Conference Faculty:

Problem Based Sleep Medicine Course to Enhance Your Clinical Practice:
Establishing a Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Plan for Sleep Disorders

Jerald H. Simmons, M.D

Jerald H. Simmons, M.D

Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. is the Founding-Director of The Sleep Education Consortium (SEC) and Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates, PA (CSMA). He is Triple Board-Certified in Neurology, Epilepsy and Sleep Medicine. A graduate of Ohio State University, he trained in Neurology at Washington University, Sleep Medicine at Stanford University and Epilepsy at University of California. He began his professional career as Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCLA while co-directing the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center and directing the Clinical Neuro-physiology lab at Olive View UCLA. In 1999 he moved to Houston establishing his sleep disorders practices. He continues to conduct research studies relating to sleep disorders and developing methods to enhance the assessment and treatment of patients with sleep disturbances. His most recent research involves the relationship between Clenching / Sleep Bruxism / TMJ Disorder with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as well as the relationship between ADHD And disturbances of sleep. Education is an important aspect of his career, having trained medical students, residents and fellows in sleep medicine and then establishing the SEC as an outreach to educate the healthcare community. He has been instrumental in providing guidance to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners that led to the new rules requiring dentists to obtain some degree of education in sleep medicine in order to provide appliance therapy to patients with OSA.


Ronald S. Prehn D.D.S., Th.M.

Dr. Ronald S. Prehn, a third generation Dentist, focuses his practice on the cusp between medicine and dentistry, providing care for patients with sleep related breathing disturbances. He is a board certified Diplomate of both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (belonging to both sister academies). He currently is President-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He earned his DDS at the Marquette School of Dentistry in 1981. His postgraduate work was accomplished at the Parker Mahan Facial Pain Center at the University of Florida in 1993 and at the L.D.Pankey Institute. He has limited his practice to treating complex sleep breathing patients and is focused on awarenss of the value of combination therapy in the treatment of OSA. He is well published in the Journal of Sleep and others and is involved in numerous sleep research projects. Dr. Prehn is also adjunct professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, as well as a sought out speaker for many seminars and conferences to other Dentists, Physicians and health care professionals around the state and nation.


Gerard J. Meskill, M.D.

Gerard J. Meskill, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist and sleep disorders specialist at Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates (CSMA). He completed his neurology training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center before switching coasts ¬¬to complete his sleep medicine training at Stanford University. He has collaborated with sleep specialists and researchers nationally and internationally on clinical research published in peer reviewed journals. He remains active in this realm, currently working on projects to advance the understanding of the role of inspiratory flow limitation in sleep-disordered breathing, as well as the connection between REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and parkinsonism. Additionally, he has been published several times in the Stanford Sleep blog on the Huffington Post, where he has written a variety of educational articles on topics such as nocturnal bruxism, fibromyalgia, Kleine-Levin Syndrome, and the Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).


Kelly Kincheloe N.P.

Kelly Kincheloe N.P. is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from New York University. She has a background working in Alzheimer's genetics research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Kelly has also worked as a registered nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center, St. David's Medical Center, and Austin Regional Clinic. She has experience working in many different specialties including the Medical-Surgical Unit, Mother-Baby, and Family Medicine. Kelly is an active member of the Austin Area Advanced Practice Nurses (AAPN), the Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP), and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In her spare time, Kelly enjoys long-distance running, spending time with her husband and friends, searching for the perfect breakfast taco, and being outdoors.



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Sleep Education Consortium, Inc.
2201 W. Holcombe Blvd., #325, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (281)-269-7881