & Wellness 2014: A Conference for Healthcare Professionals, from May 1-3, at the Radisson Ft. McDowell, in Scottsdale, AZ.


In addition to announcing ASBA’s upcoming conference, the organization is also proud to officially introduce a newly-formed partnership with the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). This partnership allows ASBA to provide educational support to sleep facilities for ACHC accreditation, and in turn, offer ASBA members special pricing for ACHC’s nationally-recognized sleep accreditation program.


ASBA’s unique conference will offer a multi-disciplinary approach to educating sleep professionals, therapists, family physicians and nurse practitioners, in the management and treatment of sleep health disorders, including curriculum courses in; sleep health & hygiene, sleep medicine, and the impact of nutrition and fitness on sleep wellness.


As further evidence of ASBA’s multi-faceted approach to sleep hygiene and care, the conferencewill also feature dental courses and presentations related to sleep science along with a live sleep study. Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA, integrated wellbeing and happiness expert, applied positive psychology coach and former Florida Department of Citrus “Take on the Day” campaign spokesperson, will session chair the wellness section on May 3, 2014 beginning at noon. ASBA’s wellness section will highlight Dave Gergen’s Pro-Player Health Alliance with former NFL players and current sleep apnea awareness advocates; Derek Kennard, Mark Walczak and Roy Green.


Edward Grandi, former Executive Director of the American Sleep Apnea Association, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the ASBA Conference which will include keynote addresses from speakers such as:

  • Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, presenting New Diagnostic Standards for Narcolepsy
  • William Charles Dement, MD, PhD, otherwise known as “The Father of Sleep Medicine” of Stanford University School of Medicine (featured in April 2014 Sleep & Wellness Magazine)
  • Honorable Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D, Member, National Transportation Safety Board.
  • Celebrity nutritionist Cheryl Forberg, head nutritionist for the NBC hit show The Biggest Loser, leading an educational session in nutrition science and the impact on sleep wellness.  Attendees will also dine on Forberg’s recipes at the Saturday lunch.


ASBA’s conference will feature a unique presentation by Dr. Oz's  ShareCare Network member and resident Dream Expert, Lauri Loewenberg, (also featured in the April 2014 Sleep & Wellness Magazine).  Conference guests will be treated to a casual evening entertainment program at the Sundown Shindig, set in the idyllic Arizona desert, featuring BBQ, cowboy games, and live music.


This conference is supported, in part, by an educational grant from Jazz Pharmaceuticals in accordance with the ACCME standards for commercial support.  ASBA recognizes the additional support of the following national sponsors, patient advocate groups and networks: CareFusion, ResMed, SomnoMed, MVAP, Cadwell Laboratories, Inc., Chase Dental Sleepcare, Natus Neurology Incorporated, Wake Up Narcolepsy, Narcolepsy Network, Circadian Sleep Disorders Network, Gergen’s Orthodontic’s Lab and the Pro-Player Health Alliance.  Visit Sleep & Wellness 2014: A Conference for Healthcare Professionals for more information.



About ACHC

ACHC is a not-for-profit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. The organization has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS, and a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001:2008. ACHC is the provider’s choice for accreditation because of their personal Accreditation Advisors, relevant and realistic standards, competitive pricing, and a friendly, consultative approach to accreditation. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. For more information on ACHC’s accreditation programs and educational resources, or to download ACHC accreditation standards, please visit or contact them at or (855) 937-2242.


About The American Sleep & Breathing Academy:

The American Sleep & Breathing Academy is an educational institution for sleep disorders. The organization serves the community at large and educates medical doctors and other sleep health providers, in the field of sleep science and sleep disorders. In addition to organizing and hosting wellness events such as the 2014 conference, the Academy publishes a quarterly publication, Sleep & Wellness Magazine, which can be ordered through the company website,  Visit for more information.


About the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC):

The American Association for Respiratory Care will be in collaboration with the ASBA at this conference to assist the Academy in its mission to improve patient care through clinical and continuing education. The AARC supports the Academy in its commitment to provide quality sleep disorder education for respiratory therapists and credentialed sleep technologists. The AARC is headquartered in Irving, TX, and is a professional association of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. The organization's goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers. The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients, including sleep patients, for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals. Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist is available at


Continuing Medical Education at the 2014 Sleep and Wellness Conference:  A Conference for Healthcare Professionals
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and American Sleep and Breathing Academy.  The University Of Nevada School Of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians. The University of Nevada School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Visit the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine for more information.


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