CACSDD Speakers

Dr. Fernanda Almeida, DDS

Dr. Fernanda Almeida, DDS, MSc., Ph.D.

Dr. Almeida received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1995, and in 2000, her Master of Science from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is an alumna of UBC, where she completed her Doctor of Philosophy (Dental Sciences) in 2005. Dr. Almeida has been involved in oral appliance research and the treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea since 1996, and her research is focused on oral appliance side effects, compliance, titration modalities, imaging and treatment outcome.

With other UBC Dentistry faculty, Almeida has designed an interdisciplinary program in dental sleep medicine for the clinical specialty graduate programs in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. She is also a member of the executive board and research chair of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. 

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Almeida's lecture: "The Future of Oral Appliance Therapy"

Dr. Dennis Bailey, DDS

Dr. Dennis R. Bailey, DDS

Dr. Bailey is a general dentist with a practice limited to the management of Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (Snoring and Sleep Apnea) utilizing oral appliances as well as Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain and related headaches.He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry and completed a General Practice Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

He is a past president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (1998-1999), is the founder and past-chair of the Oral Appliance Section and served on the Standards of Practice Committee for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.He frequently lectures both in the US and internationally and has authored numerous articles and chapters on the topic of Sleep Medicine and on the use of Oral Appliances by the dentist for the management of snoring and sleep apnea.

Click here to view the recordings of Dr. Bailey's three lectures: "The Importance of Nasal Airway", "Phenotyping/Endotyping in Dental Sleep Medicine", and "The Gut Microbiome: The Second Brain".

Dr. Richard A. Bonato, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard A. Bonato, Ph.D, M.A., RPSGT

CEO and Co-Founder of BRAEBON®  Medical Corporation

Dr. Bonato has been involved in the study of sleep and its disorders since 1986, has taught courses on Sleeping & Dreaming at Carleton University, has lectured on four continents, was the director of a sleep disorders laboratory, and has been an author, co-author, reviewer, and examiner in various educational organizations within the sleep field, including the AASM, AAST, BRPT, and has served on the Executive of the Canadian Sleep Society.

Click here to login and view Dr. Bonato's CACSDD Webinar: "The role of technology used by dentists for the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea". 

Dr. Michelle Cantwell, DMD

Dr. Michelle K. Cantwell, DMD

Dr. Cantwell is a graduate of Wilkes University, located in her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  She attended the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 1998.  Upon graduation she completed a three year residency in prosthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Cantwell received a U.S. Navy scholarship and served at Sewell’s Point Dental Clinic, Naval Dental Center Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. She completed her active duty service as a Lieutenant Commander in 2004.

Dr. Cantwell opened Cantwell Dental Group located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2005. As her prosthodontic practice grew, she found it was becoming increasingly important to devote specific time and resources to the sleep medicine portion of her practice. In 2012 she opened the Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to create a practice devoted solely to the needs of her sleep medicine patients. 

Dr. Cantwell and her team is committed to staying informed of the latest updates in sleep medicine. Dr. Cantwell is one of the 230 dentists who have completed their board certification through the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). Dr. Cantwell remains actively involved with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Education Committee.

Click here to view Dr. Cantwell's CACSDD Webinar

Dr. Tammarie Heit, DDS

Dr. Tammarie Heit, DDS

Dr. Heit is a clinical general dentist who practices all areas of general dentistry with a special interest of cranio facial development and optimization in patients of all ages. In her 25 year career, her major accomplishment is the practice of cranio facial sleep medicine to reduce, eliminate and prevent obstructive sleep apnea and pain along with general dentistry in Edmonton, Canada. She is a published author, an international speaker and a clinical scientist and researcher collaboratively with medical specialists. She is an Integrated Clinical Advisor in the Vivos® Integrated Healthcare Network where she leads a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, general dentists, and their staff.

A consultant at Vivos Therapeutics and on the clinical advisory board since the inception of the company, she works with clinicians from around the world to conduct certified research and develop clinical protocols for the treatment of cranio facial developmental deficiencies that can result in sleep apnea and cranio facial pain.

Dr. Heit has achieved her Mastership at the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics in Nagano, Japan in 2010 with the thesis ‘Neuromuscular Orthotics in the treatment of Craniomandibular disorders and the effects on Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study.’ Dr. Heit is on the board of Regents at The international College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics and is head of the mastership committee.Dr. Heit practices collaboratively with all specialties in Medicine and promotes multidisciplinary collaboration in the clinic as an effective tool to help patients in all practices.

Click here to login and view Dr. Heit's past CACSDD webinars

September 22, 2021: "Craniofacial Sleep Medicine in Modern Dentistry"

October 6, 2021: Title TBA, Topic: Paediatrics 

October 20, 2021: "The Science of Sleep Apnea"

Dr. Jerry Hu, DDS


Dr. Jerry Hu  travels the world to educate, research and work on his numerous patent/ IPs in dentistry. He is the founder of O2&U, which is a dental sleep medicine company based in Melbourne, Australia. He has taught seminars both hands-on and lecture all over North America and Asia in cosmetic, implant and dental sleep medicine. He has been published in many peer reviewed journals such as AACD’s JCD, including cover, as well as AGD’s General Dentistry, AADSM’s JDSM and even Aegis Inside Dentistry, DSP, Dental Economics, and Dentistry Today.

In 2019, Dr Hu made the list of most recognized lecturers in dentistry for Dentistry Today. He also teaches weekly clinical pearls on Facebook’s Dental Clinical Pearls forum.  He has won many national competitions and awards in Cosmetic Dentistry, including three time repeat Grand Prize winner for MACSTUDIO nationwide model search and IAPA’s Aesthetic Eye and numerous other smile makeover competitions.

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Hu's lecture: "Systematic Review of Bite Techniques for MRD Customized OAT in Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Nelly Huynh, Ph.D.

Dr. Nelly Huynh,  Ph.D.

Student and then employee at the Faculty of Dental Medicine since 2000, Nelly Huynh has been an assistant professor under grant since 2011 in the Department of Oral Health at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Montreal and at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. After having completed a doctorate on sleep bruxism under the supervision of Profs. Gilles Lavigne and Jacques de Champlain, she did specialized training on sleep apnea, pediatric sleep disorders and magnetic resonance imaging at Stanford University (California) as well as training in global health, epidemiology and research in international health at the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland). 

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Huynh's lecture: "The Future of Oral Appliance Therapy"

Dr. Chris Lettieri, MD

 Dr. Christopher J. Lettieri, MD, FCCP, FAASM

Christopher J. Lettieri, MD, FCCP, FAASM is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and currently serves as the Director of Respiratory Therapy for Johns Hopkins – Suburban Hospital. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine, and certified in Clinical Investigation and Research Regulatory Oversight.

Dr. Lettieri previously served as the Chief and Medical Director for Sleep Medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He has and currently served on numerous boards and tasks forces related to Sleep Medicine and Dental Sleep Medicine.

Click here to view the recordings of Dr. Lettieri's two lectures: "If the snoring is gone, is there still Sleep Apnea? The need to titrate your Dental Sleep Appliance for credible and effective treatment of OSA" and "Physiologic Effects of Sleep Debt".

Dr. Mohamed A. Mohamed, Ph.D.

Dr. Mohamed A. Mohamed, Ph.D

Dr. Mohamed A. Mohamed holds a master’s degree in Speech–Language Pathology, a master’s degree in psychology, and PhD in clinical psychology. In addition, he has been a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) since December 2013. Mohamed holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He is a Registered Speech–Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech–Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). He has worked in a variety of settings in the United States and Canada as a Speech–Language Pathologist and he was a professional practice leader at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Ontario where he helped develop online documentation for the hospital.

Dr. Mohamed’s clinical areas of interest are swallowing disorders, voice disorders, and myofunctional therapy. He loves to work with patients who are on tube feeding to help wean them from tube to oral feeding. He was appointed to the board of the swallowing and swallowing disorders committee for the ASHA convention held in Philadelphia in 2010. He is the founder and owner of the Swallowing, Voice and Speech Rehab Clinic in Brampton, Ontario which opened in 2010.

Dr. Mohamed is an approved instructor with the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). His course “Tongue Thrust and Beyond: A Myofunctional Course” is held four times a year, teaching in Canada, United States, and around the world. Dr. Mohamed is an adjunct professor at Durham College, Department of Health and Community Services.

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Mohamed's lecture: "Myofunctional Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea"

Dr. Sharon Morong, MD

Dr. Sharon Morong, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Dr. Sharon Morong MD MSc FRCSC is an Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada subspecializing  in Sleep Medicine and Sleep Diagnostics. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of  Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. During her  career, she has received numerous awards, has published multiple peer-reviewed  articles and book chapters on Sleep Medicine and Sleep Surgery and has spoken on  national and international platforms about Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy. She is  now the Director of the Sleep Endoscopy Centre for Snoring and Sleep Apnea here in  Canada. 

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Morong's lecture: "Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy: The Missing Link in Sleep Medicine Collaboration" 

Dr. Mark Murphy, DDS

 Dr. Mark Murphy, DDS, D ABDSM, FAGD

Mark is the Principal of Funktional Consulting, 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 Business Development, Practice Management and Leadership at the Pankey Institute.  

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.

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Murphy's lecture: "Minimum Effective Therapeutic Dose in OAT".

Dr. Ria Pudjo, DDS

Dr. Ria Pudjo, DDS

Graduated from Faculty of Dentistry, Trisakti University, Jakarta Indonesia in 1988.

Canadian License from NDEB of Canada in 1997.

Family and General practice focusing in Restorative, TMJ, Sleep and Airway Centered Dentistry.

VIVOS Certified Provider.

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Pudjo's CACSDD Webinar: "Inter-Professional Collaboration"

Dr. Marcel Baltzan, MDCM FRCPC FAASM

Dr. Marcel (Marc) Baltzan, MDCM FRCPC FAASM

Certified in respiratory medicine and a Fellow of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, Dr Baltzan has published research on sleep and respiratory disorders for over 20 years. He works in sleep clinics in Montréal and teaches at McGill University, Faculty of Medicine.

Click here to view the recording or Dr. Baltzan's CACSDD Webinar: "Sleep Apnea: The sheer scale of the issue, and what we can do about it."

Dr. David Rawson, DDS

Dr. David E. Rawson, DDS, D.ACSDD, D.ABCP, FAACP, FICD

Dr. Rawson is a 1974 graduate of Dentistry from the University of Western Ontario.  He opened a general practice in London in 1979 and soon developed a keen interest in chronic head and neck pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), orthodontics and sleep disordered breathing including snoring and sleep apnea.  In 2003, Dr. Rawson opened the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of London, Ontario.  The Centre is solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Rawson's lecture: "The Phonetic Bite Technique"

Dr. John Remmers, MD

Dr. John Remmers, MD

Dr. John Remmers is a recognized physiologist, pioneer and innovator in sleep medicine. As a world renowned expert in the field of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, he has published over one hundred peer reviewed articles in the area of respiratory physiology. 

Dr. Remmers served two terms as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology and has presented honorary research lectures to the American Thoracic Society, the American Physiological Society and American College of Chest Physicians. His research interests relate to the neurobiology of respiratory rhythmogenesis, chemoreception, and the pathophysiology of the control of breathing, being the first researcher to elucidate the pathogenesis of sleep apnea and to demonstrate that sleep apnea is caused by an anatomical narrowing of the pharynx. He has developed various technologies and medical devices to treat sleep apnea, ranging from portable diagnostic sleep monitors to auto-adjusting CPAP devices and remotely controlled mandibular positioners used in the prescription and characterization of oral appliance therapy. 

As a pulmonologist and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Calgary, Dr. Remmers’ passion for education is captured in his annual lectures at Spear, Tufts University and the Pankey Institute. His devotion to clinical care continues at the Southern Alberta Sleep Centre, where he maintains an active sleep practice. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Zephyr Sleep Technologies, leading the research, design and development of innovative products used in the diagnosis and treatment of OSA. Over the past decade, Dr. Remmers has dedicated his research to patient selection for oral appliance therapy. 

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Remmers' lecture: "Beyond AHI and CPAP: OSA Treatment Planning with MATRx Plus.

Dr. Micah Sadigh Ph.D.

Dr. Micah Sadigh, Ph.D

Dr. Micah Sadigh is a Professor of Psychology at Cedar Crest College. He is a graduate of Moravian College and Lehigh University. He is a Diplomate in Franklian Psychology and Existential Analysis. Dr. Sadigh is also a Fellow of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Sadigh was the recipient of the Cedar Crest College Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. He is the author of five books, including an internationally recognized book on the treatment of chronic pain and stress-related disorders.

Click here to view the recordings of Dr. Sadigh's four lectures: "Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Human Existence", "The Many Dimensions of Sleep",  "Part 1: A Psychodynamic Exploration of the Challenging Patient" and "Part 2: A Psychodynamic Exploration of the Challenging Patient"

Dr. Edward Sall, DDS MD MBA

Dr. Edward Sall, DDS, MD, MBA

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. 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.

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 20 years to over 4000 patientsIn June 2018 Dr. Sall was named the Medical Director of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies with the role of increasing physician acceptance of Oral Appliance Therapy. Dr. Sall joined BetterNight in February 2020 to add Oral Appliance Therapy to complete a best practices approach to the total continuum of care to the diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Click here to view the recordings of Dr. Sall's recorded Webinar, and Q&A Session.

Christopher Schmid, Institute of Laser Dentistry

Chrispher Schmid, Institute for Laser Dentistry

Christopher Schmid is a co-founder and Director of Research and Innovation for the Institute for Laser Dentistry.He has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of laser dentistry, lectures on the physics and fundamentals of multiple wavelengths and has performed thousands of chair-side training sessions using multiple devices including hard and soft tissue procedures.He is also hospital Certified to train on laser technology across multiple medical disciplines in the operating room. 

Click here to view the recording of Christopher Schmid's lecture: "Minimally Invasive Laser Treatments for Snoring"

Dr. John H. Tucker, D.M.D.

Dr. John H. Tucker, D.M.D.

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 of 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™.

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Tucker's lecture: "Implants and the Airway".

Dr. John Viviano, DDS

Dr. John Viviano, DDS D ABDSM

Dr. Viviano obtained his credentials from the University of Toronto in 1983. His clinic is limited to managing sleep-disordered breathing and sleep-related bruxism. He is a Credentialed Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and has lectured internationally, conducted original research, and authored original articles on the management of sleep-disordered breathing.

His clinic is the first Canadian facility accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and he is Clinical Director of the Sleep Disorders Dentistry Research and Learning Centre. Dr. Viviano also hosts the SleepDisordersDentistry LinkedIn Discussion Group, conducts dental sleep medicine CE programs for various levels of experience, including a 4-day mini residency and administers the Online Learning Platform.

Dr. Curtis Westersund, DDS

Dr. Curtis Westersund, DDS

Dr. Westersund graduated a DDS from the University of Alberta in 1979 and operates a general dental practice in Calgary, Canada focused on precision jaw orthopedic therapy. He holds a mastership within the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO). He is the current Vice President of ICCMO. He has a Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) certification and trains dentists for Tek-Scan, a digital occlusion sensor provider. Dr. Westersund practice treats patients with chronic head, neck, and jaw pain associated with craniomandibular and postural strain as well as sleep disturbance issues associated with obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway restrictive syndrome.  

His publications include: 

1) Cranio, The Journal of Craniomandibular & Sleep Practice, 
Relationship between craniocervical orientation and center of force of occlusion in adults - 
Curtis D. Westersund (DDS) , Jeffrey Scholten (DC, DCCJP, BSc) & Raymond J. Turner (PhD); Pages 1-7 | Published online: 20 Oct 2016.

2) Handbook of Research on Computerized Occlusal Analysis in Dental Medicine, Chapter 17 Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Combined with the T-Scan System: A Case Report. Editions I and II.

3) Abstracts published in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine: Optimizing Practice and Treatment Efficiency by Utilizing a Fully Digital Clinical Workflow for Oral Appliance Therapy: Patient Assessment to Seating the Appliance to Successful Outcomes in 30 Days; 2018.

Click here to view the recording of Dr. Westersund's lecture: "Dental Sleep Therapy and Occlusion"

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