The 2017 Southern Sleep Society faculty includes keynote addresses from Drs. David P.White, Sharokh Javaheri and Carlos H. Schenck. Steve Van Hout (Assistant Director of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine) will also be presenting on the "future of sleep medicine". Special invited lecturers are Drs. Russell Rosenberg, Benjamin Reiss and David Rye. Confirmed members and local presenters include Drs. Amir Sharafkhaneh, Richard Castriotta, Donald Watenpaugh, Denise Sharon, Ruskshanda Majid, William "Mac" Anderson, Karel Calero, Todd Swick, Philip Becker, Gregory Carter, Nilgun Giray, Max Hirshkowitz, Shariar Shahzeidi, John Herman and William Broughton. The conference brings together the most distinguished leaders in the field of sleep medicine. This will be an unforgettable weekend in Houston, TX that you will not want to miss.
The Technologist course faculty members are leaders in the field who are intimately involved in patient education, billing, coding and authorizations, corporate sleep and and preparation for the evolving roles that sleep technologists will fill. The faculty consists of past and current Presidents of AAST, BRPT and members of AAST Board of Directors.
Eva Alegria began her career as a Respiratory Therapist over 18 years ago and has since transitioned into sleep medicine. She has worked in many clinical areas including ER, ICU's, PFT, and sleep. She was a respiratory manager and assisted in the planning and development of a sleep center for St Lukes Hospital, Houston, TX. Eva has assisted in accreditation and re-accreditation of sleep centers. She currently serves as the sleep educator for the Baylor St Lukes Sleep Clinic and has also become a key point person in managing and preparing authorizations for sleep patients.
Dr. Ali J. Al-Himyary is board certified in internal medicine and completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where he also holds a Master of Public Health. He is currently affiliated with CHI St. Luke’s Health - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Academic Appointments and works at Kelsey Seybold Clinic. Dr. Al-Himyary earned his medical degree at Kuwait University, Kuwait City, and completed his internship and residency at the University of Illinois. He has a Nutritional Support fellowship at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Dr. Al-Himyary is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Professional Sleep Society.
Amber Allen has been in the sleep field for 8 years and currently serves as the Program Coordinator to the CAAHEP-accredited Polysomnographic Technology Program at Collin College in McKinney, TX. Prior to coming to Collin College, she worked as an RPSGT for the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Amber has presented at numerous sleep and respiratory care conferences at both the national and state level and has also been elected to the BRPT Board of Directors. She is passionate about educating students and the public about the importance of sleep. Prior to her career in sleep, Amber was a child prodigy who started college at 14. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at 19, she began her post-collegiate career in the music industry in Nashville, where she worked for 8 years, including appearances on American Idol and as an extra in film and TV projects with some of the biggest names in music.
Dr. Calero is Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine at University of South Florida College of Medicine. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Miami completed Residency in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and sleep medicine fellowship at USF Health, Tampa, FL. Dr. Calero practices Pulmonology in Tampa and is affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including James A. Haley VA Hospital and Tampa General Hospital. He is one of 15 doctors at James A. Haley and one of 36 at Tampa General Hospital who specialize in Pulmonary Disease. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish. He is a past recipient of the Founders' Award from the Southern Sleep Society.
Brian is Vice President at Respiratory Quality Service in Houston, TX. He has been a Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years and loves to present on the importance of treating sleep disorders to anyone who will listen. He has served in many clinical roles including the ICU, sleep laboratory and pulmonary function laboratory. Brian has been involved with the Texas Society for Sleep Professionals since the beginning. He is also part time instructor for the Polysomnography program at Alvin Community College. Brian is a past sleep consultant for Philips Home Healthcare.
Jayme Matchinski, JD has extensive experience in health and corporate law and assists healthcare companies deal with regulatory and operational issues, such as compliance, reimbursement, licensure and certification affecting health care providers, as well as with the purchase, sale and formation of health care entities. She has successfully represented health care providers in reimbursement claims against insurance carriers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She works with physicians and health care systems in the licensure, certification, legal structure and reimbursement structuring of sleep disorder centers, rehabilitation hospitals and facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Jayme has a wealth of experience in the area of sleep medicine and writes the “Legal Notes” column in A2Zzz Magazine. She is currently working at Greensfelder Law Firm in Chicago, IL
Cheryl works at Kelsey Seybold Clinic, Houston, TX where she is intimately involved in patient education and PAP compliance.
Dr. Rose is Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep, at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Her research and clinical interests have focused on sleep disorders for more than 25 years. Over the course of her academic career, she has published several peer review articles, written book chapters, lectured both nationally and regionally, and been involved in several sleep organizations. She has also participated in numerous research projects and received grants related to sleep.
Mary Smith is a Ziglar Legacy Certified trainer, coach and leadership development expert with 28 years as an educator, 8 of which were in developing and teaching staff development, curriculum writing and coaching/mentoring teachers. Mary is an active member of Toastmasters and Association for Talent Development Houston.
She has presented at various educational conferences throughout Texas including Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. She is deeply involved in presenting staff development to teachers and admnistrators throughout the state of Texas. She conducts training for teachers, administrators, counselors and superintendents offering CPE credit for many of her trainings.
Todd J. Swick, M.D. is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine (American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with a subspecialty in Sleep Medicine). He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at The University of Texas School of Medicine-Houston and is Senior Medical Director of Neurology and Sleep Medical Consultants of Houston. He has recently been hired as an International Sleep Medicine Consultant for the Medipert Sleep Medicine Center in Beijing, China. He the Medical Director of the North Cypress Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center and Apnix Sleep Diagnostic Centers in Houston, Texas. He has been practicing in Houston, Texas for the past 34 years and has spent the last fifteen years doing sleep medicine on an exclusive basis. He has close to 4000 patients in his practice and one of the largest Narcolepsy practices in Texas.
Dr. Watenpaugh graduated from the University of North Texas, Denton with a BS and MS in Biology. He earned his PhD in Physiology in 1995 and later joined the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth where he worked on demonstrating how sleep breathing problems increased blood pressure. He also helped document adverse effects of sleep restriction on cardiovascular function. Dr. Watenpaugh initially joined Sleep Consultants, Inc. as a sleep study analyst and became a caregiver in 2004. He earned board certification in sleep medicine in 2005, and he has served as Director of Sleep Consultants, Inc. since that time. He has directly supervised the research and/or clinical training of 37 undergraduate/graduate students and physicians. He also has extensive classroom teaching experience and is adjunct professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas, Arlington, TX.
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