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Sleep Disorders Support Groups

A.W.A.K.E. Support Group

The American Sleep Apnea Association A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic) Network is composed of hundreds of mutual-help support groups in nearly all 50 states to assist patients affected by sleep apnea and their families. Anyone seeking support is welcome, including patients not studied at Morton Plant Mease centers, family members, friends, and those looking for information on sleep disorders. Morton Plant Mease A.W.A.K.E. meetings are held monthly at Mease Countryside Hospital. For more information, contact Marietta Bibbs at (727) 725-6455. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for the clinic, but if you would like to reserve a space you can visit the BayCare events page. Below is the weekly schedule for 2014:

2014 A.W.A.K.E Schedule
Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3




January 15, 6pm

Alfonso Castro, MD
Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine

Diagnosis and Treatment of Insomnia                 
February 19, 6pm

Diana Thornton, RDN, LDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

Dining Out Health With Diabetes
March 19, 6pm

Lisa Whims-Squires, DO
Pulmonary Disease

Causes of Sleep Apnea
April 16, 6pm

Stuart Sinoff, MD

Hypnosis and Sleep
May 21, 6pm

Ajay Arora, MD

Assessing Stroke Symptoms
June 18, 6pm Diana Pollock, MD
Memory and Sleep
July 16, 6pm

Van Q.Nguyen, MD

The Cardiology and Sleep Connection
August 20, 6pm

Alex Johnson, DMD, MS

Sleep Apnea: Alternative Treatments
September 17, 6pm

Zahid Akram, MD
Pulmonary Disease

Your Nose Knows: Improving PAP Use
October 15, 6pm DME Companies and PAP Manufacturers PAP Mask Fitting Workshop (addressing mouth breathing and other PAP complications)
November 19, 6pm Reinero Linares, MD
Metabolic Syndrome and Sleep Apnea
December 17, 6pm Sleep Disorders Center Staff, DME Companies and PAP Manufacturers Sleep Health Fair and Holiday Party