Who we are
Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) is committed to delivering informed educational services based on superior industry knowledge, a real understanding of the issues that affect both our “Medical Partners” and their patients, and a genuine enthusiasm for what we do. Our aim is to act as a trusted extension of our “Medical Partners” marketing objectives, producing results that directly and positively impact their business goals. PPHA is also committed to providing an informal yet professional working environment that encourages and rewards creativity, insight, teamwork and enthusiasm. PPHA culture and philosophy are based on a “no nonsense” approach to marketing and education which will bring out awareness and a positive impact for patients’ lives.

Mission Statement

The mission of Pro Player Health Alliance is to help “Medical Partners” achieve their marketing goals and strategic communication objectives by using our “NFL Player” relationships and by providing the tools, education and events to assist in growing their practice. We deliver the highest levels of professionalism and experience.

ProPlayer is about helping those with sleep apnea
The Team

David Gergen

David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for “The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country” given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed chair of the dental wing of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

Carl Eller

Carl Eller player for the Minnesota Vikings from 1964 to 1978 and was a member of the “Purple People Eaters”   In 2004 he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and has been recognized as one of the top 10 Defensive Lineman of All Time.  Nicknamed “Moose”, Carl played in 225 games in the NFL and played in 4 Super Bowls.  In  1979 he played his final season in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.  After retiring, Carl  became an NBC color analyst and founded a group of substance-abuse clinics in the Twin Cities.  Carl is currently the President of the NFL Retired Players Association and the spokesman for RemZzzs® CPAP Mask Liners “It’s a Game-Changer” Campaign.

Derek Kennard

Derek Kennard is a former American football guard and center who played 11 seasons in the National Football League for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, New Orlean Saints and Dallas Cowboys. In Super Bowl XXX where the Cowboys went on to win, he started at center and played with a severe separated shoulder. Since being retired from the NFL, Derek has shifted his focus to helping improve the health of current and former professional athletes as well as the general public through promoting sleep apnea awareness across the country. He has teamed up with dental icon, David Gergen, and Pro Player Health Alliance to hold free public awareness events in local communities all over the nation. After joining Pro Player Health Alliance, he has helped get over 150 former players successfully treated for sleep apnea.

Mike Haynes

Mike Haynes’ professional football career began when he was the fifth player selected in the 1976 draft. A first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots, Haynes was voted the NFL defensive rookie of the year. He was selected by his peers to represent the AFC in nine Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career with the Patriots (1976-1982) and Los Angeles Raiders (1983-1989) and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1983 Raiders. Haynes is widely recognized as one of the NFL’s greatest defensive backs. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1994, named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1995 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Recently, Haynes and his former Raiders teammate, Lester Hayes, were named the best cornerback tandem in NFL history by the NFL Network program “NFL’s Top 10.

Mark Walczak

Mark Walczak is a former professional American football player who played tight end for five seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Phoenix Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. Since being retired from the NFL, Walczak has shifted his focus to helping improve the health of current and former professional athletes as well as the general public through promoting sleep apnea awareness across the country. He has teamed up with dental icon, David Gergen, and Pro Player Health Alliance to hold free public awareness events in local communities all over the nation. After joining Pro Player Health Alliance, he has helped get over 150 former players successfully treated for sleep apnea.

Roy Green

Roy Green was drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He starred as a rookie returning kicks, including a 106-yard return for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, tying an NFL record. Green also played well at cornerback. In 1981, he stepped in as wide receiver part-time and managed to gain 708 yards on merely 33 catches – nearly 21.5 yards per catch. Green finished with 559 receptions for 8,965 yards and 66 touchdowns. He also rushed for 140 yards, returned 27 punts for 230 yards, and added another 2,002 yards on kickoff returns. He also intercepted 4 passes for 54 yards, and recovered 20 fumbles. Overall, he gained 11,391 yards and scored 69 touchdowns.