Vivos Therapeutics at the NIBA Conference

A few months ago in March, Vivos Therapeutics, one of the world leaders in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea had the pleasure of being a featured presenter at the National Investment Bankers Association (NIBA) conference which was held in New York City at the Westin Hotel in Times Square. Presenting at this conference was their chief executive officer, R. Kirk Huntsman, and Ed Loew, who is the senior vice president, and capital markets and investor relations.

Vivos has been deploying a highly effective, interdisciplinary clinical treatment for those who are suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and this treatment features their proprietary line of unique oral appliances. This condition affects about 29 million adults daily and there is also an additional 22 million children that could be at risk. It is most common amongst men, especially middle-aged and overweight men. In fact, in totality, one in every seven Americans suffer directly from sleep apnea.

The Vivos System, developed by Huntsman and his co-founder Dr. Dave Singh is a breakthrough technology and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and could possibly be the first legitimate long-term solution to addressing the major root cause of the disorder which is an underdeveloped or obstructed airway. The majority of solutions to OSA look to treat the symptoms through pressure or force. Vivos, on the other hand, gently remodels the upper airway by slowly developing and repositioning the jaws which restore healthy sleep and breathing. Plus, many of the common treatments like CPAP require lifetime use and nightly wear, whereas the Vivos System usually lasts 12-24 months and allows patients to avoid any further clinical intervention.

According to Huntsman, “As we strive to bring the Vivos System to more people across the country, thus positively impacting the lives of apnea sufferers and their families, we believe it is critical to bring information about the company to the investing community. That is partly how we will be able to bring relief to millions of OSA patients, both diagnosed and as yet undiagnosed.”

For more information, please visit vivoslife.com.

Vivos Leadership Spotlight: Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS

I have recently been highlighting some of the members of the leadership team with Vivos Therapeutics. These individuals are dedicated to helping Vivos develop its patented treatment system for the sleeping disorder, obstructive sleep apnea. This spotlight will cover Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS who is a member of the Vivos Clinical Advisory Board. Dr. Cortes is the current president and owner of Sleep Fitness, LLC. She has been in the private practice for general, cosmetic and periodontal laser dentistry along with biological neuromuscular dentistry, in New York City, for the past thirty years.

   Dr. Cortes’ objective is to enhance the well-being of her patients through the use of biologically friendly materials and methods that include the most advanced equipment and techniques. She provides therapy for craniofacial pain which is the upper airway resistance syndrome and sleep breathing disorders. She has also been treating TMJ disorders and facial cervical/myofascial pain, neuralgias and neuropathies for over twenty years through orthotics and full mouth reconstruction. Over the past ten years, she has chosen to further enhance her practice through orthopedic and orthodontic therapy for TMJ, sleep breathing disorders and the treatment of neuralgias and neuropathies through craniofacial remodeling.

   In the field of craniofacial development, Dr. Martha Cortes has published articles that accepted the evidence for the growth of the maxilla and upper airways in the treatment towards reversal of obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She has also treated patients with craniocervical pain which includes seizures, dystonia, chronic pain, and chronic headaches. She was also the first to spearhead the training for Vivos certified instructor’s dentists in 2012 and was the first certified instructor in the US, in clinical pediatrics and adults for Vivos following her training with her mentor, Dr. Dave Singh.

We, at Vivo Therapeutics, are more than happy to welcome Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS to our leadership team as part of our Clinical Advisory Board. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge that will surely aid our efforts in the fight to combat obstructive sleep apnea. We look forward to more of her contributions.

Vivos Initial Public Offering

Sleep apnea whether mild or moderate, along with snoring and sleep-disordered breathing affects millions of people all over the world. Vivos Therapeutics has possibly solved the pervasive and potentially deadly disease through their patented proprietary treatment protocol that targets the underlying cause of obstructive sleep apnea. The Vivos System includes not only the clinical diagnostic protocol but also a patented medical device. This protocol has been designed by professional healthcare providers which includes doctor and specially trained dentists. This protocol is meant to assist patients with obstructive sleep apnea and the varying conditions that are brought on by underdeveloped upper and lower jaws.

The Vivos System, founded by R. Kirk Huntsman and Dr. Dave Singh could be the first permanent, non-surgical solution for individuals of all ages who are suffering from troubled-breathing during their sleep. They also offer non-invasive, structural craniofacial corrections.

Included in the Vivos System is an advanced diagnostic protocol developed by a leadership team of researched scientists and practitioners whose aim is to identify craniofacial abnormalities that combine with the Vivos Appliance System. Vivos Therapeutics work with these practitioners to transform their practice in order to ensure that their treatment can be available worldwide. The integration system assures patients that the practitioners obtain the appropriate clinical and diagnostic knowledge along with advanced training and operational support so that their patients can receive the highest level of care for the best outcome.

Vivos Therapeutics is currently in the process of an Initial Public Offering (IPO). If interested, you have the opportunity to own a stake in the one company that may have found the best cure for obstructive sleep apnea that also comes with long-term benefits. If you are interested, visit vivoslife.com for more information.

Vivos Leadership Spotlight: Dr. Tara Griffin

We have recently been highlighting some of the members of the leadership team at Vivos Therapeutics. In this spotlight, we will be looking at Dr. Tara M. Griffin who is a member of the recent Clinical Advisory Board. Outside of Vivos, Dr. Griffin is the CEO and founder of Emerald Coast Dental Spa and Sleep Medicine and Wellness PCB which is a dentistry that specializes in dental sleep medicine, general and cosmetic dentistry, whole-body health with nutraceutical supplements and facial cosmetics like Botox and Juvederm. She has accumulated over 11 years of experience of creating beautiful smile makeovers as well as taking on the training of other dentists in the field of oral appliances for children and adults with sleep-disordered breathing.

Dr. Griffin was raised in Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. She then continued her education at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she received her Doctorate in Medical Dentistry. She was later mentored by Dr. Carlton S. Schwartz who brought her into his practice in 2007. Since that time, she has gone to continue her studies in advanced periodontal therapy, temporomandibular joint disorder, functional medicine and genomics, oral-systemic health, and orofacial pain. She also has her Diplomates from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.

Dr. Tara Griffin was also mentored by Vivos co-founder Dr. Dave Singh in the field of Biomimetics using the concepts of Pneumopedics and Craniofacial Epigenetics. She is one of the ten dentists who are internationally certified to train doctors for the biomimetic DNA/mRNA and VIVOS appliances. She is also a member of the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. She was the former president of the Bay County Dental Association, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Sleep and Breathing Academy, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board of Panama City Marine Institute.

Since 2010, she has been recognized for her work as she received the nomination of Business Woman of the Year by the Emerald Ladies Journal and was awarded Small Business Person of the Year by Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. She spoke at the Harvard Faculty Club at Harvard University in 2016 as an expert in “dental sleep medicine.”

We, at Vivos Therapeutics, are more than happy to have Dr. Tara Griffin on our team. She has made quite the name for herself in the field, and we are confident that her contributions to the team will help lead Vivos in the right direction.

 

Introduction of Vivos Clinical Advisory Board

Vivos Therapeutics was founded in 2016 and looks to combine breakthrough technology for specially designed oral appliances along with proprietary clinical protocols for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment which would restore and enhance the human airway. Due to its patented FDA Class I and II medical devices which are seen as the first treatment to address the root causes of OSA, Vivos is capable of improving the airway in such a way that additional clinical treatment would not be necessary for most cases.

Vivos is an ever growing company and recently introduced its Clinical Advisory Board earlier this year. This new board is chaired by Dr. Michael Bennett, DDS, and a diplomate of both the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Bennett is also the lead practitioner for the Vivos Breathing Wellness Center located in Orem, Utah. Dr. Dave Singh, the current president of Vivos Therapeutics, said, “Mike Bennett is uniquely qualified and experienced to chair this impressive team of clinicians and professionals.”

Another executive of the company, R. Kirk Huntsman who is the Chief Executive Officer of Vivos Therapeutics said, “given his years of practice focused on craniofacial pain and sleep breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, we’re very pleased to have Dr. Bennett heading up our clinical advisory board. His passion for clinical excellence in the treatment of this condition makes him the perfect leader for this new time.

When asked about his new position and the board as a whole, Dr. Michael Bennett has this to say, “our clinical advisory board will be an integral part of the success in delivering on the Vivos mission to provide powerful and innovative therapies that restore normal breathing during sleep, with the objective of bringing people back to a life full of vitality and happiness.”

Joining Dr. Bennett on this initial clinical advisory board will be the president, Dr. Dave Singh who is also an expert in craniofacial epigenetics along with Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS; Dr. Felix Liao; Dr. Chris Chapman, DC; Dr. Tammarie Heit, DDS; and Dr. Tara M. Griffin, DMD. All of these members of the board have numerous years of extensive clinical experience in treating obstructive sleep apnea.

Previous to this role as chairman of the clinical advisory board, Dr. Bennett served as a member of the company’s board of directors. For more information, please visit vivoslife.com.

Vivos Leadership Spotlight: Kelly McCrann

We have recently been spotlighting some of the members of the leadership team for Vivos Therapeutics. This next spotlight will look at Kelly McCrann who serves as one of the Directors to our Board of Directors. McCrann is currently a senior healthcare executive with extensive experience in board governance, strategic leadership, profit and loss management and strategic transactions. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of EyeCare Partners, LLC., which is a company that acquires and manages private medical ophthalmology and optometry practices.

McCrann joined our Board of Director after enjoying a 35-year career where he operated a broad range of healthcare companies. Some of his accolades include serving as the CEO of Advoserv, Crescent Healthcare, PacifiCare Dental & Vision, DaVita Home Dialysis and Professional Dental Associates. McCrann also worked for Coram Healthcare Corporation, HMSS, Inc., and Tenet Healthcare.

Now, prior to his operating career, McCrann received his B.A from the University of California, Los Angeles and his M.B.A from Harvard University. He also worked for McKinsey & Co. which is an internationally recognized business consulting firm. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lightwave Dental.

Kelly McCrann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as Director of our Board of Directors. His experience will certainly help Vivos in achieving its mission of combining new breakthrough technology to design oral appliances and proprietary clinical protocols to treat obstructive sleep apnea. We, at Vivos Therapeutics, are confident in McCrann’s abilities to provide the kind of innovation and knowledge needed to help us strive forward as we look to be the leader in sleep apnea treatment.

We are proud to welcome Kelly McCrann to our Board of Directors, and we look forward to his future contributions to help further improve the company. Be on the lookout for more company leadership spotlights and for more information about Vivos Therapeutics; please visit vivoslife.com

Age-Old Business Lessons from a Superstar Among Entrepreneurs

R. Kirk Huntsman on business lessons for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship has transformed drastically over the past few decades. Entrepreneurs might be starting new ventures in order to be their own boss or to chase a dream, yet there are still tried and true lessons that can be applied to just about any endeavor, whether it’s an e-commerce website, a private medical practice, or a social enterprise.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Virgin founder Richard Branson offered “business lessons he’d earned [sic] over the years did he think were just as relevant and valuable to new entrepreneurs today.”

Be a Problem Solver

Consider it the difference between a must-have and a nice-to-have product. Branson has summarized the distinction this way: “From the day I took my first steps as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt that the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better.”

Don’t Limit Your Motivation to Money

Research suggests that pursuing intrinsic motivators are the key to long-lasting success. (Think: engagement, inherent satisfaction and pleasure, the inward positive reinforcement that occurs from doing something regardless of the external rewards.) According to the 2010 article, Money Is Not The Best Motivator, “most successful entrepreneurs say that their primary motivation has been to build something lasting, not to make a lot of money…Money is a byproduct, and usually a secondary one at that, for such achievers.”

Be Prepared to “Pivot”

This one is especially revealing as it is well-documented that Branson has had some Virgin companies that haven’t fared as well as others. But he doesn’t count those ventures as failures, telling Forbes:

“A good example is our first venture Student magazine. After a healthy print run and some early success it became clear that the magazine wouldn’t turn a profit, however the section in the back pages where we’d sell mail-order records was booming. We stopped printing the magazine and opened a record store, and Virgin Records was born.”

The concept of “the pivot” has become popular in the lexicon of entrepreneurship since the 2011  publication of Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup. Ries defines a pivot as making “a structural course correction to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product, strategy and engine of growth.”

Of course, there is no silver bullet for entrepreneurial success. But Richard Branson’s well-founded principles are a good blueprint from which to start.

Click here to read the full interview with Branson and Forbes writer Alison Coleman.

Want to be an Entrepreneur? Make Sure You Can Commit To These 3 Things.

R. Kirk Huntsman blog about commiting to startups

Think you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit? Want to put your work experience to the test by launching your own business venture? Good for you. Entrepreneurism is a noble and worthwhile endeavor.

Maybe you want to make your side hustle your main hustle, or perhaps you’ve been quietly researching a genius “why hasn’t anyone thought of this?” idea for which you’ve already identified a target customer.

Whatever your entrepreneurial impulse, keep this in mind: “There’s a good chance you’re going to hate being an entrepreneur.” That’s the cautionary warning from Ellen Rubin, CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, who offers this advice in “The 3 Curve Balls That Strike Out the Most Entrepreneurs” for Entrepreneur.

In the article, Rubin shares the three most common challenges she has seen entrepreneurs face. The challenges that she lists are good ones, so I’m sharing them with you here in my blog. In my experience, the best way to overcome a challenge is to accept it, and to commit to knowing that it exists. So if you’re going to become an entrepreneur, here are three challenges you must commit to.

1. Commit to Being Okay with Being Alone

Holding fast to your ideas, even the ones that seem outlandish to your friends and colleagues, might mean keeping to yourself for a while. As your business changes from just thoughts in your head or on paper to an established outfit, you might be wise to reign in your impulse to share and seek the attaboy from others.  

Says Rubin:

“Are you a person who can’t stand feeling like an outsider, or needs validation from others to make decisions? If so, entrepreneurship might not be the path for you.”

2. Commit to Creating a Business Culture That Actually Works

For this, I’ll defer to Rubin’s own testimonial:

“Once, I was part of an early-stage startup team that struggled with a new hire. The person had ideal technical qualifications for the job, but she wasn’t fitting into our company’s culture. The team was small and close-knit, so this issue was a serious consideration. We weighed our options: let the culture take a back seat, or make a hard staffing decision that preserved the team’s original vision.

We chose the former, but we were wrong. Each of us had worked at companies with varying levels of employee engagement, and thought a less-engaged team member wouldn’t impact our company’s culture. In this case, the employee became increasingly unhappy and further detached without the support of her team, and the situation became more negative for all involved.”

3. Commit to Not Becoming a Billion-Dollar Unicorn

Don’t assume that your endeavor will be a straight-shot to success. Don’t assume that you will become rich and you’ll be one of the high-valuation startups that Rubin calls “billion-dollar unicorns.” There’s a wide

The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship

R Kirk Huntsman on the rise of social entrepreneurship

One of the appeals of entrepreneurship might be to become your own boss. But going into business for yourself doesn’t mean that you’ll be the only person who benefits from your enterprise.

Helping others is often a key part of being an entrepreneur. In fact, many entrepreneurs are turning to social entrepreneurship or using a business platform to give back to others.

According to a report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), exponentially more people are interested in—and pursuing—social entrepreneurship.

If you’re unsure about what the term social entrepreneur means, look no further than Toms, the company that’s at the forefront of the “one for one” business model that helps a person in need with every product purchased. Toms began with a simple goodwill idea that turned into a global movement and a profitable business. The company fulfills this promise with various divisions, including Toms Shoes (that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need) and Toms Eyewear (purchases in this department help restore sight and supports sustainable community-based eye care programs). Since 2006, Toms Shoes has provided over 60 million pairs of shoes to children and Toms Eyewear has restored sight to more than 400,000 individuals.

But there are smaller ways to incorporate social entrepreneurship into a business model, says a recent Forbes article about the GEM study. For many people, social entrepreneurship is about what Siri Terjesen calls “people starting any initiative that has a social, environmental or community objective. Terjesen is one of the GEM study’s co-authors and a professor at American University.

What could those social, environmental or community objectives be? Anything from starting a furniture company that solely uses recycled materials or manufacturing affordable lamps and selling them to communities where there’s not reliable electricity

That said, true social entrepreneurship in a business-model sense is not for everyone—and should not be for everyone.

In a 2012 Harvard Business Review post, “Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur,” Lara Galinsky says:

“Most members of this generation will not be social entrepreneurs, and they shouldn’t be. But if we can channel their altruism and give them the tools, methodologies, and frameworks from the most successful social entrepreneurs, they will be changemakers, champions, and supporters of the work. They will make meaningful contributions to the world not by founding organizations but by bringing their best selves — their heart and head — to their work.”

Galinsky knows of what she speaks. As the vice president of Echoing Green, a nonprofit that offers seed funding to social entrepreneurs launching bold organizations to solve big problems, she is directly charged with leading the next generation of leaders.

If you’re thinking about creating a new social enterprise—or incorporating a social enterprise into your existing business model—do your research. For starters,  Naomi Enevoldson’s website  is a great place to begin with helpful articles that help you answer questions, like “Is Social Entrepreneurship For You?” and “What Is a Social Entrepreneur?

Whenever, and however, you decide to fulfill your desire to do good and give back, never underestimate the power of one to help many.