American Sleep And Breathing Academy – A Great Group to Join
Below is a letter I recieved from Dr Richard Klien after that 2015 ASBA Sleep Conference in Scottsdale Arizona. It is great to have positive feedback as the course come to a close and we begin planning ASBA Sleep Conference 2016.
There comes a time when an organization or a team has its epiphany on its path to greatness. I saw this moment in Scottsdale. “A real team consists of many people of different talents, different personalities and different abilities working together for a heartfelt mutual goal and who look at each other as equals in the fabric of life and soul mates in the concert of their jobs. They work together and outclass other teams who consist of even one individual is not a team player.” That is a statement I coined 25 years ago and is on the wall at my office. Most of my staff who have been with me almost all of those years, adhere, understand and believe in that statement. I got that feeling in Scottsdale again.
In comparisons to other conventions and seminars I’ve attended over the past several decades, I was pleased that not one of the multiple presenters simply read one of their published articles. I enjoy reading these topics in the comfort of my own home. I also refreshingly didn’t have to listen to a presenter rehash in their own words, a topic already explained by a previous presenter. Credit and kudos to David Gergen and Alan Hickey for organizing this excellent event. The 2 days of advanced education and professional mingling were worth every dime donated and moment spent.
Dave Gergen promises next year will be even better. I can’t fathom how that could possibly happen, but I certainly look forward to finding that out. I hope to see you there and agreeing with David’s prediction for next year.
Among the multiple physician and dental speakers was a presenter, Mack Newton. Marks credentials in tae kwon-do and athletic training are unsurpassed. He not only holds multiple world championships, but his life’s work includes long term conditioning coaching for the MLB and NFL. His message was clear and as emotionally poignant as any I’ve heard from world famous motivation speakers. Believe in what you do, be a champion at it and you will be a champion. Those of you who have spent many more hours dedicating advancing your career in TMD and Sleep Apnea are indeed champions, as he stated. Toward the end, and at the end, of his time on the podium, you could not only hear a pin drop… I believe I heard some tears drop. The man’s message was heard through the ears and felt into the hearts of everyone in that auditorium. It was at that moment I felt the realization spreading through the entire hundreds in attendance.
This is a special organization. It was obvious, as that diverse encompassing and sharing of sleep knowledge with sleep professionals in all aspects of sleep, looked around at their surroundings and looked into their hearts with understanding.
It truly takes a team to extend, enhance and save a sleep apnic’s life. A third baseman, a guard, a quarterback, a goalie while standing alone cannot win at their game. The american sleep and breathing academy is well positioned to exponentially help all professionals correlate their care, salvage sleep, unbachlorize the bedroom, activate more accurate public awareness.
It is an organization I and we all should be quite proud of belonging to. .
Richard Klien Treats and teaches Temporomandibular Disorders and its pain management, as well as Obstructive Sleep Apnea , for 30+ years.
He teaches Grand Round noon lectures monthly for over a decade at St John Oakland and Macomb Hospitals as well as a Henry Ford Hospital. He often lectures to resident doctors and typically focuses on topics such as pain management, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, sleep medicine and obstructive sleep apnea. I also interject experiences