Free Sleep Apnea Awareness Event with NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon and Nesby Glasgow on September 26th at the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington

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Tacoma, WA (PRWEB) August 25, 2012

Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 7:00pm at the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA, a free public event is scheduled to raise awareness of sleep apnea and snoring. Speakers include former NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon, All Pro DB Nesby Glasgow, dental icon David Gergen and Dr. Steve Marinkovich. NFL heroes will share personal experiences, struggles and losses associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) to the audience of CPAP users and potential sufferers. Event attendees will include the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), American Legion members and Sleep Group Solutions, who will be providing 25 free Home Sleep Tests to the attendees.

Why former NFL members to raise awareness of sleep apnea? With over 60% of the NFL suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, who better to speak? “The Tackle Sleep Apnea campaign has created quite a buzz with the retired NFL guys. I am looking forward to lending a hand to this campaign to boost awareness of the dangers of sleep apnea.” says Warren Moon former NFL superstar and Hall of Fame member. The event has also attracted Seth C Bowels, 4th District Commander American Legion Department in Washington. " We are honored to take part in such a worth while cause, we will be out in numbers! The Pro Player Health Alliance is changing peoples lives for the better and we are very pleased to be a part of this awaking". says Mr. Bowels. Members of the VFW will also have a presence during the event, as many members are CPAP intolerant.

Event speaker, Dr. Steve Marinkovich, a general dentist and AADSM Diplomate in Tacoma, Washington, will discuss screening and treatment options available to attendees. "As a dentist I have helped many people with their oral conditions, making them healthier. I have never had such an impact on patients, as I have since I started treating Sleep Disordered Breathing problems.” says Dr. Marinkovich. Event supporters, David Gergen, President of Pro Player Health Alliance and Rani Ben-David, Chairman of PPHA have started this nation wide campaign with former NFL heroes to integrate education and sleep apnea awareness in a fun and memorable way. Some attendees will receive free home sleep tests, courtesy of Sleep Group Solutions to determine if sleep apnea is present.

Warren Moon and Nesby Glasgow will be available after the event for autographs and pictures. Event details are below:

Event Specifics:

Date: September 26, 2012.

Time: 7:00pm (open to public and press)

Location: LeMay America’s Car Museum. 2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA

Special Attendees: Warren Moon, Nesby Glasgow, members of the VFW and the American Legion.

RSVP: Please RSVP at or call 253-474-3223

MEDIA INQUIRES: Holly(at)SleepGS(dot)com

About Steve Marinkovich, DDS, ABDSM

Dr. Steve Marinkovich, was born and raised in Tacoma. It is a fact that he truly decided to make dentistry his profession at the age of six; just ask any of his patients that knew him then!

Dr. Marinkovich graduated from the University of Washington Dental School and continues his dental education every year. He keeps up with all of the latest treatments in dentistry to better serve his patients. He presently serves part time on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Restorative Dentistry, and is credentialed by the Certification Board of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. There are not many dentists with this distinction.

Steve is also one of the very few dentists in the area that has been honored with the prestigious fellowship in both the American and International Colleges of Dentists. Membership to these organizations are gained through nomination by one's peers, based on professional integrity, caliber of treatment, and outstanding service to the community and the profession.

About Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab

Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab specialize in fabricating orthodontic appliances such as TMJ Splints, Flippers, and Retainers, as well as all types of functional appliances such as the Respire, Herbst, Bionators, and Twin Blocks. Most successful businesses and their customers will readily agree that such long-term dedication invariably results in a highly trained and fully competent team that produces work of consistently exceptional quality. The Gergen’s staff does just that as we provide complete service in every phase of design and fabrication of our appliances for the orthodontist and general dentist.


David Gergen has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for "The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country" given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also received in 2012 a lifetime achievement award by the Gelb Academy as Americas greatest Orthodontic technician of all time. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Allan Bernstein, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr. Rodney Willey and Dr. Thiem Pham. He started his lab in 1984 and has grown it into one of the most respected labs in the country employing over 50 people. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004. David’s latest duties are the Dental Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and took on a spot at Tufts University doing seminars of the graduate program on Dental sleep medicine. Mr. Gergen is also the Dental Sports Medicine Director of the Sleep Academy.

About Sleep Group Solution

Sleep Group Solutions is an airway diagnostic technology company serving the needs of physicians and dentists interested in screening, diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other upper airway disorders. Sleep Group Solutions offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea. SGS offers the most comprehensive dental sleep medicine CE seminars in the industry focused on teaching dentists the protocols needed to make the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea part of their practice. SGS offers sleep study interpretation, oral appliances (Norad Boil & Bite, Respire), online dental directory and online marketing for CPAP alternatives. SGS is the exclusive dental distributor for Natus/Embla and is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer. PPHA brings public events to cities which raise awareness of sleep apnea and allow fans to meet their favorite NFL super stars.