ASAP Pathway: Business NOW! (No Opportunity Wasted!)

ASAP Pathway’s Business NOW! seminar takes advantage of the opportunity that we will all be together in San Francisco for the World Dentofacial Sleep Society’s Meeting.  We wanted “No Opportunity to be Wasted” when it comes to how our members (and potential members) spend their time.  We are all going to be traveling anyway to learn from the WDSS.  Why not make the most of the time you spend away?

ASAP Pathway is grateful for the opportunity to be a sponsor and support the work of WDSS!

We know that WDSS and Dr. Audrey Yoon has put together a stellar, no-holds-barred international roster of speakers for the main program.  Like you, we at ASAP Pathway are looking forward to an amazing clinical learning experience at WDSS!

Join us Thursday morning for ASAP Pathway: Business NOW! 

Waste no opportunity!  

We know that business workflow is one of the main challenges in implementing all the good clinical knowledge that we will learn from WDSS into our everyday practice.  In this morning session, you will get:

  •  FIVE (5) presentations from clinicians currently practicing in pediatric and/or adult airway-centered practices targeted to give you practical information and readily implementable pearls to help you immediately enhance your airway practice NOW!  (well, as soon as you get back to work after the meeting ). This information has been battle-tested and honed in real private practices, delivered to you in quick, no fluff, 30 minute presentations geared towards fast, practical implementation. 
  • PLUS you will get a Panel Session in the end where we can all discuss questions, exchange answers and best practices to further help implement and increase productivity and profitability. 

Get PRIMED to learn the info from WDSS with a business mindset.   Start your WDSS meeting with this pre-conference program from ASAP Pathway and be ready to implement what you learn in the main program.


Purchase a ticket for the ASAP Pathway: Business NOW! Morning session, you get a BONUS of the WDSS afternoon session for FREE!!


November 07, 2024 @ 9AM-1:30PM PST


San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

1800 Old Bayshore Highway

Burlingame, California 94010

For All Dental Professionals

Participants are not required to have any prerequisites for this course. All dental professionals are welcome.

Teaching Methods

In-Person Lecture 

CE Credits:

4 CE Hours

Course Overview:

Business Considerations: Are You Ready to Leave Restorative Practice?

by Dr. Michelle Weddle

One of the most challenging aspects of practicing airway-focused dentistry is how to incorporate the workflow into an existing general practice and keep it profitable. In this presentation, we will explore various business models for general dentists looking to incorporate pediatric and adult airway and sleep services into their practice.  We will also explore considerations in keeping all the services under one general dental practice or separating a restorative practice from sleep and airway-focused practice. 

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Learn practical considerations such as staffing, training, and workflow.
  • Identify key considerations for separating practices
  • Discuss the effects of insurance participation and how it influences referrals and patient work flow. 


Infant Section- Considering the Infant-Mother Dyad in the Complex Business of Infant Frenectomy

by Dr. Tracy Tran

Description: This course will help you to understand the complexities around treating the infant and mother dyad. We will discuss how to provide the unique support necessary to both groups, while maintaining a collaborative approach to care, which is important not only for a better clinical outcome but for a healthier business approach.

At the end of this topic, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the challenges unique to treating the mother-baby dyad and consider how it may create an ethical and financial dilemma.
  • Understand the role of each collaborative provider and when/how to refer and get referrals in return.
  • Consider timing for the procedure (before or after bodywork/therapy)
  • Understand the obligation for multiple follow-ups before healing is complete and how to setup the treatment presentation and financial aspects accordingly to be able to successfully fulfill this obligation without loss to the practice. 


When the Anatomy Is Not Enough: How to Implement Laboratory Testing in the Dental Office

by Dr. Stacy Becker

Description: You have corrected the anatomy and dental malocclusion, you have seen some improvement in QOL but residual sleep issues exist… now what? This presentation aims to raise awareness that sleep issues exist beyond the anatomy.  When residual poor QOL exists, your patients may be struggling with sleep movement disorders combined with other deficiencies.  Dental HCPs are in a prime position to help evaluate, identify and refer appropriately. 

At the end of this topic, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the effects of Ferritin, Dopamine and Vitamin D levels on sleep health.
  • Know the signs that the above levels may not be optimal and how to test and refer appropriately, while considering financial implications to the practice.
  • Understand that our patients may not appreciate improved QOL/health from our treatments if these problems are not identified and managed.
  • Know that we might be one of the few HCPs that will help the patient identify this in their lives. 


Why Dental Hygienists are the First Responders in Recognizing Airway Dysfunction

by Nerissa Boggan

Description: Airway disorders don’t just affect heavier older males; It affects everyone. This course aims to demonstrate and showcase the unique role Dental Hygienists play in the airway health of patients, delivering a competitive edge in maintaining a successful dental practice.  Within a matter of minutes, a dental hygienist can recognize and respond to airway dysfunction promptly and effectively.  

At the end of this topic, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the unique position of dental hygienists in assessing airway function (dysfunction) during routine checkup appointments.
  • How to set up a system in hygiene in order for the above to happen without financial loss to the practice. 
  •  Describe the importance of early detection and intervention in managing airway dysfunction in a dental setting.
  •  Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills in coordinating care with other healthcare providers in patients of suspected airway dysfunction.


How to Grow Your Airway Practice Through Social Media

by Dr. Tracey Nguyen

Description: This course provides dentists with essential knowledge and skills to effectively utilize social media platforms for professional growth and patient engagement. As digital communication continues to evolve, understanding how to navigate and leverage social media is crucial for maintaining a successful dental practice in today's competitive landscape.  

At the end of this topic, participants will be able to:

  • Learn strategies for creating engaging and relevant content tailored to airway aware patients.  
  • Develop skills in storytelling and visual communication to enhance online engagement.
  • Define and refine your practice's brand identity through social media.
  • Develop personalized engagement strategies to nurture relationships with potential patients on social media.

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Meet the Instructors:

Dr. Michelle Weddle, DDS, FAGD

(ASAP Pathway Co-Founder)

Dr. Weddle is a graduate of the NYU College of Dentistry with a General Practice Residency certificate from Newark Beth Israel. She completed the mini-residency in dental sleep medicine at Tufts University and holds a Diplomate in Dental Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Weddle has attended the Pankey Institute, The Dawson Center, Spear Education, and The Kois Center. She is also a visiting faculty mentor at the Airway Prosthodontics workshop at Spear Education, working with both her mentors Jeff Rouse and Jamison Spencer to help teach what is basically her whole clinical practice in a workshop.   As the co-founder of ASAP Pathway, she is dedicated to helping other dentists learn and implement pediatric dental airway management in order to help their practices grow while helping more children. Dr. Weddle is in private practice in NJ and is the founder and co-founder of a variety of general and sleep and airway focused practices.

Dr. Tracey Nguyen

(ASAP Pathway Co-Founder)

Dr. Tracey Nguyen maintains a private practice 30 minutes outside of Washington, DC in Northern Virginia. Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 2015, she was honored with Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Magazine in 2016, the same year she completed her graduate training at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, Washington. She is a key opinion leader in the Wellness Dentistry Network, founded by Dr. Doug Thompson, focusing on merging the gaps between medicine and dentistry and understanding the oral systemic connection. After attending one of Dr. Jeff Rouse's courses, she became increasingly interested in dentistry’s role in managing patients with dental malocclusions comorbid with airway and sleep issues, and she frequently mentors the Airway Workshop by Dr. Jeff Rouse as a visiting faculty mentor at Spear Education. In 2016, she developed the Sleep and Airway Group, a local interdisciplinary group of doctors from various specialties, driven by her passion to create awareness of dental intervention strategies. In 2020, she co-founded ASAP, Airway, Sleep and Pediatric Pathway, an online mini-residency for pediatric dental sleep medicine. Recognized for her exceptional knowledge of Pediatric Airway Management, she was honored as the Scientific Advisor for the Kois Center in 2021. Through her social media platform, she unites clinicians worldwide for a common cause, aiming to develop a better understanding of disease complexities and foster collaboration among professionals to co-diagnose and treat.

Dr. Stacy Becker, DDS, D-ABDSM, FICOI

(ASAP Pathway Co-Founder)

Dr. Stacy Becker graduated from the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park dental hygiene program in 1995. She went on to dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, graduating with distinction and honors in 2002. She is a Diplomate with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and certified with special knowledge and training in dental sleep medicine. Dr. Becker actively pursues continuing education to incorporate the latest techniques and advanced treatment for her patients. She is proud to offer her patients microscope-enhanced dentistry, which allows intraoral structures to be examined at an extremely high level of magnification, facilitating a more thorough diagnosis and precise treatment. Since 2008, Dr. Becker has repeatedly been awarded St. Louis’ Top Dentist status by St. Louis Magazine. She enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community with events like Give Kids a Smile, which she hosted in 2009. Dr. Becker is also a fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Additionally, Dr. Becker co-founded ASAP Pathway (Airway, Sleep, and Pediatric Pathway) program. ASAP Pathway teaches dentists how to identify and help children with sleep and airway issues.

Dr. Tracy Tran, DDS

(ASAP Pathway Contributing Faculty)

Dr. Tran is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist who specializes in infant & pediatric oral ties, as well as pediatric sleep issues. She is a Michigan native who first landed in Southern California to attend dental school at USC's Ostrow School of Dentistry (Fight on class of 2011!) After graduation, Dr. Tran went on to complete a 1-year general practice residency where she received additional training in all aspects of dentistry, with an emphasis in oral surgery. She performed surgical procedures in maxillofacial trauma under the attending of Oromaxillofacial, ENT and plastic surgeons. During the following two years, Dr. Tran continued her specialty training in pediatric dentistry, while completing her Master’s in Biomedical Science. Since being in private practice, Dr. Tran has focused her continuing education on pediatric tethered oral tissue (TOTs) and its relationship with oral dysfunction in order to diagnose orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs). This includes difficulties with infant nursing, toddler feeding & swallowing, speech articulation, and pediatric sleep disordered breathing. She has successfully treated these patients through a collaborative team approach, and continues to expand her knowledge and experience in this niche specialty.

Nerissa Boggan, RDH, BSDH, Cert BBM, AOMT-C

IAOM Trained, Certification Candidate

Nerissa is a Myofunctional Therapist, Sleep and Breathing Educator, and she has worked in the Dental Hygiene field for over 25 years. Nerissa is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program. She brings a wealth of experience to the dental industry and is a regular presence at national and international dental and medical conferences detailing education for optimal health in airway growth, development, and function. Nerissa is actively spreading the word about the importance of dental airway screening and patient education. She has undergone intensive training in orofacial myology that includes access to and understanding of thorough treatment programming that is individualized and based on the evaluation findings and unique needs of each client or patient. She has completed and received her Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy certificate from the Academy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy [AOMT], International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), in COM® (Certified Orofacial Myologist) Certification Candidate, and The Breathe Institute (TBI)’s Myo Masterminds Program, the first of its kind and the most advanced and comprehensive 9-month literature and case-based course available today with 88 hours of instruction and hands-on learning. Nerissa serves as in-house expert on Sleep, Healing, and Recovery as a fundamental element of the healing and self-care practice at Advance Peace, a national Community Violence Intervention (CVI) practitioner. Her work supports improvements in the health and life span of emergency first responders, violence interrupters, and community mediators from around the country.

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