Dr Harry Ball
Past co-chair, Dental Sleep Council, Australasian Sleep Association
Dr Harry Ball left his general practice in Melbourne to work at the TMD clinic at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital. It was there that he started to see patients with snoring, sleep apnoea and TMD. In 2005 Dr Ball started Australia’s only dedicated dental sleep clinic, SleepWise Clinic.
The clinic has now treated over 14,000 patients with oral appliances for snoring sleep apnoea and bruxism. The patients are referred from sleep physicians, GP’s, ENT’s and other dentists. In order to ensure the highest quality of oral appliances a laboratory was established at SleepWise with technicians dedicated exclusively to appliances for sleep disorders. The laboratory provides the full range of validated appliances for the patients of SleepWise as well as dentists around Australia.
Dr Ball is passionate about education and has presented seminars for the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Orthodontic Society, the Australian Sleep Association and Dental Health Services. He has also presented training seminars on dental management of sleep disorders to dentists in the United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Singapore and Malaysia.
He has also been involved in training programs for medical practitioners and trainee sleep physicians. Dr Ball is a past co-chair of the Dental Sleep Medicine division of the Australasian Sleep Association. He presented on dental sleep medicine at the 2017 Australian Dental Congress in Melbourne.
Dr David Cunnington
Dr David Cunnington is a specialist sleep physician delivering quality healthcare to clients with complex sleep problems and promoting sleep health through education, research and advocacy.
He is the director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, a multi-disciplinary sleep clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
Dr Cunnington undertook training in sleep medicine both in Australia and in Boston at Harvard Medical School. In addition to training in sleep medicine, David has international qualifications in behavioural sleep medicine, using non-drug treatments to manage sleep.
Dr Cunnington has a passion for all things sleep, and with his breadth of experience and training, is devoted to helping to develop the field of sleep medicine as well as educating health care professionals and the public about sleep. He regularly appears in print, radio, TV and online media as an expert commentator on sleep, and is a regular national and international keynote speaker.
Dr Cunnington has completed a range of research projects in conditions such as insomnia, sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy, both independently and in collaboration with academic and industry partners, and has written numerous journal articles, editorials and book chapters.
Dr Ramesh Balasubramaniam
Oral Medicine Specialist
Dr Ramesh Balasubramaniam graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Western Australia in 2000 and subsequently practiced general dentistry. In 2006, he completed a three-year training programme, which included a fellowship and a certificate in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Okeson. Whilst at the University of Kentucky, he also completed a Master of Science degree in Orofacial Pain for the research study on the prevalence of temporomandibular disorders in fibromyalgia patients. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.
Ramesh also underwent training in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine under the direction of Professor Donald Falace at the University of Kentucky. He has a special interest in Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
In 2008, Ramesh completed specialist training in Oral Medicine as well as a fellowship in Interdisciplinary Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Professor Martin Greenberg. He was Chief Resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Division of Oral Medicine. He was also awarded the Robert Shatnner Award for the most outstanding resident in Oral Medicine. He has special interests in the treatment of oral mucosal diseases.
Ramesh has numerous peer reviewed publications, has contributed to several chapters in various texts and co-edited the May 2008 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America on Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction. In addition, he has served as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals. Ramesh is also co-editor and co-author of a new authoritative comprehensive textbook titled “Contemporary Oral Medicine” to be published by Springer in 2018. He has been appointed Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia and is actively involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research.
Ramesh has lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of Orofacial Pain, Oral Diseases and Dental Sleep Medicine. He has membership in several organisations including the Australian Dental Association, and Australasian Sleep Association. He is a Fellow and president-elect of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy for his contributions to the advancement of dentistry.
Ramesh has public appointments at the Perth Children’s Hospital and the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia. His private practice focuses on the treatment of Orofacial Pain, Oral Diseases and Dental Sleep Medicine.
Mr Eduard Pudel
Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon
Mr Eduard Pudel graduated from Monash University in 1999 and completed his surgical training at The Alfred Hospital. Mr Pudel completed his specialist training at The Alfred, Monash, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear and Royal Melbourne Hospitals from January 2003 until February 2007. He then travelled to Ireland for post-fellowship experience at RCSI and Beaumont Hospital, with interest in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Anterior Skull Base surgery (including Pituitary tumours), Rhinology and paediatric ENT. Whilst in Ireland he also worked as a Clinical Lecturer and Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons.
On his return to Australia, Mr Pudel commenced private practice in Brighton where he works alongside audiologists, providing the convenience of formal hearing assessments and specialist ENT attention.
Mr Pudel is also involved in the mentoring and training of medical students at Monash University and is a lecturer and examiner for the University of Melbourne and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. These academic interests are associated with his public appointments to Southern Health and Melbourne Health. Mr Pudel is the first Russian speaking ENT surgeon in Victoria.
Dr Linda Schachter
Respiratory and Sleep Physician
Dr Linda Schachter is the Medical Director of Sleep Services Australia. She has been a Sleep and Respiratory Physician for over 18 years with an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders.
Dr Schachter is involved in training programs for dentists and provides support for diagnosis and general management of their patients.
Dr Schachter has a long-term research interest in the effects of obesity on sleep apnoea, lung function, asthma and the effects of weight-loss on these conditions.
She has just completed a trial in conjunction with Monash University, The Alfred Hospital and Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute looking at surgical versus medical weight loss in obese patients with severe obstructive sleep apnoea. Current ongoing trials include looking at causes of hypertension in obesity and changes with weight loss.
She is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australasian Sleep Association, American Sleep Association, American Thoracic Society and the Obesity Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Mayoor Patel
Dentist – USA
Since 2006, Dr Mayoor Patel has been an active lecturer—sharing information with dentists from all areas. As a lecturer, Dr. Patel works with other dentists to enhance their practice and expand their experience so that they can continue to offer their patients superior dental health care.
While dental health care typically includes the basics, Dr. Patel takes dentistry to a whole new level by offering treatment of craniofacial pain, TMD and managing patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Through his lectures, Dr. Patel works with each dentist to ensure accuracy and confidence in diagnosis, management and treatment.
For more information on previous and upcoming lectures lead by Dr Mayoor Patel, dentists are invited to explore his vast website. Dr. Patel is available to help you improve your practice through the availability of treating Craniofacial Pain, TMD and Sleep Apnea.
Take the next step toward improved diagnosis and treatment options by attending a lecture series lead by Dr. Mayoor Patel—an expert in Craniofacial Pain, TMD and Dental Sleep Medicine.
Professor Gerard Kennedy
Professor Gerard Kennedy has extensive expertise in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of sleep disorders. He has developed his expertise in sleep psychology during more than 20 years of practice as a senior clinical psychologist in the Department(s) of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at both the Austin Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.
He is in the position of Professor of Clinical Psychology, School of Health & Biomedical Sciences, College of Science, Engineering & Health. His role is discipline leader for the Clinical Psychology section which involves overseeing the running of the master of clinical psychology program, teaching and conducting research within the school and general administrative duties overseeing the psychology clinic and associated sleep laboratories.
He has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals and books, and given many conference presentations, presentations to the media and community organizations.
Many of the articles that he has written and presentations that he has made have been on issues related to sleep and health psychology. He has received over 40 grants from universities, the ARC, NHMRC and TAC. He has also supervised the research theses of more than 50 PhD, DPsych, Masters and fourth-year students, and supervised more than 20 probationary psychologists to full registration in the State of Victoria.
Professor Raj Dedhia
Otolaryngologist – USA
Dr Dedhia is one of the first 10 otolaryngologists in the U.S. to complete a fellowship in sleep medicine, providing him a deep-seated understanding of obstructive sleep apnea. He provides all medical and surgical options for the disease, including the full gamut of sleep surgery such as drug-induced sleep endoscopy, reconstructive nasal surgery, soft tissue surgery, hypoglossal nerve stimulation and skeletal surgery.
Over his 4 years serving as Director of Sleep Surgery at Emory University (prior to coming to Penn), he established an international reputation in sleep surgery.
Dr Dedhia holds a Masters in Clinical Research which has paved the way for him to receive three foundation grants (American Heart Association, American Sleep Medicine Foundation and Triological Society) related to sleep apnea. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. He regularly lectures for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Otolaryngology.
Dr Sam Verco
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr Sam Verco is a dually qualified Australian Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. Having grown up in Adelaide, South Australia, he earned his Dentistry degree (BDS) at the University of Adelaide (2001), his Graduate Diploma in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Melbourne (2004) and his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of Melbourne (2007).
After completing his Oral and Maxillofacial Training in 2013, he gained experience at some of the best hospitals in the country, including the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, Monash Medical Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dandenong Hospital, and Austin Hospital.
Dr Verco stays abreast of advancements in Dentistry by belonging to these associations: RACDS (Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons), ANZAOMS (Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons), ADA (Australian Dental Association), IAOMS (International Association Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) and ITI (International Team for Implantology).
Dr Verco’s specialty is the diagnosis and surgical treatment of defects, injuries and diseases of the facial skeleton and its associated structures. He especially enjoys the areas of Wisdom Tooth Removal, Orthognathic Surgery, Dental Implants and Facial Trauma.
Dr Gail Demko
Dentist – USA
Dr Demko is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. She serves as the expert adviser to the Food & Drug Administration in the field of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Her practice, Sleep Apnea Dentists of New England, is located in Weston, MA.
Associate Professor Sanjivan Kandasamy
Dr Kandasamy is Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Orthodontics, Dental School, University of Western Australia. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University. Dr Kandasamy completed his dental degree at UWA, his orthodontic training at the University of Melbourne followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Saint Louis University.
Dr Kandasamy is a reviewer for the American Journal of Orthodontics and Orthopedics, The Angle Orthodontist, Orthodontics – The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement and is the Assistant Editor of the Australian Orthodontic Journal.
He is also on the Editorial Board of Seminars in Orthodontics. He has published numerous articles in the peer reviewed literature, seven textbook chapters and is the editor of the first textbook on Orthodontics and TMD which was published in August 2015. He also maintains a specialist private practice in Midland, WA. In 2014, Dr Kandasamy was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in the Special Field of Orthodontics. He is one of only 9 orthodontists in the world with this qualification. In 2016, Dr Kandasamy received the P.Raymond Begg Research Award for his outstanding research into temporomandibular dysfunction, orthodontics and occlusion.
The P.Raymond Begg Research Award is the Australian Orthodontic Society Foundation for Research and Education’s most prestigious award for an outstanding original research paper, or series of papers, with significance to orthodontics. Dr Kandasamy is the seventh orthodontist in 36 years to receive this award since its inception in 1980. He has and continues to lecture both nationally and internationally.
His current interests are in TMD, occlusion and orthodontics, the influence of growth and orthodontic treatment on treatment outcomes and evidence-based orthodontic treatment.
Dr Ken Lee
Utilising the latest clinical protocols and proven research to provide the most effective treatment, Dr Lee believes in the importance of working closely as a multi-disciplinary team with Sleep Physicians and ENTs.
With a Masters of Dentistry, years of private practice experience and having been an active member of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Dr Lee is passionate about improving health outcomes of patients with leading technology in the field of snoring and sleep apnoea.
Dr Lee has a strong focus on helping people prioritise their wellbeing and health and constantly aims to deliver treatment with integrity, respect, comfort and care.
Dr Sam Talpis
Dr Talpis completed his dental degree in Queensland graduating with a Bachelor of Oral Health and a Graduate Diploma of Dentistry. He has a special interest in dental sleep medicine and temporomandibular disorders.
Dr Talpis has completed a Craniofacial pain clinical residency program at the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain in the USA, a Sleep Residency in San Diego and has been accepted into the Masters degree program in Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney.
Working in close conjunction with sleep physicians, ENT surgeons and sleep psychologists, Dr Talpis believes the quality of your sleep has a dramatic impact on your health, well-being and overall quality of life.