ake your plans NOW to attend the 2018 Current Concepts in Sleep and Neurodiagnostics Conference. This is the most comprehensive educational opportunity you will find on a regional level. The conference is scheduled on August 24-25, 2018. The final agenda will be outstanding agenda this year, with well recognized and respected keynote speakers from around the Country. Confirmed national speakers include Dr. Richard Castriotta from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX who brings a wealth of knowledge on managing sleep apnea patients in critical care settings and Dr. Philip Becker from Sleep Medicine Associates in Dallas, TX who is one of the leading experts on managing patients with restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorders. Dr. Ralph Dolfi will be attending and speaking on management of pediatric sleep apnea patients in dental practice. Dr. Teofilio L. Lee Chiong, Jr. from the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO has cleared his busy schedule in order to present this year during the Current Concepts conference. He will be our opening keynote presenter.

Each year this conference also features our local sleep and neurodiagnostics experts from Tampa General, Morton Plant Mease/BayCare Health System, Florida Hospital Tampa, the University of South Florida, Johns Hopkins as well as sleep physicians in private practice.  Confirmed local presenters are Drs. William Anderson, Lisa Whims-Squires, Daniel Cabello, Nancy Rodgers, Bobbi Hopkins, Michelle Zetoony, Reinerio Linares, Karel Calero, Sagarika Nallu, Daniel Schwartz, Diana Pollock, Laura Wittine, and USF Sleep Fellows. Dr Tapan A. Padhya has been invited to present updated information on the hypoglossal nerve stimulator.

The Technical Track includes a special presentation from AAST and invited speakers leading workshops, Joseph Anderson and Byron Jamerson. Local presenters include Dr. Zahid Akram, Dr. Lisa Whims-Squires, Margit Anderson, William Beauchamp, Michael Hays, Patti Vecchiarelli and Jason Wood.

The Neurodiagnostics Track will host a keynote address from Dr. Selim Benbadis. Physician speakers include Drs. Daniel Cabello, Nancy Rodgers and Jean Raphael Schneider. Rebecca Clark-Bash is also invited to present two informative lectures for participants. Local presenters include Susan Arriagada, Aicha Konger, Karen Thomas, and Keiko Schwanlein.

Agendas are not finalized, so stay tuned for more exciting speakers during the conference.

Course Description


he 2018 Current Concepts in Sleep Conference promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of sleep-related and neurological medical disorders. The focus of the 2018 conference includes clinical applications in management of sleep apnea, circadian rhythms, pharmacology, epilepsy, perioperative outcomes, dental sleep medicine, DME and pediatric neurology. The conference will also include the most advanced treatment methodologies for management of complex insomnia in adults and children.

Target Audience


art of the conference will feature separate tracks for clinicians and technologists. Clinical and technical tracks are designed to better integrate new concepts into clinical practice. The first day includes some concurrent sessions and workshops throughout the day and the second day features a full-day session on sleep disorders and a neurodiagnostics session. Attendees are free to attend any of the desired sessions and can switch between clinical and technical tracks.

Conference registration includes continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks, and a Friday evening fun event on the beach—“Sun, Sand, Bingo at the Flamingo”. Get ready for a Bingo Bash that includes food, drinks and B-I-N-G-O.

The conference provides continuing education credit (CEC) and continuing medical education (CME), exhibitors and access to PowerPoint presentations from the conference. Drawings for fun giveaways will occur during lunches and at the end of each day.

Conference Objectives


pon completion of the program, attendees should be able to:


  • Discuss the implications of untreated sleep disorders
  • Implement Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into clinical practice
  • Identify causes and consequences of daytime sleepiness
  • Recognize approaches for managing restless legs syndrome
  • Describe methods for diagnosing and treating complicated sleep disorders


Allied Health Professionals
  • Discuss the implementation of new technologies in sleep medicine
  • Understand methods for distinguishing abnormal EEG activity versus sleep disorders
  • Describe the expectations for performing advanced Neurodiagnostic procedures
  • Perform advanced PAP titrations in the sleep center
  • Describe the direction and progress of the profession


Neurodiagnostics Technologists
  • Identify unusual EEG activity in the sleeping and awake EEG
  • Learn basic information in performing NCV procedures
  • Discuss long-term monitoring processes


New This Year


unch with the Professors: During lunch on Friday, August 24, we will host speaker tables, which will offer an opportunity for further elaboration with speakers in a more intimate setting.


un, Sand, Bingo at the Flamingo: On Friday afternoon, we will have a “Bingo Party on the Beach” on the Flamingo Deck at the hotel. Plan to attend this fun event when the presentations end on Friday, August 24. Win prizes and have a lot of fun with friends and colleagues. We will have food, fun, drinks and B-I-N-G-O.

Technical Program Highlights


he technical session features Rita Brooks, President of the American Association of Sleep Technologists. Rita will highlight the workforce in the sleep center and discuss what AAST is planning to keep the profession on track for the future. This will be an essential lecture for sleep technologists as well as sleep centers owners and physicians to hear.

Other featured speakers during the technical track include Byron Jamerson and Joseph Anderson—both of whom are highly recognized speakers in the sleep field. Dr. Lisa Whims Squires will be presenting an interesting lecture during the technical track on the importance of proper documentation during data collection and how this affects interpretation.

Our Speakers

Clinical Track

William Anderson, MD

William Beauchamp

Philip Becker, MD

Daniel Cabello, MD

Karel Calero, MD

Richard Castriotta, MD

Jeannine Gingras, MD

Jaclyn Lewis-Croswell, PsyD

Ralph Dolfi, DMD

Bobbi Hopkins, MD

Teofolio Lee-Chiong, MD

Reinerio Linares, MD

Tapan Padhya, MD

Diana Pollock, MD

Daniel Schwartz, MD

Lara Wittine, MD

Lisa Whims-Squires, DO

Technical/Allied Health Track

Joseph Anderson, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, RPFT, CRT-NPS

Margit Anderson, RPSGT, CCSH

Rita Brooks, Med, RST, RPSGT, R. EEG/EP T.

Michael Hays, BA, RPSGT, CCSH

Byron Jamerson, ROSGT, RST, CCSH

Ron O’Neal, DMD

Patti Vecchiarelli, CRT, RPSGT, CCSH

Jason Wood, BS, RPSGT, RST, CCSH

Lisa Whims-Squires, DO

Michelle Zetoony, DO

Neurodiagnostics Track

Ajay Arora, MD

Susan Arriagada, RPSGT, R.EEG T.

Rebecca Clark-Bash, CNIM, R. EP T, CLTM, R. EEG T.

Daniel Cabello, MD

Tracy A. Daniels, PhD

Aicha Konger, R. EEG T.

Jennifer Laslo, R. EEG T

Nancy Rodgers, MD

Dr. Stephanie Maciver

Jean Raphael Schneider, MD

Keiko Schwamlein, R. EEG T.

Karen Thomas, R. EEG T.