Connect with an Inspire Therapy Patient Ambassador

Inspire Therapy Patient Ambassadors are volunteer Inspire patients who are available to have one-on-one conversations with you and your loved ones about their experience with Inspire.

If the following apply to you and you would like to speak with one of the Ambassadors, please read their biographies below and send an email to the Ambassador of your choice. They will be in touch with you shortly.

1. You have been diagnosed with moderate-to-severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (AHI of 15 to 65)
2. You are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
3. You are not significantly overweight

Verna A.

My husband and I met and married in Honolulu, Hawaii. After our retirements from the federal government, we moved from the Big Island of Hawaii to Las Vegas, Nevada. We have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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Bio:

My husband and I met and married in Honolulu, Hawaii. After our retirements from the federal government, we moved from the Big Island of Hawaii to Las Vegas, Nevada. We have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Interests:

I love traveling. Having lived outside of the United States for most of my career, I find learning about other cultures and their histories very rewarding.  In addition to my penchant for domestic and foreign travels, I volunteer as a court advocate for victims of domestic violence and I have served as a volunteer with Hospice Services in Kona, Hawaii.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

After experiencing severe distress and major difficulties with CPAP, my physician who conducted my sleep study suggested that I consider Inspire therapy. I researched the website and clinical trials and accepted my physician’s referral to an Inspire therapy physician.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

A major turning point in my quality of life and overall well-being! I now feel vibrant and energetic.

Why am I a Patient Ambassador?

I am a Patient Ambassador because I empathize with and want to help those who are seeking alternatives for treating their sleep apnea.

Ivy A, 74

I married my husband in Chicago 50 years ago. We bought a turkey farm in Aitkin, MN in October of 1969 and our children were born and raised here. We raised turkeys until retirement in late 2002. We have 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. 

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Brief Bio:

I married my husband in Chicago 50 years ago. We bought a turkey farm in Aitkin, MN in October of 1969. Our children were born and raised here. We raised turkeys until retirement in late 2002. We have 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Interests:  

I volunteer at church, our hospital auxiliary and within our community. I love to be creative. Painting (not walls) is my favorite, along with sewing, reupholstering, flower arranging, and decorating. I also like to organize and plan for special events. 

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea: 

I am absolutely blessed to be part of the STAR clinical study. I had real issues with CPAP and was always tired. 

In A few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

PERFECT!!! Oh, you wanted words . . .  My sleep is so perfect now. I always wake up rested and remain rested. That never happened before. 

Why am I a patient ambassador?

I want the whole world to know the good news – there is hope. 

Chris W, 67

I live in Cleveland, OH, have worked for a health insurance company for over 26 years and am hoping to retire in the next few years. I enjoy spending time with all my family whenever I can.

I am now 67 and retired. I am still enjoying family and now am doing much more gardening. I still love my Inspire implant after 6 1/2 years and use it faithfully every night. I am sleeping well and waking up well-rested and full of energy.

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Brief Bio:

I live in Cleveland, OH. I have worked for a health insurance company for over 26 years and I am hoping to retire in the next few years. I enjoy spending time with all my family whenever I can.

Interests:

My interests include gardening, woodworking, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Why I chose Inspire therapy:
I had been using a C-PAP for over seven years. I tried losing weight and also received throat surgery to resolve my sleep apnea, but unfortunately this did not work. C-PAP helped, but I did not want to use it for the rest of my life I NEEDED an alternative!

I would describe Inspire therapy as:

Life changing. I sleep well, I am well rested and full of energy.

Dan G, 40

I spent 5 years in the Army as an infantryman. I now live in Milwaukee, WI and have been married for 13 years. My wife and I have two children, a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. I currently work as an IT Project Manager for a company in Milwaukee, WI.

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Brief Bio: 

I spent 5 years in the Army as an infantryman. I now live in Milwaukee, WI and have been married for 13 years. My wife and I have two children, a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. I currently work as an IT Project Manager for a company in Milwaukee, WI. 

Interests:

I enjoy fishing, hunting, and just being outside. I am an avid sports fan who supports all Wisconsin sports teams. Brewers, Badgers, Bucks and of course the Green Bay Packers. I enjoy doing all these things with my family by my side. 

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

I chose Inspire therapy because I couldn’t handle the CPAP mask anymore. I tried many different masks to find that none of them were comfortable at all.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

Life changing!

Why am I a patient ambassador?

I am a patient ambassador because I feel the need to let people know how Inspire therapy has changed my life.

Dan M, 56

Hello, I'm from the Cleveland, Ohio area and I retired from the United States Navy as a Chief in 2010. I’ve had the Inspire device since 2012. The sleep I get now is absolutely great! Before Inspire, my AHI was over 25 per hour. After receiving the implant, my last sleep study showed my AHI was about 1 episode per hour. Inspire has changed my life and I would do this all again without hesitation. I still work for the Navy and live in Pleasant Prairie, WI with my wife Barbara. We have been married over 25 years and have two children and two grandchildren.

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Brief Bio: 

I’m from Lakewood, Ohio a suburb of Cleveland. I retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after 23 years. I currently work at Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, IL and live in Pleasant Prairie, WI with my wife Barbara. We have been married over 25 years and have two children and two grandchildren.

Interests:

I was a youth baseball coach for over 20 seasons and am active in VFW Memorial Post 7308 Pleasant Prairie, WI.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

I was diagnosed with OSA in 2009 and my doctor recommended an oral appliance. Due to periodontal disease, the appliance was not effective for me. I used a CPAP machine for a while, but could only tolerate the mask for a short time after I went to sleep. I would wake up and literally rip it off because I couldn’t stand it. I read a small article about Inspire in the local paper that said they were looking for potential patients who couldn’t tolerate using a CPAP machine. After some tests and orientation by Froedtert Medical College of Wisconsin, it was determined that I was a candidate for the Inspire implant. It was a no-brainer for me to decide to get the implant.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

Life changing. The snoring is gone and I get restful sleep now, plus my wife is happy!

Why am I a patient ambassador?

I want to tell people my experience and help answer any questions they may have about how the device works.

Denise H, 63

I live in Pittsburgh, PA with my husband to whom I've been married for 37 years. We have 2 children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. I am an office manager and biller in a primary care office and I am hoping to retire in a few years.

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Brief Bio:

I live in Pittsburgh, PA with my husband whom I’ve been married to for 37 years. We have 2 children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. I am an office manager and biller in a primary care office and I am hoping to retire in a few years.

Interests:

I enjoy playing with my grandchildren, needlework, gardening and Pittsburgh sports; Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Pitt basketball and football, as well as Penn State football.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

I chose Inspire therapy because I had nowhere else to turn. I have had sleep apnea for over 20 years. Back then I had extensive surgery to correct the problem. However, my sleep apnea returned after 10 years. I tried a CPAP but could not tolerate anything on my face. Different masks were tried but none of them seemed to work. I then tried an oral appliance to no avail. I was to the point where I was struggling to stay awake at work. On my way home from work I prayed that I did not have to stop at any red lights. My doctor would no longer allow me to travel 2 hours alone to see my family for fear I would fall asleep during the drive. Every morning I would wake up with a headache and feel as if I never went to bed.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

A Godsend. I can sleep again. I wake up feeling refreshed, brighter and without a headache. I may even have a dream, which I never had in over 20 years, I can watch my sports teams without falling asleep in the middle of the game, only to wake up to find out the result. I can watch a movie from beginning to end, all in 1 showing.

Why am I a Patient Ambassador?

I want to pay it forward to let potential patients know they are not the only one with this problem, that there is another option available to treat their sleep apnea and they no longer have to feel like there is no hope for them.

Gerry H, 53

I am a divorced father with 2 young children. My stepdaughter has also blessed me with 3 grand kids. I live in a small town outside of Columbus, OH but I drive all over the United States as an over-the-road truck driver. I am usually gone during the week and home on the weekends. I like to travel, although most of my traveling involves a trailer load of product making it to a destination on time. My family and friends are very important to me and I have found that family goes beyond "bloodlines" sometimes. Thanks to Inspire, I am able to ride my Harley long distances again.

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Brief Bio:

I am a divorced father with 2 young children. My stepdaughter has also blessed me with 3 grandkids. I live in a small town outside of Columbus, OH but I drive all over the United States as an over-the-road truck driver. I am usually gone during the week and home on the weekends. I like to travel, although most of my traveling involves a trailer load of product making it to a destination on time. My family and friends are very important to me, and I have found that family goes beyond “bloodlines” sometimes.

Interests:

I enjoy riding my Harley motorcycle, singing karaoke, reading, cruising the internet, movies, music (mostly country), cold beer, and good company.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

I have suffered from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) my whole life. Traditional treatment options have not worked for me. I tried CPAP and had both nasal and UPPP surgery, which is where they cut out the upper soft tissue from the back of your mouth. Inspire therapy has by far been the best option and the only thing that has worked on me.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

The single best option for treatment. It is safe, easy to use, and convenient.

Why am I a patient ambassador?

To tell my story and help people understand that there is a better treatment option for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Shawn K, 55

Although I was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York, I've lived in Orlando for over 35 years, so I now consider Florida my home.

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Brief Bio:

Although I was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York, I’ve lived in Orlando for over 35 years, so I now consider Florida my home.

Interests:

I love to travel, and do so fairly often. I also enjoy reading (both current fiction and “classics”), doing home improvement projects, and watching my Tampa Bay Buccaneers play.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

For many years I’ve struggled with severe OSA, which has limited the things I enjoy doing or would like to do, particularly traveling.  Over the years I’ve tried virtually every treatment option available, including CPAP, oral appliances, and a total of six different surgical procedures.  Although I saw some reduction in the severity of my OSA because of the surgeries and appliances, unfortunately there wasn’t enough improvement (particularly in the long term) to be able to eliminate CPAP altogether.  I was unhappy with CPAP for many reasons, from having to lug the machine with me whenever I traveled, to not being able to go certain places or do certain things at all because of my reliance on it.  I always looked at CPAP as a temporary fix, and always hoped that one day I’d find a more permanent OSA treatment that would free me from CPAP once and for all.

I learned about Inspire several years ago and eventually discussed it with my ENT, along with another much more invasive robotic surgical procedure.  After getting his professional opinion and weighing the pros and cons of each, I decided to pursue Inspire therapy.  I felt that Inspire was not only more promising in terms of treating my OSA, particularly on a long-term basis, but the surgery and recovery were also much easier and less daunting than the other procedure.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

Quite literally, life changing.  With Inspire, my AHI dropped from 37 to 2.5 (yes, there’s a decimal point in there), and I’m finally 100% free from CPAP!  I received Inspire in August 2015 and still feel every bit as good today as I did when it was first activated.

Why am I a Patient Ambassador?

In all my years of researching OSA treatment options, I found the testimonials, and honest, unbiased experiences of actual patients to be the most beneficial resource in helping me decide what avenues to pursue. I thought that being a Patient Ambassador would be a great way to provide others with the type of information and answers that I, myself, often found so valuable.

Al P, 68

I am a graduate of Methodist University. I live in Florence, South Carolina with my wife. We have been married for 42 years and have two children and one grandchild.

I founded the Chesterfield Little League in Virginia, one of the most successful Little League programs in the US.

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Brief Bio:

I am a graduate of Methodist University. I live in Florence, South Carolina with my wife. We have been married for 42 years and have two children and one grandchild.

I founded the Chesterfield Little League in Virginia, one of the most successful Little League programs in the US.

Interests:

I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, jet skiing, reading history and watching college sports. I am looking forward to teaching my grandson baseball, basketball, and football skills.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:

My attempts to adapt to CPAP therapy over a ten-year period were unsuccessful. As a result, I experienced restless nights and fatigue in the mornings and afternoon. Additionally, I disturbed my wife’s sleep, as well as anyone within hearing range of my snoring. I rejected upper throat surgery due to its invasive nature, limited success rate and extended recovery time. Although I was accepted into a clinical trial (STAR Trial), Inspire therapy appeared to be a low risk, logical option. 

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:

Inspire therapy is a remarkable, highly successful, minimally invasive solution to the problems caused by sleep apnea. It is, absolutely, the best solution available for OSA.

Why am I a patient ambassador?

I am very fortunate to have been selected to participate in the Inspire STAR Clinical Trial. My quality of life, including energy and alertness, has greatly improved far beyond my expectations. I have talked with many individuals who have exhausted other options, including multiple surgeries, with negative results. I feel obligated and motivated to share my experiences so others have the opportunity to experience improved life styles and the simple benefits of a good night’s rest.

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