Concord-based National Sleep Therapy Sponsors Innovative Town Hall Forum-Type Call-In Session May 7 from 7 - 8 pm -- Free & Open to All
Dr. Roslinde M. Collins-Gibbard, one of Vermont’s leading sleep experts, will be the featured guest on the next ‘CPAP Talk--Live!’ (www.cpaptalklive) virtual support group, a free town hall forum-style conference call for anyone with sleep apnea and those who have sleep issues but have not yet been diagnosed. It is estimated that some 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Most aren’t aware they have it.
The upcoming session will be on Wednesday, May 7, from 7 – 8 p.m. (All are welcome to join the discussion. Just prior to the session, call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187# ). The innovative support group sessions, offered as a community service by National Sleep Therapy (NST) (www.nstherapy.com), are held on the first Wednesday of each month and all are welcome.
During the April edition of ‘CPAP Talk-Live!’ host Eric Cohen, President and co-founder of NST and inventor of CPAP devices, was joined by guest panelists Karen Moore, inventor of Pad-A-Cheek, cushions that reduce CPAP mask irritation, and by Josh Parah, product manager for Transcend, the world’s smallest travel CPAP unit. Both guests were invited as a result of discussions during prior sessions. Sleep apnea is a chronic, serious condition that disrupts sleep, can affect one’s quality of life, and may even shorten one’s life.
At the April session, some 30 individuals participated, representing a dozen states , including as far away as Georgia and North Carolina. Other recent topics included best rinses for dry mouth and recommended gels for mask comfort. Cohen notes that one tip participants learned from an NST Respiratory Therapist who joined in the call is to always keep the CPAP machine at a lower level than one’s head to help reduce any condensation from reaching the mask.
A member of the staff of the Rutland (VT) Regional Medical Center and of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Collins-Gibbard completed her Fellowship in Critical Care and Sleep Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where she earned her medical degree. In addition to her RRMC post, Dr. Collins-Gibbard operates the Center for Sleep Medicine in Rutland. She has over 16 years of experience in the areas of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Neurology.
‘CPAP Talk-Live!’ sessions are free and open to everyone. Advance registration is requested. Just prior to the session, call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187# . To sign up and for more information, visit www.cpaptalklive or email email@example.com. Pre-registration is requested though not required. Sleep disorder and CPAP therapy questions can be submitted in advance. During each session, one participant will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Follow latest updates at National Sleep Therapy’s Facebook page and follow NST on Twitter.
- By Stanley Hurwitz / firstname.lastname@example.org / 508-269-0570