Airway is Life Sleep Summit 2022

Join Dr. Meghna Dassani and a host of sleep professionals for the 2nd Annual Airway is Life Sleep Summit.

September 23-24, 2022 at Space Center Houston

It’s time to LEVEL UP!

If you are struggling to successfully implement sleep in your practice or are even just considering adding it or just want to learn how to screen and patients and start those conversations, you will not find a better place to get this valuable service going.

If you know Dr. Dassani, you know the quality she demands of her partners and students. She has brought together the best of the best from all areas of sleep and more to help you level up your sleep services and their successful implementation and integration in your practice. ​

You will not only gain a thorough understanding of sleep medicine but also implementation strategy, medical billing, and marketing.

This Summit is perfect for anyone at any level of training.

You don’t want to sleep on this event.

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Early Bird Pricing through July 15th

$997per attendee

After July 15th tuition is $1200 per attendee

Registration is limited to 75 in order to maximize implementation success


Who Will Be There?

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Dr Meghna Dassani

About Dr. Dassani

Meghna Dassani, DMD is passionate about helping patients with sleep disordered breathing get the treatment they need to live healthier, happier lives. Throughout her career, she has gained invaluable insight into what it takes to implement those services into the practice and currently shares her knowledge and experience in her role as a speaker. She is an international speaker that strives to leave audiences with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver sleep apnea treatments. Before attending the Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University, Dr. Dassani operated a successful dental practice in Mumbai. For the past 17 years, she has been practicing in Houston, Texas where she continues to enhance her knowledge of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Alastair Macdonald

About Alastair

Alastair is an ex-safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe. He is currently based in the USA with his wife and two children. He is the owner of Parallax Consulting and producer of the economic and market forecasting service The Parallax Report. He has served as adviser to state governors and legislators on social and economic policy, as well as public and conservation policy think tanks. As a child of Africa, he is proud to serve the programs, people and potential of Chengeta Wildlife.

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Dr Tara Erson

About Dr Tara Erson

Dr. Tara Erson never imagined that less than 10 years out of dental school teeth would no longer be her focus, but tongues, jaws, and airways have become her passion. She was introduced to tongue-tie while attending La Leche League meetings with her first child. As time went on she began to see how negatively ties impacted breastfeeding and so much more.

Over the last 4 years Dr. Tara has completed over 450 hours of continuing education in the areas of ties, function, airway, and interceptive ortho. In 2018 she started Smart Mouth – a team-based practice dedicated to all things related to the tongue. Dr. Tara shares her time between the office and home with her husband, Cliff, and three sons, Kale, Rye, and Sage

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Dr Alfred Maksoud

About Dr. Maksoud

Dr. Alfred Maksoud earned his medical degree at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine in Lebanon and completed his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. This was followed by his fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he served as chief fellow.

Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, Dr. Maksoud has been in private practice in southeast Houston since 1997. Dr. Maksoud’s practice philosophy is to offer the highest quality, comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to each patient. He performed the first ultrasound bronchoscopes and bronchial thermoplasties (as a treatment for asthma) in southeast Houston. He speaks French and Arabic.

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Kristie Gatto M.A., CCC-SLP, COM®

About Kristie Gatto

Over the last 20 years, Kristie has had the pleasure of working in multiple facilities in various capacities. She has performed diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to orofacial myology, pediatric (toddler/child) feeding aversion, apraxia, disorders related to cleft lip and palate, language disorders, aural rehabilitation, dysphasia, and pragmatic language disorders in infants, pre-school children, school-aged children, and adults. For the past fifteen years, Kristie has focused her clinical skills on treating patients of all ages with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, swallowing, and sleep related breathing disorders.

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Christina Guth

About Christina Guth

Christina has been in the dental field for over 15 years now and she has experience in all aspects of the front office. She has really found enjoyment in getting to know patients and be involved in their lives as well as finding ways to help them achieve their dream smiles. Being at Dassani Dentistry since the doors originally opened, Christina has enjoyed seeing the practice grow, developing incredible patient relationships, and working with the rest of our wonderful team!

Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott

About Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott is a marketing speaker and consultant who has spent the last 18 years in the dental industry. He works with dentists and dental service organizations around the country to create confident marketing strategies. He is an owner and CEO of Studio EightyEight, dentistry’s story-driven marketing agency. S8E8 provides high-end, custom design with storytelling messaging, to create marketing that’s truly unique to their clients.

Josh grew up off of Compton Avenue on the south side of Los Angeles, so he considers himself part “thug.” Currently, he resides in New Albany, Ohio – a white, picket fence community where the most gangsta thing he ever does is listen to Jay-Z with the car windows rolled down. He’s been married to his high school best friend, Joanna, for 25 years and has two children, Caden (age 16) and Aliya (age 11). You can learn more about Studio EightyEight at You can learn more about his unique approach at

Panel Discussion

Dr. Meenal Patel

Dr. Amanda Turnbull

Dr. Candace Veneberg

Dr. Jonelle Anamelechi

Dr. Meenal Patel Dr. Amanda Turnbull Dr. Candace Veneberg Dr. Jonelle Anamelechi

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Space Center Houston
Special Events Building
1601 E NASA Pkwy, Houston TX 77058

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Hotel info

Courtyard by Marriott Houston NASA Clear Lake
18100 Saturn Lane, Houston TX 77058 281-333-0220
Closest Airport – Hobby Airport (HOU)



FRIDAY, SEPT 23, 2022

7:00am – 8am:

8am – 9:30am
Orbit into Sleep- Dr. Meghna Dassani

9:45am – 10:45am
Alastair Macdonald: TBA

10:45am – 11:00am

11:00am – 11:15am
Sponsor Spotlight

11:15am – 12:30pm
Collaborative Care In Sleep Medicine- Dr Alfred Maksoud

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm
The Role of Myofunctional Therapy- Kristie Gatto

2:30pm – 2:45pm

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Sponsor Spotlight

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Medical Billing- Christina Guth

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Panel Discussion- Dr Meenal Patel, Dr Amanda Turnbull, Dr Candace Veneberg, Dr Meghna Dassani

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cocktail Hour- Starship Gallery, Space Center Houston


7:00am – 8am:

8:00am – 9:30 am
Under Diagnosed & Over Medicated: Clearing The Air About SDB in Kids- Dr. Meghna Dassani

9:30am – 9:45am

9:45am – 10:00am
Sponsor Spotlight

10:00am -11:00am
Infant Frenectomies- Changing Lives One Tongue At A Time – Dr. Tara Erson

11:15am -12:30am
Culture and Profitability- Panel Discussion

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